About Us


When you collaborate with RGS Advisors, you’re equipping your team with an expert problem-solver with a history of proven and measurable success.

years of proven economic business success

years experience in strategic management consulting

years experience in manufacturing with an emphasis in the beverage industry


We work with driven entrepreneurs, leaders, and CEOs leading small to mid-size companies in the Pacific Northwest.

Whether you’re preparing for growth, acquiring new business, or setting your 5 year strategy, we are your partner and advisor in navigating the journey comfortably and profitably. We work with your team to help make data-driven, fiscally-sound business decisions across all aspects of your company.


RGS Advisors is lead by Principal Rich Shawen.
As a collaborative problem solver and human-based financial leader, Rich excels at uncovering the impact that business decisions will have on an organization, from the employee, customer, and shareholder perspectives.

Before starting on his own venture with RGS Advisors, Rich lead the finance division at the business consulting company XPLANE. As CFO, Rich was one of the leaders driving the strategic priorities as the company re-established itself in the consulting sector. On top of his work with XPLANE, Rich previously served a 12-year tenure at Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, where he assisted in creating controls and reporting capabilities and provided the direction and analysis necessary to pursue new opportunities from new products to mergers and acquisitions. This included the partnership and eventual purchase of Kona Brewing and a merger with Redhook Ale Brewery.


Board Member

Board Member




“Rich is one of those rare individuals who has the ability to quickly make sense of complex situations, the insight to develop a path forward, and the organization and drive to deliver successful outcomes. I greatly appreciated my time working with Rich. We accomplished much more than I anticipated and had a great time in the process.”

— Ted Grigsby —

Director of Endowments & Foundations for Human Investing


While we work with a variety of businesses across industries, we have extensive experience in the following areas:


Deep, practical knowledge of the craft brewing trends, expectations, and results needed to transform a brewery from a startup to a stable and profitable company, including the production and manufacturing side of the business.

Professional Services

Extensive experience with the inner workings of the consulting industry, with direct experience driving strategy, stabilizing business, and increasing profit.


Deep understanding of the employee impact that surrounds business-wide change, with experience resolving and strengthening employee relations, building benefits programs, and developing effective company-wide training programs.


Every organization has unique needs, so each of our projects is one of a kind. If you’re considering bringing in outside financial help, let’s discuss what our partnership could look like.

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