Colleen McCracken is a Strategic Business Advisor with over thirty-three years of successful business and senior leadership experience in non-family owned and family owned businesses. Colleen has held numerous positions in Finance, Operations and senior leadership throughout her career with large multi-national companies including WR Grace and G.H. Bass. Prior to joining Planet Dog, a designer and retailer of premium dog products, as its CEO in 2013, Colleen was the CEO and CFO of Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers, Inc., a manufacturer and retailer of premium hand- crafted American furniture.
Colleen’s areas of strength and where she spends most of her time helping clients, is in the development of strategic plans and business plans, building financial models that help leader’s better understand the financial performance of their businesses, leadership development and succession, executive coaching, and in governance; helping companies build and develop strong boards. Because Colleen herself has been a CEO for several companies, she uniquely understands the challenges business owners and CEO’s face in growing and improving their business performance.
Colleen holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Bentley University and completed an Executive MBA program in 2014, achieving High Honors distinction from Boston University.As a strong advocate for education, Colleen serves as the Vice Chair of the Board for Junior Achievement of Maine. Colleen has also served on the Board of the Institute for Family Owned Business for many years, with her final role as its Board Chair. She has been an adjunct professor at UNE and often guest lectures on Leadership, Entrepreneurship, as well as many other business topics.