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Mike Flynn

Mike Flynn

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Consulting Services

Connections across the country: from start-ups to cutting-edge technology firms.

The businesses and organizations we’ve had the opportunity to work with represent an exciting array of connections that range from well-established companies to start-up enterprises and from leading-edge technology firms to economic-development entities.

Here is a brief description of each such relationship, for which we have provided marketing counsel and insights to high-level introductions and investor contacts

Consulting Services Provided to:

Baldwin Resource Group, a Bellevue-based professional service firm that assists its clients in building, preserving and protecting their physical and financial assets.BRG provides resources and expertise in the Insurance, Employee Benefits, Business Consulting, Risk Management and Financial AssetManagement fields.Our involvement: to provide introductions and marketing ideas.

Collier’s International. Since 1979, Colliers International-Greater Puget Sound region, with offices in Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma and Olympia, has been a leading full-service commercial real estate firm, providing integrated brokerage, property management, finance, consulting and research services to clients locally and globally.Our role: to provide introductions and assist with marketing involvements.

Enterprise Honolulu (EH),the O'ahu Economic Development Board, is a not for profit corporation whose efforts support a diversified economy on O'ahu. The public-private partnership is a leading agent in the growth, retention and recruitment of businesses that offer quality jobs in Hawai'i.Our role: providing consulting services to expose emerging companies on Oahu to potential investors in the Puget Sound area.

ITLifelineis a young Spokane-based company that provides business-continuity and recovery services. Its Liberty lake Business Recovery Center “provides a complete continuity and recovery solution across multiple business segments with a full range of IT continuity solutions to ensure recovery from natural and man-caused disasters.Our role: to provide introductions to companies that were target prospects for new business for ITLifeline.

NextIT, Spokane-based creator of virtual personalities, officially “human emulation software,” to “redefine the relationship between people and technology.” Customers of NextIT and its world-class artificial intelligence include the U.S. Army (Sgt. Starr) and Alaska Airlines (Jenn).Our role: to provide introductions to top executives of target prospect companies.

Pacificcap Group, Hawaii’s largest venture capital firm, which has investments both in the Islands and in California and has sought ties to companies in the Puget Sound area.Our role: to assist managing partner Jeff Au with Puget Sound-area contacts, both for potential investments and potential partnerships.

Revitalization partners,an international specialty management services firm that provides hands-on interim executive management and advisory services to client companies, specializing in under-performing, turnaround, bankruptcy and workout situations as well as repositioning companies faced with changing market and funding situations. Two of the firms principals, Alan Davis and Bill Lawrence, have received an initial $50 million pledge of capital to invest in distressed or capital-constrained middle market companies. It’s called Revitalization Capital Partners.Our role: To provide marketing visibility and counsel, as well as introductions.

United Builders of Washington,one of the oldest continuously operating homebuilders in the state of Washington. Foundedby John Strosahl in 1949 and run today by his sons, Steve and Pat. the Yakima-based company has built thousands of homes for residents of Eastern Washington, Oregon and Idaho, with a focus on first- and second-time homebuyers. the company has two signature projects: Zillah Lakes, a wine country village, and The Villas at Terrance Heights.Our role: To provide marketing visibility as well as investor possibilities.

Vistage International:The San Diego-based company is the world’s foremost chief executive leadership organization. Today, Vistage International (successor to TEC) and its global affiliates operate in 16 countries. Executive Leadership Program members meet in small groups every month under the same guiding principles—to help one another make better decisions, achieve better results, and enhance their lives.For Vistage we created an event called Most Admired CEOs and provided consulting services on opening new markets and ferreting out prospective leaders.

Advisory Services Provided to:

FallSaver:This young Nevada company has created a patient safety device for those who should not get up without assistance. The CEO is Kathryn Kelly, a well-known scientist in her own right whose retired cardio-surgeon father invented the device to help alert those in danger of falling.

HomeSavvi.com. This recent-startup web-based magazine describes its role as “ to simplify the complex process of home remodeling. Through informative articles, the best online tools, homeowner blogs and professional advice, HomeSavvi guides homeowners through the entire remodeling process.” Entrepreneur Villette Nolon is founder, CEO and president.

IgniteBiz: This consulting company builds stronger partnerships between North America and the Middle East with an emphasis on the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries through commerce, trade and cross-cultural understanding. Nohl Martin’s IgniteBiz connects leading companies, deals and partners and helps them define effective strategies within the Middle East and beyond.

Integrity Institute. This Seattle-area company, founded by former Enron employee Lynn Brewer, is focused on a process for predicting financially sustainable performance of public companies. Her firm is focused on the foundation of the organization and the early warning signs to predict how companies withstand market forces. Using an integrated econometric model and predictive analytics, The Integrity Institute has identified the key measures of structural integrity that predict corporate performance. Our role: To provide counsel and introductions to potential partners and investors.

About Mike Flynn

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Over nearly a quarter century as editor and publisher of Puget Sound Business Journal, Mike Flynn learned what it takes to succeed in business and how building relationships represents the underpinnings of business success.

He views his selection as a 2013 laureate of the Puget Sound Business Hall of Fame as the proudest moment of his career.

Flynn retired in April of 2006 after 24 years at the helm of the Business Journal and moved to what he refers to as his “entrepreneurial encore” of consulting, counseling and advising businesses, business people and business organizations.

His focus and commitment relate to building business relationships, whether bringing business leaders of different regions together, bringing start-up entrepreneurs in contact with those who have capital to invest, or helping rural areas grow through creating contacts with expansion-minded businesses.

During his nearly quarter century with PSBJ, Flynn presided over its growth in influence and financial success as it became what was generally recognized by its peers as one of the most successful and respected weekly business newspapers in America.

Flynn’s career at the Business Journal followed two decades with United Press International as a reporter, manager and eventually as the San Francisco-based executive responsible for UPI’s business and marketing activities in the western United States.

Flynn says he found the most satisfying aspect of guiding the Business Journal to be creating and fostering the concept of not merely informing the business community, but also connecting it. And he brings that commitment to his consulting activity. He says part of the satisfaction he finds is the range of friends and contacts he has developed, not just in the State of Washington but across the western states, Mexico and Hawaii.

A commitment to community and non-profit causes has been a key part of Flynn’s involvements. He served on the board of the Association of Washington Business for 15 years, on the boards of both the Seattle and Bellevue chabers of commerce, the Columbia Tower Club, the Northwest Entrepreneur Network and the YMCA. He is past chair of the Downtown Seattle Association and Junior Achievement. He is currently and (on) the executive committee ogf Junior Achievement. the boards of The Columbia Tower Club and Downtown Seattle Association, and the advisory board for the Center for Entreprenuership and Innovation at Central Washington University.

His awards, in addition to the Business Hall of Fame selection, include twice being named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Media Advocate of the Year; receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from Gov. Christine Gregoire in 2006 for service to economic development in Washington State; receiving the McNaughton Award from JA in 2006 (presented each year to the local business leader who best exemplifies the qualities of service to business and the community demonstrated by the late Stanley O. McNaughton); selection as one of the 2006 Champions of Catholic Education honored at the Seattle Archdiocese’s annual Fulcrum Foundation banquet; and being selected six times for an Eagle Award from American City Business Journals for guiding one of the company’s most successful newspapers.

He and his wife, Betsy, have three children and eight grandchildren.

Pat Scanlon - Corporate Change and Innovation Management

pjs tie BWEach organization is unique and so the scope of transformation will be different for each company’s specific needs.  Even as all people share a critical dependence on similar organic functions such as circulatory and nervous systems but every individual is unique – so it is with businesses and their underlying digital systems.  The objective of business transformation is to assess the organization’s existing state of brand, digital & innovation health and then to implement improvements and/or whole new approaches to optimize results throughout the organization.

Pat Scanlon is an accomplished senior executive in both North America and Asia Pacific leveraging his business acumen to assist both private and public companies in organizational change, product & brand strategy development and digital marketing strategy & tactics in the tech, media and marketing/advertising industries as a founder, investor, trusted advisor, or as a key team member.

As a former Board Member of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Digital & Strategy) as well as  being a VP/GM of USA TODAY Sports (High School Division) Pat has worked in the media, branding/advertising and venture arenas in a number of capacities.  Grounded in solid real-world business experience Pat is a pioneer of digital business - from early 1990's consumer Internet software to the 2000's patented (x2) digital photographic software and digital change management and data driven throught leadership in the 2010's.

Balancing both the right and left sides of his brain - Pat has a unique blend of strategy, deep technical knowledge, creativity and real world business experience to help companies and teams understand their ever-evolving business landscape. 

Over his career Pat has developed, and helped execute, digital strategies, change management, digital process redevelopment for a number of brands & companies:

  • Sports: Gatorade, Under Armour
  • Digital Advertising: American Family Insurance, The Army Reserve National Guard
  • Australia/Asia: Nike, Blockbuster, AOL, Shangri-La Hotels
  • Media: USA Today Sports, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette & hundreds of smaller market newspapers across the USA

Click here to view Pat's LinkedIn Profile 

Follow Pat on Twitter via @scanlonpj

Specialties: digital strategy, change management, Big Data business process establishment & reengineering, experienced entrepreneur, award-winning, influencer, digital revenue, thought leader, digital product development, digital media strategy, digital media professional, board member, advisory board member, business development.

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