Educational Services

Dr. Som Karamchetty

Dr. Som Karamchetty

Current City: Potomac, MD

As a volunteer counselor with SCORE since 2004, Dr. Karamchetty counseled over eighteen hundred entrepreneurs as they start and grow their businesses. His clients came from a variety of businesses and he counseled them in developing their business plans, financial plans, management strategies, and taking inventions to product based businesses. In his counseling, he applies his prior background in government, contracting, engineering, technology, inventions, and idea to product transition, and manufacturing. At the US Army Research Laboratory in Maryland for sixteen years, he managed research projects, and formulated multi-million dollar research programs in emerging technologies and next generation and future systems. At Martin Marietta Data Systems, he was the Principal Technology Investigator for AI and managed Advanced Technology projects. As program manager at Mechanical Technology Inc., in Latham, NY, Som developed a number of advanced concepts and managed thermal systems projects. His other research and development accomplishments were in energy systems, computational methods, wire ropes, and biometrics. He has four patents in engineering and computing. Since his retirement from ARL, Som has been running his own consulting business in technology and management with a focus on concept generation. His current interests span engineering, technology, economic and social development. Som Karamchetty obtained M. Tech. and PhD degrees in engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, in 1962 and 1965 respectively. He was on the faculty of IIT in India for ten years, and the University of Newcastle, Australia for nine years. He was a visiting faculty member at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA; the ARL Distinguished Professor at Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA; and an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland University College, MD. He is a life Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Having been selected as a delegate-at-large in 2005, Som served on the White House Conference on Aging and contributed to the development of implementation strategies.

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Education

PHD, 1965, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India

M. Tech, 1962, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India

BE (Hons), (1959),  Andhra University, India

Norbert 0 Grohmann

Norbert 0 Grohmann

Current City: Louisville, KY
Chapter: Louisville SCORE

Corporate and international management in capital goods manufacturing, service and contracting. Global marketing, acquisitions, formation and management of joint ventures. Divestitures. Corporate staff and line experience.

 

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Education

Wabash College, University of Würzburg (Germany), Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

Charles W Christiansen

Charles W Christiansen

Current City: Knoxville, TN

QUALIFICATIONS

Management and Strategic & Business Planning Consultant Plan & deliver seminars & workshops for profit & non-profit companies & organizations. Work with all types of individual for-profit businesses; retail, wholesale, service, financial, educational, agricultural, and manufacturing in development of short and long term strategies. Help them create strategic plans, business plans, marketing plans, and management strategies that are consistent with the individual need. Assist each in identifying core values, vision, purpose/mission statements, goals, objectives, strategies, and an evaluation processes. Counsel companies in need of turn-around plans to achieve acceptable profitability levels and strategic objectives. Assist non-profit and religious organizations in strategic and business planning with emphasis on governance and management issues, organizational relationships, accountability, and non-profit marketing.

Experience and Background International:

International Executive Service Corps Volunteer  Dushanbe and Khujand, Tajikistan. Counseled and trained Pragma Relationship and Marketing Managers in best practices of Strategic and Marketing Planning in concert with 22 clients. Transfer of knowledge in client diagnosis, and insights given into use of management accounting was accomplished. The companies included polygraphic manufacturing, radio broadcasting, chicken farming [egg production], stucco production, semi-precious stone conversion to gifts & jewelry, wood gift manufacturing, soft drink bottling, beauty & cosmetology parlor, cotton socks & hosiery manufacturing, recreation/restaurant development, a medical center, advertising & information agency, construction, freight forwarding, and processing & canning of agricultural produce. Customer Service and Sales & Selling PowerPoint presentations were developed for use as tool box items for local Pragma staff and deliverables to clients in Central Asia.

Atyrau, Kazakhstan. Interacted with and advised 25 separate manufacturing, energy/oil drilling, dairy processing, distributor, and retail companies in various capacities including coordinating regional and international joint venture relationships. Counseled the clients in all aspects of operational practices; Sales & Marketing, Organizational Structure, Financial Management, Human Resource management, and Customer Service. Facilitated and guided a Joint Venture proposal between an energy company and Small Enterprise Assistance Fund [SEAF]. Worked with the local Pragma Corp. management and staff toward the compilation of an internal plan for client management and follow up. This Plan included a reorganization of staff functions and training of local nationals in consulting techniques.

Ust Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan. Worked in various capacities with 26 individual manufacturing (Auto, Fabric mill, Capacitors)  construction, retail establishments, consulting companies, hog grower/sausage production, honey processing, animal [marels] raiser, auto dealer, and a private school. Assisted in Strategic Planning, Sales & Marketing, Management, Organizational Structures, & Financial Planning, Business Planning. Trained local nationals in Business Consulting and Needs Diagnosis through practical on-the-job experiences. 

Uralsk, Kazakhstan. Trained local nationals and worked with 29 manufacturing, distribution, construction, slaughter houses, farmers co-op, retail companies and 1 University. Areas of involvement included Strategic Planning, Business Plans & Planning, Marketing, Sales & Customer Service, Human Relations, Organization & Management, Joint Business Ventures, and Financial Management & Planning. In concert with the University developed an organization structure plan for management of a Business Incubator along with a Micro Loan Program to enhance its support and success.

Macedonia: training local nationals in western business practices & working with 50 privatized companies in hard goods and soft goods sectors of manufacturing, distribution, & retail sectors on conversion from planned to market economy including business planning, marketing/sales, management practices, & financials. Assisted a trout farm and honey producer in the process of compilation and implementing a Human Resource management program/process.

American Career Background: General Management, Executive Full P&L responsibility for Operations Management of manufacturing facilities in areas of metal stampings, cold heading & forming, impact extrusion, plastic injection molding & extrusion, zinc die casting, assembly, distribution & warehousing. Including functions of; Production, Production Planning, Inventory Control Sales & Marketing Research & Development, Engineering, Tool & Die, Quality Control, Human Relation/Personnel, Capital justification & acquisition, Accounting, budget, short & long range planning, asset management Legal compliance: safety, labor, environment, etc.

WORK HISTORY

Towle Manufacturing, House wares & Distribution Center, Fairmont & Farmington, West Virginia & Cumberland Maryland - General Manager Manufacturer of ice buckets, trays, & glassware decoration & distribution center for giftware.

Impex Division KCI, Crawfordsville, Indiana - General Manager Impex was a specialty manufacturer of non-ferrous products for the semiconductor, automotive OEM and aftermarket, small engine, and aircraft markets. Examples: semiconductor heat sinks & bases, impact aluminum brake pistons, & other impact extrusion and cold formed parts.

National Lock Fastener, Rockford, Illinois - Operations Manager Manufacturer of cold headed products: Screws, bolts, nuts, & other cold formed products

National Lock Plastics Division, Rockford, Illinois - General Manager Manufacturer of custom injection molded products

National Plasticrafters, Sheboygan, Wisconsin - General Manager Manufacturer of custom extruded thermoplastic parts

Chair Hardware Division NLC, Waverly, Tennessee - General Manager Manufacturer of rocking & tilting mechanisms & casters for office chairs and other applications.

National Lock Company, Rockford, Illinois - Regional Sales Manager Manufacturer of cabinet and furniture hardware and screws & bolts utilized in the automotive, furniture and appliance industries..

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS

Consultant - Los Angeles Lutheran High School, Los Angeles, California Responsible for reorganization including strategic planning, policy & procedures development, financial records reconstruction and systems, computer hardware, software & management systems and new site location, purchase & construction of a new campus.

SCORE Volunteer 1998 to present - Counseling of small businesses in all sectors of industry including for profit and non-profit. Counseling is accomplished in face-to-face sessions locally and via telephone & email worldwide

 Judge - Ford Motor Company, Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) Business Plan competition  2005, 06, & 07

Judge  Ford Motor Company, Best Business Plan Contest National competition for new and emerging entrepreneurs  2004 This program was replaced by HBCU competition noted above.

Member, past & present, of several nonprofit and for profit Boards of Directors

Owner of Several Businesses

Examples: Retail gift shop, property developer and home construction, camping trailer distributor; screw assembly and packaging business; mail order enterprise; fastener distribution; antiques retailing.

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Education

EDUCATION

Accounting Degree, Rockford Business College, Rockford, Illinois

Various courses at several universities in Sales, Marketing, Quality Control [Statistical Process Control] Industrial Engineering, Human Relations [Labor & Union Management], & Management & Motivation.

Jothi Nedungadi

Jothi Nedungadi - A Business Mentor & a SCORE member since 2008

Jothi Nedungadi

Current City: Appleton, WI
Chapter: Fox Cities SCORE

An entrepreneur with expertise in Market Research, Internet Marketing, Strategic Planning & Business Modeling Jothi Nedungadi has worked for Fortune 500 companies in the past, and now, works with small businesses to launch, build and grow them.

With an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts & Business, and a masters in Education, Jothi has been involved with companies and organizations in these industries:
• Non-profit associations, strategic planning, mentoring and community impacts
• Trade Associations, leadership, PR, marketing, website redesign, social media & internet marketing strategy
• Pharmaceutical, training & development for sales force
• Medical Insurance, organizational development, curriculum design & development, education & systems implementation
• Manufacturing, sales force development and learning content management systems integration
 
Jothi started her market research company, Competitive InfoSearch, LLC, in 2006, which quickly evolved to providing internet marketing strategies and business coaching to small businesses. With her breadth of experience in internet marketing, social media networking, SEO, business operations and human resource management, she engages with businesses in varying stages of their business lifecycle and successfully guides them through their challenges.
 
In addition to being CEO at Competitive InfoSearch, LLC, Jothi is an Adjunct Faculty/Business Coach at a local Technical College. She is on Advisory panels and Boards of several local for profits and non-profits in the area.

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Education

<p> MSc in Education (Major: Instructional Systems Technology) BA Fine Arts (Major: Business &amp; Fine Arts)</p>

James C. McDermott

James C. McDermott

Current City: Fairbanks, AK
Chapter: Alaska SCORE

UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA, FAIRBANKS 2008-PRESENT Business Professor Prepare and present lectures, design and administer exams, research and compile instructional material. Courses taught include Small Business Management, Intro to Business, Organization Behavior, and Organization Change & Development. UAF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER FAIRBANKS, AK MAR. 2006- NOV. 2007 Director of Small Business Development Center Provided small business counseling. Developed and facilitated small business workshops and outreach activities to the community. Notable Achievements: Under my direction, SBDC coordinated quarterly Women Entrepreneurship Networking events, which allowed for leadership, networking, and mentoring for women in Fairbanks. Brought in high level mentors as guest speakers, for example Patent Attorneys and SBA representatives. AXIA COLLEGE (UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX) 2005-2008 Adjunct Instructor Taught Critical Thinking and Informational Technology courses. Notably successful in meeting the challenge of delivering quality, distant education via technology advancements. Making myself accessible, and practicing diligent follow-up with my students, created a rewarding learning experience. UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA, ANCHORAGE (UAA) 2004-2006 Enrollment Services Advisor Counseled new, continuing, an transfer students with enrollment, financial aid, records, and registration requirements. Maintained UAA Customer Resource Management e-files containing tens of thousands of student transactions and individual records. WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY ANCHORAGE, AK 2003-2005 Adjunct Instructor Taught courses in Windows XP, Microsoft Business Application software, Management Information Systems, and Business Electronic Commerce. Required my having a minimum of 18 graduate credit hours specializing in IT. DEVRY UNIVERSITY, ALASKA 2001-2003 Recruiter & Educational Advisor Interviewed and conducted interest evaluations with prospective students and families, and provided instruction on admissions and financial aid requirements. Conducted career workshops in virtually all schools in Alaska, reaching out to several thousand students. Notable Achievement: DeVry's 2003 New Comer of the Year STATE OF ALASKA, ALASKA PSYCHIATRIC INSTITUTE 1999-2001 Administrator, MSDS Database. Purchaser, medical supplies/equipment. Warehouse Supervisor. ANCHORAGE SCHOOL DISTRICT ANCHORAGE, AK 1998-1999 Warehouse Distribution Manager, managed supply/equipment distribution for 86 ASD schools. Served as Department Information System Trainer for ASD warehouse personnel, financial, payroll, and HR. UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 1975-1998  Rank Achieved: Master Sergeant (Honorable Discharge)  Medals Received: 4 Air Force Commendation Medals, Humanitarian Service Medal, 7 Good Conduct TRANSFERABLE SKILLS Managed 1,200 personnel Controlled Supplies budget of over $1M per year Managed Multi-Million dollar Inventory budget Strict adherence to prescribed budgets eliminated need for additional funding Monitored President's Fraud, Waste, and Abuse budget policy, and saved tens of thousands of dollars in wasteful spending Respected Leader, earned through trust, integrity, and a passion for excellence.

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Education

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M.S. in Business Organizational Management, Concentration: IT&nbsp;University of La Verne, California B.S. in Occupational Education, Concentration: Business Administration&nbsp;Wayland Baptist University, Texas Continuing Education&nbsp;Have completed 64 graduate credit hours at Capella University School of Business</p>

Eugene F Kierce

Eugene F Kierce

Expert in Business Startups and very knowledgeable in Business Operations.A Certified Mentor for  Bridgeport SCORE. BSEE (Electronics Engineering) retired, as Manager Manufacturing Automation Systems for Black & Decker (B&D), and General Electric (14 years.), General Electric Corporate Consultant (9yrs), Senior Software Systems Analysis for General Electric Corp. (3 years.), Various Manufacturing, Quality and Engineering Positions (10 years.). His other business experience was as a partner in Deli Restaurant, Consultant for an IPO for Qualitative Reasoning System (Artificial Intelligence System). He also has a U.S. Patent on an Integrated Circuit Tester, is a IEEE Member - Artificial Intelligence Sub Group, wrote a Magazine Article on Automatic Test Equipment. Other activities include Shelton Board of Education (8 year.), Chairman of Shelton Apportionment & Taxation (8yrs), and President of Shelton Senior Center (4 year.), Coast Guard Aux. Flotilla Commander (2 yr.), and U.S.C.G.A Coxswain (16 year.). Red Cross Life Saving Year 2000 Award (Rescued a father and 12 year. old son), Scoutmaster (3 year.), Cub Master, (5 year.), Explorer Leader (2 yr.), Jr. Little League coach, Tri-Cities Opera lighting designer (4 yr.), Living Word Ministries Usher & Video Engineer - Weekly program on (Community TV) (7 year.).

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Education

<p> FDU BSEE (Electronic Engineering)</p>

Marshall L Crouch

Marshall L Crouch

Current City: Clemmons, NC

Sara Lee Hosiery, Director of Organization Development, 20 years.  Geoffrey Ladhams Associates, Senior Consultant, 6 years.  Carlton Yarn, Director of I.E, 3 years.  Burlington Industries, Chief I.E, 2 years. Fieldcrest Mills, Industrial Engineer, 5 years.  US Army Signal Corps, Spec 4, Supply Management, 2 years.

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Education

<p> Wake Forest University, Business Admin.</p>

Thomas E Goodman

Thomas E Goodman

Current City: Allegany, NY

For 19 years developed product designs and wrote product design standards for a major international manufacturer of centrifugal compressors and gas turbines. I joined SCORE in 2006 and have enjoyed mentoring hundreds of individuals from over 30 states.  Currently, a SCORE Certified Mentor, available by e-mail.

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Education

Bachelor of Science, Management, Houghton College. Bachelor of Arts, Computer Science, State University of New York at Buffalo. Associate in Science, Engineering Science, Erie Community College.

John A Horan

John A Horan

Current City: Snyder, NY

I have started about 10 businesses during the last 30+ years and have loved every day. All have been profitable. Start-up costs ranged from $0.00 to $240.00. There are few things more satisfying than making a nice living from a business that you created on a zero dollar investment.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and then doing it again....... and again.

I have always specialized in contrarian mentoring based on finding a niche and exploiting it.  This avenue is not for most as it will usually go against what most people say, and everything you read.  

If you do what you love, the money will follow.

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Education

AAS - Industrial engineering

BS - Industrial Arts Education

Donald Gibson

Donald Gibson

Current City: Prospect, KY
Chapter: Louisville SCORE

35 years manufacturing experience with General Electric major appliance business. Last 5 years plant manager. Direct managerial experience in high volume assembly, sub assembly, metal forming, plastic injection molding, maintenance, security, and steam generation. Also, project management, outsourcing, union avoidance, union management, and change leadership experience.

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Education

<p> BS Commerce, University of Louisville, 1965 MBA, Webster University, 1996</p>

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