Bob Howard, CEO
A recognized sales strategy innovator and thought leader, Bob Howard is the Founder and CEO of Sales Overdrive.
Bob has a distinguished career selling professional services, sales consulting and coaching. Since 1996 Bob and his partners have built successful sales engines for hundred of clients. The firm’s focus has been on accelerating top line sales growth through design and rapid deployment of sales and marketing strategies, recruitment, training, and mobilization of inside and field sales professionals, the achievement of large wins with key accounts, and the attainment of critical business alliances and investment capital.
Earlier in his career, Bob spent 15 years in corporate financing services with GE Capital, PruCapital and First Continental. He was responsible for structuring and closing a large number of complex financing solutions for Fortune 500 and smaller companies.
Bob holds a BA in Physical Anthropology and MBA in Finance and Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. He has been a frequent visiting speaker at the Graduate School of Business and has testified before the FERC and a number of other government agencies. Bob is a co-founder of Venture and Philanthropy and serves on the Board of Directors of Voice Assist, Inc. (VSST)
Ellen Menking Hess, S.V.P. of Recruitment Services
Ellen Menking Hess is the Firm’s SVP of Recruitment Services and Founder of EM Resource Group.
Ellen has over 25 years of human resource management experience with strong recruitment and generalist experience. She has invested two decades working as a recruiting executive and consultant providing staffing solutions and human capital support to companies of all sizes. Ellen and her team have exceptional expertise in sourcing and recruiting sales and marketing talent and are the “Go-To” team for OverDrive clients in need of great talent.
Previously Ellen served as the Managing Director for People Solutions, Inc. Here she managed a variety of client projects including search work, consulting and large scale recruitment projects for a variety of industries including telecom, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, and entertainment. Working with Bob Howard, she tripled the company’s annual revenue in under 18 months.
Ellen holds a BBA in Personnel Management and Organization Behavior from the University of North Texas where she was a member of the Management Honor Society.
Ken Leaman, Technical Support and Contact Center Operations Advisor
Ken Leaman is the Firm’s Contact Center and Tech Support Operations Advisor.
Ken is a nationally recognized leader in the technical support and contact center space, with over 25 years of industry experience. Many of those years were working for a large IT outsourcer (Technisource), where he started their outsourced call center and help desk practice, growing it from nothing to a $50 million division. Ken is currently at Synetra (www.synetra.com), an IT products and services company, where he oversees all of their operations. He has been involved in HDI (www.thinkhdi.com) for over 15 years, is certified at their highest level, served as the DFW HDI chapter President for 3 years, and continues to serve on their board.
Ken graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Computer Science degree. Ken and his wife spend a lot of time volunteering with their church youth group, helping to mentor teenagers.
Cole Whitney, Senior Vice President
Cole Whitney is a Senior Vice President of Sales Overdrive responsible for business development and Client Project Management.
Cole began his career in the Big 4 Management Consulting industry of Chicago where he specialized in Global Banking, Corporate Performance Management and Analytics where he ran projects on four continents. Cole is a published thought leader in communications, having sold enterprise technology solutions to digital agencies, retail, oil and gas and IT services companies for AT&T and IBM. Cole was the co-founder of HP’s Thin Client Management Services and the launch of the mobile marketing portfolio in Texas for AT&T, adding 24 small to mid-size customers in 2012.
Cole holds a B.S. degree in Economics from Illinois State University and is competitive tennis player.