Consulting, Research and Business Services

Robert K. Nicholson

Robert K. Nicholson

Current City: Mogadore, OH

 

Graduated from Kent State University Magna Cum Laude with a Double Major in Marketing/Logistics and Business Management in 1981.    Received MBA from Arizona State University in 1987 with a Finance concentration.

  • Upon graduation from KSU went to work for General Tire in its Executive Management Program with the intent of being a Plant Manager.     Served as Supervisor, Shift Supervisor, Production Manager, Quality Manager and Plant Manager.    Plant Manager in union and non-union facilities.
  • After MBA was hired by Tenneco Oil Exploration and Production as a Financial Analyst/Controller in the Gulf of Mexico in 1987.    Bought by Chevron in 1989 and moved to San Francisco Bay area to be Director of Audit.
  • Hired as the 3rd employee for a start-up operation for Roadway Services in 1989.     With two partners we formed Roadway Logistics Systems (ROLS).     Became the top third party logistics provider in the world.     Bought by Federal Express in 1998.     Continued to work for FedEx Logistics until 2000.
  • In 2000, joined ERICO International as the Director of Supply Chain.    Later promoted to VP Supply Chain.    Responsible at times for Sourcing, Customer Service, Transportation, Distribution and Materials Management/Planning.    Currently VP - Transportation and Distribution Services.    ERICO is a manufacturer with WW sales totaling $575 million annually.
  • Also started Comprehensive Research Services with my wife.  Conducted Phase 3 clinical trials by contracting with doctors and pharmaceutical companies.    Ran business for 11 years before wife retired.
  • Currently own and operate "A Bucket of Balls" Driving Range in Uniontown, OH

 

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Graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Kent State University in 1981 with a Double Major in Marketing/Logistics and Business Management.</p>

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Received an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Arizona State University in 1987</p>

Shyam Ramachandran

Shyam Ramachandran

Current City: Germantown, TN
Chapter: SCORE Memphis

Proven leader and planner with over 20 years of experience impacting corporate efficiency, productivity, and profitability through expert IT analysis, manage contract and vendor relationship, implement processes and procedures ensuring compliance with laws, regulations, and management policies. Proven to reduce operational expenditures through careful selection of competing technical solutions, expert planning and design, people and resource management, and implementation of enterprise-class application and infrastructure projects on time and within/under budget

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<strong>Executive Master of Business Administration in Finance &amp; Management </strong></p>

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<strong>Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, Minor in Computer Science </strong></p>

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<strong>Completed course work for CFP (Certified Financial Planning)&nbsp;to become a Financial Advisor</strong></p>

Zack Cockfield

Zack Cockfield

Current City: Suwanee, GA
Chapter: SCORE Atlanta

I have 15 years experience in the Financial Services Industry working with families and businesses in an advisory capacity. I have experience with investment management and advisory, financial planning, risk management, lending, management consulting, and enjoy working with individuals and management teams to help them reach their growth and profitability goals. Currently I own my own business and work with individuals and small businesses in a consulting capacity but when volunteering as a mentor with SCORE we do not charge for business advisory services.

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BS from Virginia Tech 96&#39;</p>

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Attained Certified Financial Planner Designation from CFP Board of Standards 03&#39;</p>

AD Greenroof, LLC

Problem: Clean water is the fuel that supports industry around the globe and fresh water is available in only very limited supplies.  In fact, only about 2.5% of all the water on earth is fresh water.  Still, it’s all we have to support humans, other animals, plants and industry around the world.

Challenge:  To conserve our fresh water resources. 

Solution:  One way to meet the challenge is to reduce the volume of contaminated water that enters public lakes and streams as well as treatment systems.  That’s a win-win for utilities, the public in general and the environment. That’s the solution AD Greenroof provides.

Owner/Founder
Ms. Angie Durhman
My Successes

Projects: AD Greenroof currently has projects in various phases of design and completion across the country.  In the Twin Cities, there are a couple of note:  Providing maintenance oversight for the Target Center and working with the City of St. Paul to calculate the benefits of vegetated roofs; both sizeable projects that have made a big impact on urban water run-off.

Rooftop St. Paul Fire Station

Rooftop of City of St. Paul Fire Station #1 (Photo by John Wiese)

The Future:  Ms. Durhman has recently expanded her business to include GREENFORMATION™ which is a maintenance oversight program for building owners and contractors who need to maintain vegetated roofs.

What's Great About My Mentor?

“I could not have done it alone and the fresh business ideas offered by my SCORE mentors, Bill Collette and Andrew Braden, provided me with the assistance I needed.” – Angie Durjman, Owner.

Workshop Poster Spring 2014 High Resolution

David E. Burch

David E. Burch

Current City: Endicott, NY

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Kevin John Clarke

Kevin John Clarke

Current City: East Amherst, NY

I am a Senior Executive who had led global high performance organizations of up to 15,000 employees with $1B+ in sales, and manufacturing facilities across the USA, Canada and Latin  America. I firmly believe in engaging and empowering my employees and I feel it is critical that the CEO maintains strong relationships with critical business clients and aggressively drives his organization with a defined Operating Philosophy that is well articulated to all stakeholders.I have 40+ years of experience with my most recent role being President -CEO of Catalyst Paper in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I successfully guided the Company through the CCAA bankruptcy process from filing in Jan ,  2012 to emergence in Sept, 2012 .I believe in firmly focusing on people, performance , leadership and teamwork and highly focused direct communication to drive quick innovative strategies and tactics that strengthen business performance and growth. My favorite quote " It is not the strongest of the species or the most intelligent of the species that survives but the one that is most adaptive to change " Charles Darwin.

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B.S. Niagara University in transportation and Logistics 1973</p>

Kay Keller

Kay Keller

Current City: Anchorage, AK
Chapter: Alaska SCORE

Over twenty years of experience in: strategic planning and problem solving in diverse settings to achieve difficult objectives on time and on budget; cultivating cross functional relationships from staff to executive and from vendor to client; energizing, corroborating, driving, focusing, executing. Results orientated with strong team skills, I particularly enjoy working with people to identify and overcome challenges to achieve success Skills • Detail and Results Oriented • Communication and conflict resolution • Process Improvement & best practices • Project life cycle management • PMP & ITIL Foundation certified • Customer relations & satisfaction • Cross functional team building

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EDUCATION University of Alabama, Huntsville, Alabama Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering</p>

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CERTIFICATIONS</p>

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PMP Certified, ITIL 2011 Foundation Certified, CISSP (ISC)2 Certification in progress, CCSP 2012 Citrix Certified Sales Professional, Compellent Top Gun, Cloud Solution, Dell certified systems expert, Security Associate in RSA Authentication</p>

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FINRA Series 7 &amp; 66, Life, Health, Property &amp; Casualty, Certified Financial Manager</p>

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AFFILIATIONS</p>

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PMI.ORfG: Alaska Chapter of Association of Internet Technology Professionals (AITP); Institute of Electrical &amp; Electronics Engineers Alaska Chapter, Secretary 04 and Treasurer 08-09; BPW Acting President &#39;05</p>

Michael Theisen

Michael Theisen

Current City: Waukesha, WI

Current Position:

Owner- Sales Marketing & Marketing Solutions, LLC   Waukesha WI

Consulting firm dedicated to helping small business owners improve sales and marketing operations within their companies to improve revenue and profitability.

Director of Marketing- Liberty Dance Center, LLC

Direct marketing efforts of my daughter's business established in 2008. Responsible for all marketing and growth initiatives along with directing community outreach program.

Past Work Experiences:

Wisconsin Independent Businesses (WIB)                   Madison, WI

Director of Member Services for small business lobbyist organization with over 4,000 members in WI.

ADVO (Valasis)                                                                  Milwaukee, WI

Director of Sales for Wisconsin and W. Michigan markets, managing 6-10 sales people.  ADVO is a provider of Direct Mail marketing services.

Norstan Commications-                                                   Minneapolis, MN

Held a variety of sales and marketing positions in my 21 year career with this telecommunicatiions and call center technology company, selling to medium to large commercial businesses.  Held positions in sales, sales management, general management, VP and EVP of Sales, VP of Consulting Services managing upwards of 500 people and $ 50 million of annual revenue.  Managed both revenue and profit/loss responsiblities.

Texas Instruments-                                                            Houston, TX

Sold data communications products to large commercial businesses in the Wisconsin marketplace.

Wisconsin Telephone-

Represented and sold AT&T telecommunications products as part of this Bell operating company to Wisconsin based business customers.

Lever Brothers-                                                                      Chicago, IL

Worked as sales representative and District Sales Manager in Chicago IL marketplace representing Lever Brothers consumer product distribution in grocery stores and general merchandise stores.

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BBA- Marketing&nbsp; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee</p>

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