Starting a Consulting Business

Starting a Consulting Business by Douglas Raine

I was eleven years old when we moved to Baltimore, Maryland and by the age of thirteen I decided that I would be an engineer, scientist and businessman. It was at this point that I started taking all necessary prerequisite courses to get into Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, an engineering prep school that was rated in the top ten schools in the nation. I was well prepared for college and majored in chemistry with electives in engineering and minors in math and business. During college I enlisted in the US Army.

With my education and my military active duty commitment completed, I launched my business career and started my family in 1966.  My life was committed to my business and hobbies.  By world’s standards I was a success.

For 39 years I worked for Blue Chip chemical companies developing sales and marketing strategies to solve industrial corrosion problems with composites. This market was huge as over one billion dollars were spent per year in the USA on corrosion. Our products saved industries millions of dollars with low maintenance fiberglass process equipment.  My technical expertise, experience and excellent track record for solving corrosion problems in the chemical process, pulp and paper, semiconductor, power, oil and gas industries gained industry recognition and respect.

However, there was a price to pay. My sixty plus hour per week work schedule destroyed my relationship with my family.  On July 2, 1984, my wife of 18 years said, “I’m leaving. You can have the kids and the farm.”  And she left.  I didn’t know how to be a father, but I was going to try.  The stress in my life caused my first stroke in 1986.  I began to seek God for help.  My life was in shambles.  

While attending a meeting in October 1987, I was experiencing my second stroke.  The pressure in my head was so great I thought it would explode all over the back of the room. 

In my desperation before I thought I was dying, I called out to Jesus and said, “You can have all of me!”  Immediately Jesus spoke to me and said, “Do my will.”  He was calling me to obedience.  The pressure in my head left as I was standing in the presence of a Holy God. As I thought what is Your will, Jesus said "As I have forgiven you, so must you forgive others."  Then I saw a film strip with a picture in each frame of a person I had not forgiven.  My dad was on the first frame. I cried out “I forgive all of them.” Immediately I felt the love of the Father.

He washed away all my internal corrosion and gave me new life and spiritual gifts. It would be 1.5 years before I would understand the gifts. 

As I made Jesus savior and Lord, He restored my health and business, and helped me raise my children.  Jesus changed my direction in life.  He taught me to love Him with all my heart, mind and soul, and to love my neighbor as myself.  Then I wondered if there was someone to love me, a helpmate, in November  1987. In April 1988 while attending a Wednesday evening dinner, I saw the glow surrounding a lady.  Was she the one Lord? And instantly He put love in my heart for her and we were married in September.  My wife's prayer was "Lord, send to me a suitable husband even if you have to raise him from the dead.“

In 1990 I was still struggling with the purpose and how to use these new gifts. I asked God for help and the Holy Spirit instructed me to pray with a man at a men’s breakfast. This man was the local FGB president and he mentored me for the next 10 years.

Local university students started coming to me asking to be mentored. They wanted to know how to experience God in their lives. This small beginning became my passion to take the message of hope to our community, state, nation and world.

I wanted to make spiritual investments in our future generations.

All during my business career I have saved and invested a portion of my salary. This enabled me to start my own consulting business, FGBT in September 2006. As founder of FGBT, an independent corrosion and leadership training consulting firm, we are committed to help businesses solve corrosion problems in the oil and gas, chemical process, pulp and paper, semiconductor, and water and waste water industries. Our recommendations have saved businesses millions of dollars in equipment and maintenance expenses. These solutions protect the employees, the environment and add profits to the bottom line. Many of our customers have also experienced a new spiritual awakening in their business as both employers and employees have had life changing experiences. For additional information please see our website www.fgbt.org.