Counselors to America's Small Business
VP of Refining, Refining Facilities Manager, Corporate Refining, Commercial and Operations Planning Manager, and Business Development/Acquisition Manager; for Independent and Major Corporations. Broad experience in developing and purchasing new businesses, expanding and improving existing businesses-performances, and contracting-delivering many different business and consumer goods & services into local and national markets.
During my career I developed the skills and reputation for analyzing, troubleshooting and improving different businesses’ performances, including reliably delivering quality goods & services to markets-customers, and increasing short- and longer term business financial performance.
Expert in business development and operations improvement, purchasing and selling businesses, manufacturing and products/services development, supply chains and projects management, and developing many technologies. Available for face-to-face Counseling on Mondays 10 AM-2 PM at the Greater Phoenix SCORE office at E. Thomas Rd. and N. Central Ave. (September-May) and by Email year-round.
Professional Experience and Resume:
- During College years I owned and operated an independent auto repair shop.
- 25 years experience in the oil, gas and power businesses. Started as an Engineer with responsibilities to monitor, analyze, troubleshoot, improve and optimize Refining and Chemical Plant processing units. Over the years I held and advanced through numerous positions including Projects Design, Development & Management, Engineering Manager, and Plant Manager of multiple Refiners.
- 10 years experience at the Corporate Management level. Responsibilities included VP of Refining, Refining & Commercial Operations Planning, Optimization and Strategy Development Manager, Business Development Manager including Corporation acquisitions-mergers and major asset evaluations-acquisitions, and Supply Chain Management.
- After retiring from Corporate life, became an Energy Consultant and Researcher. Most recently joined the SCORE team to counsel and mentor entrepreneurs, new business startups, and help improve-grow existing small businesses.
B.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry from UC Davis, CA, and a MBA from Saint Marys/UC Berkley, CA; Certified Professional Engineer in CA
Professional Experience: Newspaper reporter: small business owner (freelance photographer), currently owner/director Merlin Power & Sail, boat captain "River City Star" (Port of Omaha), corporations (tax/financial analyst): Experian, Conagra Foods, Oriental Trading. Military: Management Analysis Director, 16th Air Force (Spain). Combat helicopter pilot in Vietnam (Air/Sea Rescue Detachment Commander) and Desert Storm (Medevac pilot and 24th Med Air Ambulance Company training officer (AGR)). Major, USA (ret.)
BA Journalism - News-ed, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1974 MA Professional Accounting (MPA), University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1997