|A sampling of what clients have said
about Synergy Consulting's managing partner: "I have had the pleasure to know and work with Mark for over 6
years. I have seen him supercharge companies sales results. In one case, his sales effort
resulted in a company's owner being able to sell his business at a 10x greater value than
he had expected to sell it for. Mark's marketing efforts are second to none."
Managememt Contract Services
"Thank you so much. This
is really very helpful, and you are right, it is going to be imperative to get the message
right. Thank you very much for your excellent service and helping to guide a path for us
to make sure that we achieve what we have set out to do."
Andrea Durbin, Executive
Director: Oregon Environmental Council
were looking for innovative ways to bring new customers in the door. I heard Mark
Paul speak at a private gathering of business owners and what he shared made a lot of
sense to me. We decided to 'take a risk' and hire Synergy. Now I am glad I did! Not only
have we learned valuable insights about our clients, we have attracted more business
already and we have barely started implementing Mark's recommendations! We expect our
business to continue growing rapidly. I
have had a very positive experience working with Mark from Synergy. His professionalism is
refreshing and his ideas are always backed-up by strong data. I felt that Mark always had
my companys best interest at heart and his presentations were very thorough. I would
recommend Synergy to any small business that is looking for a way to increase their
Dr. Judy Chan, Owner: PEC, LLC.
"Mark has helped us better understand the strategic nature
of marketing - to get at the nuances of our customers' needs, so we can reach them most
effectively. He is also a tremendous wealth of knowledge, offering insights when we need
it. Mark has been a serious help to us in the start-up phases of our business, and we look
forward to working with him as our business grows."
Cynthia Payne, Co-owner: Something Sweeeet, LLC.
"We both feel very indebted to you, and grateful for the
great amount of time you have given in support of our venture."
Pamela Mann, Co-owner: Something Sweeeet, LLC.
"Synergy Consulting Group's Insight
Program helped us assess our blind spots as an organization. This process is not for the
faint-hearted. It is for those CEO's who really want to get to the next level - and it
requires openness to challenge the status quo. Synergy has made a difference -
helping us achieve growth at a 40%+ rate and increasing profitability by 75%."
John Boone, CEO: Employment Trends
hired Synergy Consulting two years ago!"
Joe Taylor, CEO: MAS, Inc.
"Mark, thank you for setting a precedence for all consultants. I've had over
200 responses from Guru, from MBA's and dual-degreed guys to greenhorns... and after
spending time filtering them, I began to realize how much they talk, and how little they
perform. You absolutely stand out in the "let's get this thing done" category.
And I wanted to let you know that's a strong influence on how we operate here."
Mark Effinger, CEO: ExitPath Corporation.
"Mark's management style goes far beyond a traditional approach. He is well
organized and has the ability to make hard decisions in a manner that encourages those
charged with execution to do so to the best of their ability. He has a distinctive flair
for his inventive, resourceful and imaginative approach to the successful accomplishment
of every objective -- on schedule, within budget."
Larry A. Hughes, Director of Contracts: Cartwright Electronics
"I would've spent an additional $400,000 or more unless Synergy Consulting
Group came into the picture. They guided me into a more focused area. Their Insight
Program provided information I would've never obtained through conventional means."
Brian Caldwell, CEO: Imagina Software
"Your insights are always so right on target."
Mike Wright, CEO: Stratyx Biotechnology
"The seminar is very pertinent to problems faced by our organization.
Speaker's presentation: Excellent; Value to me - Excellent; Value to my organization -
Excellent; Overall rating - Excellent."
Michael E. Fossey, Vice President, Engineering: Electro Scientific Industries
"Mark is one of the most results-oriented people I have ever worked with. His
ability to approach a problem, analyze it, develop a corrective action plan and have it
implemented is unsurpassed. Mark's commitment to excellence will guarantee continued
Michael C. Peron, Director of Programs: Northrop Grumman
"I would like to thank you for the high quality seminar you conducted. I
personally found it very valuable. I felt the benefit to me exceeded the cost by a
significant margin. Everything was first class."
Mike Scuka, Program Manager: OECO Corporation
"Your unique methods to product development have paid early dividends to
senior management. These have included more and better information on time-to-market and
costs as well as risk assessments. The information will save us valuable time and money
and support the development of more reliable products."
Chris Nawrocki, Vice President Operations: Electro Scientific Industries
"We now have a better appreciation for how a project should be run and an
ability to recognize potential problems. The additional expertise you brought to us
supported our goals and objectives very well."
Dale Petersen, Vice President: Alpine Datasystems
"Anyone in this company who contributes to a project will benefit by a good
product development seminar. The internal team-work by focusing on common goals and
objectives in a common efficient method is very powerful and effective.
Comparing two seminars, Ron Lafleur's project management seminar by Cadence
Management Corp. and the Phoenix Management, Inc. product development seminar, I learned
and use more tools from the Mark Paul seminar by Phoenix Management, Inc.
The class was informative, the documentation is well written, and the follow up was
unexpected. Mark Paul came out to visit the customer satisfaction department to see how I
was applying what I learned and to assist in techniques unique to the type of projects I
I am in control of projects I am assigned and I can measure the value of using
specific techniques learned.
I give it two thumbs up."
Greg Warnke, Customer Satisfaction: In-Focus
"Mark Paul is a results-oriented executive, who has successfully solved
root-causes for poor schedule and cost performance. I strongly recommend him to bring you
better profit margin, schedule and project performance."
Management was effective because they presented new ideas for making project management
successful at our company."
Doug Harley, Project Engineer: Independent Consultant
Jim Jensen, ex-Director of Manufacturing, nCube
"As this year's Chairman of the Oregon
Council of the American Electronics Association, I had the opportunity to work with Mark
Paul on the 'Partnership for Competitiveness' program. Mark played a key
role in assessing the needs of Oregon's Electronics industry. Mark is well respected
within the Oregon Electronics industry and is very well connected to all facets of the
James Hurd, ex-President/CEO, Planar
"Mark has excellent communication skills
which he demonstrated in working with a variety of company and industry leaders. He has
considerable problem-solving and analytical abilities, with a special skill in modeling
Ian Smethurst, Total Quality Leader - Precision Interconnect
"Mark Paul has been instrumental in
helping us look towards the future in a more meaningful way."
Dr. Wes Jarrell, Department Head, Oregon
"Your presentation: "New Problem
Solving Tools for Enhancing Quality, Productivity & Competitiveness" was
excellent, thought-provoking and timely. Several members commented afterwards that the
techniques they learned will help immediately on their projects. Seldom have I received
such unsolicited comments."
Don Adamski, President, Portland
Chapter - Project Management Institute
"Your facilitation skills are very evident
in the meetings I have attended. You have a good blend of humor, responsiveness and subtle
guidance to capture the interests of the audience and to focus the discussion of the
Ken Maddox, ex- Executive Director -
Software Association of Oregon
"Your presentation on business development
was informative and a strategic addition to the tool kit for effectively implementing
product positioning within a competitive marketplace. Your knowledge of business
development is impressive."
Kyle Ritchey-Noll, ex- Executive
Director - American Electronics Association
"You do an excellent job of facilitating
the learning process."
Bert Desmond, President. Currently Department
Chair - Marylhurst MBA Program
"Your new business development insight was
extremely valuable to the audience and will surely be of benefit to them next time they
develop strategies for their products."
Tregg Farmer, ex- V.P. Oregon Chapter - American Marketing Association
"Your insights and ideas on the topic from
an engineering perspective are sure to help us in planning projects and schedules more
efficiently and realistically. You obviously have a great deal of experience in product
development, methodologies, processes and organizational development. The discussion was
both enlightening and entertaining. Your talk really hit the mark, in terms of our needs."
Karen Ronning, President, Willamette Valley Chapter - Society for Technical
"You are a trust-worthy person. I hope that we have the
opportunity to work together again in the future. Your expertise in technology project
management is impressive."
Horace Tso, Founder & President,
Tea House Research
want to let you know how much I appreciate your help over the past couple months. You have
already added significant value to my company and to me!
At first, I was not sure how you could help me. Especially
since you have had no experience in my industry whatsoever! But with a recommendation from
one of your prior customers that I also know, I "took a chance" and hired you to
help me quickly increase the number of customers, revenue, and improve our cash-flow.
I am glad I did! We usually have seasonality in our orders,
but very shortly after engaging you, we have seen a serious increase in our December
orders: typically a slow month! And with the marketing and sales focus we now have, we
expect continuously increasing sales; above all prior forecasts.
Mark, I appreciate how quickly you came up to speed, focused
on our needs, and added value right away! Especially in light of your flexibility in the
payment plan we developed, and you taking a risk on your own recommendations by taking a
part of your fee from additional revenue. As you know, I have been relying on you for more
than what we originally contracted. Not only are you fitting this into your schedule, you
obviously are interested in my success.
Although we have not yet finished implementing your
recommendations, and still have much to do, I have no hesitation recommending that other
business owners hire Synergy Consulting Group in general, and you in particular!
Thank you again, and I look forward to our continued success!"
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