2011 is a wrap, and here's hoping 2012 has treated you well so far. We had a good year at The Directive group, helping our clients in several sectors with business strategy, growth blueprints, financing services, and various strategic activities driving revenue growth. Although many of the companies we came into contact with were still reeling from the economic downturn with continued revenue declines, we also worked with companies in hot sectors such as SaaS, healthcare software, batteries / power storage, and industrial goods.
One of my personal successes was a SaaS client with major turnaround work coined a "DNA change" by the CEO. The engagement helped the client target deals that were 10x their average deal size, and within a few months, the company was targeted by two independent unsolicited acquisition offers. See more of our success stories on our website.
2011 also seemed to be the year of Smart Grid. I was invited to participate in numerous Smart Grid events as a moderator for panel topics such as wireless, integrated communications, and EV integration. We will continue to watch the Smart Grid sector, and continue to help companies targeting this hot sector.
Nonprofit workI also wrapped up my work with a long term nonprofit client with a strategic plan earlier in the year. After over 20 years of working with revenues and profits, I felt great accomplishment helping a highly scientific nonprofit organization with their growth blueprint
Also, in 2011, I was honored to be elected to the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Boys and Girls Club, a 60 year old nonprofit organization helping disadvantaged youth with academics, sports, and citizenry programs. Just to give an idea, some of the children served are from families who make less than $16,000 a year - for a family of six!
So I'd like to ask for some information.
If you work for a company that offers nonprofit giving at a corporate level or encourages their employees to participate in annual giving, please drop me a note. I'd like to add the LABGC to the roster of nonprofits at your company. Of course you can always make an individual donation: every dollar will help build a safety net to keep these kids off the streets and on their way to a better future.
Many of you may know that I paint as a hobby. At the insistence of family and friends, I finally decided to sell my artwork, and in the first two weeks I sold 8 pieces! (who knew?) Soon after, I was invited to show my work at the 10th anniversary of a major group show in Los Angeles on February 11th. If you're in town and interested in the arts, this is a fun event to attend.
Staying in touchWhether in the world of cyber networking, or in person, we'd love to hear from you. Feel free to drop a note and say hello.
If your company or a client company needs to improve their business results, I'd love to chat with you. Please spread the word!
All my best,
-- Kat Shoa