James McCafferty, Management Consultant

Thanks for joining us on Whatcom Workflow, James! How long have you been a Management Consultant?

20 years.

Tell us more about what your work entails.

I work with for-profit, non-profit and government agencies at all stages of development and needs.  It is a broad title for a very large toolbox of custom solutions.  From start-ups to exit/acquisition I work to create strategies that meet goals and drive results.  Marketing, financial analysis, business strategy, buy/sell, and more.

What’s a unique word or phrase that describes how you work?

Practical and data-based.

Tell us about your desktop computer.

Dell laptop with an i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 15.6″ screen. I work in a variety of places so mobile is important. 

What software applications do you use to get your work done and why?

Microsoft Office – most of the suite, Adobe Acrobat and a whole host of on-line databases.

What mobile phone and/or tablet do you own?

Samsung Galaxy.

What apps on your phone can’t you live without?

Outlook, web browser and the Starbucks app!

Pop quiz: Describe your dream workspace and technology. No budget limitations. Sky is the limit!

Large work surface, double workstations, high speed internet, solid cell reception, quiet yet with some interactions with project staff.

Where is your favorite place to get work done in Whatcom County?

Beyond Starbucks – Pure Bliss (great distractions)

Pure Bliss, huh? That’s a great spot in Bellingham. What’s your usual dessert choice?


What are some struggles you currently face with your technology?

When it doesn’t work.

What is your best time-saving shortcut or life hack?

Order ahead on the Starbucks app. Skip the line even if you are just driving by.

What does Whatcom County need more of?

Drivers that can drive the posted speed – and know how to merge on I-5.

Where do you go to relax in Whatcom County?

Mount Baker.

Besides your phone and computer, what else (analog or digital) can’t you live without?

Printed magazines on different topics. There is something about printed paper.

Indeed, so what magazines have your browsed lately?

What have I read lately…  AAA Journey, Rotary Magazine, Costco Connection, an assortment of business publications that are in waiting areas and ferries.

What are you the best in the world at? Something that no one can take your crown away from you?

Taking a complex situation and breaking it down to a linear process that can be managed to a desired outcome.

What artists do you listen to while working, and what music source do you use?


So what artists, or genres, of music do you put on when working?

Variety is the key for online music.  It depends on the task….  Pop works well when the pace is fast, classical when it is time for deep thinking and then through in some country to find inspiration from the heart.  I love Pandora because if I find a song in a movie or in radio roulette that connects with my thought pattern it finds more.

What books or magazines are you currently reading?

Currently I am reading “What If?” Strongly recommend it if you like to geek out on random scientific information applied to real life I wonder moments.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

“Don’t screw it up.”

Wise words! Who gave you that nugget of inspiration?

Don Wick, former Executive Director of the Economic Development Association of Skagit County.

Fill in the blank: I think ____________ should be a featured professional on Whatcom Workflow.

Dodd Snodgrass

Thanks so much for sharing your technology and Starbucks insider tips, James! You can find him on the web at www.houstonmccafferty.com.

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