About David Harkins Company
David Harkins Company provides strategy, growth, and innovation consulting services for companies and nonprofit organizations. David helps clients identify new markets and opportunities, build new businesses, develop and implement expansion strategies, facilitate change, and scale operations to meet growth targets.
The firm, led by David Harkins, works with companies ranging in size from early-stage, fully-funded startups to large corporations, and nonprofit organizations of all sizes.
Meet David Harkins
David Harkins is a business strategist and executive consultant with experience in nonprofit organizations, startups, growth companies, and Fortune 500 companies in diverse sectors. He has expertise in crafting relevant stories to connect with new generations of customers, identifying new market opportunities, developing new products and services, and defining engaging environments that generate revenue for companies and organizations. David is the founder and principal consultant at David Harkins Company.
For over 20-years, David has helped clients successfully achieve their business objectives. He has managed complex multi-million dollar projects, built businesses from the ground-up, and advised many well-known companies and organizations including, National Alzheimer’s Association, American Bar Association, Cargill Ag Horizons, Disabled American Veterans, Girl Scouts of the USA, Microsoft, and the National FFA Organization, to name just a few.
More recently, David was VP, Marketing and Licensing for Uware Brands, a private label, and licensed apparel manufacturer.
Before Uware Brands, he served as Associate Director, Retail Business Development and Licensing for the Boy Scouts of America National Council (BSA) where he was an internal entrepreneur responsible for building new lines of retail businesses. At the BSA he was accountable for reorganizing and reviving the organization’s licensing program—growing it from $400,000 to nearly $45 million in annual licensed product sales at retail from 2005 to 2015 and earned the BSA’s licensing program a spot on License! Global Magazine’s annual Top 150 Global Licensors since 2012. He also developed and launched a retail e-marketing strategy that included development and implementation of the organization’s first e-commerce website in 2005.
David has also served as Vice President, Strategic Services at the Jackson Group, Managing Partner of Taylor-Harkins Group, Executive Vice President of Marketing for the agency CBD Marketing, Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President, Customer Care for software engineering firm Geneer, and VP, Marketing and Product Development for Nykamp Consulting Group, among others.
As a student of organization development and innovation leadership, David researches industries, organizations, markets, and culture, and then connect seemingly unconnected dots to identify likely challenges to overcome and probable opportunities to exploit. He writes, speaks, and teaches on these and other topics.
David has a passion for entrepreneurial thinking and leadership and the impact it can have for social good. He is keenly interested in how such thought can spur transformational innovation and improve those communities where changing demographics, cultural and societal shifts, corporate closures, challenging social issues, and access to education create barriers to employment and economic growth. In support of his passion, David writes about business, culture, and entrepreneurship at www.davidharkins.blog, produces and hosts the Working Life Project podcast, and teaches entrepreneurship courses as a member of American Public University’s part-time faculty.
He holds a Bachelors of Business Administration with a major in Entrepreneurial and Small Business Management from American Public University, a Master of Entrepreneurship from Western Carolina University, and is pursuing a Doctorate in Organization Development and Change at Bowling Green State University.
In his spare time, David enjoys reading, hiking, painting, and photography.