Kudos from Clients

Quinn Strategy Group is honored to have worked with some of most exceptional and purpose-driven organizations in the Baltimore/Washington area and beyond. Here’s just a sampling of what our clients have to say about working with us:

“I have worked with Ann on two projects, one for our board of trustees and one for our senior leadership team. In both cases, Ann’s professionalism, preparation, approach, insight, and adaptability to our unique needs led to important, beneficial, and rapid changes in our organization. We were left with tools that enable us to make further progress in the near and long term.” 

Steven C. Combs, Ph.D. , President and CEO
Maryland University of Integrative Health

“We engaged Quinn Strategy Group to facilitate the development of a three-year strategic plan and we’re so pleased with the way Ann led us through this year-long process. She ensured we had transparent communication with stakeholders; productive committee, staff and Board of Trustees meetings; and a comprehensive plan with clearly defined metrics. We are grateful to have had Ann’s expertise to guide us.”

Jessica Wolf Suriano, Executive Director
Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust

“Professional, fair, insightful and knowledgeable is what you get when you work with Quinn Strategy Group. It has been a pleasure working with Ann Quinn. Ann led the process to develop my organization’s Strategic Plan. She absorbed a tremendous amount of data very quickly and became an invaluable strategic facilitator. She was thorough, thought provoking and challenging. She will help you challenge the status quo. Her follow through and ability to capture information and put it into bite sized pieces is extremely helpful. At the end of the process, we were able to walk away with clear focus areas and a four-year roadmap to get us to where we needed to be in 2020.”

Violet Apple
Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts of Central Maryland

“Ann Quinn recently led a strategy session for the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland involving board members and key staff.  The session helped us identify ways to get our key stakeholders more engaged and involved.  Ann took the feedback and suggestions that were identified at the strategy session and was able to create practical, actionable objectives and action steps.  The whole process was very productive – and now we have identified specific steps that will move NKF Maryland forward.”

Traci Barnett, President & Chief Executive Officer
National Kidney Foundation of Maryland

“Jemicy School wanted to create a strategic plan which reflected the growth and progress that the school has made in the last decade. Quinn Strategy Group helped school leadership and the board navigate a planning process that included extensive stakeholder involvement and focused the school around key priorities. Ann brought a proven process and approach to our thinking while accommodating our unique culture and working styles. Working with Quinn Strategy Group brought discipline, creativity and strategic thinking to our process for a better outcome.”

Ben Shifrin, Head of School
Jemicy School

“Transition is never an easy time at any organization, even more so when the external environment is unstable and the organization is a not-for-profit with a volunteer board. With Quinn Strategy Group’s assistance Chimes selected a next generation CEO, built organizational capacity on our management team and helped the board prepare for and align with the challenges Chimes will face. It isn’t always easy for a CEO to let go, but I do so with complete confidence we made the right choices and Quinn Strategy Group was clearly instrumental in getting us there.”

Marty Lampner, President Emeritus Chimes
International, LTD

“Ann was a natural choice to lead ETC’s AccelerateBaltimore cohort for their 13-week intensive! She is focused, success driven and made a huge difference for the 6 start-ups as they worked through their business planning, strategy and customer acquisition issues. She lined up a series of great speakers and provided the necessary leadership for the continued success of these companies.”

Deb Tillet, President
Emerging Technology Center

“If you’re looking for a seasoned professional consultant to keep your high-level executives and board members focused on the task of thinking about and planning strategically for the future, you will find no one better than Ann. She is adept at framing and parsing complex issues, riding herd on a demanding schedule and producing an end product that is usable, accessible and highly unlikely to just ‘sit on the shelf.’ We didn’t make all of those things easy on her, but she managed our process – and us – well. We are very happy with the results and glad we hired her.”

Jenny Black, CEO & President
Planned Parenthood of Maryland

 “Ann engaged our board, reinvigorated our mission and implemented an ambitious and DOABLE strategic plan that is leading our organization into the future.”

Tom Sadowski, President and CEO
Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore 

“We engaged Quinn Strategy Group to prepare our strategic plan. Ann was available, down to earth and a keen listener. She provided clear analysis, questioned appropriately and was, by far, the best strategic advisor I’ve worked with in my 33-year career.”

 Mary L. Funke, President
Institute of Notre Dame

“For the past three years we’ve engaged Quinn Strategy Group for senior management strategic planning and focus group sessions with departmental managers. Ann’s leadership and involvement with our planning process has helped us build a bigger, better and smarter company.”

Rick Bastinelli, President
Centric Business Systems, Inc.

“Quinn Strategy Group facilitated a strategic planning exercise for the Merrick School of Business. She successfully developed a team mentality among a group of very strong-willed and talented people. She brings creativity, clarity and effectiveness to the often-messy process of setting strategic direction. Ann’s approach and process brought our leadership team together to create a high-level vision that reflected the thinking of the entire school.” 

Darlene Smith, Ph.D. Dean
Merrick School of Business, University of Baltimore

“Quinn Strategy Group brought an extraordinary skill set to our business plan. Ann’s analytical ability, transaction expertise and strategic input was invaluable.”

Edwin Warfield, Founder/CEO

Working with Quinn Strategy Group has been incredibly valuable for our company. Ann helped our management team and Board understand the funding environment and competitive landscape and how those impact organizational value for Boxwood. We’ve come to rely on her clear analysis and focus on strategy.”

John Bell, Chairman and CEO
Boxwood Technology, Inc.

We retained Ann to help facilitate and manage the next stage of evolution of our University’s board of trustees. Her experience and elegance in leading and helping to navigate the old to the new has had a profound impact on our ability to both transition trustees off the board, and profile and attract new leaders to our board. Many thanks for an excellent engagement, Ann!

Frank Vitale, President and CEO
Maryland University of Integrative Health

Ann was a smart, steady, insightful and resourceful asset to our strategic planning process. She did a great job of working with our senior staff, our key volunteers and in connecting us to people and ideas outside our circle to provide insight into what we believe is a bold, compelling new plan. We recommend Ann highly to any organization that is looking to improve, reach further and achieve more.

John Hoey, President & CEO
Y of Central Maryland

She dedicated time prior to the retreat to learn about our organization and establish goals, and she also sent pre-work to board members to ensure a productive session. Our board of college vice presidents have attended many planning retreats in the past and everyone complimented Ann on her style and efficiency. Following the retreat, she summarized outcomes and also reviewed strategic plan drafts and continues to check in on our progress, even though this work wasn’t part of her contract. I recommend Ann without reservation.

Kristen McGuire, Executive Director
Baltimore Collegetown Network

“Quinn Strategy Group was able to quickly grasp the drivers of our business and structure a sales agreement with one of our competitors that positioned us to accelerate our growth. She provided strategic advice in terms of structure, outcomes and deal points, and worked efficiently with our competitor to explain the deal climate and terms and, ultimately, to reach consensus. Her involvement allowed us to focus on execution, so we could hit the ground running once the deal was signed. Her diplomacy turned our competitor into our sales partner, creating a cooperative and collaborative relationship.”

Beth Scovill, President and Founder
ADS Data Systems 

“Ann’s engaging and pragmatic style helped our Board Members and executives turn a nebulous vision into an actionable plan that made strategic sense. Not quite magic, but close!” 

Barbara Trader, Executive Director

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