About Bloom

Bloom is a growth-oriented business management consulting firm that delivers strategic services to marketing, sales, channel, and security executives to maximize business profitability. Bloom’s high-performance team specializes in strategic business management consulting, process improvement, Project Management Office (PMO) services, and Agile transformation services.

In 2015, Bloom won the Security Innovation Award from Security Technology Executive Magazine alongside partner Microsoft for its Azure-driven, enterprise Windows application. The app was awarded the Gold Medal by judges for best Collaborative Security Project.

Global Management

Heather Zindel
Chief Executive Officer

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As the CEO and Principal for Bloom Consulting Group, Inc., Heather oversees the definition and implementation of the firm’s strategic goals and objectives. She provides leadership and direction in strengthening the company’s service offerings and performance standards to assist clients with excellence in consulting, application development, project management, and business intelligence.

Heather is a highly qualified business leader with more than 20 years of experience and proven success developing strategies and executing business plans that drive revenue growth and profitability for companies across enterprise, mid-market, and consumer segments. She is passionate about technology, channel dynamics, Agile development, and cloud economics and how all four are redefining business strategy.

Before founding Bloom Consulting Group, Inc. in 2009, Heather spent eight years consulting for some of the largest Fortune 500 firms in the world to increase sales revenue and growth, including Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Computer Associates, IBM, Cisco, Citrix, BEA Systems, Enterasys, and GardaWorld.

Prior to consulting, Heather was a Vice President of Marketing for Lindsay Communications, a boutique marketing and sales communication firm in Seattle, where she was hired to build the online marketing business unit of the company. Heather also previously served as the Director of North America Marketing for one of Europe’s leading consumer software developers, Avanquest Software, a $100M and 500-person company based in France. There Heather was responsible for North American marketing efforts via multiple sales channels including retail, online, direct-to-consumer, business-to-business, and through original equipment manufacturers. Heather has additionally served in the capacity of Director of Marketing for eLocal.com, a provider of co-branded and private-labeled online content for Telcos, where she was responsible for public relations, marketing, and branding.

Heather is passionate about helping college students and is a frequent speaker on consulting at local events, including for the Seattle World Trade Center, Seattle Pacific University, and the University of Washington. Heather is also a speaker at industry conferences and panels, such as DRIVE and for the Institute of International Research. She is also a thought leader contributing to blogs on innovation, Windows application development, and the future of business intelligence visualization.

When Heather isn’t working, she reads, skis, plays tennis, travels, and spends as much time as possible with her husband Brian and her mini-dachshund, Maximus.



Nicole Watson
Vice President, Strategy

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Nicole is a senior executive with nearly 20 years of experience growing and managing medium to large businesses in high-tech, manufacturing, and services industries. Nicole has a degree in Molecular Biology from Tulane University and an MBA from Rice University.

She is helping global clients with landing new strategies, targets, and systems. Prior to Bloom, Nicole was a Vice President at GardaWorld, a private security and risk consulting firm (formerly Vance and Kroll Security) where she led business development, government contracts, and marketing.

Prior to GardaWorld, Nicole led global channel marketing and alliances for a data networking and security manufacturer transitioning from direct sales to a high-touch channel model. She overhauled their partner program and expanded the solution and reseller network. She also crafted go-to-market strategies, managed global sales operations plans, and created joint solutions with IBM, Siemens, Deloitte, and SAP. She traveled and spoke extensively across Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

Earlier in her career, Nicole managed process reengineering teams for a voice/data systems integrator and financial analysis for a start-up digital wireless provider. Inevitably, she developed an early penchant for fiscally sound sales, service, and cost structures. Nicole has developed a reputation for enabling visionary ideas with diverse teams and pragmatic execution to build businesses and brands.

In Nicole’s spare time she enjoys scuba diving, traveling, and spending time with her nieces.



Russ Finseth
Vice President, Solution Delivery

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As the Vice President of Solution Delivery for Bloom Consulting and Project Management Group, Inc., Russell leads the company’s Solution Delivery practice focusing on developing new business opportunities and adding processes to ensure clients receive the best-in-class solutions and experience working with Bloom.

Russell brings more than 25 years of consulting, project management and business process improvement experience to Bloom Consulting. Russell spent the last three years as Vice President of Triaster USA, building a Software as a Services (SAAS) company and partner program.

Russell honed his business transformation experience and knowledge in senior leadership roles with several Fortune 500 companies and large enterprises including the Boeing Corporation, IBM - Rational Software, Premera Blue Cross, Microsoft, and T-Mobile.

Russ enjoys staying active with yoga and CrossFit and he enjoys reading, music and meditation.



Jennifer Heard
New 2018 Board Member Spotlight

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With 30 years of leading technology decisions, Jennifer is energized about the possibilities to drive digital transformation for businesses around the world. She brings years of experience working with companies, both large and small as they are faced with opportunities to improve how they stay competitive. As companies work to stay competitive, one way is through cloud business transformation. Jennifer has been on the front line of transformation working for Microsoft as the Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing as they evolved their business model from selling on-premise to cloud solutions and now working for Turbonomic as the Senior Vice President for Global Strategic Partners, a company front and center enabling cloud migrations.

Jennifer also strives to deliver positive results whether personally or professionally. In addition to working with her customers, people and partners around the world, she is a champion for Diversity and Inclusion proven by being recognized by the Texas National Diversity Council as one of the Most Powerful & Influential Women in Texas. In addition, recognized as CRN 2015 and 2017 Power 100 Women of the Channel and the National Association of Professional Women.

Born and raised in Texas, living in California, Paris, France and now Seattle, WA, her biggest pleasure is watching her daughter grow and learn to have a voice. Along with her husband, daughter and other family members she also loves to sail, scuba dive, cook and travel.



Ray O’Hara
Board Member

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O’Hara has more than 30 years of experience in consulting and investigations services, corporate security and law enforcement including managing large-scale security consulting and investigations projects in emerging markets and developing international executive protection, crisis management and response plans. He is a co-founder of the Global Security Risk Management Alliance, an organization that recognizes the blurring distinctions between traditional and logical security. O’Hara has served as Chairman of the Board and President of the ASIS International Board of Directors, and he has served as President of ASIS’ Professional Certification Board and Chair of the ASIS International Investigations Council.



Rob Hile
Board Member

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Hile currently serves as Director of Enterprise Command Centers for SureView Systems, a provider of security management and command center software. Recognized as a leading voice in the industry, Hile has more than 25 years of security industry, sales and management experience, encompassing sales and business leadership roles with both public and private organizations, such as Siemens, G4S, Convergint and TAC.



Culture

Culture reflects the essence of Bloom because it directly affects the success of our strategy and hiring practices.

Bloom’s culture is grounded in a relentless desire to delight our customers through excellence, thought leadership, and innovation. It is grounded in our mission to increase value.

We value high accountability to leave the company and our clients better than the day before. We value high performance partners (employees) that are self-motivated and empowered to transform, mentor, and collaborate with integrity. We value honest, positive, and supportive communication. And, we also value fun and community.

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