September 15, 2017,  Atlanta, GA.  ITB Partners Lands a Consulting Engagement to aid a franchisee in building out a 10-store Development Agreement.


David Shavzin and Jim have closed on a project to help our client get their franchised business up and running.  The client signed our contract to help them develop a 10-store franchise area agreement in the Atlanta DMA.  This franchise concept is new to the Atlanta Market, competing in the Quick Casual Dining, Asian Segment.  David and Jim will provide General Consulting Services to help them plan and execute their responsibilities in this connection.  
 


Jim Weber


Managing Partner

ITB Partners Lands Another Consulting Engagement!


August 12, 2017:  New Orleans, LA:  Tom Sandeman, just closed a deal to become Interim CFO for a Southeastern health care company with operations in seven states."

Tom Sandeman is a result driven, C-level executive (CEO, CFO, and Consultant to Boards of Directors) who builds value through strategic planning, organic growth, efficiency and acquisitions in the restaurant, foodservice, and healthcare industries. He has specific expertise in sales building, margin improvement, and balance sheet management without compromising customer service or quality. 
http://www.itbpartners.com/thomas-j.-sandeman.html​



ITB Partners is pleased to announce that Saige Personal Chef has engaged Rebecca W. Holderread as its Fractional Chief Financial Officer.  

Saige  (Techstars ’16) is a modern day personal chef service. We bring you the benefits of a personal chef – but not in your kitchen – at a fraction of the cost. Once you fill out your family’s dietary profile, we use a mixture of chef expertise and machine learning to recommend meals, which we then cook out of our commercial kitchen and deliver to your door. With your feedback, our meals continue to evolve based on your tastes/needs.  Go to https://www.heysaige.com to build your profile today!
                                      
Ms. Holderread specializes in Business & Strategic Assessments, Growth Strategies, and Turnaround Strategies. Her professional experience includes technology, restaurant, warehousing, insurance, digital printing, auto detailing, and manufacturing. For more information-goto:    http://www.itbpartners.com/rebecca-holderread.html

 
Rebecca W Holderread | Partner | In the Black Partners

678.643.8355   |  Rebecca.Holderread@itbpartners.com

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ITB Partners Announces Consulting Engagement For An Atlanta-based Marketing Services Company


June 15, 2017;  ITB Partners, has been contracted to install a Recruiting, Selection, and Onboarding Program for one of our Atlanta-based, CPG clients.   As with many of our Engagements, this Assignment began with a Strategic Risk Assessment.  The goal of this initial stage was to help the client understand potential barriers that may inhibit the achievement of their business strategy and to offer measures to mitigate such risk.

For more information as to what ItB Partners can do to help you achieve your business goals, please call Jim Weber at 770-649-7051.Type your paragraph here.



ITB Partners Announces Consulting Engagement For A Global Manufacturer!

April 21, 2017:  Jim Weber is pleased to report that he has landed an Outplacement Assignment for a Key Client based in the Atlanta, Georgia Metro Area.  In this connection, we will help a displaced Executive with his efforts to find suitable employment, or start a new business in an expeditious manner.

For more information as to what ITB Partners can do to help you achieve your business goals, please call Jim Weber at 770-649-7051.

 

ITB Partners Completes another Consulting Engagement!

November 24, 2016; 
ItBPartners, has completed an Engagement to install a Recruiting, Selection, and Onboarding Program for one of our Atlanta-based clients.   As with many of our Engagements, this Assignment began with a Strategic Risk Assessment.  The goal of this initial stage was to help the client understand potential barriers that may inhibit the achievement of their business strategy and to offer measures to mitigate such risk.


For more information as to what ItB Partners can do to help you achieve your business goals, please call Jim Weber at 770-649-7051.

ITB Partners Announces Engagement Completions


Municipality - Human Resources Re-engineering

ITB Partners has completed a re-engineering engagement for a municipal government; leading a comprehensive assessment and upgrade of their Human Resources operation.   The municipality is a growing bedroom community to a major southern city.  It has experienced material growth in population and business / retail investment over the last several years.  It is anticipated that ITB Partners will continue their relationship with the City.


 

Multi-Brand Restaurant Enterprise – Growth / Expansion Assessment


ITB Partners has completed a Growth / Expansion Readiness Assessment with a multi-brand restaurant enterprise that is the parent company of one of the hottest new restaurant concepts in the south.   The concept is expanding into additional states and materially increasing their total units.  ITBPartners was engaged to comprehensively and holistically assess the concept's ability and readiness to expand.   ITB Partners will continue working with the enterprise in some areas.Ty

March 10, 2015;  ITB Partners, has landed a new Consulting Engagement for one of our clients.   As with many of our Engagements, this Assignment will begin with a Strategic Risk Assessment.  The goal of this initial stage is to help the client understand potential barriers that may inhibit the achievement of their business strategy and to offer measures to mitigate such risk.

For more information as to what ItB Partners can do to help you achieve your business goals, please call Jim Weber at 770-649-7051.

 

“We Will Sell No Wine Before It’s Time”


The Paul Masson brand is best remembered for its 1970s marketing association with Orson Welles, who promised for Masson: "We will sell no wine before its time." An infamous outtake for one commercial from the Orson Welles campaign features Welles attempting to deliver his lines while very severely inebriated.  From Wikipedia.

Recently, one of our best clients called to discuss an organization issue.  The
leadership  was planning to terminate a key manager who was not meeting the expectations of the job.  The partners, however, had different ideas as to how to fill the void to be created.  Two of the partners were behind the promotion of a highly respected, but inexperienced employee.  The CEO had another point of view, so he looked to me to provide an unbiased, third-party evaluation.  His specific request was for a written report justifying our position.

The client company, a relatively new business, well-funded,  is headed by accomplished industry professionals.   They have a proven concept and are moving into a period of rapid growth.  In order to be
 successful it was our view that their key positions must be staffed with self-starters with proof of concept or rely on out-sourced solutions. 

Our first reaction was
 great pleasure to know that our firm was held in such high esteem to be chosen to complete this assignment. Our next reaction was the realization that this request presented risk to our ongoing relationship.  We would be touching on the political dynamics within our client’s culture.   Our goal is to give the client our very best advice packaged in a way that is useful and accepted by all parties involved, a win-win-win.  We were looking for a solution that would be a factual aid to the client’s decision; that would result in meaningful career counsel for their internal candidate; and which would demonstrate our integrity, protecting our long term relationship.  After all, isn’t that the goal of any engagement?  Especially since we focus on finding solutions that will ensure our clients long term viability.

The plan we developed consisted of six fundamental steps as follows:


Initial review of internal candidate’s experience vis a
vis the client’s job description.
Personal interview with the candidate
Candidate’s completion of Career Insights Profile diagnostic to reveal personal strengths, orientation to work, and personal motivators.
Consultation with our associates to evaluate all relevant findings and craft the appropriate recommendation.
Recap findings and recommendations to the client.
Debrief key members of client’s team and internal candidate.

Our prep work revealed major gaps between the internal candidate’s background and the job requirements.  Essentially she was too junior to have the skills and experience to perform the job.

A personal interview revealed that she is intelligent and articulate.  She demonstrated her passion for the restaurant industry as a career choice,
 howevershe was uncertain about a specific path.  She revealed stress related to less than clear communication and direction.

The results of her Career Insights Profile showed her to have a Supporter Style Profile.  According to that profile, the candidate is “not outgoing by nature, they tend to rely on more assertive people to take the lead.” 


Our team determined that putting this candidate in position at this time and without significant support and direction had a high probability of failure.  We discussed the cost of failure to the client, both in financial terms and to their credibility as leaders.   We spoke to the cost to the candidate’s ego and motivation to build her career.  We believe that she willlikely be a long term contributor given the proper positioning, training, and development.

The debrief with the key players on the client team did not produce any significant challenges.  Their decision now is to determine if they should initiate a search to fill the position in questionor to find an outside resource to manage that function.  They must also give consideration to a development program for their internal candidate.

We were successful in this effort, accomplishing our goal for a win-win-win solution.  We presented issues the partners had not considered.  We were sympathetic to the needs of the internal candidate.  We did not put on the hard sell to initiate a search or to provide the needed out-sourced solution.  Our report was thoughtful and non-threatening.  To successfully navigate any sensitive situation one must clearly understand the needs of all interested parties while maintaining one’s integrity.

For more information please contact Jim Weber at Jim.Weber@ItBPartners.com or by phone at 770-649-7051.

 

ITB Partners Press Release


 

ITB Partners formed to connect Freelance Consultants with Companies looking to hold down full-time staffing levels.

ATLANTA, GA – October 13, 2014 – Restaurant, hospitality, and service industry veterans launch ItB Partners (www.ItBPartners.com), a consulting company focused on helping their clients 1) Achieve a Competitive
Advantage, and 2) Improve Performance by connecting them to Freelance Consultants. This is a win-win for the
freelancers who need sales and marketing support, and for the companies which have needs but may not have the budget to increase their full-time staff.

The principals of ITB Partners (which stands for “In the Black”) are Jeannie Rasar, Stan Stout, Jim Weber and other highly accomplished executives.  Each of the principals has over 25 years of strategic experience with major brands in Restaurants, Hospitality, and the Service Sectors. They bring together a portfolio of skills and experience that span public and private ownership, franchised and non-franchised business models, and a global reach.  

“We are a diverse team of experienced leaders, project managers, thought leaders and discipline experts with an established history of accomplishment, business relationships, and networks. We have direct experience successfully working with public companies, equity partnerships, start-ups acquisitions, and turnarounds across a number of industries – specifically restaurant, hospitality, services and retail segments.”

ITB Partners share a common belief that the client's success is paramount. “This belief is fundamental to our culture. Everything we do is geared to enabling the success of our clients. Our client-focused approach is simple:”

 

·       Listen & Understand the Client's Needs

·       Analyze & Provide Insight

·       Foster Trust and Forge a True Business Partnership

·       Plan, Implement & Follow-through

·       Be Accountable
 
We invite you to learn what we can do to help your business!

 

For more information please contact Jim Weber at Jim.Weber@ItBPartners.com or by phone at 770-649-7051.

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"Our business is your success."