November 29, 2007 14:34 ET

Mountaineer-Businessman Reveals Success Secrets in New Book: "Parallel Peaks"

Business Insights While Climbing the World's Highest Mountains

WENATCHEE, WA--(Marketwire - November 29, 2007) - A new book published by HRD Press says building a successful business is like climbing a mountain. Literally.

"Parallel Peaks: Business Insights While Climbing the World's Highest Mountains," by John McQuaig -- entrepreneur, consultant, banker, organic farmer, thespian and veteran mountaineer -- conveys insights the author gained climbing the likes of Kilimanjaro.

"When you climb a mountain, your goal is clear. You can see the summit, you can picture yourself standing way up there on top," McQuaig says. "In business, the goal frequently isn't so clear. If CEOs aren't careful, owners, employees, bankers, advisors and investors can find themselves climbing toward what they think is the business's summit, but instead end up scaling different peaks."

Through hair-raising, inspirational, and sometimes humorous stories drawn from his own mountaineering adventures, McQuaig applies mountaineering principles to building a successful business or managing a successful department and staff.

"There are many parallels between tackling the peaks, chasms, glaciers and slippery slopes of figurative and literal mountaintops," he says.

To get to the top in either field, you need that clear goal (envisioned summit) and a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis of your team members. And you need an experienced guide, too -- a Tenzig Norgay to your Edmund Hillary.

McQuaig has lived what he preaches, both on the world's highest peaks and as an entrepreneur since the day he began mowing lawns back in grade school. He followed that by starting and running a painting business as a high schooler. At 23, he founded his own CPA and consulting firm, which still thrives.

"Owning a business has inherent dangers that most of the workforce prefers to avoid, but that just gets the adrenaline pumping in the true entrepreneur," he says.

The founder and chairman of North Cascades National Bank, a $250 million institution with more than 100 employees, McQuaig is also an organic farmer who grows cherries, apples and nectarines. He also consults with companies on how to establish their "vision paths" and advance their strategic plans toward high peaks of achievement.

He's bagged peaks such as Mount Rainier, Kala Pattar, Mount St. Helens and Kilimanjaro.

To learn more or purchase a copy of Parallel Peaks, visit

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