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FOUNDER, MENTOR & TRAINER
Art began his career a sales representative for a large consumer products organization. He went on to become a top seller and then was promoted into sales management. 5 years later he transitioned into sales training for the Hershey Chocolate Company. He later joined the Pillsbury Company as the head of sales training. He went on to become the global head of Learning & Development for two other multi-national organizations. In these positions, Art was charged with building training initiatives for thousands of employees globally.
In 1995 Art started STR Training & Development, an independent training consultancy with one client and grew it to a multimillion-dollar business. He sourced clients, assesses training needs, designs initiatives to fulfill skill and knowledge gaps, and evaluates results. Clients spanned numerous industries including telecom, broadband, consumer products, retail, finance, pharma, marketing services, among others.
Clients have included: AT&T, HP, Cisco, Time-Warner, General Mills, Jostens, Union Pacific Railroad, Ericsson, Novartis, Landscape Structures, Best Buy, Famous Footwear, JDRF, Minneapolis Community College, The Minnesota Vikings, M&M Mars, Advantage Marketing, Dwight & Church, among many others.
Having successfully worked in both corporate roles and as an external consultant, Art has a rounded perspective on selling, managing, and training from both sides of the desk.
Art has worked with Normandale, Minneapolis Community & Technical College and Century College as an instructor and consultant to their Continuing Education businesses. He is one of the co-founders of Minneapolis Business Mentors.
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