About Our Team

Jane Ferguson

The Analytic

Jane has a track record of producing outstanding sales results by finding new market opportunities.  She is enthusiastic about the power of market research and about improving marketing processes for overworked marketing teams.  She has managed business units in high tech, publishing, and education companies, and has developed go-to-market programs for companies in a variety of industries. Sample accomplishments include:

  • Produced annual sales growth of 22%, 51%, 64% and over 100% by re-positioning product lines for various companies.
  • As General Manager for a Fortune 100, launched and grew a new division to $380 million in 3 years,
  • Reversed declining sales for key product lines for companies in 3 different industries,
  • Improved productivity of marketing communications 300% at an IT training company, and
  • Tripled U.S retail distribution for a product line in six months Hewlett Packard.

Typical projects include creating go-to-market plans, helping companies expand their lead generation programs, leading strategic planning workshops,  and in-depth customer analysis and custom market research projects.  Ms. Ferguson earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree in Engineering from UC San Diego.


The Brand Guru

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The Content Wizard

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Who Is Abaris?

Abaris was a legendary sage in Ancient Greece. He was said to possess a magic arrow that allowed him to foretell the future and heal pain. Though foreign born, he rose to prominence as a healer, priest , oracle, and adviser to rulers.  He was celebrated for his forthright honesty, simple manner, and public service.


Affiliated Partners are distinguished by an uncommon depth of experience in their area of expertise. Their outstanding characteristics include: Considerable success in line management positions prior to launching their own businesses, unusually strong analytic minds and the ability to approach problems creatively, and a deep to commitment to having a positive impact on both the strategy and the culture of each organization they work with. Each of the Affiliated Partners is as comfortable working with C-level executives or technical teams as with front line employees. Their experience, insight, and focus on results have a lasting positive effect on their client organizations.


The Learning Advantage

Expertise: Large Scale Organizational Change, Improving Leadership Effectiveness

Sandy Mobley has offered leadership and organization development coaching to Fortune 50 companies for over 20 years.  She has proven adept at helping organizations and individuals move through significant and sustainable changes.   Typical engagements include:

  • Large scale organizational culture change
  • Transitioning to a new role
  • Leading a team more effectively
  • Preparing for a promotion
  • Becoming a powerful leader

Ms. Mobley’s clients include professional service firms such as Ernst and Young, LLP and Booz Allen Hamilton, and technology and communication companies such as EDS, Hewlett Packard, AOL, and Sprint/Nextel. She is also frequently tapped by federal government organizations to improve the effectiveness of their programs and department leaders.  Before starting the Learning Advantage, she led executive development and training for Hewlett Packard, Watson Wyatt, and McKinsey & Company. Ms. Mobley is certified as a master coach by the International Coach Federation as well as a master somatic coach.  An accomplished speaker, she has presented at over 20 national conferences.  Her insightful articles have been published in national publications (sample articles) and she co-developed Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching Program and serves on the faculty for their executive education programs. Ms. Mobley has an MBA from Harvard Business School and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Math and Computer Science from the University of Texas.


FGS & Associates

Expertise: Integrating Finance and Operations, Improving Financial Systems and Reporting

Francis Shinsato has held various financial executive positions over the past 30+ years in technology and manufacturing companies, ranging from startup enterprises to publicly held companies. He has served as CFO for three start-ups, including one which he helped to take public. Mr. Shinsato has also held various financial positions up to Vice President at established companies during his career. Mr. Shinsato’s areas of expertise include integrating the financial function with operations and providing meaningful reporting for executives at client companies. Other financial consulting services include financial systems review, systems integration, and financial modeling. In addition, Mr. Shinsato has overseen financial systems conversions and served as part-time CFO for client companies. Mr. Shinsato received his MBA from Harvard Business School, and BS in Electrical Engineering from Cal Poly Pomona, and MS Electrical Engineering from USC. He has also been a licensed CPA and Professional Engineer.


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