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Alan Schonberg

Note by Peter Cotton: Alan Schonberg, chairman emeritus of MRINetwork, is battling stage four lung cancer. He is undergoing an intensive regimen of radiation and chemo therapy, with the usual resulting side effect of debilitating fatigue. The cancer has also affected his vocal chords, causing him to have a voice that is barely a whisper. If you wish to express your wishes, please understand that he cannot take phone calls.  Cards or letters are welcomed at Alan Schonberg, 25157 Letchworth Road, Beachwood, OH  44122.  Sending Alan an email will certainly make him feel good, but please understand that you should not expect an answer.  His email address is aschonberg@roadrunner.com 

For more than one-half of my life, there has been one person who has been a very significant, steady, positive influence on me. When I first met him in Cleveland, I was a sales manager for GAF supervising a mid-western territory. He was the president of Management Recruiters International, Inc. (MRI), but I didn’t know that at the time. Nor did I know that MRI was the parent company to Sales Consultants, a recruiting firm I had worked with to fill open sales positions in my district.

When I met this man, he asked many questions about me and my plans for my future. It was a sort of interview in a way, but I didn’t realize that either. (more…)

About the author: Peter C. Cotton is president of Best Sales Talent, Inc. specializing in the search, recruitment and placement of sales, sales management and marketing talent. Peter writes a blog for his website. You can follow him on Twitter @pcotton