"I have known Bob for many years. He is an experienced and results
oriented individual that sees opportunities in the most challenging
environment. He is very thoughtful and deliberate in his approach and
demonstrates unwavering integrity and perserverance to get the job done."
- Robert L. Dilenschneider, Principal of The
"Bob indirectly worked for me with I was the COO and CFO of The Vantage
Group. Bob is a make it happen person. Give him a business
objective and he will craft and execute a strategy and get the task
completed. After turning around a money losing business as President
of Vantage Direct, Bob was asked to sell the company within three months.
He identified the list of potential buyers, negotiated the contract to sell
the company, and made all of the necessary arrangements to ensure a smooth
operatoins transition to the new owner."
- Ted Sykes, COO and CFO The Vantage Group.
"Bob is a professional. He is a great listener, seasoned negotiator,
and asks thoughtful questions. When you are across the table from Bob you
know you are dealing with an honest and trustworthy person. I negoitated
with Bob and purchased the Vantage Direct company from the Vantage Group."
- Ron Menconi, CEO of Mail Computing Services.
"Bob joined our company as EVP of Marketing and immediately demonstrated his
outstanding skills as a thought leader and strategic marketer. He
identified what made our offering unique and our barriers to growth.
Within the first year he re-engineered our 400 person operating center which improved our productivity and provided a platform for high growth. Then, Bob focused his efforts on marketing and created new advertising and improved and expanded our media placement. The result of these efforts helped profitably grow our revenue to $80 million from $15 million dollars in three years."
- Bernaldo Dancel, CEO of AscendOne Corporation.
"I worked for Bob at AscendOne. Bob is one of the brightest people I
have had the opportunity to work with. When we worked together, Bob
oversaw all of the AscendOne's marketing, strategy, business development,
sales, and innovation. He has the ability to manage many initiatives
at once and pay attention to the detail required to lead the business.
Bob is a thought leader who sees opportunity where others see obstacles.
He's also a great manager of people, pushing hard to get the maximum output,
but doing so in a nurturing and selfless way that shares the success with
the rest of the team."
- Brian Pfeifer, VP of Strategic Planning and Business
Development at AscendOne.
"While EVP of Marketing at Citibank Diners Club, I recruited Bob and managed
him in his role as SVP of Marketing. Bob impressed me as a high
performer who has a strong combination of creative strategic insight, sound
analytical skills, competitive results orientation, and an exceptional work
ethic. He successfully managed a number of important initiatives
including member spending expansion and member retention, both of which were
vital to achieving success on our business strategy. While it has been
some time since I worked with Bob, I am extremely confident in recommending
him as an excellent fit with a team that has high performance standards."
- Dave Lunghino, EVP Marketing Citibank Diners Club.
"Bob worked for me at American Express when I was the Vice President of
Retail Marketing. He is very strong strategically and I relied on him
for thought leadership and strategic counsel. He found one of the best
ways for us to increase retail usage of the American Express Card by
partnering with the largest Mall developers in the U.S. Bob developed the
strategy, secured approval and $1 million in funding, and negotiated and signed
partnership deals with 2 mall developers. He implemented a series of
promotional campaigns in over 70 regional malls that increased spending 20%
in participating malls during the promotional periods. I regard Bob
very highly, would rehire him, and would like to work with him again."
- Kathryn Russell, VP Marketing American Express.
"Bob is a smart person. He is one of the few people I have worked with
that can develop a winning strategy and lead its execution. When he
worked for me at American Express he demonstrated drive, commitment, and
unwavering integrity. With Bob, there is no hidden agenda and he
treats everyone with dignity and respect."
- Brian Buckley, VP Marketing American Express.
"I had the privilege of working with Bob Shay on several major American
Express inititiatives. Bob raised the bar very high for us, always
seeking innovative solutions to accomplish high strategic goals. He
recognizes a breakthrough idea and will champion it to get buy-in from
diverse groups, building a coherent and strong vision across multiple
corporate levels and teams. For one American Express campaign, he
personally met with famed children's book author Maurice Sendak and engaged
him to create a series of extraordinary original illustrations. The
result: a brilliant high-impact campaign, winner of a prestigious national
award for Best Consumer Campaign. I believe the determining factor in
the success of the Sendak execution was Bob's leadership and commitment."
- Pauline Caboui, President of Cabouli, Inc
Advertising Agency, New York.
"I worked with Bob to develop a national advertising print and radio
campaign for American Express when I was an Account Supervisor at Ogilvy &
Mather Advertising in New York. It was a pleasure working with Bob.
He strives for excellence and gives people the direction and resources they
need to create their best work. Bob provided the Agency with the
essential background, strategy, and direction we needed to develop great
advertising. For the radio portion of our campaign, he insisted that
we create a live recording of the Boston Pops orchestra as background music
instead of purchasing recorded music. The final product was
spectacular and well received."
- Richard Lobel, Account Supervisor Ogilvy & Mather
Advertising, New York.