about us

If you’re part of a leadership team for a family business, multi-generational family enterprise or a privately held company who is focused on building long-term value in your organization, then you’ve landed in the right place.

Our Promise Trusted

A simple assurance that you’re not just in good hands, but that you’re in the right hands.  The ‘ed’ on the end of ‘trust’ is exactly what we dreamed about when we started CircleMakers almost a decade ago.  Trusted is earned.

In working with organizations just like yours, you get all of us - our experience, expertise, and hands-on approach.  Our measuring stick is much more than the successful projects or engagements. The future capacity we build in your leadership and people is an outcome that makes us different.

We've been privileged and honored to work alongside growth-oriented clients who share our passion for results.  Our focus is building strong client partnerships where we can sink every ounce of energy into your most important challenges.

For us, seeing you build the organization you’ve always dreamed of is simply, pure joy.

Who We Serve

Our industry

  • Manufacturing / Distribution
  • Hospitality
  • Retail
  • Consumer Goods
  • Utilities
  • Healthcare
  • Banking / Financial Services
  • Construction / Development
  • Professional Services
  • Education
  • Food and Beverage

Our clients consist of executive teams and leaders of family businesses, multi-generational family enterprises and privately held organizations across industries, ranging in size from $10 million to over $1 billion in size.

We also partner with professional consultants and advisors, associations, and educational institutions to build unique consulting programs and learning opportunities that create mutual value.


Todd Garretson

Founder & CEO

& Ceo

As a top advisor, author and speaker, Todd Garretson possesses a lifelong passion for unlocking dormant growth potential in people, teams and organizations. Todd provides business advisory services for a myriad of family-owned, privately-held and publicly-held organizations (including presence with YPO, EO and private equity portfolio organizations) in the areas of strategic growth and culture development.

Prior to his advisory practice, Todd spent 20-plus years in a number of corporate leadership roles at companies such as Newell Rubbermaid and Hunter Douglas, as well as having been an 3rd Generation owner and family executive of a mid-size manufacturing business.

Todd's advisory work with executives, leaders and teams spans a number of industries, including: retail, hospitality, restaurant, healthcare, food and beverage, financial services, consumer goods, manufacturing, distribution, construction, and utilities. As part of the Georgia-based Cox Family Enterprise Center at Kennesaw State University, Todd also serves on a multi-disciplinary team of family enterprise educators and professionals.

A growth strategist at heart, Todd specializes in projects featuring: strategy and organizational design, strategic innovation and planning, results management, leadership and team development, management succession, and employee engagement.

Todd is featured in leading publications, including, CEO.com, SmartBrief, the Axial Financial Forum and many others. His recent book, Good To Grow: Reorienting Your Business for Unstoppable Growth provides business leaders a roadmap for choosing, mapping and executing their organizational growth strategy.

You can find Todd at the intersection of the architect and the builder - with the unique skill to both envision it and make it come to life. Todd is available for speaking engagements to all size audiences, strategy retreats, various board and advisory assignments


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