Strategy Testimonials

RPG Solutions

“I would highly recommend Kenneth and Buddy to any business owner or executive looking to grow their business. We engaged  High Rock to help with strategic planning ...they gave me some extremely valuable advice.  Moreover, it was obvious that they were looking after my best interests rather than trying to lengthen their engagement.  I would be happy to share more details on my experience with High Rock Partners.”

Phil Gruber, President, RPG Solutions


Pinnacle Real Estate Advisors

“We hired High Rock Partners to evaluate our growth plans, challenge our thinking about our strategy, and quantify where we would likely be if things worked the way we planned. They used their Strategy Navigator™ process for these as well as to help us think through and develop alternatives. I would highly recommend Kenneth and his team.”

Matt Ritter, Principal, Pinnacle Real Estate Advisors


Precision BioSciences, Inc.

"Precision BioSciences engaged Kenneth Marks and Buddy Howard of High Rock Partners in 2012 to provide the Company with transaction advice and an analysis of Precision’s business development strategy and tactics. Kenneth and Buddy were both incredibly responsive to the Company’s requests, seemingly available at all hours to provide Precision with timely advice and support. High Rock’s efforts pushed our management team to think critically about our existing growth strategy and helped us to evaluate alternative paths forward. In the end, we found that what really set High Rock Partners above the rest is their steadfast focus on meeting our Company’s goals not simply on closing a transaction. I would look forward to working with them again."

Matthew Kane, Co-Founder & CEO, Precision BioSciences, Inc.

Strategy Exits

Alpheon Corporation

"Alpheon Corporation engaged Kenneth Marks of High Rock Partners in the spring of 2010 to provide a comprehensive review of our organization, develop strategic direction options, and assistance in the development of our growth plans. Within a short timeframe, Kenneth effectively demonstrated value by leveraging his professional knowledge, experience and proven methodologies by developing a plan for us to grow and excel. During the engagement, Alpheon was approached by mindSHIFT Technologies, Inc. for a potential acquisition. Kenneth proved invaluable throughout the acquisition negotiation and transaction as a management consultant and trusted advisor. He performed a vital role by contributing leadership, representation on our behalf, and market perspective throughout each step of the acquisition process. His leadership provided us with a higher valuation for the company and a seemingly easy transaction experience. We would highly recommend Kenneth Marks and the HRP team."

Greg Donovan & David Sturdivant, Co-Founders, Alpheon Corporation

Strategy Exits

NSTAR Global Services, Inc.

"My decision to engage High Rock Partners, and specifically, Kenneth Marks was absolutely critical to the success of my deal. I involved Kenneth from the start in preparing and presenting the company to M W, including building the financial model that supported the 3 year growth strategy that I developed. Kenneth was invaluable throughout the deal process, helping me to negotiate at every step, regardless of whether it was face to face or during phone conversations. The check I wrote to High Rock Partners at the end of the deal was hand delivered with a smile, knowing that they were worth every penny that I paid them and more, THANK YOU Kenneth!" 

Randy Nelson, President, NSTAR Global Services, Inc.

Strategy Exits


“I engaged High Rock Partners in a consulting project in the Fall of 2008 to help ShareFile develop a valuation model so we could set expectations regarding our exit strategy and decide the best timing for selling our company. Both during and after our project, it was very clear to me that Kenneth’s first priority was delivering value to our company, rather than just trying to generate fees. Kenneth and the High Rock Partners team gave generously of their time and have stayed in touch in the months following our engagement, providing helpful connections, customer referrals, and generally making us feel that they are invested in the success of our business Regarding the deliverables of our consulting engagement, I feel they provided us exactly what we needed. Instead of just giving us a PowerPoint presentation with a valuation number, they provided us with a working model that was customized for our business, allowing us to continue to derive value from their services long after the consulting engagement ended. I would definitely recommend High Rock Partners and we plan to work with them again when we are considering exit strategies and growth opportunities.”

Jesse Lipson, President, ShareFile

Strategy Exits

ArcaTech Systems, Inc.

“High Rock Partners helped ArcaTech to create an accurate cash flow forecasting and financial planning model that has become an integral part of the way we run our company. They were very quick to understand the critical aspects of our business that had to be modeled and they did a great job of training our staff and transitioning the work to be a 100% internal function. Their team supported our management in analyzing and thinking-through a number of strategic alternatives and situations. I highly recommend Kenneth Marks and the rest of the team at High Rock.”

Mort O'Sullivan, President, ArcaTech Systems, Inc.

Strategy Financing

Brooks | Bell Interactive, Inc.

"Kenneth advised me throughout 2008 as we matured as an agency, doubled our staff and scaled to bring on six new clients. Kenneth guided my growth strategy, helped me identify and stick to my goals and build a best class executive team. He also coached me to grow my leadership skills and better handle CEO responsibilities. He was a vital partner and resource to me during a period when stakes were higher than ever before!."

Brooks Bell, President, Brooks | Bell Interactive, Inc.


Carolina Glass & Mirror, Inc.

"High Rock Partners helped our company evaluate our strategic alternatives and think through our growth plans. In addition, the relationship with Gonzalo and Kenneth was educational for me, in that I am now much more aware of the financial position of my business. The tools that were put in place to monitor profit divisions within the business give me a quick snapshot of the items that need attention. The relationship with them forced me to be accountable. Before my involvement with them, I had no one pushing me on issues in the business that needed to be corrected. The result has been nearly doubling our business in the past couple of years."

David Fitchett, President, Carolina Glass & Mirror, Inc.

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Arbill Industries, Inc.

"Kenneth is a trusted advisor to Arbill providing perspective on strategic, financial and growth related issues. Most recently in our efforts to go out to market renewing a new banking relationship…he led us down a strategic path that garnered Arbill significant savings."

Julie Copeland, President, Arbill Industries, Inc.

Strategy Financing

Brightline Compliance

"Josh and Kenneth worked with us as we thought through some key financial decisions… providing a market view and financial tools. They provided detailed analysis and very strong help in setting the vision and executing the plan. Kenneth’s prior experiences in building his own company from scratch and selling other companies were invaluable in preparing and selling Brightline.” 

Michael Johnson, Esq., Co-President, Brightline Compliance

Strategy Financing

The Outsourcing Institute

“High Rock Partners (then Marks & Company) provided financial and strategic advice during an important growth phase of our company. Their insights and perspectives were valuable in some of our key decisions and their hands-on participation made a real impact in affecting positive change in our business” .

Frank Casale, President, The Outsourcing Institute

Strategy Financing

ASG, Inc.

"Ken Marks is an extremely knowledgeable expert in the field of Entrepreneurship. Ken's company High Rock Partners has helped ASG grow and become a more efficient company that is considered a better place to work by its employees. Ken has extensive knowledge in management, finance, and business development. I highly recommend Ken for any company who needs outside assistance to take their business to the next level." 

Jim Baker, President, ASG, Inc.

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Management Recruiters of Davidson

“When our recruiting firm was trying to develop plans for growth and new business strategy in a tough economy; we turned for assistance to High Rock Partners. They introduced us to the Growth Strategy Navigator™ and guided us through a process where the whole team had a chance to analyze our current and desired states, and to develop solid plans to get there. The process is relentless in driving “alignment” – by the end of the process I understood when all of our team was speaking the same language and taking actions to achieve the same agreed goals. I’d recommend the Growth Strategy Navigator™ process and plan to continue using it for our own business in the future.”

Joe A. Bubenzer, Owner, Management Recruiters of Davidson


Unique Places, LLC

“Kenneth has been a trusted advisor for our company over the past 3 years. He serves as our part-time CFO, but provides more then just solid financial advice. He has been an integral part of the management team, assisting with financial models, raising capital, and assisting in growing the company. Kenneth’s extensive experience with all types of businesses leads him to quickly identify issues and suggest solutions. I would highly recommend High Rock Partners and Kenneth Marks.”

Guenevere Abernathy, Managing Member, Unique Places, LLC

Strategy Financing

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