July 12, 1937 - July 14, 2021
On July 14, 2021, Rene Gnam, the Guru of Direct Marketing Strategies departed this earth leaving a void in the lives of all who had the privilege of meeting him. Born in 1937 to parents Annette Nussbaum and Hugo Gnam, Rene began a life marked by exceptionalism. He graduated from Shrub Oak High School and went on to graduate from the University of Michigan in 1959. In a worldwide career that spanned 50 years, Rene worked as a marketing and sales strategist, as an advertising writer and designer, and as a professional speaker. He proudly served as an advisor to various marketing associations; the Library of Congress, the United States House of Representatives, the United States Post Office and many charitable foundations. Rene wrote “The Direct Marketing Workshop”, “The Business of Direct Mail” for PBS KET-TV and “Global Response Advertising” for Novo Europe. He dazzled his audiences with his extensive knowledge, quick wit, and effervescent charm. While volunteering in his community, Rene served as an advisor to the East Lake (Pinellas) fire department, he was a board member of the Palm Harbor Arts Center, a member of BOCC Stakeholders Advisory Group, and the Citrus County Council. Rene also served as President of the Timberlane Homeowners Association and editor of the Timberlane Tattler Newspaper. Rene will be missed by his partner and wife of 30 years, Eve Gnam, daughters: Jessica Taverni and partner Artemio Lira and Rita Taverni and partner Shaun Stranger. His grandchildren Kaimana Kilborn, Wailani Kilborn, Justice Ladd, Davin Stranger and Kaedin Stranger were a delight to him in his retirement. Rene will be cremated by Hooper Funeral Home and his ashes will be scattered by family. We love you Rene and await our reunion in the afterlife!
On July 14, 2021, Rene Gnam, the Guru of Direct Marketing Strategies departed this earth leaving a void in the lives of all who had the privilege of meeting him. Born in 1937 to parents Annette Nussbaum and Hugo Gnam, Rene began a life marked... View Obituary & Service Information
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