My Division of GLOBAL, called Douglas E Castle Consultancy is in the businesses of: 1) comprehensive restructuring and re-focusing of small-to-medium sized companies requiring turnarounds (pre- and post- Chapter 11), creditor arrangements, recalcitrant shareholder settlements and more preferential vendor and employee relationships, and, 2) strategic business planning, creating management teams, mentoring leaders, arranging initial capitalization and financing of ongoing operations and transactions, international M&A/ joint venture creation, agent and distributorship services, entry into emerging markets, and supply chain management for growing entrepreneurial enterprises; and, lastly, 3) negotiating and special agency services for the arrangement of transactions and relationships between recalcitrant,constrained or secretive parties.
The business, as well as my education, experience and achievements, is best explained and explored by either going to either of my principal websites, http://DouglasECastle.com, or http://DouglasECastleBlog.com, via my professional Linked In Profile at http://www.LinkedIn.com/in/douglascastle or in my downloadable and printable comprehensive career resume at http://bit.ly/CV2013PDF8. Both the business and my function within it is very expansive and complex.
What do you like most about your profession?
I like to analyze situations, personalities, solve problems and resolve conflicts. I enjoy creating new relationships and am fascinated with international joint ventures, marketing and supply arrangements.
What questions do clients most commonly ask you? How do you respond?
I am always asked how long an engagement is expected to take, and what interference with the ordinary flow of business should be anticipated. To the first question, my answer must ethically and honestly be "I won't know until I'm entrenched in the engagement itself -- it is a constant learning process accompanied by damage assessments; as to the second, I respond that I will work directly and closely with C-Suite or Board members to keep them advised and informed to minimize any element of surprise, interference or trauma. I harmonize and synergize with my clients, and constant communication is our mutual obligation -- I always insist on emphasizing that point.
Describe a recent client engagement or project.
A series of negotiations for an undisclosed principal (my client) to purchase strategic interests in companies and total outright interests in certain assets.
What are 3 attributes you need to be successful in your industry?
1) Highly Efficient Analytic Skills And Focus; 2) Tremendous Instincts Born Of Greatly Diversified Experience; 3) Command And Control Skills - Leadership And Persuasion Abilities
What are the most important things to consider when hiring a service provider in your field?
The extent to which the provider possesses those attributes.
How are you different than others in your profession?
I get a rapid overview of the problems or requirements facing the client company and I attack them with alacrity and uncompromising focus.
What are your biggest professional influences (books, mentors, events)?
My greatest professional influences, ironically have been my years of martial arts training (Jujitsu, Chow a-Ryu Style), my training as a Board Certified Hypnotherapist, and the vast volumes of books which I have read -- not so much the technical treatises on business, but surprisingly, more of the mysteries, crime-solving and courtroom drama variety involving complex and often conflicted interpersonal relationships. The exception was Malcolm Gladwell's "The Tipping Point," which was one of the most revolutionary and instructive contemporary business books I've had the opportunity to read.
How do you typically handle disagreements with clients?
I command their complete attention, focus and eliminate all distractions; I isolate them, so that it is never more than the two of us alone together; I educate using cause and effect logic and minimize the intrusion of emotion -- but without denying its existence of disrespecting it. I invest the time to have my client come to the conclusion through his or her own reasoning process, which I help to orchestrate.
Managing Director, Senior Consultant And International Liaison at The Castle Consultancy And Advisory International
June 2013 - Present
I still conduct my turnaround, restructuring, negotiating, merger, acquisition and reorganization/ re-engineering work, as well as my structuring of management buyouts, Employee Stock Option Plans and Shareholder negotiations for troubled or judicially-limited small to medium-sized companies (SMEs) through The Castle Consultancy And Advisory, as it was called previously, and as I have done for more than five years. In addition, since The Castle Consultancy And Advisory International has now officially become an unincorporated division of The Global Edge Technologies Group LLC, I have also taken on the responsibilities of overseeing overseas clients, as well as overseeing the operations of ICS - International Connection Services [another "sister" unincorporated subsidiary within Global Edge which provides companies of any size with access to global sourcing, markets, joint ventures and investments as well as with a full range of management, administrative and technical support] for the time being. I am also tasked with the responsibility of locating and qualifying a Managing Director for ICS.
My principal focus (and enjoyment) is on "fixing" SME-sized companies which are "broken," and in arranging strategic transactions for SME-sized companies whose management wishes to grow aggressively either through a campaign of domestic mergers and acquisitions or through opening up new vistas which subsume the global marketplace.
Former Member, Executive Advisory Board, Former Acting CEO and Senior Consultant at THE CFI GROUP OF COMPANIES
February 2013 - August 2013
I split my time between corporate turnaround, restructuring and Negotiating consulting work (clients range from small to medium-sized businesses, both private sector and some quasi-governmental across a broad spectrum of industries and locales), some informal advisory (project management) work for early-stage enterprises (usually relating to matters of presenting their business plans to serious and proven financiers, investors or, in the smallest cases, crowdfunding contributors) and building the entities which comprise The CFI Group Of Companies in terms of increasing and improving their product service and other offerings to aggressive start-ups, emerging entrepreneurial or established enterprises (usually small businesses) which are headed on a fast track for growth.
I have the privilege of working with excellent people in an exhilarating and dynamic environment which permits me to innovate, to utilize my business problem-solving skills, and to politely leverage my relationships with contacts acquired over past 35 years or so.
Acting CEO and Managing Member at CrowdFunding Incubator LLC
August 2012 - August 2013
The company is in start-up mode and is assembling the team, resources and platform necessary to become a leading Crowdfunding service provider. The primary objective for the CFI platform is the support of entrepreneurs and worthy causes in raising the funds they need for operations, product development, rapid growth or for start-up capital. In addition to the fundraising platform, we provide crowdfunding project support services as well as content and resources related to financial and business topics for entrepreneurs, innovative leaders and sponsors of cause based fundraising.
My responsibilities range from negotiation of key contracts and terms of joint ventures, generating future trend forecasts, strategic planning to providing thought leadership and content related to crowd funding and alternative finance approaches of value to entrepreneurs.
As a result of my broad background in international finance, banking, my role as chairman within a new non-profit entity, strategic planning and having been an adjunct professor, I bring both academic and real-life experience to bear on each strategic plan and decision for which I am responsible.
Executive Director, Manager at GLOBAL BUSINESS INTEL™ - An Unincorporated Division of Global Edge Technologies Group LLC
September 2011 - Present
My responsibilities to this newly-formed division include development, marketing and comprehensive management of all of its products and services. At present, we operate an increasing number of Internet properties, including many blogs, news aggregation feeds, social media accounts, specialized intelligence feeds (for private-sector clients, both For-Profit and Not-For-Profit).
In addition I oversee Intelligence Operations, which provides very aggressive research, private investigation, and data mining technologies to companies which are obsessed with dominating their respective fields. This work is highly confidential and extraordinarily technological. We will, however, accept Clients on a non-referred basis, provided that we do not have a business or ethical conflict.
Managing Member, Managing Director and Senior Consultant at GLOBAL EDGE TECHNOLOGIES GROUP LLC
June 2009 - Present
The Company was originally a U.S.- based distributor, importer and exporter of durable goods, principally innovative commercial and consumer technologies but has recently changed and expanded the scope of its operations to include management consulting to facilitate active cross-national and international investment globally. My responsibilities involve arranging the terms of international joint ventures, trade financing and shipping terms, licensing and distribution agreements, dealer agreements, international investments (for strategic industrial positioning) and other programs. I serve as the Company's principal liaison with its overseas prospective investor groups and and investee companies or asset managers. The Company is not a bank or investment broker-dealer, does not buy or sell securities, and it does not serve as a financial, tax, legal or investment advisor to any of its clients or other third parties.
I conduct my turnaround, restructuring, negotiating, merger, acquisition and reorganization/ re-engineering work for troubled small to medium-sized companies through The Castle Consultancy And Advisory, an unincorporated Division Of Global Edge Technologies Group LLC
Interim Director Of Corporate Communications - Consultantcy at THORIUM ENERGY, INC.
February 2008 - October 2008
The Company is a major holder of leases for the mining of Thorium and Rare Earth Metals for use in the production of clean, safe nuclear energy. My assignment was to prepare and update the Company's e-media materials for general public relations and informational purposes.
Chairman, CEO and Director of Strategic Planning at TNNWC Group, LLC
February 2008 - September 2011
TNNWC Group, LLC is in the business of empowering emerging enterprises. The Company publishes business newsletters and reports, and is an news and intelligence aggregator; it also offers a unique and unparalleled suite of services to its market, which is comprised of small- to middle-sized companies, entrepreneurial start-ups and new ventures, and fast-track companies with rapid growth potential. It is a growing, member-based socio-economic community unto itself.
Managing Director And Senior Consultant at The Castle Consultancy And Advisory
February 2008 - Present
Originally involved in providing consulting and advisory services to individuals and corporations in the areas of publicity, image-building, marketing, strategic planning, organizational engineering (and evaluations) and international corporate development. Offering special counseling and training services to individuals in the areas of cognitive enhancement, identification and actualization of inner potential, communication and leadership skills, and self-growth. The company changed its mission significantly in March of 2012:
I now conduct my turnaround, restructuring, negotiating, merger, acquisition and reorganization/ re-engineering work, as well as my structuring of management buyouts, Employee Stock Option Plans and Shareholder negotiations for troubled or judicially-limited small to medium-sized companies (SMEs) through The Castle Consultancy And Advisory.
Acting Chairman of the Board Of Advisors/ Director, Strategic Planning at CHILDREN'S INTERNATIONAL OBESITY FOUNDATION
October 2006 - October 2008
Involved in all aspects of building a Not-For-Profit Foundation from its inception, including initial planning, incorporation, organizational structuring, regulatory filings, program development, volunteer recruitment, website design and development, blog design and development, proposal writing, in-person presentations, fundraising, building and moderating online communities and discussion groups, vendor selection and contracting,as well as managing and coordinating the efforts of various project teams.
Director Of Program and Product Development and Co- Managing Member at INTERNAL ENERGY PLUS, LLC
May 2006 - September 2009
Involved in all aspects of organizational engineering and restructuring (in a turnaround environment), team-building, group project management, promotion, publicity, creating written technical and marketing materials, utilizing the Internet for e-commerce, building the client base, and coordinating the development of innovative programs and products for individual and organizational clients interested in mind and body entrainment for personal and professional goal achievement.
Field of Study: Public Accounting (B.A. in Economics from S.U.N.Y Stony Brook, 1976)
State University of New York at Stony Brook
Field of Study: Economics
Investment Clubs: Asset-Purchasing (And Controlling) Powerhouses
Publication: Global Edge Whitepapers
Date: Sep 05, 2013
A brief treatise on the potentialities and very efficient workings of investment clubs as they relate to making strategic investments in newly-emerging enterprises as well as publicly-traded companies which may be either languishing or mismanaged. Download a PDF copy at: http://www.mediafire.com/view/v9xy5kex4b69faw/Investment_Clubs_-_Asset-Purchasing_And_Controlling_Powerhouses.pdf
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