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Richard Campagna

Richard Campagna

Current City: Norwich, NY

Chief Operating officer                                                                                                       2012 – Present

Chief Financial officer                                                                                                          2011 - 2012

Mang Insurance Agency, LLC – Norwich, NY                                                           

High growth insurance agency with active acquisition strategy.  Manage commercial and benefits service operations, finance and human resources.  Led reorganization of operating departments, improved service and was quickly moved to COO position.  Evaluate acquisition candidates and manage due diligence.

Richard P. Campagna CPA  - Dunmore, PA                                                                       2009 - 2011

Accounting, Financial and Tax services for individuals and small business.  Operational and financial consulting and assisting insurance enterprises in raising capital.

Vice President, Finance & Chief Financial Officer

VPA, Inc. – Calabasas, California                                                                                             2004 – 2006

Third party claims administrator of self-funded disability insurance programs for major employers including claims adjudication and plan administration and reporting.  Managed finance, human resources and contract administration.                   

Accomplishments:            

  • Executive sponsor and team leader that improved operating efficiency by implementing an automated document management system.
  • Remarketed insurance programs resulting in over $25,000 in savings.
  • Developed client level cost accounting and product pricing process.

Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, Product & Finance

Countrywide Insurance Services - Simi Valley, California                                                                                                                              2001 - 2003

MGA marketing insurance and warranty products to customers of Countrywide Financial.  Revenue $65M.   Managed Underwriting, Finance, IT and Independent Agency Distribution comprised of over 100 staff.

Accomplishments:

  • Identified opportunity and led due diligence for efforts to acquire a general agency.
  • Established capability to market business outside core mortgage customer universe.
  • Negotiated agreements to outsource auto insurance sales and processing.
  • Reduced expenses through operational streamlining and staffing revisions.

 

Founder, President & CEO

Pacific Select Property Insurance Company - Walnut Creek, California                                                                                                                             1997 - 2000

Insurance company specializing in residential/commercial catastrophe exposed property insurance.  Managed all operations and led development of management team, business process outsourcing, product development, sales & marketing, operations, and leading edge risk management process.

Accomplishments:

  • Founded and built operations and sold company for 150% of book value.
  • Implemented a formula-based reinsurance program saving $1 million in annual premiums.
  • Outsourced business processing minimizing up-front capital investment and fixed costs.
  • Implemented Internet strategy with underwriting, policy processing, and direct sales.

USF&G Corporation - Baltimore, Maryland                                        1988 - 1997

President - F&G Specialty Insurance Services                                               1995 - 1997

Vice President – Treasurer                                                                                 1993 - 1995

Vice President – Controller                                                                              1991 - 1993

Asst. Vice President – Controller, F&G Life                                                 1988 - 1991

 

Major publicly held international company offering property & casualty, reinsurance, life insurance and financial services.  Revenue $5 Billion - 12,000 employees.  Managed all financial areas including accounting, capital markets, investor relations and operational support areas.  Developed new startup operation writing in earthquake and hurricane exposed areas.  Managed all operations including marketing, underwriting, operations, risk management and finance.

  • Led development of new operation writing earthquake and wind exposed risks.
  • Revised marketing strategy in response to market conditions, resulting in rapid growth.
  • Improved relationships with investment analysts and rating agencies resulting in upgrades.
  • Reengineered operating departments resulting in savings of over $2 million annually while still improving financial reporting process.
  • Restructured capital through $600 million in creative transactions resulting in $26 million in annual dividend and interest savings.
  • Through proactive communication with customers and regulators, stemmed a “run on the bank” and convinced regulators not to take action against the company.

 

Senior Manager

Ernst & Young - Baltimore, Maryland                                                 1981 - 1987

A “Big 4” public accounting firm with offices throughout the world.  Senior audit manager leading services to clients mainly in insurance ranging in size from $50 million to $5 billion in revenue.  Managed engagement staffing, reviewed staff work and communicated audit results to management and audit committees.  Interfaced regularly with CFO, controller, actuaries and boards of directors.

 

Accomplishments:

  • Served on national task force to develop audit guidance for insurance industry
  • Through a timely and complete review of work in the field, audit engagement hours were cut resulting in a 20%+ improvement in collections versus standard rates.

 

NON-INSURANCE EXPERIENCE

Chief Financial Officer

The Forma Group, Inc. – Danville, CA                                                                                 2006 - 2008

Founder and officer of company bringing new technology to the wood frame construction industry.

Accomplishments:      

  • Raised over $5 million in equity capital and obtained $1.8 million equipment lease.
  • Established finance, legal, human resources and shareholder management processes.

 

Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer

Design2build, Inc. - Walnut Creek, California                                                                                                                             2000 - 2001

Start-up technology and engineering services company providing collaborative software.

Accomplishments:

  • Prepared financial models presentations to investors resulting in $1 million in funding.
  • Negotiated contracts and managed relationship with international engineering partners

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Education

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B.S. Accounting, University of Scranton</p>

James (Jim) Domke

James (Jim) Domke

Current City: Arlington, TX
Chapter: Fort Worth SCORE

Brings 16 years experience in small business -- Started part-time selling direct to end-user (photographers) grew and with added competition made transition to wholesale.

Outsourced manufacturing, added new models, in-house advertising, used independent reps, imported products, etc. Sold business in 1992. Branded as the professional line, still on the market at www.tiffen.com

After selling business returned to newspapers and wrote a weekly column profiling small businesses for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Currently involved in publishing ebooks, postcards, and consulting local businesses on social marketing.

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Education

University of Missouri, Journalism, Columbia, Mo.

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.

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Education

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B.S. Niagara University in transportation and Logistics 1973&lt;/p&gt;

Dr. Smarajit Mitra

Dr. Smarajit Mitra

Current City: St. Pete Beach, FL

 

Partner  and Co-Owner,      Mitra Chemical Consulting LLC.     2010 - present

Consulting in the fields of chemistry and materials science. Fields covered include cosmetics, personal care products, microencapsulation, adhesives (industrial, consumer and biomedical), biomedical materials, infection control materials, silicones, polyurethanes, functional coatings, radiation curable coatings, signage, microencapsulation, cleaning and sanitation chemicals, edible oils and food-safety technologies.

3M Company                                                                                 1978 – 2010

         Various research and management  positions in attaining the ranks Senior Staff Scientist, Laboratory Manager and Business Manager with New Product Development & Commercialization, New Business Development, Strategic Planning and Acquisitions & Mergers responsibilities.

Case Western Reserve University, Macromolecular Institute         1977 - 1978

Research Associate

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Education

<p style="margin-left:108.0pt;">
Ph.D.&nbsp;&nbsp; Organic /Polymer Chemistry&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI&nbsp; 1977</p>

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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; M.Sc.&nbsp;&nbsp; Organic Chemistry &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; University of Calcutta, India&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1972</p>

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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; B.Sc.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Chemistry&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; University of Calcutta, India&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1969</p>

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Allen Nixon

Allen Nixon

Current City: Torrington, CT

Thinking about starting your own business?  Want to make your business better?

Career Background - 38 years of engineering and general management experience in manufacturing, both domestic and international operations.

Mentoring Skills - Business and Strategic Planning, Business Operations, Product Marketing, Pricing, and Cost Analysis.

 

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Education

Bachelor's Degree Industrial Engineering, Masters Degree Industrial Administration, Professional Engineering License - Connecticut, Retired Status.

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

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Education

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

Mahesh K Seth

Mahesh K Seth

Current City: New York, NY

Successful entrepreneur who ran a manufacturing automation and software development business for more than 20 years and then sold it to a multinational company.  Broad experience in managing all aspects of running a small business. Currently involved with a wholesale apparel business which manufactures garments in India and Bangladesh.  Holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and a MBA fro Michigan State University.

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Education

<p>
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, and MBA</p>

Warren J Cook

Warren J Cook

Current City: Kalamazoo, MI

 

President

Cook & Associates Consulting,                                                                           1995 to present:

  • Secure financing components for industrial investments and commercial start-ups.
  • Guide and coach firms through industrial tax abatement application processes.
  • Certify industrial parks within communities throughout Michigan for MEDA.
  • Site consultant sub-contractor for international horticultural consultant.
  • Tri-annual golf outings with extremely well seasoned Michigan E.D. practitioners.

 

Business Growth Specialist                                                                             2005 to 2012:

  • Conducted industrial retention visits and managed follow-up actions,
  • Managed two business Revolving Loan Funds - 15 loans totaling

     $2.8mm, leveraging $27mm with 135 jobs,

  • Provided admin support for Industrial Tax Increment Financing Authority,
  • Provided EDC project management for special projects,
  • Chair Statewide Certified Business Park Program within Michigan Economic

            Development Association (MEDA).

 

Vice President for Resource Development

The Enterprise Group of Jackson, Inc., Jackson, MI                                              1996 to 2004:

  • Exec. Dir. of the County Econ. Dev. Corp. (EDC) – managed Industrial Revenue Bond

     and $1.5 million Revolving Loan Fund Programs,

  • Established and Exec. Dir. of the County-wide Brownfield Redevelopment Authority,
  • Maintained industrial site and building location inventories,
  • Provided industrial facilities tax abatement guidance,
  • Conducted industrial retention visits and managed follow-up actions,
  • Provided relocation assistance to industrial and commercial inquiries,
  • Successfully secured $1.35 million EPA brownfield clean-up and site assessment grants

     & $450,000 in HUD grants for industrial infrastructure.

 

Executive Director

Branch County Economic Growth Alliance, Inc., Coldwater, MI                              1990 to 1995:

  • Created and presented incentives packages to firms resulting in 17 new firms and

                 $5,000,000 new investment,

  • Conducted retention visits with local industries; results included: $85+ million new

                 investment and 2,000 new jobs,

  • Guided development of three industrial parks in separate communities;
  • Prepared over $2.8 million in a variety of grant applications,
  • Guided Kellogg Community College development of new academic center in Coldwater.

 

Economic Development Coordinator

Southcentral Michigan Planning Council, Portage, MI                                            1987 to 1990:

            Responsible for industrial assistance throughout two rural counties resulting in over 2700 jobs and $56 million in investment.

            Responsible for annual development of community created local improvement project inventory in 3 rural and 2 urban counties.

 

Program Manager - Economic Development

West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission, Muskegon, MI         1986 to 1987:

            *           Assisted communities in one rural and two urban counties to  develop physical and human resource infrastructure needed to meet local objectives.

 

 

RELATED EXPERIENCE

Assoc. Dean of Instruction - Business and Technical Studies

Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kalamazoo, MI                                         1983 to 1985:

            *           Responsible for 58 FTE faculty and staff; 34 Associate Degree and Certificate Programs; developing and managing a $1.8 million budget; evaluating faculty and staff; establishing articulation agreements with area high schools and colleges; and re-activating academic program advisory committees.

 

Regional Community Development Agent

Cooperative Extension Service

Pennsylvania State University, Reading, PA                                                         1980 to 1983:

            *           Worked with local government officials and groups to determine needs; provided legislative process information for citizen use; created, packaged and delivered community education programs including:

                                    - legislation impact on local government

                                    - land development ordinances (subdivisions)

                                    - land use planning and zoning

 

Research Assistant

Illinois State Geological Survey

University of Illinois

Urbana-Champaign, IL                                                                                        1978 to 1980:

            *           Conceived, developed and co-authored "Land Use Impacts of Subsidence Over Illinois Coal Mines".

 

Assistant Planning Director

Kankakee County Planning Commission

Kankakee, IL                                                                                                     1974 to 1978:

            *           Supervised staff and technicians; directed community needs assessments; created community development plans with local officials and citizens; directed and completed successful Community Development Block Grant applications; and successfully re-initiated federal HUD contract activities.

 

Staff Writer

Governor's Office of Management and Budget

State of Michigan, Lansing, MI                                                                            1973 to 1974:

            *           Co-authored report on staffing Michigan's multi-county planning districts.

 

Management Analyst

United States Air Force

L. G. Hanscom Field

Bedford, MA                                                                                                      1969 to 1974:

            *           Co-developed computerized management program to monitor Department of Defense research and development contracts.

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Education

<p> Graduate: Economic Development Institute (EDI), University of Oklahoma, 1996</p> <p> M.U.P., Urban &amp; Regional Planning, University of Illinois, 1980</p> <p> B.S., Urban Studies, Michigan State University, 1969</p>

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.

Specialties:

  • Practice Management & Development

  • Process Improvement

  • Turnaround or Rapid Growth

  • Strategic Planning

  • Family Business

  • Succession Planning

 

 

 

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Education

 

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.

 

Chris Dickson

Chris Dickson

Current City: Aiken, SC

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. 

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Education

BS Engineering - Clemson University

MBA Clemson University

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