Our Experts 2017-06-07T13:41:19+00:00

Our CEO and Founder

James F. O’Gara
CEO and Founder

With more than 25 years experience building collaborative relationships with executive teams, Jim brings a wealth of knowledge to every client engagement.

O’Gara has spent thousands of hours formulating winning go-to-market strategies and stories for dozens of Fortune 100 companies and hundreds of high-growth businesses. O’Gara’s expertise in go-to-market strategy development, customer research, corporate messaging and positioning, customer experience management, as well as customer-centric culture development, has earned him the respect of executives around the world. Over the years, his ability to breakdown business, marketing and customer experience challenges in complex industries (such as healthcare, technology and professional services) has been invaluable to CEOs and CMOs at a number of leading companies.

Jim is an active member of the Forbes Communications Council and his thought leadership often appears on Forbes.com.

Forbes Communications Council Official Member

Our Leadership Team

Stan Strifler
COO

Stan ensures our operating model is equipped with both high-performing technology and quality control procedures. He brings more than three decades’ experience building high-growth businesses that operate under rigorous operational discipline.

Chi Nguyen
Managing Director

Having spent the last 20 years building successful brands, Chi has the experience clients need to formulate a strategy and story that produces a differentiated customer experience.

Cinnamon Perryman
Engagement Director

With decades of experience in global communications, Cinnamon has a proven track record of helping executives align and activate successful go-to-market strategies and stories.

Executives value our insights, methodology and experience.

We have partnered with hundreds of executives to help them formulate corporate stories and strategies that truly differentiate their companies.

“OnMessage gets it. They are experts at aligning go-to-market strategies and stories. They understand how to establish differentiation in the market. Their team has been invaluable over the years.”

Stacey Coreil Little, VP/GM, Radius Specialty Solutions

“OnMessage helped us crystallize a story and strategy that connects with employees and customers. They understand the role internal and external communications play in the customer experience.”

Toby Purdy, CMO, LALA USA

“I have worked with, worked for and have hired Jim’s company during a 20-year professional relationship. He has a unique ability to understand the needs of his customers and combine strategic thinking with the tactics required to drive significant business results. He brings experienced points of view and guidance to every executive level conversation. Jim drives the highest degree of clarity around strategic business and marketing decisions – and he is not afraid to share his candid, real world advice with business leaders to move the business forward.”

Chad Riseling, SVP Global Sales at Romonet

“I have worked with Jim and he really knows how to engage with C-suite executives. He brings the perfect blend of experience, strategy and real-world execution to the table.”

Tom McKeown, COO, VP at Curo Compensation

“Jim brings discipline and process to highly complex executive discussions and decisions. He and his team are known for their ability to help executive teams focus and provide the structure required to bring clarity to any strategic planning process. It has been a privilege to bring him and his team on as consultants in two different industries with two different companies.”

Corrie Brock, Head of Branding and Communications at Hilti

“I have had the pleasure in working with Jim and his team on two different occasions and both times they exceeded expectations. Thus, it is no surprise that I value the experience and insights Jim and his team bring to business strategy, customer experience, messaging and positioning discussions … especially amongst executives. He truly understands the importance of clarity in the corporate story and the role strategy plays in driving optimal business performance.”

Toby Purdy, EVP & CMO at LALA U.S.
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