Meet the Team
Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer
Debbie Pickus is the founder and CEO of Team Fireball Inc. Her Fitness background led her to create the company which was originally built as a fitness focused Team Building company with a goal of creating fun events that improved
the health and wellness of employees. It rapidly became much more. With the increase of workplace violence, Personal Safety training became the cornerstone of the business and clients began to notice that by taking strides to empower their employees with basic mental and physical self-defense training principles, employees were more productive, engaged and had greater job satisfaction.
Her company’s social conscience mission is to empower survivors of domestic violence through fitness and safety training focused on changing the mindset, self-esteem and belief systems of those who feel trapped by their circumstances. They accomplish this by teaching their programs within many different DV shelters within the city, and partnering with Corporations who focus on women’s empowerment and similar causes.
Debbie speaks professionally to groups about staying strong, powerful and confident in business and in life. With 20+ years in fitness and a black belt in Shotokan karate Debbie brings a unique perspective on the mind/body connection and how to use it as a power source. She’s a contributor in 3 books about women’s empowerment, fitness and mindset and is the mother of three adult children. She lives with her fiancé Bill, her partner in Team Fireball.
Operations / Project Management
Bill’s corporate career began in 1982 in the broom closet of an insurance company. For 30 years he has hired, led and disbanded teams in projects across startups, government, academia and Fortune 500 Companies.
A member of National and Chicago SHRM, he had the honor of serving as co -lead in the bookstore at the 2018 National SHRM conference. He is the visionary behind 'When Terminations Go Wrong' workplace violence training curriculum.
Responsible for project & client relationship management, product development, operations and finance at Team Fireball, he also leads our corporate social responsibility mission to empower who have been impacted by domestic violence.