Discover The History of HOPE

Learn how HOPE has evolved over the years to make a significant impact in organizations


By Rey Gonzalez, President of HOPE.

Formed by HOPE Consulting Business Partners and Safety Instruct in December of 2020. The need for excellent Video-Based online training in Human and Organizational Enhancement training drove this union and resulted in some fantastic online training products. See HRT’s website here.


HOPE was a one-person consulting firm until 2015 when approached by AEP – Ohio Generation with a large culture-enhancing project that required a team of 10 subject matter experts (SMEs) over a span of 18 months. HOPE currently has about 15 SMEs working periodically in various projects.

Rey Gonzalez - Chief Executive Officer

Rey Gonzalez is the founder and president of HOPE Consulting, LLC; CEO of High Reliability Training, Inc.; and CEO of High Reliability Partners, LLC. A power plant professional with more than four decades of diversified technical, organizational, and analytical problem-solving experience, Rey has spent most of his professional life working to improve safety, quality, and profitability through the enhancement of human performance within high reliability operations and organizations. He offers a keen focus on improving leadership coaching, helping management and workers understand their roles in the sustainability of high reliability operations. Rey helps supervisors and managers understand the importance of human performance and organizational defenses and their responsibilities for shaping the behaviors desired. He has been fully engaged in the study of human behavior and organizational effectiveness, specifically focusing on the impact that processes, programs, and management engagement have upon individual worker performance, which allows his companies to consistently save lives and livelihoods.

Rey created Coaching to Enhance Performance®, a behavior-shaping collaborative approach to feedback after the observation of work activities, and Trigger Training®, a first-of-its-kind training in human error reduction that enhances workers’ Stop Work Authority. He also offers executive-level mentoring to augment leader behaviors for coaching that creates the desired culture within an organization.

Rey’s favorite presentations are:

  • Why Stop Work Authority is Not Enough
  • Coaching Is an Engaging and Collaborative Session

Ron Farris - Chief Operations Officer

Ron is an author, keynote speaker, and a human and organizational performance specialist, principal consultant and business partner of HOPE Consulting and COO at High Reliability Training, Inc. Ron served eight years on active duty in the U.S. Navy nuclear program. While on active duty, he qualified on four different navy reactor types and as a Chief Machinery Operator while aboard the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier. He was as a senior reactor operator at Argonne National Laboratory’s Experimental Breeder Reactor Two. Ron spent twenty-seven years at the Idaho National Laboratory where he was an accident investigator, safety engineer, Human Performance manager, and human factors research scientist. He has authored several human factors technical publications and documents while employed with the Idaho National Laboratory. Ron was previously an adjunct professor at the University of Idaho teaching courses in support of Human Performance Certificate Program. He has provided both practical and classroom support for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Electrical Power Research Institute, Department of Energy, nuclear and non-nuclear energy sectors, mining, and petrochemical industries. Ron holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Idaho Moscow, Idaho. 

  • Co-authored Critical Steps: Managing What Must Go Right in High-Risk Operations
  • Customized HOP and HRO workshops, webinars, and classroom training
  • Video-based HOP and HRO training
  • Observation and feedback training and mentoring
  • Leadership development, training and mentoring
  • Asset protection and risk management strategies
  • Accident / Incident investigation training and mentoring
  • Keynote speeches

The Four Pillars of HOPE


Every organization is run by humans and as humans our behaviors are influenced by many things both external and internal. HOPE helps clients evaluate the human condition and provides ways to leverage our best traits for success. HOPE also helps all organizations understand what we need to avoid so that our best behaviors are brought to bear daily for strong production, high quality and safe operations that we call High Reliability Operations.


All organizations are specifically ‘tuned’ to get the performance it is getting today. This being the case, HOPE helps organizations understand what is needed to promote success in high reliability operations and what needs to change in the organization to aid, not hinder, the workforce in their quest for desired organizational goals.


The combination of human behavior and organizational structure will provide all outcomes, both good and bad. Good performance is what we seek to improve and transform into GREAT performance, while all along focused on sustainability in every organization.


The bottom line for all organizations is a desire to sustain high reliability operations through an ‘enhanced’ organization filled with a knowledgeable workforce that understands the principles of High Reliability Organizations and Operations. This enhancement comes from a desire and commitment to learning and adapting to changing conditions with a focus on productivity, high quality and safety.

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