Rancho Cordova, CA
Counselors to America's Small Business
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.
Baccalaureate of Electrical Engineering
Decisive leader with a solid background encompassing complex managed services development and project management in a cross-functional environment.
Expert in development of global PMO to deliver program/project manage capability & capacity on-demand.
Expert in developing complex outsourcing services from conception through launch.
Passionate about developing organizational capabilities (processes, tools, people) to drive superior financial results.
<span>MBA - The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA - 1992</span><br />
<span>Certified PMP (Project Management Professional), Project Management Institute - 2003 - 2016</span></p>
Expert in helping NEW entrepreneurs streamline their startup process while minimizing RISK and maximizing SUCCESS. LEAN STARTUP Specialist. I help you determine if your concept SHOULD go forward based on facts, not assumptions...saving you valuable Energy, Time and hard earned Money.
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.
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.
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.
Founder & Senior Mentor Volunteer
2011-2015, 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
2012-2015, 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.
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
Over 40 years in the chemical and plastics and color industries with a background in engineering, manufacturing and commercial functions for large global companies as well as small privately held firms. Expertise in strategic planning, project management, financial reporting with P&L responsibilities, communications with all levels of organizations up through owners and executive leadership. BS Chemical Engineering Certified Black Belt Lean Six Sigma
Twenty-years - Operations management in large multi-site manufacturing companies.
Fifteen-years - Managed my own manufacturing company ($5 Million in sales)
Strong team building skills, sound financial understanding, extrovert personality.
Solid experience of new product development in Plant start-up and relocation.
<p> <u>Undergraduate degrees</u></p> <p> Metallurgy - Sheffield, Hallam. England</p> <p> Business management - Concordia University,Portland </p> <p> <u>Post Graduate </u></p> <p> Operations management - Sheffield, Hallam.England </p>
Retired Business Owner and Small Business Consultant - Over 35 years of experience in the small business arena in the areas of finance, accounting, marketing, public relations and event planning. Alumni of Rockhurst University and involved with volunteer work there. Plus member of Nonprofit Connect and SCORE-Kansas City Chapter. Also, consult with many local nonprofits for the last three years on a pro-bono basis.
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a double major in Accounting and Management from Rockhurst University in 1983. Recipient of the Wall Street Journal Award for the highest gpa in graduating class.
President/Owner of Stan Herman Inc. a business coaching organization that creates better owner decisions followed by better business results. I help individuals start, grow and succeed in the business they love.
VP of Sales and Chief Marketing Officer for AAL a fortune 500 company
Started two businesses 1. Executive business coaching 2. Profit improvement for companies.
A previous TEC / Vistage Chair - international organization for CEOs
<p> BS. Education, University of Missouri/St.Louis</p> <p> MBA Baruch College, City University of New York</p> <p> Chartered Business Coach, World Association of business Coaches, Middelsex University London</p>
Alan Millner is an electrical engineer, with experience in power electronics, solar energy systems, electric vehicles, and medical devices. His business experience includes small business startup and sale, product development, and product strategy. He earned his BSEE, MSEE, and PhD from MIT. After working at MIT Lincoln Laboratory on spacecraft and solar energy systems, he co-founded a solar system company in 1979. After sale of the company, he left it in 1985 to serve as an engineering manager in a series of small and medium sized businesses, which included both industrial power electronics and medical devices. In 2009 he returned to MIT Lincoln Lab where he now works part time as energy systems technical staff.
BSEE, MSEE, and PhS in Electrical Engineering from MIT.</p>
After completion of a BS in Chemistry degree I was engaged for four years in product development of high strength glass ceramic products. The following fourteen years of my career were in Operations Management (operations, quality, finance and engineering) in a high volume manufacturing environment. I have been a consultant and trainer to over 200 organizations in a wide variety of industries since 1982, the last twenty five years of which were as Founder and President of my own firm of ten professionals. Our clients were typically medium to small organizations although we also worked with Fortune 500 companies.
BS in Chemistry from Rochester Institute of Technology</p>