Consultant & Board Adviser | (2017 – Present)
Polymer Aging Concepts – Dahlonega, GA / Atlanta, GA
A U.S. Department of Defense funded startup and innovator in measuring the aging of polymers for a wide range of applications that include solid rocket propellants, industrial rubber products, and electric motors windings.
FreeWave Technologies (Atlanta, Georgia): Director International Sales & Business Development 2013-2017
Leading provider and manufacturer of wireless IoT & Machine to Machine critical communication solutions.
Responsible for all business development and sales for FreeWave’s wireless solutions sold through Distributors, System Integrators, Value Added Resellers and OEMs. This role required identifying, recruiting, managing and driving sales through direct FreeWave business development professionals and indirect channels with expertise in complex solutions for wireless networks and IoT (Internet of Things) solutions for Security / Intelligence, Cyber Security, “Smart Cities”, “Smart Utilities”, “Smart Factory Automation”, “Smart Oil and Gas Automation” and critical Machine to Machine wireless communications.
Architect of and Executed strategy for recruiting, training and managing all direct and indirect sales channels outside of the United States and developing a large sales funnel of “IoT” (Internet of Things) opportunities
Nice Intelligence Solutions (Atlanta, Georgia): Director of Sales and Business Development, Americas 2009-2013
Global provider of IoT (Internet of Things) solutions for intelligence, public safety, location and situational awareness technologies for Federal and State Government Agencies, LEAs and large Enterprise customers.
Responsible for all business development, sales and quota achievement of Nice’s intelligence, security and public safety solutions in the Americas and Europe. Targeted customers were government / law enforcement agencies, state and municipal governments and large enterprises. Principal lead for development of all proposals.
Identified and developed several large opportunities for Nice’s intelligence and location solutions for Public Safety, Federal Government Agencies and LEAs, worked closely with the end user to understand their “pain points” and architect ed solutions with the coordination, help and input of Nice’s HQ colleagues to solve the “pain points” of the customer
TruePosition (Atlanta, Georgia): Vice President International Sales 2008 – 2009
A leading provider of wireless location determination and intelligence solutions for the safety and national security markets.
Responsible for all business development and sales outside of North America. TruePosition’s location solutions were sold direct to Government Public Safety, intelligence agencies and large state owned enterprises and sold through indirect sales partner channels with expertise in complex solutions for wireless telecommunications. Managed a sales / support budget and authored business plan that determined booking, revenue and EBITDA targets.
Built trust and credibility; promoted state-of-the-art security solutions to key governmental entities; E112 and 911 public safety, national security and intelligence markets.
Recruited channel partners to gain entry into the elite Federal, State and Military Intelligence markets
Designed inter-departmental infrastructure/process to present opportunities and partners for approval early in sales cycle decreasing proposal time by 50%.
Architect of the processes to monitor/report on progression of sales opportunities; negotiated systems integrator and VAR agreements; led weekly executive staff meetings to strategize on prioritizing and converting opportunities to sales;
Team Leader for proposal efforts.
Openwave Systems (Atlanta, GA): General Manager – LBS Software Business Unit 2006 – 2007
Leading innovator of software applications and infrastructure designed to enable revenue-generating, personalized services, including mobile analytics, content adaptation, mobile and broadband advertising, and of unified messaging solutions.
Responsible for worldwide revenues for all location based (LBS) technologies. Created seminar and presentation materials and worked closely with the field sales organization to promote and sell the LBS Solutions Portfolio to existing / new customers and Public Safety PSAPS and OEMs.
Set up first “location services solutions” business unit for innovative public company in mobile/broadband space. Identified the need to and partnered with application companies and terminal manufacturers to sell total solution; created/presented “How to Make Money” seminars and workshops at 30 global wireless clients; created seminars on selling solutions downstream to customers as added revenue stream; responsible for global oversight that led sales teams through 12-18 month sales cycle.
Cambridge Positioning Systems (Cambridge, UK): Senior Vice President Global Sales 2001 – 2006
A leading provider of location technology for GSM and 3G mobile devices.
Responsible for worldwide sales and business development for a VC funded Startup Company. Managed a team of sales professionals responsible for selling to the chip set manufacturers and RAN vendor’s software components of a high accuracy location solution that required integration into the hand set and the RAN Vendor’s base stations. Direct sales responsibility for selling to the N. American GSM operators to create demand and sales via OEM channels including chip set manufacturers, hand set manufacturers and RAN vendors to adopt the technology required to meet Public Safety EENA112 (Europe) and E911 (North America) emergency services country directives.
Drove global sales for Startup Company selling software technology solutions with high level of accuracy for locating GSM and 3G devices. Assessed North American opportunities; found best prospects within E911 market and sold via the RAN vendors multimillion $ location solutions to ATT, Cingular and T-Mobile; targeted infrastructure and handset vendors; negotiated integration, licensing and reseller agreements; hired direct sales staff and managed for Europe and N. America; signed representation agreements for Asia Pacific, EMEA and Latin America.
BulletIN.net (Atlanta, Georgia): President and EVP Sales 1998 – 2001
An innovate provider of two-way wireless Internet messaging products and services for wireless carriers.
General Manager for sales, finance, operations, engineering and support. Direct line responsibility for all sales, business development and marketing. Directly responsible for generating the first sales and demand creation architect for unique new technology that provided E-Mail to the mobile phone. Positioned the company for “spin out” from its’ parent, TWS. Negotiated the “buy out” of the “E-mail” business unit from TWS, the parent company. Brought in senior level executives for the Board of Directors and worked with the Board of Directors to create a business plan to present to potential investors.
Established a UK London office where the first generation of “E-Mail to the mobile device” was launched. Continued as the EX. VP of Sales and Business Development until leaving the company.
Started up new software / wireless solutions division within TWC, the parent. Hired staff; developed strategic plan; oversaw product development, sales, marketing, finance and customer support; raised VC capital for management buy-out of division; negotiated $2.5 million with mail.com (NYSE company) for minority ownership position and agreement to launch wireless mailbox services in UK; signed reseller agreements from $.5 to $1 million with international companies; launched product in Europe; negotiated acquisition of New Zealand company for technology and customer base; authored term sheet to raise additional funding. This was successful effort which facilitated the sale the company to a private investor.
Digital Transmission Systems (Atlanta, GA): GM/SR. Vice President of Sales for Wireless Division 1995 – 1998
Developer and manufacturer of the next generation spread spectrum wireless radios for wireless operators and large enterprises.
Responsible for the sales of multiplexers and spread spectrum radios outside of the United States. Identified an existing radio technology which could be rapidly sold with a private label into Latin America, China and India. Authored a business plan and submitted to the Board of Directors that would initially source from an ODM a Spread Spectrum Radio and private label to sell into selected international markets. After immediate success convinced the Board of Directors to design and manufacture the product internally to increase margins and control costs. Worked with the Board of Directors to put together a term sheet and position the company for an IPO.
Introduced wireless radio solution into international marketplace. Created/presented business case to Board of Directors to develop internally next generation wireless product; gained approval; seized opportunity to become dominant supplier of new radio solution; identified wireless supplier for private labeling in Latin America; found contract manufacturer to ramp up/compete in Asia Pacific; led direct/indirect sales and support channels.
Led business growth to position company focused on design, manufacture and sale of communication software, multiplexers, network management systems and wireless spread spectrum microwave radios for IPO. Oversaw development of new product contributing 20+% of revenue; saved money by developing marketing and advertising co-op programs; served as key member of executive management team writing term sheet; participated in road shows to sell term sheet to Venture Capitalists.
Hayes Microcomputer Products (London-UK): GM and CMO–Europe-Middle East &Africa 1993 – 1995
Leading innovator and manufacture of next generation of low cost modems and PC communications software.
General Manager for Hayes European subsidiary. Responsible for sales, marketing, finance, recruiting, operations and technical support. P&L responsibility targeted with meeting the agreed business plan revenue numbers and EBITDA.
Accelerated ramp up of European-based international business unit for leading manufacturer of microcomputer products to meet market demand. Growing the staff from 6 to 36 as revenues ramped; Managed $42 million budget; Employed strategies to expand brand awareness; Expanded from 40 to 150+ distributors and reseller outlets including sales through Super Computer Stores in UK; strengthened customer support; established fir st OEM sales channels with private label branding.
Results: Increased from $22 to $52 million in the first 24 months
General Datacomm Industries (Paris, France): VP Sales-European Region 1990 – 1993
NYSE listed World Wide leader in the development and manufacturing of high-speed network access and transport equipment for carriers, service providers, governments and commercial end-users.
General Manager with P&L responsibility; Senior Executive for Paris HQ for GDC European Subsidiary. Responsible for staffing and management of all sales, marketing, finance, operations and technical support. Direct line management for all sales and business development. Recruited and trained l reseller and OEM partner channels.
Architected/Executed sales expansion and support plan for continental Europe. Developed strategies to drive sales of hardware and software worldwide through multiple channels; established first office in Paris and hired staff; managed sales, marketing and field support in EMEA; developed/strengthened relationships with direct sales, OEMs, distributors and key accounts;
Digital Communications Associates (US & the Netherlands): GM and VP-Sales Europe 1984 – 1990
Developer and manufacturer of networking and PC to Mainframe communications products.
The first two years responsible for all OEM sales and quota achievement in the United States of communication products. Subsequent was promoted to the GM / Sales director for the first sales office outside of the United States to support the rapidly growing international requirements for PC Communication Solutions. GM: Recruiting of staff, providing budgets and costs controls and delivering sales to meet quota and delivering the agreed EBITDA for the International Division.
Established the European HQ for support and distribution of products to also include EMEA and Asia Pacific for $200 million Company. Expanded staff to 45 people to support steep revenue growth; set up international distribution channels with 14 country importers/distributors and 28 Master resellers in EMEA, APAC and LATAM to provide sales, stock products and provide customer support; hired and trained sales, marketing and support teams; created company’s first European software manufacturing operation, warehouse and product support organization; managed budget of $15 Million; integrated strategic Swiss acquisition into organization; set up distribution center in Ireland which improved profitability by 26% by reducing shipping costs and reducing import duties;
Marlin has a tireless work ethic and is willing to do what is necessary to be successful. He has an extensive international background. While at FreeWave, he built reseller partner coverage models in Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East by leveraging some of his long term contacts and extensive international experience. He has demonstrated expertise and developed opportunities in “IoT” wireless communications for “Smart Utilities”, “Smart Cities” and Oil and Gas SCADA networks. Marlin has a passion for international sales/business development, respected by his peers, is a team-player and willing to work hard to build the business from “the ground up.”less Kim was senior to you but didn't manage directly
"Experienced Global Sales executive with excellent contacts in the wireless telecommunications community. Marlin reported to me while at Digital Communications Associates, built solid sales teams, reseller channels and successfully developed business throughout EMEA. He demonstrated great team spirit and support in merging the Amsterdam sales/support organization into Geneva based EMEA HQ."
“As the Global Practices Director, Marlin was responsible for leading business development and sales for Openwave's Location practice world-wide. He did an excellent job of applying his deep understanding of Location and Location applications to develop business opportunities, including the sale of significant engagement to an EMEA carrier valued at over $1 million USD. Marlin's positive, can-do approach was very helpful as he worked to design and develop his practice.”
“I hired Marlin to run our international sales efforts at FreeWave nearly 4 years ago. What I love most about Marlin is his tireless work ethic and his passion for international sales. While at FreeWave, Marlin has built coverage models in the Middle East and Asia Pacific that have uncovered some very large, strategic opportunities for FreeWave. He's done this by leveraging some long-term, very solid personal relationships. Marlin has developed expertise in wireless telecommunications for Smart Utilities and for the Internet of Things (IoT). Marlin has a true passion for selling internationally and it becomes very apparent in daily interactions with him. He's willing to work hard to build the international business from the ground up.”
"As Chairman of the Board, Marlin reported to me in his role as President and COO. Previously he had been the General Manager of the Bulletin Division of TWS Wireless and responsible for their entry into the US market. After the-spin out, he led the compahy through 2 rounds of financing totaling $16.5 million and signed a major VAR agreement with Vodaphone-UK to resell our products to their enterprixe customers. Later he convinced Mail.com to an OEM reseller and make a $2 million investment in the company. Ultimately helped the company exit by selling controlling interest to a private investor."
"Marlin is a high energy Sales Executive with true global presence and reach. I would be happy to endorse your consideration of Marlin."