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Russell Stravitz

Retail Stores, and Direct to Consumer

Russell Stravitz

40 years in the Retailing industry. Worked at Bloomingdale's for 20 years with experience in Home Furnishings, Apparel, Woman's accessories and footwear and Store Operations. 10 years in Atlanta at Rich's (now Macy) as CEO of a 75 store group.

CEO of Brylane for 4 years, one of the largest US mail order catalog companies. Transformed into an online and offline company.

Formed private consulting company in 2004 through 2009 serving many private equity companies seeking to acquire retailing, e-commerce and mail order companies.

Started from scratch a retail chain of stores, under contract with T-Mobile USA in Los Angeles. The company with 6 locations was sold in 2012 to a larger partner distributor.

I enjoy meeting high performance individuals and team development with positive results.

 

Resume

Education

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BA Economics, Queens College, City University of NY. 1969</p>

Lee Gessner

Lee Gessner

Current City: Charleston, SC

Current

CIty of Folly Beach - Director of Finance

BookKeeping Express - Greater Charleston Area Franchise Owner

US Army Reserve - Major, Chief of Internal Review 81st Regional Support Command

 

Past

Kapstone Paper & Packaging - Financial Analyst

KPMG - Auditor

Arthur Andersen - Auditor

 

Resume

Education

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The Citadel - Bachelor of Science Business Administration (Accounting Focus)</p>

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Middle Tennessee State University - Masters of Business Administration</p>

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Certified Public Accountant - South Carolina License #8279</p>

Chris Smeltzer

Chris Smeltzer

Current City: Reno, NV

Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley 2009-2011

Financial Advisor, Waddell and Reed 2011-2014

Financial Advisor, Ameriprise 2014-Present

Resume

Education

I have multiple degrees in Music Performance and Musicology.

Mike Byrnes

Mike Byrnes

Current City: North Richland Hills, TX
Chapter: Fort Worth SCORE

I help entrepreneurs and business owners to

- identify goals

- establish priorities and actions

- locate necessary tools

- create structure and accountability

- interpret results

- consider alternatives

- obtain financial resources

 

2005 - 2013 New Mexico Small Business Development network

During 8 years working with small businesses in a small Southeast New Mexico resort community, I mentored:

- hundreds of entrepreneurs in the pre-venture stage,

- almost as many existing small businesses needing help with financial or operational issues,

- and more than a dozen businesses working through ownership transitions.

 

September 2011 - June 2013 New Mexico State University

  • Finance Instructor

September 2004 - June 2011 Eastern New Mexico University

  • Finance Instructor

 

1979 – 2001 Banker and entrepreneur Austin, TX

  • Commercial banker for several banks during the years when the banking roulette wheel spun from energy to real estate to technology.

  • Started one of the first internet service providers in Austin in 1994. Sold it to a telecom company in 1996. Was a founding member of a startup that provided turnkey, internet-over-cable systems for independent cable operators and took the company public in 2000.

  • Learned the hard facts about irrational exuberance during the dot com boom and bust, but managed to maintain perspective and apply those lessons to an encore career as a business advisor.

1972 – 1979 Bankers Trust Co Wall Street

  • International banker and bond trader.

 

 

Volunteer work

 

2008 – 2013 Treasurer of the Resource Conservation and Development Council

 

2009 – 2014  Advisory Council Member of the NM Small Business Assistance Program

2013 – 2014 Finance Committee member Alto Lakes Golf and Country Club


 

 

Resume

Susan Jagerson

Susan Jagerson

Current City: Junction City, KS
Chapter: Topeka SCORE

1990 - 1996 conference and marketing manager Advanced Manufacturing Institute Kansas State University, 1996 - 2011 client services and project manager Educational Communications Center Kansas State University, 2004 - 2009 adjunct marketing instructor Kansas State University, 2011 - present economic development specialist Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce.

Resume

Education

M.B.A. Kansas State University emphasis Marketing

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein

Current City: Doylestown, PA

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Prentis Hall

Prentis Hall

Current City: Lansdale, PA

32+ years in corporate America

  • Marketing
  • Market research
  • Market communciations
  • Sales
  • Business development
  • Business management

Small business owner

  • Started 5 small businesses in total
  • Currently operating a small business

 

Resume

Education

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MBA - Marketing &amp; Statistics</p>

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Engineering undergrad</p>

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Additional training in market research, new product development, competitor intelligence</p>

Robert Sussna

Robert Sussna

Current City: Stockton, NJ

Resume

Education

Bachelor of Architecture Cornell University

Claire Kohler

Claire Brown Kohler

Claire Kohler

Current City: Horsham, PA

I was one of five founding partners who took TLA Entertainment Group from it's first phase as a Repertory Cinema with 20 employees through conception, funding, structural setup and operations. The company subsequently added seven award winning video stores, 12 catalogs annually, international websites, film festivals, wholesale distribution in the US and the UK, and has evolved into a leading multi-channel e-commerce business. At the peak of the video business, the company grossed 30 million dollars annually and employed 200 people.   In January of 2014, the founding partners were bought out.  I became an independent Silpada Designs sales representative, a home party based company.  In September of 2014, I enrolled in the John Maxwell Leadership Training Certification Program and am in the process of becoming an executive coach.

I also helped start the Philadelphia Cinema Alliance and the Philadelphia Film Festival, 2 non-profit organizations that ran 2 film festivals annually.  I oversaw operations, volunteers, ticketing and events.

Resume

Education

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I graduated from Kirkland College, now Hamilton College, with a BA in Anthropology.</p>

Mike Limbach

Mike Limbach

Current City: Woodland Park, CO

Resume

Education

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