Gary Rush, IAF CPF | Leader in Structured Facilitation | Leading Facilitator Trainer PDF Print E-mail

Gary Rush

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Gary Rush, IAF Certified™ Professional Facilitator (CPF), is Founder & CEO of MGRconsulting. Over the past 30+ years he has been a leading Group Facilitator and Facilitator Trainer. He is the only person, still working, to create his own facilitation techniques - FAST and FoCuSeD™ a revolution from FAST - a unique approach to structured facilitation. He has trained thousands of people from more than 18 countries, and has delivered his structured facilitation class in 8 countries within North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. His alumni have gone on to become CEOs and CIOs, crediting their success to the people and process skills gained in his Facilitator training classes.


"Training more Facilitators worldwide in structured facilitation than just about anyone else."

He coaches individuals helping them grow their skills, improve their performance, and achieve their professional goals. He has written numerous "how to" books along with "The FoCuSeD™ Facilitator Guide" - a comprehensive reference manual, provided to students of his FoCuSeD™ Facilitator class.

"Influencing thousands of companies because of the consulting firms that he trains who use Group Facilitation with their clients."

Gary has facilitated significant workshops. He is an IAF CPF Assessor, an IAF Endorsed Training Program Assessor, and former IAF Chair. He also formed and led the IAF Chicago Chapter - the 2nd IAF Chapter to be established in the U.S.logo


"He continuous to be the leading edge in the industry by continuing as a practicing Group Facilitator."


"Can really tell that Gary is super experienced - really great speaker and facilitator. Really insightful training. It's hard to keep a room of people engaged for 5 whole days and he mastered it!"

Joe, Project Manager - 2018 FoCuSeD™ Facilitator Academy alumnus



Prior to starting MG Rush Systems, Gary worked at CNA Insurance as a Business Analyst, Programmer, Project Manager, and JAD Facilitator in their IT department. He successfully implemented and managed a Development Center and assisted in developing the handbook on Development Centers and started the JAD Project at GUIDE (IBM User Group).


In 1985, Gary formed MG Rush Systems to offer consulting and Facilitator services. After extensive research into various facilitated workshop techniques and many hours of experience leading meeting facilitation, he created and developed his own structured facilitation technique FAST - Facilitation Application Specification Technique - and became widely recognized as a leader in the movement towards structured facilitation - transforming the facilitation industry. He wrote a facilitation "how to" manual - The FAST Session Leader Reference Manual - and developed training on "how to" be a Facilitator - FAST Session Leader Workshop class. While writing the manual, he wrote an article, published in Computerworld - "A FAST Way to Define System Requirements", describing the different variations of JAD.


In 2004, Gary sold to Morgan Madison & Co. the non-exclusive rights to reproduce the FAST and FORM class materials and use them to provide The FAST Session Leader Workshop class - subject to royalties from 2004 to 2009 along with the use of the "MG Rush" name. Gary transferred his facilitation know how to Terrence Metz - 1999 FAST Session Leader Workshop class alumnus - to provide FAST public and in-house Facilitator training as of June 2004 as "MG Rush Performance Learning" a division of Morgan Madison & Co. (not affiliated with Gary Rush, IAF CPF).


In 2004, Gary ceased operations of MG Rush Systems and left the U.S. to pursue his dream of becoming a restaurateur - MG Rush dba Miracles Restaurant in Puerto Rico. After a one-year absence, he returned to consulting to continue his legacy as a recognized leader in the field of Structured Facilitation and Facilitator Training, changing his company name to MGR consulting.


In 2006, the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) awarded Gary the IAF Certified™ Professional Facilitator (CPF) designation. In 2007, he became an IAF CPF Assessor, was nominated IAF Incoming Chair, and from 2008 - 2011, he Chaired the IAF.


In 2007, Gary created and developed FoCuSeD™ - 1st Holistic Facilitation Technique - Facilitation of Collaborative useful Solutions embracing Diversity - and the FoCuSeD™ Facilitator Academy.logo


Certifications | Education


  • International Association of Facilitators (IAF)

    • IAF Certified™ Professional Facilitator (CPF) since 2006
    • IAF Certified™ Assessor since 2007
    • IAF Certified™ Endorsed Training Program Assessor since 2015

  • Thiagi Certified Trainer - enhancing his FoCuSeD™ Facilitator training through effective, highly interactive learning activities.

  • U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD

  • B.S. Excelsior College


Gary values what he does because he believes that the power and wisdom of people can change the world through Facilitation. Besides his family, his passion is cooking. He envisions a collaborative society that respects individualism and embraces diversity.logo


Business Ethics - "Scarcity versus Abundance"

Unabridged History of Gary Rush, MG Rush Systems now MGR Consulting

Dealing with Adversity

"IT As A Strategic Partner" / Published in BAtimes, February 23, 2016


September 2016 - "We hired Gary Rush at Aetna to provide training to our Enterprise Business Architecture team in 2011. I also individually attended his facilitation training in the late 80's/early 90's, worked as an independent consultant professional facilitator for many years, and earned a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) designation through the International Association of Facilitators (IAF). I highly recommend him as a trainer. He is a recognized leader in facilitation, and has adapted and responded to evolving changes in the business climate."

Nancy, Architect Advisor O&T: EA Business Architecture - alumnus FAST Session Leader Workshop by Gary Rush, IAF CPF & FoCuSeD™ Facilitator Academy alumnus