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“Steve is an experienced manager who is able to solve a broad range of business problems. He has a unique ability to analyze consumer needs and create innovative marketing programs and products that maximize return on investment. Steve has always made important contributions that result in his businesses producing outstanding results.”
May 7, 2009
Bill Harnew , Group Director of Communications, Steak n Shake
worked directly with Steve at Steak n Shake
“Steve is a senior marketing director who understood the big picture as well as all of the little detailed things that make a big difference. he is very strategic in his approach to the business. Not only for brands that had the ability to grow with new initiatives but also with brands that did not have the legs to grow with NPD. he was always able to find new things to do from a promotional standpoint to grow sales while maximizing our trade spending and achieving our profit goals. Steve was a good number two man in our business unit. he helped me set the strategic direction for growth initiatives as well as looking for possible acquisition opportunities. All of Steve's recommendations were always grounded in solid strategic thinking. I would whole heartily recommend Steve not only for any senior marketing position but also for any general management position as well.”
May 13, 2009
Albert DeChellis , VP & GM , Alberto Culver
managed Steve at Alberto Culver Company
“I was fortunate to work for Steve at Borden Foods. Steve was a very good boss on a very complex business - we managed 17 different regional brands sold throughout the country. Under Steve's leadership we determined brand roles, enhanced quality and service across all brands, and launched new pricing and support for every brand. Not only was Steve a capable strategic leader, he was able to dive into details when necessary. The businesses increased margin significantly under Steve's leadership, and for the first time in years marketshare was either stable or growing. Steve was able to win in the marketplace while building an effective team. I can think of no higher praise for a marketing leader. If I had the opportunity to work for Steve again, I would do so without hesitation. And if I had the opportunity to bring Steve into my organization, I would do so without reservation. Steve was a real credit to Borden Foods, and he will add tremendous value to any organization.”
May 8, 2009
Dan Jones , Marketing Director, Borden
reported to Steve at Borden Food Company .
“Steve loves great ideas. Steve fights for them, sells them to others, makes them better. Working with Steve was always a pleasure—he approached every challenge as a colleague, and he obviously enjoyed working together toward a mutual goal. He brought energy, humor, intelligence, an enthusiasm for analysis, and good old common sense to every meeting I had with him.”
December 1, 2009
Charlie Hopper , principal/creative director , Young & Laramore
was a consultant or contractor to Steve at Steak n Shake
I have known and worked with Steve in different capacities since 1994. He was a direct report of mine for six years at the Borden Food Company ($600 million in revenue) where I served as President. In addition, he was a member of my organization for three years while I was CEO at Steak n Shake (NYSE Company, $700 million in revenue).
Steve is an excellent leader, highly analytical and innovative and would be an asset to any organization. His approach to managing, developing and growing is always founded in information, research and strategically aligned. He brings to bear an unusual combination of marketing savvy, analytical skills and cross-functional coordination experience that always made him a valued member of the team.
Steve has been a “go to” partner who made a genuine difference both at the Borden Food Company and at Steak n Shake. I am grateful for having had Steve’s support, partnership and friendship during our years working together and recommend him for any senior assignment requiring marketing and analytical skills and cross-functional coordination experience.
November 6, 2009
Peter Dunn, President Borden Foods Company; CEO Steak n Shake
managed Steve at Borden Foods and worked together at Steak n Shake