AREA & TAHOE OFFICES
President and Principal Planning Facilitator
In spite of
30 years as a strategic management consultant and planning facilitator
in more than 40 industries and 16 countries, Rob approaches each
planning meeting and implementation assignment with a fresh look,
designing agendas and management processes which are uniquely
tailored to the business issues, industry trends and financial
situation which the client faces. Rob lives and mountain bikes
in the Tahoe area and in southern Santa Clara County. His background
includes a B.A. (economics) at Santa Clara University; an MBA
(strategic marketing) at the University of Southern California;
marketing experience at Procter & Gamble and other leading
firms in the grocery industry; business and not-for-profit Board
positions; and significant support for many community organizations.
President, Planning Facilitator & Graphic Recorder
With an outstanding
business education (California State University Monterey Bay)
and golf skills to match his previous career in the golf industry,
Ryan joined us as a Director of Marketing and Industry Research
(we do a lot of that), and now brings his graphic recorder skills
to clients, documenting meeting decisions and managing the flow
of planning information, which can seem overwhelming. We've seen
Ryan waterskiing, wakeboarding and surfing enough to confirm his
watersports addiction. He lives and farms on a ranch near Gilroy,
Howard and Rob first worked together in college on The Santa Clara newspaper — Rob, editor; Howard, cartoonist. They have continued to work together throughout their careers. At NBC, Howard was a leading art director/designer of television print advertising, winning numerous industry awards. Additionally, Howard directed a “Who's Who” list of NBC talent and guest stars for still photography. Prior to NBC, he was with the Los Angeles Times, producing award-winning outdoor, transit, trade and consumer print advertising. Howard is an experienced advertising creative director, illustrator and fine artist. At Growth Management, Howard illustrates strategy concepts as they are being developed, then works with clients to translate new strategies into powerful traditional and online media advertising.
Client Services Coordinator
service delivery, keeps us in touch with clients, schedules us
for planning sessions and accesses process resources when clients
need them. She also manages the often-complex electronic communication
with clients and their protected networks. Cathy also manages
to get great seats at San Francisco Giants games when bleacher
seats are the only option, and has parking privileges right next
to Willie Mays at AT&T Park. Cathy lives in Truckee, CA.
Executive Vice-President and Senior Planning Facilitator
With a solid
and enviable corporate career in strategic marketing (including
Brand Director at Jack Daniel's), Allen has brought his southern
accent and strategic insight to companies in many industries,
in the US, Australia and in Western/Eastern Europe. He partners
closely with management teams to provide momentum for their growth
strategies and plan implementation processes. Allen lives and
plays near-scratch golf in Nashville, TN.
President of GMC Marketing, s.r.o. and Senior Consultant
As the bells
of freedom began to ring in Eastern Europe in 1989, Ivan transitioned
his career in an eastern bloc export firm into a consulting practice
focused on accelerating the transition of state-owned and entrepreneurial
firms into a free market economy. He has developed broad expertise
in Competitive Intelligence processes, manufacturing industries
and public transportation. With a passion for cross-cultural understanding,
Ivan introduces management teams to business practices which lock
in customer-centered values, important learning for businesses
which are emerging into the tough, intense world of global competition.
Ivan lives in Prague, Czech Republic, and currently holds the
GMC "Billiards Champion" title.
are members of The Grove’s worldwide network of consultants
who work visually to facilitate planning sessions. We also collaborate
with David Sibbet and other Grove members on the development of
large format planning worksheets and to develop management processes
which link with the visual planning formats. Client planning sessions
are often held at The Grove’s center in San Francisco’s
Presidio, and many of our clients also take The Grove’s
skill workshops on working visually in an organizational setting.
Our business operates with as little paper as possible.
Our filing and client communication are primarily digital. We
re-use or recycle what paper we do use, and our markers are refillable.
For each planning meeting we facilitate, we plant a tree in the
Amazon to reduce deforestation, in cooperation with The Nature
Conservancy’s “Plant-A-Billion” initiative.
To join us, click here: http://www.plantabillion.org
Sometimes clients ask that we actually bring trees to the
planning meeting, which participants take home and plant in the
location of their choice, or The Arbor Day Foundation will plant
trees in a National Forest on our behalf. To join us, click here:
Planning sessions are sometimes held at The Chaminade Resort in
Santa Cruz, overlooking Monterey Bay.
Sacramento meetings are typically held at The Sutter Club,
across from the State Capitol. It is a private club which dates
back to 1889, and was founded by the original 49er’s and
their children, the first generation Californians. www.sutterclub.org
Spring and summer meetings are often held at Sugar Bowl,
located on Donner Summit at the foot of Mt. Disney and Mt. Judah.
Fall and winter meetings can be held at Granlibakken,
on Lake Tahoe’s west shore, near Tahoe City. This is a cost-effective,
all-inclusive venue with a rich history. www.granlibakken.com
to offer shade
protection for young
in Bodfish Creek,
of the Pajaro River