About Karl Sakas
Growth is good… unless it gets out of control. Karl Sakas can help you manage your agency’s growing pains, with custom advice developed from experience guiding hundreds of agencies on every inhabited continent.
As a management consultant and executive coach, he’s advised hundreds of agency owners worldwide. His clients call him their “agency therapist.”
As a fourth-generation business owner, Karl combines 20+ years of consulting with his experience as the #2 person at two digital marketing agencies. He’s written several books about managing agencies, including Made to Lead: A Pocket Guide to Managing Marketing & Creative Teams.
Outside of work, Karl serves as an award-winning Past President of AMA Triangle and volunteers as a bartender on a 1930s railroad car. Get a free copy of his eBook Don’t Just Make the Logo Bigger: Taking Clients from Painful to Profitable when you sign up for the Sakas & Company newsletter.
Jay Baer calls me “the Dr. Phil of agency owners and managers: one part confidante, one part ass kicker.” My clients just love that I help them get results.
That’s because I’ve been working with agency owners since I first learned HTML back in 1997. One of my first web development projects was for a marketing agency that needed a website.
Although I ultimately realized I wasn’t a great designer, I found I loved working with marketing agencies. Agency owners tend to love marketing, design, or development—but running the business side of their agency doesn’t come naturally to them.
As a fourth-generation business owner, I grew up talking about client service and strategic planning. I’ve known the difference between revenue and profit since I was 11.
That lead me to quickly climb the ranks at two agencies, serving as the owner’s right-hand and confidante while leading project management and becoming the head of business operations.
Today I bring 20 years of consulting experience to our work together, including 350+ agencies in 32 countries on 6 continents. I’ve written several books about managing agencies, including The In-Demand Marketing Agency and Made to Lead.
What I can do for you:
Candid Advice – I’ll tell you what you need to hear, even when it’s not what you want to hear—but I’ll do it diplomatically and help you to understand why it’s important based on your goals for your agency.
Actionable Insights – I’ll tell you how to do it. After all, advice is only good if you can actually implement it.
Confidential Sounding Board – When it’s time to make a business decision at your agency, you don’t have to do it alone. I can share what’s worked (and what hasn’t) for other agencies and help you decide what’s best for your business, based entirely on your unique vision for your agency. And I’ll keep it 100% confidential.