As Corporate Development Officer, Bob oversees Mandel’s corporate and financial strategy, new business channels and partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, and business process re-engineering.
Bob has spent more than 30 years as an executive, leader, coach, and mentor in some of the world’s largest and most successful training and development companies. Prior to joining Mandel, he spent 11 years as the Chief Operating Officer of Zenger Folkman. He is a co-author of the best-selling McGraw-Hill book How to Be Exceptional: Drive Leadership Success by Magnifying Your Strengths. His articles have appeared in such publications as Forbes, Training Magazine, Chief Learning Officer, and Business Insider.
Bob holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the United States Military Academy and an MBA in finance and accounting from the University of Michigan.
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