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Bob works with retail and service business owners who want to develop the skills they need to be successful.

Contact: Bob Negen
Mailing Address: 101 Washington #129, Grand Haven, Michigan, United States of America
Phone:616-842-4237
FAX:616-842-2977
E-mail:bob@whizbangtraining.com
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“Bob Negen made me look like a HERO. As chairperson of the education committee I was concerned that we find a speaker who would be relevant, exciting and, most importantly, practical. Bob was all that, and more! I have been to countless seminars and workshops and I can tell you nobody delivers easy-to-use, nuts and bolts information better than Bob. I give him the absolutely strongest recommendation to speak at your next convention. Kelly Larson - Great Lakes Fast Food And Ice Cream Association
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WhizBang! Training

Fields of Interest:

Small Business

Most Requested Topics/Programs:

  • Mining Diamonds In Your Own Backyard -How To Get The Most From Every Customer
  • How To Develop A WhizBang! Staff
  • Harnessing Your Entrepenuerial Spirit
  • How To Deliver WhizBang! Customer Service
  • Great Selling Is Great Customer Service

Recent Engagements:

  • Heritage Clubs International Quebec Canada March 19 2004 Guardsman FurniturePro Convention Las Vegas NV February 20 2004
  • Great Lakes Ice Cream And Fast Food Association Lansing MI January 30 2004 American Nursery And Landscape Association Louisville KY January 2004
Speaker 's Fees:$2501 to $5000
Length of presentation:30 minutes to 8 hours
Travels From:Michigan
Travel Limits:none
Target Audience:Small Business Owners
Target Audience - Other:Retail Store Owners and Managers
AV Requirements:lavalier microphone, overhead projector
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Biography:

When you hire Bob Negen you are getting a real businessperson whose knowledge, skill, and passion come from the trenches of small business. You get a speaker whose credibility and audience connection come from shared experiences, not from academic degrees. When Bob tells an audience something will work, it will. He speaks from experience.

Bob Negen discovered his entrepreneurial spirit at the young age of twenty-three and opened one of the world’s first kite stores. In twenty years he helped change the public’s perception of the kite from a child’s toy to an “eco-friendly” hobby for families and people of all ages.

In those twenty years he grew his company from $17,000 to over $3 million in annual sales. In 1998 the company was named “Retailer of the Year” by the Kite Trade Association.

A natural marketer, Bob constantly created very successful promotions. His favorite, the Great Lakes Sport Kite Championships, grew into one of the largest, most prestigious kite events in the world.

Bob was also instrumental in helping create a nation wide yo-yo boom. At one time his company employed eight full time yo-yo professionals performing in schools, malls, nationally broadcast parades, professional sporting events, and other large entertainment venues.

While building the national craze, his company opened “Yo-Yo Universe” kiosks in over a dozen malls, hired and trained over one hundred fifty employees using his unique training system, and sold over two million of dollars worth of yo-yos.

All in a little over 6 months!

His yo-yo adventure forced Bob to boil down twenty years of hard-earned experience about life as an entrepreneur into a fun, but no-nonsense, only-if-it-works outlook on business.

This ”make it fun, but get it done” attitude has given Bob an expert edge not only in marketing, but also in practical, proven customer service practices, solid, common sense employee management, super efficient operations, and focusing the entrepreneurial spirit.

Bob will bring the same sense of fun and adventure to your audience that he brought to the toy business, where having fun was a job requirement.

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