A Day in the SPOTLIGHT with Mike Flynn
I retired from my role as publisher of Puget Sound Business Journal in 2006, ending nearly a quarter century presiding over its growth and financial success as it became what is generally regarded by its peers as one of the most successful and respected business weeklies in America. After retiring, I moved to what I refer to as my “entrepreneurial encore” of consulting, counseling and advising businesses, business people and business organizations, from the Northwest to Montana to California.
My focus and commitment relate to building business relationships, whether bringing business leaders of different regions together, bringing start-up entrepreneurs in contact with those who have capital to invest, or helping rural areas grow through creating contacts with expansion-minded businesses.
Having, in the past year, arrived at a new mantra of “Do Today What Yesterday You Might Have Put Off Until Tomorrow,” having fun and contributing become part of the mix. Thus, star Intellectual Property Attorney Melanie Kitzan and I raised money for and ran in the Pineapple 5k obstacle run for leukemia in November. We ran in the women’s division, for obvious reasons if you know the story of Some Like It Hot (which we modified a bit). Top photo is trying on the gear, bottom is just before the muddy competition began. As my cousin observed when seeing the pictures on Facebook,
“One is hot and one is not.”
Laura McCloud Mathers brought me a pair of what are called KangooJumps (KJs for short) as my pay for some consulting and that’s Laura, my teacher and coach helping me get in step with how to use them. They are like ski boots on springs. Her pal Merideth Tall, who’s a partner in the company with Laura, took the photo.
It was in the “connecting” role that I met Connie Blumenthal and fashioned a mutually beneficial business relationship. She’s been kind enough to let me serve as an advisor and allowed me to help expand her network through some introductions, both in Seattle, Phoenix and the Coachella Valley.
Meanwhile, Connie allowed me to become a contributor by adding my weekly Flynn’s Harp column to the offerings of SPOTLIGHTSeattle. “The Harp,” as friends among the 1,300 or so business leaders and elected officials who get it via email refer to it, has been a fun part of “retirement,” retaining a connection with key decision makers, whether in business of elective office. Many are in other parts of Washington, or other states in the West, thus there’s an opportunity to create a community, of sorts, by way of what they read in “The Harp” each week. Or see by way of the blog posting of the column on the web, or on SPOTLIGHTSeattle.