Construction, Industrials and Utilities

CEO of Mfg. Rep agency with 46000 sq. ft. factory warehouse serving 8 states, with 50 employees including 15 salesmen covering and a volumn of $100,000,000 in sales. Also operated gear box assembly operation for our manufacturer WINSMITH. BALDOR District warehouse in Atlanta from 1972 to present. Also built 6 office-warehouse buildings for own company use and at same time, lease buildings on same property.

Current actiities:
- Past Chairman, SCORE BATON ROUGE, '04 & "05, active Board Member

- LINSTER PROPERTIES, LLC owner of high quality office/warehouse commercial buildings in Gonzales, LA see 

- LINSTER CONSULTING, LLC principle, offering Business Model mentoring, see




BS I.E. AUBURN UNIVERSITY, 1957, Several courses in Sales, Marketing, Distribution.</p>

Philip Lombardo

Philip Lombardo

Current City: Niantic, CT

Phil Lombardo is a Human Resource generalist with over 20 years of experience in wide variety of manufacturing and service industries. Through working at various levels of major corporations and consulting to smaller entrepreneurial organizations, he has developed a hands-on approach to coaching managers through difficult people related issues.



University of Notre Dame, BA Sociology

I’m a licensed land surveyor who recently started my own firm. While I know my trade well, like most engineering types, sales is not my strong suit. How can I overcome this weakness?  Read more....

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A concise primer on how to navigate your way to franchise success.

This business plan is a generic model suitable for all types of businesses. However, you should modify it to suit your particular circumstances.

“Ultimate Business Planner” is a Windows based software tool that significantly eases the burden of writing a formal business plan. It guides you through each business-planning step quickly and easily.

“Ultimate Business Planner” is a Windows based software tool that significantly eases the burden of writing a formal business plan. It guides you through each business-planning step quickly and easily.

DPI Quality Custom Finishes: A true American success story made possible with SCORE's help.


Built from scratch while fulfilling a dream, this business grew by force of will and by acquiring a struggling company. During a promising growth phase, it was struck by a "500-year flood" disaster in 2008 which destroyed it. Shortly thereafter, the nation's economy collapsed. Through sheer hard work and determination the owners undertook the business's recovery nearly alone and are bringing their business back. A true American success story made possible with SCORE's help.

Mark and Shannon Debner
My Location
1402 18th Street SW
Cedar Rapids IA 52404
United States
Year Company Formed
My Successes




Mark and Shannon DebnerIn the year 2000, Debner Painting, Inc. was founded. Mark Debner started this small company with the desire to see it grow. Mark’s idea for his company goal was to get wood finishing jobs done on time, with top quality & professionalis. In 2008, Mark and his wife Shannon, began DPI Quality Custom Finishes that combined Debner Painting, Inc., and Chew’s Painting and Staining. The game plan was to address all finishing needs on residential and commercial projects.

Six short months after moving into the former Chew’s facility, the flood of 2008 took the business plan that would have guided operations for the next two to three years and “washed it down river”. Working with over 20 employees, a business acquisition, and a local disaster DPI was poised to continue operating through a sluggish economy or not. The strong work ethic throughout DPI’s operations helped the company persevere through the trying time.

Between June 2008 and January 2009, DPI had moved 3 times. Some parts of the forced change have been positive with increased technology in the office and shop. Mark and Shannon have made a commitment to recover and thrive following a huge curve ball that was thrown their way. Their recovery has been assisted by SCORE but would not have been possible without the perseverance and capabilities of Mark and Shannon.


DPI's new building



What's Great About My Mentor?

Their SCORE Mentor:  Scott Loggins.

Excerpt from an area media article:

".... The Debners were cautious at first about having an outsider come in to review their private matters, but quickly felt at ease with their business mentor, Scott Loggins, who also serves as a case manager with [the Cedar Rapids Area Chamber Business Long Term Recovery team--all SCORE mentors] BLTR. They appreciate Loggins’ support during a difficult time that had an impact physically, financially, and emotionally.

SCORE Mentor Helping ClientAs part of the mentoring process, [SCORE Mentor] Loggins helped DPI develop a new business plan. The Debners credit Loggins for keeping them educated about programs available and changes in laws that can help their business.
Mark Debner feels they relate well to Loggins as he also experienced the effects of having a flooded business. Loggins was the owner of Kieck’s Career Apparel during the time of the flood.
“He has experienced what we’ve been through and he came out on the other side,” Mark Debner said. “He shows us that there is light at the end of the tunnel.”
Mark Debner said he also likes [SCORE Mentor] Loggins’ approach to mentoring, offering advice that is meant as suggestions for the Debners to consider.
“He has three or four ideas for every scenario,” Mark Debner said. “He offers advice that he feels is best for our company and helps us keep the ball rolling.” "
See full article HERE
How SCORE Helped

With guidance, helping to overcome hurdles, providing alternative solutions and by acting as someone to bounce ideas and concerns off of.

Though my wholesale building supply business is profitable, I can’t help feeling we’re not operating up to our potential. As the company’s leader, what can I do to give us the needed push?

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