I’ve been described by others as an entrepreneurial business and marketing executive, contract negotiator, and former diplomat with strong corporate, banking, and public sector networks. A long-time resident of Washington DC whose roots are in New York City, I consider myself very fortunate to have had the opportunity to build a career in business and marketing planning, strategic marketing, commercial real estate financing, human resources consulting, and career mentoring.
Notably, I served as CEO at e-Redeem, an internet-based venture which negotiated company to company marketing agreements with major airlines and travel & leisure multinationals that allowed travelers to exchange their frequent flyer miles and other loyalty points for a broad array of consumer-selected goods and services.
Before e-Redeem, I was the CEO, rainmaker, and c-level international marketing, political, and licensing consultant at Clifford Brody Associates, a company advising every US money center bank, most regional US banks, and several major European-based international banking houses … plus ATT, Dell, Hearst Publications, Hewlett-Packard, Avon Cosmetics, and other major multinationals.
Prior to that, I served as a US Diplomat and was selected to serve on Secretary of State Kissinger’s staff at the Department of State. Lucky to have been posted to the American Embassies in Paris and Prague, I was then asked by the Secretary of State to serve as foreign policy advisor to senior senators and congressmen on Capitol Hill, and was named to represent the United States at several multi-national negotiations. Earlier in my career, I served in the US Army as Brigade C-5 (Civil Affairs) in South Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star for my service there.
In the community, I have served on both the Leadership Council and the Development Advisory Council at WAMU, one of the country’s top three public radio stations, where I teamed with colleagues to enhance the station’s comprehensive business and fund raising development initiatives. I have also lectured as Adjunct Professor in marketing, business ethics, contract law, and human resources at Potomac College, a proprietary institution in Washington DC.
These days, I help not-for-profit groups plan their marketing, build their networks, and raise more funds. I mentor local Washington DC area entrepreneurs and business groups, have served as counselor to the Georgetown University Social Entrepreneurship Competition, and occasionally write for publication. I am proud to serve on the Board of Sports for Sharing, an internationally-recognized non-for-profit operating in the U.S., Central and South America offering educational programs for empowering younger school children, their parents, and their teachers to thrive in their communities and chosen professions.
I really enjoy classical and modern music and taking long-distance road trips by car. One of the best of those trips was in my old BMW, from Washington DC to the Yukon and above the Arctic Circle in Alaska—and then all the way back—a saga written up in the BMW Car Club Roundel magazine.
I attended George Washington University where I earned a Masters degree in Public Administration in 1966, and Dickinson College where I majored in Political Science and US History and earned my Bachelor’s degree in 1964. I still can speak passable French, barely get by with rusty Spanish, but my even more rusty Czech doesn’t do me very well at all.
So it goes…
I can always be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.