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Andrew Thomas Gaiennie

Andrew Thomas Gaiennie

Current City: Shreveport, LA

Graduate of Nicholls State's Geomatics program, Andrew has over a decade of experience in training entrepreneurs and opening his own ventures from working along side his father and grandfather.

Professionally, Andrew has worked outdoors as a land surveyor, owned an employment agency while in collage, managed two nightclubs and a radio station, and is currently an Authorized Local Expert for Constant Contact and a SCORE chairman. 

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Education

Collage Degree: BS of Geomatics, Nicholls State

Constant Contact ALE training program

Kauffman Foundation entrepreneurship series veteran

Steve Strauss, founder of www.theselfemployed.com, gives tips to artists looking to enter the business world.

Steve Strauss headshot Q: “Bro – Every time I try and sell my art, I get that I am a better artist than salesperson. But you are great at the business stuff. Why don’t you start to rep me?”

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About the Author

Steven D. Strauss is a lawyer and writer and is one of the country's leading experts on small business as well as an international business speaker. The best-selling author of 17 books, his latest is the all-new 3rd ed. of The Small Business Bible. You can listen to his weekly podcast, Small Business Success Powered by Greatland, visit his new website for the self-employed, TheSelfEmployed, follow him on Twitter, and "like" TheSelfEmployed on Facebook. You can e-mail Steve at: sstrauss@mrallbiz.com. © Steven D. Strauss

       I have a business that sells equestrian supplies both retail and online. I’d like to begin using social media as a marketing tool, but I’m clueless as to how to begin. How do I go about developing a social media strategy?

 

 

About the Author

       This column is brought to you by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE, with nearly 70 current and former business executives available to provide free, confidential, one-on-one business mentoring and training workshops for area businesses. Call 603-666-7561 or visit merrimackvalley.score.org for information on mentoring, upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities. SCORE is a national, non-profit organization and a resource partner of the U. S. Small Business Administration.
       Have a question you’d like answered in this column? E-mail it to info@score-manchester.org, with “Ask SCORE” in the subject line.

Ask SCORE

       Our four-year-old printing business is finally on solid footing. We’ve worked hard and 
been very fortunate, and now we’d like to begin giving something back to the community. What 
types of activities can you suggest?

 

 

About the Author

       This column is brought to you by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE, with nearly 70 current and former business executives available to provide free, confidential, one-on-one business mentoring and training workshops for area businesses. Call 603-666-7561 or visit merrimackvalley.score.org for information on mentoring, upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities. SCORE is a national, non-profit organization and a resource partner of the U. S. Small Business Administration.
       Have a question you’d like answered in this column? E-mail it to info@score-manchester.org, with “Ask SCORE” in the subject line.

James Hisey II

James Hisey II

Current City: Fairfield, CT

James Hisey II is a self-directed consulting executive with a proven record of accomplishment of distinguished leadership and service to local government, business, health care, and cultural organizations.  His expertise includes cost reduction methodology in the health care industry, identity theft protection, marketing, software application development, internet strategy and implementation, market research, computer hardware and software technical support.  Throughout his career, he has helped identify, appraise, and maximize opportunities by carrying out in-depth analyses across a broad spectrum of technologies, economics, materials, methods, and services. 

 

He is the owner of Management Insights LLC where he has formed alliances with major partners serving the health care and security industries.  Management Insights specializes in helping protect sensitive information from theft.  We build layers of protection using state of the art tools provided by QUALYS and industry best practices.  Our process examines the technical and physical infrastructure, people, applications and operations.  All of this coupled with excellent customer service builds exceptional value for our clients.  Management Insights was endorsed by the New York Annual Conference and is in the process working with churches to improve their information security.

 

Prior to founding Management Insights in July of 2011, he worked in the Information Technology and IT departments for the Town of Westport.  During that time he was project leader for the installation of the town’s MUNIS accounting software. Under his leadership the implementation was completed ahead of schedule.

 

He has been a part of technology related businesses for most of his career.  His accomplishments include a worldwide market research for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, database development and market research for the pulp and paper industry and technical business-to-business market research.

 

Jim is a member of the Westport United Methodist Church where he currently serves as treasurer and is an elected lay delegate to the New York Annual Conference.

 

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Education

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University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL,&nbsp; Bachelor of Arts in Psychology</li>
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Graduate coursework in computer sciences, business, and psychology at the New School for Social Research, New York; Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut; and the University of Bridgeport, MBA Program.</li>
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Additional training:
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Cisco Call Manager System Administration 6.1</li>
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Cisco Unity Connection Administration</li>
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Windows SharePoint Services Level 1 and 2</li>
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Windows SharePoint Designer</li>
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Fundamentals of Windows Server 2008 Network and Applications Infrastructure</li>
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Installing and Configuring Windows 7 Client</li>
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Crystal Reports Level 1 and 2</li>
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Richard S Lewine

Richard S Lewine

Current City: Greenwich, CT

Expert helping the leaders of small to mid-size organizations clarify their direction and have their people help to achieve the organizations goals by developing their untapped potential. 

Expert in:VISION ARTICULATION STRATEGY FORMULATION CLIMATE ASSESSMENT DEVELOPMENT OF ORGANIZATIONAL GOALS SYSTEMS INSTALLATION OF PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL/MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS CREATION OF INTERDEPARTMENTAL COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS - job matching - systems - leadership development - management training - apparel & textiles

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Member of Board of Directors of Greenwich CT Chamber of Commerce

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Education

Education includes,  Marketing, Business Law, Industrial Psychology and Computer Basics at Temple University. Certified in Gamification by Wharton/Coursera.

Ask SCORE

       After working for more than 25 years in the publishing industry, the company I worked 
for downsized and I accepted an attractive buyout package. Now I’d like to start my own 
business. What do I do first?
 

 

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About the Author

       This column is brought to you by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE, with nearly 70 current and former business executives available to provide free, confidential, one-on-one business mentoring and training workshops for area businesses. Call 603-666-7561 or visit merrimackvalley.score.org for information on mentoring, upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities. SCORE is a national, non-profit organization and a resource partner of the U. S. Small Business Administration.
       Have a question you’d like answered in this column? E-mail it to info@score-manchester.org, with “Ask SCORE” in the subject line.    

Michael D. Riley

Michael D. Riley

Current City: Glendale, AZ

SCORE Mentor, with hours freely available for scheduled client meetings on Tuesdays at the Peoria, AZ Chamber of Commerce, and on Thursdays at the Thunderbird School of International Management. I have now counseled hundreds of aspiring and established businesses since late 2012. Previously (5/94 to 10/08) I served as a paid business consultant, counseling both startups and established businesses on how to establish, manage, and market their businesses. .

Chief Executive Officer, Big Ideas Incorporated, Glendale, AZ - this corporation was created to market the second generation of my Earglasses™ Sound Magnifier product, now sold on our website and through amazon.com. The self-drafted patent application for this new model was recently granted. 2/12 to present.

Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Gramagram Cards LLC ("The Hug"), Scottsdale, AZ - this startup corporation is now seeking funding for a unique subscription-based social media platform designed to promote closer family ties between generations, particularly grandparents and their grandchildren.

President and Chief Operating Officer, Public Enterprise Group, Inc., Huntington Beach, CA - President and Chief Operating Officer, Public Enterprise Group, Inc., Huntington Beach, CA - 2/01 to 3/05. Member of PEG’s Board of Directors. Director of Business Development for The Active Network, Inc. 4/05 to 5/07.

  • Helped found and build this unique municipal marketing services agency into a firm with clients nationwide, quadrupling revenues from the first to the second year of the company's operations.
  • Helped to arrange the sale of the company to The Active Network, Inc. for well over a million dollars, and stayed on to help assure an effective transition.

Senior VP, Marketing, Unefi, Inc., Lake Forest, CA - 6/00 to 2/01. Helped to found and obtain financing for this extremely fast-growth telecommunications services company; wrote much of the company's business plan. Named the firm for the "EF&I" industry it planned to dominate, designed its logo and Website, and helped to develop its positioning. Second member of the Board of Directors.

  • Helped to generate over $20 million in customer orders and bids in less than seven months of operation.
  • Helped to recruit and motivate a truly superior 120 person workforce in that same span of time.
  • Helped to raise over $2 million in investor capital.

Managing Editor/Webmaster, Practice Builders, Irvine, CA - 10/97 to 5/00. Conceived, wrote and edited all articles appearing in the nation's eight leading monthly newsletters on marketing for professional practitioners: doctors, dentists, accountants, etc. Developed the company's first Website; wrote most of the original content for the current 211 page site.


President, National Market Makers, Inc., Santa Monica, CA - 4/88 to 3/01. Consulting marketing executive. Board of Directors, Schulte Sports Enterprises/Public Enterprise Group, 3/98 to present. Director of Marketing for Booda, a leading pet products marketer 4-8/95. Board of Directors, XLO Electric, a high-end audio accessory maker, 11/90 to present; co-founder and President of William & Scott, a branded "microbeer" marketer, 9/90 to 11/94; and EVP of Scott Griffiths Advertising & Design, 4/88 to 11/91. Consultant for Pacific InterTel, Pacific Bell, Pacific Power, Westec Security, On Command Corp., the International Channel, Kraft Foods, Taco Bell, Westinghouse, Haagen-Dasz, Realfresh Foods, Kaiser Permanente, Rosemont Winery, American Innotek, Hunt Sports Enterprises, and others.

  • As head of sales and marketing, built revenues of William & Scott's Rhino Chasers Beer to $4.0MM in four years, making it the third largest contract brewed brand of beer in America, behind only Samuel Adams and Pete's Brewing. Annual marketing budget never exceeded $100,000. Helped raise $5 million in venture capital.
  • Created World Cup 1994's top sales unit, generating $35MM in orders world-wide for premium- priced tickets in less than six months, by recruiting and directing commission-only outbound telemarketers.
  • Designed all of the introductory advertising, merchandising, and packaging that led XLO Electric to become one of a handful of world leaders in consumer audio cables.
  • Conceived, designed, patented and sold over $1,000,000 worth of Earglasses™ Sound Magnifiers as a "hobby business."
  • Helped Griffiths get top accounts: Pinkerton, Crystal Cruises, Jiffy Lube.

Account Director, New Products Network, Los Angeles, CA - 4/87 to 3/88. New products consultant to Penn Sporting Goods, Calavo, Microsoft, Weyerhauser, Hewlett-Packard, Lamaur/DuPont, and Pacific Power & Light. Led ideation sessions, moderated focus groups, and developed new product ideas and brand strategies for line extensions.


VP, Director of Strategic Planning, Cunningham & Walsh/Allen & Dorward/Mojo/Chiat-Day, San Francisco, CA - 5/80 to 3/87. Developed strategies and plans for agency accounts, including Dole Foods, Chuck E. Cheese, Lucky Foods, Ross Dress for Less, Grand Auto, and many others.

  • Helped Dole Foods introduce its most successful new product lines of the past half century, including pre-cut vegetables and frozen/refrigerated juices/blends, now with over $300 million annual sales.
  • As a New Business Committee member, helped the Agency to increase its billings by 15% in one year.

Partner, Management Supervisor, Tatham Laird & Kudner, Chicago IL - 12/67 to 4/80. Account Manager for Miles Laboratories' Flintstones Vitamins, Bactine, Procter & Gamble's Biz, Mr. Clean, and Head & Shoulders, RJR Foods' Chun King Oriental and Patio Mexican Foods; Coca Cola Foods' Butter Nut and Maryland Club coffees; Kimberly - Clark new products. Also Director of the Agency's training program; recruited and trained 14 outstanding MBAs and MSJs for account management careers.

  • Developed an advertising strategy that built Flintstones Chewable Vitamins from a 10% third place market share into the runaway market leader with a 55% share. This strategy even restored sales growth to the entire children's vitamin supplement category.
  • Helped reposition Biz from a pre-soak to a dry bleach, reversing the brand's long share decline.
  • Developed a strategy that reversed Coke coffees' sustained share losses to P&G's Folgers.

Account Executive, Edward H. Weiss Co./Bozell & Jacobs, Chicago, IL - 5/66 to 12/67.

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Education

MSJ, BSJ, Northwestern University. Advertising and marketing major at the nation's top Business and Journalism schools. Honors included selection as Leo Burnett Co. Intern. Self-taught computer proficiency. Skilled webmaster, graphic designer, desktop publisher, and business planner, on PC and Mac platforms using a wide variety of programs.

Q: What are limited liability companies (“LLCs”), and what should businesses know 
about them?
A: LLCs are a new type of business entity that emerged in the early 1990s. They have many important legal and tax characteristics, but the key ones are these:
  • Liability shield. LLCs provide their owners (called “members”) with a statutory liability shield that is essentially identical to the corporate shield.

About the Author

John Cunningham is a N.H. business lawyer whose practice is focused on LLC law and tax. He chaired the N.H. Business and Industry Association committee that drafted the Revised New Hampshire Limited Liability Company Act, a radical revision of New Hampshire LLC law that went into effect on January 1st. LLCs are, by a wide margin, the entities of choice for N.H. business start-ups.

Ask SCORE

       I’ve recently taken my business plan for a new and innovative consumer product to several banks seeking funding, but have had no success. What are some other financing options that might be available to me?

 

 

About the Author

       This column is brought to you by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE, with nearly 70 current and former business executives available to provide free, confidential, one-on-one business mentoring and training workshops for area businesses. Call 603-666-7561 or visit merrimackvalley.score.org for information on mentoring, upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities. SCORE is a national, non-profit organization and a resource partner of the U. S. Small Business Administration.
       Have a question you’d like answered in this column? E-mail it to info@score-manchester.org, with “Ask SCORE” in the subject line.
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