Damian Birkel     Founder of Professionals In Transition

 

SummaryDamian Birkel

J. Damian Birkel is a Certified Career Counselor and the Founder of Professionals In Transition ® Support Group, Inc. (PIT®), a national non-profit organization founded in 1992 to assist downsized employees.

His latest book,The Job Search Checklist, Everything You Need to Know to Get Back to Work After a Layoff (as told to Linda Speaks) will be published this Fall by the Ameican Management Association's AMACOM Book Division. More info and advance ordering available at: http://www.amazon.com/The-Job-Search-Checklist-Everything/dp/0814432913

Nationally recognized for its unique program, Professionals In Transition®) has been highlighted in numerous printed and electronic publications including the CNN, Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Fortune, NPR, Parade Magazine, and many others.

He is a recipient of the Jefferson Award for "Outstanding Public Service Benefiting the Local Community." The award has honored nationally recognized history makers, side by side with grassroots "unsung heroes" and include: Barbara Bush, Jimmy Carter, and Oprah Winfrey.

Having lost a job as a result of downsizing and survived three company reorganizations, Birkel established PIT to create "safe space" where members could discuss the issues surrounding unemployment. He has written widely about career topics in numerous publications and is the co-author of Career Bounce-Back!, and the Career Bounce-Back Workbook..

Prior to joining Forsyth Tech, Birkel built a successful career in marketing management over a 22-year period with leading Fortune 500 corporations, including Sara Lee Corporation, Dillard's Department Stores (Higbee's) and Macy's (The May Company Cleveland).

He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Cleveland State University and was the graduate assistant of Dr. John P. Wilson, PhD. (one of the world's experts on Post Delayed Stress Syndrome and war trauma).

Specialties:Career Counseling, Public Speaking, Seminars, Group Facilitation, Non-profit Management, Marketing, Product Development, Publishing. Author and National Employment Expert Commentary (Television, Radio, Newspaper and Internet).

Forsyth Technical Community College

Adjunct Faculty Member and Instcructor for the Employment Skills Lab which offers career based services including: Career Exploration, Resume Writing, Interviewing Skills, Basic Computer Skills and best practice job search methodologies.

Executive Director and Founder

Professionals In Transition Support Group, Inc.

Working with our Board, monitor and maintain all aspects of the organization including financial, compliance, website and all other general organizational and member related issues.

13 recommendations, including:
  • Kevin Twyman
    Kevin Twyman
    Proprietor at COFF-EH, LLC dba Ravens Roost

    Damian is the most personable and helpful person. his high integrity and personality are two of his assets that Damian has...View

  • Timothy P. Flavin
    Timothy P. Flavin
    Experienced Non-Profit/Corporate Executive Manager and Business Development Professional

    I highly recommend Damian, he is a very caring, very knowledgeable career planning professional who has dedicated himself to...View

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Career Management Consultant

Right Management

Home Based Career Management utilizing best employment job search tactics via web and phone. Worked with over 150 Career Candidates and recieved both high customer service and satisfaction rates.

(Open)1 recommendation
  • Barry Whitcomb
    Barry Whitcomb
    Board Chair at The Kendal Corporation

    Damian is a very accomplished consultant and author, knowledgeable about the challenges and strategies of the transition process.View

Vice President

Williams, Roberts, Young, Inc.

Provided Outplacement, Career Counseling Services and selected Marketing and Information Technology functions.

(Open)1 recommendation
  • Courtney Hamlett
    Courtney Hamlett
    Recruitment Business Partner at Credit Suisse

    It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Damian. Interacting and working with people like Damian is quite rare especially in business; he geniunely cares about others and always goes above and beyond in every task he takes on. I consider it...View

Product Merchandise Manager (and related positions)

Sara Lee Direct

During his twelve years at Sara Lee Direct, he was responsible for a number of key brands merchandised and marketed in the Direct Mail Division including: Fuller Brush, Bali, Playtex, Hanes Her Way, Jogbra, Champion, Legg's and Hanes Hosiery, as well as development of catalog exclusive, new outsourced product

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  • Tracy Noell
    IT Business Process Analyst at BB&T

    Damian is a unique blend of entrepreneur and community leader. Over the 15 years I’ve known Damian, he’s successfully morphed to professional careers in diverse areas. When we first met, we both worked at SLD. He’s a living example of “when life...View

Buyer
Higbee's Deparement Store
1984-1987 (3 years) 
(May Company)

Skills & Expertise

Most endorsed for...
  • 99+Career Counseling
  • 81Broadcast Television
  • 56Resume Writing
  • 36Public Speaking
  • 28Workshop Facilitation
  • 12Networking
  • 9Job Search
  • 9Non-profits
  • 8Job Search Strategies
  • 6Coaching
Damian also knows about...
  • 3Broadcast
  • 3Interview Preparation
  • 0Journalism
  • 0Radio

Education 

Cleveland State University

 
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Batchelor of Arts, Psychology and Business

Saint Joseph High School

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High School, College Prep

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Recipient of the Jefferson Award for "Outstanding Public Service Benefiting the Local Community."

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  1. Executive Director and Founder

    Professionals In Transition Support Group, Inc.

    Kevin Twyman
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    Proprietor at COFF-EH, LLC dba Ravens Roost

    Damian is the most personable and helpful person. his high integrity and personality are two of his assets that Damian has to offer to everyone he comes in contact with. Professional in all aspects of his business and personal life.

    February 9, 2012, Kevin was a consultant or contractor to Damian at Professionals In Transition Support Group, Inc.
    Timothy P. Flavin
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    Experienced Non-Profit/Corporate Executive Manager and Business Development Professional

    I highly recommend Damian, he is a very caring, very knowledgeable career planning professional who has dedicated himself to helping people maximize their potential and help them develop the necessary skills to adapt to and grow in the ever changing work environment we all exist in today!

    July 3, 2010, Timothy P. was with another company when working with Damian at Professionals In Transition Support Group, Inc.
    Nigel Alston
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    Nigel D. Alston & Associates, Inc.

    Damian is an expert at career transition and preparation for how to navigate your way to the next opportunity.

    He is knowledgeable, understanding and professional in his approach. He is respected and highly sought after for his thoughts and perspectives.

    June 23, 2010, Nigel was with another company when working with Damian at Professionals In Transition Support Group, Inc.
    Dave Goren
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    Executive Director at National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, Wake Forest Football analyst - IMG College

    I had the opportunity to observe Damian in his many appearances on WXII, where he projected a warm and compassionate understanding of the local workforce. He was always willing to impart his wisdom, learned through experience. And he was also willing to offer whatever assistance he could. Damian is one of those "go-to" people every community should have.

    February 2, 2010, Dave was with another company when working with Damian at Professionals In Transition Support Group, Inc.
    Gayle Anderson
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    President and CEO at Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce

    Damian is the consummate professional. He is an expert at networking and assisting people who are making career changes. He has an intimate knowledge of the Triad, its organizations, and is well connected throughout the community.

    August 4, 2008, Gayle was with another company when working with Damian at Professionals In Transition Support Group, Inc.
  1. R. Michael Wells, Jr.
    R. Michael Wells, Jr.
    attorney (member)

    Micheal was instrumental in winning my case. He is patient, kind, and "whip smart." Like his Dad, he is known in our community for his a high degree of integrity, knowledge and effectiveness.

    June 8, 2012, Damian was R. Michael's client
  2. Susan Hart
    Susan Hart

    Susan is outstanding. She is constantly striving to improve her abilities both at the class I teach at Forsyth Tech, and at Professionals In Transition. She is an effective HR Manager who puts the term "human" back into Human Resources.

    June 8, 2012, Damian advised Susan at Forsyth Tech. Comunity College
  3. Valarie A. Riley, MBA, MAT
    Valarie A. Riley, MBA, MAT
    Career Facilitator

    Valarie's unique differential advantage is her ability to provide Bilingual Job Assistance. She is attuned to the needs of both the Local Economy and the Hispanic Community.

    Recently, Valarie created (from scratch) the Job Club that meets on Friday's at the REACT Center in Winston-Salem, NC. The club has been well received by those who are looking for work. Job Club...more

    April 26, 2012, Damian was with another company when working with Valarie A. at Piedmont Triad Regional Council
  4. Ellen Kadin
    Ellen Kadin
    Executive Editor

    Ellen is terrific to work with. Her enthusiasm and direction (before, during, and after the book writing process) is invaluable.

    February 2, 2012, Damian was with another company when working with Ellen at AMACOM Books
  5. JR Childress
    JR Childress
    Operations Manager

    J.R. is a terrific individual with a "do-what-ever-it-takes" to get the job done.

    September 7, 2011, Damian worked directly with JR at Hayward Baker, Inc.

Connections

  • Ouss SahharOuss Sahhar

    STAT Team Specialist with premier provider of Maintenance/POM, Housekeeping/Janitorial and Grounds Management Services

  • Dave GorenDave Goren

    Executive Director at National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, Wake Forest Football analyst - IMG College

  • Timothy P. FlavinTimothy P. Flavin

    Experienced Non-Profit/Corporate Executive Manager and Business Development Professional

  • C J "John" Davis, Jr.C J "John" Davis, Jr.

    Information Technology Professional

  • Michael KellyMichael Kelly

    Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer at Piedmont Pharmaceuticals

  • Linda ReidyLinda Reidy

    Instructor in the Basic Skills Program at Forsyth Technical Community College

  • John ReidyJohn Reidy

    Owner of Fine Art Portraits by John Reidy

  • Vicki BoudrieVicki Boudrie

    Database Administrator at The Clearing House

  • Norman ButlerNorman Butler

    Supply Chain professional experience in purchasing, manufacturing, planning, inventory, warehousing, shipping receiving.

  • Fredi Bauert, MBAFredi Bauert, MBA

    Physicians Coordinator at Cone Health

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  • Damian Birkel has built a successful career in marketing management over a 30-year period with leading Fortune 500 corporations, including Sara Lee, Dillard's Department Stores (Higbee's) and Macy’s (The May Company). He is also the Founder of Professionals In Transition, a national non-profit organization founded in 1992 to assist downsized employees.

Nationally recognized for its unique program, PIT has been highlighted in numerous printed and electronic publications including USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, CNN and many others. Damian is a recipient of the National Jefferson Award for outstanding public service. He has also written widely about career topics in numerous publications and is the author of three books.

Damian's Linked In Profile 

 

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