Our leadership and management team work every day to enable the successful growth and direction of Prime 8. With many years of notable executive-level experience built upon a diverse set of skills and backgrounds, our team brings with them a wealth of knowledge and best practices that serve our company and our clients. Click on each of our leaders to learn more.
Founder / Chairman
Drew’s 30-year career started in software distribution and channel marketing before joining Microsoft in 1996. During his 10-year tenure at Microsoft, he was responsible for defining and driving the small business strategy for the company.
In 2006, Drew founded Prime 8 Consulting, a strategic management consulting firm that delivers practical business strategies and successful results to Fortune 500 customers by sharing in their end-to-end experience. As a highly respected business leader, Drew has helped companies transform and evolve their business operations by harnessing the power of technology, data, and design experience across their organization. Additionally, his belief in a culture-first organization has helped grow Prime 8 by 400% over the last 4 years.
Now as Chairman, Drew is the company’s north star, providing vision, leadership, and inspiration throughout the organization.
Drew holds a Bachelor of Business Degree from Curtin University, Australia and is a member of Entrepreneurs Organization (EO).
Founder / President
With over 25 years of expertise in Business Strategy, Finance and Operations, Nicolette’s portfolio of work has led her to serve companies across the globe, from Compaq Computers, Hewlett Packard, Coty Inc. to Microsoft Corporation. During her 7-year tenure at Microsoft, Nicolette led a team as the Director, Field & Business Strategy, as well as roles as Chief of Staff, and Financial Controller for that team.
In partnership with Drew Sharp, Nicolette founded Prime 8 Consulting in 2005, kicking off what has become a successful management consulting business helping their clients succeed by focusing on business transformation through action–oriented results. Prime 8 recently received an award from Best Companies to work for by Seattle Business Magazine for the 5th year running.
In addition to her years of experience and strong connections, Nicolette has her CPA and Bachelor of Business Degree from Curtin University, Australia.
Nicolette is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and serves on their board as PNW Chapter Diversity Officer.
Chief Technology Officer
With over 25 years of leadership in technology leading strategic and operational initiatives, Michael has helped some of the most recognizable brands in the world transform their business.
As a strong champion of Big Data, and the analytics that put data to work, Michael is dedicated to engineering innovation, and has built a career helping companies understand and succeed with their customers through the intelligent use of technology. Michael’s work spans the globe and many industry verticals. From international logistics and asset tracking, to mobile network and APN deployments, TV and film post production, consumer product development, and cutting-edge customer experience development. Michael is also an active member of several IT leadership communities, and mentors several technology start-ups.
When not evangelizing technology, Michael spends his time with family, traveling, diving, and skiing.
VP, Strategic Accounts
With nearly 11 years of direct Microsoft experience in both field and corporate roles, Tom is now a sought-after management consultant, delivering business, sales, and strategic marketing solutions to Prime 8 clients for the past 10 years. His first-hand knowledge of the Microsoft process coupled with his wealth of expertise in information technology solutions and services across the industry gives him a unique perspective and set of capabilities that drive results for his clients.
Focused on service areas from market research and customer intelligence to field enablement and marketing strategy and planning, Tom has a proven ability to both lead and work collaboratively with a broad range of clients across a variety of industries. His keen sensibility for engaging people and encouraging collaboration has earned him a reputation in the industry for building mutually profitable relationships.
Tom’s enthusiasm at work is only trumped by his enthusiasm for his family. When away from the office, you can either find Tom on the slopes snowboarding or on the field for a game of Rugby.
With over 25 years of experience, Carl brings a strong background in both US and global business leadership. Carl’s background includes an extensive track record in developing and executing organizational, sales, marketing, product, and business development strategies for a diverse mix of innovative organizations ranging from top industry leaders to innovative start-ups.
Prior to joining Prime 8, Carl also created and sold a successful creative marketing and design firm, which he co-founded in 2001 and an e-commerce business focused on educational fundraising he co-founded in 2003.
Carl enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. His interests include volunteering and coaching kids’ sports, travel, fishing, soccer, and tennis. Most recently Carl served on the King County Washington Board of the American Heart Association, as well as supporting the fundraising board for KidsQuest Museum as part of their mission on acquiring their new location.
Carl is a graduate of the University of Washington, with a degree and certificate in political science and economics. In 2006, Carl was named one of Seattle area’s top “40 Under 40” business leaders by Puget Sound Business Journal.
Stephanie is a practical, results-oriented manager with extensive and diverse experience. With a proven track record in the IT Professional Services industry with 13 solid years in the corporate, retail, education, and government sectors, delivering a varied range of Customer Service, Help Desk, Training, Human Resources, Project Management, Planning, Bid Preparation and Marketing functions and achieving organizational goals.
For the past 14 years, Stephanie has put her diverse skills into practice and further developed her strategic business planning and administration in the development and operation of her own successful business. She brings a unique combination of maturity, highly valuable expertise, significant practical experience and excellence in business and interpersonal skills to Prime 8 Consulting.
Principal, Learning & Development
With over 25 years of domain experience, Angus is a Learning and Development industry veteran. A former Military Officer with a strong business acumen and tool kit of credentials, Angus brings a well-rounded perspective and structure to the Training industry.
Angus has global experience implementing and leading initiatives and training solutions throughout Australia, Asia, the United Kingdom and most recently here in the US. He developed and led global teams and continues to enable and sustain companies understanding of complex technical training solutions within the information technology, logistics, defense, and aerospace domains.
As a PMP certified Project Manager and Scrum Master with industry certifications as a Training Manager, Curriculum Manager, and Instructional Designer; Angus sets and demands the highest standards from his long standing and loyal team who have established a formidable reputation operating together over the past ten years. The depth of talent and diversity of skillset in Angus’s team at Prime 8 provide the ability to meet any training need within any industry.
Angus settled in the Pacific Northwest with his family of 5 nearly 10 years ago from Australia. He enjoys spending his time with family, usually traveling between hockey rinks throughout the US and Canada to support his two sons who are aspiring young hockey champions.
With over 30-years’ experience, David is a highly respected Finance and Business Management leader with proven success in both Small Business and Global Enterprise, including several strategic high growth Business divisions with Worldwide Sales and Marketing & Support organizations. He has demonstrated strength in driving financial processes and business initiatives across global organizations, leading teams and addressing business issues.
As a trusted senior advisor, David’s careers have seen him deliver impactful results in diverse financial disciplines, Accounting, Controllership, Business Operations, Reporting & Analysis, Executive Communication, Forecasting, Strategic Planning and Competitive Market Research. David is also a member of the advisory board of Kenmore Air, the largest Seaplane operation in North America and winner of Seattle Business Magazine Silver Award for Family Business in 2014
Being from the Northwest, David enjoys the outdoors, Snow Skiing, Running/Walking, Bicycling and occasional Golf game, but real passion is Boating enjoying the beauty the Puget Sound, San Juan and Gulf Islands have to offer.
Director, Business Development
Mark has 25+ years of technology leadership, software development, and strategic consulting experience. Mark started his career at Microsoft where he was part of the Office Team and worked on Word and Excel. Next was Microsoft Research where he helped bring Video on Demand to reality. Later he spent time porting the Windows operating system to the mobile phone.
Throughout his years at Microsoft, the focus was always on customer facing experiences. After Microsoft, Mark worked in venture capital where his firm focused on technology startups in the Pacific Northwest. As an active angel investor, Mark was one of the founding members of the Alliance of Angels. From working on cutting edge products like the MagicBand for Disney, or helping Microsoft deploy an Open Source add-on, Mark has spent the past 10 years consulting with companies to bring their products to market. Mark lives in Bellevue WA. with his wife and 3 children. His interests include volunteering with youth sports programs and watching his kids in basketball, baseball, track and football. When not chasing kids around, Mark enjoys travel, music, golf, and skiing.
Mark has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Idaho.
Director, Product & Technology
With over 25 years of experience in software development, Brad Colling is an innovative and seasoned technology consultant and enterprise solutions architect. Brad has successfully sourced, built and led teams of technical specialists through the entire life cycle of several projects, from discovery to launch, for a number of well-known mid-sized to Fortune 500 companies. His roster of experience includes CenturyLink, AirBiquity, Bartell Drugs, Amazon, Microsoft, PACCAR and more. Brad enjoys deep diving into the issues or opportunities Prime 8 clients bring while using his experience with strategy and technology to help create solutions.
Brad grew up in Bellevue and spent his summers on a farm in Oregon's Willamette Valley. His hobbies include archery, camping and hiking, and exploration.
Noah Van Loen
Director, Technology & Accounts
A trusted leader with proven expertise in complex, enterprise program management and solutions delivery which drives strategic business initiatives,
Noah has PMO development and leadership, including process and methodology development, resource management, and portfolio management. He has developed and maintained collaborative customer, cross-functional, executive, and vendor relationships built on trust, respect and credibility. Noah also has Professional Services business unit management, including business strategy and planning, P&L financials, sales, resource management, vendor relationships, and staff development.
Director, Talent Acquisition
Michelle is a phenomenal career recruiter who spent the past 11 years at Xtreme Consulting Group before joining the Prime 8 family as our Director of Talent Acquisition. Michelle focused mostly on Technology, Program Management, Project Management and Marketing roles for the first 8 years of her career, and went on to be integral in the support and build of the R4R (Recruiting for Recruiters) division at Xtreme. Michelle is excited to be a part of the Prime 8 team and to return to her roots in the Tech/Management consulting world.
Michelle was born and raised in Seattle and is blessed with an amazingly patient, calm husband and two adorable, (very) strong-willed daughters –having two toddlers definitely keeps life…exciting.
Director, Strategic Accounts
With over 15 years of experience in Technology Consulting, Business Strategy, and Program Management; Mariya’s portfolio of work has led her to serve organizations with a global reach, from T-Mobile, Microsoft, AT&T to AWS.
Mariya has helped organizations of all sizes within the Technology industries with empowering their people, processes and teams. Mariya enjoys continuous improvement with teams working together more efficiently while using business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. Mariya understands Software Applications and Cloud Services will enable customers to operate and adapt continuously while obtaining growth. In addition to her years of experience Mariya has a Bachelor of Business Degree from The University Washington.
When not working, Mariya likes to spend time with her family – her husband Jon and 3 wonderful children plus extended family.
Manager, Strategic Accounts
With 20 years’ experience leading innovative teams in the SMB, nonprofit and corporate environments, Ryan brings his love of process and people to the Prime 8 family. His extensive experience working with teams of all sizes, both national and international provides a unique and fresh perspective to tackle issues confronting today’s technology companies.
When not engaged at work, Ryan enjoys being a husband and father, spending time in the mountains, or building in his workshop.