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Maria Gatto, MBA, M.Ed., CVGA

Advisor / Coach / Facilitator

Maria is the Founder and Principal of Focused Growth Consulting, LLC, which is based on three fundamentals: Strategy, Effectiveness, and Execution.

Given her experiences of nearly 25 years, Maria's areas of expertise include helping trusted advisors, business owners, and organizations accelerate their growth with:

  • SMART strategic planning and relentless execution

  • Leader Shaping and coaching development

  • Building effective and results-oriented teams and workgroups

  • Creating a winning culture

  • Formulating and implementing SMART succession plans

  • One-on-one personal and professional coaching for business owners & key employees

Maria is a seasoned consultant, facilitator, collaborator, and coach who teams up with other professional advisors who serve the needs of privately held companies who seek to:

  • Accelerate the value of their business

  • Strive for peak performance

  • Provide sustainability and continuity in transitioning or selling the business to the next generation or another entity

Maria was a Senior Practice Management Consultant at UBS Financial Services, a position she held for nearly 12 years. At UBS, she consulted and collaborated with Senior Field Leaders, Wealth Advisors, and their respective teams on becoming even more impactful leaders and coaches, strategic planning, succession planning , acquiring new clients and deepening existing client relationships, running more effective efficient practices, and building high-performing teams.

Earlier in Maria's career, she gained over a decade of extensive experience in leadership, human capital planning, consulting, change management, training and development, instructional design, and, presenting and facilitating with KeyCorp/McDonald Financial Group a their Senior National Training Manager.

Maria holds an undergraduate degree in Business Education, Master of Business Administration, and, a Master of Education, all awarded from Cleveland State University. Also, she is certified in the following:


  • Certified Value Growth Advisor / Corporate Value Metrics

  • Certified in Situational Leadership / Achieve Global

  • Certified in Kolbe / Kolbe Corp

  • Certified in Dynamic Interactions / Exec-Comm

  • Certified in MBTI / Otto Kroeger Associates

  • Certified Instructor & Facilitator / Achieve Global

  • Certified in Change Management Model / Prosci

  • Certified in the Team Diagnostic Profiler / The ODD Company

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