TKA Leaders

TKA's principals are veteran leaders in intelligence, strategy, marketing, and innovation. We have significant track records in building, strengthening, and defending the competitiveness and value of enterprises.
 
Our mission in every engagement is to provide value that outlives our direct involvement.  We're hands-on, clear-sighted, quality-driven, creative, resourceful, and easy to work with.
 
We're happiest when addressing your challenges — the tougher, the better.
 

Timothy Powell - President

Tim Powell's core expertise is knowledge strategy, weaving together his professional experience in competitive intelligence, knowledge services, business strategy, information technology, market research, data analytics and forecasting, and social psychology. His articles, books, and blog Competing in the Knowledge Economy blend these disciplines in addressing a range of management issues.
 
Prior to founding TKA, Tim held senior positions at FIND/SVP (now ORC International), PricewaterhouseCoopers, and KPMG. Much of his work has been with large, complex organizations — among them Abbott Laboratories, Altria, American Express, CIT, General Electric, Highmark BCBS, McGraw-Hill, Petrobras, Revlon, Sony, the State of New York, Travelers, the US Navy, John Wiley, and Xerox.
 
Tim has served on the boards of several start-ups in health care and technology.  Child health and welfare is a major interest, and he served that field in several non-profit capacities prior to his business career.
 
Tim is the developer of the Knowledge Value Chain®, a methodology for assessing and improving the ROI and value of enterprise knowledge and intelligence. He is past chair of the Council of Competitive Intelligence Fellows (CCIF).
 
Tim enjoys sharing what he knows.  He meets often with business and professional groups, and serves on the faculty of Columbia University's innovative Information and Knowledge Strategy master's program. He developed and taught a graduate course Enterprise Intelligence for LIU's Palmer School of Library and Information Science.
 
BA Yale College and MBA Yale School of Management.
 

Jay Gronlund - Alliance Partner

Jay Gronlund is president and founder (1990) of The Pathfinder Group. His core expertise is in marketing and new business development in the US and overseas, including strategic brand positioning and ideation. Typical projects involved a comprehensive market assessment, due diligence and customer research (including competitive intelligence), strategic and market entry planning, and brand development or revitalization for new products (including ideation sessions).
 
Related to these consulting activities, Jay organizes and facilitates customized workshops on various marketing and business development topics.   He has taught a branding course at New York University since 1999, Positioning and Brand Development. His newest book Basics of Branding: A Practical Guide for Managers was published in 2013.
 
Jay has held senior executive positions in marketing and brand management at Newsweek, Seagram, Church & Dwight (Arm & Hammer), and Richardson-Vicks.  He is a graduate of Colby College and has an MBA from Amos Tuck, Dartmouth College.
 

Hall of Fame

In addition to our colleagues mentioned elsewhere on this site, TKA gratefully acknowledges the generous contributions of each of these associates, friends, and champions to our success (with apologies to those we've missed):

Don Welsch Howard Bleiwas Alan Michaels David Smith
Andrea Haller John Matthews Chris Brune Reuben Danzing
Mark Dingle Ben Goette David Amarel Tom Nimen
Ken Fox Tom Portante Art Padoan Joe Giarraputo
Marge Arwady Cyndi Allgaier Laura Riss Bill Looney
Jeremy Rabb Steve Harper James Nastasi Rob Krist
Eli Amdur John Kessling George Karshner Guy St. Clair
Andrew Fassel Dave Powell Tom Kneir George Guernsey
Bill Bierce Jerry Levine Sheila Levine Bruce Marcus
Carole Congram Jim Pastreich Kevin McKean Janet Coolick
Susan Murphy Marya Holcombe Bradley Bloch George Witt
Janet Coolick Kate Pugh    

Above all we thank our clients, whose sponsorship has sustained and propelled us since 1989, and whose "needs to know" have been continual sources of challenge and inspiration.