Counselors to America's Small Business
Early career in petrochemical and extractive industries as financial analyst.
20 years in New York financial services management.
25 years as independent investor/consultant working mostly with early to later stage entrepreneurial companies. Substantial independent director experience both on private and public company boards.
MA Hons, chemistry. University of Oxford UK
MBA Manchester Business School UK
Professional Experience: Since 1984 have operated a business consulting firm. We specialize in bookkeeping (Quickbooks Pro), accounting, tax preparation, business plan development, loan packaging. Have contracted with both Federal and NY State agencies to provide technical assistance to small businesses. Including SBA, VA, NYS DOT, NYS DASNY, Empire State Development Agency. Small businesses including restaurants, maintenance operations, construction and construction related firms
State University of New York at Buffalo BS Business Administration
Robert Wesleyan , MBA
31 years, 1969-2000, of Commercial Banking with Seafirst Bank, Seattle, WA. A bank acquired by Bank of America in 1984. Experience include 15 years of extensive commercial lending to Businesses,Professionals and Multi-national companies. Lending experience included Agricultural, Small Business, Commercial Real Estate and Professional medical, dental and veterinary practices.
For the last 15 years I managed the Private Banking operation for the State of Washington which include 5 offices throughout the state. Responsibilities also included overseeing and directing Trust and Investment operations. I acquired a Certified Financial Planner, CFP, designation in the early 1990's and continue my certification presently. In additional I passed and the Series 7 Brokers test and was licensed through my employer. I no longer have the Series 7 designation.
For 8 years, 2004-2012, I worked with a start up bank in Seattle focusing primarily on small, family owned business and professionals. We focused considerable time and energy on originating and processing SBA loans including 7a and 504 loans.
<p> <p> BS Economics South Dakota State University 1969</p> <p> Pacific Coast Banking School at University of Washington 1980</p> <p> College of Financial Planning, Certified Financial Planning, CFP designation</p> <p> &nbsp;</p></p>
I retired in 2013 from a career in law firm management. I had been the chief operating officer and the administrator for 5 years each at two Minneapolis law firms. I spend two+ years as the Finance Director at a third law firm. I ran a CPA firm for five years in Michigan. I am an inactive CPA and have my MBA in Business Administration. I taught accounting at Metropolitan State University for two years.
MBA from Metropolitan State University, Minnesota 2001</p>
Bachelor of Science from University of California, Berkeley 1975</p>
SENIOR FINANCIAL SERVICES EXECUTIVE
Financial services professional with 25+ years raising private capital on behalf of companies across a wide variety of industries, including telecommunications, technology, industrial, healthcare, consumer and retail sectors. Proven track record of identifying capital raising opportunities by educating and collaborating with relationship managers in large and small financial institutions. Experienced relationship builder with sources of private capital, including private equity, venture capital, insurance companies, mezzanine funds, hedge funds and pension funds.
Areas of expertise:
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT – CAPITAL RAISING – ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT – PRIVATE EQUITY – CORPORATE FINANCE – FINANCIAL ADVISORY –
Masters in Business Administration – Harvard Business School – Boston, MA 1986 Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics – The Colorado College – Colorado Springs, CO 1977</p>