Global Negotiation Firm Expands Management Team

Lucian Bifano Joins K&R Negotiations as Senior Business Development Executive

Ridgefield, Conn. – Sept. 25, 2013 – Global negotiation leader K&R Negotiations announced today that Lucian (Lou) Bifano has joined the company as a senior business development executive. Bifano will lead efforts to develop key training and consultancy clients for the firm’s proprietary Win Wisely™ negotiation methodology, which is employed by leading companies across the globe to shorten sales cycles, win bigger deals, and forge long-lasting, lucrative relationships.

Bifano most recently served as Vice President of Business Development for IBM’s Cloud and Smarter Infrastructure Division, leading a software and services solutions team responsible for helping clients optimize the value of their business infrastructures and technology assets. He led the team responsible for acquisitions, acquisition integration, divestitures, technology licensing and business development.

Bifano began his IBM career as a systems engineer and sales representative. He has held management and executive positions in sales, marketing, product management, product development and business development, and has also served as an officer in the U.S. Army. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and is currently enrolled in the Executive MBA Program at Auburn University.

“Lou’s addition brings tremendous value for K&R and our clients,” said Mladen Kresic, CEO of K&R Negotiations. “He deeply understands both the product and sales perspective in complex deals and environments. I know that Lou’s pedigree and his proven leadership will earn the confidence of clients who want to forge bigger, better deals that deliver clear value for everyone at the table.”

About K&R Negotiations

K&R Negotiation Associates, LLC, is a consulting firm specializing in structuring and negotiating business transactions around the world. The company is comprised of professional negotiators, sales executives, and business attorneys. K&R professionals average over 20 years of professional negotiation experience and apply a results-driven methodology to change negotiation behaviors and improve negotiating success. K&R’s clients include Fortune 200 companies such as IBM, EMC and Xerox, as well as smaller companies such as Bristol Technology (now part of HP) and Priceline. For more information, please visit www.negotiators.com.

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Global Negotiation Firm Announces New Affiliate

K&R Negotiations Adds Laurie Kauffman’s Negotiation, Financial and Leadership Expertise

Ridgefield, Conn. – Global negotiation leader K&R Negotiations announced today that Laurie Kauffman, a consulting veteran with a deep background in finance, client management and coaching, has become an affiliate of K&R. Affiliates work hand in hand with the K&R Negotiations team, using their financial and business expertise to deliver compelling sales, negotiation and consulting programs based on K&R’s Win Wisely™ method.

Kauffman founded Net Worth Consulting, Inc. (NWCI) in 1983. NWCI helped leading organizations on five continents and in 21 countries create sustainable, profitable revenue through leadership programs and deal optimization. She served previously in the financial sector as a stock broker for Washington Financial Group and a consultant for Valkyrie Financial Group. Kauffman holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Counseling from State University of New York at Empire State and a Master’s Degree with highest honors in Financial Analysis and Policy Formulation from the University of Colorado.

Laurie performs improvisational comedy with her DC troupe, “Third Beat,” and was a regular blogger for forbes.com as “The Improv Lady.” Her book, “Fully Invested: Improv Explains the World of Money and Vice Versa,” is available on Amazon.com.

“Laurie has an outstanding mix of financial, client management and negotiation acumen,” said Mladen Kresic, CEO of K&R Negotiations. “We are thrilled to have her as part of our team and know that our clients will benefit a great deal from her ability to strongly communicate the practices that drive shorter sales cycles, bigger deals and profitable, long-lasting relationships.”

About K&R Negotiations

K&R Negotiation Associates, LLC, is a consulting firm specializing in structuring and negotiating business transactions around the world. The company is comprised of professional negotiators, sales executives, and business attorneys. K&R professionals average over 20 years of professional negotiation experience and apply a results-driven methodology to change negotiation behaviors and improve negotiating success. K&R’s clients include Fortune 200 companies such as IBM, EMC and Xerox, as well as smaller companies such as Bristol Technology (now part of HP), Priceline, SEI and others. For more information, please visit www.negotiators.com.

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Global Negotiation Leader Moves to New Offices in Ridgefield, Conn.

New K&R Negotiations Headquarters Provides Ideal Platform for Continuing Growth

Ridgefield, Conn. – April 5, 2013 – Global negotiation leader K&R Negotiations today announced its move to 4 Island Hill Road in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Founded in 1994, K&R has grown its presence across the globe, with offices in France, Central Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

The new office, located in the center of Ridgefield, allows for future staff expansion as the team seeks to build on two decades of negotiation training and consulting success. K&R Negotiations’ clients have closed in excess of $2.05B worth of sales and strategic transactions since 2009 and include global market leaders such as IBM, Xerox and EMC.

“We’re excited to grow into the new space,” says Mladen Kresic. “We’ve been able to grow wisely by helping clients win wisely. Our new offices signal that we’re heading in the right direction.”

About K&R Negotiations

K&R Negotiation Associates, LLC, is a consulting firm specializing in structuring and negotiating business transactions around the world. The company is comprised of professional negotiators, sales executives, and business attorneys. K&R professionals average over 20 years of professional negotiation experience and apply a results-driven methodology to change negotiation behaviors and improve negotiating success. K&R’s clients include Fortune 200 companies such as IBM, EMC and Xerox, as well as smaller companies such as Bristol Technology (now part of HP), Priceline, SEI and others. For more information, please visit www.negotiators.com.

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K&R Negotiations Sponsors Junior Achievement’s Outstanding Young Businessman Award; Two Winners Honored

Global Negotiations Training and Consulting Firm Returns for Fourth Year as Prize Sponsor

Ridgefield, Conn. – March 4, 2013 – K&R Negotiations congratulates all of the winners of this year’s Junior Achievement awards, especially Drew Lord of St. Luke’s High School and Jack Ferrone of Stamford High School, who received the highest honors as Outstanding Young Businessmen, one of several award categories of the Junior Achievement of Southwest Connecticut’s JA Company Program.

Open to all Connecticut high school students, the program required students from neighboring high schools to form a company, select officers, sell stock, develop a product, then market and sell the product over a 12-week period (mid-September to mid-December, 2012). At the end of the 12-week period, any profits are liquidated and returned as a profit to the shareholders. They accomplish all of this under the guidance of volunteers from sponsoring organizations, which included Affinion Group, Ernst & Young LLP, GE Capital Americas, KPMG LLP, Pitney Bowes Inc., Northwestern Mutual and UBS Investment Bank.
Lord and Ferrone were among the winners honored during a Feb. 7 banquet, during which they received a $1,500 prize sponsored by K&R Negotiations.

“K&R Negotiations feels a responsibility to nurture business talent in our region,” says Mladen Kresic, CEO of K&R Negotiations, who attended the banquet and presented the award to both winners. “Sponsoring this contest and meeting these dedicated young businessmen as well as all of the capable business men and women of Junior Achievement is a particularly enjoyable way to honor that obligation.”

About K&R Negotiations

K&R Negotiation Associates, LLC, is a consulting firm specializing in structuring and negotiating business transactions around the world. The company is comprised of professional negotiators, sales executives, and business attorneys. K&R professionals average over 20 years of professional negotiation experience and apply a results-driven methodology to change negotiation behaviors and improve negotiating success. K&R’s clients include Fortune 200 companies such as IBM, EMC and Xerox, as well as smaller companies such as Bristol Technology (now part of HP), Priceline, SEI and others. For more information, please visit www.negotiators.com.

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K&R Negotiations Announces New General Manager for Europe, the Middle East and North Africa

Gerard Francois Brings 35 Years of Sales, Technology Leadership Experience from IBM

Ridgefield, Conn. – December 3, 2012 – Global negotiation leader K&R Negotiations announced today that Gerard Francois, a 35-year veteran of the technology industry, will join the company as general manager of Europe, Middle East and North Africa (EMEA). Francois will report to Mladen Kresic, president and co-founder of K&R Negotiations. He will direct business development and service delivery for all three regions.

Francois most recently served as vice president for IBM’s substantial mainframe business in France. An IBM veteran, he has held leadership positions in sales, sales management and operations over a 35-year career, including vice president of IBM software enterprise sales for Southwest Europe; vice president of EMEA software operations; vice president of software, for IBM Latin America; and vice president of software technical sales for IBM Americas.

“Gerard’s experience in sales, general management and operations, as well as his years of international experience leading teams in Europe, the US and Latin America, will provide K&R Negotiations with strong leadership in EMEA and beyond,” said Kresic. “I am thrilled to have someone of Gerard’s caliber join the K&R Negotiations team.”

About K&R Negotiations

K&R Negotiation Associates, LLC, is a consulting firm specializing in structuring and negotiating business transactions around the world. The company is comprised of professional negotiators, sales executives, and business attorneys. K&R professionals average over 20 years of professional negotiation experience and apply a results-driven methodology to change negotiation behaviors and improve negotiating success. K&R’s clients include Fortune 200 companies such as IBM, EMC and Xerox, as well as smaller companies such as Bristol Technology (now part of HP), Priceline, SEI and others. For more information, please visit www.negotiators.com.

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K&R Negotiations Surpasses $2.05B in Client Deals Closed

Proof of Firm’s Win Wisely™ Approach Shows in 19 Years of More,
Bigger and Better Deals for Clients in Industries Spanning the Globe

Ridgefield, Conn. – October 3, 2012 – Global negotiation leader K&R Negotiations clients reported that they have, with K&R’s assistance, closed in excess of $2.05B worth of sales and strategic transactions since 2009. These deals were a result of both direct consultancy from K&R team members and a complete curriculum of negotiation and sales skill training for sales, procurement and management. The data on the amount of revenue generated was compiled from post-training attendee surveys and deals in which K&R Negotiations participated. Per K&R clients, the incremental improvement over expectations for those deals exceeds $514M.

K&R Negotiations established itself early as a leader in the software and technology negotiation field, parlaying CEO and co-founder Mladen Kresic’s experience as a counsel for IBM into lucrative deal-making and consulting for K&R’s clients. The company leveraged a proprietary, value-based approach to negotiations that helped both technology vendors and buyers improve the value of their deals and form profitable, long-lasting relationships.

K&R initially served technology giants such as IBM, Kodak and Xerox. Since then, the company has added clients in a variety of industries, including companies such as Dell, EMC, SEI, Bristol, Pitney Bowes and others. K&R has grown the ranks of its associates across the world and has assisted clients in over 40 countries and every inhabited continent.

The K&R Negotiations Win Wisely™ methodology provides insight and practices that companies can immediately apply to shorten sales cycles, improve deal size, and create negotiation processes where all parties walk away satisfied with the value they have received. K&R Negotiations has won high marks for its negotiation training from its clients, who have applied the knowledge to outstanding effect. Among the highlights:

  • A large, multi-year software and software support sale that helped an automotive manufacturer realize 6.7M€ of revenue in their current fiscal year, and 60.2M€ additional revenue within two years
  • A deal that helped a technology service provider avoid expensive guarantees and rebates to preserve a $2.3 million sale
  • A global energy company that closed a software deal for $2 million more than expected – all with application of K&R Negotiations’ principles of negotiations
  • A services company that closed a long-unsigned deal for £500K within one day after applying K&R’s advice

Kevin Blackwell, former vice president of sales and marketing at NERAC, said, “It was no longer a ‘debate’ with our clients, and it meant that we could start selling more services. Deal size tripled as we applied our skills and focused on the accounts that would help the company grow faster.”

“Whether you’re in sales, procurement or any leadership position where your decisions will impact the financial health of your organization, there is no facet of your business that isn’t improved by better negotiation skills,” said Mladen Kresic, CEO and co-founder of K&R Negotiations. “We’ve been able to help organizations improve those skills, the success of their negotiations, and the size of their deals — one deal and one lesson at a time. It’s tremendously satisfying to look back and see how it all adds up in terms of revenue and profits for our clients.”

About K&R Negotiations

K&R Negotiation Associates, LLC, is a consulting firm specializing in structuring and negotiating business transactions around the world. The company is comprised of professional negotiators, sales executives, and business attorneys. K&R professionals average over 20 years of professional negotiation experience and apply a results-driven methodology to change negotiation behaviors and improve negotiating success. K&R’s clients include Fortune 200 companies such as IBM, EMC and Xerox, as well as smaller companies such as Bristol Technology (now part of HP), Priceline, SEI and others. For more information, please visit www.negotiators.com.

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K&R Negotiations Deepens Communication, Sales, Leadership Expertise

IBM Veteran, Learning and Development Leader Maria Casanova Joins
K&R Negotiations as Business Development and Business Delivery Executive

Ridgefield, Conn. USA – May 30, 2012 – Global negotiation leader K&R Negotiations today announced the addition of Maria Casanova as its Business Development and Business Delivery Executive. Casanova will aid in growing the client pipeline and strengthening the proven K&R methodology with her sales, communication, coaching and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) expertise.

Prior to joining K&R, Casanova served 15 years with IBM, where she applied her sales and communication skills as a global professional facilitator, focusing on client relationship management. Casanova collaborated with executives and business unit leaders across multiple disciplines to enable IBM sales organizations to deliver customer impact and IBM revenues. She deployed the first Territory Strategy programs for IBM’s growth markets in the African countries of Nigeria, Kenya and the Eastern European counties of Romania and Slovakia. She formulated communications and coaching programs that have been deployed globally within IBM’s organization.

After leaving IBM, Casanova developed experience-based learning and development programs for corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Casanova holds a BBA from Northwood University and is completing her International Coaching Federation Certification with a focus in Neuro-Linguistic Programing (NLP). She is a graduate of the United Way’s Blueprint for Leaders, which develops corporate leaders for not-for-profit board participation and governance. She is also a member of the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD).

"Maria has a rock-solid command of business development and sales on which she’s built a powerful and unique set of communication and leadership skills,” said Mladen Kresic, CEO of K&R Negotiations. “I’m confident that her singular mix of talents will inspire our clients and accelerate their success."

About K&R Negotiations

K&R Negotiation Associates, LLC, is a consulting firm specializing in structuring and negotiating business transactions around the world. The company is comprised of professional negotiators, sales executives, and business attorneys. K&R professionals average over 20 years of professional negotiation experience and apply a results-driven methodology to change negotiation behaviors and improve negotiating success. K&R’s clients include Fortune 200 companies such as IBM, EMC and Xerox, as well as smaller companies such as Bristol Technology (now part of HP), Priceline, SEI and others. For more information, please visit www.negotiators.com.

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Global Negotiations Leader Opens Central/Eastern European Office

K&R Negotiations’ New Affiliate in Zagreb, Croatia to Offer Firm’s Unique Methodology for Creating Bigger, Better Deals and Relationships

Ridgefield, Conn. USA – April 10, 2012 K&R Negotiations K&R Negotiations, a provider of professional negotiation training and consulting for both mid-sized and Fortune 200 companies, today announced the opening of its Zagreb, Croatia affiliate office. K&R Negotiations now has offices in North America, Australia, the Netherlands, and Croatia.

The new affiliate office will be led by Teo Smrkic, a sales and logistics professional who most recently developed profitable sales plan strategies and tactics for Spaz, the leading distributor of vending solutions in the region. Smrkic will co-present the K&R Negotiations "Winning Negotiations" seminar on June 5-6, 2012 at the Sheraton Zagreb Hotel with K&R CEO and co-founder Mladen Kresic. Information about this event can be found at www.negotiators.com.hr.

"Teo Smrkic is a sterling sales and business professional whose experience makes him perfectly positioned to help new clients across Central and Eastern Europe drive bigger deals and build more profitable relationships," said Kresic. "We are pleased to have Teo represent K&R Negotiations to a vital and growing part of the global business community."

"K&R’s unique methodology offers a systematic, predictable approach to negotiations that all businesses can use to create better outcomes," said Smrkic. "I’m proud to join this accomplished team and carry this methodology to the companies that need us – whether at one of our training events or when we assist clients directly in the negotiation process."

About K&R Negotiations

K&R Negotiation Associates, LLC, is a consulting firm specializing in structuring and negotiating business transactions around the world. The company is comprised of professional negotiators, sales executives, and business attorneys. K&R professionals average over 20 years of professional negotiation experience and apply a results-driven methodology to change negotiation behaviors and improve negotiating success. K&R’s clients include Fortune 200 companies such as IBM, EMC and Xerox, as well as smaller companies such as Bristol Technology (now part of HP), Priceline, SEI and others. For more information, please visit www.negotiators.com.

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K&R Negotiations Announces New Global Partner Program

Global Negotiations Training and Consulting Firm Expands on Partner Programs

Ridgefield, Conn. – February 14, 2012K&R Negotiations today announced that it is launching a new Global Partner Program to expand its capability to provide negotiations training and consulting throughout the international community.

The new program allows K&R Partners to participate in three different ways.

Referral agents: Companies who are in related business areas can refer their clients to K&R to deliver the negotiations content.

Associates: Associates are a part of the core K&R team, working hand in hand with other K&R professionals. Many Associates begin as Referral or Affiliate Partners and quickly discover the career and financial rewards of a more structured relationship with K&R.

Affiliates: K&R Affiliates can offer and/or deliver the K&R Programs to their prospects and clients on an arms-length basis. Most Global Affiliates are already in the consulting or training industry.

Affiliate and Associates are responsible for business development and delivery of the K&R courseware in a specific state, region or country. Affiliates and Associates are also eligible for participation in non-training consulting engagements.

Andrew Johnson, Founder of Ninth Bridge Pty. Ltd., Melbourne, Australia, stated, "We have been strategic partners with K&R for many years, delivering their excellent content and promoting it to new organizations. The new offerings in the Partner Program will make our association with K&R even more productive and lucrative."

"We put a lot of thought and energy into developing a first-class partner program," says Mladen Kresic, CEO of K&R Negotiations. "It’s gratifying to see the acceptance our new program is having among both existing and prospective partners. This allows us to share the proprietary K&R negotiations methodology with many more companies throughout the world."

About K&R Negotiations

K&R Negotiation Associates, LLC, is a consulting firm specializing in structuring and negotiating business transactions around the world. The company is comprised of professional negotiators, sales executives, and business attorneys. K&R professionals average over 20 years of professional negotiation experience and apply a results-driven methodology to change negotiation behaviors and improve negotiating success. K&R’s clients include Fortune 200 companies such as IBM, EMC and Xerox, as well as smaller companies such as Bristol Technology (now part of HP), Priceline, SEI and others. For more information, please visit www.negotiators.com.

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K&R Negotiations Sponsors Connecticut Junior Achievement Young Business Man of the Year Award

Global Negotiations Training and Consulting Firm Returns for Third Year as Prize Sponsor

Ridgefield, Conn. – January 11, 2012K&R Negotiations today announced that it is sponsoring the Young Businessman of the Year Award for the Junior Achievement Evening Company Program of southwest Connecticut. This is the third consecutive year that the company has sponsored a $1,500 cash prize to be awarded to the competition’s winner.

Open to all Connecticut high school students, the program requires students from neighboring high schools to form a company, select officers, sell stock, develop a product, then market and sell the product over a 12-week period (mid-September to mid-December, 2102). At the end of the 12-week period, any profits are liquidated and returned as a profit to the shareholders. They accomplish all of this under the guidance of volunteers from sponsoring organizations, which included Affinion Group, GE Capital Americas, KPMG LLC, Pitney Bowes Inc., PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC and UBS Investment Bank. 150 students participated in the 2011-12 program.

Winners will be honored in multiple categories during a February banquet, including Outstanding Young Business Man, Outstanding Young Business Woman, Best Sales Presentation and Best First Year Achiever. The winners of the contests will have the opportunity to attend a week-long Junior Achievement International Leadership Conference, which is held in Canada over the summer. The funds received are used to cover the transportation and conference costs for the student chosen.

"We are thrilled to once again support this worthy program," says Mladen Kresic, CEO of K&R Negotiations. "We see first-hand how Junior Achievement programs help nurture real-world experience and the drive for excellence among Connecticut students who are demonstrating an early passion for business."

About K&R Negotiations

K&R Negotiation Associates, LLC, is a consulting firm specializing in structuring and negotiating business transactions around the world. The company is comprised of professional negotiators, sales executives, and business attorneys. K&R professionals average over 20 years of professional negotiation experience and apply a results-driven methodology to change negotiation behaviors and improve negotiating success. K&R’s clients include Fortune 200 companies such as IBM, EMC and Xerox, as well as smaller companies such as Bristol Technology (now part of HP), Priceline, SEI and others. For more information, please visit www.negotiators.com.

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