What People are Saying / Recommendations:

“When I was under great pressure to quickly get the Twitter backgrounds designed for my radio show, Kevin jumped right in and helped out. It was critical for me to not only have to move quickly, but to be able to communicate with Kevin via phone and email without letting distance hurt the process or the result. Kevin came through quickly for us and allowed me to make my deadline for air! Mark E. Sackett President/Creative Director/Executive Producer Reflectur/Articulation Films/ Republic of Sound and Brainfood Creative Programs” August 11, 2009

Top qualities: Personable , Expert , High Integrity

Mark E. Sackett hired Kevin as a Designer in 2009

“Kevin has gone out of his way to help promote my latest project Southern New England Woman Magazine. Without a single mention or request of help, he has forwarded information to a large network of people singlehandedly. A true networker at heart. I have been lucky to have made a connection with him through Linkedin and Twitter. Pat Cruz” May 6, 2009

Pat Paolino Cruz , Publisher/Editor , Southern New England Woman Magazine

“I have personally worked with Kevin and observed his interactions with large groups as well as one-on-one. His communication and presentation talent is clearly evident as he engages his audience, keeps the material relevant and interesting, and breaks down even very complex topics into easy-to-understand language. What I have found particularly strong in Kevin is his intellectual curiosity, the desire to learn new approaches and skills and implement them in both his personal and professional life. Kevin is also highly driven and very creative. These qualities combine to enable Kevin to make progress and maintain focus even under ambiguous and complex situations. In summary, Kevin approaches all tasks with a willing attitude and is a pleasure to work with. He would be a real asset for customer interaction or other social business relationships. I’m confident he will be successful in any endeavor he pursues. I hope he is available when I next need to expand!” April 21, 2009

Top qualities: Personable , High Integrity , Creative

Tim Moore

“Kevin has unparalleled expertise and knowledge that will propel your business forward ! His knowledge as a document business consultant will greatly make decisions much easier, as he always finds and implements what you need for your business. If you are looking for a creative edge over your competitors, you need to meet with Kevin” March 6, 2009

Ty Downing , Co-Founder, Vice President , Say It Social

“Passion. Drive. Personality. These qualities are the embodiment of Kevin DeSoto. From concept to completion, Kevin will immerse himself in any project and work through every detail. He gets results and fosters positive cooperation among team members.” November 2, 2008

Top qualities: Great Results , Personable , High Integrity

Danny C. DeMatteis

“Kevin has strong interpersonal and communication skills. His professional background in corporate sales would be a benefit to any organization. Ricoh is lucky to have someone of Kevin's caliber in it's sales ranks.” November 1, 2008

Bob Siebold , Sales Development Instructor , Ricoh Corporation

“Kevin is one of the easiest people to work with and our relationship has blossomed over time. I met Kevin when he was working at Axion Business Technology and has continued to grow even through his move to RICOH. Kevin always brings something new to the table, he has the foresight and vision to look beyond the obvious and come up with innovative and exciting ideas to help his clients increase their bottom line! He does all this with great integrity and commitment to providing the BEST service possible. Kevin is an easy person for me to refer as I know he will more than live up to his word!” February 2, 2009

Susan Pagnozzi , President , Cranston Chamber of Commerce

In a Nutshell

• Community Manager/Advocate:   Actively monitors and listens to customers in addition to engaging with them by responding to their  requests and needs.• Brand evangelist:   Promotes events, products, goals and upgrades. As a respected member of the media  community, I have achieved a higher degree of trust.• Savvy communication skills, shapes editorial:   Very familiar with the tools of communication, from forums to blogs to podcasts, Facebook to Twitter.   I understand the language and jargon that is used in the community. Importantly, responsible for the  editorial strategy and planning within the community, and works with many internal stakeholders to identify  content, plan, publish and follow up.

•  High energy, results oriented, self-motivated 

•  Solid experience in all aspects of business, sales, marketing new accounts and

   business development 

•  Proven ability to manage simultaneous projects, work independently & meet deadlines

•  Proven maturity, leadership, flexibility, decision-making, problem solving communication, creativity

•  Expert in analyzing complex situations, designing practical solutions & implementing workable

   plans 

•  Excellent negotiation skills exhibited at all levels, from entry to executive level 

•  Demonstrated ability promoting business goals and image

References

Excellent References Available On Request

Volunteer Work

WTB&TS (non-profit)                                                                                              

Chef/On-Site Manager 1988-1996 (full-time)                                                                                                           

  • Plan and prepare daily menus for breakfast, lunch, dinner and specialty functions.
  • Manage kitchen operations including pricing, costing, ordering, inventory control, staff supervision.
  • Restructured and implemented a high quality food services menu, successfully streamlining and cutting costs dramatically for Brooklyn, Walkill, and Patterson locations.
  • Negotiated contracts for bulk ordering with major corporations such as: Kraft, Sysco, Dole, Purdue, and McCormick.
  • Significantly decreased costs by establishing efficient inventory and portion control procedures.

Professional/Technical Expertise

Microsoft Office Suite, Public Speaking

Objective

To align myself with a reputable, successful, moral and profitable team.  To add to that success by providing it with my many years of experience and my excellent relationship focus skills & strategic thinking.  To not only meet but exceed expectations of the team, group or individual by my high level of performance, dedication & loyalty.

Work History

Work History

Assistant Roving Branch Manager

Signet Bank/First Union
  • Assisted in day-to-day operations encompassing personnel, customer service, purchasing and record keeping for multiple bank branches in Ann Arundel, Baltimore, & Prince George's Counties.
  • Supervise and maintain administrative control, overseeing up to 11 employees per branch helping to sustain profitability and growth for a full-service commercial bank
  • Responsible to analyze and review daily operations and banking activity, including individual and branch production, new & established accounts for checking, savings, investments, & CD's
  • Audited vaults, branch & head tellers.
  • Assisted with setting and meeting sales and budget goals for multiple branches
  • Assured ISO compliance for continued certification

CEO

Appearance Technologies, Inc.
  • Owner and operator of franchised on-site automotive restoration company.
  • Researched, identified and developed accounts through full-range promotional activities including, cold calling, direct mailing, and face-to-face visits.
  • Designed and created all marketing material to promote ATI services.
  • Worked directly with Presidents, CFO's, Controllers, and other top-level corporate executives to successfully partner ATI's services with the goals, missions, and visions of targeted clientele.

Account Executive/Senior Sales & Staffing Manager

Robert Half International Inc./OfficeTeam
  • Responsible for sales, recruiting and staffing all levels of professional office support and administrative positions, growing personal book of business to become a top producing account executive
  • Ranked in 2001 #1 producer in USA & in 2000, top 10 producer in nation for sales and billable hours throughout the New England region of 18 branches, billing over 1800 hours weekly and top 20 in world
  • Promoted after six months to lead team of six in day-to-day sales, staffing and recruiting activities.
  • Established new client base through cold calling, sales calls, cross-selling, direct mail, and lead follow up; maintain client relationships through need analysis, feedback solicitation, personal visits, regular phone contact, and email
  • Recruit, screen, interview, evaluate, hire, place, and coach qualified applicants for temporary and temp-to-hire employment opportunities; set pricing and pay rates, negotiate contracts and conversion fees
  • Selected by management to participate in Robert Half's MBA program. The Management Branch All-Stars task force, comprised of RHII top producers, focuses on setting multi-line sales goals to achieve top production numbers through a variety of structured activities such as: role plays, new business development strategies, account penetration plans, and best practices to build active and utilize recruiting venues.
  • Key player in MBA development, implementation and tracking incentivized sales program to all eight lines of business

Sr. Business Development Brand Manager

Ricoh Business Solutions
  • Devise and implement branding & market program/strategy for sales group & branch
  • Create new advertising products for the division to foster rapid grow
  • Personally drove business by creating marketing materials, brochures, networking at conferences & chamber events, developing innovative lead-generating programs
  • Selected to develop marketing strategies, design new marketing & advertising materials
  • Interview, evaluate, and develop new executives

Sr. Services Brand & Communications Manager

Axion/Toshiba Business Technologies
  • Devise and implement market program/strategy for the sales group
  • Create new advertising products for the division to foster rapid grow
  • Personally drove Axion by creating marketing materials, brochures, networking at conferences & chamber events, developing innovative lead-generating programs
  • Selected to develop marketing strategies, design new marketing & advertising materials
  • Interview, evaluate, and develop new sales executives
  • Achieved 110% of new business growth with a client retention rate of 80%
  • Recognized for marketing & advertising initiatives
  • Awarded #1 sales producer
  • Recognized for chamber involvement resulting in a strong presence in RI.

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