Construction, Industrials and Utilities

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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          Our veterinary practice began doing online marketing, including social media, about six
months ago. We believe it’s having a positive impact, but would like to know how we can
accurately measure its effectiveness.  

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       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
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John Robert Knecht

John Robert Knecht

Current City: Rochester, MN

General:

All Business phases MMM&O---Money, Marketing, Management, and Operations. Was the CEO of a 153 employee multi level Building Material supply business which included the following: Home Building, Remodeling, General Contracting, Land Development, non-profit Development,  Modular Home manufacturing, Component Home parts manufacturer, truss manufacturer,Cash and Carry Building Supply business,  Real Estate company, Board member Black Hills Power & Light, Mobile home court developer, Real Estate Appraisal, numerous American Management Association short courses.

Political involvement: Lobbyist, RC City Council,  Governors Advisory Board for Mental Illness, Formed the RC Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Served on the SD Alliance for the Mentally Ill Board, Hospital Psychiatric Center advisory board, County commitment Board, Journey Museum Marketing Board, Elder and Trustee First Presbyterian Church, Junior Chamber, Chamber of Commerce, SCORE Chairman, Board member National Retail Lumber Dealers Assn., Board member National Home Builders Assn., Boy Scouts Cub Pack Master and Scout master, RC Economic Development Board, Board member West Hills Village 220 unit retirement facility, SBA Small Business Advisory Council, Elks Lodge, Chair of the RC Planning Commission, Board member of Northwestern Lumber Dealers Assn., Board member Pennington Drainage Commission, and a member of the Naja Temple Shrine.

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Education

BS in Architectural Engineering, Life Insurance license,, Real Estate Appraisals, Real Estate License, Construction Management course. AMA courses: Marketing, Sensitivity 'training, Financial Management, Management of Managers, Management by Objective course, and Sales Management..

Edward Levy

Certified Public Accountant with over 40 years experience in bookkeeping, accounting, finance, budgeting, planning, cash-flow management, taxation, employee benefit plans, cost accounting. Experienced in not for profits as well as privately-held and publicly-traded companies. Familiar with a wide variety of construction, manufacturing, service and natural resource industries. Strong IT background, and have experience in a multitude of software packages. Extensive user of EXCEL. Assistance with company formation and start-up issues. Strong legal background.

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Education

Bachelor of Business Administration (focus on Accounting & Finance), Bernard M. Baruch College of CUNY, 1972, Magna Cum Laude.

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            I recently purchased a children’s daycare center. The previous owner did not treat the staff well, and my top priority is to correct that situation. How do you suggest I accomplish that?

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.

Theodore (Ted) Fichtenholtz

Theodore (Ted) Fichtenholtz

Current City: West Simsbury, CT

I have started businesses of my own in the legal field, retail (stationary sales, clothing sales) and consulting (party planning).  During my forty (40) years as an attorney I purchased and sold small businesses and helped entrepreneurs acquire franchises in many fields.  As a result of my years working as an attorney, I have helped many with closing loans and preparing packages to present to loan officers.  He has knowledge of real estate transactions, corporate structure and compliance issues. Ted also teaches leadership training, conflict resolution and team building for non-profit organizations

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Education

B.S, New York University - 1969 

   J.D., New York Law School - 1973

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       I own a software development company. While I wouldn’t consider myself disorganized,
at the end of most days I can’t help feeling I haven’t accomplished what I set out to do that day.
What can I do to better manage my time?

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.

Thomas Wayne Hollen

Thomas Wayne Hollen

Current City: Grand Rapids, MI

He is retired from Ferris State University as Professor Emeritus. He had been Interim Director of the School of Engineering & Technology Systems at Ferris State University and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology and Energy Systems Engineering.   He taught at Ferris for 14 years.  Prior to Ferris, Mr. Hollen worked as a consultant to a major utility on natural gas and electric rebate programs.  He has been involved in energy projects as both a consultant and manager for 40 years, having conducted over 100 energy audits nationwide.  He was instrumental in establishing an Energy Systems Engineering B.S. degree at Ferris which started the Fall of 2010.  He has a B.S and M.S. from Western Michigan University.

He has worked for a CPA firm as consultant in various roles. He has been a Product Development Engineer for a wire & cable company and a Facility Engineer for a automotive supplier. He has worked for a Not-for-Profit R&D institution and has operated his own consulting practice.  He is a registered Professional Mechanical Engineer in the State of Michigan.

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Education

B.S. Automotive Engineering Technology, Western Michigan University, 1968.

M.S. Engineering Technology, specializing in Mechanical Engineering, w/minor in Computer Systems, Western Michigan University, 1971.

4 years of Doctorate course work in Mechanical Engineering Systems, Michigan State University, 1976 

Wayne Geary

Wayne Geary

Current City: Glen Allen, VA
Chapter: Richmond SCORE

Wayne entered the energy management and building automation industry as a sales engineer. The sales process included evaluations of the commercial/industrial buildings industry to develop and sell solutions for operational improvements. He evolved to corporate positions including Sales Management, Operations Management, General Management and Corporate leadership. He successfully executed a management buyout of the Virginia operation and started a Virginia based Energy management contracting and service business. He grew the business to a significant level and executed his exit strategy and disposed of the firm. He continues in the Virginia market as a SCORE Volunteer, a business broker and franchise consultant to assist other existing and prospective business owners in fulfilling their goals.

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Education

<p> BS Mechanical Engineering, Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Certified Main Street Business Broker (CMSBB), The Wharton School of Business Executive development.</p>

       I’ve been approached by a lead generation service. Do they really work, and if not, what other means of generating leads 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.

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