Across years of associations, our founder has worked with a few individual talents that are stand outs in their fields. Because of their personal relationship with our founder, they offer themselves as a special extension of our team. When the right need arises they are at the ready to make the Trestle Point offering the “spot on” solution our clients require.
Senior Marketing Management Consultant & Strategic Partner
Andrew has over 30 years of experience as CEO, Marketing/Sales Leadership, Product Management, along with New Business Development and Strategic Planning in the medical device marketplace.
Prior to leaving corporate management, Andy was a Vice President in the Marketing and Sales Divisions and member of the Board of Management for Johnson and Johnson, Inc. He worked within Ethicon, a multi-billion dollar global medical device leader, on strategic planning and business development initiatives along with developing the go-to market plans with the field sales force, national accounts, professional education and corporate accounts. His 28 years of experience at J&J spanned all global marketing and sales leadership responsibilities with a high degree of expertise in the markets of neurosurgery, general surgery and cardiovascular devices.
Andy began his career with Codman and Shurtleff, Inc. as a field sales representative in Cincinnati and later as a member of field sales and marketing management based in Boston. He was a member of the Management Board for Codman and later Johnson and Johnson Professional, Inc. in Raynham.
Andy has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kenyon College in Economics and Political Science and he studied for an MBA degree at the University of Dayton. He attended Harvard University in the AMP program for Advanced Management Studies in 1993 and the Advanced Sales Management program in 1997.
Living in New Jersey with his wife Carolyn, 2 children and 4 grandchildren, Andy is an avid golfer and tennis player.
Senior Business Management Consultant & Strategic Partner
Rocco’s career has revolved around senior executive roles in general business management, corporate brand development, strategic management consultation and the organization and process supervision of sound new business development activities. His 35+ years in marketing and advertising services with the Big 3 Auto Industry, Proctor & Gamble, Nike, Kraft, Disney, Gatorade, Coca-Cola & Phillip Morris enables him to speak broadly about strategy development and trending topics.
He has extensive B2B experience as well having served as the President & CEO of his own Brand Development firm that specialized in Corporate Identity / Marketing and Sales / Digital and Internet Solutions. He’s an entrepreneurial innovative problem solver.
Rocco currently serves as the President & CEO of Priorities Marketing a company that delivers marketing services and new business development coaching, training and actual day to day sales involvement.
As the CEO of Verge180, he tripled the size of the agency in 4 years and drove a 200% increase in top line billings 2009 – 2010. His agency received Best of Show brand campaign honors for their work within the financial services category among 25 much larger agencies in New Jersey for its work with McGraw-Hill Federal Credit Union.
As President of Eller Media (now Clear Channel Outdoor – Philadelphia), Rocco produced the largest cash flow growth in branch history from 1996-2000. Concurrently he produced the largest revenue growth in branch history of 19% yearly for 3 years straight.
Rocco is a graduate of the University of Michigan with degrees in Political Science and Economics/Finance. He has a Masters in Business Management from Central Michigan University.
Robert N. Jones
Senior Strategic Business Consultant & Strategic Partner
Rob brings to clients almost 30 years of strategic marketing and corporate sales expertise across a variety of industries.
Rob has worked with large and small business start-ups, associations and established Fortune 50 corporations, for whom he provided significant strategic direction and executive management. His expertise in strategic planning has developed new businesses for some of his clients and curtailed unprofitable businesses that have benefited the bottom lines of many of the clients with whom he has worked. Rob is a call it as he sees it business professional and his straight forwardness has earned him a reputation of being the consummate management professional worthy of his clients’ trust. He has authored many magazine articles on management, strategic planning and healthcare.
As the former vice president of marketing services for a Johnson and Johnson company, Rob was responsible for market research, product development, advertising and promotion, as well as professional relations, and strategic planning. Specializing in wound closure technology, the company enjoyed significant growth of market share under Rob’s direction. Other companies such as Sanofi Aventis, Becton Dickinson, Life Bank and the United States Military have all benefited from Rob’s strategic and insightful approach to business and marketing.
In addition to his role as strategic planning and marketing consultant Rob is an adjunct professor at two Pennsylvania universities, where he teaches at the graduate and undergraduate level. A major asset to his clients, Rob transfers the skills necessary for teaching and applies a similar learning dynamic and principles to daily business operations in terms of directing and implementing client management and growth.
Rob earned his Master of Business Administration degree in marketing from Long Island University; he is a graduate in Strategic Planning from Harvard University Graduate Business School, Massachusetts and received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Howard University, Washington, DC.
Senior Media Communications Consultant & Strategic Partner
Rick leads the way for thought leaders to portray themselves within their communities through the use of video and messaging.
Why is he someone to listen to? Rick lived in Los Angeles for 20 years and worked on film sets around the world. He’s shot in 12 countries, filmed a dozen movies, several HBO comedy specials, was the Propmaster and Graphic Designer at the Oxygen Network at its inception in Los Angeles, but he mostly concentrated his skills on television commercials. He’s done over 1000 national spots for every major brand from American Airlines to Mazda (with its introduction of the Miata), Pepsi, AT&T, the Got Milk campaign which spanned several years, Yahoo’s introductory commercials, American Express with Jerry Seinfeld, Guinness, Oil of Olay and hundreds more.
He’s had over 50 spots air on the Super Bowl and contributed to numerous Olympic, Academy award and MLB commercials. He has made it snow in the desert, rain in the ocean, perfected the cheese pull (pizza tech talk) and set the stage for award winning comedy specials. His expert eye and creative knowledge helped to craft the persuasive message each commercial sought to convey. Nominated for an Emmy for “The LA Thing,” Rick has the honor of knowing several of the commercials he helped create are in contemporary art museum collections and have won many Clios and other international awards.
Always enhancing the set with his design sense, his ability to make everything better and his at ease people skills made him one of the most sought after craftsperson in the film business. Now he’s bringing his years of Hollywood experience to the people who know that to stand out and get their message heard they need to incorporate video into their messaging. By choosing the right message along with the right setting and using the many tools available, any individual or company can compete on the same level as the clients Rick once worked with.
Senior Strategic Public Relations Consultant & Strategic Partner
Bill began work as a technical writer and newsletter editor, keeping pace with changes in the aerospace industry. He moved from aerospace into radio and television broadcasting, and for two years produced TV specials and promoted the network’s fall program line-up.
His corporate industrial and consumer experiences were issues management and brand driven. For 15 years he introduced and re-introduced products, launched line extensions, created service offerings, and managed crises for his Fortune 500 employers, helping to increase their sales and improve their profits.
In 1985, having gained considerable insight from his corporate experience, he opened his own firm, leveraging the learnings and chasing Peter Robinson’s belief that “what is central to business is the joy of creating.”
Through his years in marketing and communications, he’s concluded that success is very much a function of being noted or notorious – not average, never idle. He also accepts the notion there are precious few new ideas and that breakthroughs today often come when proven ideas are re-packaged, re-presented, and re-applied in fresh, creative ways. Victory in today’s marketplace is achieved by placing success upon success, and using occasional setbacks as a way to learn and grow.
Above all, he’s learned to take the path less traveled. Simply following in someone else’s footsteps because it is easy doesn’t appeal to him. While often more difficult, he’s found blazing a trail to be the most rewarding way to go and to embrace change because change implies growth.