Rising Sun Consultants


Passion. Experience. Diligence.


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

Rick Pierce and Jim Rowell both love helping businesses and organizations think through, and implement, a healthy leadership culture. They founded Rising Sun Consultants in 2005 to work with organizations to develop supervisors, manage change, and strengthen teams.

Before starting Rising Sun, Rick and Jim worked together as administrators at the Milton Hershey School in Derry Township, PA. Rick served as the school’s Dean of Neighborhood and Family Life. Jim was Milton Hershey’s Director of Professional Development. 

After forming Rising Sun, they both started collaborating together on a book on practical leadership. Rick and Jim released their book “10 Keys of Effective Supervision” in the spring of 2017. The book 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.

Rick and Jim believe strongly that it is essential for any organization’s success to focus on the growth and development of their people. It is their goal to serve organizations in creating, developing and maintaining a culture which inspires and motivates people to reach new horizons – both personally and professionally.

They (Jim and Rick) 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.
— Kathie Shafer - Vice President of Operations, Messiah College ("Middle Market" Central Penn Business Journal)



CEO & Co-Founder

Meet Jim Rowell

After more than 25 years in the corporate world as a professional trainer, supervisor and director, Jim Rowell turned his knowledge to the world of fitness... leadership fitness. 

As the CEO and co-founder of Rising Sun Consultants, LLC, Jim assists clients in building the health and well-being of their organizational cultures.

Drawing from a personal passion toward the development of thoughtful leadership practices, Jim works with executives, leaders, supervisors and their teams to:

  • Increase productivity through smart time and people management practices;

  • Retain and recharge their team members and processes for the benefit of their internal and external company stakeholders; and

  • Prime their organizations for physical, client and/or revenue growth.

Jim’s methods include training and consulting via traditional and technologically advanced means. Whether through Skype, a webinar or a conference room presentation, Jim uses his deep understanding of the critical role of healthy corporate cultures to take businesses to the next level of excellence.

Co-author of The 10 Keys of Effective Supervision, Jim has also amassed a number of articles, white papers, book reviews, training seminars and workshops, including:

  • “The 10 Keys of Effective Supervision™” training series.

  • Servant Leadership: History & Evolution

  • The Pillars of Conflict Resolution

  • 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.)

Jim lives in central Pennsylvania with his wife Diane of more than 25 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.




Meet Christy Hanson

Christy Hanson has worked in the field of career development since 2005, and currently serves as Director of the Career & Professional Development Center at Messiah College. 

She holds a B.A. in psychology from Messiah College and M.S. in counseling/higher education from Shippensburg University.  Christy leads a dynamic team that helps students identify and pursue their personal and professional goals through individualized coaching, programming, professional connections and group presentations.

In addition to her work at Messiah College, Christy serves as a Senior Consultant with Rising Sun Consultants, facilitating training to professional teams on effective supervision, self-assessment, planning, organizational culture and team development. Christy has a passion for sharing Servant Leadership by helping individuals find the “sweet spot” that comes from the intersection of their strengths, interests, and the needs within our world.

Your organization…will benefit when employees feel that their life outside the workplace matters to their supervisors. The workplace culture will grow dynamically when you create opportunities to share personal and family accomplishments.
— Rick Pierce from "Building a Healthy Employee Culture" (InPlantGraphics.com)