John Bartelme

Experienced executive with a proven track record of leadership. 30+ years of knowledge, expertise, and experience in strategic business planning; new product innovation and development; traditional and digital advertising; public relations; traditional and social media; consumer and trade relations; and sports/event marketing. I can help start-ups and on-going businesses in the areas of business strategy and planning, marketing, new products, and new services.

M.B.A. Marketing/Finance University of NC – Kenan Flagler Business School

B.S. Industrial Engineering –North Carolina State University

Joe Battle

Executive with 20+ years of experience in sales, marketing, business development, account management and IT. Leadership experience in multiple industries: technology, consumer packaged goods, market research and business services. A Durham native, with both an undergraduate degree and a MBA from Duke University.

Carl Baumann

Counselor and mentor specializing in writing business and marketing plans, business financial management, strategic planning & objective setting, organization & process improvement (process mapping) and general business management. Experience in management, finance and accounting for a subsidiary of a Fortune 25 company and in banking. Education: BSBA UNC – Chapel Hill and EMBA Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University.

Neil Bromilow

Manager/coach with over 40 years in facility planning/design/construction and operations with US Navy, and private universities.  Familiar with local government planning process, plus state and federal environmental issues.  Developed promotionional plans for organizations and businesses.  Strategic thinking and implementation planning are two areas of capability. Listening, evaluating problems,and identifying possible solutions are my preferred approachs. Looking for new ideas to solve old problems. 

General business knowledge with a desire to make things better.  Native of New Mexico and experienced with overseas culture (Vietnam, Ireland, Iceland and California).  MS in Architectural Engineering from Penn State and a registered engineer in Virginia and North Carolina.

Dale Chodorow

Dale has more than 40 years experience in strategic marketing, Website development, competitive analysis, advertising management, sales promotion and public relations as a corporate vice-president and advertising account supervisor with companies and advertising agencies in Pittsburgh, New York, Indianapolis and the Research Triangle, including work with 12 Fortune 500 corporations. His management experience is in numerous fields, including printing and publishing, industrial equipment and machine tools, architecture and engineering, pulp and paper manufacturing, chemicals and petroleum, analytical instruments, health care and pharmaceuticals, professional associations, and travel and tourism. Most recently, he served for 12 years as database, publications and Website manager with the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau.

Herbert Dittmar

30+Years of Experience in Multinational and Multicultural Management and Marketing with a demonstrated ability in operational and strategic management in HQ, as well as in various countries, operational sizes, and cultures across several Business to Consumer (B2C) and Business to Business (B2B) industries.

Jennifer Dubow

Jennifer D. Dubow has a diverse career path internationally and in the USA, most recently in the areas of social business transformation with a focus on Sales organizations and social selling, employee adoption of social business tools and culture, social media marketing, product and industry focused marketing in high-tech. Jennifer began her career in organizational change management, communications strategy, and process consulting for electric and gas utilities in the US and UK. Last, she also has experience in the restaurant and catering businesses, after becoming a Certified Natural Foods Chef at the Natural Gourmet Cookery School in NYC. Jennifer attended Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill, earning an MBA in Marketing and Sustainable Enterprise. Jennifer completed her BS in Human Development and Family Studies, along with strong focus in Organizational Psychology, at Cornell University. She has traveled and worked abroad extensively since 1990.

Chris Exton

Counselor and mentor with experience in R&D, operations, manufacturing, project and business planning, finance, sales, marketing and supply chain management primarily in the specialty chemical and agricultural chemical industries around the world. Held senior management positions in both large and small companies while living and working in the US and Europe. Helped numerous start-ups in Europe and the USBS-Chem. Eng. Tufts Univ., M.S. in Management RPI.

Stephen Fairchild

Counselor and consultant with four decades of business experience in finance, sales and marketing, operations, and general management. Worked and lived in Europe and Asia for publicly (Fortune 500) and privately owned companies including family owned enterprises. Special interest areas include technology commercialization, international business development and family owned enterprises. Currently working with UNC Medical School Clinical Skills and Business School Launch the Venture program. BA, MBA and MS

Alan Fenwick

Consultant, counselor, and mentor with almost five decades of business experience in program/proposal management, strategic planning, sales/marketing, new venture analysis, contracts and general management across a broad array of aerospace and government customers. His career also has focused on diversification and start-up activities and M&A, including the acquisition of businesses in the US and Poland and the divestiture of a US business as well as the analysis of several other potential M&A opportunities. He guided the establishment of new facilities in Mississippi and Tennessee. His career spanned assignments with major multi-national aerospace industry leaders in the US, Europe, Middle East, and China.

Since retiring, he mentored students at Durham (NC) Tech's "Fast Entrepreneur" course and start up businesses supported by the NC Department of Agriculture. He also has mentored MBA students at UNC’s Keenan-Flagler school of business and has judged UNC’s Carolina Challenge, a competition for student entrepreneurs. He is “Mentor in Residence” for UNC’s Campus Y CUBE incubator, serves as Board Chairman for a non-profit business, and leads the Advisory Committee of a for-profit business.

His education includes a BS in Electrical Engineering, and MBA and LLB degrees, as well as numerous programs in executive program management, proposal management, total quality control, and other disciplines.

Kalyan K. Ghosh

Counselor and mentor with general management experience in non-profit organizations, specializations in writing business, strategic and tactical plans, guiding strategic planning, entrepreneurial development and assisting small businesses, Extensive experience in public and governmental relations, human relations and personnel management, grants and contracts writing and management. Formerly held positions in executive management as executive vice president and president of private and public universities for over thirty years.

Jim Gray

Counselor with retail management and design experience as an owner of Gray Brother’s Furniture and Interiors. Currently he is a real estate broker with Keller Williams Realty in Chapel Hill and serves as Director of Development for the North Carolina Council of Churches in Raleigh. Jim’s passion is making life better for others and he has served with the Red Cross, Hospice, Habitat for Humanity, Rainbow Center for Children, and Old Wilkes, Inc. among others. He is also president elect of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Kiwanis Club. Education: University of North Carolina.

Bill Griffin

Over 40 years of experience in employee benefits with companies small and large. Small company start-up experience involved co-founding BeneCom Associates, LLC, a small business focused on the creation, production and distribution of employee benefits communication media for large (Fortune 500) employers. Clients included AT&T, Booz Allen Hamilton, Disney, Electronic Arts, FedEx, Wachovia and others. Created and led sales, marketing and finance functions, established the company’s brand and developed all external facing B2B marketing and growth initiatives. Successfully negotiated sale of the business in 2012.

Small company start-up experience also includes founding and operating a small “Mom and Pop” retail operation. Closed operations in 1985.

Large company experience involved all phases of the group medical insurance product life cycle including product development, marketing, sales and financial underwriting for two large national insurers, Travelers and CIGNA. Primary responsibilities at CIGNA were included roles as Product Manager for products and financial services affecting all product lines, all early stage managed care initiatives and product enhancement.

Bill is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature.

Alan Hart

Alan is a serial entrepreneur, starting seven companies before age 40. Alan is currently managing partner of ATOMCK, a brand consultancy in collaboration with McKinney, pound for pound the most effective ad agency in America. Before ATOMCK, Alan was founding partner at Keen Strategy, recognized in 2015 at number 399 on Inc. 5000: The Fastest-Growing Private U.S. Companies, and receiving recognition as the 7th fastest growing company in North Carolina. 

He’s host of "Marketing Today with Alan Hart" a video and podcast series with some of the world’s top marketing professionals and business leaders. In partnership with Effie Worldwide and CMO.com, the series have reached the industry’s most influential agency and marketing executives. Alan seeks to unleash growth potential in all businesses he comes in contact with. An expert in marketing leadership challenges, brand strategy, innovation, marketing effectiveness, and marketing future trends, he is a believer in the fidelity of ideas, and that great ideas are worth fighting for. 

Alan earned a B.A. in psychology from North Carolina State University and an M.B.A. from Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Hanna Hasl-Kelchner

Hanna empowers smart entrepreneurs with big picture thinking and the legal literacy advantage. She has both entrepreneurial and corporate experience, having had a front row seat to her parents American Dream, watching them build a successful business from scratch as well as running her own business before age 30. As a lawyer with an MBA in finance and accounting, Hanna’s been a trusted advisor helping influential decision makers ranging from the S&P 500 to the White House. She’s the best-selling author of The Business Guide to Legal Literacy: What Every Manager Should Know About the Law (Jossey-Bass 2006), has taught in two top tier MBA programs (Duke and UVA), been named a Dun and Bradstreet Twitter #BizInfluencer, quoted in media, and appeared on radio and TV. Besides volunteering at SCORE, she has fun with her weekly podcast Business Confidential Now.

Richard Henry

Counselor and mentor with experience in operations, project planning, sales contracting, strategic planning and supply chain management. Held senior management positions in top-five, pharmaceutical companies (AstraZeneca, Merck). Former small business owner. BS-Penn State

Dennis "Denny" Holland

Counselor and mentor with over 35 years of broad management experience in all sizes of businesses, from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and turnarounds. Denny currently operates his own management consulting practice which focuses on strategic business development and executive coaching, counseling & mentoring. Technically educated as a Chemical Engineer, he progressed from R&D, manufacturing and engineering, through sales and marketing, to general management. He’s a graduate of Gannon University in Erie, PA and management programs at Harvard and Northwestern Universities. He has been active with SCORE for the past 11 years, first in the Philadelphia, PA area, then in Naples, FL.

Michael G. Kadens

Professor of Law-Emeritus, The University of Toledo College of Law. Taught law school in Ohio and North Carolina for over thirty years, concentrating on business transactional law, insurance law and franchise law. Prior to years in legal education, practiced corporate law in Chicago, and was a partner of an investment banking firm in Cleveland.
 
B.A., University of Michigan
J.D., Stanford University School of Law

Arlene Kaplan

Expertise in business development, strategic planning and business strategy, client service and deliverables, traditional and digital marketing and social media. An experienced entrepreneur, Arlene is founder and principal of ASK Advisory Group, an educational training, consulting, and professional development company specializing in career planning and executive development, life satisfaction and financial empowerment. Formerly, Arlene held executive positions including investment management, portfolio strategy and marketing at multi-national companies in the financial services industry. Employing a behavioral, pragmatic and solution-oriented approach, Arlene’s passion is helping individuals and businesses get from where they are today to where they want to be.

Arlene has an MBA in Finance and a BA in Sociology. A life-long learner, Arlene’s professional courses/certifications include leadership development, sales training, board development, coach training and social media marketing.

John S. Kiley

Formerly President, American Metal Moulding, Edison, NJ; co-founder, AmRod Corp. Newark, NJ, VP and GM of the Automotive Division of The Essex Group, Ft. Wayne, IN. National and international consulting focused on M&A due diligence and Operations and Manufacturing "turn around" issues. BS, Engineering, Penn State University.

Bruce M. Kirchner

Twenty years experience as the CFO of multinational manufacturing companies. Responsibilities included all areas of finance, tax and treasury; strategic and business planning; control, accounting, reporting and audit; acquisitions and divestitures; engineering, patent and license. He has led manufacturing cost reduction and productivity projects, business restructuring, process technology improvement efforts and facility construction projects

Marcia Ladd

Marcia is a High Performing Executive with 20 years healthcare experience. She has demonstrated proficiency in leading successful organizations that optimize profitability through results oriented sales and marketing dynamics, hands on attention to staff development, management and retention in a customer focused environment. She initially served as a corporate executive with larger organizations, then bought, grew and successfully sold a medical equipment and supply company. In 17 years she grew the company 10 fold and formed a consortium of medical equipment dealers who served the vast majority of the managed care business in NC. Marcia understands small businesses and how to make them successful.

Charlie Lehmann

Counselor and mentor with extensive experience in brand management, advertising, market research, and marketing consulting. Industry experience includes packaged goods, financial services, pharmaceuticals, beer, energy companies. Client experience includes Vanguard, Fidelity, Tower Federal Credit Union, Merck, Texaco, Campbell's Soup, Best Foods. BA from UNC - Chapel Hill, MBA New York University.

Sam Ligon

Forty years experience as entrepreneur/owner/CEO/director from start ups to IPO. Focus on consumer products and small business. Experience in product innovation, China sourcing, and marketing products for retail distribution. Currently Director of a public Business Development Company (BDC). BS Engineering from Auburn and MBA from Harvard.

Michael Nowicki

Counselor with experience in Human Resources and Sales Management. Served as Human Resource Manager or Director for three manufacturing companies. Served on the New Business Task Force for developing a business plan. Also, held a Sales Management position for the eastern U.S. and prepared sales forecasts, budgets and marketing projections for a division of Corus Corporation (formerly British Steel) which is now Tata Steel. B.A. degree, Upper Iowa University.

Ivona Piper

Multi-channel marketing executive with 30 years of experience in technology and analytics driven marketing, in both B2B and B2C corporate environments. Led the development of business foundations for Customer Relationship Management (CRM), data mining, customer analytics, and automated marketing for major retailers and clinical research companies such as Staples, Quintiles, and Limited Inc. Frequent speaker at conferences (DMA, NCDM, IIR, Adobe, SAS) on analytics in retail industry, and guest lecturer (Babson, Penn) on customer information management in marketing . Graduate of University of Pennsylvania and Wharton School. Fluent in English, Polish (native) and proficient in Russian.

Dave Robertson

Mentor who has been in financial leadership positions for over 30 years with various start-ups in the Silicon Valley, both private and public. Industries included telecommunications, biotechnology, medical devices, venture capital, and personal computers. Seven years as a management consultant with Coopers and Lybrand, now PWC. CPA (in-active), MBA from the University of California at Berkeley, and BA Economics University of Washington.

Larry Ross

Bank executive with 35+ years experience in domestic and international commercial lending. Experience in financial analysis, management, and marketing. 5+ years with Score and SBA loan guarantee programs; former zoning commissioner; former Chair of Budget/Finance Committee of a local school district. Education: BBA City University of New York, Bernard M. Baruch School of Business; American Bankers Assoc. Graduate Lending Program; Certified Commercial Lender (CCL).

Michael Ross

Michael was a results-oriented, hands-on, IT Project Management professional. He had an over 40 year proven track record of implementing mission-critical projects both on time and within budget. He can assist in the process of simultaneously managing multiple concurrent projects, their budgets and deadlines, while maintaining consistently high quality. He has been part of programs worth over $120M. He is also proficient in development of project methodologies, processes, procedures, and standards.

Michael’s core competencies include: • Project Management • Application Systems Development • Business Process Re-Engineering • Customer Relationship Management • System Performance Management • Multi-Project Planning/Balancing • Risk Identification/Management/Mitigation
• Team Building/Management

Peter Rubenacker

Peter has almost 30 years professional experience in business operations, finance and accounting, contract negotiations, procurement, globalization, process design and analysis, and IT. He joined Qualcomm in 1991 and held a variety of leadership positions in various functional aspects of the company while it grew from a small privately held, defense contracting firm to the 20,000 employee global presence it is today. His experiences include strategic business planning, financial modeling, pricing strategy, cost accounting, budgeting, procurement, logistics, supply chain operations, customer care operations, software asset management, intellectual property portfolio management, litigation discovery, contract negotiations and management, web design and development, analytics, Saas/PaaS based solutions, middleware integrations, payment gateways, recurring and subscription billing and tax solutions, sales force automation tools, customer relationship management tools, and ERP solutions.

Marshall Shah

I’m a technology enthusiast who enjoys helping customers solve complex challenges to create business value. My technology interests are in cloud based hardware and software solutions that leverage IT resources, applications, and services to move businesses forward. I enjoy working as a technology product marketer, sales engineer, or project consultant. My strengths include…

  • strategic thinking: a solid history of achievements in managing hardware and software products with high technology companies.
  • business analysis and sales engineering: gather, analyze, and prioritize requirements in building products and solutions to address customers’ business challenges.
  • product marketing: experience in market definition, product positioning, go-to-market strategies, sales readiness, and channel support.

Mary F. Speight

A retired business counselor from NC Small Business and Technology Development Center with over 25 years of business counseling experience with small to medium size companies assisting with business development, training and strategic growth planning. In addition to counselor experience I held positions as Assistant Regional Director, General Manager and years of experience with non-profit organizations. My undergraduate degree is through City University of New York and advanced study in Financial Accounting certification with University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School and certifications from other institutions.

Maxine S. Stern

Counselor and mentor with experience in finance and accounting, general business management, and grant and contract administration. She has worked at Duke University in a managerial position and currently is the owner of a financial consulting business. She has a PhD in Sociology from University of North Carolina and is a CPA.

Ed Streyle

Ed has worked for over 35 years in Health Care Administration. He has worked primarily in major academic medical institutions such as Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of Maryland Medical Center. He has a broad range of experience and knowledge in hospital operations including operating budgets, capital budgets and management, productivity management, performance improvement, quality improvement, strategic planning, human resource management, as well as organizational development. Currently retired, he is excited about sharing his knowledge and skills with those who are interested in starting or growing a business.

Max van Voorst

Diverse experience in Purchasing, Operations, Sales and Marketing, domestically as well as internationally. Over 40 years in the chemical and flavor and fragrance industry,with family owned and multinational corporations.Heavy experience in global contracting.Nationalized citizen with a Dutch background. Multilingual. Educated in the Netherlands, with various economic, financial and management courses while living here.

Joe Williamson

Skilled executive who understands the intricacies of global business challenges as well as the complexity of integrating information communication technology for business opportunities with a proven capability of creating world-class solutions for clients. Sought after as an international leader in the alignment of technology with business success using technology and global processes as key enablers. Clients have included: AON, Electronic Data Systems, GM, Raytheon, Rolls Royce, Towers Perrin, and the US Government. Encourages creativity and promote company-wide networking for innovation that brings revolutionary solutions. Is an invited international speaker on knowledge management and on the applications of GRID computing.

John Wyman

Counselor, mentor and course instructor at Durham Tech specializing in business startups and teaching entrepreneurs how to manage “by the numbers” using an Excel budget. John also serves as mentor and coach for Kenan-Flagler graduate students. He is a Graduate of Bowdoin College, a Viet Nam Veteran, and retired executive of AT&T after which he started and operated a successful process re-engineering international consultancy for Engelhard Corporation.

Abby Zarkin

Abby brings over 30 years of corporate experience at IBM and Lenovo, as well as recent hands-on entrepreneurial experience to her business coaching work. She's held corporate positions in line management and staff leadership in Finance, Pricing, Business Strategy, Re-engineering, Operations, Marketing, Sales Support and Advertising. She has often been charged with leading cross-functional teams to establish new approaches to business challenges at global and regional levels. After retiring from Lenovo she launched a specialty candy business based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina - Sweeten Creek Candy Company - which provides exclusive corporate gifts to her clients' high value customers. She serves as Sweeten Creek's founder and chief.