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230 South Wacker Drive | Chicago, Illinois 60606
H:  312-555-1212 | C: 312-555-8525 | kbcrandell@ix.netcom.com

January 28, 20––

Bonnie M. Nelson
Senior Consultant
The Retail Search Group
5200 University Avenue
Palo Alto, California 94301

Dear Ms. Nelson:

I have learned The Retail Search Group is active in providing quality search work for many senior management positions. With my background in financial management, I believe we should know each other.

As a CFO at Starbucks, I have managed the financial aspects of a program that grew explosively. This included financial, administrative and operational enhancements to a $300 million capital expenditure annual program. In addition, I have been responsible for financial aspects of 600 real estate site selections per year. Dramatically improved returns on investment and cost efficiencies resulted. I will repeat this performance for your client.

Some of the specific accomplishments I have spearheaded are:
  • Reduced the average cost of one division's stores by 22% within eighteen months, by identifying and economizing all critical cost elements. (This project alone allowed $6.0 million in capital to be redeployed.)
  • In only one year, improved the productivity rate (stores completed per person) by 24%--a substantial operating savings.
  • Reduced overdue accounts receivable by 25% in only six months (over $1.5 million), while rapidly increasing total collections.
  • Identified purchasing as a fruitful cost reduction areas--the professional purchasing manager I recruited achieved first year price reductions of over $9.0 million.
My family and I have paid our dues in the "Snow Belt" and now want to relocate to a warmer climate. Therefore, I (with MBA and CPA) will make a change quickly for the right opportunity--and make your client money.

I'll be in all next week and look forward to hearing from you. I also have several subordinates that I would like to introduce.


 Keith B. Crandell

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William S. Frank, M.A.,
25 Reasons I love consulting.
by William S. Frank
  1. Brand. You are your own brand, and you can define it any way you want. For many years, I provided outplacement to the ex-employees of Schlumberger, the world's largest oilfield service corporation. When departing employees left the company, they didn't request outplacement in their severance package. They said, "I want Bill Frank."
  2. Demand. The world will always be full of terrible problems that need solving.
  3. White Hat. I can be a helper and get paid for it.
  4. Pay. I can be paid to do things I'd gladly do for nothing.
  5. Variety. Every day is different.
  6. Happiness. At this stage of my career, I only work for people I respect and care about. If a client micromanages me or is otherwise no fun, I complete the assignment and replace them.
  7. Talent. I'm using 110% of my talents and stretching myself to the max.
  8. Change. I can change my focus any day I want. If you're a McDonald's franchisee, you don't say, "Hey, I've got this great idea for a meatball sandwich—let's try it out today." In consulting you can adjust your focus hour-by-hour, as long as your clients still understand and appreciate what you do.
  9. Income. No one else would pay me as much as I pay myself.
  10. FUN. I can't think of anything I'd rather be doing.
  11. Retirement. I can write and consult as long as I am physically and mentally capable. Peter Drucker worked into his 90s, and when asked which book was his best, he said: "My next one."
  12. Job Security. Although clients come and go, no one can come into my office and say, "Pack up your stuff . . . You don't work here anymore." In 29 years, I've only had one employer: ME.
  13. Travel. I don't have to travel unless I decide to. I travel if it's both FUN and profitable—or at least FUN.
  14. Commute. I live five minutes from my office, a corner office in an upscale six-story tower. In winter, I leave a heated garage at home and drive to an underground heated garage at work. There's seldom time to hear even one song on the radio.
  15. Vacation. Consulting is more fun than vacation (except on Wailea Beach in Maui).
  16. Friends. I have developed hundreds of close acquaintances and several lifetime friends.
  17. Time. I can work as much or as little as I like: four-hour days or 18-hour days. (Of course, my income will reflect that.)
  18. Employees. I can work with employees, subcontractors, partners, or alone—I've done it all.
  19. Passive Income. I've developed several products that provide "mailbox money." I earn while I'm sleeping.
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  24. Structure. I have to work very hard, and the clients expect superb results—but I get to structure my days, weeks, months, and years.
  25. Boss. Most of the time, I love my boss.
As I was posting these letters online, I realized I want to communicate my love for consulting. It's just a great business. The single letters, taken together, may create a picture of enjoyment, but in a burst of creativity I listed some of the reasons consulting is such a good fit for me—and perhaps for you, too. They are not prioritized; this is just how they came out.