I had the opportunity to work on a large strategic project with Bob in my role as Interim Chief Marketing Officer at The Nature Conservancy. Bob brought significant expertise and gravitas to the project. In addition to his expertise, Bob was a thoughtful listener from the start, tuned in right away to our challenges and proposed a concrete plan. As we navigated the partnership, I always felt heard by Bob. As a client, I always felt respected and valued. As a senior leader on the project, I was impressed how much Bob personally leaned into the project, bringing not only the deliverables in an expedient and efficient fashion, but bringing a genuine sense of joy for the work and continued creative curiosity. I’d welcome the opportunity to work with Bob again.
— Janine Wilkin, Senior Advisor, The Nature Conservancy
Bob listens. He invested heavily in understanding our unique business model and our strategic objectives. Bob is also hands-on. He helped us to discover and refine our authentic voice. This manifested in distinctive branding and market positioning that includes a powerful visual identity for the company, as well as both core and stakeholder-specific messaging. He also helped us develop an integrated communications platform and original content that further enhances our unique ‘voice’ and ‘presence’ in the market. Bob has been an important partner at critical stage in the company’s evolution.
— Isaac Barchas, President and CEO, Research Bridge Partners
From crisis communications to master narrative refinement to multi-year strategic communications plan development, Bob proved distinctly valuable to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. By combining his wide-ranging experience with a passion for data-centric intelligence, Bob quickly analyzes the communications challenges you see, identifies the ones you don’t, and immediately assists you in seizing your strategic opportunities. And whether he’s serving in the role of confidential adviser or expert witness to a board of directors, Bob deftly delivers his winning advice with equal parts humility and humor. Simply put: After working with Bob, you won’t want to work with anyone else.
— Rob Beach, Vice President for Communications, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Bob was integral to our efforts to brand a holistic, four-year program consisting of curricular and co-curricular experiences that prepare women to lead and thrive in career and life—a landmark renewal of the undergraduate college’s 125-year mission. With Bob’s guidance and expertise, we branded the program “IMPRINT.” It is highly compelling to today’s students while being readily identifiable to alumni. In working closely with our institutional advancement team, select faculty and the University’s president, Bob proved to be an astute listener and incisive counselor, in addition to leading a complex assignment in a narrow timeframe. He was comprehensive in scope, lead us through beginning to end and overall – superb.
— Christian Kendzierski, Associate Vice President for University Communications and Marketing
Notre Dame of Maryland University
I had the pleasure of working directly with Bob Knott for 15 years and can attest he is the consummate professional. He is smart, strategic, creative, a strong writer and a great communicator. He has high energy, will tell you what you need to hear and consistently delivers results. I recommend him highly to anyone.
— Rob Rehg, President, Edelman, Washington, DC
Bob is a highly talented counselor and strategist. In our work together I was consistently impressed with Bob’s ability to take in the big picture, understand nuance, and deliver (and implement) sound, actionable and impactful strategy. Smart, articulate and tenacious, Bob never shied from a challenge and always delivered value for clients. There is no hesitation in my recommendation of Bob.
— Ben Boyd, Chief Strategy & Operating Officer, BCW Global
Bob was adept at developing messaging that resonated with a diversity of stakeholders during a challenging time, while helping to shape an effective communications strategy. He was highly responsive and provided candid, thoughtful counsel.
— Mike Rizer, Executive Vice President and Director, Community Relations, Wells Fargo Bank
I worked with Bob to develop a positioning strategy for Duke Medicine in preparation of a $1 billion capital campaign. He demonstrated keen marketing sensibilities, but also an insightful grasp of essential development strategies and philanthropic decision making. Working with physician’s, scientist’s and administration leadership, as well as our Board of Visitors, Bob was the ideal partner—smart, collaborative and deeply committed to our mission—and it showed in our eventual work product.
— Michael J. Morsberger, CFRE, Vice President, Duke Medicine
Bob is a big, strategic thinker and particularly knowledgeable and talented on corporate reputation, social issues and crisis communications. He has worked with some of the world’s largest companies and brands, and is able to translate lessons learned from those sized companies into a variety of situations. He has a very solid grasp of communications fundamentals, knows how to manage very large scale programs and is extremely passionate about the counsel and execution he delivers. He is also a very collegial person to work with, an extremely good listener, and very effective in a corporate setting.
— Elizabeth Saunders, Partner, Clermont Partners and Commodore Intelligence