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Testimonials

Dr. Toy – Stevanne Auerbach

We connected with Ben Simon Thomas at a special event set by Berkeley business Development to provide support to local business community. I received much more than we anticipated after talking to Ben and explaining our situation. His follow up has been exactly what we needed to improve our social networking outreach and to expand our current plans.

Ben is gifted at listening and understanding client problems and issues and then finding workable solutions to fit. He has assisted us to structure our business and services in new and unique ways that are perfect for our special situation. He has a great sense of timing, responsibility and provides perfectly appropriate responses.

He has explained everything in an easy to understand way to our staff so that they can fulfill the mission and conduct follow-up. He keeps the doors to communication open to respond to any query. He has been totally accessible to
solve any problem along the way and is very patient and never judgmental is working with various skill levels.

We are very happy to recommend Ben and Upaya services. We are most fortunate to have Ben Simon Thomas and UPAYA CONSULTING to work with us as we develop short and long term goals.

John Dewitt, Rankine, Carlton, & Dewitt (Berkeley, CA)

As a CPA who worked closely with Ben Simon-Thomas for close to 10 years, I am certain you will be impressed with Ben’s management and organizational skills, quickness with technical issues and general energy and alertness across the full spectrum of challenges that arise in the management of a business.  Ben has a unique ability to recognize important strategic and planning issues, to find good and practical solutions, and clearly communicate with staff and industry professionals like me. I’m certain that Ben’s efforts added both to gross sales, net profits and created much practical efficiency that was appreciated by management and workers alike. I’m sure any organization that works with Ben Simon-Tomas will be very lucky to have him and benefit from his management skills and experience.

Joelle Yzquierdo, Director at Cazadero Family Camp
Benjamin is organized, reliable, and has the big picture. He is enthusiastic, wonderful at recruiting, and one of the most generous individuals we ever had the pleasure of working with.

Wendy Horng Brawer, Prospect Sierra Schools

Ben essentially drove the online marketing campaign for our TEDxGoldenGateED conference on compassion in education this past spring. He was creative and knowledgeable about how to do this and communicated well with me, even though we held most of our planning meetings virtually. Ben is committed and passionate about his work, not only being well versed in new technologies and user experiences, but also in content areas as well derived from his personal interests. I highly recommend Ben for projects big and small. He is able to work quickly, cheerfully, and collaboratively, while stretching resources to the fullest.”

Toner Mitchell – The Reel Life

Ben has worked with me on a social media outreach project designed to improve brand awareness of the fly fishing store I currently manage. Combining facebook and a blog has helped me stay in contact with my customer base, motivate them to action, which in my case means direct sales at the cash register but also the expansion of my community of potential retail customers and guide clients. Through his detailed knowledge of current real time marketing trends, Ben’s work has translated directly to dollars and cents.”

Neil Soni, Director of Development BuyDemHornets

The best way to describe Ben is that he is go-getter. The amount of passion and creativity Ben brings to projects will improve both productivity and results. I would highly recommend Ben and his work to any company or investor looking to take their venture to the next level.” Neil Soni, Director of Development BuyDemHornets

Kevin Segel, Director of User Experience Design GroupGain

Ben has always been great a motivating those working under him and finding creative solutions that benefit customers, employees, and the company as a whole. I have kept working with Ben on a variety of projects and hope to keep doing so. Ben has an amazing knowledge of marketing.

Pam V. Order of Draw Products.

Working with Ben has opened my eyes to the modern way of doing business. He has streamlined the way I can conduct my business with technology. He is very prompt and more than willing to listen even if the questions are silly.

Thuy Nguyen, Founder Berkeley Community Acupunture (Berkeley, CA)

In our company’s meeting with Ben Simon-Thomas he brought to our attention many strategies to market ourselves in an efficient and focused manner. Ben’s ability to look at our individual business and see what corners of marketing we could use were extremely helpful to streamline in a world with overwhelming marketing opportunity. He brought to light many local opportunities we have at our fingertips to use in order to promote ourselves. Since our meeting we have moved forward with a testimonial video for our website as well as requests for written testimonials. We have added to our client load and improved our marketing strategies.

Laura Bowyer, President, SolutionMakers, Inc. (Seattle, WA)

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Ben for nearly 10 years. Ben has been both a client and a consultant working a client of ours. His ability to seek out efficient ways to manage often complex processes is a great attribute. Ben picks up on technical issues quickly and employs a strong skill of troubleshooting. If you want uncompromising commitment, Ben is the guy!”

John Dewitt, Rankine, Carlton, & Dewitt (Berkeley, CA)

As a CPA who worked closely with Ben Simon-Thomas for close to 10 years, I am certain you will be impressed with Ben’s management and organizational skills, quickness with technical issues and general energy and alertness across the full spectrum of challenges that arise in the management of a business.  Ben has a unique ability to recognize important strategic and planning issues, to find good and practical solutions, and clearly communicate with staff and industry professionals like me. I’m certain that Ben’s efforts added both to gross sales, net profits and created much practical efficiency that was appreciated by management and workers alike. I’m sure any organization that works with Ben Simon-Tomas will be very lucky to have him and benefit from his management skills and experience.

Patrick Dooley, Shotgun Players (Berkeley, CA)

Ben identified a short-coming in the information gathering process of our small non-profit and designed an affordable, creative and fun strategy for us to both grow our database and make a more personal connection with our audience. He’s smart, thoughtful and has that infectious enthusiasm so important when trying to build consensus. I definitely plan on working with him again.

Marian O’Brien, Director Boku Books & Director West Coast Print Center (Berkeley, CA & Seattle, WA)

I am very pleased to be able to make a personal as well as professional recommendation for Ben Simon-Thomas. Ben and I met over 10 years ago, right after he began working at Brende & Lamb as their marketing director. He contacted me to discuss the printing of their newsletter, after hearing about us and the West CoastPrint Center through the Berkeley nonprofit grapevine. He gave me a very clear sense about the scope of the projects that Brende & Lamb would like to undertake with his direction that would create a sustainable marketing plan for their tree care services, and would also pave the path for growth. Ben’s ideas were brilliant, well-thought through, and most of all, do-able.

The years that followed saw us collaborate to create many distinctive newsletters with Ben’s vision, writing and editing. We also created a ground-breaking and extremely profitable series of marketing cards that Ben shepherded through many different incarnations over the years. The mailings were complex and required foresight and hindsight which Ben did consistently. The loyal customer base that Brende and Lamb developed and sustained through the years was thoughtfully created and maintained by Ben.

Ben Simon-Thomas is the kind of professional everyone should have the opportunity to work with: ethical, warm, intelligent and with an admirable gift for broad-mindedness. I give him my highest recommendation!

Susan Jahromi, President Trendcepts (Oakland, CA)

Ben was our company liaison for many years and we worked with him to ensure plan compliance and to prepare the annual returns and reports for the plan each year. We could not perform our job without input and reports that were prepared by Ben. Ben was prompt in providing us with needed information that was accurate in its content. It was a pleasure working with Ben because he demonstrated intelligence, a good grasp of the plan, an eagerness to learn and always a great attitude.

Kimberly Dooley, Artistic Associate and Casting Director,Berkeley Playhouse (Berkeley, CA)

“My experience of Ben is that of a community organizer and event planner. I have worked with Ben on several community events and attended parties that he has planned and overseen. He is extremely good at organizing and inspiring people. A natural leader, his direction and approach is always creative and positive, as well as effective. He makes even the most arduous tasks involved in getting an event together fun, which is a rare and very valuable trait. His organizational skills are excellent, and he brings a very unique, positive and innovative style to everything I have seen him do.”

Jason Lelchuk, Director of Photography / Editor , American Museum of Natural History (Berkeley, CA)

Ben is a natural leader. He has a knack for creating memorable events that engage people to participate and bond through teamwork and group experience. I have participated in a number of team building/community outreach events. His events always have some spectacle or wow factor that make them memorable. The creativity behind the event, sport and originality of the event has bonded strangers through collaboration while having fun. He also has enlisted local business’s to sponsor these events and donate prizes further solidifying and giving a local identity to these outing – creating a sense of cohesion where there was none before. I could easily see how his ability to organize and inspire people would benefit almost any working or team environment.

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