Who We Are

Our History

Solutions 21 was founded in 1994 by John W. “Buddy” Hobart as a sales-training organization. Much has changed since then, and we have evolved and adapted accordingly. Not long after establishing ourselves as an organization that could boost sales skills effectively, companies started turning to us for help in other areas. Over the next 20+ years, we have grown into to a multi-million dollar business incorporated into a few primary practice areas with a focus on developing doers. We have locations in Pittsburgh, PA, Nashville, TN, Kansas City, KS, Phoenix, AZ.

We have successfully completed consulting engagements and implemented customized training and organizational development programs for a diverse client base, ranging from starts-ups to Fortune 500 companies and include local, national, and international assignments. We regularly conduct seminars and customized training programs on such topics as leadership, consultative selling, coaching and mentoring, assessing personal behavioral styles, and many others. A sampling of Solutions 21’s past and current client list includes such companies as Airport Authority of Allegheny County, Bayer Corporation, CISCO Systems, Equitable Gas Company, Heinz, Hormel Foods, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, University of West Virginia Medical Center, Westinghouse Electric Corporation, JENSEN-GROUP, and Young President Organization.

Since our inception, we have been on a steady path of growth. Voted both one of the Top 50 Places to Work and One of Pittsburgh’s Top 100 Fastest Growing Businesses speaks to our desire to be recognized as an employer of choice along with driving results for our clients. In order to achieve these goals, we set our vision for the future and plan our next steps. We are pleased that our results speak for themselves. Additionally, due to our highest standards for client engagement deliverables, many of our clients have continued to work with us for many years.

Our founder, Buddy Hobart, has authored five books: Hire Education, Celebrate Selling, Gen Y Now: How Generation Y Changes Your Workplace and Why It Requires a New Leadership Style, Experience Matters: How to Succeed as a Consultant in Today’s World and most recently Gen Y Now: Millennials and the Evolution of Leadership.

Our Team

Buddy Hobart

Buddy Hobart

President & Founder

Pittsburgh native, Buddy Hobart is the Founder and President of Solutions 21. He is a consultant, entrepreneur, author, speaker, radio host, and is an internationally recognized expert on… Read More

Michelle Cerqua

Michelle Cerqua

Senior Vice President

Hired as the first employee in 1994, Michelle has had a significant impact on the success of Solutions 21. Working directly with Solutions 21 clients… Read More

Tyler Palko

Tyler Palko

Director of Leadership Development

Through his life experiences, he has developed invaluable leadership skills and understands leadership from various important perspectives. Thanks to his athletic talents… Read More

Albert Ciuksza

Albert Ciuksza


Prior to joining Solutions 21, Albert has been charged with leading the development of innovative solutions to challenging problems in corporate, non-profit, and entrepreneurial… Read More

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