Calling In the Experts
From marketing to media, the county’s niche consultants meet a wide range of business needs.
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J. Tuller Associates, Inc.
Mount Vernon; (914) 403-9142
Since 2007, J. Tuller Associates, Inc. has been providing a range of marketing services, including help with public relations and event planning. “My primary focus is to expand my client’s visibility,” says Tuller, who has been in the PR field for 25 years. “My ability to translate corporate visions into meaningful improvement in relationships, image, and culture is my trademark,” says Tuller.
“They put customers first,” declares Ed Beaz, president of Ebola Beats. Miguel Blanco, associate publisher of El Aguila del Hudson Valley, is also a fan. “J. Tuller Associates gives us the information we need to make the most of where we’re going with our business.” So is Robert Perking, former vice president of inclusion and development at Burger King, a former client: “J. Tuller Associates was a valued strategic partner in helping Burger King achieve its vision and goals.” Other clients have included the New York Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance, Pro-Active, American Legacy Magazine in Mount Vernon, and the Miami based corporate headquarters of Burger King.”
Executive Solutions Consulting Group LLC
Rye; (914) 948-9292
Fees, $100-$200/hour consulting and percentage of salary for recruiting, customized to project
Karen Tressa, who founded Executive Solutions in 1999, after holding management positions at Citigroup, American Express, and Mobil, helps companies recruit executives and set up a human resources department and run it effectively. “What I really excel at is identifying and recruiting the right individuals for the right cultures and getting the right fit into the company,” says Tressa, who recently helped Eight O’Clock Coffee set up its HR department and worked with Evolution Markets, in White Plains, to establish HR policies, employee benefits programs, and recruit talent. President and CEO of Evolution Markets Andrew Ertel is sold. “Karen adds impressive human resources value to an organization.” Tressa has just launched Beyond the Tassel LLC, a professional career and job coaching service for recent graduates of college or grad school.
BRAVO Human Resources Services Inc.
Barry R. Manus
Fees: $3,000/year and up
In 1996, Barry Manus, a human resources executive, had the idea of bringing leading HR vendors (i.e., people who handle various outsourced job in HR, like background checks and benefit claims management) and consultants together under one roof to provide top-notch consulting services. The result, BRAVO Human Resources Services Inc., today includes eight leading HR companies and consultants that aid businesses with pre-employment screening, employee benefits, unemployment insurance, cost management, and both temporary staffing and permanent placement.
Marlo Asencio, senior administrator of the HR Department at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, is pleased with the help she received from BRAVO. “They were able to save us time searching for an appropriate vendor, and the quality of the services provided by the background checking vendor has exceeded our expectations.”
Other clients have included the American Civil Liberties Union, Turner Construction, Montefiore Medical Center, New York Blood Center in Elmsford and Mercedes Benz of White Plains.
White Plains; (914) 923-9233
Fees: Initial two-hour session is $400; fees customized based on client's needs
“I help people in career pain, career limbo, and career depression,” declares Linsey Levine, who launched CareerCounsel in 1996 after leaving her own career as a headhunter for attorneys. “As a former headhunter, I understand the whole recruitment process from the other side—what the employer is looking for,” says Levine.
Carl Bloom Associates
White Plains; (914) 761-2800
Fees: Initial free first meeting, then project rates based on client needs.
Carl Bloom Associates (CBA) predominantly works with non-profits, helping them increase andmembership and donor base and improve their bottom line. “We are a full service agency,” says Luke Vander Linden, vice president of integrated marketing services. “We approach each project as a partnership since no one knows an organization as well as its members.” CBA sets up donor membership programs as well as print, media and/or Internet programs to help generate leads, grow membership, and increase exposure. Clients have included the National Association of Railroad Passengers, the North Shore Animal League, AARP, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Hospital for Special Surgery, Nestle, Aetna, and more than a dozen public radio and television stations.
McCarron Consulting Group
John R. McCarron Jr.
Tuckahoe; (914) 391-5000
Fees: Starting at $150 per hour
In 2008, John McCarron Jr. combined his legal and technical backgrounds to form the McCarron Consulting Group, which specializes in legal technology consulting. McCarron, who worked in the computer security field as well as a senior member of the technology team at Cybersettle, also provides small systems integration and web and database development.
“I’m kind of a unique animal because I’m an attorney as well as a consultant, so I am comfortable dealing with lawyers and the rules they have to follow,” says McCarron, who handles all the technical needs for the Westchester County Bar Association.
Oram Security Consultants
Bedford Hills; (914) 602-2443
Fees: Starting at $500 per project (for businesses)
Security is a major concern. Which is why Simon Oram launched Oram Security Consultants in 2007. “We do a security assessment for each business," says Simon Oram. "We come in and give a full overhaul of a company’s security needs, including alarm systems, lighting, landscaping, TV systems, and anything else that they may require.” The company does not do any installations itself but employs sub-contractors to do the manual work. Amy Bien, president-elect of The Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk, Inc. is satisfied with the service. “Oram Security Consultants has provided our members with valuable information on a variety of topics relating to personal security. An abbreviated version of their ‘Refuse to be a Victim’ course was among the best-attended training sessions in my history as a JLSN member.”
Other clients include Bayer Pharmaceuticals and the Mount Kisco Library.
Valhalla; (914) 495-9930
Fees: Range from $50-$70/hour for a paraprofessional to $175-$265/hour for a senior consultant
As one of the largest environmental consulting businesses in the world, with more than 4,800 consultants globally, Antea Group (formerly known as Delta Environmental Consulting, Inc.) has a hub right here in Valhalla. The company has provided environment, health, safety, and sustainability services in core areas since 1986. A recent project focused on working with an oil company to provide remediation services for a former industrial site on the Hudson River that has PCB contamination. In a nutshell, Antea Group helps companies seek out greener alternatives at all levels from the boardroom to the manufacturing plants. “It is important for businesses to move from being compliant to being pro-active,” says Communications Coordinator Pam Mueller. “If we can build environmental practices into the infrastructure, we’ll all be ahead of the game.”
Nancy A. Shenker
Yonkers; (914) 969-2900
Fees: Free first meeting; $300/hour consulting; projects $2,000 and up
Nancy A. Shenker, who worked in marketing for Citibank and MasterCard, has a staff of two to help serve as a marketing department for small businesses and strapped large companies. “I’m very hands on,“ Shenker says. “From working on a marketing plan to selling pickles in Fairway, I get involved to make sure clients are making money from my marketing services. I send every client a status report at the end of each week,” She has consulted more than 100 clients. “Nancy and her team don't just wave their hands around and spew out ideas. They roll up their sleeves and get stuff done. No smoke and mirrors," says Gordon A. Josey, owner/director of FashionCampNYC. Other clients include New York Deli Pickle, Geoscape Solar, Destination Science, Gentle Giant Moving Company, and Bertram Educational Consultants.
Shenker recently launched NuNuMedia.com and has published a series of business comic books entitled “Bad Girl Good Business.“
Point & Click Inc.
Purchase; (914) 697-5020
Point & Click provides training in all things techie. “We assess the needs of the company and offer classes or individual training at our own location or at the client’s site,” says Vice President Pat Chiappetta, a co-owner.
IT skills development, office applications, LEED certification, e-learning services, and project management boot-camp are among the services offered by Point & Click to keep companies in step with the ever-changing technical climate. “A lot of people try to train themselves, but often they are not using the technology correctly,” says Chiapetta. “As a result, wrong answers perpetuate wrong answers.”
Point & Click has served MasterCard, Avon Products, and Kraft Foods, among other companies.
Nutrition & Food
Westchester Nutrition Consultants
Elizabeth DeRobertis, MS, RD, CDN, CDE
Scarsdale; (914) 462-3833
Fees: Corporate program development and implementation start at $500
Formed a year ago by Elizabeth DeRobertis, head dietitian for the Scarsdale Medical Group, its five dieticians work with companies on developing cafeteria menus and offer healthy cooking demos, fitness programs, and more. The company also can set up a “biggest loser” weight loss challenge—which may be a money saver, DeRobertis says. “Some health insurance providers reduce the cost of their coverage for companies that have wellness programs.” DeRobertis and her team also run corporate wellness programs and health fairs. Clients include Bayer HealthCare, MasterCard, ShopRite, MBIA, and Blythedale Children’s Hospital.