Counselors to America's Small Business
Retail Management and Operations expert. To include: merchandising, purchasing, marketing and advertising, sales and sales management, store layout and displays, bookkeeping and accounting, tax issues, human resources - hiring, firing, compensation, employee benefits, service department management, store maintenance, leasing - franchising.
Franchising expert. Start up and acquisition.
Small business start-up.
Commercial credit and collections.
University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business, College Park, MD
B.S.degree - General Business Administration, with a concentration in Management, Marketing, and Accounting
Early career in petrochemical and extractive industries as financial analyst.
20 years in New York financial services management.
25 years as independent investor/consultant working mostly with early to later stage entrepreneurial companies. Substantial independent director experience both on private and public company boards.
MA Hons, chemistry. University of Oxford UK
MBA Manchester Business School UK
Over 35 years of experience in the Financial Services industry in positions of increasing responsibility. Primary career focus was in the Human Resources function, serving as the Chief Human Resource Officer. My HR roles included the full scope of the HR function. Areas of emphasis included Employee Selection processes, Compensation design and administration, benefit plan design and administration, compliance with Fair Employment Practices, employee training and development, talent assessment and workforce planning.
During my career I also had leadership and oversight responsibility for Facilities, Purchasing, Sales Administration, Compliance Operations, Food Service and Hospitality Operations. Some of this experience included the oversight responsibility for construction projects, as well as the development and execution of business plans.
BA, Taylor University, Upland Indiana, 1969
MA Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, 1970
Jake Linn is a business management consultant with over 25 years experience in the areas of performance improvement and major change management. Jake works with individuals, teams and organizations to help them clarify their organization and objectives. With deep expertise in overseeing production as well as associated support activities for manufacturing, Jake offers a unique blend of leadership and tactical expertise that follows from his numerous engagements integrating quality control and supply chain management with engineering and product development faculties. Jake has successfully worked with international and domestic businesses, and has vast expertise with confronting the challenges of our dynamic and competitive corporate landscape. Jake has considerable expertise in the high-tech sector, having led organizations in the telecommunications, information technology and semiconductor industries. An empathetic manager who places great emphasis on people and team development, Jake has had extensive exposure to senior management at all levels and the ability to work well with all ranks of clients.
Jake holds a BSEE From Lawrence Technology University and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He has extensive experience with Six Sigma methods and tools, and holds a Six Sigma Green Belt and received black belt training from the American Society For Quality.
Some selected Accomplishments include:
Engineering and Manufacturing
Developed and implemented a streamlined product development process for a train control manufacturer, including the implementation of an engineering management system. A tollgate-based product development process improved time to market by 50%, while revisions to the engineering change process reduced change cycle time by 50%.
Led the design of the next generation call recording product line for a telecommunication manufacturer, including managing release of software and hardware components. Product lines were delivered to market on schedule, delivering top line revenue of $30MM annually.
Planned and implemented a manufacturing ramp-up and retooling program for an industrial equipment manufacturer to meet exploding customer demand from 10,000 to 20,000 units per day. Responsible for introducing automation and robotic assembly for a manufacturing process, including a program for procuring $10MM of automated machinery, transfer lines and assembly equipment.
Integrated two high technology acquisitions into a telecommunications equipment manufacturer, with $160MM in revenues for the acquiring company and no disruption to “business as usual”.
Improved operating results for a Fortune 500 chemical production company through a restructuring of the support organization for two large chemical production plants. Streamlined the organizational structure and processes, achieving $10MM reduction in annual operating cost.
Developed a business case for manufacturing migration from Mexico to China. Initiated a detailed cost/benefit analysis, led the identification of strategic drivers, and assessed a variety of outsourcing scenarios. Led the organization in the implementation of the migration and the transfer of inventory, tooling and training to on-board the new supplier to internal technology, process, testing tools and troubleshooting, achieving a 30% cost improvement.
Developed a new manufacturing site in Costa Rica for a semiconductor design and fabrication company. Responsible for site selection, employee training, systems and process setup, hiring and training a management team and successfully achieving a 50% reduction in corporate production costs.
Led cross-functional team for a chemical production company to develop and implement a customer service and order fulfillment process. Initiative included selecting and training new leadership team and customer support representatives.
Achieved a 15% improvement in add-on business for a managed hosting provider; increased customer retention strategies by developing and implementing new processes to enhance the customer experience.
Oversaw a high-risk crisis situation for a managed hosting provider where multiple high-value clients were reviewing contracts under renewal. Initiated a root cause analysis process, redesigned support and service procedures, recruited and cultivated a new technical support staff and account managers to improve customer focus. Resulted in all clients renewing their long-term agreements.
Developed and implemented a consolidation of sales and marketing operations for a large insurance company, from five regional operational centers to two; responsible for a fully realized cost reduction of $11MM.
Led a cross functional team for a telecommunication equipment manufacturer in the implementation of Oracle ERP in North America. Planned the migration, introduced an employee training program and initiated system set-up and implementation on time while enhancing corporate performance.
MBA, Management/Finance, FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON UNIVERSITY
B.S., Electrical Engineering, LAWRENCE TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY
Six Sigma Black belt training, AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR QUALITY
During the past 40 years, as a serial entrepreneur, held key management positions in both private and public companies, including founder and CEO of Vector General (a pioneer in graphics workstations), CEO of the Inner Game (a corporate training and development company), CEO of Secom General (a NASDAQ mini-conglomerate of automotive component manufacturers), and CEO of Kahootz (an enterprise software company). Additionally, was a founder and director of Instar Infomatiqué (a French medical software company) and managing director of VanderBolt GmbH (a German technology transfer company).
Was the architect of the first peripheral graphics terminal that generated real-time, dynamic three-dimensional images used in the original Star Wars movie and the design of the Boeing 757 and 767. Has served on the Board of Directors of the United Way.
BA Mathematics, San Jose State University; Executive Program in Business Management, Stanford University
President and CEO of YUILL Strategic Solutions, LLC is Robert 'Bob' Yuill who has over 42 years of experience. As an accomplished military officer with over 27 years of service followed by an additional 15 years as a defense contractor. Bob has managed and led personnel from the tactical through strategic levels within the government and performed as an analyst through Program Manager and Division Director within industry. Assignments ranged from company command level to major staff support within combatant commands and has included support to Special Access Programs as a PM. Extensive capture and proposal management with contract wins in excess of $15B in contract values. While supporting the military as an Army officer he served as an Infantryman, Aviator, and Logistician.
National Defense University - Master of Science in National Resource Strategy
University of Southern California - Master of Science in Systems Management
Bentley College/University - Bachelor of Science in Business Management
Georgia Institute of Technology - The Logistics Short Course
Industrial College of the Armed Forces - Executive Military Leadership, Logistics and Acquisition
Command and General Staff College - Senior Military Leadership School
Army Logistics Management College - Logistics Executive Development Course
Professional Experience: Since 1984 have operated a business consulting firm. We specialize in bookkeeping (Quickbooks Pro), accounting, tax preparation, business plan development, loan packaging. Have contracted with both Federal and NY State agencies to provide technical assistance to small businesses. Including SBA, VA, NYS DOT, NYS DASNY, Empire State Development Agency. Small businesses including restaurants, maintenance operations, construction and construction related firms
State University of New York at Buffalo BS Business Administration
Robert Wesleyan , MBA
Ronald Tucker has been in the commercial insurance business for 50 years working in New York State. He has worked for insurance carriers, intermediaries, wholesale brokers, owned his own insurance agency, and produced clients for his entire career. He has worked and managed offices for 2 International brokers, 2 regional brokers, and has been employed for 22 years with his existing employer. Additionally, he has taught agents and brokers licensing courses and master's level insurance courses for 36 years for several universities. He has been teaching at Hofstra University on Long Island for 26 years as an adjunct teaching the same insurance curriculum.
He currently produces and services some 55 commercial clients in Metropolitan New York area in the health care, manufacturing, distributing, and not for profit specialties. Recently his team created a new specialty in the Home Care Distribution system for NYCity Human Resource Administration vendors and currently insures 22% of this NYC marketplace since 2013. Additionally, his firm is nationally recognized as a provider for this industry segment on a Regional and National Basis.
Mr. Tucker has an BBA, MBA, and a specialty masters in his field, Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter CPCU, and also holds a specialty degree in risk management, ARM.