Frank Somma  began life in a housing project. He was fired from the first ten jobs he ever held.  In grade school he was dubbed “The class clown” and  repeatedly told how he wouldn’t amount to anything.  He was tossed out of private high school in his junior year and forced to complete his graduation year amongst strangers.  In 1978, uninspired by life, he joined the United States Navy.  He was almost sent home in shame but somehow managed to complete boot camp.  It was then that things began to change.

Frank was selected for The Presidential Honor Guard and served proudly for Presidents Jimmy Carter & Ronald Reagan attending state dinners and welcoming arriving dignitaries.

In 1982 he left the military with the promise of a sales interview from a man he knew at Western Union.  He waited tables for six months while interviewing repeatedly for a sales job.  Western Union finally came through and hired Frank and he made Pro Club, finishing number one in New York his very first year.

In 1984 he joined a small sales team at Candle Business Systems consisting of one office and annual sales of about 250K.  He quickly rose to sales manager and then Vice President of sales.  Because of his driving force Candle Business Systems grew to five offices and annual sales in excess of 35 million dollars.

In 2005 Candle sold to Toshiba America and Frank was hired as Vice President of sales for Toshiba in its largest market, NY/NJ.

In November of 2007 Frank took an offer from a long time consulting client, Abel Cine Tech, and became their National Sales Director.  Abel, with offices in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago is one of the largest  production camera resellers in the US and rents, sells and services Arri, Panasonic and Sony  digital cinema cameras to the television and movie industries.

In addition to these professional pursuits Frank served for over ten years as the national president of the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation; a non-profit organization dedicated to the care and cure of patients with the fatal blood disease Thalassemia.  He remains a very active member of their board of directors.

For the past ten years Frank has been hired as a motivational and keynote speaker by everyone from high school guidance counselors to GE,  Pitney Bowes,  K. Hovnanian, The Knights of Columbus and The Elks!

If you were listening to NPR radio recently you would have heard nationally known speaker and author, Dr Rob Gilbert, exclaim during an interview:  “Today I listened to a great motivational speaker, Frank Somma.”

Frank has been asked to motivate everyone from public school teachers to troubled teens to national sales teams and has gotten rave reviews every time.

He is the author of   several nationally published magazine articles,“Weekly Thought; 52 lessons for exceptional living”.  Of which there are two volumes 2006 and 2007 and the audio program “Are you lazy or do you simply lack talent? Ten bulletproof methods anyone can use to re-energize their sales career”

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