Brian J. Cohen
After beginning his career as a programmer/analyst, Brian was a management consultant in the business consulting and corporate finance practices at Ernst & Young LLP and Arthur Andersen LLP before striking out on his own.
After leaving "Big 4" consulting, Brian has had a diverse clientele that has ranged from providing restructuring/growth advice to a Silicon Valley software company, helping start and guide several Internet companies, advising several East Coast software companies on customer relationship issues, and assisting numerous universities and alumni associations with strategy, planning, messaging, and alumni relationship management issues.
Brian was also a member of the founding team of a Houston-based Internet company, GlobalPitch.com. During Brian’s involvement GlobalPitch.com grew to over 55,000 account holders and raised an initial round of angel capital through the Houston Angel Network. As a member of the leadership team, Brian helped craft the business plan, conducted early market research (through IDiscover Consulting Group), and primarily oversaw customer relations and market strategy and communications.
Prior to forming IDiscover in 2004, Brian worked with a Houston-based market research firm where he co-founded a national study of university alumni attitudes/perceptions and consulted with approximately 50 university alumni associations across the nation on alumni relationship building, strategic, and operational issues. In this role Brian led a large alumni feedback research study for the entire University of California system. He also advised a number of corporations and non-profits on strategic, operational, and customer satisfaction issues. During this time, Brian also served as an independent advisor to a number of technology companies in Texas and in Silicon Valley providing strategy, business planning, merger and acquisition support, business development, and operational consulting.
Previously Brian was a Director/Manager with Arthur Andersen LLP. In this capacity he worked with Andersen's Global Corporate Finance practice providing strategic business and financial advice including asset sales, turnaround/restructuring, and bankruptcy advice. He served a diverse client base ranging from Japan's national oil company to US-based energy companies. As part of Andersen's Business Consulting practice, Brian was a founding member of the firm's Revenue Enhancement Competency Center - an internal "think tank" dedicated to the creation, development, and worldwide launch of Andersen's worldwide revenue-side consulting practice. He also served as the competency center's first worldwide knowledge manager. Brian also advised a number of clients nationwide on revenue improvement, customer satisfaction, and process improvement issues.Before Andersen, Brian was an information technology and performance improvement consultant at Ernst & Young LLP.
He began his career as a systems analyst with a multinational energy company.Brian holds an MBA (with a concentration in Finance) from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University and a BBA in Business Analysis and Research (specialization in Management Information Systems) from the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University.
Brian is also an active member of the technology community. He has been a member of a number of diverse organizations such as Houston Technology Center, the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, the American Marketing Association, and the Greater Houston Partnership. In addition, he frequently judges MBA-level competitions hosted by the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship at Texas A&M. He is active in the social media community as well.
In the community, Brian has served on the Board of Governors of The Center Serving Persons with Mental Retardation in Houston, Texas. He served as as board president and also chaired numerous committees and task forces including the board's Marketing, Budget & Finance, and Long Range Planning committees. Brian also serves on The Center Foundation's Board of Trustees.
Brian now serves the community as a board member of the Down Syndrome Association of Houston.