Our strategic, operational, and financial management services give your company the firepower it needs to accelerate key initiatives, improve competitive positioning, and reduce risk. Providing executive and board services to help you realize your vision, cascading value from the highest levels of your organization.
Because business is always in transition.
Truth is, stability is a myth. Our battle-tested, operating executives set you up to reap the rewards of change. From private equity investors to corporate leadership, we move upstream to build value across the breadth of your enterprise.
Bring the heat.
Lisa Clarke has 25 years of experience serving in operating roles for organizations in the manufacturing, technology and services industries, and has held executive roles across a wide range of operating disciplines in startup and mid-market companies. She has a track record of success building business infrastructure and leading large-scale growth and transformation initiatives. Her background has afforded her deep exposure to internal teams, Boards of Directors and investor stakeholders.
Lisa started her career as General Manager of the Custom Power Products division of Interpoint Corporation, a microelectronics and medical device manufacturer. After the company sold and spun off a division as a separate, public company, Lisa spent nearly 10 years in the big data storage industry at Advanced Digital Information Corporation (NASDAQ: ADIC). She held progressively responsible executive leadership positions in Channel Sales, Global Services, EMEA General Management (based in Paris) and as Co-EVP of Products, Sales and Service. During her tenure, the company conducted a secondary offering and completed many acquisitions, growing from less than $20M to over $460M in revenues. After a very successful exit, Lisa joined Rally Marketing Group, a VC-backed experiential marketing services platform company, where she was Chief Operating Officer, then Chief Executive Officer and Board Chair. Her next adventure was to facilitate the spin out of Amplero, where she became Chief Business officer of this Artificial Intelligence marketing software startup.
Lisa attended the University of Washington and completed her education at Kent State University, where she earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in business administration with Summa Cum Laude distinction.
Ms. Clarke is also an active member of the Seattle area community. She served in various leadership roles on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Snohomish County from 2003 through 2010 and as Board President at FareStart from 2008 – 2017. She enjoys teaching the occasional business course, serving on curriculum advisory boards and has been a guest speaker on cross-cultural business topics at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business.
Bob Cranmer has an extensive background serving in senior executive and leadership roles with companies ranging in size from early stage to multi-billion dollar global enterprises. He co-founded NextLevel after nine years as an engagement partner with Tatum and the subsequent founding of the boutique firm Northwest Executive Services LLC. His earlier career spanned a period of nearly 35 years with Westinghouse Electric Corporation and Eaton Corporation, incorporating senior leadership positions in finance, business development, project management and international expansion programs. He has been in the forefront of major strategic initiatives in every growth sector of the world. Bob has served on three Boards and as an advisor and mentor to multiple companies in highly diverse industries. In addition, he is a former member of the Board of the Seattle chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG).
Chuck Gottschalk founded NextLevel with the clear intent of building a premier firm comprised of exceptional executives collectively committed to creating value in our clients; doing so through excellence in service, knowledge sharing to bring the best of our firm-wide capabilities, and a collaborative spirit always focused on our clients’ best interests. He established a mission statement on day-one focused on building enterprise value in our clients – which now serves as our tag line to reinforce and communicate that as our primary objective.
The NextLevel innovative model was inspired by the wealth of insights gained through his many years both in executive leadership roles and from building and managing an executive services regional practice that served a large, diverse set of private and public companies in a variety of industries and stages. Those insights applied to today’s dynamic and fluid business environment, where management teams operate with limited bandwidth and where “lean” is the order of the day, resulted in an uncommonly versatile approach to client engagement structure and access to exceptional talent that sets NextLevel apart.
Prior to founding NextLevel, Chuck launched, led the growth of, and managed the Pacific Northwest practice of Tatum, a national financial executive services firm, where he served as Managing Partner for seven years. In that role he launched and built one of the firm’s most successful practices, growing it to 50 professionals with offices in both Seattle and Portland.
Chuck’s background includes over 20 years of deep and varied executive leadership, including a mix of senior strategic, operational, and financial experience at the CEO, CFO and Board member levels with emerging-growth companies. As a CEO and CFO in three venture-backed emerging technology companies he successfully led equity and debt financings, strategic partnering initiatives, the spin-out of a corporate division, and the sale of two of the businesses to publicly-traded companies.
He spent the first several years of his career as a CPA at Price Waterhouse (now PwC) where, as a Director, he spearheaded the Seattle office’s new-media emerging company practice. He also held the position of VP, Financial Advisor at Bernstein Global Wealth Management whereas a Series 7 and 66 securities license holder he worked closely with business owners and executives in evaluating liquidity strategies and related planning.
He served twelve years on the Board of the Northwest chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and is a current NACD Fellow. His Board service has been in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations, including current service as a Board member, Advisory Board member and on committees of nonprofits.
Noel Rea is an experienced healthcare executive specializing in issues that impact communities. Noel has over 20 years of broad healthcare experience working in the public, private and tribal health systems. Since 2007 he has served as Chief Executive Officer/Administrator in six facilities and provided consulting service to many other facilities. In 2016 he partnered with Virginia Mason Health System to create NetworxHealth, a hospital consulting company which serves the Pacific Northwest. As CEO, Noel has been responsible for all aspects of the hospital and nursing homes he has led. He has had oversight of $90 million budget and up to 450 staff.
Noel has led teams to prevent closure by state agencies, facilitated difficult labor negotiations, helped communities solve complex physician situations and developed large capital projects. He has successfully recruited and developed cohesive leadership teams which have been successful in creating alignment between medical staff, nursing, and administration.
Having been appointed by two different administrations to lead struggling healthcare facilities, he finds great fulfillment helping communities facing conflict take steps to build a brighter healthcare future by offering practical assistance that makes sense for a facility’s unique reality. He is no stranger to engaging community leadership in difficult conversations and helping boards and leaders find their strength and voice in a seemingly complex and political health care climate.