Bill Simmel, CIO - (Chief Inspirational Officer) PHP
(Practical Hands on Professional, (earned)
Phoenix ONE 's Founder, Bill Simmel is a true practical "hands-on" professional with 46 years business
experience. Bill Simmel has a unique insight into what makes businesses run, and what makes companies stall. Before Phoenix
ONE, Bill Simmel began his career and worked 16 + years in various sales, marketing, and management positions with the Fortune
100 Corporations, Gulf & Western Industries, and Pullman-Kellogg. Starting as an inside sales rep, he rapidly worked his
way through the corporate ladder to senior management of a manufacturing division. He consistentlyprodded senior corporate
managers and various business owners on the "why things" were done a certain way. He valued and learned the historical
lessons these senior executives had experienced. He developed a keen sense for the ecological system of markets and industries.
He found mentors who worked during the prior 40 years and absorbed their experiences and applied that to current issues. Learning
to modify, improvise, and develop new methods to old problems became his industry education. His career started pre-technology,
and today he lectures and speaks on Web 2.0 business platforms. He worked with executives who ran businesses during
the 30's and valued what they learned, today some of his trusted colleagues are leaders at Google and other
leading tech companies. As he states, " I have spanned, learned, and enjoyed the generational divides for today's relevancy
and value. "
Deciding it was time; in 1984, Bill Simmel started
his first business startup in the industrial electrical products market. Bill Simmel solely planned, developed, and founded
that B2B startup which marketed products throughout North America to OEM's, distributors, and direct to Fortune 500 end
users. He also personally developed unique private brand labeling agreements with two Fortune 200 Companies. His company's
direct expansion into international markets was also extremely successful.He later founded two additional synergistic
During this same period, Bill Simmel served on the Advisory Board of a large, very stagnant, and truly, market challenged
German Multi-National Company. Simmel advised on matters of product development, employee training, market growth, and strategic
business expansions. His out of the box thinking led to that company's unqiue expansion. Bill Simmel 's contributions to that
German company provided its dynamic growth and global market expansion in Europe, UK, South Africa, South America, and the
Far East including China.
In starting that first company in 1984, Simmel encountered
and successfully conquered the plan, build, develop, and grow phases all startup companies' experience. He has a true capacity
and ability to develop organizations and markets. Bill Simmel solely managed it as COO for 16 years acquiring 26% Market Share
and a 31% EBITA. Building a very successful company from scratch had its' price, Simmel felt "burned out". The things
that inspired him were now consumed with running a corporation not building a business. The things he loved in building the
company were lost with the continual factors of running it. As he states you can hire "people to do the stuff",
but you constantly feel they cannot do it as well as you. Success had its price, Bill's lost his love of that business. Bill
retired and very successfully transferred his equity and sought retirement in 2000 at the age of 50! As he states, "
the more successful the company became, the more my role changed. . . the things I wanted to do in the business were overshadowed
by the requirements of running the business. . . it was time to retire". I felt it was time to cash in the chips and
start enjoying the spoils of 33 years of work.
A little ove a year later, in early 2001 Bill
learned something "new"..."Competitive Business Juices Can Never Retire; and, There Is Only So Much Time You
Can Spend on Your Boat or Ski Slope", seeking the need to rekindle business challenges and entrepreneurial spirit became
quite evident. Bill states, "all I met in retirement were 'old people', I decided it was time to do what I love and love
what I do." Simmel' s desire to find a business vehicle and combine a life of experiences with current business
relevancy, and fulfill distinctive business needs for clients, directed Bill Simmel to start a new business venture, Phoenix
ONE. If you read about our brand defined you will understand its' meaning.
Imagine doing what
you love, getting paid, and not having the pressures of a business startup. This provides the ability to focus on the client's
needs, provide unique solutions, and work WITH the client to achieve mutual success. In turn, Phoenix ONE signifies a rising
from the ashes with a renewed spirit of direction and energy. As his clients will tell you, Bill is the "youngest old
guy" you will meet.
Phoenix ONE has provided management and marketing services for over 130 companies throughout 28 states in the US, to muli-national
companies in Canada, UK, Germany, France, Austria, Mexico, Switzerland, Italy, Taiwan, and Korea. One client has revenues
over $4 billion and a group of Phoenix ONE 's clients are pure sole proprietor business startups. Phoenix ONE 's staff and associates arecomprised of other true business tested professionals that
provide their unique expertise to specific needs for companies.
Bill's unique selling skills workshop "Clients
for Life, not Customers for Price" ™ goes beyond a skills workshop for all sized companies. Bill Simmel speaks
at numerous Chambers of Commerce Events, SCORE Workshops, Business Seminars, and SBA Programs on his ; "How To Plant
and Grow a Business", "Clients for Life not Customers for Price ™", "Guerrilla Marketing is for
Monkeys, Become a Lion in Your Market ™", and "My Business is Stuck, How to Hit The Unstuck Button" -
all our workshops entertain, motivate, and educate on client relationships, time / energy management, sales, marketing,
and managing business. Bill also provides individual and group services as a Business Coach for entrepreneurs, managers and
Simmel founded Phoenix ONE rekindling a true unique competitive spirit in rising from "Burned Out Ashes": He founded
Phoenix ONE on the principals of integrity to its clients, and a work ethic unchallenged. "Every client engagement will
get our best". We partner with our clients to develop strategic sales and marketing plans for success. Phoenix ONE and
our its' staff will rise to the challenge increasing your sales and profits, and will define your strategic positions for
growth. View Bill Simmel 's Personal Curated Site for Small Businesses, Entrepreneurs, Marketing & Sales →
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