“They never call me when it’s easy.”
Spending the last 30-years achieving extraordinarily controversial, complicated and competitive strategic objectives, Patrick Fox has been a key trusted advisor to leading companies and institutions across 48 US States and 5 countries. His focus on and expertise in strategic advocacy has led to thousands of successful engagements building and protecting market share, winning highly competitive licensing and regulatory fights, securing land use approvals, winning corporate ballot initiatives, complex mergers and much more.
Warning: Asking him to recount “campaign war stories” can cause curriculum and agendas to veer wildly off track as has been discovered by countless industry trade associations, executive training seminars, corporate events and university programs including at the MIT Center for Real Estate where he initiated the seminar on Winning Community Support for Real Estate Projects and is a regular contributor. Groups he has addressed include, among others, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), British Retail Consortium (BRC), Eckert Seamans’ Panel on International Business, American Gas Association (AGA), National Sand, Stone & Gravel Association (NSSGA), National Mining Association (NMA), Canadian Gaming Association (CGA), AFL-CIO, and WasteCon. He advised Japanese business leaders on building community support for gaming projects in the City of Yokohama, Japan, and he has served on Urban Land Institute Advisory Panels.
He is an author of NIMBY WARS: The Politics of Real Estate and numerous articles focusing on strategy, best practices, executive education and the humor and absurdity of it all.
Patrick earned an MBA from Northeastern University and has completed additional programs at Harvard, MIT and Harvard Business School. Additional experience includes work on more than 100 political campaigns, management of a U.S. Congressional office, founding principle of a government relations firm and the dubious achievement of top-tier frequent flier status at too many airlines and hotels to count.
Across diverse industries and organizational roles, the constant has been a focus on business growth, team and individual mentoring, and continued learning. His experience has included leadership roles in finance, operations, and strategy in multinational technology, services, and consulting organizations. When growth was absent due to business downturns and unforeseen events, different challenges and the need to implement creative solutions provided invaluable learning.
Paul is a Business Advisor in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses national program taught at Babson College, mentoring and advising business owners in a rigorous curriculum to develop growth opportunity and financial plans for their business. He has worked with over fifty business owners in diverse industries, including retail, financial services, technology, professional services, healthcare, manufacturing, and others. The common objective is business growth through the introduction of a new product, service offering, or strategic partnering, leading to economic development in their business community. Working with a diverse group of business owners provides new insights and perspectives in entrepreneurship and the challenges of growing one’s business.
Paul began his career at Price Waterhouse in Boston where he earned his CPA designation. After completing his MBA at Babson College, his professional experiences included financial and operational leadership at Computervison, the founding organization of CAD/CAM software. Subsequently, he held leadership roles in a multinational staffing firm (TAC Worldwide), ownership and sale of a boutique staffing firm (Wilmark Group) specializing in technology and life sciences, and most recently, a land use political consulting firm (Saint Consulting Group).
Currently, Paul leads the Board of Advisors for College Recruiters, a MN based firm providing internship and career opportunities for college students and recent college graduates.
Paul participates in career planning and mentoring events at Babson College for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as leading experiential learning projects with MBA students.
His interests include history, Cape Cod, and woodworking. He and his wife Judy reside in Wayland, MA.
Only Successful People Fail: “In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins; cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.” – Harold S. Geneen; Accountant, Industrialist, and CEO
Owen Eagan specializes in developing community outreach programs for Fortune 500 companies. He has worked on more than a hundred political campaigns, including the successful ballot initiatives for the $5 billion rail transit proposal in Honolulu, Hawaii, and the $2.6 billion Wynn Resorts proposal in Everett, Massachusetts, which received record support of 86.5%. He is the author of So What?: Measuring and Assessing Strategic Communications in Land Use Politics, which describes a management consulting firm’s approach to winning political campaigns and has been hailed as one of the best business books on politics by industry, political, communications and academic leaders.
He received a BA from Clark University, an MA from Emerson College and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He also attended the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program and the University of California-Berkeley CEQA CLE program.
In addition, Owen is currently an Executive-in-Residence at Emerson College, the nation’s only four-year institution dedicated exclusively to the study of communication and the performing arts, and is certified in Social & Behavioral Research by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative.
His commentary and research have appeared in leading industry and academic publications including Campaigns & Elections magazine, International Journal of Interdisciplinary Research and International Business Times. He has also served for several years as a judge for the American Association of Political Consultants’ prestigious Pollie Awards, which honor excellence in the practice of political communication.
Courtney’s specialties include creative communications, web-design, social media, cross-platform integration and multi-channel marketing campaigns. In addition, she has developed digital strategies for several multi-billion projects using cutting edge techniques that leverage the integration of web and mobile platforms.
Prior to joining Consensus, Courtney worked as a web developer for a local marketing firm, producing websites and digital campaigns for shopping and retail centers in the Mountain West. Having spent eight years in fundraising for regional and national non-profits, Courtney has a deep understanding of marketing tactics that have helped raise over $3 million from small-dollar donors.
Courtney was the field director for Middle Tennessee during the 2006 Harold Ford Jr. for Senate campaign and was the only field staffer to reach her vote goal. She received her undergraduate degree in American Studies and Political Science from Vanderbilt University and her master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.
Courtney lives outside of Denver, Colorado with her husband, toddler son, cat and dog.
Born and raised in Boston’s Charlestown neighborhood, Nolan’s experience in politics and community organizing began as soon as he could walk the streets of that politically charged and tight knit community. Work followed on a myriad of hotly contested city council, legislative and mayoral races in communities where elections were won or lost on the streets. In conjunction with a prominent Boston law firm, Nolan used his strategic knowledge and political skills to build support for countless controversial commercial and residential real estate development projects throughout New England before joining Saint Consulting as a senior field coordinator and working on projects across the United States. With political street smarts, diligent execution, and advanced technical and digital skills, Nolan excels at building powerful coalitions and delivering results.
Nolan worked with political legend and author Gerard Doherty on research and editing for his book They Were My Friends: Jack, Bob and Ted, My Life in and out of Politics.
Nolan earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is a proud member of the Knights of Columbus Council #62, Teamsters Local 25 and the Bunker Hill Associates, a Charlestown based non-profit organization that works with the community raising funds for local civic organizations, scholarships and youth groups.