Hi, I’m Alan Lee. Founder of Flatiron Sales Strategies.
I’ve been in Sales for more than 30 years. I began my career representing commercial photographers in New York City.
We started doing business with advertising agencies, graphic design firms, financial services companies, and an endless number of national brands. A great business to be in.
After many years enjoying a steady stream of assignments - there was a sea change. Like many other businesses and industries, the landscape was changing rapidly, including the fact that stock photography started playing a significant role.
At that time I started and ran my own stock photography agency. It was essentially an alternative to the established stock photo agencies. That business grew steadily, as I had built an extensive national client base, plus, I represented the work of 40 really talented photographers.
After 7 years I merged with a larger agency and became head of sales. Two years later they were bought by an innovative company based in Canada - a leading provider of high-end digital content consisting of images, film footage and various multimedia products. I joined them as National Account Manager, responsible for opening up new business in the U.S.
During the following few years the quality of stock photography improved greatly and prices got a lot lower. It was at that point that I decided to try something totally different. I had many good years in this industry as a whole and it was a good time to move on.
A NEW DIRECTION
In Summer 2006 I made a career change. I joined a commercial real estate brokerage firm specializing in retail and office leasing, and a few years later into Investment Real Estate Sales. After 6 years in real estate - the world was changing… and so was I.
Some years later I founded Flatiron Sales Strategies focusing on outbound selling to help B2B sales people get organized, be more pro-active and create their own sales opportunities.
Fast Forward to present time...
Regular Clients included:
Bank of America, Chase Bank, American Express, Charles Schwab, Time Inc., Honda, Toyota, Digitas, Ogilvy, J. Walter Thompson, Grey Advertising, Saatchi, Wieden + Kennedy, Hill Holliday, DDB NY/Chicago/LA, Leo Burnett, Young & Rubicam, Deutsch, BBDO, Sony Pictures, Nike.