Carina Whitham, Founder and President of the top Renewable Energy Executive Search Firm, Whitham Group, first approached SCORE about five years ago when she was just launching her company.
She discovered SCORE through an internet search for mentors. Carina said she was somewhat skeptical when she saw SCORE’s counseling was free. "I wondered if this will help me and would they have "A" players as consultants if there were no charge," she said. "I was pleasantly surprised as the counselors are informative and experienced."
"When I first met with Richard, he had me construct a business plan and a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis," she said. "He really made me do my homework."
As her company expanded, she continued to meet with Richard to discuss growth strategies. Today, she's very proud to say that Whitham Group has experienced phenomenal growth, has a staff of eight, and is extremely successful. "Now when I meet Richard, he tells me how he always knew I was going to make it," she said.
Business Analytics • Risk Management • Project Management• Leadership • Global Experience
MS Candidate in Business Analytics and Project Management. Take part in leading role in students’ activities and consulting project engagements. Analytical, entrepreneurial and problem solving. Strong Interest in the field of Analytics, Consulting and E-Commerce. Looking for an internship in summer 2015.
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University of Connecticut School of Business Hartford, CT
Master of Science in Business Analytics and Project Management, GPA 4.1 . Expected May 2016
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The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) Hong Kong
Bachelor of Science in Risk Management and Business Intelligence (RMBI), GPA 3.2/4.0 2014
Risk Management Concentration, Minor in Mathematics
Capstone Project --- Topic: Customer Insights In Insurance Business Using Social Network Analysis
Developed a data-driven model to match insurance customers with agents using Facebook data
Result: Outperformed the benchmark by 20%
Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics Netherlands
An accomplished speaker, mastermind professional, business coach, life coach, ministry coach, golf coach, and entrepreneur and business trainer. Over 35 years’ in retail management in such industries such as lumber, automotive and consumer goods in big box stores such as Walmart. His passion is assisting business owners, entrepreneurs, and ministers in developing, implementing and achieving their goals. Dennis also mentors professional referral and networking groups, coaches for personal growth and development, coaches businesses on increasing referrals, relationship development, ministry development and growth, and behavioral style coaching on interpersonal relationships. Also, a pretty good golfer!
A friend and I are considering becoming partners in purchasing an existing, somewhat successful hobby shop. I’ve known him a long time, but we’ve never been in business together. What is your opinion of partnerships?
The partnership has been the foundation for millions of successful small businesses. Unfortunately, it has also been the source for innumerable disputes, arguments, irreparable relationships and lawsuits, all of which exacted economic and personal costs on the people involved.
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State University of New York at Buffalo BS Business Administration
I enjoy mentoring and advising clients who are in business and want to grow and expand. I am an actuary by profession, with over 30 years of consulting and management experience at a global management consulting firm. In addition to being a client relationship manager for a wide range of clients, I also had profit and loss responsibility for various global lines of business and ultimately served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for the firm, which had $1.5 billion in revenue. I have strong problem solving, analytical and financial skills that can be applied to a range of businesses. My particular areas of expertise include consulting, business planning and strategy, financial planning and budgets, human resources, client relationship management and buying/selling businesses. Industry expertise includes consulting and business services. Outside of business, I am an avid skier and enjoy travel, reading and playing golf.