Michael Dodd

Fountainhead is led by its founder and President, Michael Dodd. He has invested 16 years in building a well developed growth consulting practice. Prior to starting Fountainhead, Dodd had a very successful career developing new products, growing ventures and running small businesses.

An early entrepreneur, Mr. Dodd financed part of his college tuition by starting a software development company.  His professional career began at General Mills in Finance.   Moving into Marketing, he discovered his passion and aptitude for growing consumer businesses.  He coordinated a successful national roll-out of a large fruit snack line extension and managed growth initiatives for the beverages division.  Later, as Director of Brand and Business Development for Otis Spunkmeyer, he created and introduced new products, negotiated strategic alliances, managed national accounts, and developed brand awareness programs.   He also started a Canadian subsidiary, led a channel and product rationalization and managed a Nabisco JV to create new food service concepts.

In 1995, Mr. Dodd became the CEO of gourmet roaster, Peter James Coffee.  He profitably grew revenue by 40% in the first 18 months.  Dodd’s experiences convinced him that many business leaders, entrepreneurs and inventors needed flexible, highly-skilled, yet practical consulting resources.  He channeled this conviction, his past success and a passion for conceiving, designing and building businesses into Fountainhead, Inc. 

For the last 16 years, Mr. Dodd has helped start many new companies, shepherded several corporate ventures and added hundreds of millions of dollars to his clients' topline. He is proud of Fountainhead's accomplishments and its strict adherence to pragmatism, value and a tenacious commitment to his clients.

Mr. Dodd holds an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business and a B.A. with Honors in Finance and Economics from Iowa State University.  He served as Professor of Marketing at the Keller Graduate School.  Recently Dodd established the Fountainhead Foundation, a non-profit skunk works dedicated to creative solutions for societal challenges.  He enjoys adventure travel, fishing, working in his shop, and re-experiencing the joy of childhood with his young children.  He lives in the woods outside the village of Excelsior, Minnesota with his wife Jane, two small children and a small herd of deer.

Dodd's Consulting Aspiration

“I strive for the mind of a consultant, the heart of an operator and the spirit of an entrepreneur.”

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