Our Model

Independence Consulting is a leading management consulting company, founded on July 4th,  2015, with a reputation for helping companies self-fund their transformation efforts. We do this by identifying inefficiencies and revenue enhancing opportunities for reimagined growth. Independence provides an objective look at our clients’ operations and delivers sustainable solutions to help them realize improved long-term profitability.

Our unique consulting  model, we call the  “Virtuous Cycle”,  was shaped by our 25 years of experience in strategy, finance, technology, implementation, and building new businesses.  With this combination of skills and perspectives, we help clients think big to identify and implement change. Regardless of where in the model you enter, the Independence team will guide you through this cycle, which centers on New Value Creation and realizing a return of 25X or more on your investment.  



We’ve shaped our services in the context of your business. With over 1,200 consulting projects under our belts, our experience speaks for itself. Regardless of the industry, function, or capability, we are confident that our strategy expertise can help guide your business.



Strategic Planning

Scenario Planning


New Venture Advisory

Technology Strategy & Assessment


Product & Service Design

Business Model Development

New Product Development

Pilot Programs


Sales & Marketing

Growth Strategy

Go To Market Strategy

Revenue Enhancement

Strategic Communications


Sustainable Cost & Efficiency

Target Operating Model

Process Improvement

Procurement Strategy

Project Turnaround

Merger Integration

Support Functions

Finance Strategy

Intelligent Automation

Human Resources Strategy


Shared Services Assessment



Our Trusted Partners

Don't see what you are looking for? – Ask us. If we cannot assist you, we would be happy to connect you with one of our trusted partners. We are about making high quality connections to people we trust. 




Independence Consulting has a history of high-level consulting with proven results for Fortune 500 companies across financial services, media, healthcare, retail, manufacturing, distribution, and utilities industries.  Our team’s 1,200 projects span a broad range of contacts throughout Fortune and FTSE companies and we can provide specific references for successful engagements at 35 of the current Fortune 500.  

The team at Independence possesses a combination of traits that is unique within consulting. Experience in finance, strategy, technology, implementation, and business management ensures that each result is thorough and comprehensive. In addition to advising clients and running successful companies, we have built successful start-up ventures and run significant businesses in the U.S., U.K., and China.  We have established valuable partnerships and joint ventures in these countries and throughout Europe.


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Our team would be happy to outline a case study or offer guidance on how we can assist you.


About Us

What makes a company special? We believe a strong commitment to a shared set of values is key to making Independence exceptional. Our 9 Core Values inspire us and illustrate what you can expect from us.


Our values : the independence way

This is how we run our company and how we serve our clients, people, and communities.

Make an impact

  • Provide clients a high return for fees paid

  • Create financial success and stability for our clients and our people

  • Invest in the personal and professional development of our clients and our people


do the right thing

  • Do the right thing in every situation – no matter the cost

  • Put ourselves in our clients' and teammates' shoes with each decision we make

  • Invest in sustainable charities


love where you work

  • Fun, inspiring, and team-oriented environment

  • Initiative and creativity in problem solving

  • Balance and quality of life for our people and their families

Our Leadership


Senior Leadership Team

Our leadership team has extensive experience leading high-level consulting firms, providing expert and strategic advice to clients and building businesses. This is the third business our Senior Leadership Team has built.

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Mike Lee, FOUNDER & PREsident

Mike Lee is the President and founder of Independence Consulting. He is the former president of North Highland, a global consulting firm with more than 2,500 professionals in 50 cities around the world. Mike was a key driver of North Highland’s international expansion and has significant experience delivering deep industry expertise to Fortune 500 companies across all markets and clients globally. Previously Mike was a partner with Arthur Andersen Business Consulting and is an inactive CPA. His specific areas of expertise include business transformation, strategic planning, finance function strategy, shared services design, process improvement, and enterprise resource planning systems.  


Keith Anthony, CO-FOUNDER & Managing Director

Keith Anthony has spent over 25 years working with Fortune 500 clients in the Financial Services industry. He is a former Managing Director of North Highland where he led many of the largest Financial Services clients for the firm and was the Market Leader for the Atlanta Office.  He has a broad background in defining and leading major transformation initiatives within financial services. His specific areas of expertise include business transformation, strategic planning, digital strategy, merger integration with banking, insurance and wealth management companies.

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A main platform since inception

Independence Consulting gives back 10-20% of annual net income to organizations that support our mission of “Helping People Flourish”. We look for or start organizations that make a sustainable difference in the lives of others. Independence Consulting brings our strategy and operational expertise, our time, and our income to these causes, as we collectively agree on the importance of giving back.


Programs We Support

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