Bruce Tulgan is the new Tom Peters.
Howard Jenkins, Chairman and CEO (fmr.), Publix Super Markets, Inc.

About the Team

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Bruce Tulgan is internationally recognized as the leading expert on young people in the workplace and one of the leading experts on leadership and management. Bruce is a best-selling author, an adviser to business leaders all over the world, and a sought-after keynote speaker and management trainer.

Since 1995, Bruce has worked with tens of thousands of leaders and managers in hundreds of organizations ranging from Aetna to Wal-Mart; from the Army to the YMCA.  In recent years, Bruce was named by Management Today as one of the few contemporary figures to stand out as a “management guru” and he was named to the 2009 Thinkers 50 rising star list. On August 13, 2009, Bruce was honored to accept Toastmasters International’s most prestigious honor, the Golden Gavel. This honor is annually presented to a single person who represents excellence in the fields of communication and leadership. Past winners have included Stephen Covey, Zig Ziglar, Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins, Ken Blanchard, Tom Peters, Art Linkletter, Dr. Joyce Brothers, and Walter Cronkite.

Bruce’s most recent books include the updated and expanded edition of Not Everyone Gets a Trophy: How to Manage the Millennials (Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2016) and Bridging the Soft Skills Gap: How to Teach the Missing Basics to Today’s Young Talent (Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2015). He is also the author of The 27 Challenges Managers Face (Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2014), and the best-selling It’s Okay to Be the Boss (HarperCollins, Revised & Updated, 2014), and Managing Generation X (W.W. Norton, 2000). Bruce’s other books include Winning the Talent Wars (W.W. Norton, 2001), which received widespread acclaim from Fortune 500 CEOs and business journalists; the best-seller Fast Feedback (HRD Press,1998); Managing the Generation Mix (HRD Press, 2006) and It’s Okay to Manage Your Boss (Jossey-Bass, 2010). Many of Bruce’s works have been published around the world in foreign editions.

Bruce lectures at the Yale Graduate School of Management, as well as other academic institutions, and his writing appears regularly in human resources, staffing and management journals, including a regular column in TRAINING magazine called ‘Sticky Notes’ and a regular column in the Huffington Post. His writing has also appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers such as the Harvard Business Review, BusinessWeek, HR Magazine, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. As well, his work has been the subject of thousands of news stories around the world.

Before founding RainmakerThinking in 1993, Bruce practiced law at the Wall Street firm of Carter, Ledyard & Milburn. He graduated with high honors from Amherst College, received his law degree from the New York University School of Law, and is still a member of the Bar in Massachusetts and New York. Bruce continues his lifelong study of Okinawan Uechi Ryu Karate Do and holds a sixth degree black belt, making him a Renshi master of the style. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut with his wife Debby Applegate, Ph.D., who won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Biography for her book The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher (Doubleday, 2006).


Sam Malissa joined the RainmakerThinking team in 2017 as Director of Consulting Services. Hailing from the Philadelphia area, he knows where to go for good cheesesteaks but is really much more enthusiastic about soft pretzels. His background is in non-profit management and event planning. He also has an MA in Japanese literature from Yale University and is a literary translator from Japanese into English. Sam considers himself both a cat person and a dog person.

You can reach him at his email,, or by phone at (203) 772-2002, ext. 108


Liz Richards is Director of Creative Content and the resident Second Wave Millennial at RainmakerThinking, where she is in charge of media communications, management of news releases, training materials, dotTraining administration, website and social media administration, and the management of the monthly survey and sweepstakes. Liz’s official “nickname” at RainmakerThinking is “Lightning Girl” because of the consistent alacrity with which she performs all of her responsibilities.

Liz joined RainmakerThinking shortly after moving to New Haven from NYC, where she received a BFA in Drama from New York University in 2014. Liz first took an interest in web community management in 2013, when she was “promoted” to daily social media manager at Montasy Comics Chapter II in Manhattan. While in that position, Liz was responsible for the social media coverage of several high-profile events, including New York City Comic-Con and sanctioned professional qualifier tournaments for the popular trading card game, Magic: The Gathering.

While RainmakerThinking is a significantly less nerdy place of business than Montasy, Liz is geeky enough in her spare time playing video games, making costumes, watching current anime, and refurbishing G3 My Little Ponies.

You can reach her at her email,, or by phone at (203) 772-2002, ext. 110


Kimberli Math joined RainmakerThinking in May, 2016 as Chief Operating Officer. Kim is a transplant to the New England area, moving to Connecticut from Southern California in 1999. She holds a BA in Mathematics and Psychology and an MA in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum Leadership from the University of Redlands. Kim spent three years teaching math (yes, she was Mrs. Math) before making a transition to accounting, obtaining an accounting certificate from Cal State University, San Bernardino and a formal CPA designation. Her accounting career was spent with McGladrey & Pullen/RSM McGladrey.

Kim took a hiatus from work in 2001 when she and her husband started their family, and remained a domestic engineer and unpaid chauffer until 2015 when all three of her children were off to school full-time. She began her own
Virtual Assistant/Bookkeeping business in early 2015, which she managed until joining RainmakerThinking the following year.

When outside of the office, Kim enjoys coaching and spectating for various kids’ activities, cooking (her Hoisin Honey ribs won the Golden Barbeque trophy), NFL football (go Raiders!), Friends re-runs, reading, running and nurturing her spirit at her local Synagogue, where she serves as President.

You can reach her at her email, or by phone at (203) 772-2002, ext. 104


Tami Fairbanks joined our team at RainmakerThinking in the summer of 2016, as Office Manager. Originally from Massachusetts, Tami moved to Connecticut in 1989 to attend Southern CTSU as a Business major. She then spent 23 years in the corrugated packaging industry before becoming a part of RainmakerThinking. When Tami isn’t taking care of the rest of us here, she is being a mom to her two kids and two rescue dogs. She enjoys baking (to the benefit of everyone at RMT), camping, and sewing clothing and gifts for her friends and family.

You can reach her at her email,, or by phone at (203) 772-2002, ext. 102