The original Irene Cohen companies had provided human resources services for over 20 years. These companies were acquired by a public corporation.
Returning to entrepreneurship after a 10 day retirement, she founded FlexCorp Systems LLC. in 2000, a company with a timely labor management value proposition for Fortune 1000 companies.
Rick has extensive experience leading emerging and established companies in a variety of business categories in the areas of management consulting, business development, operations, and outsourcing; and with community service organizations in the areas of finance and operations. He has advised businesses and organizations of all sizes including Fortune 500 companies such as Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse First Boston, Northeast Utilities, Avon Products Inc., American Home Products, and Tetley, Inc.
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In September, 2000 he co-founded and was President of FlexCorp Systems, a highly successful business process outsourcing firm focused on human capital. The company was named by INC. Magazine as one of the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing privately held companies in the U.S. (number 119) in November, 2005. The company was sold in 2006.
Rick is the co-author of two nationally acclaimed books: Don’t Retire, REWIRE! 5 Steps to Fulfilling Work That Fuels Your Passion, Suits Your Personality, and Fills Your Pocket, which supports his philosophy that people need tools to assist them through growth and transition, and On Target, Enhance Your Life and Ensure Your Success.
Prior to founding FlexCorp, he was managing partner of the executive search and transition coaching firm of SEDLAR & MINERS. The firm focused on the recruitment of executives into senior management positions. He is formerly president of Goodrich and Sherwood, a global consulting firm specializing in human resources management.
He has appeared on The Today Show, CNN, PBS, Wall Street Week and radio programs discussing “Future Workforce” issues. He has advised corporations and individuals including C-suite level management, entrepreneurs, and families on enhancing work life. Rick has lectured at universities, industry forums, and not-for-profit organizations. He has served on the faculty of the Young President’s Organization, and writes for Horsesmouth.com, an online financial newsletter.
Rick is a graduate of Wake Forest University, and has served as a member of the Board of Advisors of the University's Calloway School of Business and Accountancy. He is an active volunteer in the University’s Alumni in Admissions Program. He resides in New York City with his co-author wife, Jeri Sedlar.
Flexcorp offered a flexible staffing strategy that enabled companies to use their own internal resources to identify the experienced consultants, and project workers they needed and then outsource the employment responsibilities of payroll, benefits and human resource services. In 4 years that new venture had over 1000 employees in 39 states. Flexcorp was sold in 2006 just after having made the INC 100 list of fastest growing companies.
Irene developed a client list over the years to include major corporations such as Avon, Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs. The confidence major companies had that she would deliver the level of services they expected contributed to her success in starting and building four major businesses.
Mrs. Cohen has made numerous appearances on national radio and television discussing the management and operational issues businesses must resolve in order to stay in a fast track growth mode. In addition, as part of a team that included two major law firms, Weil Gotchal Manges and Winston Strawn, Mrs. Cohen traveled nationwide presenting a program that also exposed the risk and liability issues companies must address because of IRS, DOL and ERISA regulations.
FlexCorp Systems was a certified women’s business enterprise and Mrs. Cohen is a champion of Minority and Women Diversity initiatives. Her first venture earned her the entrepreneur of the year award presented by Ronald Reagan. With her latest venture FlexCorp Systems she was nominated by Merrill Lynch as one of their top Diversity suppliers and received the WBENC award. She also has the New York State award for promoting women.
She has presented at the national conference of the Society of Human Resource Managers, SHRM, Ernst and Young Leadership Conference, the Stanford University Business Conference, the Columbia Business School, the University of Michigan and Smith College. She has also co-chaired the Women Business conference at Columbia University, presented at the Women’s Corporate Summit, and the Women’s Leadership Conference.
She is President of the Education Fund of The Women’s Forum of New York. The fund makes monetary awards to women over 35 to continue their college education; Irene is on the board of the Women’s Executive Council of UJA; has served on the Advisory Board of Daffy’s; the advisory Board of the Stanford University Emerging Business Executive Program; and on the board of the Committee of 200, a professional organization of preeminent entrepreneurs and corporate leaders who work to create more opportunity for women in business. She is on the board of HealthCare Navigation a health care advocacy company. Irene is a founder and a past president of Women Business Owners of New York and has served on the NY Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
She has been quoted in numerous publications including Fortune and the Wall St Journal and her articles have appeared in among others, the New York Law Journal, Auditor Magazine, Human Capital, Human Resource Executive, the Payroll Managers Newsletter and Workspan Magazine.