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"It is clear that JDR's fingerprints are all over the successful growth of our culture and our business"
- Michael Sicher, Owner and CEO at IDENTITI

"JDR combined the strategic rigor we needed to reimagine the business with the operational expertise to help us execute ambitious new plans." 
- Tracy Tunney Ward, CEO at Miramar

Our Purpose and Promise

We help family owned businesses preserve what made them special while driving the change needed to achieve their full potential. The outcome we always deliver is:

  1. A more effective and happier leader

  2. A higher performing leadership team

  3. A healthier culture with more engaged workers

  4. More collaboration, innovation, accountability and leadership at all levels

  5. Significantly better results

JDR Growth Partners

What Sets Us Apart

We have a wealth of experience actually navigating challenges and opportunities similar to those that you are experiencing. We've been there and actually done it, not just studied it and consulted. We use the word partner in our name with intention because we are business building partners rather than drive-by consultants. You can count on us to be in-it-to-win-it with you and your team because your success is the ultimate measure of our purpose and value. Here are seven reasons to believe our promise:​​

  • Results — Demonstrated track record as business leaders and consultants

  • Strategic and pragmatic — Uncommon ability to bridge strategy and execution, grounded in experiences ranging from factory line worker, engineer, and marketer to CEO and independent Board director

  • Best Practices — Trained at top notch companies, and sharpened in smaller, nimbler situations

  • Breadth — Experience across many industries, businesses, and roles, from public to private and family owned

  • Skilled — World class marketing, innovation, and selling capabilities, built on a rigorous engineering, analytical, and operational foundation

  • Resourceful — Supported by a proven network of strategic partners

  • Trustworthy — Unwavering principles and core values, confirmed by credible references. See testimonials

Our Story

JDR Growth Partners was founded in 2014 by Jude Rake. Before founding JDR, Jude served in multiple C-level roles including CEO for eleven years. In each of these roles he built and led successful leadership teams that transformed several businesses at well known companies such as Clorox, PepsiCo, and SC Johnson, as well as family owned and private equity-backed companies.  He was increasingly asked by former colleagues and business partners for help with strategic planning, leadership development and team building. Jude decided to force-multiply his leadership influence by forming JDR Growth Partners to help multiple business leaders eager to improve their performance and results.

Our Core Values
  • PerseveranceWe have a burning desire to win, and we believe the combination of courage, teamwork, hustle, and resourcefulness can overcome many shortcomings

  • Growth mindset - We are relentless learners in our quest to be the best we can be, and we are fueled by uncommon curiosity and the lifelong pursuit of learning and growth

  • Integrity - We operate transparently, deliver on our promises and remain steadfastly focused on doing the right things

  • Teamwork - We believe we can be much more powerful than the sum of our parts if we collaborate respectfully, embrace contention constructively and surround ourselves with diversity of thought and talent that are complementary

  • Helping Hand - We find the utmost gratification in helping others achieve more than they ever thought possible. It's the main reason we do what we do


- Tracy Tunney Ward, CEO at Miramar Services Inc.

JDR combined the strategic rigor that we needed to reimagine the business with the operational expertise to help us execute ambitious new plans. Jude had a deep level of engagement and applied just the right touch to get the most out of very diverse constituencies and stakeholders. As a bonus – and probably the ingredient that is most glaringly missing from most of these engagements – he quickly gained our trust.

- Jay Madary, CEO at JVM Realty

JDR was extremely effective in working with me and my senior leadership team to identify and focus on our strengths, while addressing opportunities for improvement. Through an engaging strategic planning process, Jude not only facilitated the development of a formal strategic plan, but continues to work with us to coach our leaders through the implementation of the plan. I would highly recommend JDR to other organizations with the passion to succeed.

- Steve McShane, Founder & CEO at Midtronics

Jude is an inspirational and motivational coach and respected mentor for our leadership team. He is helping us align our company's strategic vision and core values with those of our key customers and industry partners. His facilitation and leadership have helped encourage our team to move forward with greater confidence in our ability to achieve the growth to which we aspire."

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