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Alan Shafer

- Alan brings 28 years of sales and marketing expertise with the IBM Corporation where he was an outstanding sales executive, #1 branch manager, head of IBM sales training school, National Sales Manager, Manager of Field Operations, Director of Distribution Strategy, and Chief Merchandising Executive for IBM’s $2.3 Billion Retail Division. He is widely recognized as a speaker, coach, trainer, entrepreneur, author, consultant and leader.

- Since leaving IBM Alan has served as Chief Operating Officer of a public software company providing business solutions to the small and mid-sized business community where he developed long-lasting relationships with the U.S. Small Business Administration organization, SCORE, and the national network of Small Business Development Centers across the country; and as Chief Marketing Officer of a high-technology startup company where he was instrumental in raising $4 million angel funding and negotiating pre-production sales of over a quarter million units to major retailers nationwide. Currently Alan serves as Chief Marketing Officer of Hilin Life Products, developer of the KNOWHEN® Saliva Fertility Tester family of products.

- Alan is also the founder and President of Alliant Marketing Solutions, a sales and management consulting consortium helping to launch new companies and bring their products to market, with which he is associated to this day. Alan is a recognized leader in technology sales, marketing, business development, executive coaching, and strategic planning. He has established many valuable relationships within the retail, reseller, and distribution communities, and produced extremely profitable results for his clients. - In further demonstration of Alan’s outstanding business expertise, in 2008 he was appointed to Forbes Magazine’s Business Visionaries Council; in 2009 he was selected as one of the country’s top small business CMO’s by Marcus Evans Group; and in 2010 was chosen to participate in Inc. Magazine’s GrowCo Conference recognizing his success at serving the emerging Small and Mid-sized Business community.

- Alan is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Connecticut, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and earned his MBA degree through IBM’s Business Management School.