Founded by Doug Hawkins in 1999 under a previous name, and now operating as Big Gear Business Advisors Inc., our consultants provide tools and advisory services to business owners intent on moving their business to a new level, e.g. self-sustaining profitable operation, increased value, and ease of ownership. We call it Moving Your Business to the Big Gear. We help our business owners, many of them cyclists, align around their passions, get clear on their “Big Why”, build self-sustaining businesses, and get off the “business treadmill” so they can spend more time on the bike and otherwise pursuing their Big Why.
Doug Hawkins has over 25 years experience leading initiatives to improve profitability and productivity. Comfortable in the boardroom and also on the factory floor, he has led teams at all organizational levels and across many industries. His experience includes major P&L responsibilities at a multi-national automotive parts manufacturer with sales in excess of $2.0 billion. Doug also held numerous management positions responsible for business development, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, product management, quality processes, and organizational development. In addition, Doug has worked with many privately held companies, helping business owners achieve their personal goals for their businesses.
His accomplishments with many satisfied clients include building self-sustaining enterprises, maximizing business value, defining exit strategies, designing and implementing profit improvement plans, managing and executing profit turnarounds, restructuring debt, analyzing strategic options, developing business plans, securing growth financing, implementing work process improvements, and establishing management accountability processes. Doug has advised dozens of business owners and executives, and takes great joy in their successes.
Doug received his master’s degree from Harvard University and is a graduate of the University of Texas.