Business Coach and Management Consultant
For the last six years Mark Orton has focused on hands-on work with owners and leaders of start-up and small businesses. He applies strong active listening with useful questions and appropriate data to help leaders find the best path through the maze of opportunities, risks, and the occasional disastrous bright idea. Then, Mark works to develop a concrete list of tasks that the leader must accomplish to push his business toward the goals. Ongoing work focuses on getting the right things done and refocusing as the situation develops.
Somewhat to his surprise, Mark has learned that short teleconferences are the best, most effective way to work with his clients. They can be scheduled easily. They are long enough to have immediate impact, but brief enough not to disrupt. With the addition of shared documents over the Web, in-depth discussions are facilitated. Good tracking of tasks and results are also easily accomplished. Regular teleconferences provide business leaders with an ongoing business conversation with seasoned entrepreneur manager. This assures ongoing accountability for creating real results through a focused approach to the few key tasks that the leader can undertake to move the organization forward.
As these coaching practices have evolved, a mixed mode approach combining occasional face-to-face meetings, quarterly performance reviews are a good example.
Mark has over twenty five years of senior management experience in manufacturing, software and consulting. Over the past ten years Mark has consulted to very small firms as well as Fortune 100 firms. This includes lean manufacturing and lean enterprise training and projects for a premier aerospace firm’s suppliers.
His work in manufacturing extends from early experiences as machinist and design engineer to senior management positions in plant management, marketing, customer service, and product development. Most of this experience was at Augat, Inc., a Fortune 500 electronic component manufacturer with $1.2 billion sales (now part of Tyco, Inc.). This included being the General Manager of a manufacturing plant with sales of $95 million and Marketing Manager for a division with sales of $450 million.
In 2000, Mark Orton co-founded Valuedge, Inc., a software company providing web-based supplier performance assessment software and services to manufacturers, including The Boeing Company, and strategic sourcing vendors. Valuedge was purchased in November 2004 by Emptoris, Inc.