Business Operations

Mike Ruffing

Mike Ruffing

Current City: Buckhannon, WV

Assistant Manager- Circuit City 2001-2004

Assistant Manager- Midas Intl 2005-2006

Manager- Advance Auto Parts 2006-2011

District Leader- Advance Auto Parts 2011- Present

Owner- Problem Solver's Consultants 2014- Present

Resume

Education

Penn State University- Business Administration

Katherine Henry

Katie Henry

Katherine Henry

Current City: Elkhorn, NE

Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending/Business Development

United Republic Bank – Omaha, NE

  • Managing the Business Development Department Staff.

  • Contributes to the overall profitability of the Bank; implements costs controls, income generation, and department marketing efforts; monitors expenses to ensure compliance with budget.

  • Gathers and analyzes all information necessary to present a financing request to Senior Management or Loan Committee for approval; meets with existing or potential customers; visiting sites of loans; negotiates loan terms and conditions; approves loans within established lending limits or refers and recommends acceptance to the Chief Lending Officer or Loan Committee.

  • Maintains a superior knowledge of financial industry status and trends.

  • Ensures department activities run smoothly and efficiently.

  • Plays a positive role in the development and growth of assigned department staff through excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, along with strong delegation skills assuring a highly cross-trained staff.

 

Human Resources Officer

United Republic Bank – Omaha, NE

  • Plan and formulate general personnel policy

  • Facilitate and keep current the employee handbook, first aid program and procedure.

  • Oversee compliance with all required federal, state and local employment laws and regulations with regard to Human Resources.

  • Oversee and implement the bank’s hiring and termination process.

  • Implement, as necessary, new employee orientation, special education, counseling, training, and development programs related to various staff functional areas.

  • Coordinate with management the annual review process and any additional transfer, promotion, layoff, demotion and termination of employees.

  • Administer payroll for both exempt and non-exempt employees.

Formerly Marketing Officer

United Republic Bank – Omaha, NE

  • Coordination of all marketing and networking activities of the Bank Ensures marketing activities are in compliance with state and federal regulations

  • Develops various marketing concepts, objectives, materials, advertisements, programs, press releases, and other special events.Provides guidance and coordinates implementation efforts with respect to the installation of new or existing products and services.

  • Responsible for being the primary contact for determining the best internal contact with regard to inquiry of public relations and media, advertising, and certain business development activities that promote the spirit, philosophy, dedication, and general direction of the Bank.

 

Formerly Loan Operations Officer

United Republic Bank – Omaha, NE

  • Managing the Loan Operations Department Staff.

  • Ensures accurate and timely servicing of the Bank's loan portfolio.

  • Oversees the production of loan documentation relating to the opening, servicing and closing of all loans.

  • Ensures department activities run smoothly and efficiently.

  • Provides leadership, training and supervision within the department; and provides a high level of customer relations and service.

 

Formerly Mortgage Loan Officer

United Republic Bank – Omaha, NE

  • Originate Loan Business

  • Processing of loans

  • Assemble and provide management/pipeline reports

  • Aid in management of Mortgage Division

Resume

Education

1995-1999  University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln, NE

  • Bachelors of Journalism and Mass Communications with an emphasis in Advertising.

  • Other areas of emphasis: English, History, Sociology

  • Dean’s List

Dr. Sumita B. Mitra

Dr. Sumita B. Mitra

Current City: St. Pete Beach, FL

I was trained in Chemistry and received my Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI and post-doctoral training at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. I have spent my entire professional career of nearly 32 years (1978-2010) at the 3M Company in St. Paul, MN. For 10 years (2000-2010) I was also Industrial Director of Minnesota Dental Research Center of Biomaterials and Biomechanics at the University of Minnesota. I retired from 3M in 2010. Since then I have set up a consulting company, Mitra Chemical Consulting, of which I am co-owner and partner along with my husband.

During my 32 years tenure at 3M Company I was primary engaged in Research and Development. My expertise has been in identifying market needs and inventing new or identifying existing technologies to design and deliver new products to fulfill those needs. 3M is a diversified manufacturing company and major player in many industries and I have had the benefit of experience in several industries including adhesives, traffic safety products and healthcare. Much of my experience has been in the Health Care businesses of 3M, including medical devices and in the dental and orthodontic arena. I have had extensive expertise in strategic planning for these businesses and in starting new categories of products. I have extensive experience in leading multifunctional teams including laboratory, manufacturing, marketing and regulatory/ toxicological services. I am the sole or co-inventor of 79 patents and am intimately familiar with the intellectual property process. As one of the top scientists of 3M I have visited and worked with laboratories and customers in 45 countries. I have also led an integration team to complete a major international acquisition.

Our present consulting company, Mitra Chemical Consulting LLC, has a goal of collaborative relationship with client companies to meet every aspect of our clients’ technological needs in a range of diverse industries including health-care, industrial and consumer products that require chemical/polymer expertise. We have helped many start-up businesses scope out technological feasibility and scope out inventions. I have also given courses on the innovation process at several prestigious universities and large corporations.

Resume

Education

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B.Sc. &amp; M.Sc. Chemistry, University of Calcutta India</p>

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Ph.D. Organic/Polymer Chemistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan</p>

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Post Doctoral Training, Macromolecular Science, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.</p>

Allen Nixon

Allen Nixon

Current City: Torrington, CT

Thinking about starting your own business?  Want to make your business better?

Career Background - 38 years of engineering and general management experience in manufacturing, both domestic and international operations.

Mentoring Skills - Business and Strategic Planning, Business Operations, Product Marketing, Pricing, and Cost Analysis.

 

Resume

Education

Bachelor's Degree Industrial Engineering, Masters Degree Industrial Administration, Professional Engineering License - Connecticut, Retired Status.

Steve Taylor

Steve Taylor

Current City: Columbus, GA
Chapter: SCORE Columbus

Columbus Bank & Trust-  Trust Department

AFLAC- Recruiting Director

Founder CEO- CheckCare Systems

Founder CEO- Transcom Payment Services

Resume

Education

BS Economics Columbus State University

Martin Levine

Martin Levine

Current City: Briarcliff Manor, NY


 

Resume

Education

BSBA in Accounting and Corporate Finance from American University

Robert L. Rock

Robert L. Rock

Current City: Valparaiso, IN

Five years:  teacher, science department head, wrestling coach

Thirty-five years: steel (metal coatings) industry:  lab technician, foreman, technical services representative, inside sales representative, quality control manager

 

Eight and one-half years:  small business owner of two businesses (automotive detailing and automotive interior repairs)

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Education

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BS in biology: Valparaiso University&lt;/p&gt;

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MS in secondary education: Indiana University&lt;/p&gt;

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Additional studies:&amp;nbsp; resource person in science education (Michigan State University), 10 hours in botany (University of Nebraska), teaching outdoor education (10 hours at National College)&lt;/p&gt;

Robert C Patterson

Bob Patterson

Robert C Patterson

Current City: Williamsville, NY

R. Charles Patterson
716.481.4439 (cell) ● BobChuckPatterson@Yahoo.com


Seasoned, experienced business development professional, civil engineer, labor-project consultant, construction industry expert, and entrepreneur. Energetic abilities with developing networks and relationships while managing projects. Able to plan work projects under resource constraints in order to ensure business continuity, growth, cost containment, and ultimate profitability.

Areas of Expertise
Business Development     Construction Projects    Scope Consultation     Project Management
Quality & Effectiveness    Cost-Containment Focus    Constraint Challenges    Efficiency Optimization
Licensed Contractor    Labor Issues    Field Work    

 

Patterson – Stevens, Inc.     Nov.1976– Dec. 2012
President & Co-owner
Director of Railroad Division – Consultant in track work, Inspector of track, Estimating, Bidding, Scheduling and Supervision of Railroad work. Also, estimator and project manager for the Concrete Repair division dealing with restoration of plant concrete structures and installation of chemical resistant coating and floorings.

·    Subway tunnel project. Spearheaded work with metropolitan transit authority to replace tunnel tie-plates under tight work window of 4-7 hours each night (scheduled downtime). Worked with various levels of government groups, contractors, and other parties. Innovated solution that allowed work to happen without interrupting service.
·    Plant rail restoration. Worked with a client to consult on how to re-establish abandoned rail service without dramatic expense of installing all new ties and rail. Ultimately scoped plan to phase rehabilitation over multiple years to accomplish this goal and put the client immediately back into service, saving significant capital expenditure.
·    West Valley project. Worked for client to scope how to re-connect rail for an abandoned waste processing facility that was vacant for 20+ years. Client had a $2M bid from engineer to do repairs and upgrades, but my team created solution to keep expenditures under $300,000 for first year and $100,000 for next two years.
·    Hamburg Rail Crossing. Scoped and scheduled this removal and installation within incredible operating time constraint of Friday-Monday work. Dismantled existing crossing and installed new crossing fully by Monday morning.
·    Buffalo Zoological Gardens. Worked with two-dimensional drawings to yield 3-D project by setting up special production facility to manufacture rock wall. Required building model of the entire exhibit to illustrate to workers what was going to happen, and where things would be positioned. Project specs required that we work around other craftsmen during assembly.
·    Galleria Shopping Mall. Worked with a penalty-based time constrained contract that imposed 2% of contract per day for late completion on this job that required work around the clock. Required innovative planning and execution to pump a grout mixture over 1500 feet horizontally to satisfy the project requirements.


Stone & Webster Engineering     Feb.1974- Aug.1976
Field Cost Engineer, Cost Engineer, and Estimator
Worked for this engineering firm in multiple roles, gaining business confidence and work experience along the way in these particular jobs:
·    Field Cost Engineer for Gulf States Utilities,                       St. Francisville, LA   
·    Cost Engineer in Satellite Office                                 Cherry Hill, NJ   
·    Headquarters Estimator on Nuclear Power Project                    Boston, MA

Professional Associations:
American Bridge Construction & Design, Buffalo Chapter; past president 1988-1989
Niagara Frontier Subcontractors Association of Western New York; past president and Board of Directors (currently);
Kenmore Rotary Club; Past President 2006-2007, current Board of Directors,
Kenmore Rotary Foundation; Current Board of Directors
Deerhurst Presbyterian Church; Past Session member and Chairman of Stewardship
National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association; National Convention Chairman 1990, and Co-Chairman 1991. Board of Directors (1990 - 1999, 2003 - 2012)
Greater Niagara Frontier Council – Boy Scouts of America - Board of Directors (Current)
Board of Directors (past) – American Bridge Construction & Design; American Concrete Institute; Buffalo Construction Exchange, Laborers Local 210 Pension Fund

Contractor License held in:
  Virginia & Florida

Education:
M.B.A. from SUNY at Buffalo  

B.S. in Civil Engineering from Clarkson University

Trainings:
Attended AREMA Inspection Class, Autumn 2012
Licensed Train the Trainer for on Track Safety - January 2013 for CSX and NS Railroads

Resume

Education

MBA SUNY at UB 1979

BS Clarkson University 1973

Mahesh K Seth

Mahesh K Seth

Current City: New York, NY

Successful entrepreneur who ran a manufacturing automation and software development business for more than 20 years and then sold it to a multinational company.  Broad experience in managing all aspects of running a small business. Currently involved with a wholesale apparel business which manufactures garments in India and Bangladesh.  Holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and a MBA fro Michigan State University.

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Education

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Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, and MBA</p>

Jeremiah Holt Jr.

Jeremiah Holt Jr.

Current City: Vancouver, WA

.  I am a fifteen-year Veteran of the Bartending Industry and I have for the past three years built my current company, Just Right Cocktails NW from being an “under the table” sole proprietorship into a WA State Licensed LLC.  The business I own is a Special Events Bartending Service.  This means I help bring the bar service to your desired location at the right price.  Prior to this I was an Intern with the Washington State Business Assistance Center helping aspiring and current entrepreneurs find the right resources they need to succeed.
In addition to this, I am also a member of Gamma Psi Beta Fraternity Incorporated, which is a service fraternity that strives to make a positive impact on our respective communities by taking the time to volunteer in various projects ranging from mentorship to other community activities.

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Education

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B.S. in Business Administration (Service and Hospitality Focus) in Winter 2015</p>

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