Build Your Business: CEO eNewsletter

Insights to help you grow your company.

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"How to" articles with practical, actionable advice for business owners, CEOs & GMs, containing insights from leading consultants in areas crucial to your business.

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Build Your Business
Articles focus on growing business.
If you are looking for new ways to build your company, articles will explore ways to attract more customers, build revenue, how to assess areas holding back growth, how to cost-effectively evaluate new concepts for viability and how to use strategic planning to best advantage.

Author:         Mark Paul

Improve Profits & Cash Flow
Articles focus on improving financial performance.
They will help CEO readers perform financial check-ups, enhance cash-flow, improve financial operations efficiencies as well as implement financial strategies that build corporate value.

Author:         Patrick Wheeler

Create High-Performance Teams
Articles focus on leadership. They provide insights into leadership approaches that help gain the most from managers and employees.

Author:         Tom Cox


Maximize IT's Value
for Your Organization

Articles focus on maximizing IT performance.
In any business today, IT is pervasive, essential, expensive and hard to do right. Articles will help readers with measuring, assessing, actively managing and improving the business value of their IT investments.

Author:         Manoj Garg

Improve Communications
Articles focus on how to communicate effectively.
Hard work and strategy won't mean much unless you can communicate in a clear, concise, compelling, consistent manner to your team, your staff, your board, your stakeholders and especially your clients. You'll find ways to not only avoid common pitfalls but also build an effective communications culture for your company.

Author:         Dave Yewman

Increase Sales
Articles focus on maximizing sales and channel productivity.
Maximized sales productivity, regardless of a company’s growth stage or challenge by outside forces warrants the same CEO strategic scrutiny as all other business functions. These articles provide C- level management with the rationale, methodology and measurement tools to effectively include sales and channel strategy as an integral part of corporate strategy.

Author:         Bill Etheredge

How HR can Help You...
Or Ruin Your Company

Articles focus on various aspects of the business where HR (or the absence of HR), can influence corporate performance.
These articles provide insights to help you navigate the sometimes stormy legal waters of running a business and help you leverage Human Resources to your greatest advantage.

Author:         Iris Sasaki

Develop High-Quality Products
Articles focus on developing high-quality products.
What does it take to stay on schedule and still produce top-notch products? These articles turn a critical eye inward to expose the stumbling blocks that commonly occur in product development and show ways to work around them to yield efficient and timely development of high quality products.

Author:         Mike Miles

Increase Your Company's Value
Articles focus on how to build the value of privately held companies.

They address improving your company's value - through a strategic merger, acquisition, strategic alliance / partnership, effective exit planning and sharing best practices from across different industries - as they relate to improving valuation.

Author:         Brent Freeman

Get Products to Market, Faster
Articles focus on speeding up the product development process
through effective project management, building a solid understanding of requirements (voice of the customer - VOC, voice of the business -VOB), and creating clarity around the business case for the product/project.

Author:         Gary Chin

Think Differently:
Optimize Your Leadership

Articles focus on the psychological aspects of leadership, corporate culture and governance.
Top executives who are psychologically in tune - resilient, agile, aware - have an unmatchable competitive advantage. These articles deliver deep practical insights into work matters, whose solutions can't be found in any business plans, delineate profitable strategies to harness the complex DNA underpinning every decision and action.

Author:         Dr. Alexander Stein

International Growth
Articles focus on helping U.S. based companies establish or expand their international business.
They address how to evaluate an export market, assess how ready a company is to enter that market, formulating international strategies, navigating the challenging export business terrain through effective operational execution and looking into the concept of outsourcing for export success.

Author:         Richard Biggs


Operational Excellence
Articles focus on high-level aspects of operations strategy and supply chain management. Rick's articles discuss ways to take a comprehensive view of the entire organization, quickly identify areas of potential improvement, and implement breakthrough solutions that boost gross profit margins.

Author:         Rick Pay


The Soulful Executive
Articles focus on leading from a spiritual perspective.You are the heart of your business. Your state of being sends a message to the rest of your organization on what really matters. These articles will help you learn how to access and use your highest values and guidance in making wise decisions, taking excellent actions, and experiencing fulfillment.

Author:         Dan Duggan


About the Contributing Authors/Consultants
and Consulting Firms:

Mark Paul
Business Development
Mark Paul has over 20 years of  executive level leadership experience. He has led start-ups through public companies in his 21 years in interim executive and consulting work. Before starting his consulting practice he spent 10 years at Northrop Corporation (Global 500 company), where - as an intrapreuner - he built a 250-person, multi-million dollar business unit in two years. He has a degree in Physics, a patent and published several editions of "The Entrepreneur's Survival Guide" and recently published his 2nd book "How to Attract Significantly More Customers".

Synergy Consulting Group

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Specialty Areas:
Customer-attraction; Corporate Growth Assessment; Strategic Planning; Investor-readiness; Interim Executive: CEO
Patrick Wheeler
Financial Operations

Patrick M. Wheeler is the Managing Director at Management Contract Services and is a professional executive with an MBA and 25 years of management and consulting experience. He has worked with a large variety of companies, including service industry, wholesale industry and technology companies with sales of $1M-$15M. He has experience as a CEO, COO, GM and contracted CFO.

Management Contract Services

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Specialty Areas:
Operations management efficiencies ; Financial Check Up & Analysis ; Cash Flow Enhancements; Interim Executive: CFO; Cost of lost customer

Tom Cox
Tom Cox is a consultant, author and speaker. He has worked in retail to wholesale to manufacturing industries - to government to business services. Tom serves on the Board of Governors for the City Club of Portland. Tom authored a book, several leadership articles, and co-authored the chapter on Metrics and Performance Improvement for a textbook on Medical Trauma Care. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Tom earned his four-year degree in psychology in three years, with honors. Tom was a 2002 Libertarian candidate for Governor of Oregon.

Cox Business Consulting

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Specialty Areas:
CEO Coaching; Leadership and Team Building; Leadership for Greater Accountability; Leadership for Employee Engagement; Metrics, Measurement, and Performance Management




Manoj Garg
IT Strategy Development & Execution
Manoj Garg is a founder, Managing Partner and CIO of file Information Executives, LLC (VIE). He brings over 25 years of senior executive leadership skills and technology management experience with domestic and international operations to clients. Past roles have included CIO at WebEx, Director of IT at Portland State University and 10 years Senior IT leadership at Xerox Corporation. He holds an MBA in Finance from University of Rochester and an MS in Computer Science from University of Pittsburgh. He enjoys angel investing, assisting non-profits, teaching, playing music, and spending time with his wife and three children.

file Information Executives

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Specialty Areas:
IT Assessment; IT Strategy; IT Value; Interim CIO; IT Outsourcing





Dave Yewman
Executive Communication
Dave Yewman is a communications expert who coaches senior executives on how to present more effectively. Over the past decade he's advised executives at numerous companies including, Adidas, CBS, Clif Bar, HP, Microsoft and T-Mobile on how to master non verbal communications when speaking. He is the author of "On Getting to the Point" and a former senior pubic relations agency executive. Yewman was the general manager of Weber Shandwick's Portland office as it grew from three to 25 people.

Dash Consulting & Elevator Speech

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Specialty Areas:
Presentation coaching, storytelling workshops, media training.



Bill Etheredge
Sales Channel Development
Bill has thirty-two years experience in VP/executive global sales and marketing roles in high technology where responsibilities included developing and enabling product definition, product launch & distribution strategies with a primary focus on aggressive revenue and market share growth. He has participated in eight acquisitions/mergers, an LBO, and as a principal in two successful early stage IPOs. Channel strategies have included direct, single and multi tiered distribution, manufacturers reps, dealers, VARS (Value-added Reseller), integrators and strategic partnerships in both end user and OEM sectors.

WCE Consulting Group

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Specialty Areas:
Revenue velocity; Sales strategy development; Channel strategy development; Assessing productivity; Continual Improvement




Iris Sasaki
Human Resources
Iris Sasaki has been an active HR professional in the Oregon/Washington/Idaho area for over 20 years and possesses extensive knowledge in all facets of Human Resources, including executive coaching. After a successful HR career in the high tech field, she launched her own consulting business and has been serving PNW employers for 10 years. Her work has been recognized by the business community and governmental agencies for its excellence; the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) included her training modules in their reference library.

Iris Sasaki HR, LLC

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Specialty Areas:
Internal Investigation; Executive Coaching; Employee Relations; Employment Law; Training






Mike Miles
Engineering Excellence
Mike has more than thirty years experience in defining and executing mechanical and electro-mechanical product and systems architecture, product design, detailed component design, thermal analysis, and simulations. He has over 6 years in CTO/co-founder roles in two startup companies which included patent work, process simulation, equipment planning and acquisition, product concept development, and Activity Based Costing in operations. He has successfully presented funding strategies to seed, angel, and VC groups to support technical solutions.

ME-Tech, LLC

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Specialty Areas:
Mechanical Product Design; Product Systems Architecture; Consulting Practices; Operations Processes; Technology Strategies





Brent Freeman
Brent Freeman brings 30 years of Senior Management experience in Financial Services. Prior to joining PGI, Mr. Freeman served as Chief Operating Office for NestWorth Inc. Mr. Freeman has held Senior Management level positions at Bank of America, ITT, GMAC and GE Capital. Having served on acquisition teams for B of A and GMAC and having bought, built and sold several business, Mr. Freeman brings his experience and expertise to middle market business interests. He holds a BS in Business from Arizona State University, Walter P. Carey School of Business.

Piper Group International

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Specialty Areas:
Mergers and Acquisitions in the Middle Market; Strategic Alliances; Business Valuation; Sr. Management Expertise; Finance Expertise






Gary Chin
Agile Project Management
Gary is a consultant, author, and trainer with 20+ years experience applying project management to product/process development efforts, primarily in the high-tech and life sciences fields. Some clients include Becton Dickinson, Abbott, Baxter Healthcare, and Illumina. He is the author of "Agile Project Management," which focuses on improving PM effectiveness in fast-paced and dynamic environments. Gary holds a BSME from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an MBA in product marketing from Bentley College, and PMP certification from the Project Management Institute.

XO Consulting & Training

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Specialty Areas:
Project Management; Product Development; Requirements Management; Stage Gate Process; Risk Management







Alexander Stein
Business Psychoanalyst
Alexander Stein, Ph.D. is a business psychoanalyst, speaker, author and thought-leader, and is a Principal in The Boswell Group LLC, a consulting firm focusing on the psychology of business. He advises CEOs and corporate directors on the people side of their business. He is a former FORTUNE columnist and CBS business news blogger, and an engaging public speaker adept at rendering complicated ideas clearly and compellingly. Dr. Stein’s approach pivots on knowing that the best business decisions and solutions are built on sound understanding, not just expedient action.

The Boswell Group, LLC

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Specialty Areas:
CEO/Board Advisor; Executive/Senior Team Coaching; Leadership Development; Organizational Change & Business Development Strategizing; High-Stakes Hiring/Partnering Assessments.






Richard Biggs
International Growth Consultants
Richard is an International business development expert, former CEO and serial entrepreneur. He has taken U.S. based companies from sectors including consumer electronics, software, manufacturing and technology into the EU, Middle East, Asia and Australasia. Richard possesses the cultural intelligence that comes from having lived in 5 Counties, parents from 2 Countries (Italy & England) and working throughout the EMEA and APAC regions. Richard has started 3 companies of his own – two in the US, one in the UK and is currently active on the Portland early-stage company scene.


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Specialty Areas:
International channel development; Building & leveraging alliances, JVs and partnerships; Outsourcing & off-shoring; Identifying & penetrating emerging markets







Rick Pay
Operational Excellence
Rick Pay has been dubbed by his clients as the "Sherlock Holmes of Operations and Supply Chain Management." He appears frequently as a speaker and his articles have recently been published by Industry Week and the Institute for Supply Management.

As principal of The R. PAY COMPANY, LLC, Rick draws on 30 years of experience to produce breakthrough results in operations, supply chain strategy, materials and inventory management. He holds a BS in business administration from Colorado State University and a MBA from the University of Montana.

The R. Pay Company, LLC

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Specialty Areas:
Operations Strategy; Change Management; Supply Chain Management; Materials and Inventory Management; Business Improvement






Dan Duggan
Heart-based Leadership
Dan Duggan is an inspirational leader and coach with over 20-year’s experience as a successful business executive. He possesses the invaluable ability to quickly assess where an organization ‘s creative energy flows and where it is blocked. Dan’s insight and sincerity create a safe environment in which people discover their innate courage and they begin to accomplish what they never thought possible. Through deep caring, humor and strong coaching, he helps leaders to open to the joy in their work and invite forth the creative energy already existing in their organizations.

Lionheart Consulting, Inc.

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Specialty Areas:
Executive coaching; Organizational Culture Change; CEO Group facilitation; Conflict Resolution; Succession Planning








Articles can be accessed at the links, below

Build Your Business
Author:         Mark Paul

How to Attract More Customers

Are You Leaving Money on the Table?

How a $3 million/year Company was Acquired for nearly $20 million – in Six Months

Improve Profits & Cash Flow
Author:         Patrick Wheeler

Don’t Be Blindsided By Financial Risks

What Does A Lost Customer Cost You?

How to Improve Your Company’s Cash Flow

Create High-Performance Teams
Author:         Tom Cox

How to be Cacheable… as a CEO

Clueless in the C-Suite


Maximize IT's Value for Your Organization
Author:         Manoj Garg

How to measure the value of Information Technology

How to align Information Technology with Your Business Needs

How to maximize the value of IT in your business
- IT Outsourcing

Improve Communications
Author:         Dave Yewman

How to give a really bad speech

PowerPoint Makes You Stupid

Are You Speaking Too Long?


Increase Sales
Author:         Bill Etheredge

Sales Strategy-The Most Critical Element of Strategic Planning

Maximizing Sales Velocity Despite Economic Headwinds

Simplifying Sales and Channel Strategy: Breaking Down a Complex Process

How HR can Help You... Or Ruin Your Company
Author:         Iris Sasaki

The Urgent Role of HR in M&As

Using HR to Boost Company Performance

How to Avoid Your Murder (or Your Employees')

Develop High-Quality Products
Author:         Mike Miles

How to Reduce Slips in Development Schedules

How to Minimize Project Risks

Engineering Resources: Captive vs Consulting

Increase Your Company's Value
Author:         Brent Freeman

Finding the Street Value of a Privately Held Company

Maximizing the Value of Your Exit Strategy

How to Find & Attract Capital to Grow Your Company

Get Products to Market, Faster
Author:         Gary Chin

Balancing Process & Creative Freedom


Think Differently: Optimize Your Leadership
Author:         Dr. Alexander Stein

The Secret to Building a Stronger Business

How to Really Get Things Done

International Growth
Author:         Richard Biggs

You’ve decided to double sales by "Going international." Now what?

10 Reasons to go International

Operational Excellence
Author:         Rick Pay

Everybody’s Jumping on the Lean Bandwagon but Many Are Being Taken for a Ride

The Soulful Executive
Author:         Dan Duggan

Got Heart? How to Move You & Others from Discouraged to Engaged Again

Value:  Insights to help you grow your company.