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Where Do You Stand Today?

Leading companies routinely benchmark against their competitors and their markets. That’s how they maintain and even extend that lead. This kind of benchmarking informs the vision for competitive readiness and fuels meaningful innovation. When was the last time your company benchmarked itself against the marketplace? Acumen Partners believes that companies of every size and maturity need to know their market and plan for success.

Acumen Partners is a data-driven advisory firm committed to guiding leaders to more accurately gauge their market position, target key actions and achieve better-than-market results. Acumen works with companies at all points in their lifecycle, from established companies to seed start-ups.  Acumen’s Dataslice® solution, using real-time market data, enables our advisors and consultants to assess your company and provide a 90-day plan of action through our Baseline™ benchmarking index.

Acumen’s team of experienced advisors and consultants will ensure your company is doing the right things in their day-to-day business operations, the right way and with the right people.  With Acumen Partners, your organization is able to find the shortest path to strategic success.


  • “Acumen brings a tremendous wealth of knowledge and expertise to bear. They have a deep grasp of products, people, and companies. Their no-nonsense, get-it-done style and positive approach are actually infectious! Definitely, a high impact organization!”  

    Matt Laddin CEO, Insight 29
  • "When we first started working with Steve and his team at Acumen Partners, PR with Panache! was experiencing significant growth. Acumen not only played an intricate role in building our internal capacity to sustain that level of growth but helped us build a stronger foundational infrastructure to support future growth."

    Jacob Hansen PR with Panache! (January 2017)
  • “Working with Acumen Partners has opened my eyes to ideas and strategies I wish I had known years ago. Acumen’s Baseline and OnTarget tools have helped my team cut through the noise and focus our efforts on the elements of our business that matter (and pay) the most. ”  

    Gaith Abdo CEO, Cut2it & Intecorp
  • “We worked with Acumen Partners to complete a Baseline for our organization.  The process was thorough, informative and surprisingly fast. It identified areas of strength on which we could quickly capitalize. It also exposed areas for growth that resulted in significant improvements to our overall effectiveness. ”

    Eden Badertscher Curriculum Program Director, EDC
  • “I have called on [Acumen] multiple times with challenges ranging from launching start-ups to revitalizing flagging organizations.  They work to understand the business and then hold no punches. Acumen capitalizes on what a company does well and works with precision to make the necessary improvements.”

    Wayne Poncia EdTech Entrepreneur & SVP Junyo

Our Team

Our Leaders and Executive Staff

Steven Rowley CEO & Managing Partner

Garth Hansen Vice President Client Services | Principal Advisor

Heather Cunningham Operations Manager

Leah Rowley Editorial Director | HR

Jack Elliott Training & Development | Consultant

Gloria Elliott Client Staffing | Special Services

    Andres AfanadorAbout Acumen