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Executive Team

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)

Andrew Rauch, Senior Vice President

Andrew Rauch is a Vice President of Sales Overdrive responsible for business development. Andrew has managed a portfolio of venture clients and has managed more than 200 venture and philanthropy investment projects. He has 15 years of entrepreneurial experience in various industries including technology, training, real estate services, telecommunications, consulting services, and venture philanthropy.

Andrew previously served as Vice President of Sales at The Knowledge Capital Group, where he was responsible for delivering strategic marketing, sales, and business development advisory services to more than 300 technology companies. He has also held various marketing, sales and executive positions with Agillion, iChat, InfraWorks, and Motive Communications. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Finance from Pace University in Pleasantville, New York.

Ellen Menking Hess, Vice President 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.