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Robert James Braathe MBA

Teacher and Trainer of Business / Entrepreneurs at Braathe Enterprises

Saratoga Springs, NY

www.braatheenterprises.com

Teacher, Trainer, Mentor Past President and Board Member of The Consulting Alliance Founder and Advisor, The Braathe Enterprises...

Introduction
About Me

Robert J. Braathe, MBA is a mentor and professor of entrepreneurship who has the skills and insight needed to help his clients acheive a successful business sale or acquisition.

After working in management positions with Walt Disney World, Gap, and Apple, Robert founded his company, Braathe Enterprises in October 2005. Today, his company, Braathe Enterprises manages projects in marketing, human resources and social media through a unique program called The Virtual Business Brain. This program provides companies with consulting while offering college students the opportunity to gain real world experience through virtual internships. Since 2011, over 50 students have participated. He has taught at Skidmore College, SUNY Delhi, and three area community colleges in courses that include hospitality, management, marketing, and entrepreneurship. Robert received his MBA from Western Connecticut State University and his B.A.. in Hospitality from The University of Massachusetts. In addition, he has taken PhD level courses from The State University of New York at Albany and Northcentral University.

My Skills
advertising apple blogging business development business strategy classroom classroom training college teaching curriculum creation curriculum design employee training entrepreneurial organizations entrepreneurship education event marketing event planning execution of business plans facebook higher education individual training leadership management marketing marketing strategy mock interviews online reputation management project management public speaking recruiting search engine positioning search engine submission small business small business development social media marketing staff development staff scheduling start ups traffic building training training seminars virtual business planning virtual internships voice over website promotion word of mouth marketing wordpress workshop delivery workshop facilitation workshops
Work/Experience
  • Business Specialist at Apple

    September 2013 — Present

    Returned to Apple for the iPhone 5S and 5C launch on September 20, 2013 Promoted to Business Specialist, effective October 19, 2013 - Introduce Apple solutions, technology, and services to business customers - Spend time on the sales floor, meeting first-time and current business customers and learning their needs - Generate new leads and build relationships, connecting over the phone or through in-store workshops and events - Discover customer needs through briefings and work with the Business Team to prepare and present proposals - For customers with more complex needs, work with the entire Business Team to craft the ideal solutions - Inform and offer customers the complete suite of sales support options - Engaging customers to think about the possibilities of Apple technology in their businesses

  • Adjunct Faculty - Entrepreneurship at Hudson Valley Community College

    August 2013 — Present

    Teaching a 3 credit Entrepreneurship course at the TEC-SMART facility for Hudson Valley Community College. ENTR 110 - Entrepreneurship This course explores the dimensions of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship by studying processes that challenge existing models and pave the way for original solutions to problems or opportunities in any field. The focus is in stimulating creative thinking to generate ideas that may be implemented in the form of a new business venture. Students are encouraged to dream and think boldly and to move beyond traditional solutions towards innovation. Innovation is the conversion of knowledge and ideas into a benefit, either for commercial use or for the public good. This course explores the role of innovation in creating new or improved products, processes, or services. Further, students will explore the entrepreneurial process of creating value through the application of creativity and innovation through the introduction of systematic ways to more effectively find creative solutions.

  • Business Partner, Teacher and Trainer-At-Large at New Directions Management Consulting, Inc.

    May 2013 — Present

    Manage a virtual team to promote Survival of The Hive: 7 Leadership Lessons from a Beehive, the latest book by Deborah Mackin and Matthew Harrington of New Directions Speak and communicate via email and LinkedIn with clients and potential clients regarding business training needs Design, deliver and facilitate customized training solutions and workshops for clients

  • Advisor and Business Mentor to Entrepreneurs at Source of Innovation

    April 2012 — Present

    Braathe Enterprises launched sourceofinnovation.com in 2012 to work with company executives and entrepreneurs to initiate and implement innovative ideas and processes Assisting companies in finding and cultivating innovative talent through our annual business consulting competition Launched an initiative in 2013 called 100 Businesses in 100 Days to help give people with unique ideas a platform to promote, produce and present their business ideas www.sourceofinnovation.com

  • Host, Business Profiles at Braathe Enterprises

    January 2012 — Present

    Host a regular series on BlogTalkRadio interviewing entrepreneurs and small business owners from the Capital District of New York, CT, and around the world.

  • Entrepreneur in Residence and Business Teacher - Continuing Education at Manfred Real Estate Learning Center

    June 2011 — Present

    Facilitate support, conduct training, assist with marketing and business plans, and connect to fundraising opportunities for new and established for profit entrepreneurs and real estate professionals through the Braathe Enterprises Business Lab and Virtual Business Lab Design and deliver classes for continuing education credit for real estate professionals in Human Resources and Project Management Qualified by the State of New York, Department of State, Division of Licensing Services Bureau of Educational Standards as a technical instructor for the following real estate courses M-10702 Project Management Skills: Managing Real Estate Projects - 7.5 hrs M-10703 The Role of Human Resources in the Real Estate Office - 7.5 hrs Created and taught a Build Your Own Wordpress course for real estate professionals, as well as iPad for Real Estate Professionals Provide a virtual and traditional internship team to handle administrative duties including marketing and educational support

  • Founder of Virtual Internship Program and Professor of Business at Braathe Enterprises

    January 2011 — Present

    Develop and deliver courses in marketing, management and more in online, hybrid, and traditional formats Manage the Virtual Internship Program, a 5 month virtual internship training students in undergraduate business and liberal arts programs, and giving them real work experience Train and develop students and business professionals through traditional and online teaching methods. Utilize Skype, GoToMeeting and Schoology to deliver webinars and course content

  • Adjunct Faculty at SUNY Cobleskill

    August 2010 — Present

    Fall 2010 - Taught hybrid course, TRAV 103, World Geography Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013 - Taught online course, MKHT 311, E-Marketing E-Marketing is a major component of electronic commerce, the fastest growing area of business. As such, workers and students with expertise in this field are in great demand. This course provides an introduction to the field and explains the various roles of E-Marketing in an organization's total marketing program. Students will be trained how to specifically use the internet and related technology to strategize and implement research, advertising, merchandising, customer service and other marketing mix-related functions. This is a practical, hands- on course. It explores Internet technologies as products in and of themselves, as mass and personal communications tools, and as a distribution/transaction channel. It will also address user characteristics and behavior, direct marketing and online strategies for relationship marketing. The basics of web design will be introduced.

  • Past President and Board Member at The Consulting Alliance

    January 2009 — Present

    Board Member 2013-present Membership Committee member 9th President, 2013 The Consulting Alliance is an association of leading independent consultants with diverse regional and national experience and proven success in solving client challenges. It is the ideal resource for organizations seeking to hire a consultant with the highest level of professionalism and expertise. Membership in the Alliance provides consultants with a vibrant and collaborative community where they can grow their businesses and advance their skills. For Consultants If you’re an independent consultant in the New York Capital Region, you’ve probably heard about the Consulting Alliance. We invite you to get to know us better by attending one of our monthly luncheons. Though you’ll find a lot of useful information on this Web site, it won’t give you the experience of collegiality that comes when you get to know us in person. For Clients If you have a need for specialized expertise or are dealing with a problem you haven’t been able to solve on your own, chances are one of our seasoned professional consultants can help. Consulting Alliance members provide creative thinking about challenging issues, in-depth subject matter knowledge, and hands-on implementation. Since every Alliance member is committed to adhering to the Consulting Alliance Code of Ethics, you can be confident you will be working with a conscientious and trustworthy advisor.

  • Part-Time Faculty, Business at Schenectady County Community College

    September 2008 — Present

    Courses have included: MGT242 Small Business Start-up and Management Comprehensive overview of the management of small & entrepreneurial ventures. Topics covered include pursuing franchising & existing business opportunities, creating a business plan, exploring target markets, developing the right marketing mix, pricing & credit strategies, selling, & effective customer service. The course also reviews understanding & managing start-up, fixed & variable costs, managing risk, operating for success, location, facilities & layout, hr & management, leadership, & ethical practices. BUS 212 Business Communications (Hybrid & Classroom) Principles of effective communication in business, both written and oral. Focuses attention on the communication process including effective listening, writing & speaking. Writing resumes & employment letters is also covered. MKT 223 Marketing (Hybrid) Introductory course - includes international business & offers a broad & necessary understanding of marketing problems, giving the student a foundation for investigating more comprehensive business environment situations. MGT 127 Human Resources Management Personnel administration & the human problems in business. Provides foundation for contemporary theory & practices relating to the management of people. Discussion & case problems are utilized to prepare the student for the responsibility of managing people. HOT 114 - Food Administration and Menu Planning Focuses on factors used in the hospitality industry to determine the selling price of food and beverage in relation to their initial food cost. Particular attention is directed to the importance of the menu in a successful food service operation. Topics covered include menu-rating criteria, truth-in-menu, sales mix, food costing, menu pricing, menu layout guidelines and design, demographic studies, and descriptive terminology. MGT 123 Business Organization and Management Utilize ANGEL for course communications and work submission.

Education
  • State University of New York at Albany

    Start Date: September 2008

    Took a summer course in Curriculum and Instruction ETAP 687 Introduction to Online Teaching Learned about online teaching best practices, and designed a course using asynchronous learning

  • National Speakers Association Academy for Professional Speaking

    Field of Study: Professional Speaking

    Start Date: September 2012

    End Date: May 2014

    Attended the 2013 Cavett Institute in Philadelphia, PA The Academy for Professional Speaking is exclusive to those aspiring to become a professional speaker. The Academy consists of eLearning and the one-day Cavett Institute, named after NSA founder Cavett Robert, CSP, CPAE.

  • Northcentral University

    Field of Study: PhD Program

    Start Date: September 2008

    End Date: May 2010

    Completed research based courses including Managing Change Managing Creativity in the Organization Change and Innovation in HRM Marketing Management Management in the Cinema Personel Management and Organizational Behavior

  • Western Connecticut State University

    Degree: MBA

    Field of Study: Business

    Start Date: September 2002

    End Date: May 2007

    Division of Graduate Studies Foundation Scholarship (Western Connecticut State University, Fall 2006) The scholarship is awarded each year to a student from the Division of Graduate Studies who has made meaningful contributions to the University or the community and has demonstrated leadership potential.

  • Connecticut School of Broadcasting

    Degree: Certificate

    Field of Study: Voiceovers, TV and Radio Production

    Start Date: September 2000

    End Date: May 2001

  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst

    Degree: Bachelor's

    Field of Study: Hospitality Administration/Management

    Activities: Future Hoteliers of America UMass Alumni Association member

    Start Date: September 1994

    End Date: May 1997

    Participated in the Walt Disney World College Program and the Walt Disney World Summer Management Program during my time at UMass

  • Western Connecticut State University

    Field of Study: Business Administration and Management, General

    Start Date: September 1992

    End Date: May 1993

    Took classes at WCSU before transferrring to UMass

  • Ridgefield High School

    Degree: Diploma

    Start Date: September 1987

    End Date: May 1991

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Saratoga Springs, NY. 12866
Phone: 518-290-0812

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