Rob’s Journey

Rob Spee is a husband, dad, entrepreneur, global IT channel professional and the founder of Channel Journeys. He craves adventure, loves cycling and skiing in the mountains and sailing across the ocean.

Rob’s expertise is in accelerating growth and opening new routes to market through 1 and 2-tier distribution channels.  Over the past 20 years, he has developed an expertise in developing and executing visionary channel strategies. He knows how to build global partner ecosystems and drive performance-driven channel organizations.

With a Petroleum Engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines, Rob got his start as a Drilling Engineer. He first worked on offshore oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. When oil prices collapsed, he was transferred to the international oil trading team. That inspired Rob to get an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.  He then transitioned into high-tech and launched his channel career as an International Channel Sales Manager.

Intrigued by foreign cultures at a young age, Rob developed his international business and foreign language skills studying, living, and working in Europe, Latin America, and Asia Pacific.

Rob is often reading sailing magazines, a history or a spy novel, and a business advice or personal development book at the same time. After becoming a fan of podcasts, he decided to launch his own. Some of his favorites books and podcasts include:

Business

The Hybrid Sales Channel: How to Ignite Growth by Bridging the Gap Between Direct and Indirect Sales by Rich Blakeman

Marketing Multiplied by Mike Moore and Peter Thomas

Socially Inept – tracking social interaction with your business partners by Jacqui Rand

Pod2112 by Larry Walsh

Flip my Funnel podcast by Sangram Vajre

The Analytical Marketer by Adele Sweetwood

Self-Improvement

Achieve Your Goals podcast by Hall Elrod

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

The Power of Postive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change by Shawn Achor

Linked to Influence: 7 Powerful Rules for Becoming a Top Influencer in Your Market and Attracting Your Ideal Clients on LinkedIn by Stephanie Sammons