CFO Leadership to help you scale

I believe in helping others to see what’s possible, so that together we can achieve extraordinary results. I bring Fortune 100 expertise to fractional CFO services and operations consulting for growing businesses.

About Tailwind PDX

You know the stereotype. Accountants are penny-pinching bean counters: boring, serious, and a bit stuffy. It’s my mission to disrupt the stereotype, exceed your expectations, and show you new and exciting possibilities. Having a proven finance and operations leader by your side will make day-to-day operations more effective, profitable, and fun.

Take your business to the next level

The 5 things every growing business owner wished they knew

trusted And Certified

National Association of Women Business Owners

Real-time visibility to finances

The insights you need to grow your business, increase profitability, and proactively adapt to changing market conditions.

  • Utilize data to tell a clear story about where you've been, where you're headed, and where you need to focus.​
  • Leverage technology and process to improve workflow, accuracy, and record-keeping.
  • Measure performance against budget and goals.
  • The essential financial statements required by lenders and investors to take your business to the next level.
real time visibility to finances

Personalized financial and operations solutions

I don’t believe that one size fits all. 

  • Tailored recommendations and solutions for your specific situation
  • Seamless integration between day-to-day accounting and tax strategy
  • Local firm with local focus: I aspire to be your trusted advisor for life
  • Goal to provide a positive ROI by delivering cash or time savings that far exceed my cost

Trusted advisor in all aspects of the business

I operate with a deep sense of ownership, and care for my customer’s companies as if they were my own.

  • 20 years of Fortune 100 finance and operational expertise​​
  • Innovative problem-solving
  • Broad network of finance and industry partners to draw upon
  • More time to focus on your business with a strong ally operationalizing your vision

Meet Colleen Ruhlin FOUNDER AND CEO

A lifelong Oregonian, Colleen founded Tailwind PDX with the goal of offering big business best practices to growing companies.
colleen ruhlin

I want to bring Fortune 100 finance and operational expertise to your business.

I founded Tailwind PDX because I’m drawn to the energy and ambition of entrepreneurs, and want to help bring your vision to life. Finance shouldn’t be a burden, nor intimidating – it should be a critical asset in your toolkit for success.


How can I help?

You’ve got big dreams, I’ve got the action plans to get you there! I want to work with people who aren’t satisfied with the status quo.

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Put my expertise to work for you.

I provide just the amount of help your company needs.
Taking Your Business to the Next Level

Inside you’ll find my five easy to use suggestions to get your business moving with a good tailwind.
Pun intended!

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You’ve got big ideas, I’ve got the action plans to get you there! I want to work with people who aren’t satisfied with the status quo.