HEARING FROM OUR CLIENTS IS A GREAT THING. SHARING THEIR FEEDBACK WITH OTHERS IS REWARDING AS WELL.
So, what have they said about us?
I was referred to Don by one of our Vendors…I had started my business 40 years ago and I was wanting to retire and needed my business to fund that. We had been losing sales consistently over several years and I needed to help. Social Security was not going to be enough. Don and his partner Laurel came into my business and immediately began to make improvements. As they went through our accounting and measured just about everything we did they came up with ways that saved me money, made me money and let me retire. Now, two years later I am retired, the business is very profitable and I am getting a monthly check that more than keeps me comfortable.
Jeff R – President/Founder
Don provided us with significant assistance developing a plan to grow the business. His insight, flexibility and passion for small business made him a truly gifted partner. His efforts allowed me to grow the business and realize a significant profit when sold.
Robert- President and Founder
My Bank put me on their watch list. I had done some redesign of my business, closed an unprofitable part and was making money. It wasn’t good enough for the Bank and they told me to work with someone to improve my business and its finances or they would call my loan. I was sent to Herrmann Advantage Consulting and I hired them. They did more than I ever expected. They got involved in my day to day operations to really understand why my business was performing as it was. The helped me fix my processes, change some operational parts of the business, control my inventory and get the high profits I wanted and expected from my business.
Rick G, President
Don and I talked over several months. I knew him through the Chamber. He talked a good line but I wasn’t certain. Plus, I had other things that I thought got in the way of my doing some of the things he had discussed. My wife finally said I had to hire him or sell the business, that her stress was too much. After the first year Herrmann improved my profits by almost 80%. He reduced my operating costs, better defined my target market and helped me improve my sales outcomes, especially with new business. We are now in our 3rd year working together and my profits are nearly triple what they were when we started. I wish I had started with Don when we first talked.
Kevin B. Owner
During our strategic planning that <Herrmann Advantage Consulting> facilitated a large part of our initiatives depended on the abilities of our workforce. Don first started explaining a strategic process that ensured good strategy execution along with better business branding and I was skeptical. It seemed hard and in some respects unfair. As we got into the details, I saw the magic of the process. I saw how we would emphasize superior performance that helped not only in strategy execution but also with recruiting and retention. Don and Laurel were with us every step of the process, and our result was we accomplished every part of our strategic plan and even beat our revenue growth goals of becoming a $100M company.
Sarah S. Vice President Human Resources
We needed help developing our Leader Succession Plan as well as establishing development programs for hi-potentials. Don was recommended to me by one of my employees and I reached out to him as a possible partner for this project. Over almost 2-years Don did everything I needed and more. Most importantly he helped develop my team, helped us establish long term measurements that truly helped establish the succession plan for us, and demonstrated a strong strategic partnership for our national business. I don’t believe this project would have been this successful without his support and engagement.
Our sales looked good but we weren’t making money. We had good customer retention but weren’t growing. I had been referred to Don several years ago but didn’t hire him then. I now wish I had because as my profits declined my investors were getting concerned. I needed to improve my sales was all I heard. I called Don and he and Laurel were hired to fix my sales. They evaluated my product pricing, looked into my customer mix and then over the course of several weeks developed a sales compensation plan that not only better compensated my salespeople, it increased the growth of my business. Combining this Sales Compensation with a better pricing and marketing strategy almost doubled my revenue in the first year to over $3M. Most importantly my profits increased by better than 50%. We are in our second year and are already on track to beat last years numbers.
Todd L, Owner
Our business is over 100 years old. We thought it was nearing the end of its life and were considering closing it down. I was at a social event and met Don. He was excited about my business because it was 100 years old. When I told him we were thinking of closing it down he was disappointed. His enthusiasm for preserving it and making it profitable was catching. So I hired him. He and his partner came into my business and devoted their time to understanding it, what exactly what we did and how we made money. I can still hear him saying “numbers don’t mean anything unless you know why they are happening.” they found out why. Their enthusiasm and energy ignited the same feelings with my employees. We got better at what we did, we became more efficient and we stopped doing things only because that is how we always did it. We did things because they made us money. Don and his team kept this business going and we are looking forward to the next 100 years.
Don recently facilitated our Strategic Planning Workshop. Leading our top company leaders, he introduced the strategic planning process, led us through an easy to follow methodology and ensured that we developed a workable strategic plan to drive our company over the next several years. Don used a variety of tools and interpersonal activities to keep us on track and accomplish what we wanted. Those in attendance expressed their great satisfaction at being heard and also with the support and assistance Don provided in the breakout sessions. I have to say this was one of the best workshops I have ever attended. I hope to use Don's expertise and services again in the future.
Christian, EVP Operations and Finance
We’d had strategic plans before but in truth they never amounted to anything other than words on paper. Don led a 3-day Strategic Planning workshop for us that developed a Strategic Plan, Actions Plans with specific accountabilities and timeframes to execute the plans. He stayed with us over the course of a year and helped drive execution of our strategy helping us grow the business to over $100M while expanding into non-US Markets. His passion and enthusiasm coupled with his ability to communicate with professionals from different backgrounds make him an ideal leader for these type of efforts.
As a small business owner I fell into the trap of working too hard and not getting enough results. Over the years I had asked more than one of my advisors to help me analyze the business and examine what could be done better.
Herrmann Advantage was the advisor I had needed for years. Together we dissected the company and started to rebuild its path. During our meetings we found areas that needed to be elevated in priority, new avenues of sales revenues, and where a stronger business image is needed.
After nine months later, the business began experiencing new growth. After two years we had almost tripled our size from when Herrmann started with us. We continue to implement the HA strategies.