President (Multimedia)

Robert V. Elias

2891 Ashcraft Court

San Diego, CA 92121

(619) 321-0822

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY—TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY

Award-winning e-business expert and pioneer with start up, accelerated growth, acquisition, and strategic alliances track record. Built award winning interactive design agency servicing Fortune 50 clients. Successfully directed company through changing markets and technologies. Expert in identifying and capitalizing on market opportunities, capturing key accounts, and outperforming competition. Exceptional team-leadership, negotiation, and client relationship skills.

STRATEGY / OPERATIONS

·       Industry Pioneer – built 1st DTP-department for leading publishing firm – established one of1st digital design studios in New York City – created 1st Web sites for clients:  Canon Digital Video, CMP Publishing, Digital Equipment Company (Alpha-servers), Petrossian Paris, Phillips-Van Heusen, Sobe Beverages, and Tishman Construction.

·       Demonstrated skills in project management from brainstorming phase through award winning implementation, capitalizing on core competencies of technical and creative staff.

·       Authored board-approved service model detailing acquisition and integration strategy.

Marketing / Business Development / Finance

·       Sustained 40% annual growth rate through 2000 within highly competitive market by developing strategic, long-term business plans.

·       Obtained profitability within 18 months after start-up.

·       Supervised and developed high-margin consulting business as new deliverable within Vizy Interactive.

Team Building / Relationship Management

·       Easily communicate at all corporate levels; know how to find the right “tone”. Quickly build rapport and gain trust from peers and superiors. Demonstrated proficiency in consensus building, team building, and executive liaison affairs.

·       Achieved outstanding staff retention rates by fostering employee empowerment and “open-door” policy. Decisive and pragmatic leadership style. Capable of managing staff of up to 150.

·       Generated robust referral business through professional reputation as reliable business owner delivering high quality services.

Professional Experience

ABBY INTERACTIVE, New York, NY—President

2000 to 2001

Reported directly to CEO. Managed operations of ABC Firm’s flagship office: accountable for strategic planning, operations, business planning and development, sales and marketing, technology, project management, finance and budgeting, contract negotiations, human resources, quality assurance, and P&L.

NEW TIME MULTIMEDIA, INC., NEW YORK, NY—President and Creative Director

1993 to 20
Launched award winning interactive agency, (continuation of Electric Illustrator), servicing cross-industry Fortune 50 clients. Focused on attracting solid and varied accounts instead of investors, which resulted in strong and sustained revenues and company growth.
Awards

International Web page award for Petrossian site, 2000

Deloitte & Touch “Fast 50” and “Fast 500” awards as one of fastest-growing technology firms, 1999

International Web page award for Sobe Beverage Web site, 1999

“Pencil” award for New Time Multimedia Web site, 1999

Education

SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS – San Diego State, San Diego, C
English and Illustration Major – completed 3½ years of B.A. degree program before accepting position as Desktop Publishing Manager at Barnstein Directory.
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