Robert Cohen, Owner/Strategic-Partner
I have spent the last 23 years of my career solving complex problems to help meet the needs of the people and businesses I have supported.
Before joining the PrideStaff team, I worked as a vice president and general manager for General Electric's Healthcare IT division, driving more than $200M in revenue with responsibility for a Business Unit of nearly 400 people. Prior to GE, I worked nine years as a general manager and vice president for Siemens Healthcare IT International Business Unit focused on emerging nations. During my tenure, I helped to develop and launch a profitable business unit in more than 10 countries.
My success in all aspects of the value chain, coupled with six years of service in the U.S. Army, have given me the business perspective, problem-solving abilities and discipline to help others overcome their business challenges.
The Big Picture:
Portland is an amazing city. Our business community has a unique, intense energy that's one of the fastest growing in the U.S. as our economy improves. Here, people like me are transforming their passions into business opportunities. I chose to be the Owner and Strategic-Partner of the Portland PrideStaff office to put my experience to use and make a difference in our community.
At PrideStaff, we have the resources and expertise of a large, national firm and the level of service you would expect from a locally owned business. It is only by meeting with clients to gain a clear understanding of the unique nature of their businesses that we can understand what each client values and needs most.
We take a similar approach with our candidates. Talent is the driving force of our business, and we take specific steps to make sure we provide our candidates with the proper support and training needed to be successful. We start with one-on-one personal interviews to determine skills, experience, goals and interests. During that interview we discuss what they value most as an employee.
We're passionate about staffing and want to make a difference in our clients' businesses and our local community.
The Scoop on Staffing:
To succeed in staffing, as with most business endeavors, your "Say-to-Do" ratio has to be as close to 1:1 as possible. In other words, you must deliver on the promises you make. PrideStaff's business model, processes and culture support this 1:1 ratio, giving me the ability to truly satisfy the unique needs of our clients and field associates.
Secrets to Success:
Hard work, focusing on customers' true needs, and a need and drive to succeed. A modicum of good luck helps, too!
Portland has the ideal culture and lifestyle for my family and me. We enjoy mountain biking, hiking, tennis and skiing together. Tai Chi has also proven to be a great stress reliever for me (and it's kind to the body which I've abused for decades), so I practice it at least five times a week. I enjoy relaxing with a good craft beer every once in awhile, and with nearly 70 breweries in the Portland area, I think I'm in the right place.