After graduating from Lewis & Clark College in Oregon, Mary Marshall began her business career running a family-owned business. Learning the details of small business operations and management led her into 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 involved with data collection and bar coding. She accepted a position as Sales and Operations Manager for the company. In less than three years, the company grew from $250K in revenue to over $5MM. She was then hired to create a value added resale channel and start a branch operation for a similar business in Oregon that led her to become Vice President of 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. Mary successfully ran 4 CEO and Key Executive groups in the Seattle area 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 in fact, was the first woman in Vistage history to hold the #1 Chair ranking for the US.
In 2008, Mary accepted a staff position with Vistage International to run the Western Division, which at the time was half of the United States. She managed the growth of the division and training and development for approximately 200 Chairs, each running their own Chair Practice. Mary was promoted in early 2009 to also run Training and Development for the entire organization, Chair Selection and New Group starts in addition to her role as Western Division SVP.
In 2012, Mary left corporate life at Vistage to go back to 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!
In early 2014 Mary’s book “Putting Together the Entrepreneurial Puzzle: The Ten Pieces Every Business Needs to Succeed” was published. Based on her many years of experience working as an entrepreneur and with business owners Mary collected a list of the most common problems that hamper small business success. She compiled her solutions to those problems in one book. Putting Together the Entrepreneurial Puzzle is written as ten interconnected but freestanding chapters addressing the fundamental areas of business any successful entrepreneur must be prepared to develop and manage. It takes a nuts-and-bolts approach for a real-world audience needing to address real problems right now and provides solid, practical tools for building a successful business or correcting a struggling one.
Since 2012, Mary has also been teaching a new generation of entrepreneurs at the Small Business Administration through Interise. In addition to instructing over 100 entrepreneurs in the Seattle area, she coaches other instructors throughout the US and frequently travels to various cities for site visits.
In addition to her professional work, Mary makes it a priority to give back to the community. She is on The Board of Trustees for The Nature Conservancy and has served as President for both Women Business Owners, and EWGA (Executive Women’s Golf Association) in Seattle. Mary also served seven years as a volunteer for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) in King County acting as an advocate for children in court. She was nominated for the Volunteer of the Year award in 1999. She is currently a WIPP (Women Impacting Public Policy) National Partner involved in advocacy for policy affecting business owners.
Mary enjoys life in the Seattle area with her family and is an avid golfer and gardener. She is also a stained glass artist and enjoys spending creative time each week at the glass studio.