LAST CALL: Fleishman execs band together for conference concert

'Always leave your fans wanting more' is an old showbiz axiom that

some folks at Fleishman-Hillard are taking to heart.

CFO Fred Rohlfing, a drummer, put together a jazz group of Fleishman

execs for a recent company meeting. Scouring an 'interests database'

that the company has on employees, he found a clarinet player, SVP Andy

Katell in New York; a bass player, Bryce Bukowsky from the company's

computer group; and a lead guitarist, chief creative office Pierre

Ouellette, who had once toured with the '60s rock group Paul Revere and

the Raiders. On piano was Ron Watt who runs Fleishman Cleveland.

Rohlfing sent 30 songs to his ersatz combo to consider before the March

conference. But the band, dubbed 'Fred Rohlfing and The Bottomline' had

only two nights to practice together before playing at a Friday

breakfast session at the conference that had attracted more than 2,200

Fleishman employees.

'Wednesday night I was almost in a cold sweat,' the bandleader Rohlfing

recalls. 'By Thursday, when we practiced from 11:15pm until 1:30am, it

sounded pretty good.' Agrees Watt, who said his fingers were bleeding on

the keyboard during the group's performance, 'it was a happening.' (Awww

- still in the 1960s, are we?)

We'll all just have to wait a while to find out if he was right. The

group won't perform again until the next Fleishman company meeting in

three years. 'I like to keep performances infrequent,' he joked. He also

wants to recruit a hot sax player. Anyone thinking about looking for a

job with Fleishman might want to play up that skill on his or her resume

- or just show up at Rohlfing's door carrying a sax case and humming

John Coltrane's A Love Supreme.

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