Parallel Peaks: Business Insights While Climbing the World’s Highest Mountains

Friday, May 29 | 9:00 - 10:00am
Location: Orchard Exhibit Hall North

Speaker: John McQuaig, McQuaig and Welk, PLLC


John will share his mountaineering experience including summits of all the major Cascade mountain volcanoes, Orizaba in Mexico, Kala Pattar in the Himalayas, Mount Elbrus in Russia, Aconcagua in Argentina and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. During his time as an active mountaineer he realized the numerous parallels between a successful expedition and success building and operating a business. He will share his experiences in mountaineering and business while comparing the parallels between the two.  
While writing his business planning book “Parallel Peaks: Business Insights while climbing the World’s Highest Mountains” he developed a simplified business planning system that he will share during his presentation.

Speaker Bio: John McQuaig, McQuaig and Welk, PLLC

altJohn McQuaig is the CEO of McQuaig and Welk, a CPA and consulting firm he founded 30 years ago. John is a businessman, author, climber, consultant and entrepreneur. He has been extensively involved in serving the North Central Washington business community. John directs the consulting practice as a CPA and Certified Management Consultant (CMC).

His most recent projects include the development of a multi-use community at Riverside Landing, an industrial park at the Mill Pond and his book “Parallel Peaks: Business Insights While Climbing the World’s Highest Mountains.”

He is also a farmer farming about 450 acres of organic apples, cherries and pears.

Along with his success in business, John has been a supporter of the arts by being one of the prime movers behind the creation and construction of the Stanley Center in Wenatchee. He has served the organization as President or a board member for the last 15 years. He is also an active actor and singer having performed in numerous community musicals over the years.

John enjoys many active sports from skiing in the winter to mountain climbing and long-distance cycling in the summer.