The Southam Group is a Washington State Limited Liability Company that represents portfolio ownership, Membership, and other interests in brands primarily focused on digital media development and distribution, including production and broadcasting of live events. The company originated in 1988 in Seattle and today is based in Snohomish County, Washington.

   

The Southam Group is a Washington State Limited Liability Company that represents portfolio ownership, Membership, and other interests in brands primarily focused on digital media development and distribution, including production and broadcasting of live events. The company originated in 1988 in Seattle and today is based in Snohomish County, Washington.

Our Story in a Nutshell

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  • The Partners Meet

    Our founders, Randal Southam and Lin Ku, met while working in the hospitality industry in Seattle, Washington.  They both worked for Gerry Kingen who..READ MORE…

  • First Business Launched

    Working as a sales manager in the commercial print industry at a time when pre-press work was costly, time-consuming, laborious, and really..READ MORE…

  • Sales Information Systems

    As LaserDesktop battled in a saturated market, unable to delineate a true competitive advantage, a bright spot emerged as the company had..READ MORE…

  • First Joint Venture

    Putting SIS under local management in Seattle, it was off to Chicago where Randal joined Steve Carson at Respond Systems which was..READ MORE…

  • Y2K Embedded Systems

    Returning to Seattle from Chicago, an opportunity arose for Southam to create a business within a business focused on embedded systems Y2K..READ MORE…

  • Monumental Failure

    Coming out of Y2K, we formed a company called NexTec Global Strategies that carried forward many of the same strategies that proved..READ MORE…

  • Patient Privacy

    The phone rang one day and a voice on the other end of the phone said, “what do you know about patient..READ MORE…

  • National Security

    Following the devastating events of September 11, 2001, Southam was approached about using its codeset developed for HCTI to help law enforcement..READ MORE…

  • TriVenture

    With the sales of TSI and HCTI in the rearview mirror, the core team at Southam set out to find out what’s..READ MORE…

  • CRM OnTarget

    TriVenture was acquiring new accounts and gaining traction, but the business plan we started with did not sync with the reality in..READ MORE…

  • Southam Creative

    Exiting from the sale to Fine Solutions in 2013, we found ourselves in the same boat we were in back in 2003:..READ MORE…

  • Trades Media Team

    We have learned over the years that the more directly a company’s brand matches what market that wants to buy from it,..READ MORE…

  • City Park Events

    Working with local park districts and municipalities, and financially backed by event sponsors, City Park Events organizes, promotes, and produces movie-in-the-park type..READ MORE…

  • Conference Productions.com

    We produce and broadcast large, in-person conventions, meetings, and fundraising events.  Our team of professionals cover all aspects of events including, but..READ MORE…

  • The Pandemic Pause

    The pandemic brought great change to the world, and our company was not excluded.  However, by following our core principles the company..READ MORE…

  • Digital Face Emerges

    The company took advantage during the COVID slow-down to compare its strategic and tactical plans to the reality of the new world. ..READ MORE…

  • Event Inclusion

    Another impact of the pandemic on our event production team is remote audiences.  What happens when you have 1,000 people in the..READ MORE…

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  • The Partners Meet

    Our founders, Randal Southam and Lin Ku, met while working in the hospitality industry in Seattle, Washington.  They both worked for Gerry Kingen who..READ MORE…

  • First Business Launched

    Working as a sales manager in the commercial print industry at a time when pre-press work was costly, time-consuming, laborious, and really..READ MORE…

  • Sales Information Systems

    As LaserDesktop battled in a saturated market, unable to delineate a true competitive advantage, a bright spot emerged as the company had..READ MORE…

  • First Joint Venture

    Putting SIS under local management in Seattle, it was off to Chicago where Randal joined Steve Carson at Respond Systems which was..READ MORE…

  • Y2K Embedded Systems

    Returning to Seattle from Chicago, an opportunity arose for Southam to create a business within a business focused on embedded systems Y2K..READ MORE…

  • Monumental Failure

    Coming out of Y2K, we formed a company called NexTec Global Strategies that carried forward many of the same strategies that proved..READ MORE…

  • Patient Privacy

    The phone rang one day and a voice on the other end of the phone said, “what do you know about patient..READ MORE…

  • National Security

    Following the devastating events of September 11, 2001, Southam was approached about using its codeset developed for HCTI to help law enforcement..READ MORE…

  • TriVenture

    With the sales of TSI and HCTI in the rearview mirror, the core team at Southam set out to find out what’s..READ MORE…

  • CRM OnTarget

    TriVenture was acquiring new accounts and gaining traction, but the business plan we started with did not sync with the reality in..READ MORE…

  • Southam Creative

    Exiting from the sale to Fine Solutions in 2013, we found ourselves in the same boat we were in back in 2003:..READ MORE…

  • Trades Media Team

    We have learned over the years that the more directly a company’s brand matches what market that wants to buy from it,..READ MORE…

  • City Park Events

    Working with local park districts and municipalities, and financially backed by event sponsors, City Park Events organizes, promotes, and produces movie-in-the-park type..READ MORE…

  • Conference Productions.com

    We produce and broadcast large, in-person conventions, meetings, and fundraising events.  Our team of professionals cover all aspects of events including, but..READ MORE…

  • The Pandemic Pause

    The pandemic brought great change to the world, and our company was not excluded.  However, by following our core principles the company..READ MORE…

  • Digital Face Emerges

    The company took advantage during the COVID slow-down to compare its strategic and tactical plans to the reality of the new world. ..READ MORE…

  • Event Inclusion

    Another impact of the pandemic on our event production team is remote audiences.  What happens when you have 1,000 people in the..READ MORE…

Carol Renaud, Business Manager
Carolyn Renaud

Spotlight on Leadership

Meet Carolyn Renaud, our business manager, who has been with the company since 2001, second only in time on the job to our founders.  Born in Seattle as a baby boomer, Carol spent years in purchasing for Westinghouse before joining Boeing for 20 years as their Small and Disadvantaged Business procurement liaison. She joined Southam when she retired from Boeing when our offices were located in Pioneer Square in Downtown Seattle.  She doesn’t miss the commute or parking we had to endure in those days!

A Strong Leader
You can’t be in Carol’s role in a company that manages multiple brands and has been through six mergers and acquisitions in 10 years without having some grit.  Carol is a genuine leader on our team who is encouraging and supportive, with the ability to stare down anyone necessary to ensure the financial strength and sustainability of our venture. Our customers see Carol’s signature on contracts and legal documents, and she has served on our Board of Directors as Corporate Secretary since 2013.  No investment project moves forward without the blessing of our cherished business manager.

Corporate Equity Makeup

At Southam Group, we believe in character over color and help people succeed regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or politics.  Our board of directors is controlled (60%) by strong, talented women and we qualify as a woman-owned minority business.  We do not, however, use that fact to help us win or deliver work, our ethos is to stand on our work, our track record, and the word of so many of our clients where we form genuine relationships.

Spotlight on Community

Southam Group supports a number of local and international nonprofit organizations whose goals, philosophy, and spirit align with ours.  Since 2015, our company has supported local Rotary chapters in addition to the Rotary International Foundation. Rotary is comprised of good people taking positive action to make the world a better place.  The Rotary Foundation receives an A+ rating from Charity Watch and has been the key factor in the success of global polio eradication.

Contact Us

Southam Group is located in the small town of Brier, Washington, just north of Seattle.  In addition to offices, we operate a studio complete with audio dialogue studio (ADR) and post-production studio.  Our techincal equipment facility is located in Marysville, Washington.

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