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For-Profit Client Testimonials
Grant Fast, Business Improvement Manager at Sinclar Group Forest Products Ltd.
“Erin’s training and onsite workshop strengths are her passion to link core strategy to risk and creating relevant risk management systems. Our board and senior management team appreciated her strong understanding of the stakeholders relating to family companies, communities and First Nations businesses. We look forward to our continued work with Erin and Black Fox Strategy.”
Lydia Griffey, Senior Principal at Stantec
“We worked with Black Fox Strategy in 2019 to gap assess an issue we had affecting client capture in one of our groups. From the start, we thought we knew what the problem was and that Erin would simply confirm our suspicions. We were enlightened when her analysis revealed that what we thought was an issue wasn’t one at all – we actually had a completely different problem. She then worked with our team to create an action plan to get the group back to an optimum level of performance. The results have been extremely successful – we couldn’t be happier! Erin’s ability to get at the root of a problem and then support a team in crafting the solution is exceptional.”
Andrew Guy, CEO of Calista Corporation
"It was a great pleasure to work with Black Fox Strategy. They did a really good job throughout the whole strategic planning process and working with our board and management team."
Kathy Dunkelberger, Manager at Arctic Energy Development
"Erin was a great resource in helping my evaluation of some businesses I was considering purchasing. I highly recommend her for that type of assistance as well as strategic planning, leadership development, business process development, gap assessments, and risk evaluation."
Bill Newbry, CEO of Pacific Northwest Farmers Cooperative
"Working with Black Fox Strategy was incredibly smooth. Erin is gifted at drawing out information from people in an easy and non-threatening manner. Black Fox Strategy is Socratic in its approach and provides clear direction. They were a delight to work with—the information they provided was thorough and mind-blowing. I myself was recommended to Black Fox Strategy by a friend who had a great experience working with them. I would highly recommend Black Fox Strategy. Their approach was professional, yet simultaneously easygoing and not forced."
Kathryn Martin, Senior VP of Ahtna, Inc.
"I’ve worked with Erin for 2 years. Erin is very professional, listens to your needs of the business, thinks outside the box, and brings back wonderful ideas. Erin is also very dedicated, committed, and loves what she does!”
Corey Tiedeman, Risk Manager at Chugach Corporation
"Working with Erin and Black Fox Strategy was really good. Erin basically became a part of our team—communication with Erin was seamless. There weren’t any hurdles when choosing to work with Black Fox Strategy because of Erin’s extensive experience in insurance risk, executive coaching, team strategy, and building a board. Overall, I would not recommend working with Erin because I wish she could work with our team full-time!"
Leighton Lee, CEO of New Horizons Telecom, Inc.
“I would recommend Black Fox Strategy. They were a non-partial third party that effectively provided an outside, non-biased analysis of our organization. Erin brought great experience in insurance risk management. Additionally, since she works with many large companies, she was able to pull from her experience. She has a knack for pinpointing principles that can apply to a variety of strategies. Black Fox Strategy far exceed our expectations."
Cheryl Eluska, Operations Director at Ahkiok-Kaguyak, Inc.
"Erin Sedor at Black Fox Strategy has a well-rounded approach to solving problems—she is gifted at making difficult topics easily understandable. She tactfully articulated several complex topics with our board so that everyone was on the same page. Erin is personable yet gets to the point with her clear communication. Additionally, she is levelheaded and knows how to get to the root of problems."
Gerrie Ann L’Heureux, former CEO, Alaska Pacific Corporation
“I have had the pleasure of having worked with Erin Sedor for the past several years. Her capabilities in Strategic Planning development and facilitation have been most impressive. Her broad background provides a value-add perspective to both the facilitation and end product. Erin’s experience with various sizes and types of organizations contributes to her ability to easily adjust to the group and enables her to build processes around the organization. She has the ability to listen and stimulate productive dialogue during her facilitation, all while keeping on track with the subject at hand. She has the temperament to effectively lead the group to out of the box thinking which is vital to strategic planning.”
Michael Bradshaw, President Jadin Tech / Now CEO Akhiok-Kaguyak Inc.
“I engaged Erin Sedor in 2016 to support the development of an Enterprise Risk and Strategy competency for my newly formed organization. In that role, she supported a successful market entrance into a foreign country, working hand-in-hand with me through strategy development, relationship-building and negotiations. Erin’s management expertise and strategic mindset were critical to our process, enhancing the discussion of other experts at the table to create a cohesive plan of attack. I was also impressed with Erin’s ability to build internal processes that were efficient and easy to implement. I will continue to engage Erin for future projects and recommend her highly to others who need a competent, strategic advisor in the C-Suite or Boardroom.”
Alisha Naylor, MTA Risk Manager
We engaged Erin Sedor with Black Fox Strategy to conduct a Mission Critical Assessment across our operations in 2017/18. This project helped us pinpoint areas we wanted to improve in the event we were faced with a significant crisis. The work we did enabled our company to better handle the impact of COVID19 when it hit in 2020, and we were able to respond quickly and nimbly to protect our people and continue serving our customers. We consider it time well-spent that has provided a return far greater than the investment.
Non-Profit & Tribal Client Testimonials
Michele F. Prince, LCSW, MAJCS CEO OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center
“Erin’s strategic insights and ability to push me to make sure I am following the essentialist’s path are key to my current success. She helps me probe and assess whether or not I am maximizing my time and unique contributions to my mission-focused nonprofit organization. Our bi-weekly conversations range from short-term risk management to long-term strategic planning. I was in search of someone to ask me penetrating and challenging questions to bring a new perspective to the way I problem solve and conduct business, and she has fulfilled that pursuit. Thank you for serving OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center by providing this high-level coaching and collaboration.”
Lydia Floyd, Executive Director Hands4Hope LA
“Erin Sedor came to us during a time we were considering a possible merger/acquisition. Her sage advice was crucial and very accurate regarding our options and terms that we should be seeking. She also helped our board to craft a strategic plan and traveled to Southern California to present a draft to our board. We are thrilled to have her with us to help us through a very challenging year and with her assistance we are laying a solid foundation for the future. Personally, as Director of this nonprofit her ability to assess our needs and make astute suggestions has been invaluable. I highly recommend her skillset to those with challenging business issues. Please feel free to contact me with any-and-all questions regarding her services.”
Pastor Karen Bracken, Kings Chapel Alaska
“As a church, we have a very clear vision but needed clarity of strategy and risk in the fulfillment of our mission. With the help of Black Fox Strategy’s Mission Critical 360 Analysis, we were able to review our strengths, weaknesses and priorities with focused objectives for future success. Erin’s ability to clearly communicate in a down-to-earth manner removed the intimidation of the unknown and brought to light opportunities as well as potential threats. We highly recommend Black Fox Strategy!”
Hallie Bissett, Executive Director Alaska Native Village Corporation Association
The Alaska Native Village Corporation Association (ANVCA) has collaborated with Black Fox Strategy on several projects that have helped bring focus and a path forward for the organization. Erin is a joy to work with, she is very efficient, and she is able to tailor to an organization’s specific needs.”
Dr. Jessica Black, Fairbanks Native Association Board President
Working with Erin Sedor of Black Fox Strategy for the past two years has been an amazing experience. During our strategic planning sessions in 2019 and 2020, Erin professionally guided our board and senior management staff through a series of visioning exercises to meet the ongoing challenges our organization faces, while at the same time helping us recognize our inherent strengths and tremendous progress. She is a skilled facilitator, who can synthesize varied sources of information and input in real-time. Erin produces strong visual and written products, which guides our organization in the form of our strategic plan. We value our partnership with Black Fox Strategy and look forward to many more effective planning sessions.
Steve Ginnis, Fairbanks Native Association Executive Director
“I have had the opportunity to partner with Erin on multiple projects. She has always been professional and driven toward our goals. The outcomes from our planning sessions have always been clear and relevant towards our mission. I appreciate Erin’s experience and dedication to Fairbanks Native Association.”