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Martin Levine

Martin Levine

Current City: Briarcliff Manor, NY


 

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Education

BSBA in Accounting and Corporate Finance from American University

Robert C 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

Warren J Cook

Warren J Cook

Current City: Kalamazoo, MI

 

President

Cook & Associates Consulting,                                                                           1995 to present:

  • Secure financing components for industrial investments and commercial start-ups.
  • Guide and coach firms through industrial tax abatement application processes.
  • Certify industrial parks within communities throughout Michigan for MEDA.
  • Site consultant sub-contractor for international horticultural consultant.
  • Tri-annual golf outings with extremely well seasoned Michigan E.D. practitioners.

 

Business Growth Specialist                                                                             2005 to 2012:

  • Conducted industrial retention visits and managed follow-up actions,
  • Managed two business Revolving Loan Funds - 15 loans totaling

     $2.8mm, leveraging $27mm with 135 jobs,

  • Provided admin support for Industrial Tax Increment Financing Authority,
  • Provided EDC project management for special projects,
  • Chair Statewide Certified Business Park Program within Michigan Economic

            Development Association (MEDA).

 

Vice President for Resource Development

The Enterprise Group of Jackson, Inc., Jackson, MI                                              1996 to 2004:

  • Exec. Dir. of the County Econ. Dev. Corp. (EDC) – managed Industrial Revenue Bond

     and $1.5 million Revolving Loan Fund Programs,

  • Established and Exec. Dir. of the County-wide Brownfield Redevelopment Authority,
  • Maintained industrial site and building location inventories,
  • Provided industrial facilities tax abatement guidance,
  • Conducted industrial retention visits and managed follow-up actions,
  • Provided relocation assistance to industrial and commercial inquiries,
  • Successfully secured $1.35 million EPA brownfield clean-up and site assessment grants

     & $450,000 in HUD grants for industrial infrastructure.

 

Executive Director

Branch County Economic Growth Alliance, Inc., Coldwater, MI                              1990 to 1995:

  • Created and presented incentives packages to firms resulting in 17 new firms and

                 $5,000,000 new investment,

  • Conducted retention visits with local industries; results included: $85+ million new

                 investment and 2,000 new jobs,

  • Guided development of three industrial parks in separate communities;
  • Prepared over $2.8 million in a variety of grant applications,
  • Guided Kellogg Community College development of new academic center in Coldwater.

 

Economic Development Coordinator

Southcentral Michigan Planning Council, Portage, MI                                            1987 to 1990:

            Responsible for industrial assistance throughout two rural counties resulting in over 2700 jobs and $56 million in investment.

            Responsible for annual development of community created local improvement project inventory in 3 rural and 2 urban counties.

 

Program Manager - Economic Development

West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission, Muskegon, MI         1986 to 1987:

            *           Assisted communities in one rural and two urban counties to  develop physical and human resource infrastructure needed to meet local objectives.

 

 

RELATED EXPERIENCE

Assoc. Dean of Instruction - Business and Technical Studies

Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kalamazoo, MI                                         1983 to 1985:

            *           Responsible for 58 FTE faculty and staff; 34 Associate Degree and Certificate Programs; developing and managing a $1.8 million budget; evaluating faculty and staff; establishing articulation agreements with area high schools and colleges; and re-activating academic program advisory committees.

 

Regional Community Development Agent

Cooperative Extension Service

Pennsylvania State University, Reading, PA                                                         1980 to 1983:

            *           Worked with local government officials and groups to determine needs; provided legislative process information for citizen use; created, packaged and delivered community education programs including:

                                    - legislation impact on local government

                                    - land development ordinances (subdivisions)

                                    - land use planning and zoning

 

Research Assistant

Illinois State Geological Survey

University of Illinois

Urbana-Champaign, IL                                                                                        1978 to 1980:

            *           Conceived, developed and co-authored "Land Use Impacts of Subsidence Over Illinois Coal Mines".

 

Assistant Planning Director

Kankakee County Planning Commission

Kankakee, IL                                                                                                     1974 to 1978:

            *           Supervised staff and technicians; directed community needs assessments; created community development plans with local officials and citizens; directed and completed successful Community Development Block Grant applications; and successfully re-initiated federal HUD contract activities.

 

Staff Writer

Governor's Office of Management and Budget

State of Michigan, Lansing, MI                                                                            1973 to 1974:

            *           Co-authored report on staffing Michigan's multi-county planning districts.

 

Management Analyst

United States Air Force

L. G. Hanscom Field

Bedford, MA                                                                                                      1969 to 1974:

            *           Co-developed computerized management program to monitor Department of Defense research and development contracts.

Resume

Education

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Graduate: Economic Development Institute (EDI), University of Oklahoma, 1996</p>

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M.U.P., Urban &amp; Regional Planning, University of Illinois, 1980</p>

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B.S., Urban Studies, Michigan State University, 1969</p>

Ron Elliard

Ron Elliard

Current City: Meredith, NH

Ron Elliard is driven by a passion for people--motivating them to reach for the highest standards of success. As the founder and CEO of Evermore Consulting Services, Ron trains business executives and management professionals to be the best they can be, inspiring them to strive to get to the top...and stay there. His innovative, no-nonsense approach is based on applying what he has observed in his seventeen-plus years as a business leader, motivational speaker and trainer. Ron reveals the common business habits of the top 20% of performers in upper quartile organizations, and insures his clients stay committed to their goals.

Ron Elliard has worked extensively with business and healthcare facilities throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantics states, and has a rich mix of business development, operations and strategic planning for 1 million to 50 million-dollar organizations. Ron's diversity of experienced from start-up to work out, turnaround and rapid growth, has helped him in resolving long-standing problems and creating solutions that improve operational efficiency and profitability. By utilizing expert analysis and insights to promulgate lean approaches and team empowerment Ron has helped help 100's of companies to drive organizational improvements and instills best practices. With dynamic leadership and business acumen Ron brings about dramatic change to organizations which produce extraordinary results. Ron worked for companies like American Management Services and Arthur Andersen before starting ECS in 2000. Ron currently consults, holds webinars, coaches, writes, and does speaking engagements. Ron also Chairs the (BLR) Business Leaders Roundtable which is a peer advisory group that helps end the isolation of being the top executive, allows for peer-to-peer feedback when tackling common business issues and helps top executives hold themselves and each other accountable.

Specialties:

  • Practice Management & Development

  • Process Improvement

  • Turnaround or Rapid Growth

  • Strategic Planning

  • Family Business

  • Succession Planning

 

 

 

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Education

 

Ron attended the University of San Francisco in California, for his undergrad in business administration while in the military (USMC). Ron has always been entrepreneurial by nature and had several business of his own before starting his consulting career. While running his own security company with 60 plus employees Ron went to school at night at New Hampshire College to attain his MBA. In 1992 he sold the Security Company and went full time into consulting, first with Authur Andersen, then American Management Services.  In 1995 Ron opened a 10 man consulting firm, North Star Small Business Strategies Inc. which grew rapidly and specialized in all types of industries from start up to 50 Million in revenue. After Five years it was time to slim down and concentrate the practice to a more specialized and hands on service for his clientele. In 2000 Ron revamped his practice to more align with his passion thus ECS was born.

Ron and his wife of 25 years Mary collaborate often in support of those who cannot help themselves and spend a fair amount of time traveling in that pursuit. A recent trip took them to Peru where they hiked Machu Picchu and then spent time at the local orphanage where they still send support to children today.  Ron has two adult children, recent college grads and two dogs…Skye and Koda.

 

Arthur John Mahoney Jr.

Arthur John Mahoney Jr.

Current City: University Park, FL
Chapter: Manasota SCORE

Art Mahoney comes to SCORE with a broad background  in the fields of marketing and business development.  He was president Morey Mahoney Advertising that was voted ‘Best Strategic Marketing Company’ in the Denver region for 2 years running and was one of the top 5 marketing agencies in the Denver market. He helped build the agency from $300,000 annual billings to over $25 million. He also owned 7 other small businesses over the years.

 

Art holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Rutgers University and did his Masters at Boston University’s Graduate School of Public Relations and Communication. Art has  volunteered as a Branding Advisor with several Sarasota area organizations: the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, the Sarasota Economic Development Corporation, and the Senior Friendship Center. Art has also played an important developmental role for the Sarasota Institute for the Ages and is a Board member of The Pines.

 

Art’s wife Pam Baron is Director of Senior Services at Jewish Family and Children’s Service. They have 3 grown children and 6 grandchildren. 

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Education

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Undergraduate/Rutgers University</p>

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Graduate/Boston University</p>

Michael Shank

Michael Shank

Current City: Columbia, MO

Expertise gained from training and experience in sales, sales management, business growth, product and market strategy, international sales and distribution, contract negotiation, and general management.  The majority, but not all experience has been related to small business firms.  

 

One of my favorite sayings is: “Begin with the end in mind.”  This can mean several things in different circumstances, but the most prevalent is to ask oneself, ‘what am I trying to achieve?’, or ‘what is this supposed to look like when I get to the end?’.  It can apply to a multitude of disciplines, be it mechanical, business structure and organization, market or product development, technology, contract arrangements, and internal processes.  

 

Funding, either to start a business or to permit it to seize opportunities for growth or other opportunities can be a huge challenge. It is often the seemingly impossible hurdle. 

 

And, take heart; almost all businesses are looking for funding over the life of the firm.  Even successful ones have the same challenges.  Expansion is fundamentally no different that starting a business, so as a business owner it is best to learn this and be good at it as quickly as possible. 

 

Experience has taught me that regardless of the source of funding, there are three required questions that one should carefully and fully explain:

 

-How much money do you need?

-How are you going to use it?

-How do you intend to pay it back? 

 

My experience is that if the business plan explains these three steps fully, with evidence to support the strategies and the assumptions behind them, then the money can be found somewhere and the other structural issues of financing usually can be worked out.   But, deficiencies in any of these leaves glaring holes which will cause hesitation on the part of the lender or equity contributor.  

 

My bias is in free markets and to focus on buyer and seller motivations in attempting to make deals or in strategizing to offer product to the markets.  This same ‘market based thinking’  or alignment, to my way of thinking applies to all types of business interactions, and relationships, both internal and external.  

 

Experience shows that fear and greed can be found around every corner as motivators of the human interacting to benefit oneself and should not be taken lightly.   Find the fear, or find the greed and you can probably predict a buyer’s or seller’s (or employee’s or supervisor’s, or banker’s, or pick your discipline) underlying motivation. 

 

People act more from fear of making the wrong decision than trying to optimize to make the right decision.  This is one of the greatest deterrents to change, and also a huge barrier to accepting a new and improved mousetrap (which you may be offering).  

 

If you are interested in how I arrived at some of these beliefs (and there are many more for given situations), feel free to further read the details below.  Regardless, my approach in any circumstance is to try and boil it down into workable pieces and parts, and then apply business and economic fundamentals to those pieces.

 

 

Upon graduating with degrees in business and marketing, I joined the Peace Corps.  After spending 2-1/2 years in El Salvador working with small scale vegetable farmers and small scale fishing operations, specializing in public markets, I obtained a Masters Degree in Resource Economics.  This is micro-economics or theory of the firm applied to the development of natural resources, both renewable and non-renewable. 

 

This allowed me to return back to El Salvador with a position with the Inter-American Development Bank to work on an artisan fisheries technological transfer project, assisting fishing cooperatives in obtaining technology and breaking the market restrictions previously held on them.  We were successfully achieving our goals until a small thing called a civil war made it just a tad difficult and we had to leave. 

 

After finishing that contract, and upon returning to the USA, I worked approximately 15 years for small steel and concrete fabrication firm making floating dock structures for the marina market.  When I joined it was a local regional firm, and during my tenure and grew in my impact of progressing through sales, product development and management we grew into a national firm, expanding from 20 to over 100 employees.  

 

I took a short term position working for my State Department of Economic Development, specializing in assisting minority and women owned businesses.  It was there I learned the difficulties and trials of start-ups; the challenges of obtaining financing, and building a business.  There is no ‘magic pill’ or panacea of government hand-outs, as much as those folks selling those books on TV want you to believe there is money out there just for the asking.  This period required me to develop some skills to help people help themselves.

 

After that experience, seeking a return to some type of international involvement, I began in the concrete industry, specifically pre-cast concrete and worked with a firm specializing in selling European equipment into the Americas, with a specific responsibility to develop a market in Latin America. We were successful over a 15 year time period, where we grew from representing 2 European companies from two countries to 9 lines of equipment from 6 countries.  I successfully placed equipment from Chile to Mexico, along with a few in the Caribbean.  Simultaneously I worked the entire USA and Canada.  Thus, I have a vast array of experience of coordinating a foreign buyer with a foreign manufacturer; one might call it melding three cultures in one transaction, as the sale went through our USA company. 

 

There is more, but at this point, if this doesn’t seem interesting, nothing more will. I do promise, however, to offer you things to think about, and resources to pursue, even if you as a business aren’t sure as to how they fit for you. 

 

Nothing ventured, nothing gained. 

 

Onward and Upward.

Michael

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Education

MS-University of Rhode Island

BS-Missouri State University

Thomas E Pease

Thomas E Pease

Current City: Carmel, NY

Partner in a Professional Engineering firm for 25 years. Developed site services for the firm, including marketing,and planning. As an environmental engineer, developed innovative analyses of environmental impacts.  Interpreted technical requirements of regulations and permitting.  Testified in numerous federal and state cases relating to contamination issues.  I continue to serve as Quality Control and Quality Assurance engineer for projects.

Served on several boards of non-profits, including as president, secretary, grant writer (successful), and preparer of annual reports.

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Education

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&lt;p&gt; Bachelors degree in Physics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.&amp;nbsp; Masters and Doctorate (PhD) from NYU School of Engineering and Science.&lt;/p&gt;</p>

Patrick Ingram

Patrick Ingram

Current City: Chandler, AZ

40 years experience in small business from writing the startup plan, to raising capital, to writing business policies for: safety, operations, and hiring and training personnel, to finally selling the company. Businesses included: electrical contracting, solar contracting, and general contracting. Industries served were commercial tenant improvement (strip malls and high rise office towers) and residential remodel (multifamily, condos, and single family).

Specific duties included: manage companies; create and execute marketing plans; bidder design/estimating costs; cost accounting and financial analysis

Retired as a Corps of Engineer officer from the US Army after 20 years active and reserve service.

Currently own and manage residential property management company

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Education

<p> MBA from Seattle University - concentration and thesis: Marketing</p> <p> BA from University of Puget Sound - General Business degree with a concentration in accounting</p> <p> AA from Edmonds CC - Construction Project Management degree</p>

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