Mary Marshall began her business career running a small, family-owned business. Learning the details of small business operations and management led her to a career coaching small and medium-size business entrepreneurs who were interested in selling their companies. After three years of successfully completing many mergers and acquisitions, Mary was fascinated by one small high tech company and accepted a position as Sales and Operations Manager. In less than three years the company grew from $250K in revenue to over $5MM, with Nintendo and Microsoft included as clients. She was then hired to create a value added resale channel and start a branch operation for a similar business that led her to become Vice President for the company. She became an owner and President of the company after completing a successful turnaround in less than a year.
After selling her business to a partner in 2000, she launched a career as a consultant, primarily focused on operations management and organizational development. This expanded to executive coaching and becoming a Vistage Chair in Seattle, running a successful Chair Practice. Vistage International is the world’s leading peer advisory membership organization, serving more than 20,000 CEOs and senior executives in 15 countries. Mary successfully ran 4 CEO and Key Executive groups working with over 50 local CEOs. During her time as a Vistage Chair Mary received many awards including the Rookie of the Year, the Chair Excellence Award, the Master Chair designation, and the Star Award. She was consistently ranked among the top Vistage Chairs in the country and was the first woman in Vistage history to hold the #1 Chair ranking for the US.
In 2008 Mary accepted a position with Vistage running the Western Division. She managed the growth of the division and training and development for approximately 200 Chairs. Mary was promoted in early 2009 to run Training and Development for the entire organization, Chair Selection and New Group starts in addition to her role as Western Division SVP. Her work focused on how the Chairs (Consultants) could grow their practices by finding the right entrepreneurs and businesses to join their groups.
In late 2012 Mary left corporate life at Vistage to go back to what she loves best – working with entrepreneur’s to help them achieve their dreams. She launched Marshall Advisors, LLC as a CEO and Executive Advisory agency to work with CEOs and their executive teams to help them achieve their goals more quickly and efficiently, and have some fun while doing it! As a part of her practice she also teaches a course for Entrepreneurs for the SBA called Emerging Leaders. She helps the business get over the hurdles of entrepreneurship so they can thrive.
Mary also is a member of WIPP (Women Impacting Public Policy), advocating for women business owners and participated in Small Business Saturdays. She is also a Trustee for Washington State Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.
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