Andrea has over 35 years professional experience as the CEO and president of start-up through mid-sized companies, and she has demonstrated serial success in leading companies through rapid and profitable growth. Her experience spans multiple industries as the CEO of Rio Grande Jewelry Supply, the president of international clothing manufacturer and direct marketer Fulcrum Direct/After the Stork, president of marketing services firm Anthill Marketing, and a founding senior executive of Playboy’s direct marketing catalog operations in music and video. She owns Hill Management Group, LLC, with the brands MentorWerx, StrategyWerx, SupportWerx, and JewelryWerx, and her latest books is the “How-to-Hire Handbook for Small Business Owners.”
Andrea’s particular expertise is in preparing companies for growth – whether they seek to improve cash-flow for organic growth, or acquire angel or institutional investors. She uses proprietary processes for strategic planning, branding & marketing strategy, operations improvement and management, human resources strategy, and financial reporting – all areas which must be perfected in order to improve the bottom line or approach serious investors. In 2007 Andrea formed HMC Group, providing strategy consulting, coaching, branding, and marketing services to small and mid-sized businesses.
Andrea's approach to leading and consulting has always been to teach a man to fish, and as a result she has developed dozens of effective methods of teaching and applying business skills. Our most active consultant, Andrea continues to refine these practices and add new teachings, and these are the classes we bring to you through MentorWerx.
Andrea's most recent book is the "How-to-Hire Handbook for Small Business Owners," and her new book, "Big Business Brand, Small Business Budget" will be available early in 2015. She has been a regular columnist for MJSA Journal since 2007, and she has also been published and frequently interviewed for publications including JCK, National Jeweler, InStore Magazine, InDesign Magazine, Multichannel Merchant, and Retailing Insight.
If you want more information about Andrea, including a list of her extensive publications, please visit her LinkedIn profile.