Immediately after a thriving profession in the coffee sector, longtime Woodinville resident Mark Howley has opened a business consulting agency and launched a podcast. 

Mark Howley Consulting & Speaking was developed to provide realistic and simplified guidance to company industry experts on their career route. He also retains talking occasions for the neighborhood and a short while ago began a podcast, “The Mark Howley Display.”

The consulting firm was produced in 2021, he reported. Beforehand, he owned and operated Pacific Bag, Inc. for around 20 a long time. He offered the company, which experienced 5,000 shoppers and about 70 workforce, in 2019.

As a small business operator around the years, Howley honed his abilities to keep staff as properly as manage income circulation and stock.

“You have to obtain methods to entice workers to a smaller company when you have Microsoft, Amazon and Boeing all-around Seattle,” he mentioned. 

As a specialist and aficionado for small business administration, he hopes to support other small-to-medium-sized company house owners come across results, he stated. 

“Nothing comes devoid of some determination,” Howley said. “Choose a route or job, and usually that path is driven by some thing.”

In his podcast, Howley sits down with community leaders and residents with two queries in head: “How did you do what you did, and why?”

He has spoken with a wide variety of businessmen and women this sort of as a Washington state trooper, monetary supervisor and graphic designer. He also interviewed Kimberly Ellertson, executive director of the Woodinville Chamber of Commerce. 

“I’m mostly just intensely curious,” Howley reported. 

He reported episodes were recorded in a professional studio and will be launched bi-weekly. 

In advance of forming the consulting company and podcast, Howley’s business enterprise targeted on packaging specialty espresso. Pacific Bag manufactures exceptional bags for specialty espresso, tea, pet meals, food items, chemical substances and other market markets around the globe.

Pacific Bag was obtained by an investment decision team in 2003, he claimed. To get the company, Howley commenced borrowing funds from banking companies, mezzanine loan providers and buyers. Following 8 decades of minority possession, he attained comprehensive control in 2010.

Howley held the patent to the one particular-way degassing valve (otherwise acknowledged as the tummy-button in coffee luggage). Just after roasting, he reported, coffee releases carbon monoxide. The valve makes it possible for gases to escape from the packaging with out permitting oxygen again into the bag, he explained. 

“Coffee’s enemy is oxygen,” he mentioned. “If you cease oxygen from degrading coffee, the espresso stays fresh.” 

Prior to all this, Howley soared by way of the ranks as a “hotshot” salesperson for a packaging firm in Pennsylvania, he claimed. Eventually, the job brought him to Western Washington. He and his spouse settled down in Woodinville, in which they lifted five children.

Howley started off from humble beginnings, he said. Rising up with 7 siblings, he promptly realized how to get along with all kinds of persons.

He in the end attended Franklin & Marshall College or university in Lancaster, Pa., where by he devoted quite a few hrs to the activity of lacrosse. 

His fascination in lacrosse persuaded him to coach seventh and eighth graders in the Woodinville Lacrosse Club, he stated. While he does not mentor now, Howley is even now a board member for the nonprofit.

As a youthful adult, Howley struggled with dependancy. But now, he has remained sober for about 36 years. He utilizes his enthusiasm for community speaking to stimulate folks of all ages to take a step toward therapeutic from addiction, he stated.

As soon as a month, Howley shares tales about his individual encounter with habit at Lakeside Milam Restoration Center. He is also on a local board that supplies treatment for folks battling with dependancy.

“They’re just striving to escape from truth,” he mentioned. “I know that sensation because I was there. It’s a desperate emotion.” 


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