Andrew Clarke – Founder and President
Andrew has advised hundreds of businesses on business strategy, marketing, operations and other issues. He has worked with companies in a wide variety of industry verticals, including energy and environment, medical equipment, biomedical labs, healthcare services, advertising, technology and telecommunications, finance, residential and commercial real estate, insurance, retail, food service, music/entertainment. He has also worked with universities and non-profits.
Before starting Ground Floor Partners Andrew led all technology planning and operations at commercial real estate firm Equis (now DTZ-UGL).
Andrew also has extensive experience as an entrepreneur. In 1997 he founded ListNet, a real estate listing and advertising service on the Internet. He managed all aspects of the business including strategy, operations, marketing, sales, and web site development.
From 1995 to 1998, Andrew worked as Vice President of Analytics and then Vice President of Product Development at Hedge Financial Products, a privately held boutique derivatives firm in downtown Chicago. He led the risk management and quantitative analysis efforts for the Chicago office, designed several complex proprietary crop reinsurance risk models, and supervised a team in all aspects of model development from inception to completion.
From 1979 to 1994, Andrew was a scientist and engineer, working in a variety of technical and management positions in academia and industry. He has published papers in the areas of Theoretical Chemistry, Fluid Mechanics, and Materials Science, and worked as a Research Scientist at University of Washington, Cornell University, and University of British Columbia.
Andrew holds advanced degrees from University of Rochester, University of California at San Diego, and University of Wisconsin. He is on the Board of Directors of Local First Chicago, a non-profit dedicated to building and promoting the local Chicago business community. Andrew also volunteers with Sierra Club, Food & Water Watch, and the American Sustainable Business Council.
Michael Whittington – Business Consultant
Michael is a strategic thinker whose creative problem solving ability is an ideal fit for the diverse needs of small businesses. He excels in market research and analysis, marketing strategy, business development and operations management. Michael is passionate about helping business owners and entrepreneurs pursue their dreams and grow their business.
Growing up in a family-owned business, Michael understands the never-ending challenges all small business owners face each day. Prior to joining Ground Floor Partners, he worked in the heavily regulated Medical Waste Disposal industry as an Operations Manager, taking on additional responsibilities as the company grew into a multi-million-dollar enterprise. Michael routinely improved procedures, maximized efficient practices and contributed to the company’s long-term strategy until the fall of 2015, when the company was acquired by its largest competitor.
Michael has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Illinois Wesleyan University. During his time at Illinois Wesleyan University, Michael played football all four years, was a member of the winningest football class in school history and was elected to two University leadership councils.
In his free time, he enjoys outdoor activities, being physically active, and is a die-hard Chicago sports fan.
Ground Floor Partners also has other business consultants on call for large and small projects.