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One of the most critical, yet underrated skills of leadership is the gift of valuing others.

We love helping businesses and organizations think through – and implement – a healthy leadership culture.

Jim Rowell and Rick Pierce founded Rising Sun Consultants in 2005 to work with organizations to develop supervisors, manage change, and strengthen teams.

Before starting Rising Sun, Jim worked as Milton Hershey’s Director of Professional Development.

In 2017, Rising Sun released the book, “10 Keys of Effective Supervision.” It focuses on people in middle management, and how to train these leaders to support and promote the careers of others in the organization, through a model of servant leadership.

Today, we firmly believe it is essential to focus on people’s growth and development for an organization to be successful.

It is our goal to serve organizations in creating, developing, and maintaining a culture that inspires and motivates people to reach new horizons – both personally and professionally.

“They have this unique ability to push you just hard enough to make you uncomfortable and leave the status quo, but not so hard that it shuts everybody down.”





Jim is the CEO and co-founder of Rising Sun Consultants, LLC. After more than 30 years in the corporate world as a professional trainer, supervisor and director, Jim Rowell turned his knowledge to the world of fitness… leadership fitness. Jim assists clients in building the health and well-being of their organizational cultures.

Co-author of The 10 Keys of Effective Supervision, Jim has also developed “The 10 Keys of Effective Supervision™” training series, Servant Leadership: History & Evolution, The Pillars of Conflict Resolution, and Critical Issues Facing Supervisors: An Initial Look.

A man with principles firmly grounded in Christian values, Jim holds a B.A. in Secondary Education and Mathematics, and an M.S. in Education (with a focus in Instructional Technology and Media Management, both from Potsdam State College, New York.) He resides in central PA with his wife, Diane, of more than 29 years and their four children.

At the end of the day, he firmly trusts that treating people with dignity, love, and forgiveness are the keys to health in all aspects of an individual’s life.



Ray is a seasoned human resources professional with over 20 years of experience in community and economic development, strategic planning, business development, public and private
finance, and business consulting. Ray cultivates servant leaders by intentionally integrating faith, values, and principles in the workplace. 

As part of our team of experienced technical HR professionals, Ray excels in assessing compliance and reducing risk by providing expert guidance to ensure organizations meet regulatory requirements and implement best practices. Ray’s proven track record in leadership and management has been instrumental in helping numerous high-growth organizations scale effectively. His expertise drives sustainable growth and fosters organizational success, an invaluable asset to clients.

Prior to his most current endeavor in consulting, he has led in the area of people and culture for organizations including HOPE International, LINKBANK, TE Connectivity, and Willis Towers Watson.  In addition to his current job, Ray is a proud supporter of various nonprofits including HOPE International, Brethren Housing Association, Someone To Tell It To, and Open Hands Ministries.

He enjoys trail running, good coffee, and exploring the outdoors with his family.  Ray and his wife, Heather, live in Dillsburg, PA (home of the infamous New Year’s Eve pickle drop), and have three children, Micah, Delia, and Eden. They are members of The Meeting House Church.



As an Operations Manager at Rising Sun Consultants, Danielle collaborates with the team and clients to ensure smooth and efficient day-to-day operations. She prioritizes people and thrives on helping organizations succeed by putting their employees and others first.

Danielle’s passion for people inspired her to spend five years working in EMS and Ambulance Billing/Administration before joining RSC. She currently holds her EMT certification and has an associate degree in human resources management.

She enjoys spending time with her family and many animals.



As an Executive Administrative Assistant, she helps to schedule, plan and coordinate meetings and trainings for the Rising Sun team and clients. 

Rebecca has an A.A. in retail administration from Ashworth College and a B.A. in music and worship from Liberty University. Her passion for music and people led her to be on staff at her church as the worship ministry assistant for the past 2.5 years. 

She currently resides in St. Louis, MO with her husband, Jake.

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