Construction, Industrials and Utilities

Cheryl Newton Architect, LLC

It seems like yesterday. It was February 4, 2010. I had been working for various architect firms for the previous 15 years and was kicking around the idea to start up my own business. I live in Glastonbury, Connecticut and was visiting our Chamber of Commerce and was asking the people there some basic questions dealing with setting up my legal entity. They suggested I meet the two mentors from SCORE who provide free business mentoring in the community. I set up a meeting. I met Jim Cirilli and Mark Cutler and it was the beginning of an amazing journey which continues to this day. I remember looking at the SCORE logo on the documents they had with them; “For the life of your business” and thinking what that really meant. 

In my business, I get the greatest compliments from those clients who have referred their friends and family to me. Over the last year, I have referred 6 of my friends and associates to SCORE. This is the greatest compliment I can give.

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Owner/Founder
Cheryl Newton
My Location
Glastonbury CT 06033
United States
How SCORE Helped

Over the last two years I have been blessed with the advice, friendship and support of my SCORE mentors. Mark and Jim continued to be my primary mentors but there were dozens of other specialists brought in to assist me with everything from business planning, to sales planning and execution, to putting together a marketing plan and then assisting me to find the right tools to reach my target audience to planning and executing a public relations plan. I found SCORE specialists in every functional area there to support me under the umbrella of my two main mentors who have helped me double my business the last two years.

I am a woman wearing many hats. I am a wife. I am a mother. I am the owner operator of a growing architecture firm in Connecticut. I am often asked how I have been able to grow what is often a one person show as chief cook and bottle washer. I tell them about SCORE. I tell them that on my team is an army of experienced people who volunteer their time and who have been there and done that and help me discover the right ways to grow my business and grow it profitably. 

Among the team of SCORE volunteers who I have worked with over the years, included David LaBeau who had retired from SLAM, the largest firm in the area, a firm I had worked for and a man I had great respect for.  There was Jim Cirilli, a sales executive who gave me the courage to go for it, who taught me the power of positive thinking. Through this power of positive thinking, a lesson he was teaching me while he battled against the terrible cancer, I have exceeded the goals established in my strategic plan. Jim and David are now gone but their learnings stay with me every day.

I am still growing and I am still relying upon Mark and the Greater Hartford Score team, my army of specialists I can call upon during my time of need. I am still out there telling the world about SCORE. It’s the best compliment I can give. 

William Goodspeed

William Goodspeed

Current City: Falmouth, ME

Extensive experience with family owned business as general manager in following industries:

-building products

-timber

-energy

-biotech/food safety

-food (retail, convenience, manufacturing)

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Education

<p> J.D. University of Michigan</p> <p> B.A. (History) Dartmouth College</p>

John Richeson

John Richeson SCORE Mentor

John Richeson

Current City: Chula Vista, CA

Project Management and Process Improvement.  John retired from San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) in 2013 after 17 years of managing Fleet data systems for the company, and he and his wife now operate a part-time home-based business in Chula Vista, California.  Prior to joining SDG&E, John was a transportation consultant and software developer in Arizona for 4 years, served as an Assistant General Manager of the Los Angeles transit system for 10 years, and managed transportation infrastructure projects in Miami, Florida for 8 1/2 years.  He started his career with 4 years of experience as a Management Analyst for the City and County of Denver after receiving his Masters degree from the University of Denver. Throughout his career as a manager with large public and private corporations, and as the owner of 3 separate start-up businesses, John's specialty has been developing custom software applications (Fortan, PowerBasic, Visual Basic, VBA, SQL, JS and HTML/CSS) for managing projects and optimizing processes for his employers and clients.

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Education

M.A. - University of Denver

B.A. - Phillips University

Tom Ballantine

Tom Ballantine

Current City: Mandeville, LA
Chapter: Northshore SCORE

Mentoring Skills: Business Finance & Accounting, Business Operations, Government Regulations, Non-Profit Areas of Interest: Administration, Leadership, Marketing Industry Experience: Construction, Industrials and Utilities, Environmental Services, Technology and Web-Based Services, Waste Management Professional Experience: 38 years in oil field service and related businesses, marine , engineering, environmental, construction, military service in the Navy , currently Professional Photographer  : Executive....Retired President and Chief Operating Officer of a $700 million New York Stock Exchange Company

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Education

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Georgia Tech - MSEM Engineering Mechanics - 1967 US Naval Academt BSME _ 1967 Harvard Graduate Business School - 1980</p>

Air Quality Control Environmental in Coral Springs

Owner/Founder
Al Dexter
My Location
3640 NW 118th Ave
Coral Springs FL 33065
United States
Revenue
800000
Employees
12
Year Company Formed
1991
How SCORE Helped
 

BY JULIE LANDRY LAVIOLETTE
Special to the Miami Herald

​ In 1991, two weeks after Al Dexter moved his wife and four kids to South Florida, he was laid off from his job. So Dexter, then 49, started working with a man cleaning air ducts — not for pay, but to learn the business. A couple of months later, Dexter saw an opportunity: The man was moving back to New York. Dexter took out a loan to buy equipment and a cargo van with 400,000 miles on it, and started an air-duct cleaning business out of his garage.

Today, Air Quality Control Environmental in Coral Springs has 12 core employees, four service vehicles and a crew of part-time workers. Dexter, 73, has grown Air Quality into a family business, with son, Mike, and daughter, Kelly, as co-owners.

AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF:  IN THE FAMILY: Al Dexter, at center, founded Air Quality Control Environmental Inc. nearly 25 years ago. Now he and two of his children, Mike Dexter and Kelly Dexter, are also co-owners of the business. The addition of Mike and Kelly have re-energized the business: Sales climbed to $800,000 in 2013, and sales calls grew from one or two a day to six or more a day. But while Air Quality has seen sales growth, Al Dexter feels the company doesn’t have the operational infrastructure to accommodate it and enhance its growth potential. Air Quality asked the Miami Herald for a Small Business Makeover.

The Herald brought in Broward SCORE, a nonprofit with volunteer counselors from the business community that mentor small business owners. The SCORE tune-up team included David Harris, director of marketing, Greenway Golf Course Management, whose expertise is in operational management, fiscal controls and marketing; Michael Bauer, director of accounting, American Traveler, whose expertise is in strategic planning, budgeting and operations; and Chip Ellis, president of the International Association of U.S. Government Contractors, whose expertise is coaching small business owners how to succeed at selling products.

AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF:  IN THE FAMILY: Al Dexter, at center, founded Air Quality Control Environmental Inc. nearly 25 years ago. Now he and two of his children, Mike Dexter and Kelly Dexter, are also co-owners of the business.

 

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Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/04/06/v-print/4040722/small-business-makeover-air-quality.html#storylink=cpy

See article online at http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/04/06/4040722/small-business-makeover-air-quality.html

             

Score's D. Harris                           Score's C. Ellis                                        Score's M. Bauer

Allen Budnick

Allen Budnick

Current City: Aiken, SC

Education in engineering with BS chemical engineering and MS mechanical engineering. Completed 27 military service in US Navy nuclear submarines and naval reserve.   Retired as Navy Captain.   Worked in civilian utility business for 25+ years in nuclear operations and construction.  Was plant manager of nuclear  facility and project manager for numerous major capital projects in civil, electrical, and mechanical fields.  Provided consultant services for 10+ years to companies erecting natural gas and solar (CSP / PV) electrical facilities.

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Education

<p>
BS Chemical Engineering &nbsp;Purdue University</p>

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MS Mechanical Engineering &nbsp;University of Connecticut</p>

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Certifications in Business from Milliiken University</p>

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Certifications in Quality Assurance / Quality Control</p>

James Greear

Consultant, speaker, author, minister, from startup to turnaround

James Greear

Current City: Ormond Beach, FL

Jim has extensive international experience in serial entrepreneurship and leadership with more than 30 years in senior management developing strategies, planning and tactical execution. Jim also provides start-up to turn-around and management consulting that provides strategic and creative direction on projects and executive oversight to clients ranging from consumer products and government agencies, to real estate/construction to retail, manufacturing and distribution as well as nonprofit organizations and has benefited hundreds of private and public sector clients.

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Education

<p>
I studied a little...</p>

Linda Pickwick

Linda Pickwick

Current City: The Villages, FL

I specialize in helping companies grow their businesses, acquire and retain customers and improve margins.

Personnel and leadership development; how to hire, train, and develop customer-focused employees.

Expertise in problem solving, dealing with difficult customers and employees.

Additional skills include sales force development and sales management, compelling compensation, creative thinking, and behavioral event interviewing.

20 years experience in creating and delivering interactive seminars, face-to-face and on-line.

Former Director National Accounts, Ryder/P-I-E Nationwide; Group VP Sales, Sherwin-Williams Transportation Services;  President, Top Line Specialists, Inc.

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Education

BA Social Sciences;  MBA Business Generalist

Gerald W Scholand

Gerald W Scholand

Current City: Homer, AK
Chapter: Alaska SCORE

I attended undergraduate school on an NROTC scholarship and entered the Navy immediately after college.  I was in the nuclear submarine program from 1963 until 1970 serving on the USS Triton (SSN-586).I also taught nuclear power technology and inertial navigation.  Upon leaving active duty, I started working for Westinghouse Electric Corporation in the nuclear power business unit.  Over 25 years i progressed through a series of professional and managerial positions.  Highlights include managing the multimillion dollar nuclear training division and creating a joint venture for nuclear power plant instrumentation in Ukraine which still operates today. 

Upon leaving Westinghouse in 1994, I started a business and personnel management consulting business which I ran for seven years.  After retirement from consulting, my wife and I purchased a tourism lodging business in Alaska which we still operate today.

Volunteer activities include President of the Alaska B&B Association, member of the Alaska Tourism Association Board of Directors, parish lay leader.

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Education

<p> Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI 1963</p> <p> Master of Business, George Washington University, Washington, DC 1970</p>

Peter MacFarland

Peter MacFarland

Current City: Collegeville, PA
Chapter: Pottstown SCORE

General management in the food service equipment industry with emphasis on sales & marketing, and manufacturing strategy.

market share, profit margin strategy, competitive advantages, manufacturing cost efficiencies.

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Education

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Assumption College, Worcester, MA majored in Political Science&lt;/p&gt;

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