As President of the Smaller Business Association of New England, I can attest to Don Saracen’s ability to relate to chief executive officers of closely-held businesses. Don’s communication skills enabled him to effectively coordinate disparate enterprises’ needs towards a collaborative alignment of goals and objectives.
Bob Baker, President, Smaller Business Association of New England, SBANE
Dan Shedd, President, Taylor Box Company
As president of a 35 member CPA firm, I hired Don as a marketing consultant and trainer. He met with our professional and administrative staff to counsel them in client development and client relations. We are extremely happy with his services.
Richard A. Kaplan, President, CPA, YKSM
I had the pleasure of hearing Don speak at the MPI NE Chapter Educational Institute. Don’s session was engaging and informative and a truly motivating experience!
Brenda McLellan, National Sales Manager, Grand Traverse Resort, MI
The lecture was engaging and interactive. It provided real-time solutions to problems shared by those in attendance. In the end, two hours was barely enough. Well done, Don!
Tim Bonin, Executive Director, R.I. Optometric Association
Bryan Lavin, VP Communications, MPI New England
Don keynoted our ABBRA annual networking event. He delivered exactly what he promised, in a professional and timely manner. I enjoyed working with Don and was impressed with his preparation and attention to detail throughout.
Mark Amaral, Executive Director, American Boat Builder & Repair Assoc.
Don has added value to my client base and provided great counsel to my organization. He’s wonderful to work with.
Dennis McCarthy, Managing Director, MGD & Associates
I recently hired Don as a public speaking consultant to help me prepare for an important presentation at my university. I speak in public almost every day, but I know that little things can make a big impact on how my work is received. Don has the business management experience and personal commitment to his own personal training as a professional speaking practitioner that make for a powerful combination. He helped me with the pacing of my presentation and I used his suggested opening remarks and body movements with great success.
Walter Towner, Associate Professor, WPI
Toby Stapleton, MBA Assistant Dean, Charlton College of Business, UMass
I invited Don to speak on three occasions at the networking groups I facilitate in the Boston area. He always provided our members with a sparking, informative and hands-on education into such topics as networking, personal branding and how to effectively market yourself. Don’s expertise is two-fold: he is an expert in marketing and salesmanship, and he is an exciting, creative and dynamic speaker who has become an in-demand speaker in the New England area. I highly recommend Don to groups seeking an engaging speaker and to those firms seeking to find new and effective ways to market the products and services.”
Larry Elle, President at Professional Development Collaborative
I invited Don to present a program on networking to clients of a Career Center I managed for Lee Hecht Harrison. Don’s program was engaging and lively as he touched on topics that make networking nerve wracking for job seekers. The evaluations on the program were so positive that I’ve had Don deliver similar programs to other groups. Over the time I’ve gotten to know Don, I’ve learned that he is personable, professional, engaging and superb at following up and carrying through on his commitments.
Irene Sinteff, Partner in Human Resources & Recruiting
Don’s insight and advice is always appreciated and welcome. I’ve spent time with Don both as a member of the SBANE CEO dialog and on a professional level and consider Don to be a trusted advisor.”
Rick Norberg, President, Atrion SMB, Rhode One Technology
Shae McWilliams, Leadership Attendee
I hired Don to help me develop a marketing plan for my organization. I consider Don a leader, a mentor and a friend. His wits, insight, and wisdom are essential to any individual or organization looking to grow and expend.”
Abednego Dahn, Regional Sales Manager, Electronic Commerce
Don facilatated the CEO dialog (Master Mind Group) for a number of years in which I was a member. These were highly confidential strategy meetings for small to mid sized corporations. One of his many strengths was his ability to keep the group focused and on topic. This enabled us to come up with solutions for members who had real life business problems and strategic challenges. Don is very well connected in the RI/MA business community. Great relationship builder, networker.”
William Geasey, V.P./Co-Owner Kathleen’s Catering
I have known and worked with Don Saracen for more than 15 years as a partner, associate, and collaborator on a wide range of strategic business and marketing assignments for our mutual clients. Don has demonstrated excellent presentation skills during these collaborative assignments.
As a sale/marketing trainer Don entertains with real life stories backed by a sound understanding of the current trends in sales and marketing theory and practice. I strongly recommend Don as a Sales and Marketing speaker and trainer.”
Barry Bainton, PhD, Founder/Owner,BR Bainton Associates
I have received excellent feedback from the audience and they found your presentation very useful. I am looking forward to working with you in the future. Please accept my sincere thanks for your time and effort to make such an interesting presentation.”
Angappa “Guna” Gunasekaran, PhD
Dean, Charlton College of Business
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
I’d like to thank you for your eloquent presentation at the RoseBids Gala & Auction. With your excellent communications skills and obvious ease in speaking to a crowd of over 500, we were able to increase funding this year from last! ”
Sharon Garland, Director of Development
One of the best presentations I have heard– funny, well prepared, professional, worthwhile!”
District 31 conference attendee
You are a dynamic presenter; you have the ability to grab & hold your audience’s attention right from the start.
Carol H. Newberry, Vice President/Operations, FundRI, Inc.
Your subject and delivery gave our agents good, thought –provoking education and tools to better enhance their businesses, as well as some lively entertainment. All in all – a great performance. We will be requesting you for a return engagement in the near future.
Betsy Trethewey, Director of Training and Agent Development, RE/MAX Landmark
Not only did your remarks stimulate great and interesting dialogue while you visited with us, they also resulted in an even lengthier discussion after you left. Indeed, the entire evening proved most provocative, in an Intellectual sense, and brought a lot of students out of their shells.
Patt Manheim, PhD,
Professor Johnson & Wales University,
Alan Shawn Feinstein Graduate School
“On behalf of the Oral History Association I would like to thank you for your professional and enthusiastic engagement with our thirty-ninth annual meeting. We would not hesitate to recommend you to others.”
Rebecca Sharpless, President , Oral History Association