Nonprofit, Public and Professional Organizations

Kenneth O Ewald Sr.

Kenneth O Ewald Sr.

Current City: Spring Branch, TX

Mr. Ewald has over twenty years of small business ownership experience including: software development; residential, commercial and construction cleaning; energy conservation product sales and installation; energy conservation engineering; and specialty retail. He also has over twenty years experience as a business software designer and programmer both for small businesses and large corporations.

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BBA - major in Information Systems, The University of Texas at San Antonio

MBA.  The University of Texas at San Antonio

Dr. Joel M Kushnir

Dr. Joel M Kushnir

Current City: Scottsdale, AZ

Joel M. Kushnir is a Principal at Joel M. Kushnir Associates, LLC, a firm specializing in consulting with small business clients who are further developing their experience or are going through the establishment of their business. His background is that of a senior executive who specializes in business development, project management and leadership of both management and technology practices for a variety of entities in government, industry and institutions. His specialty, for over 40 years, has been within the healthcare sectors, particularly for companies and government entities involved with drugs, devices and diagnostics, globally. Dr. Kushnir has been a member of senior management at firms such as Booz, Allen & Hamilton, Oracle Corporation, Cap Gemini Sogeti, Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation ServerLift Corporation. He has significant proficiency in business plan development, as well as regulatory filings for life sciences companies. Drawing on his extensive consulting background, his participation focused on the development and analysis of business requirements, generation of presentations, proposals, performing final negotiations, financial considerations and engagement delivery for large, small and entrepreneurial companies in a wide variety of industries. He has been directly responsible for approximately $50,000,000 in professional services during his career and has lead large teams in the execution of projects on a global basis. Clients include organizations which are for profit or not-for-profit. Examples of entrepreneurial-related projects include: • Complete re-organization of a small, multi-product manufacturing company • Development of organizational structure and a compliant regulatory framework for several newly established genetic engineering companies • Organizational and regulatory assistance to a Germany-based pharmaceutical company establishing themselves in the United States • Business transformation of a photographic materials manufacturing organization • Market development and sales organization formation for a new, entrepreneurial company providing equipment to information technology organizations and public sectors globally • Reuse of satellite technology originally used for intelligence gathering to earth resource identification use • Strategic planning for senior management of a global, highly diversified manufacturing and financial services firm • Preparation of a detailed business plan and loan application for a small company providing services to large construction companies in the Phoenix area • Development of a marketing strategy for selling to the government for a medium-size construction company operating in three southwestern states He is also involved with several volunteer organizations for which he applies his business, consulting and mentoring experiences. Three such organizations include the following. Dr. Kushnir participated, as a member of the Executive Committee for an Advisory Board, at Arizona State University’s School of Nursing. The objective of the board is to attract more drug, device and diagnostic companies to do more work in Arizona, particularly in the area of clinical trials. He is a certified mentor for SCORE, an affiliate of the U.S. Small Business Administration. At SCORE he mentors and consults with entrepreneurs who desire to start new businesses, as well as established businesses. In that role, he provides assistance in such areas as: how to start or improve established businesses, business planning, organization, regulatory issues, marketing, web page and social media utilization and finance. The businesses include concepts for both profit and not-for-profit establishments. Dr. Kushnir is an active member of the Phoenix Chapter's Executive Committee and the Chapter's Secretary. In addition, he volunteers at Camelback High School in the Phoenix School District. At Camelback High School, Dr. Kushnir mentors the school’s top students, many of whom come from inner-city environments. The students belong to the Distributive Education Clubs of America. A key purpose of the club is to prepare them for competition with other students at local, regional and national levels, presenting their entrepreneurial concepts to establish new businesses. He has been a judge at both local and international events for such organizations as DECA and the International Science Fair sponsored by Intel Corporation. Early in his career he taught such subjects as biology and chemistry at both the high school and university levels. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from the City College of the City University of New York and performed his doctoral studies in physical, environmental chemistry at the State University of New York, Albany.

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Stuyvesant High School, City of New York, Math and Science City College of the City University of New York, BS in Chemistry, Minor in Education State University of New York at Albany, Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry

Nancy A Shuttleworth

Ralph H Shepard Jr.

Ralph H Shepard Jr.

Current City: Ferrisburg, VT

Expert in Public Administration. Very knowledgeable in Economics. Executive Level Operational Management of Manufacturing! Industrial Arts teacher 2 year, Vermont Air National Guard Pilot and Staff Officer 22 years. Owned and operated an ironworking and blacksmithing business in Cornwall Vermont 8 years. 17 years industrial manufacturing experience primarily in operations; projects included: establishing and maintaining working partnerships with vendors, implementation of two EPR manufacturing packages, establishing European distribution warehouse, maintaining and upgrading MIS System(s), establishing an activity based costing system, installing shop floor data collection and "Just in Time" manufacturing systems, performed organizational analysis on several occasions to establish baseline and justify expenditure for major upgrades and process changes.

Served as chair of new product development committee.  Several years as consultant in operations and fiscal management for small businesses prior to volunteering for SCORE.

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BSBA (Economics), University of Tennessee; Master of Public Administration, (MPA), University of Vermont; Certified Professional in Integrated Resource Management by American Production and Inventory Control Society, APICS.  Various military technical and professional development courses.

Lance A Thompson

Lance A Thompson

Current City: Phoenix, AZ

My business mission: “Delivering meaningful business results aligned with strategy, culture and risks - with leadership focus on people and customers."

Overview: A results-oriented leader with entrepreneurial cross-functional and multi-industry expertise focused on significantly improving business performance aligned with business strategies, risk tolerances, and culture.

Exceptional experience, expertise, education, and knowledge:

  • As a Management Consultant and Corporate Controller (high technology medical industry) in the private and public sectors.
  • Functional background in strategic business planning, organizational effectiveness, finance, operations, supply chain management, facilities, information systems, and R&D.
  • Cross-industry experience and expertise in technology, manufacturing, financial services, retail, business consulting, distribution, transportation, energy, and others
  • Practical knowledge: best business practices, enterprise models, methodologies
  • Personal leadership success factors: character, competence, chemistry and commitment
  • A top performer who is results and people oriented

Over 30 years experience as a Management Consultant and Corporate Controller in the private and public sectors (manufacturing, services, distribution, R&D, transportation, education, government and retail).

Specialties:Strategic planning, organizational effectiveness, creating customer value, innovation, entrepreneurship, finance & cost management, supply chain, operations, information services, quality management, facilities, business management, project management, implementation of business initiatives, best business practices, process reengineering, facilitation, training, leadership, cultural change, teamwork performance measurements and metrics, customer service.

Most recent experience and focus is on entrepreneurship and innovation.  Has expertise with startup and early growth companies in all areas of the business model - significant involvement with Arizona State University (ASU) startups working with professors and accelerator companies on the commercialization of technology.

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MBA in Management (Finance & Accounting) and BS in Engineering (Engineering Systems): University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)

Thomas R Filesi

Thomas R Filesi

Current City: Chandler, AZ

A people manager, leader, all my life. Last job was a Turn-Around as CEO, President of $100,000,000 sales Public Company. Have done every job from Technician to CEO, and all between, in both small to very large companies. Won award for Entrepreneur of the year for S.W. Region USA for turn-around in 1996. Two careers, in Coatings Industry, then Semiconductors.Tom Filesi is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University with a BS degree in Chemical Engineering. He studied Management Science at the graduate level at Johns Hopkins as well as Arizona State University. He served as a member of the Business and Industry Council in Career Education for Mesa (Arizona) Public Schools. In addition to curricula advice, he often sponsored internships of high school students and faculty members in the Motorola industrial environment. Tom most recently served on the Electronics Industrial Advisory Committee of the University of North Texas. Mr. Filesi was brought to Optek Technology, a Public company with sales about $60,000,000, in Dallas,Texas in 1991 with the charter to turn around the then financially ailing company. He is credited with leading the successful turnaround of Optek which saw sales growth of double digits (percent), elimination of all debt, increase of shareholders’ equity from a very negative to a strong, positive number and increase of the stock price by a factor in excess of twenty times. For this accomplishment, Mr. Filesi was recognized by Ernst & Young in 1996 as Entrepreneur of the Year in the Turnaround category, for the Southwest Region of the U.S. Tom currently is a Small Business volunteer, Certified Mentor with SCORE with extensive experience in the follow (and other) areas: Business Management Inventory Reduction Protective Coatings Semiconductor Technology Leadership Employee Motivation Cost Control Profit Improvement Six Sigma Quality Engineering Manufacturing Magnetic & IR Sensors Purchasing Business Turnaround Business & Strategic Planning

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B.S. Chemical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Also Grad studies in Masters, Mgmt Science, at Johns Hopkins, and Arizona State University

Norm Beckert

Norm Beckert

Current City: Boise, ID

Director of Supply Management Emphasis on Energy, Major Chemicals, Engineering & Construction Projects, Inventory Management & Logistics

Manufacturing 

Non-profit Experience

Marketing & general business experience

Strategic Planning

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Education

BSME Drexel University; MSME University of Pennsylvania; Wharton Executive Management Program

John M Roy

John Roy

John M Roy

Current City: Vershire, VT

Fifteen years management experience in trust and investment service operations. Eighteen years in financial and information technology management positions in the non-profit sector. Seven years in engineering positions in chemical/petroleum plant operations.

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McGill University Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering Graduate Diploma in Management

Gordon S Sanford

Gordon S Sanford

Current City: San Antonio, TX

Directed & Managed University-based small business development programs for 16 years. Taught Univ.-level business and economic courses during this tme. Operated own management consulting practice for over 20 years. Part-owner and manager computer software business for 4 years. Have operated a financial services firm for over 20 years. Served as an Economic Consultant to the Peruvian Gov't for two years with USAID.

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<p> &lt;p&gt; B.S. Engineering, UCONN, M.S. Agr. Econ. UCONN, PhD Economics, NC STATE UNIV.&lt;/p&gt;</p>