Business Operations

Christina Wilson Grinnell

Christina Wilson Grinnell

Current City: Brooklyn, NY

                                                            Christina Wilson Grinnell

No. 10 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn, NY 11215 / 917 743-0634


Dynamic, principled, executive, Ms. Grinnell, has a proven track record in design and construction management, marketing / sales, finance and project resource allocations.  As a strategic thinker, responsible for the successful creation, launch and dramatic growth of three businesses and doubling of sales in two.  Accomplished team leader, coach and motivator with broad hands-on experience.

 Project Management

   Financial Engineering

Strategic Planning

Business Development

Marketing & Sales                                

Product/Service Extensions

Staff Leadership


Human Resources


Principal, Frozen Music, Inc.  Brooklyn, NY  9/13 to present

As Principal of Frozen Music, Inc., Miss Grinnell currently provides mentoring to a diverse group of emerging local businesses: “Brick and mortar / e-commerce” start ups; wholesale / retail businesses; catering / food supply enterprises; product development and service ventures; one-on-one entrepreneurial and executive coaching as well as business advisory services to construction firms.

Director, Mentoring and Business Development, –-- STV/Bradford, JV        03/15/12 to 06/01/2013

 NYC School Construction Authority                            URS/NobleStrategy    01/11 to 02/29/12

Manager of Business Development / Mentor Contractor Program sponsored by NYC School Construction Authority.

Responsible for the SCA’s 4-year Mentor Contractor Program in Business Development, which promotes the successful growth and development of emerging MWBE/LBE firms in the construction public sector.  Managed the SCA existing teaching programs and created new learning platforms based on 1-on-1 coaching, evaluations and assessments.     

  • Interviewed, evaluated over 150 mentor contractors and completed the SCA assessment protocol.  
  • Created Action Plans – short-term measurable goals to enhance mentor contractor’s growth in the SCA program.
  • Provided 1-on-1 mentoring – enlisted, encouraged, advocated successful attainment of each mentor contractor’s goals.
  • Train-the-Trainer – coached staff to optimize the mentoring/coaching sessions and the performance of the mentor contractors in the program.  
  • Responsible for Training Platforms -- SCA Advanced Training Program at City College; SCA Project Management Class; Marketing; Estimating; Contract Administration; Access to Capital; Bonding workshops; editor of E-mail newsletter and information “blasts; resource library and “Templates for Learning”.

While at URS/NobleStrategy, responsible for lead generation; and through strong industry relationships, introduced executives to decision-makers in both public and private industry.  Represented the firm at industry events, conferences and political caucus events.

Associate / Special Projects Manager -- Urban D. C., Inc. Brooklyn, NY 6/05 – 12/10

Key employee and signatory, responsible for new business opportunities and sales.    Represented Owner in legal issues, finances/ banking, insurance/bonding, and client and staff/labor relations.  Project Manager for exterior landmarks.

After a half-decade of public work work, re-established Urban D.C. as a leader in the private sector restoration market:

  • Implemented a work plan and marketing campaign to reconnect to lost private-sector clients and decision- markers.
  • Participated in allied industry events and media:  PBS/History Channel to create “NYC Cast Iron Buildings.”
  • Coached project managers in sales strategies, proposal writing, and how to close sales and initiate change orders.
  • Developed incentives to encourage staff involvement in firm’s goals to promote UDC as a solid career choice.


Within first 3 years, the firm recaptured its former position in the private sector restoration marketplace and doubled sales. As Project Manager, Urban D.C. won 2 NYC Landmarks Conservancy Preservation Awards for restoration projects.

Director, Marketing & Business Development -- Ehrenkrantz Eckstut Kuhn Architects   NYC 05/04 - 06/05

As Director, coached principals in networking, presentation and sales; critiqued proposal submissions/ presentations.  Chaired sales meetings.  Responsible for department’s annual marketing / PR budget.

After the retirement of lead principals and the subsequent loss of market edge in the educational and institutional marketplace, re-established EEK’s former position as a leader in these sectors:           

  • Created a work plan - marketing campaign to re-introduce EEK to clients using  “organic marketing” strategy.
  • Recruited architects with educational design experience to broaden firm’s credentials.
  • Organized speaking engagements for principals at educational events to support sales efforts in education.
  • Introduced principals to decision-makers at NYU, Columbia, Pratt Institute and won design commissions.
  • Presented EEK to the NYC SCA and won SCA task force contracts/ building design commissions.                                                                                              

Through focused marketing initiatives, staff coaching, meetings with educational / institutional decision-makers, EEK made a strong comeback into the educational marketplace.  In 1 year, EEK education sector added 20% to bottom line.

Executive Vice President, EverGreene Architectural Arts, Inc.  NYC 12/96 - 11/03

Represented Owner in all legal, financial, banking, insurance, client, and staff leadership of a 150-personnel firm. Appointed a trustee, signatory, and key employee during tenure at firm.

Built the necessary facilities, financial support and staff required to support new products, services for increased sales:

Met the Owner’s goal to secure a long-term base of operations:

  • Closed SBA Loan, eliminating out of pocket expenditures for large prominent midtown location.
  • Designed/ build-out new facility and lease-ready spaces. 

Secured a reliable, legal, and engaged labor force:

  • Developed insurance and benefits program to hire craftspeople for nation-wide projects / expanding market.
  • Teamed staff to author the firm’s mission statement and employee policy manual. Secured health and pension benefits and initiated programs to educate employees on investing, health, and education for increased retention

Secured working capital to expand, nationally:

  • Established banking relationships resulting in multi-million $$ unsecured line of credit/$10 million bond limit.
  • Created risk-management program / restructured insurance, reduced overhead with added protection/security.
  • Trained accounting dept. to monitor sales, O/H and operational budgets to reduce unnecessary spending/debt.

During tenure, doubled firm’s sales, expanded into an international architectural art restoration firm, and created two successful “spin-off” firms, which included:

§  Partner-in-charge / Creative Director -- Studio EverGreene AKA Studio E, Inc.   NYC 
§  Spin-off of EverGreene Architectural Arts, Inc. (EAAI) created a decorative arts product firm.
  • In record time, authored, implemented a product-driven internal business plan.
  • Designed and packaged the first Studio E’s fine arts product.
  • Negotiated/contracted with national design showrooms within 12 months of formation.

Successful spin-off increased EAAI’s sales 15%.   Sharing overhead, administrative / operational expenses reduced O/H, further advancing the firm’s competitive edge and profitability.  Products are sold internationally.


§  President / Director of Operations -- Acanthus, Inc.  NYC 

  • Spin off of EverGreene Architectural Arts, Inc. (EAAI), launched an ornamental arts plaster studio.
  • Negotiated union contracts.  Recruited / hired studio and site personnel.
  • Directed field/studio operations and administrative support staff. 
  • Promoted firm’s credentials to Metro area firms that required expertise in the lost art of ornamental plaster.

Within 2 years, Acanthus’ projects were recipients of the Lucy Moses Awards, NYC and became a sought after plaster studio in tri-state areas; increasing EverGreene’s sales by 20%.

Founder / President Clayton Wilson Construction, Inc. 1977/ 1996

WBE (City + State) firm with an in-house crew of 30 carpenters / plaster mechanics. The firm specialized in restoration and preservation of historic landmarks and National Register Sites and high-end residences. Joint Venture Partnership

Entitled, Historic Structures /JV, provided opportunities to combine interior and exterior restorations.

Pro-bono Consultant, The Alpha Workshops 2007 to 2012

Not-for -profit decorative arts studio/field.  Coached director and staff in new business strategies; recruitment/training; cash management / cost control; conflict mediation/human resources.




Education/Credentials/Certifications -- Student / NYU Leadership & Human Capital for Coaching -- 

TSC / Site Safety Management 40-Hour Certificate (Safety Coordinator License pending)  -- DOB Scaffold Foreman Certificate   -- RESTORE Certificate/Masonry Restoration -- Campbell School of Conservation Certificate/ornamental and flat plaster  -- Robert H. Schafer & Associates Certificate/Rapid Reponse Consulting  -- Regional Alliance for Small Contractors/Training Program for Contractors-- Pratt Institute /Environmental Design Degree -- Monmouth University /Liberal Arts Degree

- Prior Affiliations-

 International Coaching Federation  

Professional Women in Construction

Women Building Council

Society of Marketing Professionals

Arbitrator - American Arbitration Association

Emergency Task Force - NYC AIA  - Restoration Committee

Board of Directors - Regional Alliance for Small Contractors - Curriculum Committee

Recording Secretary – (former) National Association of Women in Construction

Larry Ornstein

Larry Ornstein

Current City: West Palm Beach, FL
Chapter: Palm Beach SCORE

41 Years with Hess Corporation in Finance & Operations. Much of my experience has been in : 1. Financial Reporting and Controls  2. Budgeting  3. Strategic Planning  4. M&A Activities  5. Negotiation of large transactions  6. Turnaround of failing businesses  7. Overseeing supply side of the operations including Refineries, Storage Terminals, Marine Transportation, Supply and Trading.   In addition I was Hess' Executive Sponsor and creator of the Corporate Mentoring Program.   In my 41 years at Hess, M&A activities totaled approx. $10 Billion.  Had the opportunity to meet 2 Heads of State and negotiated with the most powerful executives of some of the largest National Oil Companies in the world. I retired from Hess at 12/31/14. The last 2 years of my career was spent on overseeing the divestiture of the Refining and Marketing Division.



Undergraduate degree in Accounting, plus an MBA in Finance

Dr. Tonya Thomas

Dr. Tonya Thomas

Current City: Miami, FL
Chapter: Miami Dade


                                                Dr. Tonya Fulton- Thomas, PSY. D

 Dr. Tonya Fulton-Thomas has worked as a professional in Youth Development for over 10 years,           including leadership positions with national and international not for profit organizations. She is               certified as a helpline counselor at Switchboard of Miami and holds a Doctrine degree in Children             and Adolescent Psychology from Barry University Miami, Shores, Florida (2011).  

Originally, beginning her career in the United States Army. Her first professional position was in the         administration field where she worked closely with the Judge Advocate General Administration. Her         career then took her on an entrepreneur journey where she was the founder and President of Divine       Care Inc, Daughters2Mothers, and finally a Professor at Miami Dade College, Miami, Florida.

In her role at Miami Dade College, Dr. Fulton-Thomas approaches her work with both a spirit of             teaching and as a procedural tactician. She successfully applies her youth development experience       and military experience to lead the college’s higher education strategic planning, and civic                     engagement initiatives. During her journey in life Dr. Fulton- Thomas implemented a non- profit               called “Daughters2Mothers” (2011).Which she is the founder and President Tonya is the founder             and President. The program focuses on a co- parenting initiative designed to empower, build                 character, life skills, and to reduce single parenting in low income families. Dr. Fulton-Thomas               mentors over 300 inner city students yearly empowering them to become self advocates, and               actively engage in civic engagement. 



Psy D, Doctor of Clinical Psychology

             Children and Adolescent

             Carlos Albizu University, Doral, Florida

             APA Accredited Clinical Psychology Program

             Dissertation “ Empowerment, Co-Parenting Initiative in Teen/Mothers and Fathers”             Dec 2012  


Master of Science in School Psychology                                                                                 May 2009

Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida


Bachelor of Science in Biology                                                                                                           August 2005

University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida

Dr. Robert Edward Dratwa

Dr. Robert Edward Dratwa

Current City: Phenix City, AL
Chapter: SCORE Columbus


John Oliva

John Oliva

Current City: New London, CT


Dr. Jeffrey W von Freymann

Dr. Jeffrey W von Freymann

Current City: Mount Pleasant, SC

Over 40 years practitioner experience in marketing, communications, and management working in/with 100s profit and non-profit organizations from start ups to ongoing concerns, small to large (but mostly small).  Last 15 years as a college professor in marketing and management at the undergrad and graduate levels.



<p> Doctorate in Business Administration (University of Sarasota, FL), MBA in marketing (Babson College, MA), BA in English (Stonehill College, North Easton, MA).</p>

Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry

Current City: Inverness, FL

59 years of trucking experience as either a fleet owner, terminal manager for large freight companies with responsibilities for labor, operations,sales, hiring and training. 


Michael Cunningham

Michael Cunningham

Current City: Rancho Cordova, CA
Chapter: Sacramento SCORE

Owned and operated a retail business which provided woodworking tools, supplies, exotic lumber, classes, and advice. The business employed 11 full- and part-time employees and grossed over $1.7M annually. Hands-on management of sales, marketing, inventory control operations. Applied a number of data-base technology solutions for more efficient operation of the business.

Held hardware and software engineering positions extending through senior level management. Specific technology areas included CAD hardware, RISC workstations, disk and tape controller and driver software, hardware quality assurance/control, software quality assurance. The latter specializing in process control, methods, and metrics.


Jeff Durham

Jeff Durham

Current City: Noblesville, IN

Expert in helping NEW entrepreneurs streamline their startup process while minimizing RISK and maximizing SUCCESS.  LEAN STARTUP Specialist.  Expert assisting EXISTING business owners grow revenues & cash-flow, improve operational efficiency, strategic acquisitions, and exit strategy.  I've owned over 6 businesses and would be privileged to share proven processes with you!  I've been in your shoes and understand your excitement and desire to make sure you are taking the right steps.

Butler University Bulldog fan by chance?  I previously served as a professor in the Entrepreneur & Innovation department and currently work as a Business Coach in same.  I started my first business in 1996. While it wasn't started the right way, I sure learned alot!...ALOT about what I should've done and wouldn't do again!  Since that first experience, I've been blessed to own businesses with retail sales volume in excess of $30,000,000 involving Retail, Service, Wholesale, Importing, International Business, Ecommerce, Distribution, Sales, Marketing, Operations, Staffing, Financial, Product Development, Sales Reps, Tradeshows, Exit Strategy, Selling/Buying Business and EVERYTHING involved in small business. 

I look at my job as a coach and mentor...guiding you along using best-practices in order to help you achieve your GOALS & DREAMS while avoiding expensive mistakes!



Business Coach/Adjunct Professor, Real Business Experience Program

2013-Present, Butler University, Indianapolis, IN

The Real Business Experience is an innovative program at Butler where students form teams, create a business idea, apply for funding (to a group of real business executives) - and if they receive funding, start and run their real business.

Teach (September –December 2013), led, coach and engage 25 students per semester in learning how to create a small business model and actually turn that model into a for profit business.

Owner, President       

2011-Present, Business Brokers & Consultants of Indianapolis, Noblesville, IN

Business Brokers actively seeks to acquire engagements with business owners looking to sell their business, and  entrepreneurs wishing to purchase a business.  

Provide expert guidance on valuation, marketing a business, along with all the elements of good management.

In demand to provide small business consulting on strategies such as growth, vision, scaling, marketing, partner issues, online marketing and exit strategies.

Founder & Senior Mentor Volunteer

2011-Present, Business Mentor Program of Central Indiana, Noblesville, IN

Not-For-Profit program that connects first-time Indianapolis area entrepreneurs with volunteer business mentors that provide expertise and guidance using lean start-up best practices.

Consult with business owners on strategies necessary in order for their business to become profitable, as well as craft strategies to ramp up and significantly grow the business while remaining profitable. 

Founder & Senior Turnaround Specialist Volunteer  

2012-Present, Help For My Business Program, Noblesville, IN

Not-For-Profit program that provides business turnaround best practices to struggling small business owners.

Provide consulting to turn around high potential or once profitable businesses including root cause analysis of problems, and strategies to renovate finance, sales & marketing, operations, processes, supply chain, market penetration, advertising, staffing, and budgeting.

Board of Directors     

2010-Present, Starfish Missions, Louisville, KY

Starfish Missions is a faith-based, nonprofit organization that partners with Christian churches in the Dominican Republic, providing underprivileged children with educational opportunities and school supplies.

Provide guidance to the CEO regarding strategy, growth, cash management, logistics, volunteers and interns.

Owner, General Manager       

2001-2012, Harvest Scents & Traders, Indianapolis, IN

HST was acquired by Wholesale Home Décor in 2012 and imports quality and innovative home décor and giftware products to retailers, wholesalers and craft partners.

Built this business from the ground up to a $5 million business with gross margins of 65%+.

Managed all aspects of the business including sales & marketing, advertising, website/SEO, and product development.

Traveled and sourced large volumes of goods from Asia, and utilizing Chinese agents and interpreters, negotiated pricing and logistics; traveled extensively to trade shows in the United States to develop customer relationships.  

Owner, General Manager       

1996-2001, The Golden Quill, Carmel, IN

The Golden Quill started as a home décor retailer and was the forerunner of Harvest Scents & Traders. 

Founded this firm growing revenue to over $400,000; discovered a lack of wholesalers to serve the many retailers and wound down this business to concentrate on founding a wholesale business.

Owner, General Manager       

1996-2001, NuTan Indianapolis, IN

NuTan was a retail tanning salon & gift shop.

Bought, operated and sold this business after doubling sales to $125,000.

Stockbroker, Investment Consultant, Sales Manager & Trust Portfolio Manager    

1992-1996, Smith Barney, Banc One Securities, Huntington Investment Co & First National Bank

The original Smith Barney, a well known securities firm, is now part of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.

Acquired and managed assets of high net worth clients, corporations and municipalities in excess of $40 million.

Sold by cold calling, direct sales, referrals and seminars while consistently reaching client objectives for wealth investment growth & income.



MBA, Business Administration, Western Governors University

BA, Business Administration, Hanover College

Helen Bradford Hanley

Helen Bradford Hanley

Current City: Hudson, FL

Helen Bradford Hanley, FACMPE

Helen utilized SCORE when she initially started her business, Mason-Hanley & Associates in Nashville, TN in 1985, and feels it is now time to pay it forward to others who need business advice.

Helen is currently co-owner of Hanley Consulting (HC) and has been a Value Added Associate and Distributor affiliated with Target Training International, Ltd. (TTI) since 1995.  Her son, Craig, will be taking over the family business in a few years.  HC utilizes the TTI Success Insights® Behaviors and Motivators and TTI Insights™ Job assessment tools in their consulting business and customizes solutions to everyday business problems utilizing these tools. Helen has presented workshops on these subjects at the National meetings for the Medical Group Management Association, American Society of Ophthalmology Administrators/Surgeons and Medic Computer Systems (now Misys Group) and for many local groups and organizations.  Helen specializes in ensuring her clients obtain meaningful day-to-day implementation of her problem-solving recommendations, and will provide this same type mentoring to her SCORE clients and workshop attendees.

As a Business Banker, Helen assisted clients in the areas of Business Lending (SBA and conventional) and business financial management, has worked with virtually all types of businesses, and will continue consulting in these areas to help her clients, both SCORE and private pay, attain financial success.



<strong>Target Training International, Ltd</strong>., Boot Camp and Annual Conference, <em>Jan 7-12,&nbsp;2015</em></p>

<strong>SunTrust Bank, </strong>Banking Courses, <em>August 2007-Dec 2012</em></p>

<strong>BB&amp;T University, </strong>Banking Courses, <em>June 2004-July &nbsp;2007</em></p>

<strong>SouthTrust Bank, </strong>Banking Courses, <em>June 2002-Feb 2004</em></p>

<strong>American College of Medical Practice Executives, Member, </strong><em>1994 to 2002, </em>Division of Medical Group Management Association</p>

<em><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Certified Medical Practice Executive</strong>&nbsp; </em>&nbsp;(passed all three parts of exam at first sitting), Dec. 1994</p>

<strong><em>&nbsp;&nbsp; Fellow, </em></strong>Sept. 1995; <strong><em>Life Fellow, </em></strong>July 2005 to present</p>

<em><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Professional Paper Published</strong>,</em> <strong><em>College Review</em></strong><strong>, </strong>Fall 1996</p>

<strong>American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators; Member, Annual Conventions</strong>, <em>1999, 2000, 2001&ndash;Speaker for 4 Breakout sessions on Behavior Style Analysis Tools and Personal Interests, Attitudes and Values Tools; 2002-Speaker for 5 Sessions</em></p>

<strong>Medical Group Management Association; Member, </strong><em>1993-2002</em><strong>, Annual Conventions, <em>1993, 1994, 1995, 2000, 2001-</em></strong><em>Speaker for Breakout Session at 2001 Annual Meeting</em></p>

<strong>Numerous Accounting, Practice and Financial Management seminars and course work, <em>1979 to Present</em></strong></p>

<strong>Nashville State Technical Institute, <em>1980, </em></strong>Nashville, TN,&nbsp;<em><strong>Associates Degree in Banking </strong></em></p>

<strong>Tennessee </strong><strong>School of Banking, </strong>Vanderbilt University Campus, 1984</p>

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