Behind the Scenes / Virtual COO


Senior operations, retail, sales, marketing and strategy executive with diverse industry experience and dexterous business acumen. Proven success in enhancing business performance through both internal optimization and external alliances. Adept at managing across functional groups to successfully execute organizational objectives. Can effectively work with change and management in an entrepreneurial environment. Superior CRM and team building skills.

Mr. Finkelstein is the Executive Director of Karrass Ltd., the global leader in corporate trainings focusing on Leadership and Negotiation Skill. He remains the Founder and CEO of the unique consulting company, Behind the Scenes/Virtual COO, which provides operational structure and management “virtually” to companies that are just getting started, well-established, or ready to take their business to the next level. He produced and promoted the very successful multi-speaker event, Wealth Builders Summit, here in Los Angeles. It was an unprecedented lineup of speakers, including Mark Victor Hansen, Robert Allen, Brian Tracy, Joel Bauer, Stephen Pierce, James Malinchak, and a host of other greats. Through his consulting firm, Robert currently serves as the COO of an entertainment industry production company and a private institution within the banking industry. Former Managing Director of Christopher Howard Companies, a training institute focusing on self-development for professional and personal growth, well established in the United States, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, England, Ireland and Scotland, with additional launches scheduled throughout Europe, India and South America. Prior to this, he served as the Vice President of Sports Source Inc., from 2004 to 2007. At Sports Source, Mr. Finkelstein was responsible for sales and purchasing, manufacturing and distribution, marketing, logistics and operations, and a thriving e-commerce business. Previously, he was a General Manager for Target Corporation, where he managed over 700 employees and business revenue of over $100 million. He has served as Director of Operations for a 9-location apparel chain and a film Post-Production company, building the latter from 9 to over 250 employees, and making it the largest of its kind in the entertainment industry. As part of the management team of Guns N’ Roses for three years, he traveled to over 40 countries and helped generate one of the most successful tours of all time. He has more than 20 years of experience in business management, events, and the retail and entertainment industries.

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Article by Penny M. Stein, The “Wealth Builders Summit a conversation with Robert Finkelstein and John Halpin”

“Having worked with Robert to help define Sports Source’s pricing and product strategy, I found him to be a results oriented, broad based business leader. He demonstrated a tremendous passion for his business and his breadth of scope and knowledge were exceptional. It was a genuine pleasure to partner with someone of this caliber.” – Eric Bauer, Chief Financial and Strategy Officer, Banana Republic

“Robert is an astute and creative online marketer. It was a pleasure to work with Robert as he and his team used market research to increase their revenues by nearly 40% in a three month period. He is quick to understand complex concepts and to lead a team to implement them.” – Jen Cano, VP Mareketing, HammerTap

“I know Robert both personally and professionally. As a business executive, he is the quintessential manager; hard working, intelligent, devoted and successful. You will not find a manager that is more respected by his superiors or co-workers, and liked, for that matter. If I was in a position to hire or partner with Rob, I wouldn’t hesitate for a moment. He is a quality individual.” – Rod Baron, President, Baron Entertainment

“I had the priviledge of working with Robert at Target Corporation and found him to be an incredible leader who had a strong retail sense and high acumen in developing successful strategic plans while developing and mentoring a team to deliver high standards on a consistent and sustained basis.” – Ali Zahedi, President and Chief Visionary Officer, Zahedi Real Estate Group

“Robert worked for me for several years. His attention to detail made him shine in his job and he was a great team builder. I recommend him very highly for any position.” – Elio Zarmati, President & CEO, Gelula & Co., Inc.

“Robert is extremely responsive to requests and follows through until the job is completed. He is a pleasure to work with and I hope to be able to work with him again in the near future.” – Barbra Brennan, Merchandising Representative, CBS Entertainment

“Robert contacted us about providing support for a marketing initiative. I found Robert to be efficient, organized and ethical in our business dealings and an excellent communicator.” – David Wogahn, Publisher, Golf Yellow Pages

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  1. love ur blog robert. i really think u do it right. i’m reviewing what you are doing so i can create a successful blog as well. thank u for ur posts, keep blogging my friend!


  2. susan ordona Says:

    Very impressive “About Me” section.Just signed up for your blog updates…looking forward for more.

  3. Wow! This is great, I love everythink about Robert. Robert blog is amazing.

  4. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Robert in person. He is a very high integrity based individual. I would wholeheartedly recommend his services.

  5. Kevin Brown Says:

    Interesting Bio Robert – I follow Chris & Brendons work very closely and am a raving PD fan – Robbins, Howard, Tracy & Chopra particularly.

    I am a UK based business adviser and developing a keen interest in IM and speaker development via speaker and coaching clients and would like to keep in touch with any projects you are interested in or involved in over here.



  6. Hey!
    Congrats buddy on all of your success!
    I look forward to doing business with you again in the near future.
    You are a great friend and cool guy!
    I will continue to recommend you to my friends and colleagues.

  7. Hi Robert!
    It was great meeting you at Craig’s Rockstar event!
    I really enjoy your page with pictures with quotes. Very fun & inspirational 🙂
    I wish you the best and hope to bump into you again one day.

  8. Quality articles is the important to invite the people to go to see the web site, that’s what this website is providing.

  9. Eric Williams Says:

    Hey how are you doing Robert, you seem to be a happy, successful guy I’d like to engage in a conversation with you I’m always looking to learn more and share what I know about business, contact me soon as you can

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