Counselors to America's Small Business
STANFORD UNIVERSITY – Stanford, California 1970<br />
<strong>Master of Business Administration</strong><br />
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS – Austin, Texas 1968<br />
<strong>Bachelor of Arts (Chemistry & Accounting)</strong><br />
MONTERREY LANGUAGE SCHOOL – Monterrey, California 1965<br />
<strong>Graduate, Chinese Mandarin Course</strong></p>
Experienced in helping companies with all types of legal issues related to operations, business formation, mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and business sales, due diligence and Board of Director structure and support. Also have experience in real estate transactions and environmental compliance.
Spent the last 23 years as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for a privately held chemical manufacturer headquartered in Detroit. Guided them through a change of generations in the owning family, international expansion and sale of the business to a private equity buyer. Previously served in the legal department of a diversified manufacturer and a utility. Before law school, spent several years as an Engineer with an electrical contractor.
<p> Juris Doctor, University of Toledo,BS Electrical Engineering, Purdue University</p>
1951-1961: Training and Production Management in paper conversion and printing (envelope manufacturing. 1963-2012 Title Insurance underwriting (multi-state) (several national companies and a regional company) and management, culminating as President of a Regional Title Insurance Underwriter. 1975-76 Adjunct Ass't Prof. Real Estate, Temple U., School of Continuing Education. 1978-81 +/- Adjunct Assoc. Prof., Real Estate Institute, N.Y.U. Co-Author: Guide to New York Real Estate Licensing Editor: Handbook of New Jersey Title Practice
B.A. Roosevelt University (Political Science with Economic minor) J.D. Chicago-Kent College of Law of IIT non-degree courses in industrial engineering at IIT
I can help you with your intellectual property issues including patents, trademarks, copyright and trade secrets. I can also help you with
I spent 20 years managing the Intellectual Property Office of SRI International. During this time, I was instrumental in developing patent portfolios in diverse technologies that were the bases for several successful start-ups. I was a member of a team that prepared and negotiated agreements for protecting those rights and for commercialization of the technology —e.g., NDAs, license agreements, etc. Since joining SCORE, I have helped clients in a variety of different businesses with more general business matters—e.g., preparation of business plans, market research, employee relations, etc.
If you have concerns about any aspect of intellectual property important to your business-- process, strategy, cost, licensing, etc. , contact me.
JD: University of San Francisco, School of Law
MA and BA: California State University of San Francisco, School of Natural Sciences
40 plus years in the field of business credit. Former Chief Operating Officer of the nations largest commercial collection agency, Dun & Bradstreet Receivables Management Services. Executive Director of the Commercial Collection Agency Association a section of the Commercial Law League of America. Seminar leader and author of several Dun & Bradstreet Business Education courses on credit decision making, cash flow, budgeting and strategic planning.
<p> MBA, St. Johns University, in Economics.</p>
10 years Marine Corps
30 years as attorney at law working with small businesses
<p> iPEC Professional Coaching Institute; Western State University School of Law - Juris Doctorate; University of Maryland; Hastings School of Law - Trial Advocacy College; Pepperdine University - Institute for Dispute Resolution;</p>
After college, I had a Private Practice of Law in Youngstown, Ohio. I then worked for the Ohio Attorney General in Columbus as a Federal Litigator representing the Ohio Correctional System.
In 1984 I took over my family business in Youngstown Ohio, Kravitz Delicatessen. I still run Kravitz Delicatessen and also started Kravitz Bagels full time.
I also teach Business Law at National College and volunteer with SCORE.
BA Political Science Ohio State University<br /> JD Case Western Reserve University
Business plans, start up, finance, financing, financial projections, cash flow, budgeting, intellectual property, troubled business turn around, retail, sales, manufacturing, entertainment, insurance, environmental and non-profits. I began my business career with a startup retail ski shop. I built it to $1 million in sales as the ski industry boomed. When my daughter was born I sold the ski business and became a stay-at-home mom entrepreneur, selling custom portraits of children and pets through mail order and specialty shops (that's yesterday's equivalent of an internet business). I sold the portrait business after five years and entered the University of Pittsburgh M.B.A. program, majoring in Accounting and Finance. I graduated Magna cum Laude and I worked as Assistant Controller and Systems Analyst for a large industrial foundry and rolling mill in Eastern Ohio. Two very cold winters later I moved to Southern California to be Project Financial Analyst and Internal Auditor at Hughes Aircraft. I moved to Disney to manage the financial affairs for several divisions at the park as well as the construction of Thunder Mountain Railroad. I left Disney to work as a Special Projects Consultant for Shell Oil, then spent 11-1/2 years at Digital Equipment Corporation. At DEC I worked directly with the Western Vice President of Sales, managing the budgeting, reporting, and awards programs for a 300 person sales force. I also served as executive partner to several aerospace and banking companies, wrote the strategic plan for a new $50 million venture, served as national training manager for the Finance and Accounting organization, and as training liaison between Finance and Accounting and the sales group. In 1992 I took early retirement and became a SCORE volunteer. Currently, I work part-time doing marketing, accounting, and financial planning for a small family owned firm. I also consult periodically with the Cal State Fullerton School of Business Entrepreneurship program and run three small businesses: consulting for several former employers, art beading and freelance writing. Loves elephants.
BA, University of Pittsburgh, Cum Laude -- Studio Art Major, Theater and dance minor MBA, University of Pittsburgh, Magna Cum Laude, Finance and Accounting. 5 time winner, Chapter Cyber Counselor of the Year Award. Over 20 years as a SCORE mentor.</p>
Expert in Business Start ups, Buying and Selling a Business, related Business Valuation, Business Plans, Business Legal Forms, Obtaining Financing. Specialize in Restaurants, Retail, Medical Services, Manufacturing and Natural Resources. 1965 to 2003 W.R.Grace & Co. Corporate Vice President of Finance. For last 25 years negotiated worldwide acquisitions and divestment's of various businesses ranging from $25 million to over $1 billion. Coordinated due diligence, both in house and third party, including work of independent accountants, investment bankers and attorneys. Negotiated financial and purchase price sections of relevant agreements and reviewed other documents. Resolved all post closing purchase price adjustments and business issues. Worked closely with investment bankers in achieving corporate value objectives. Director of Internal Audit for two years. Prior to 1980 was responsible for both internal and external world wide financial reporting. Corporate business plan and financing initiator. Start up business initiator. 1960 to 1965 PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLC. CPA
Columbia University Graduate School of Business. MS degree in Accounting. University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business. BS in Marketing
EDUCATION University of Miami, School of Law, Law Degree (JD) – 1985 Nova University, Davie BS in Psychology – 1982 QUALIFICATIONS Experience in P&L management, strategic planning, marketing and operations. I have legal, financial analysis and budget skills. EMPLOYMENT 1971 - 1997 - Pylon Manufacturing Corporation President/CEO (1996 – 1997) Full Profit and Loss responsibility of a $30 million manufacturer of windshield wipers and other automotive accessories. Reported to Group President, Aftermarket Division of MascoTech. Vice President/COO (1986 – 1995) Profit and Loss responsibility for Engineering and Manufacturing operations. Worked closely with President on Marketing and Product Strategies. Reported to President. Shipping Manager & V.P. Purchasing (1971 – 1986) Attorney (2000 - Current) Law Offices of Russell M. Thompson Owner Personal Injury Law Practice Sunrise, Florida I'm a Broward County Traffic Court Magistrate
University of Miami, School of Law, Law Degree (JD) – 1985 Nova University, Davie BS in Psychology – 1982