Drummers Five 


Drummers Five is a business development consortium that helps companies secure investment funding while helping increase sales and profitability by employing a hands-on approach to build businesses from concept to market. Our team is highly experienced in business strategy, sales team development, operations, program management, implementation, information technology and public relations.

Drummers Five steps into each client engagement to actively generate sales, control costs, improve operations, develop people and increase the company’s visibility among the right audiences. Our services enable companies to more effectively launch new products and services, ensure success of mission critical projects, strengthen management skills and build cultures that stand out from the competition.

Bill Martin 


  • Serial Entrepreneur, starting: Automotive Clearing House, Castle Enterprise, Pack n Mail Plus, PowerCart America and ShopperTrak RCT Corporation.
  • 30 years experience in building professional sales teams, developing sales training and building CRM sales pipelines with top line sales success
  • Well versed in recruiting top sales talent that can accelerate sales of any product or company sales strategy
  • Creative with sales compensation plans that drive top performance and the greatest a return on your sales budget
  • Expertise in promotion of core business concepts through public awareness by appearing regularly on broadcast media programs on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC and CNBC as well as in articles in business outlets including the Wall Street Journal and trade press.
  • Skilled international business trade to promote your products and company globally
  • Bill Martin remains actively engaged as Chairman of the Board at Shelfbucks.
  • He actively promotes the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and sits on the Advisory Board for Mother Mary Sisters of the Eucharist, Grand Rapids, MI.

Chad DeKing 

  • 2 years as Independent management consultant in information technology strategy, business intelligence and organization design
  • 30 years of business and technology career with McDonald’s Corporation
  • Expertise includes business and IT transformation, strategy development, investment alignment, and large-scale program/project management
  • Experienced working with owner/operators of small businesses (ranging from $3-$150M in revenue), suppliers of all sizes and all organization levels within one of the largest global corporations
  • Envisions creative and strategic solutions to business opportunities and then aligns your people, processes and technology to deliver your business performance objectives
  • Has domestic and international business and technology experience within early stage, high change and mature stage environments
  • Skilled in assembling strategically aligned, achievable plans and has a long track record of building cases for change
  • Led teams of 110+ employees, 100+ consultants and 20+ suppliers through all stages of successful large scale projects
  • Aligned the top 200 executives and 2400 Owner Operators in the USA to invest in new technology solutions that enabled product expansion, lower service time, improved customer/employee satisfaction and reduced operating costs
  • Served on the Payment Card Industry Board of Advisors to guide standards for credit/debit card processing.

Scott Phillips 

  • Successful entrepreneur with more than 30 years’ experience providing strategic public relations consulting services
  • Nationally recognized for highly effective B2B, B2C communications strategies
  • Co-founder of international network of senior public relations consultants
  • Experienced working with diverse mix of companies and organizations – from fast-growth start-ups to mature, multi-national corporations
  • Expertise crossing multiple industries, including B2B and B2C technologies, professional services, consumer products, retail, financial services, healthcare, not-for-profit
  • Skilled in comprehensive range of communications services – from message development and media relations to social media campaigns, analyst relations, issues and crisis management
  • Offers no-nonsense approach to communications, spokesperson and media relations training for executive team
  • Working relationships with influential media, analysts, industry thought leaders
  • Long track record of helping to drive market share acquisition,  direct support for long-term corporate growth
  • Capable of quickly assembling experienced communications team tailored to client need


Kevin Martin 

  • 6 years business development since graduating from Loyola University – Chicago
  • Co-Founder of Drummers Limited, a contract sales organization aiding young startup companies
  • Media and project planning with large companies including Verizon, Toyota, Harrah’s Casinos and Caesar’s Windsor Hotel and Casino
  • Media negotiations with local and national affiliates for NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox Networks
  • Executes mission critical plans for mobile application development in the personal security industry for PeopleGuard
  • 3 years sales, cold calling, CRM management, and closing responsibilities for Groupon and PeopleGuard
  • Expert with Social Media applications Twitter, Linked-in and Facebook
  • Keen understanding of new and emerging technologies and opportunities for his generation

Hank Conrad 

  •  Corporate entrepreneur, starting several new corporate operations including business intelligence, automated drafting, supply chain management systems, and call centers.
  • 30 years background building and managing new teams, managing large projects and organizations, and helping organizations overcome obstacles to fast growth.
  • 18 years of business operations and technology experience at McDonald’s Corporation with extensive executive management experience leading franchisees, suppliers, distributors, and corporate employees on global initiatives.
  • Extensive years of management consulting experience focused at strategic planning, large scale project rescue and program management as well as interim executive services.
  • Well versed at identifying potential revenue generators, planning new revenue initiatives, and implementing organizational changes to increase revenue.
  • Creative in identifying potential cost savings, planning cost reduction changes, and implementing organizational changes to reduce costs.
  • Broad industry consulting background including Quick Service Restaurants, Big Box Retail, Distribution, Retail Intelligence, Steel Manufacturing, Steel Services, Oil Services, and the Federal Government.
  • Extensive international business and technology experience promoting new product growth and implementing global initiatives.
  • Serves as a member of the Executive Council on Information Management and Technology at the General Accounting Office in Washington, DC and as a Product Advisor for the State of the USA indicator initiative.