About Us

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Paul Mead

Paul Mead is a founding partner of Grand Traverse Strategic Partners – a strategy and planning consultancy. He is responsible for facilitating the development of corporate and business strategies for his clients. Further, Paul develops and implements execution frameworks to help his clients realize their vision and goals.

Paul is also the former Vice President of Project Management for an industry leading Insurance agency. In this role, he was responsible for the establishment and ongoing development of the Enterprise Project Management Office (EPMO). Further, Paul was responsible for all aspects of multi-million dollar enterprise project portfolios as well as oversight of planning and execution of all strategic and operational projects. In addition, Paul supported the development, formulation, and planning of enterprise business strategies.

Paul’s professional background includes roles in strategy, project management, business process management, education, and consulting as a consultancy partner, Vice President, and Project Management Professional (PMP).

He has worked in the strategy and planning field for approximately 18 years.

Paul began his business career in accounting with Computer Science Corporation (CSC). Later, Paul worked for DARC Corporation, a premier Oracle partner, as a senior and founding member of their education consulting practice. Through this work, he developed his project management acumen managing progressively larger and more complex projects. Most recently, with Hagerty Insurance and Grand Traverse Strategic Partners, Paul has supported the development of business strategies for a variety of organizations. He established a Project Management Office, as well as, adaptable execution models based on the unique needs of his Clients. These capabilities have helped companies Paul has worked with to realize business value from their projects and achieve their strategic goals.

Paul is a member of the Project Management Institute and holds the designation of Project Management Professional (PMP). He has been a continuing panelist for PMI’s annual “The Project” collegiate competition. Paul is a veteran of the United States Army and Michigan National Guard. He served as a communications specialist stationed both in the U.S. and overseas.

Paul has been appointed by Michigan’s Governor to serve on the Board of Directors for the State’s Veteran Health System. In this capacity, he and his colleagues have oversight of a $100M health system. Further, Paul was appointed to the Governor’s Veteran Health System Modernization Special Workgroup which was able to develop and pass landmark legislation to enhance and modernize Michigan’s Veteran Health System.

Paul is a resident of Traverse City, Michigan. He is married with two high school age children.

Paul has studied accounting at Oakland College, business management at Ferris State University, and obtained a Master of Applied Project Management certificate from Villanova University.

Eric Okerstrom

Eric Okerstrom is Co-Founder of GTSP where he works with organizations to develop practical strategies and supporting execution models. Through the use of a variety of proven tools, methodologies and professional facilitation techniques, GTSP has helped multiple organizations define their mission, vision and objectives and the means for achieving them. Eric is also a Vice President of Strategy Management for a Northern Michigan Insurance Agency where he works collaboratively with other executives in the development, execution and administration of organizational strategy.

Eric obtained his Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Northern Michigan University where he was member and captain of the NCAA Ski Team. He also holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. Eric has completed the University of Michigan Executive Program on Strategic Planning and Implementation and obtained Project Management Certification through Villanova University. He holds a Certified Professional Facilitator designation through the International Association of Facilitators. In addition to multiple IT technical certifications, he’s a licensed commercial and instrument rated pilot in fixed wing aircraft and helicopters.

As a Vice President for Strategy Management, Eric has overseen the development and execution of strategy and annual business planning for a successful and fast growing Northern Michigan Business. Prior to working in his current position, Eric served as an Officer and Pilot in the United States Navy serving in a variety of operational and staff positions in the United States and overseas.

Eric has served on the Traverse City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He was a founding board member and officer of Mt. Holiday Inc., a nonprofit ski area whose mission is to provide affordable winter and summer recreational opportunities for the youth – particularly the underprivileged – of the Grand Traverse Region. In this role, he was part of a small team of concerned citizens who raised $1.2 million in capital to purchase, restore and protect the area from further development. Mt. Holiday is fully operational today. Eric is also the assistant coach for the Traverse City High School Nordic Ski Team, serves on the Hickory Hills Advisory Committee and Capital Campaign and is a member of the International Association of Professional Facilitators and the Strategic Planning Society.