Rich Bruer

Senior Consultant

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Change is constant. That much Rich Bruer knows. Sometimes change finds him, sometimes he goes looking for change.

In 1993, Rich co-founded a public relations and advertising agency in Portland focused on high technology companies. Rich and his business partner grew the agency into one of the leading tech marketing firms on the West Coast.

A few years removed from the dotcom bubble burst, Rich could no longer ignore his desire for change — to find a way to make a new difference in the world through his skills as a business leader and communications strategist. He was deeply troubled by the pace of climate change, the market’s insistence on unbridled material consumption and the horrific aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

In August 2006, he made the “what are you thinking” decision to sell his half of the firm to his business partner and set off for places unknown.

“I’m not sure if I am more proud of having started and built a respected marketing agency — or having the courage to leave it while it was still very successful and practically start my career all over again.”

After more than 20 years in high technology, Rich ventured down the path of branding and marketing for businesses and nonprofits making a social, environmental and economic difference. The “good guys” he likes to call them.

‘Solid Ground is all about making a difference by empowering organizational leaders to create the change they seek in their communities. It’s as though I found my tribe.’

The journey has now led to Solid Ground, where he found a team whose business values and aspirations were virtually identical to his own. Rich’s deep experience advising nonprofit and business leaders, defining distinct and relevant brands and executing effective marketing campaigns is an ideal complement to Solid Ground’s breadth of organizational development services.

“Solid Ground is all about making a difference by empowering organizational leaders to create the change they seek in their communities. It’s as though I found my tribe.”

Yes, change is constant. It can also be good.