Client Testimonials

In 2002 Mr. Azar was honored to have earned the Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation, the management consulting industry’s highest recognition for demonstrated achievements and excellence in client satisfaction, professional standards and ethical business practices. To date, the CMC designation has been awarded to fewer than 1,000 consultants in the U.S. and 20,000 consultants worldwide.

With your assistance, we were able to increase our sales by 70% last year! A good percentage of our growth is attributed to your efforts in Asia. We anticipate, with your help, to continue to expand these markets and increase our sales even further.

Marty DavidsonPresident & CEO Excel Cosmeceuticals, Inc., Bloomfield Hills, Minnesota, U.S.A.

Koken Co., Ltd. has had the opportunity to work closely with Mr. Robert C. Azar over the past two years. We have found him to be an individual of utmost integrity and professionalism. Mr. Azar’s knowledge of the Japanese health and skin care market is unsurpassed, even by our own executives.

In addition to impeccable Japanese language skills, his ability to resolve difficulties encountered in doing business internationally is outstanding. It is without hesitation that I unconditionally recommend Robert Azar.

Teruo Miyata, Ph.D.President Koken Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan

These sales (in Asia) are really good news. Thanks for believing in us.....You are a true hero! Congrats!

Arnd Kensy / Ulrich TobiesPresident / Director of International Sales Human Med AG, Berlin, Germany

I have known Robert Azar for several years now, and worked closely with him when he was engaged to provide services to Obagi Medical Products. Robert is highly skilled in launching brands globally, and building an international presence.

In one particular project, I worked with Robert to bring the Obagi brand to Japan. In the process of completing that project, it was very clear that Robert had extensive knowledge of the medical channels in Japan, who the key opinion leaders are, what companies had the largest market share, the best reputation and/or the highest growth rates, as well as who the best potential distribution partners would be for Obagi. Further, the key opinion leaders and industry players in Japan knew Robert, and it became clear that he has garnered excellent relationships throughout that country and many others.

One of my existing contacts in Japan noted, after speaking with Robert, that he was very surprised that Robert was not Japanese - which is a testament to Robert’s absolutely flawless command of the Japanese language and his natural understanding/competency with cultural norms and subtleties. Finding someone with these skills is rare - but adding those skills to his sharp business acumen and industry knowledge sets Robert even further apart. Top qualities: Great results, expert, high integrity.

In short, Robert is a proven professional that delivered on all of the projects that we engaged him on and I would welcome the opportunity to work with Robert again, anywhere in the world.

Curtis CluffFormer CFO Obagi Medical Products, Inc., Long Beach, California, U.S.A.

I had the sincere pleasure of working with Robert Azar for many years at Obagi Medical. He was a life-saver.

Robert assisted me in breaking into many Asian Markets – Japan and Korea notably. His understanding of the physician channel, those companies/distributers who had the largest market-share in that channel and the key opinion leaders within those markets provided Obagi quick access and success.

Robert’s command on the Japanese language, his ability to understand the objectives of his clients, and his superior knowledge of the international market, makes him one of the best all-round professionals that I have met in the industry, to date. I would welcome, and look forward to the opportunity of working with Robert again.

Kathleen LaGraveFormer Director, International Sales Obagi Medical Products, Inc., Long Beach, California, U.S.A.

I have known Robert Azar for a couple of years now. I worked very closely with him when he successfully introduced Brava AFT System in the Japanese market. His quick progress into the Japanese market proved us correct in trusting Robert with this delicate operation. Robert is highly skilled in finding the best strategy for your medical device in the Japanese market. He has vast knowledge of medical device industry in Japan, from manufacturers to distributors, and end users. His understanding of the language and the culture along with his business experience in Japan makes him one of the best in launching products in this market. Robert has been a trustworthy business partner. I am pleased to recommend Robert to anyone looking to expand their business success in Japan.

Ercan DilsenVP Operations Brava, LLC, Miami, Florida, U.S.A.

It has been my distinct privilege to work with Robert Azar on many different projects and in many different capacities off and on over the past 30 years. The depth and breadth of Mr. Azar's experience in doing business in Asia is truly staggering. I cannot think of any non-Japanese person who understands the language and culture of Japan better than Mr. Azar. It is this unique and thorough understanding of culture that enables Mr. Azar to help his clients and business partners to succeed in Japan and other Asian markets. He is also a man of integrity. I am pleased to recommend Mr. Azar to anyone looking to expand their business success in Asia.

Paul Taylor, Esq.Vice President & General Counsel Ajinomoto North America, Inc., Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.
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