Iinnovate was formed after a study of the innovation economy highlighted the need for new leadership capabilities for rapidly scaling companies. The founder, R. Joe Ottinger, felt that master forum groups of CEOs with similar challenges in tech-enabled companies, supported by executive coaching and strategic advisory would lead to great benefits. The result was the formation of Iinnovate. We continue to study the practices of the most successful and innovative leaders and companies in the world to bring them to our clients with the most highly skilled team of experts.
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We act in an open and transparent manner, minimizing conflicts of interest, and behaving in good faith in all of our dealings
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We're committed to arming leaders with the education, tools, network, and resources they need to succeed
Leadership & Advisory Board
Iinnovate has experienced leadership supported by a world-class advisory board that cares about building successful companies and a strong entrepreneurial community
R. Joe Ottinger
Founder and CEO of iInnovate Leadership Network
Joe is a technology entrepreneur, angel investor, author, and thought leader in the areas of entrepreneurship and innovation. He is the Founder of the iinnovate Leadership Network, a peer CEO network for tech entrepreneurs scaling their businesses. In addition, he has published two books: iInnovate- a guide for engaging in the innovation economy, and Beyond Success: Building a Personal, Financial and Philanthropic Legacy (McGraw Hill, 2008), as well as numerous papers and articles that have appeared in Forbes, Chief Executive Magazine, The Financial Times, Worth Magazine, Stanford Center for Social Innovation, among others. Prior to founding iInnovate, Joe had an 18-year technology career followed by a management consulting career as co-founder of Kotter International, with Harvard Business School professor John Kotter. Joe has an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a B.A. from Cornell University. He is passionate about improving companies, communities and lives through innovation.
Rick has had a successful 25 plus year career as an executive leader at Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, and Varian Associates prior to joining Iinnovate. He’s led teams to incubate and launch new businesses, products, information services, and manufacturing systems. Rick has also advised Fortune 500 companies on business strategies and architectural approaches to leverage digital technology for competitive advantage, resulting in a patent in this area. Rick is a former naval officer, with decorated service on a Trident missile submarine. He earned a Masters in Engineering Management at Stanford
As the CEO and Founding Partner of Springbank Partners, Sean has over 25 years of digital, communications, marketing and customer experience expertise. Sean has provided board- and executive-level strategic counsel to global brands, startups and many companies in between. Prior to Springbank Sean was Chief Strategy and Insights Officer at Cision, and a Partner at PwC, where he oversaw the firm’s social and digital practice. Sean is a leading professional in Digital Transformation.
Executive Advisor & Coach
Janis brings her clients over 20 years of coaching leadership and excellence in creating and supporting intentional values-based cultures for organizations, executive teams, and C-suite leaders. She has a broad background in Professional Services, Cloud Computing, E-Commerce, IT Services, Healthcare, Education, Technology, and other industries nationally and internationally.
Iinnovate’s Advisory Board
Co-Founder Flying Fish Partners
Heather is the Co-Founder of Flying Fish Partners, and early stage Venture Capital Firm in Seattle, WA. Prior to her current role, Heather was SVP at Summit Power Group, Executive and Senior Vice President at each of Atom Entertainment, Getty Images and PhotoDisc and General Counsel of Getty Images, a publicly traded company. Heather serves on numberous boards including the Washington Technology Industry Association, Chair of the Greater Seattle Chamber, Forterra, the Hawthorn Club, the Connector Board of NCWIT and as a mentor at Techstars. She is an active angel investor and is also an investor in TechStars, 9 Mile Labs, Founders' Co-op, Pioneer Square Labs and Alliance of Angels as well as several other funds outside of Seattle. Heather is very active in local and national policy. Heather’s law degree is from Stanford and her BA is from Reed.
Arthur J. Buerk
UW Foster School for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Artie Buerk has been providing strategic advice and capital to growth companies for over 30 years. Buerk is currently an advisor to Montlake Capital, a local private equity and venture capital firm which he co-founded in 2000. He is also a board member for the Davidson Trust Company, the wealth management arm of D.A. Davidson and the Davidson Companies. Earlier in his career, Buerk served as President of Northwestern Trust from 1993-1995 and served as co-chairman from 1995-2001. Artie was President and board member for Shurgard Storage Centers from 1977-1992. He assisted with taking the company public in 1994. Buerk was founder and director of Intermation, a records storage management service. From 1968 to 1977, he served as Director of Development at the University of Washington. Buerk has a B.A. in finance and banking from the University of Washington and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
Partner at Wilson Sonsini
Craig Sherman is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he focuses on corporate and securities laws, representing companies, venture capital firms, and investments banks in private placements and public offerings. Craig also has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, technology licensing, and domestic and international joint ventures. Craig’s honors include: named the 2012 and 2016 Seattle Venture Capital Law "Lawyer of the Year"; by Best Lawyers Named "Best Service Provider" at the Seattle 2.0 Awards 2011; Selected for inclusion in the 2008-2016 editions of Best Lawyers in America; Recognized in the 2007-2016 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business,; Named in Washington Super Lawyers in 2003-2016 and recognized among the Top 100 Lawyers in the State of Washington. Craig received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, 1989 Cum Laude; Articles Editor, Harvard Human Rights Yearbook; M.A. in International Political Studies, and B.A., International Relations and French, from Stanford University in 1985 with Honors, and Certificat d'Etudes Politiques, Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Paris, France, 1983.
CEO of the Washington Technology Industry Association
Michael Schutzler is a successful chief executive and respected mentor with nearly 30 years experience in rapid growth, start-up, and turn-around ventures. As an Internet entrepreneur, angel investor, and CEO advisor, he has helped raise over $50 Million in financing for more than a dozen companies. Schutzler has been an active contributor and advisor to the UW Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship and serves as a professor of finance at the UW Foster School of Business. He is currently a director on the boards of three Seattle startups – Flowplay, Relaborate, and Acucela.
Ralph Pascualy, MD
Chief Executive of Swedish Medical Group
Ralph Pascualy, MD, Chief Executive of Swedish Medical Group and Vice President, Chief Executive of Care Transformation for Swedish Health System oversees Swedish Medical Group (SMG), the physician division of Swedish Health Services that employs more than 1000 providers across nearly 120 primary care and specialty care clinics throughout the Greater Seattle area. He provides vision, broad leadership and strategic management in all aspects of the physician practices and services. Dr. Pascualy has collaborated to actuate new technology, care teams and clinics, and bundled care services to enhance SMG quality healthcare delivery. He also oversees the Swedish post-acute care division.
Partner and Chair of Executive Committee, Perkins Coie LLP
Dave McShea focuses on the representation of high growth technology companies, public companies and venture capital firms. He has handled numerous significant transactions including the initial public offerings of Amazon and Zillow, mergers and acquisitions, public equity and debt financings, startup financings and venture capital financings. David has been selected four times by Best Lawyers as “Lawyer of the Year” in Seattle’s corporate law areas. He is a frequent speaker on startups, venture capital, IPOs and corporate governance.
Investor, Board Member, Community Leader
Christopher is a co-founder and Managing Director of Ackerley Partners, LLC, a private investment company with a primary focus on the media and entertainment sectors. Portfolio exits have included the following: College Sports Television to CBS, Withoutabox to IMDb (an Amazon company), ScreenLife, LLC to Paramount and Sparq.it to Yahoo. Prior to co-founding Ackerley Partners in 2002, Chris was the President of The Ackerley Group, Inc. (NYSE: AK) where he oversaw the daily operations of the national media and entertainment company. He served in a variety of operational roles for the company for more than 15 years, and was also a member of the company’s board of directors.