Kevin Hourigan is the President and CEO of Spinutech, an agency that develops customized and data-driven digital marketing solutions. Before merging his business with his partner’s, Kevin founded Bayshore Solutions in 1996 and ran it for over two decades, delivering websites and custom web applications to thousands of clients in over 54 countries.
Kevin led Bayshore Solutions through growth and change to become a leading end-to-end digital agency that is Spinutech. Outside the office, Kevin enjoys hitting the open water on his boat, playing a round of golf, skiing, and just about any outdoor activity.
Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:
- What was it like starting a website development agency in 1996?
- The dot-com bubble, how Kevin Hourigan’s team went from 225 to 20 members, and why he didn’t quit
- Becoming an end-to-end digital partner
- What Kevin learned from navigating a merger
- Dealing with role changes and moving team members to leadership roles
- How to use the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) as a company
- Hard decisions to expect when implementing EOS
- Kevin talks about how his company, Spinutech, serves e-commerce brands
- How to maintain culture through remote work
In this episode…
One of the unintended blessings of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the astronomic demand for digital solutions. With this demand comes the need to scale quickly, so companies are turning to digital agencies to help do that. Digital agencies themselves are merging to scale their service and provide clients with the right solutions.
Unfortunately, navigating a merger is a pain in the neck for many agency owners. Having gone through a successful merger, Kevin Hourigan recommends putting your thoughts into three buckets that you must serve equally. The first step? Figure out what the merger means for your clients and how it’s a win for them. Want to find out more?
Listen to this episode of the Inspired Insider Podcast with Dr. Jeremy Weisz featuring Kevin Hourigan, the President and CEO of Spinutech. They discuss how Kevin helped his company scale to become an end-to-end digital partner through a merger, the lessons along the way, how to maintain a fantastic culture, and more!
Resources mentioned in this episode
- Rocket Fuel: The One Essential Combination That Will Get You More of What You Want from Your Business by Gino Wickman and Mark C. Winters
- Traction: Get A Grip On Your Business by Gino Wickman
- “Leading with Passion with Gino Wickman, Founder of EOS Worldwide”
- “The Two Leadership Traits To Explode Your Business With Mark C. Winters, Author and Founder of RocketFuelNow.com”
- “[Top Agency Series] Most Valuable Advice When Selling Your Agency With Todd Taskey of Potomac Business Capital”
- “Negotiation Tactics From FBI Agent Christopher Voss, Founder of Black Swan Ltd”
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Insider Stories from Top Leaders & Entrepreneurs…
Jeremy Weisz 0:15
Dr. Jeremy Weisz here founder of inspiredinsider.com where I talk with inspirational entrepreneurs and leaders today is no different. I’m here with Kevin Hourigan of Spinutech and before I formally introduced Kevin, Kevin, I always like to mention other episodes people should check out of the podcast and Kevin I know as a huge fan of EOS, and so people can check out the interview I do with Gino Wickman, who wrote Traction check the interview out also the interview I did with Mark Winters, who co authored Rocket Fuel with Gino Wickman. Both of them are fantastic books and check out those individual episodes also, Episode Todd Taskey, he talks about selling your agency, he basically helps agencies sell, and all the different things of what goes into that. So check that out. For anybody who’s not thinking of selling, it’s still important because it’s all the systems and processes you put in place that makes it attractive to a seller. So check that episode out and many more on InspiredInsider. And this episode is brought to you by Rise25 that Rise25 We all businesses give to and connect to their dream 100 relationships and how do we do that we help you run your podcast. You know, for me, Kevin, the number one thing in my life is relationships. I’m always looking at ways to give to my best relationships. And over the past decade, I found no better way to do that than to profile the people and companies I most admire. If I read a book, I’m like, This was amazing. I get to ask the questions. I’m wondering, as I’m reading the book from those authors, you talk about Chris Voss, who have never split the difference, you know, like, what would he say to this and I invite him on and let them shout from the rooftops what they’re working on in from their business. So if you’ve thought about podcasting, and you’ve a business, I believe you should just like you have a website, you call Kevin and his team to build you one. I believe every business should and we’ll have a podcast. So if you’ve thought about it, you can have you have questions, go to Rise25.com or email us we’re happy to answer them [email protected] And today, I have Kevin Hourigan, he’s President of Spinutech. He founded Bayshore solutions in 1996. And he’s delivered websites and custom web applications to 1000s and 1000s of clients in over 54 countries. And he’s been doing it for over 25 years, if you can believe that, if you think back to the internet, and how long the internet’s been around. And he’s led Bayshore Solutions and Spinutech through growth and change to a leading end to end digital agency. Kevin, thanks for joining me.
Kevin Hourigan 2:57
I appreciate it. Jeremy, look forward to it.
Jeremy Weisz 2:59
brings me back a little bit to 1996. And I know that you started it from scratch, you grew it, it shrunk, you grew it. Take me a little bit back to the the original starting in the company.