Paul is a cross-functional professional with a metallurgical engineering degree and an MBA who has managed large and small operations and improved their performance by applying lean and six sigma principles to high impact administrative, business and operational processes. One of his strengths is analyzing and translating data into information and then presenting the information in a usable form to make decisions. His work experience includes product development, quality management, project management, account management, product planning, strategic planning, merger and acquisitions, activity-based costing (ABC), and value analysis/value engineering (VAVE).
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
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.
Barbara is an educator, strategist, small business owner, and Silicon Valley alum who has experience in business development, marketing, engagement, and operations. She is currently the Senior Operating Officer for a lab within the Eshelman School of Pharmacy and runs the entrepreneurial program the E(I) Lab. She can help improve business performance with active engagement, marketing, business development, and business strategy. After working for 15 years in Silicon Valley, as well as running my own small business, she can offer support to entrepreneurs at all stages.
Thomas “Tim“ Bryden
Tim brings a unique background of leadership style, professional accomplishments, and management skills to the SCORE Mentors Program. Highly developed competencies draw upon successful integration of two graduate degrees: MBA; MSW. While completing his MBA at Fordham University, Tim studied under the W. Edwards Deming Leadership Institute whose teachings had a profound impact on American manufacturing and service organizations. Collaborative communication, team facilitation, and interpersonal proficiencies show a proven ability to navigate change in difficult environments. Tim has held executive positions in not for profit organizations and has skilled insights into Board development, Foundations, Grant Preparation & Grant Seeking, not for profit start up & finance and Integrated Process Organization.
John is a Human Resources and Talent Management leader with over 25 years of experience in Fortune 500 organizations. John has spent his career focused on enabling organizations to achieve greater HR sophistication and market leadership through "right" people practices...those that are simple and effective for the needs of a particular organization. John’s passion for working with business leaders to develop and implement talent strategies across a variety of companies and industries has enabled organizations to more effectively identify, attract, develop and retain their people. He has lead HR, Talent Acquisition and Talent Development functions within such companies as Cree, Quintiles, American Express, LabCorp and Pepsi. As the Founder and Principal Consultant of Talent Outcomes LLC, a Human Resources and Talent consultancy, John now focuses his passion on helping small business owners to maximize their investment in their talent through smarter people practices that drive better business results. John earned his MS in Industrial and Labor Relations, and BS in Journalism, from West Virginia University.
Keren helps entrepreneurs and small businesses to evaluate, develop, and improve their business model, strategy, marketing, and operations.
Experienced professional with more than 40 years of experience emphasizing sales, marketing, and business development in the HVAC industry. Skilled and knowledgeable with all tools and blueprints related to all aspects of installation and sales of HAVC. Degree in Marketing and Business Administration. Highly customer-centric with excellent relationship building skills. Strong sales and marketing skills to build new business and cultivate existing customer relationships. Self-confident, organized, and motivated, bringing creativity to all business endeavors.
Jim Davis has more than thirty-five years’ experience planning and executing large, complex programs and projects. Twice a company president, he is an experienced leader with significant organizational strengths including translation of requirements, strategy formulation, corporate governance, budgeting and planning, team building, financial management and program execution. He has direct experience in leading international teams and navigating US export processes for both Commerce Control List (CCL) and US Munitions List (USML). His greatest pleasure arises from helping companies and individuals succeed against their objectives. Jim has engineering degrees in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and naval architecture from the US Naval Academy and MIT. He undertook business training at Boston University and program management education at the Defense Acquisition University. He is a PMI Project Management Professional®.
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.
Stretch O Rama, Inc. (An importer/wholesaler of children’s apparel with annual sales of approximately $200 million.) - CFO/COO - 2001 to August 2016.
Accessory Network Group, Inc. (An importer/wholesaler of ladies’ accessories with annual sales of approximately $125 million) - Chief Financial Officer - 1993 to 2000
CFTC Group - (Retailer) Chief Financial Officer 1989 to 2000
Plymouth Lamston Stores (Retailer) - CFO 1988 to 1989
Jamesway Corporation (Retailer) - Treasurer 1979 to 1987
Touche Ross & Co. - Staff Accountant - 1974 to 1979
Hofstra University---BBA in Accounting---1974
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Donnie is a counselor and mentor with executive experience in a global technology company. Her areas of focus include general management, operations, finance and business transformation with special interest in advanced analytics and cognitive systems. Donnie worked and lived in Europe and Asia. She also supported privately held businesses by family members. She has an undergraduate engineering degree from Michigan State and an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.
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.
Marcia was a High Performing Executive with 30 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.
Counselor and mentor with a decade of experience in the legal field. She has experiences in the areas of franchising businesses, contract law, and real estate law. Currently, she is a practicing attorney with a focus on small business law. Her legal experience focuses on nonprofits and start-ups.
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.
As a mentor or coach, I can help you improve business performance in: Information Technology (IT), Operations, Organizational Development, and Program Management and Execution. During my career I have performed as IT Director for multiple manufacturing companies in the electronics industry having migrated to IT from Manufacturing Management earlier in my career. I have gained broad experience in Program Management of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) initiatives spanning activities from process planning to implementation through multiple industries. I have led the Establishment of comprehensive IT operations including Data Centers, Fiber Networks, Server and Desktop architecture, and program development.
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.
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.
Thirty-five years in the computing industry as a programmer, designer and software architect. Spent the first 15 years of career with IBM in a variety of technical and management positions. Spent the last 25 years as the President of RJM Systems. RJM systems developed a software product that provided all the administrative functions needed to run a college. The product was developed in-house, and the company was sold to a larger player in the field in June 2015.
Herman J Sperling
CEO of HJS Markets LLC, with more than four decades of international experience in both Fortune 500s and entrepreneurial environments. Until recently he was the Group VP of Marketing at Harman International (NYSE: HAR) and before that the National Sales Manager and Marketing Manager at Bose Corporation. He was a Member of the Board of Industry Leaders of the CTA (formerly the Consumer Electronics Association), served on three CEA divisional boards and chaired the CEA's Research Committee. Mr. Sperling served on the Board of his prior HOA in NY, on eBay's Advisory Board and those of 5 private firms. He has received numerous awards for products developed, including Best Home Theater System under $2,500 from Video Review Magazine, Best Product of the Year from Business Week Magazine, and Audio Product of the Year from CD Magazine. Mr. Sperling has lectured at MIT (Sloan — advanced marketing management), UNC (entrepreneurship) and UCLA (Anderson School — product development), spoken on behalf of Microsoft (social marketing) and Tata (innovation), has performed post graduate work towards an MEd in Guidance and Counseling from Tufts University, holds a BA with majors in Psychology and Sociology from Emerson College and studies in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University.
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; she was a CPA for many years and is now inactive.
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.
Mentor, teacher and counselor with over 35 years in high technology executive roles. Skilled in business planning, marketing, sales and services operations. Held executive roles at Hewlett Packard and 3D Systems, with experience with new business startups, global management, service (XaaS) management, remote team management and customer success management. Mentor with SCORE, CED VMS (Venture Mentoring Service) and NC State (BUS501/Poole School of Mgmt). BSEE from Cornell University, MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Diverse experiences in industrial organization and management, local industry development, hotel management, industrial economics and institutional organization and management. General Manager and CEO in Central America for family owned enterprises. Business and institutional consultant. Entrepreneurial experience: developed and managed various small businesses in the furniture, food and service sectors in Guatemala. Professor of Marketing and Management. Consultant at the Kenan-Flagler Business School, UNC Chapel Hill, and at the Executive Service Corps (ESC) of the Triangle area in N.C. OLLI lecturer at Duke University, Durham, N.C. Graduate of Cornell University. Fluent in Spanish, English and German. BA, MBA, MS.