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Experience in the Following Areas: Accounting, Finance, Federal & State Taxation, Tech Startups, Business Plans, Cash Flow analysis, loan package submissions.
Professional Background: Management of corporate finance and accounting departments in large and small companies. Federal & state corporate taxes; Tech startup and federal grant submission.
Education: BBA in Accounting, Loyola University; MBA in Finance, Texas Christian University; CPA, State of Texas
Experience in the Following Areas: Tech Startup - VP Sales & Marketing -- 4 years Established International corporation - VP Sales & Marketing -- 5 years Two sole proprietorship - for 2 different small companies - one 10 years and other 12 years.
Professional Background: 22 years CEO of small businesses - selling to small to large businesses.9 years of market development for 2 corporations. Marketing/sales for national to international businesses.
Education: BSEE US Naval Academy - Masters in Nuclear Engineering
Favorite Quote: If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.
Thomas J Barton
Experience in the Following Areas: Tax, accounting, and finance are my primarily skills as I was a CPA for a number of small businesses. I assisted many small businesses to start up, was involved with many of their day to day operating problems, and worked with several financially challenged companies. Besides sales and marketing for my own business, I spend several years selling office machines and financial services.
Professional Background: I owned and operated a CPA business that serviced small businesses for 25 years. In the corporate world, I held the following positions: financial analyst(specialized in hot potatoes), division controller, mortgage broker, salesman, corporate controller and CFO. Most of my experience was with manufacturers that sod their products to other businesses(B to B) I was also an Assistant Professor at Xavier in Cincinnati where I taught MBA students as well as undergraduates. I did this to finance the start up of my CPA firm.
Education: MBA University of Chicago with a concentration in accounting, BA Lawrence University in Economics and Math, CPA – State of Illinois.
Testimonials: "We recruited Tom to help us do an organizational review of a Boys & Girls Club to help us move our organization to the next level. Tom assembled a team through SCORE and the end results of their recommendations helped us achieve extraordinary results. Tom is a true professional who understands how to make an organization great. Duane Gran IT Director in the Finance Sector Tom advised me on several occasions through SCORE and he always was able to help me see the bigger picture or uncover blind spots in my analysis of a business venture. One of the things that I really appreciate about Tom is that he asks good questions that not only help him to advise clients, but also help clients to disrupt entrenched notions they may have about a business plan. I would recommend Tom without hesitation to my colleagues" - Timothy Sinatra President & CEO
Favorite Quote: Murphy’s law: “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.”
Russel M. Becker
Experience in the Following Areas: Business start ups, analysis of start up costs, profit projections, marking plans, etc. Commercial lending in real estate and business loans. Government contracting. Commercial real estate investment and development.
Professional Background: Small business owner for the past 18 years. Focused in civil construction, government contracting and commercial real estate.
Education: BS in Civil Engineering.
Favorite Quote: Lessons cost money…good ones cost lots. Tony Beets.
Experience in the Following Areas: Starting a small business. Growing a small business. Marketing (social media), Strategic Planning, non profits and Real Estate.
Professional Background: Chief Operating Officer – EVP BusinesSuites, Banking, Commercial Real Estate, Non Profit Executive Director
Education: BS University of Texas Austin, graduate studies at University of Arkansas, University of Illinois, and University of Texas.
Testimonials: "Celia Bell helped me take my business from a dream to a reality by helping me break down my business plan into achievable steps. This was pinnacle to Jump!’s success because it allowed me to learn as the business grew and to minimize my debt along the way." - Natalie Egan, Owner, Jump Gymnastics
"Celia has been my SCORE mentor for 9 year and has helped me at all stages of my business growth, from inception to expansion to 4 offices. She has, on many occasions, connected me with others and provided opportunities for me to promote and grow my business. Her wisdom, experience, and selflessness is truly an inspiration." Donna Balser, Owner/Managing Director, College Nannies + Tutors l Austin
Favorite Quote: We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act but a habit. Aristotle
Experience in the Following Areas: Account Management, R&D Program Management, Human Resources, IT Services.
Professional Background: Account Executive in IT Outsourcing Sector. Experienced in identification of customer issues, identifying solutions that led to new and expanded business. In this role dealt with contract negotiation, service level agreements, customer satisfaction and complex problem solving. Led international group that focused on application of computing power to Chemical Research and Manufacturing.
Education: PhD in Chemical Engineering, Texas Tech University
Favorite Quote: “There is no horizontal stratification of society in this country like the rocks in the earth, that hold one class down below forevermore, and let another come to the surface to stay there forever. Our stratification is like the ocean, where every individual drop is free to move, and where from the sternest depths of the mighty deep any drop may come up to glitter on the highest wave that rolls.” ― James A. Garfield
Experience in the Following Areas: Marketing, management, PR, strategic planning, patents, business plans, not-for-profits.
Professional Background: Retired from Motorola Semiconductor after 31 years. Various responsibilities including marketing, program management and technical product support.
Education: BSEE, Associate Degree in Aviation Techology
Testimonials: Several over 12 years with SCORE.
Favorite Quote: Never give up on an idea that you believe in or that you have committed to do. Treat people like you would want to be treated. Never pass up an opportunity to help someone.
Experience in the Following Areas: Small business start-ups, strategic planning & growing small and mid-size businesses, Leadership development, marketing and business plans, training, product development.
Professional Background: Over 40 years experience in domestic and international business development, marketing and strategic planning for major defense corporations. Broad background in engineering, production, program management, and highly skilled at business turnarounds. Business consultant for small to mid-size companies and developing strategies for startup to growing businesses. Creative problem solver, with multiple patents and awards. Known to create and nourish trusted professional relationships. Adjunct professor at Florida Institute of Technology.
Education: BS in Mechanical Engineering, Shivaji University and MBA – Florida Institute of Technology
Testimonials: Several over 12 years with SCORE.
Favorite Quote: Do not worry over your future and ruin the quality of the present activities! For one's future is nothing but the resultant of your total past modified by your present thoughts, words and actions!
Experience in the Following Areas: Sales/sales management & marketing Purchasing, inventory control. Negotiating & long term purchasing agreements General management Retailing
Professional Background: Director of purchasing for 3 years 20+ years outside sales/ sales management 5 years general manager.
Education: Over 4 year of college, majoring in business management but no degree Attend university of Dayton Wright state university Wichita state university
Peter K. Carvell
Experience in the Following Areas: business plans – automotive business – sales and marketing – strategic planning
Professional Background: international business – management experience in finance, sales and marketing, warehousing and distribution, inventory control, strategic planning and general administration
Education: BA Princeton University
Favorite Quote: All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Edmund Burke
Experience in the Following Areas: Quickbooks accounting, Human Resources, administration.
Professional Background: Co-founded a demolition company in the Los Angeles are in 1995. Our expertise was comercial tenant improvement demolition mostly in hi-rise office buildings. As of Dec 2015 this company had approx 140 employees and generating nearly $10 million in annual revenues. My main focus was the business administration, accounting, payroll and Human Resources. I sold this business to my co-founder in December 31, 2015 and retired.
Education: I have a BS in Business Finance from San Diego State University 1987
Favorite Quote: “If all employees thought the same as the owner of the business they wouldn’t be employees they would business Owners”. -My mother
Experience in the Following Areas: Manufacturing, Wholesale, Retail, Construction, Sales & Marketing, Accounting & Tax preparation for small businesses, Insurance
Professional Background: Tax associations, Business brokerage, Accounting associations
Education: Industrial geography & Business administration
Testimonials: John was very helpful and patient, offered good advice for me to get started. He was encouraging.
Robert L. Cotter
Experience in the Following Areas: Financial and administrative management, accounting and internal controls at plant and division levels. New plant financing and financial management from construction to operational start-ups.
Professional Background: Plant and Division CFO for Cabot Corporation, a Fortune 300 global manufacturing company active in the US and some 30 foreign locations. My 35 year career covered all phases of accounting and financial management with several subsidiary start-ups during 12 years in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.
Education: BBA – The University of Texas, 1962; MBA – The University of Texas, 1964; CPA – Texas (retired status), 1973
Experience in the Following Areas: Business planning Cash flow analysis Contracting (construction & government) Freelancing Oil & Gas Environmental business Advising SCORE clients 14 years Industrial risk prevention Project Management and HR
Professional Background: Assistant Professor Environmental Science Univ. Cincinnati Certified Industrial Hygienist Director of Environmental Affairs Aramco Project Manager for Superfund Site Construction IT Corp Miscellaneous Consulting
Education: B.S. Chemistry Univ Texas Ph.D. University of Texas
Experience in the Following Areas: With over thirty years experience in non-profit organizations and US government positions in the development arena, I have spent much time and effort in mentoring and supporting people who are trying to build a better life for themselves through small business development. My strengths are in financial and grant administration, budgeting, strategic planning, human resources, training and logistics. I can provide training both to individuals and in classes on various administrative and accounting topics such as understanding and preparation of financial information, accounting systems, cash management, inventory management, and procurement procedures. About a third of my work was overseas in developing nations and this has given me a clear understanding and facility with building multi-cultural teams and an ability in addressing cross-cultural matters. Working with interns at nonprofits and with Peace Corps volunteers has been the best part of my worklife and has always given me great pleasure. I believe I have been helpful and will be again with SCORE. Working with the SBA's and SCORE's program Boots to Business is one the first activities I have participated in with the Austin SCORE chapter along with working with a small non-profit in Austin "EducationAllocation".
Professional Background: The last twelve years before I retired in March were been spent working for three non-profits, first, two years with Mercy Corps supporting an economic development project funded by USAID in Kosovo and Serbia, then seven years with World Wildlife Foundation in Washington DC and finally with International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) in Arlington VA. This work followed two years in Wyoming with USDA-NRCS after seven years working with the Peace Corps in the Solomon Islands, Armenia, Bulgaria, with the final two years in Washington DC. Before that, I worked in Romania for the Holt International Children's Foundation. And, before that I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Botswana, Africa working with small businesses created to help support vocational trade schools located around the country.I supported such developing businesses as a construction company supporting a bricklaying school, a panel-beating/automotive repair business supporting a mechanics training school, and a school uniform manufacturing business supporting a sewing school. Before volunteering for the Peace Corps I worked within industries such as Boeing, ROLM Corporation before it was acquired by IBM, and more than one startup computer equipment and software companies, none of which survived for more than a few years. I have also worked in retailing in both department and smaller stores. I even worked for the Girl Scouts national organization for seven years. This narrative probably has you wondering how old I am. I am an active 70 years old ready to give back.
Education: Master's in Business Administration, with a Finance concentration, from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD - Bachelor's in General Studies with a Humanities major from Rollins College, Winter Park, FL
Experience in the Following Areas: Project Development Human Resources,Budgeting Long and Short Range Planning Scheduling Contracting Construction Management
Professional Background: Plant Manager, Engineer Manager, Purchasing, Contract negotiation, Labor relations.
Education: BS Mechanical Engineering University of Illinois Advanced Management Cornell University
Favorite Quote: Don’t cry because it is over, Be glad that it happened
Experience in the Following Areas: Sales & Marketing Management Supply Chain Strategy
Professional Background: Held a number of various Mid & Senior-level Management positions for 20 years with Amoco Production Company in La., Texas & Illinois. Led a number of Re-engineering, M&A, IT System implementation, Supply Chain & Strategy projects with Accenture and also led Accenture’s Upstream Energy Practice.
Education: BS in Management from the University of New Orleans
Favorite Quote: “…If you don’t know where you are going–any road will get you there….” “…Before anyone will buy something from you–they have to like, respect and trust you…”
Experience in the Following Areas: Interview for new hires Staff management and team-building Sales and marketing Project management Proposals and estimates Write technical documentation Manage IT equipment Sale and purchase of small businesses TI construction, leasing, and management of a commercial building Use Quickbooks for our LLC for a commercial building
Professional Background: I joined an existing family typesetting business where I built and managed a new division that continually employed state-of-the-art, computer-based typesetting equipment, and I created a book production service division. I managed this small business for 40 years starting with 4 employees and peaking at about 120. I sold the business in 2005 and worked with the buyer for 10 years until retiring at the end of 2015.
Education: From the University of Texas at Austin, I earned a BS in electrical engineering in 3.5 years and followed with an MS in electrical engineering. Also, I used electives to complete about two-thirds of the coursework for an MBA.
John F Gurasich
Experience in the Following Areas: Real estate development, management and brokerage. Accounting and tax matters. Small business ownership.
Professional Background: CPA- 8 years with Arthur Andersen in Denver. Specialized in taxation. Real estate general contractor and Broker in Arizona.
Education: BBA in accounting from Univ of Texas 1970 MPA Taxation from Univ of Texas 1971 Currently active in teaching Boots2Business at Ft Hood
Favorite Quote: Work Hard/ Play Hard
Experience in the Following Areas: Small business start up (Retail), Financial, Employee Management, Operations, Policy and procedures
Professional Background: Financial Plans, Engineering, Retail management & operations, Insurance (personal, business and some P&C)
Education: BS Mechanical Engineering Licensing: Class C Water Handler Life & Health Insurance Registered Investment Advisor
Favorite Quote: Never, never, never give in. Winston Churchill
Experience in the Following Areas: Tech Startups, Business Operations, Organizaional Development, Business Strategy & Planning, Supply Chain Management, Technology and IT Services, Lean Practices, Media Technology.
Professional Background: General Manager, Pesident/COO of a division of a large electronics corporation. President and CEO of a Silicon Valley Tech Start-up, COO of a public company providing middleware and games for satellite set-top boxes. Executive VP of a privately held company proving DSL and cable modems worldwide. COO and Sr. VP Technology of a company that tests, repairs/refurbishes cable and satellite set-top boxes and provides automated test benches for on premises testing.
Education: BS Computer Science and Statistics, University of Delaware.
Experience in the Following Areas: Experience in the Following Areas: Information Technology, Product Management, Product Marketing, IT Security, Consulting Services Sales, Personnel Management, Broadcasting, RFPs and Photography.
Professional Background: Professional Background: Sales, marketing and management in Information Technology with IBM Corporation, OpenConnect Systems and BMC Software. Currently owns and operates a small portrait photography business.
Education: Education: MBA, Amos Tuck School, Dartmouth College. BA, Colgate University.
Testimonials: The first time I met Bill Hawkins, I immediately felt confident that he would be able to provide the support I needed to further develop my photography business. Bill began by asking probing questions that helped to guide me to understanding where I was and where I wanted to be. He helped me understand that I needed to narrow my area of focus to sports photography. He provided many resources for me to explore: software options, website choices, how to use Google analytics, and many more. Bill helped my keep a positive outlook and was there for me for many months keeping in contact, requesting meeting in person, critiquing my work and reviewing my business plan. I am very grateful for his support and professional guidance and believe I would not have improved my business without his help. -Penrod Vladyka
Experience in the Following Areas: 20 years of marketing in multiple industries. Turnaround manager having turned around 4 different organizations, growing both revenue and profit. Wrote a book on change management. Highly focused on customer satisfaction Taught multiple courses on various facets of business development
Professional Background: Developed a course on web site creation. Consulted for troubled businesses. Variety of Marketing management positions. Managed and integrated high tech industries including acquisitions Developed many successful managers
Education: MBA in marketing from University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee BS in mathematics from Marquette University. attended many management development courses throughout career
Testimonials: Richard helped me grow from earning beer money to making a six figure income
Favorite Quote: you need to answer the question ” what’s in it for them (my potential customers)”
Experience in the Following Areas: Experience in Industrial Engineering, Equipment Engineering, and Process Engineering all within the semiconductor wafer process industry. Has a performance history for leading organizations to improve operations; employs analytical and data driven strategies to achieve results. Also, has training and experience as a Kaizen facilitator and Lean to drive improved efficiencies in cost, quality, and on time delivery.
Professional Background: Equipment Engineering Manager, Industrial Engineering and Planning Manager, Product Supply Planning Manager, 300mm Equipment Development Manager, Capacity Modeling and Simulation Industrial Engineer, Lean Deployment Manager all for Motorola (Semiconductor Products Sector), General Instrument (Microelectronics), Freescale Semiconductor, and NXP Semiconductor
Education: B.S., Industrial and Systems Engineering (minor in Mathematics), Ohio University, Coursework toward a M.S. in Industrial Engineering, Arizona State University, Earning 27 of 30 credit hours towards degree completion, Motorola Six Sigma Green Belt Program including Minitab Workshop, Motorola Advanced Leadership Academy, Kepner Tregoe Project Management
Experience in the Following Areas: Payments, operations, technology, product development, customer service, call centers, project management, human resources, leadership, vendor management, outsourcing/offshoring, global business, social media, business development, performance management, metrics, financial management, strategy, business planning.
Professional Background: Global payments and operations executive. Managed a large, distributed customer support team for both business and consumer customers.
Education: B. Commerce, Carleton University
Favorite Quote: If you can’t fix it, forget it!
Experience in the Following Areas: Financial, accounting, business management, planning and budgeting. Small business ownership and business valuation.
Professional Background: Career with Aluminum Company of America including controllership and consulting at foreign locations. Ownership of small business in Austin after retired. Score mentoring over 15 years
Education: University of Oklahoma BBA Business Management and Graduate Study University of Tennessee, Business Management and Accounting.
Experience in the Following Areas: Sales and Marketing for Tech Startups.
Professional Background: 10 years experience in inside and outside sales in technology in Tech Startups for B2B Sales and also as a sales consultant for Microsoft.
Education: Austin Community College, January 2015 - May 2016. Graduated with a Web Development Certification.Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, IA, Bachelor of Arts
Favorite Quote: "Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts." -- Winston S. Churchill
Testimonial: "My daughter and I asked SCORE to assist us in finding someone who could advise us regarding development for our website. We feel very fortunate to find Rebecca who has greatly assisted us. Rebecca reviewed our website several times and offered many very helpful suggestions. We could not be happier with her service and the SCORE organization, thanks to all." Jim and Caroline Soper - CanineSmiles.net
Experience in the Following Areas: Product Development & Intellectual Property, Strategic Planning & Business Growth, Manufacturing & Operations, Customer Service, Sales, Acquisitions, and Project Management
Professional Background: 40 year career of Product Development & Intellectual Property, Strategic Planning & Business Growth, Manufacturing & Operations, Customer Service, Sales, Acquisitions, and Project Management in Medical, Industrial and Research industries. 25 years of management and ownership experience in small companies.
Education: M.S. Bioengineering; University of Illinois at Chicago B.S. Bioengineering; University of Illinois at Chicago
Experience in the Following Areas: General Management Tech Start Ups New Products Product Development New Product Marketing Realty
Professional Background: Technical executive in 3M Company focused on areas of electronics , telecommunications, optics materials for new business development worldwide.
Education: PhD Chemistry, Graduate Royal Society of Chemistry, Fellow Royal society of Chemistry, Charted Chemist, Six Sigma
Favorite Quote: To be successful a new product needs to be twice as good or half the price.
Dwayne L. McAfee
Experience in the Following Areas: Sales, marketing, product management, executive management, private equity funding, international operations, profit planning and business turnarounds. I spent my career in technology and financial services. During this time I was able to be a part of two successful turnaround situations. At my last company, we successfully changed the market and mission of our company from corporate payment services to electronic payment services for the healthcare industry.
Professional Background: Over the last twenty years of my career I was the CEO of a large division of a publicly traded company and the CEO of two private equity backed companies. These companies provided financial and payment services to our customer bases. Prior to that, over an eleven year span, I became the COO of a publicly traded company providing both hardware and software services to the financial services industry and large corporate customers. I began my career in commercial banking and then worked for a major computer company for almost ten years.
Education: BS Business-Centenary College of Louisiana; MIT Sloan Executive Training (Creating High Velocity Organizations)
Favorite Quote: “You only get one chance to make a first impression”
Experience in the Following Areas: Innovative sales leader with 20+ years of experience. Led global channel sales execution, achieving sales and growth targets year on year. Directed measurable business development actions to recruit, enable and activate partner opportunities. Dealmaker to accelerate sales closure. Start-up coach to develop routes-to-market while also enhancing their brand awareness.
Professional Background: Client Success and Channel Development General Manager – Americas (6 Months) • Developed a pipeline within 6 months from $0.00 to $3.88M valued from opportunities in USA and in Latin America. • Increased Brand Recognition: Got Listed Top 50 Brands by Silicon Review. • Established client’s as a separate USA entity at one of the largest SW company’s partner program.Global Partner Sales Business Unit Executive, Austin, Texas (5 Years) • Oversaw $260M in revenue. • Achieved Revenue Plan 2013 thru 2016 with Positive YoY Growth. • Increased Revenue in SaaS 46%, Stream 11%, & Trans 6% (2015 – 2016 YTD) • Led drumbeat with all country sales managers to achieve all revenue targets (100% to 274%) • Maintained gross double-digit profitability 2015 thru 2016 (while Cost rose only 1%) • Increased Global Channel Transactions Contribution from 22% (2015) to 34% (2016 YTD) • Maintained strong, satisfactory and audit-able business controls.Global Software Sales Business Unit Sales Executive (4 years) • Managed $90 million of revenue in software sales for the Asia Pacific General Business Client Segment • Drove Asia Pacific mid-market SW sales growth from $3M per quarter to $8.5M per quarter • Provided leadership for 200+ professionals under sales and delivery matrix. • Supported global velocity program for deals less than $50K, all customer segments • Increased HW / SWG clothing sales from 10% to 20% with demand optimization programGlobal Business Unit Sales Executive for single brand, San Francisco, California (6 years) • Led $100 million global sales for specific brand software portfolio in small and medium business • Supervised business strategy execution with 300+ sales and delivery matrix, worldwide. • Consistently delivered double digit % growth each year in largest customer set • Recognized as “Top Business Contributor” for three consecutive years • Developed and delivered sales enablement programs.Software Sales Manager, San Francisco, California (4 years) • Built Northern California Software Sales Business • Hired & trained 9 software sales reps to create new Bay Area sales team • Achieved successful sales with competitive sales campaigns in major competitor’s backyard (30% up) • Grew the software business from $1.5 million to $36 million in 3 years
Education: State University of New York at Albany, Bachelor of Science in Mathematics & Computer Science
Testimonials: Senior Vice President at Robots and Pencils I have worked with Dennis for many years in his role as a World Wide Partner Sales Executive. His focus was always to deepen and broaden the partnership with my organization so that we could work much more efficiently in a very complex environment. Dennis was always ready to take action and quickly drive benefit to the partner channel. He was great to work with and always added value to both myself and our organization. Dennis always cares about his role, the people that he works with / supports, and the impact that he makes.CEO at Bridge Solutions Group Inc Dennis has been a key resource helping Bridge navigate the waters. He is a true business partner enabler. Dennis has been instrumental in helping business partner get the recognition for all their efforts. I really enjoy working with Dennis and look forward to a long working relationship and friendship. I highly respect and recommend him.
Favorite Quote: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
Experience in the Following Areas: Business Owner, Insurance and Financial Services
Professional Background: Insurance and Financial Services
Education: BS in Marketing and General Business UT Austin
Testimonials: Clients come first!
Favorite Quote: Score is the best kept secret in Austin!
Experience in the Following Areas: Large Business Planning, Business Development, Management Accounting , Marketing,Quality Improvement. Small Business Management. Retail and Services. Non Profit Development, Fundraising and Marketing.
Professional Background: Management Accountancy in Manufacturing and Service industries Business Transformation Consulting in large Retail and Services organizations to improve Profitability, Processes and Customer Satisfaction. Subject expert in business transformation. Business Development and Industry Head ( strategy, planning, marketing & sales, major client management, partner development, footprint management) in large Hi-tech organizations.
Education: Fellow of Chartered Institute of management Accountants FCMA ( UK)
Experience in the Following Areas: Business Partner experience supporting corporate services, finance, product development, marketing, IT, manufacturing & call center environments with customer-focused people & organizational development initiatives.
Professional Background: Human Resources
Education: BS Communications
Favorite Quote: Anyone who is amoung the living has hope. Even a live dog is better of than a dead lion! Ecclesiastes 9:4
Experience in the Following Areas: Sales & Marketing, Leadership, Conflict Resolution/Mediation, Advertising, Training, NFP Board Development & Fundraising
Professional Background: Founder/CEO: Neiman, Maring & Kanefield Advertising (St Louis, MO) – 11 yrs. Director of Marketing & Training: Innovation Associates (Framingham, MA) – 2 yrs. Associate Director: Foxhollow Leadership Center (Lenox, MA) – 3 yrs. Chief Innovation Officer: MorphoTrust, Inc. (Boston, MA) – 3 yrs. Founder/President: Chrysalis Consulting (Woodstock, NY) – 18 yrs.
Education: B.A, University of Cincinnati: Math; Theater M.A, St. Louis University: Communication PhD, Washington University
Testimonials: “Bennett Neiman is a catalyst for success. He can’t walk on water, but he’s quite good at convincing others that they can!”
Favorite Quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take!” (Wayne Gretsky)
Experience in the Following Areas: Business Operations, Business Strategy & Planning, Sales Marketing & Public Relations, Manufacturing & Product Development, Buy & Sell Business, business consulting
Professional Background: Consumer & B2B Marketing, Sales, Management Operation, Forecasting, creative & production services, business consulting from start up to growing business, mergers & Acquisitions, Contract Negotiations Industries served Watches, Toys, Lingerie, Book Publishers, Luggage, Hospitality Destinations, Tourist Boards
Education: AAS Advertising Baruach College
Testimonials: Helped me for over 11 months from start up to opening and beyond. Makes himself always available Advised me on best ways to negotiate contacts and RFP’s, always available to answer my ongoing questions
Favorite Quote: "Speak softly and carry a big stick and you will go far" -Teddy Rosevelt
Victoire Van Der Pas
Experience in the Following Areas: tax planning and compliance, accounting, budgets, finance, hard money and private lending, commercial and residential real estate, start up small business.
Professional Background: Texas CPA serves as VP Finance in Austin. Victoire is an active small business owner and real estate investor in Austin. She really enjoys tax planning for small businesses and real estate. Her real estate experience includes residential, commercial, development, rehab/flip, leasing, farm, vacation rental, hard money and construction lending. She has been an entrepreneur for most of her career, other work experience includes audit, tax preparation, engineering (oil, environmental, mining, semiconductors) in the USA and overseas.
Education: MSc Metals and Materials Engineering – University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC, Canada MSc Mining and Petroleum Engineering – Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands CPA – Texas Real estate broker – Texas
Experience in the Following Areas: Consumer marketing, advertising, public relations, sales promotion, marketing research, new product development/launch, strategic planning for clients in various industries including food, beverage, household products, pharmaceutical, telecom, automotive, retail, hospitality, and healthcare among others.
Professional Background: Held mid and senior level account management positions in general marketing advertising agencies working with regional, national and global clients, followed by overall agency management of national advertising agency. Upon retirement, taught introductory marketing classes at Texas State and Austin Community College.
Education: BA in Journalism from the University of Kansas followed by partial completion of MBA at University of Texas, Austin
Favorite Quote: The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Experience in the Following Areas: Complex industrial and military electronic control systems. Specialized in restoring troubled organizations to full operational effectiveness. Sales support. Elective office in city government.
Professional Background: Management of engineering, manufacturing, quality control, reliability and IT service functions. Sales support and product line management.
Education: BS industrial Engineering, minors in electronics and metallurgy, Carnegie Mellon University. Graduate work at Univ. of New Mex. and Harvard Business School.
Favorite Quote: “The priorities of your job are; First – equipment that works; Second – delivered on time and; Third – produced within planned cost.” H. E. O’Kelley, Division Manager
Experience in the Following Areas: Business Management, Non Profit Businesses Management, Real Estate Development, Market Analysis and Research
Professional Background: Executive Vice President, CDS Market Research, community development and real estate market research; Executive Vice President, Greater Houston Partnership, economic development and chamber of commerce; Executive Vice President, Texas Management Company, real estate development and building management; President and Executive Director, West Houston Association, private area planning organization; Director of Research, Rice Center for Community Design and Research
Education: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Lamar University; Master of Science in Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology; Masters of City Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology
Favorite Quote: For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong. -H. L. Mencken
Experience in the Following Areas: Literally, “everything”, except Treasury.
Professional Background: High tech, professional services, consulting, real estate.
Education: BS in Business
Testimonials: See Liz Wiseman’s TED Talk, her book “Rookie Smarts” or my LinkedIn profile.
Favorite Quote: “Some men see things as they are and say, ‘Why’? I see things that never were and say, ‘Why not’?” – Robert F. Kennedy
Carleton L. Smith
Experience in the Following Areas: Forty years of experience in management of sales, marketing and engineering for high tech companies.
Professional Background: Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for a Fortune 500 company with global operations. Management experience in sales, marketing, business turnarounds, manufacturing, engineering, acquisitions and mergers.
Education: BSEE from Purdue University and a Masters in Engineering Management from George Washington University plus executive management training at Harvard, Northwestern, Texas A&M, SMU and University of Wisconsin.
Testimonials: “Carleton Smith was attentive, positive, and generally caring. He was also very professional. I was so impressed by his general demeanor, knowledge and his focus on helping me, that I called a friend to sing his praises as soon as I left the meeting.” “My mentor, Carleton Smith, was pleasant and had great advice. He also had information about resources that are available.”
Favorite Quote: “Without customers, you don’t have a business. You have a hobby.”
Experience in the Following Areas: Real Estate development and sales.
Professional Background: Have completed projects on a world wide basis.
Education: B.S. University of Houston Degree from the New York Insitiute of Finance
Favorite Quote: Qustion everything and think outside the box!!!
Experience in the Following Areas: I worked in various accounting and financial roles over a 40-year career including: accounting operations, financial reporting, forecasting, budgeting, auditing, investor relations, fund raising (including debt, preferred stock & two IPOs, ) facilities management, credit and collections, cash management, risk management, treasury, human resources, contracts, tax and legal services. I have held positions including corporate controller and chief financial officer for both publicly traded and privately held companies.
Professional Background: Westvaco Corp. (New York City) 1976 to 1982; Publicly traded (NYSE) Fortune 250, international paper products manufacturer. Datapoint Corp. (San Antonio, TX) 1982 to 1987; Publicly traded (NYSE) computer manufacturer. Dell Computer Corp. (Austin, TX) 1987 to 1992; Publicly traded (NASDAQ) computer manufacturer. USLD Communications Corp. (San Antonio, TX) 1992 to 1998; Publicly traded (NASDAQ) telecom services provider. Destia Communications, Inc. (New York City) 1998 to 1999; Publicly traded (NASDAQ) international telecom services provider. NetNearU Corp. 1999 to 2014; Privately held Internet software and services provider. Austin Pets Alive! 2012 – to 2015; No-kill animal shelter volunteer.
Education: BBA degree in Accounting from Hofstra University in New York – 1973. MBA degree in Finance from Hofstra University – 1977. Certified Public Accountant New York State (inactive) – 1978. Certified Management Accountant (inactive) – 1982.
Favorite Quote: “Please pass the salt”.
J. Paul Strange
Experience in the Following Areas: Experience in customer service, physical distribution, sales, sales management, key account management and marketing. Worked with both large and small business entities. Managed a national sales force comprised of both company employees and independent sales agents. Was involved in a number of acquisitions and tasked with rationalizing and integrating product line, customer base and sales force for minimal disruption and future growth. SCORE expertise includes start up business formation, funding sources and requirements, sales and marketing and familiarity with IRS record keeping requirements and Texas sales and use taxes.
Professional Background: Business Operations Business Strategy & Planning Sales, Marketing & Public Relations Supply chain management
Education: BS Packaging, Michigan State University
John D. Tobin
Experience in the Following Areas: Healthcare IT Sales, Marketing, Branding, Messaging, B2B Client Retention, Analytics Software, and Product Development.
Professional Background: 35 years in senior executive roles in healthcare IT, financial services and non profit organizations. Areas of expertise include sales, marketing, product development, branding, messaging and client retention for publicly held companies such as DST Systems and Humana.
Education: BA, St. Bonaventure University; Masters in Public Administration, The Maxwell School, Syracuse University
Favorite Quote: Never have a career path set in stone – always be open to new opportunities.
Experience in the Following Areas: Entrepreneurship, leadership, real estate, coaching, mentoring, motivation
Professional Background: Entrepreneur, currently broker-partner The Vargas Team LLC, real estate brokerage. Certified Coach, Trainer & Speaker through John Maxwell.
Education: Mechanical Engineering, Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudio Superiores de Monterrey; Texas Real Estate Broker; John Maxwell Team Certified Coach, Trainer & Speaker.
Testimonials: “THINK BIG Retreat with my team, most amazing ladies! Thank you Memo Vargas for coaching me in this one” “Gracias Don Memo por compartir sus sabidurías me sirven de mucho” “That’s our Memo, Expanding minds and hearts everywhere he goes!” “Congrats Memo for being an inspiration”
Favorite Quote: Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care!
Experience in the Following Areas: Have owned two of my own small businesses:Advertising Agency for 20+ years and Financial Planning firm for 11 years. Now fully retired. In addition to all that’s entailed in owning and operating 2 small businesses as a sole proprietor, I have extensive, first-hand experience in Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations, Sales, Photography, Printing, Small Business Bookkeeping and Financial Reports, most Financial Matters related to Business and Personal needs to include Planning and Investments.
Professional Background: ~Commercial Motion Picture Writing, Editing and Direction ~Corporate Advertising and Marketing Communications Manager ~Advertising Agency Owner (Sole Proprietor) ~Financial Planning/Advisory Owner ~SCORE Counselor/Mentor (12+ years)
Education: ~BS in Communication Arts, University of Notre Dame ~Series 7 and 66 as Financial Advisor
Favorite Quote: Regardless of business status (start-up or looking to grow), it’s vital to always remember that “Somebody has to sell.” Without strong sales and a dedicated sales system, nothing much else matters.
Experience in the Following Areas: Marine engineering, liquid rocket testing, solid rocket design, thermoelectric devices, telecommunications [outside plant]
Professional Background: Product design and development, quality control, technical management
Education: BS, MS mechanical Engineering, U of Wisconsin
Experience in the Following Areas: SaaS, Training, Management/Leadership, Sales/Marketing, Real Estate, Recruiting
Professional Background: SaaS, Military, Real Estate, Recruiting
Education: McCombs School of Business, MBA; United States Military Academy, Engineering
Experience in the Following Areas: Started several small business, which I ran successfully and then sold. Have also purchased several business that had problems, fixed the problems and sold them.
Education: MBA University of Michigan
Favorite Quote: In running a small business you have the “Good, the Bad and the Ugly” situations. You need to be prepared to handle all three.