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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

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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HOW CAN I HELP?

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.