What Business People Are Saying About Howard

“Words I use to describe Howard’s qualities as a business consultant and as a person: Integrity, objectivity, clarity, effective, kind, available, calm, wise, loyal, dependable, reliable, smart, creative and focused.

Howard is unmatched in his dedication to clients.

I started consulting with Howard in 1989… He was there like no lawyer or banker ever was; available for a telephone call to field a question or give a pep talk. His responses were creative and doable. His guidance kept me on track… He earned my trust and that trust has never wavered.

I have never met a businessman with such integrity. I value his frank opinion. His delivery is calm and objective; the solutions sound and thoughtful. He sees a problem from many different sides and presents possible outcomes for me to choose. He suggests rather than tells… His main concern is for my welfare and how the decisions will impact me personally and professionally.

Howard has been a true ally and resource. His help and support has been invaluable. I am so fortunate to have such sage counsel.”

Entrepreneur
Howard’s Very First Client in 1989 and Still a Client Today
Western USA and Hawaii

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“As the chief executive of a global software company, I receive many calls from consultants who want to ‘help’ me. I have only chosen to do business with one – Howard – because he does help me, and unlike others I have auditioned, the agenda is always mine, not his. In my position, I have to make all the important decisions that impact my company’s future, and we are at critical juncture where I simply have to be right.

I find that when managing a company and leading my employees, being right requires much more than just having the right answers – it takes having the confidence and will to gain the full support of the team. This is where Howard really helps me. He serves as my sounding board to talk through the issues and work out how the plans and solutions will be articulated to my team and my customers. Howard does not tell me what to do – but he certainly guides me to formulate answers and actions that deliver results.
In my role, I do not have anyone to report to, so I look to my calls with Howard like meetings with my coach. Howard pays attention to (and remembers) all the details of what our company is currently working on, and he helps me with whatever the weeks’ impending crises bring, but he always keeps our focus on what really matters: growing revenues and increasing the value of the company. I cannot credit Howard with all of our success. But revenues are up 300% over last year. So, thank you Howard for your help.”

President
Global Biomedical Software Company
Midwest USA

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“Howard came to me at a very opportune time. When you own your company, you don’t always have someone to turn to for advice. You might not have a board of directors, or a Chairman of the Board. Howard can fill that gap. He is not just a great sounding board for ideas, but has provided me with the guidance to get my company on the track to significant growth and profitability. Howard guided me to put processes in place that give me a clear picture of the health and future of the company. We’ve got a pipeline now that I couldn’t have imagined just a few months. It allows us to predict our needs over the coming months and quarters to plan for growth much better than we’ve done in the past. I wish I knew about Howard years ago… he would have saved me from a few expensive decisions!”

President
Software Company
Northeast USA

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“I don’t look at working with Howard as ‘a cost of doing business’. I look at it as a cost of keeping business and getting new business.”

Business Owner
Marketing/Communications Company
Mid-Atlantic USA

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“Howard Lewinter helps me attain the magnification needed to focus on my business instead of on the daily minutia. To the ant, a plow is a cataclysmic machine of immense proportions; to the farmer, a plow becomes a tool for making food. Howard has taught me to be comfortable thinking about my company at a new “normal” scale. The head of every company needs a close cabinet of trusted advisors. When making the tough decisions, Howard Lewinter provides valuable outside-in perspective. He should be on the board of every major corporation.”

CEO
Software Development Company
Western USA

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“I have a thorough understanding of the industry in which my company operates. I have run my company successfully for over twenty years and questioned whether I had any need of a consultant. Howard has convinced me that although I may not need one I do want one.”

President
Electrical Contracting Company
Northeast USA

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“Working with Howard allows you to tap into years of business experience without having to suffer the pitfalls personally. Howard has been there, done that, and can share his expertise to make sure that I don’t make the same mistakes he’s personally seen time and time again. We all want to be more efficient, generate more sales, and Howard helps me to do that by offering the right suggestions and asking the right questions to help me focus my time and energy in the areas that will help my business grow.”

Business Owner
Computer Network Services Company
Northeast USA

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“I would like to thank you for all of your help this past year. I do not think we would be in the position to make a rebound if not for your help! It has been a pleasure working with you!”

President
Stone and Granite Company
Gulf Coast USA

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“I’ve joined a group or two of executives where you get together for a weekend and discuss issues, challenges and all of that kind of stuff. And you come away from those saying, ‘Well, what did I learn?’ And they’re struggling with the same problems I’m struggling with, but they don’t have the answers. Howard’s gift is that when you present it, something happens inside his head, and he says, ‘Okay, how about this?’ And I say, ‘Gee, I’d never thought of that.’ In the course of a week, in the course of four or five conversations, at least three or four times I’m going to say, ‘Hey, that’s it. That’s good. Thank you very much.’ He actually gives me ideas for which I am appreciative. My peers can’t do that. So I’d say that’s gifted…”

CEO
Manufacturing Company
Southeast USA

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“Howard has had such a tremendous impact on so many areas of my business that it is impossible to narrow down into one little quote. From marketing and customer relations to closing sales and managing employees, Howard’s wisdom and creative advice have meant the difference between success and failure. In one instance, Howard recommended a low-cost marketing program that resulted in several new clients… In another instance, Howard’s advice helped recover thousands in past-due invoices that otherwise would have been written off as bad debts. The bottom line is that Howard’s effectiveness speaks for itself – since first working with Howard my business has transformed itself from a struggling, near bankrupt operation into a flourishing business with a steady client stream and cash flow. His keenly intuitive insights and genuinely caring advice have been truly priceless.”

Business Owner
Public Relations Firm
East Coast USA

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“Howard has been very, very helpful to our company – working to take us from a small company to a larger, more successful organization. He had to start at the bottom with us, pulling us up by our bootstraps. He has helped us build a good sales force, effectively deal with a variety of business issues, and track things we’ve never considered before to help us grow. He’s a good person, a hard worker and has our best interests at heart.”

President
Software Company
MidWest USA

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” … I wanted to thank you for all your invaluable and eye opening new business advice and help. Without you we would be just normal people schlepping away at normal jobs…”

Principle
Creative Agency
Northwest USA

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“…Things couldn’t be better now – I know! It’s not a mood swing but the fact that I keep working on the business… How do other people do this without the counsel of a genius?”

President
Network Communications Company
MidWest USA

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“Following are some thoughts/comments about the time we worked together. I want you to know that the entire experience was good and ALL the comments true. I did not just write some “good stuff” for you to use in your marketing materials.

1. I believe your honesty and candor was one of the most valuable aspects of our relationship. You gathered as much information about me and my situation as you could and gave me “real” evaluation of my predicament. I believe if you did not honestly think there was hope for me pulling out of the hole I was in, you would have advised me take actions to close the business even if it would have cost you my business.
2. If you had been anything less than honest about my problems, we would have only had one conversation. I needed someone who would help me be realistic and face my problems.
3. You did not just pat me on the back and say “good job”. You made me face reality and work my butt off. You moved me from moaning/groaning to working.
4. You helped me take one day at a time. The overall situation was far too overwhelming for me to handle. I could only survive by handling a day at a time.
5. You are very perceptive. You listen. You understand. Even though you are not a therapist, you have the ability to listen, perceive, and understand what your client’s need each time you talk with them.
6. You helped me begin thinking like a businessman instead of a software programmer.
7. There is a saying that it is always darkest before the dawn. Well it’s been a “long hard night” but I can almost see the sun coming up over the horizon. It has been almost exactly two years since we began working together. At that time, I was over half a million dollars in debt along with a monthly overhead of $180,000. I had virtually no cash flow. As I look back now, I still do not know how I survived until now. Currently, I have dug out of the hole to where I am about $30,000 in debt and have the company staged to be debt free… We have a company staged to sell software to Fortune 500 companies within 12 months.

  • We are focused.
  • We have a vision.
  • We have developed a business plan.
  • We have a direction.
  • We have solved our sales and marketing needs.
  • We have a software development plan.
  • We are bottom line driven.
  • I WILL BE SUCESSFUL FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY BUSINESS CAREER.

I would not be where I am without you and I thank you for that.

Two years ago, “it was all about me – what can you do for me”. Now it’s “what can I do for you”. I’m convinced that this change in attitude is what will make me successful and I think you contributed greatly to this internal change in me.

Thank you for all your help,”

CEO
Software Company
East Coast USA

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“Every sports professional relies on a ‘coach’ for regular reminders and suggestions (often corrective)… Without a coach, the professional loses his ‘edge’ and compromises his proficiency (and earnings!!!) I might not always like the coaching, but I KNOW it is not only valuable… it’s ESSENTIAL to my continued success.”

CEO
Manufacturing Company
Southeast USA

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“Howard is exceptional in making you think through your business problems to find solutions. He makes you think about the way you do things and offer alternative ways to get the desired results for you and your business. His perspective helps you see through the day-to-day work to accomplish your long term desires and goals for your business. Howard truly wants you to succeed in your business and takes a genuine interest in making that happen for you. He has been my cheerleader and my mentor on many occasions and I truly enjoy working with him.”

Business Owner
Commercial Printing Company
Southeast USA

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“I liked working with Howard because he could provide me with keen insights to many aspects of my business that I wouldn’t have thought of on my own. His wealth of knowledge and experience has proved invaluable. Howard helped me identify the strengths and weaknesses of my company and how to improve them. He showed me what it takes to market effectively and the importance of planning.”

CEO
Computer Networking Company
MidWest USA

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“Howard Lewinter dramatically changed my life. He has been an inspiration and a great teacher of business. More importantly, he showed me how to find inner peace and a deeper appreciation of life.”

President
National Sales Training Company
Mid-Atlantic USA

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“Howard Lewinter is a great facilitator with any conflict. He is a great personal coach – uplifting and still persuasive to get things done.”

Business Owner
Health, Nutrition and Wellness Company
Nationally Known Holistic Health Expert
Mid-Atlantic USA

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“I can’t tell you how much confidence you have fostered in me, Howard… I realize now this is MY business and I AM capable of taking it to the next level of profitability. You have helped me prioritize and to implement the business plan I’ve had in my head but couldn’t clarify… With our efforts and your timeless advice I know we will succeed.”

Business Owner
Concrete Equipment Company
Southwest USA

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“I was just sitting here… thinking about our 1st year of conversations or rather the types of conversations or maybe just listening to you and how much our conversations have changed, everything from the content to the tone of your voice. When I think about how you had to ‘baby’ me, constantly reassuring, trying to coax me along. You still do but not to the extent you did. When I think of that, I wonder what in the world you could have possibly seen in me to continue along persistently like you did. Regardless of that you did persist and I am grateful to you, for your patience when no doubt you were wondering would I ever get it, and for your wisdom and insight. I hope someday you’ll look back and say I was your greatest success story. So a great big THANK YOU for all you do ! ! ! You are very appreciated ! ! ! And your lovely assistant too ! ! ! “

President
Manufacturing Company
Southeast USA

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“Your name comes up all the time. We sure do owe you a lot. I don’t think we’d be in business today. We certainly wouldn’t be in as good a position to make hay if you hadn’t shared your wisdom and experience. I hope we get to work together again.”

Business Owner
Creative Agency and Book Author
West Coast USA

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“What Howard has done is open our eyes and educate us in business. He has helped us see areas in which we need to improve. What I’ve enjoyed most is that Howard is very personable, and he’s not a pencil pusher. When we discuss numbers, he talks my language… He really helped us to understand the bottom line. Although he doesn’t tell us what to do, he guides us so we can make decisions on our own. Our experience has thus far been invaluable. Each month we’ve worked with Howard, we’ve seen an increase in sales. I can honestly say that with Howard’s expertise in business, and our new ability to focus, we will prosper.”

The client went onto to say…

“…when we spoke to Howard about working with us I really thought there is no way we can
afford this. Yet things are so much better, he has really helped us to see the big picture. I
don’t think we could have done this without his help.”

Business Owner
Custom Cabinets and Storage Company,
Southwest USA

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“Within 8 months, the company went from incurring significant losses to earning substantial profits. Howard helped me grow personally as an individual and as a business manager. He provided me with life-long skills”.

President
Electronics Manufacturing Company
Mid-Atlantic USA

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“Howard was a great help in getting us on track and thinking about the future. He helped us anticipate problems.”

President
Best Selling Author and
Voted One of the Top Financial
Consultants in the Country
Financial Services Company
Northeast USA

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“Howard helped me tremendously with my personal life and more importantly with my business. He helped me with the interaction between my son, and he worked individually with my son a lot. We both feel he helped mend the fences between us and was a great sounding board for us. I highly recommend Howard and one thing is for sure – you’ll get your money’s worth because his time is yours.”

CEO
Major Grocery and Food Service Supplier
West Coast USA

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“I first spoke with Howard Lewinter on a day when I was down and confused about what to do with my business. For five years I could do no wrong. Then things started to slow down. After speaking with Howard several times I decided to give it a try. Since then Howard has step-by-step shown me how to improve my sales. In addition to sales, Howard has taught me how to better handle situations with employees and family members who work with me. What I like best is that Howard doesn’t give me the answers. He makes me look at situations and points out different things that I haven’t seen or maybe choose not to see. He guides me, but I make the choices.

I have always thought that my business is different and no one could understand what I was going through. Howard has taught me that there are many situations that are common among all businesses. The benefits of having someone to talk to that understands these issues has made me see things as they really are. Just knowing that I have someone to talk to has brought a calm into not only my business life, but my personal life as well.”

President
Print Encoding Company
Midwest USA

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“I have wanted to tell you for years the important lessons I learned from your guidance.

You taught me how think ‘outside the box’, think creatively in finding materials or equipment for my business. I have taught my children to also think creatively and we all appreciate the wider range of possibilities.

You taught me that I would never be successful until I identified with my business, wanting it to work with all my heart. When I finally did, it took off!

Cold calls! How shy I was and how I hated to do them. I can still hear your voice after each call that was a negative response: “Another No! That’s great! You’re one closer to a YES!” That really kept me going. Another lesson I taught my children and I still use it in other circumstances.

Thank you, Howard. You taught me to believe in myself.”

Business Owner
Major Costume and Design Business
East Coast USA

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“I used to think that there just weren’t any new clients out there that needed my services. After I worked with Howard for three weeks, I came to understand that the problem wasn’t with the marketplace, it was with the way I looked at it. Now, I have a fresh perspective, a new outlook, and most importantly, a plan for generating new business that is working!”

Business Owner
Direct Mail Creative Agency
Northwest USA

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“Since I’ve started working with Howard I have a new partner in my business (and life) whose perspective, clarity and skill has enabled me to not only overcome potentially fatal business adversity, but to grow my company and be more secure in a very harsh and demanding business environment!”

CEO
Custom Home Builder
Northeast USA

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“…Howard is very perceptive, he pick’s up on, and addresses, deeper root issues that are often masked and generally would be considered personal quirks not professional problems.

He helps with perspective, he breaks it down, taking the personal out of the business, leaving only the mechanics which paints a clear picture of the simplicity of the mechanics.

I think now about the business. Before I saw me and the business as one so thinking about one and the impact and consequences always meant thinking about the other. Now I think about the business, don’t get me wrong, it is easy for old habits to surface and often they do, but I am quicker to recognize what I am doing and stop it. Also how I think of the business has changed. I look at it in terms of nuts and bolts, not a sea of confusion.

I don’t remember what it was about your letter that appealed to me. I don’t know why I hung on to the information. But I do remember feeling that you would know, know how to identify the problem, know how to address the problem, know how to get the desired end result.

My experience with Howard has been a benefit to the greater picture, to my life and my view of this life.

Sometimes I think I can’t afford you any longer, but then you will help me to see something in a necessary way, a way that I might have taken a very long time to see, and I decide I can’t afford not to. So here’s the deal ‘Mr. Guru Of All Things Business’, I’m ready for a little Emeril, it’s time to kick it up a notch. The way I got it figured you’ve been waiting for me to come to that conclusion (for a while now) which means you already know the next step. So let’s do it.

Thank you, Howard.”

President
Manufacturing/Machinery Company
Southeast USA