Mark and Pat brought experience and professionalism, plus the benefit of a thoughtful, detached perspective, to my business. They helped me shift my focus from day-to-day operations to addressing the key long-term priorities that I was always too busy to work on in the past. Together, we’ve developed clear strategic goals and are now tackling some of the issues we need to achieve them. The process has been both professional and enjoyable and has positioned Abacus to address any challenges and achieve increased revenue and profit.
-David Coletto, CEO of Abacus Data
We’ve been working very closely with Pat and Mark for several months and they’ve been instrumental in helping us implement systems and processes to grow our business. This year marks the 20th anniversary of MARSWorks and even with our experience, we’ve found that Pat and Mark bring a fresh perspective. We know these ideas will not just be talked about but acted upon, thanks to their help.
-Sean O’Neill, Partner in MARSWorks
Mark brings to the table a unique combination of reputation, creative energy, storytelling, and enthusiasm. What makes PWL different is not an easy story to tell, nor is PWL a household name, yet Mark has been instrumental in crafting and delivering high quality messages in a variety of formats for us, and we are very pleased with the results.
– Cameron Passmore, PWL Capital
I have had the pleasure of knowing Pat Whalen for over 25 years. In addition, I had the opportunity to work alongside Pat as well as have been an outside client. Pat epitomizes how a hardworking, loyal, trustworthy, knowledgeable and experienced professional deals with people, business and clients. An expert in sales and marketing, Pat compliments that experience with sound financial and business management, strategic planning and operations. Not afraid to roll up his sleeves, Pat leads by example. He is a true leader who I would recommend to any organization looking to engage his company in any capacity.
-Greg Graham, President & COO, Cardel Homes
Mark has assisted me with a number of long term projects that required vision and patience. These were generally complicated projects with many moving parts and deadlines. Mark was able to help me focus on the end vision and then break down the projects in manageable pieces with achievable timeframes, acting as a quarterback in keeping the focus on what needed to be accomplished and in what order.
Mark has also been a mentor in helping me work though changes and challenges that one invariably encounters in a business career. In particular he helped me with the important decision to merge my independent business with a larger professional practice. This has turned out to be a very positive and rewarding move. Mark brings a very focused and positive approach to his work with others. I am happy to recommend him as a trusted advisor.
– Doug McLarty, Partner, Assurance and Advisory Services, MNP LLP
Those members of The Aspire Group Family that have had the pleasure of working with Pat Whalen during our partnership at the Ottawa 67’s/ OSEG always found him to be the consummate professional. Experienced, smart, good listener and firm decision-maker. We have not always seen eye to eye on every issue but we have always worked to a resolution that is fair and best for both parties. Such qualities of toughness, experience, having his feet on the ground, awareness of the necessary details, good communicator, team player and reasonable partner is, in my 30 + years of experience in this industry, very hard to find.
In short, any organization fortunate enough to snag his services through his company will have a very skilled and effective executive on their management team. Pat is a consensus builder that gets things done, challenges the status quo and is committed to producing bottom-line results.
– Bernard J Mullin, Ph D, Chairman and CEO, The Aspire Sport Marketing Group LLC.
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