CEO & Board Advisory Services

CEO & Board Advisory Group - Rick WilliamsRick Williams is a Partner in the New England practice of the Newport Board Group.

The Newport Board Group is a national advisory firm providing experience based independent advisory services to CEO’s, boards and other senior leaders of middle market companies.

We work with companies as they:

* Overcome barriers to growth; *  Improve internal operations;
*  Prepare for financing & acquisitions; *  Transition to new leadership.
*  Move into new markets; *  Drive Venture Acceleration

Rick works with his clients as a business advisor when the CEO and leadership team are at a critical decision point for their organization and recognize the value of engaging outside help with the broad experience and mature perspective that Rick brings to his work. Could be a decision that the leadership has to make or the organization must strengthen its appeal to outsiders – understand the decision process of investors, acquirers, etc.

Whether the issue is a new business opportunity or changing what is not working, Rick helps clients clarify their goals, make the decisions and implement their decisions. Rick’s work has also included getting companies ready to talk to investors, investment banks, lenders and potential acquirers. He has clarified the company’s value proposition and translated the company’s story into what investors need to see. Even though Newport does not finance companies and is not a broker-dealer, Rick has access nationally to many IBs, private equity and other investors and can help companies identify appropriate funding sources.

He brings Newport partners from around the country into assignments when their capabilities will benefit the client. Newport has approximately 100 partners nationally with deep CEO and board of director level experience across a wide range of industries and functional specialties.

In some cases, a client will need the longer term benefits from an experienced outside director. In this role, Rick contributes to the board being a value add for the company and its leadership and serving as a guardian of the overall interests of the organization and its shareholders.

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The CEO of a $5 – $300 million company is a lonely job. She or he is severely challenged every day and generally does not have access to deeply experienced independent advisors.  What is the real goal, what are the realistic options, whose opinion can I trust, what are the implications of my decision, what could go wrong – really wrong, how can I get more help to get through this.  Rick can help the CEO, the board and the leadership team make the crucial decisions that will shape the future of the company.

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