Beacon helps corporate clients gain deeper visibility of markets to outpace and outsmart their competition.

From pricing models to go-to-market strategies to supply chain management, executives  need to scrutinize the strategies of their competitors, scope the environment for emerging rivals, and stay several steps ahead of game-changing innovations and market disruptions.

The competitive intelligence practice of Beacon International Group leverages the broad expertise of our staff investigators, who include former federal agents and law enforcement officers, in addition to seasoned corporate investigators who have spent decades consulting Fortune 500 companies on sensitive and strategic matters.

Beacon’s competitive intelligence capabilities include:

  • Critical insights on key competitors and emerging threats
  • Due diligence on prospective clients, partners, and acquisition targets
  • Screening of M&A opportunities and venture capital investments
  • Environmental scanning and competitive landscape analysis
  • Comprehensive research on companies, personnel, products, and services
  • Market scoping for critical innovations and game-changing disruptions
  • Actionable analysis based on credible data for executive decision support
  • Identification and evaluation of industry best practices
  • Executive screening and background checks
  • Industry-leading primary and secondary research
  • Intellectual property investigations for trademark clearance, theft, and protection
  • Consultations with internal and external stakeholders
  • Trade secret protection

The competitive intelligence practice is led by Beacon’s Vice President, John Powers. Throughout his career, John has provided ethically sourced and evidence-based insights for senior leaders of major corporations, such as EMC, Ernst & Young, Microsoft, Pfizer, and Sprint. He began his investigative career in New York City, specializing in due diligence and intellectual property for some of the world’s largest law firms. After more than a decade in Manhattan, he served as senior analyst for an innovation-focused consulting firm in Fairfield, Connecticut, before launching Beacon’s competitive intelligence unit in Columbus, Ohio. He is a graduate of Columbia University.

For more information, please call 800-535-2136.

You can also contact President Mike Orchard at or
Vice President John Powers at