Forrest Consulting, a management consulting firm founded in 1988, is behind Strategic Business Leader.
Talk to us! We build organizations. We can help you achieve more.
We have helped many organizations find greater success by tackling strategic, management, marketing and other challenges and opportunities like these.
Who are we? Forrest Consulting, a high-level management consulting firm founded in 1988, serves companies and non-profits seeking growth, greater value and impact. We counsel senior management and Boards, provide facilitated strategic planning, and help tackle management, marketing, revenue-generation, communications and other issues and opportunities.
How are we different? Why should you care? When we counsel you and propose solutions, we start from a strategic perspective to add greatest value. We assure the strategies we help you develop and implement are aimed at moving your organization to your shared vision of future success. We focus time and resources for the greatest impact. Our senior management and expert consultants provide tailored, high value, cost-effective solutions.
Lee Crumbaugh, Forrest Consulting's founder, is a management, planning and communications expert.
Lee Crumbaugh, president and founder of Forrest Consulting, is involved in all client work, adding experienced professionals with appropriate skill sets as needed.
Recruited as VP, Marketing, United Way in the Chicago suburbs, Charge was to dramatically grow funds raised. Tripled results from $9 million to $26 million in 7 years. Became COO, led reorganization, introduced team management and outcomes.
At the American Fence Association, as Executive Director worked with Board and staff to grow the 1,700 member association. Programs doubled revenue to $4 million in four years, then limited contraction in the recession. Achieved 80% membership retention.
At Continental Bank, as VP Public Affairs, re-built and led marketing communications team as part of bank turn-around after FDIC rescue. Working with new ad agency (Fallon) and talented staff members, changed how and what bank communicated, externally and internally.
Launched consumer publishing company.Wrote business plan, raised $750,000 from 27 investors, recruited board and employees, launched publication, managed corporation. Led generation of 365 ad pages from 250 firms, acquisition of 9,000 paid subscribers.
At national banking trade association, as Vice President and Marketing Director, edited and managed editorial, production and marketing for 30,000-circulation monthly magazine for bank executives. Magazine earned First Place, General Excellence, Society of National Association Publications competition. Helped triple ad income by recruiting/managing marketing professionals, creating research and sales tracking/forecasting programs; developing sales materials; and conducting seminars.
Education: MBA, marketing management, finance emphasis, University of Chicago Booth School of Business. BS, news-editorial journalism, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. Colorado State University. Financial executive program, Indiana University.
Affiliations/Certification: Association for Strategic Planning, International Association of Facilitators, Association Forum of Chicagoland, Social Media Club. Earned Strategic Management Professional (SMP) certification from Association for Strategic Planning, October 2011.
Publications/Presentations: Writes strategy blog. Has written 1,000s of articles and columns; launched publications; drafted and delivered numerous speeches and presentations; created web sites; and organized meetings and seminars. Taught journalism.