Transportation and Warehousing

Workshop Poster Spring 2014 High Resolution

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.



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

Cash Flow Template in Excel 

Short Business Plan Template in Word

Gary G. Deeken

Gary G. Deeken

Current City: St. Louis, MO
Chapter: St. Louis SCORE

Over 30 years of experience in Sales, Sales Management, Dealership / Distributorship Management, Sales to governmental organizations, Financial Management, and Corporate M & A. Experience also includes Transportation Equipment Operation, Sales, Service, and Repair.

Former President/CEO and Owner of a Large Multi-State Equipment Dealership

Former President/CEO and Owner of a Shuttle Bus and Motorcoach Transportation Company



Graduated from The University of Missouri - St. Louis in 1977, with a BS in Business Administration/Finance

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.


  • Practice Management & Development

  • Process Improvement

  • Turnaround or Rapid Growth

  • Strategic Planning

  • Family Business

  • Succession Planning







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.


George Christopher Dickson

George Christopher Dickson

Current City: Aiken, SC
Chapter: Charlotte SCORE

Senior executive with 20+ years' experience leading businesses that manufacture and/or source goods or services using industry leading practices. Broad, cross functional background in numerous industries: consumer durable, diversified industrial, automotive, aerospace, electrical power, and medical devices. Global breadth of experience includes North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Functional experience includes manufacturing, engineering, accounting, IT, HR, sales management, marketing, materials management, customer service, strategy deployment, and plant operations. Manufacturing process knowledge includes metalworking, metal removal, drawing, molding, heat treating, forging, casting, welding, coating, finishing, plating, assembly, inspection, pack, and ship. Operations Consulting: grow sales by developing strong customer relationships,delivering exceptional customer service, and selling value added. Drive operational excellence via LEAN and Theory of Constraints. Develop people through education, mentoring, and encouraging character. Fix under-performing businesses by identifying and eliminating the root cause/s of waste. Project and Portfolio Consulting Professional: excellent big picture focus, strategy alignment and deployment skills. Skilled negotiator with proven ability to manage project constraints so that objectives are met. Organizational Development Coach: provide personalized career coaching/mentoring to executives and technical professionals. Assist organizations who want to improve their bench strength via training and mentoring. Specialize in encore career and career start coaching. Member of the Project Management Institute - Piedmont Triad Chapter and Society for Human Resource Management - Charlotte Chapter. Past Member of APICS, ASM, and IEEE.



BSEET - Clemson University

MBA - Clemson University


NathanUsoro Friday Idio

NathanUsoro Friday Idio

Current City: Chambersburg, PA
Chapter: Hagerstown SCORE


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.




MS-University of Rhode Island

BS-Missouri State University

Gaby Peden

Gaby Peden

Current City: Naples, FL
Chapter: SCORE Naples

Gaby operated and sold 3 successful businesses in 3 different industries – Day Care, Retail and Wholesale.  Each of the ventures proofed to be challenging and brought along rewards and growth in her professional  life. 

WHOLESALE/MANUFACTURING: In 2010 her latest company was awarded  ‘Vendor of the Year’  by Paradies Airport Shops – one of the largest operators of airport retail stores.

RETAIL:  Her retail store in Naples FL consistently grossed the highest per square foot sales next to the restaurant operators in the shopping center. 

DAY CARE: When opening the 2nd location for the day care operation in Denver Colorado the word had spread about the innovative and fun school and Happy Day Learning Center II was filled to capacity within 3 months of opening its doors.

Her business philosophy is quite simple – WHO IS THE BOSS? – stressing customer/team member satisfaction as the corner stone of her professional success.

Skill Highlights

Business operations                                                           Customer relationship building
Text Box:   Project management                                                          Leadership/communication
Text Box:   Text Box:   Product development                                                         Employee relations





Educated in Europe: 2 year college degree;

continuing education throughout my career:

Employee relationship building
      How to interview and hire the best candidate

Social media for business
     Social media for business 


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