Energetic, bold and passionately resolute on injecting marketing innovation into organizations, Tom Feltenstein does not go timidly into any endeavor, yet he is not the kind of man to intimidate you either. Over 30 years of “in the trenches” experience has earned Tom the notoriety of being the most popular and provocative voice in 4 Walls Branding and Neighborhood Marketing today. He’s also been labeled as the most insightful.
Tom is motivational, inspirational, informative and completely commits himself to every audience. He’s “Tom the Lionhearted.” His daring is aimed at exposing outdated, conventional business thought and telling the TRUTH about mass media marketing approaches that often masquerade as marketing programs. Audiences find that Tom is entertaining, challenging, and always brimming with “Uncommon Wisdom.”
He has been a featured speaker among superstars such as President George H. W. Bush, Barbara Bush, Larry King, Terry Bradshaw, Lou Holtz, General Colin Powell, Deepak Chopra, Rudy Giuliani, Art Linkletter, General Norman Schwarzkopf Jr., Wayne Dyer, Brian Tracy, Ed Rensi, former CEO of McDonald’s and Fred DeLuca, Founder of Subway.
Prior to being a consultant to Fortune 500 companies for the past 30 years, he served as senior vice-president for an international, billion-dollar advertising agency, Bozell Advertising. As Ray Kroc’s disciple, he began his career with McDonald’s, rising up to become a senior-level marketing executive. He is the CEO and Founder of Power Marketing Academy, a leading consulting firm that serves and educates businesses in the industries of franchising, retail, hospitality, and service. PMA conducts clinics, seminars, strategy sessions, and trainings.
Tom has also received acclaim from the media for his Uncommon Marketing wisdom from Larry King, traded barbs on the David Letterman Show, and argued the waste of running ads during the Super Bowl on Fox News Pre-Game Show. He has shared his insight in interviews with Lou Dobbs, Voice of America, Bloomberg TV & Radio, US News & World Report and CNN, Tips from the Top, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Food Network, Entrepreneur Magazine and other media.
A visionary counselor to countless Fortune 500 companies and industry-leading organizations, Tom is a renowned keynote speaker, trainer and marketing strategist. As a widely published author, he has written 14 books, including: Change is Good, You Go First – 21 Ways to Inspire Change; Uncommon Wisdom – Live a Joyful Life with Financial Success; The 10-Minute Marketer’s Secret Formula – a Shortcut to Extraordinary Profit using Neighborhood Marketing; 501 Killer Marketing Tactics – to Increase Sales, Maximize Profits, and Stomp Your Competition; and The Local Entrepreneur – A Shortcut to Extraordinary Profits including 8 CD’s/ 1 DVD/ 110 page workbook.
Tom has redefined the word humanist – a rich sense of self which transcends the traditional roles of husband, father, author, entrepreneur, lecturer, marketing and franchising executive, athlete, CEO, philanthropist and community leader. He is a participator in life, the ultimate professional – dynamic, successful – masterful and eloquent, combined with a warm heart and generous spirit.
In 2009 Tom was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Northwood University. Tom was the first recipient of the “Visionary Award” a most prestigious honor presented by the Council of International Restaurant Brokers (CIRB).
He has provided marketing advice and counsel to some of the world’s most respected organizations including: BEN & JERRY’S, BRUNSWICK, CVS PHARMACY, CHEVRON, CHICK-FIL-A, COCA-COLA, SUBWAY, TEXACO, RADISSON HOTELS & RESORTS, PEPSI, UNITED STATE MARINE CORPS, SAM’S CLUB, THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY, HYATT, IFA, MORTON’S, THE STEAKHOUSE, JANI-KING, MEINEKE CAR CARE CENTER, CRACKER BARREL, SPORT CLIPS HAIRCUTS, DICK’S LAST RESORT, MARRIOTT, WOLF GANG PUCK, MONKEY MEDIA SOFTWARE, and THE BREAKERS.