"Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible."

"Of all knowledge the wise and good seek most to know themselves."
--William Shakespeare

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."
--Winston Churchill

"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal. Nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong attitude."
--Thomas Jefferson

"The attainment of wholeness requires one to stake one’s whole being. Nothing less will do; there can be no easier conditions, no substitutes, no compromises."
--C. G. Jung

"Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life."
--Sophia Loren

"Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many—not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some."
-- Charles Dickens

"I would rather be whole than good."
--C. G. Jung

"Nothing is really work unless you'd rather be doing something else."
--Peter Pan

"It is funny about life: if you refuse to accept anything but the very best you will very often get it."
--W. Somerset Maugham

"All appears to change when we change."
-- Henri Amiel



What is of value to you among Thomas's varied skills? Where can you apply his talents? When is a good time to use his insight? How do you integrate his knowlege with your's? Who will attest to his seasoned abilities? It's all on this web site. Call 443-986-6005.


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Thomas Merton Brightman understands that newly emerging and family owned companies need a wide range of insight, in small doses, at random times, as necessitated by growth spurts, problems in the business and development of key personnel. He has built a career assisting companies – and the individuals who run them and work in them – to be stronger, wiser, and better able to perform.

A Bundle of Ability--A True 'Renaissance' Mentor
You can access his progressively won wisdom in the fields of Manufacturing, Market Research, Product Development, Marketing, Advertising, Media, Sales, Service, Public Affairs, Planning, Finance, Insurance, Automotive, RV, Personal Growth, Executive Coaching and Family Systems--totaling 46 years. Thomas walks his talk. Check him out. You'll be the better for it.

Thomas began his business career on Wall Street in 1965, as a 'PSD' intern. He formed his own company, Brightman Associates International®, twenty years later in August of 1984. Today, his principal clients include, but are not limited to, newly emerging, family owned and nonprofit organizations. He also has a long comsulting history with Fortune 500 copanies.

He is adept at applying family systems insight in organizational settings. In 1989, Thomas founded the Change of Heart Center® for mentoring individuals, one-to-one, with their personal and professional life strategies. Thomas's core values and life style congruency prepare him to assist a wide range of emerging businesses, family run companies, and the individuals that manage these enterprises.

As a Process Consultant, Thomas works with owners and management teams to bridge the gap between potential and performance. He is particularly adept at solving people puzzles, succession planning, enhancing morale and re-visioning core strategies. He coaches a company to optimize its relationships by communicating the right things at the right time. Thomas also assists businesses in their search for new identities and new branding as global competition continually tests viability and management competency.

As a Strategic Sanctuary® for owners and senior managers, Thomas provides the elder counsel that aids reflection, renews emotional resources and recalibrates one's unique compass. He helps to turn the page to the rest of your story.

As a Life Strategist, Thomas works one-to-one with individuals to gain the most from life transitions, be they professional or personal, expected or unexpected, traditional or exceptional. Today, a person has an average of 8 jobs and 3 careers in a lifetime. There is a loss of identity in each change. Brightman can assist you to more quickly regain identity, motivation and direction.

As an Infomediary, Thomas provides communication with and coordination of the multiple suppliers often needed to achieve e-commerce goals. We provide one-stop general management on total web site construction and revisioning of existing sites via strategic partners.

Thomas collapses tons of Internet information into actionable, digestible 'bytes' for establishing online strategy and e-commerce infrastructure. He has a handy shortlist of reliable strategic partners as well as his direct associates who are expert in their specialties.

Thomas accepts some short term assignments, yet historical tenure with his clients is three to twelve years. He invests himself with his clients. No one changes quickly or easily--individual or organization. Long-term assistance facilitates change made real. Thomas guides the integration of personal and organizational discoveries into applied behavior at work and home. Thomas offers seasoned counsel and outside objectivity to the owner of any business--be it new or old, small or large, profit or nonprofit, struggling or succeeding.


Business background includes twenty years in large corporations and 46 years of overall business relationship experience. As a process consultant, Thomas participates with leadership in a strategic alliance to close the gap between potential and performance. As a life strategist, Thomas assists individuals, one-to-one, to live the life they most want to live-- professionally at work and personally at home. As an infomediary, Thomas reduces fear of the Internet and supports exploration of e-commerce. As a Strategic Sanctuary®, he becomes confidant and elder counsel to owners and executives on people, plans, process and promotion.


Corporate insurance broker; manufacturer sales and national distribution services manager; public affairs officer; planning and research director; vice president of marketing; senior vice president of liabilities management and retail banking; President, financial planning subsidiary, Financial Focus, Inc.; lead facilitator at leadership retreats and intensive life strategy workshops; and, private business owner for the last 27 years.


Television panelist; radio commentator; newspaper and newsletter editor; outdoor writer and photographer; columnist; writer of Web sites, site plans and executive speeches; author of published professional articles, annual reports, quarterly statements, and other stockholder communications; and, frequent public speaker.


Assessor of individuals’ needs, values, leadership styles, listening and stress; intensive trainer in personal and organizational transformation; twelve step recovery programs; organizational addictions; advanced stress management and process communication. See the hot link at bottom of this page for "Leadership Mentoring Certification®".


Family run businesses, newly emerging companies and nonprofit organizations such as industrial plants, automotive companies, motor home manufacture, cruise lines, financial institutions, internet providers, trade associations, nonprofit charities, professional practices, advertising agencies, webmasters, public utilities, government agencies, branches of the military, consulting firms, universities, publishers, e-commerce companies and motivational specialists. Brightman has also served over 3000 individual clients through his Change of Heart Center® for Life Strategy.


Evaluating an organization in its wholeness, rather than its parts, is a good way to chart ‘business’ health. Wholeness begins and ends with a company’s human resource. A holistic business perspective considers people’s feelings, innate wisdom and overall inter-relatedness. Organizations, not just individuals, benefit from a holistic approach.

It is possible to make income for a period of time by simply consuming capital, ideas, supplies, people and customers. Yet, when healthier, more holistic competition enters a market, customers switch and market share declines. It is not the best and the brightest that survive, it is those most adaptable to change.


Most company founders will go through post-entrepreneurial depression just as superb atheletes experience acute post-game depression. The very traits that serve so well in getting a company off the ground can also bring it down. It isn't easy leading a business. Thomas will assist you to continue to thrive by providing a Strategic Sancturary® with which you can reflect, renew emotional resources, recalibrate your intuitive compass and identify strategic partners. Click on for tesitmonials.


"The rushed existence into which industrialized, commercialized man has precipitated himself is actually a good example of an inexpedient development caused entirely by competition between members of the same species. Human beings of today are attacked by so-called manager diseases, high blood pressure, renal atrophy, gastric ulcers, and torturing neuroses: they succumb to barbarism because they have no more time for cultural interests." --Konrad Lorenz, Zoologist and Ethologist, Shared the 1973 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine.

It is wise and profitable to improve relationships in every aspect of life. A holistic approach to business relationships attracts and retains the best owners, personnel, suppliers and customers. To learn about Leadership Mentoring Certification®, one-to-one or as a management team, click here.

For Private, Individual Services at the Change of Heart Center®, click here.

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