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Dr. Alan Roy Millner

Alan Millner

Dr. Alan Roy Millner

Current City: Lexington, MA
Chapter: Boston SCORE

Alan Millner is an electrical engineer, with experience in power electronics, solar energy systems, electric vehicles, and medical devices. His business experience includes small business startup and sale, product development, and product strategy. He earned his BSEE, MSEE, and PhD from MIT. After working at MIT Lincoln Laboratory on spacecraft and solar energy systems, he co-founded a solar system company in 1979. After sale of the company, he left it in 1985 to serve as an engineering manager in a series of small and medium sized businesses, which included both industrial power electronics and medical devices. In 2009 he returned to MIT Lincoln Lab where he now works part time as energy systems technical staff.



BSEE, MSEE, and PhS in Electrical Engineering from MIT.</p>

Dr. Sharon Nunes

Dr. Sharon Nunes

Current City: East Falmouth, MA
Chapter: Cape Cod SCORE

Several years experience in Global Entrepreneur Weekends as coach and mentor to new start-ups. Significant experience in business strategy, marketing and communications, business partner relationships during twenty-eight year career in global technology company, including starting two new businesses. Work experience includes technologies for water management & alternative energy; research and development of new products and software solutions. 

1) Created new business opportunities by developing the technology and business partnerships to deliver compelling solutions to customers.

2) Led Emerging Technologies program, including stage-gate program for evaluating potential projects.

3) Started Green Innovations program that became cornerstone of new business growth involving water management and alternative energy

4) Experienced mentor to new employees while working and volunteer mentor to entrepreneurs both internally and external to business.





PhD Materials Science &amp; Engineering, University of Connecticut

BS Chemistry, UMass Dartmouth


Lowell Humphrey

Lowell Humphrey

Current City: Anchorage, AK
Chapter: Alaska SCORE



  • Provided business management coaching to companies’ senior management and owners. 
  • Assisted owners in representation, presentation and negotiation of selling process when their decision is to sell their companies.
  • Consultant to Qivliq, LLC; a holding company wholly-owned by NANA Development Corporation other NANA companies.


  • Chief Executive Officer and principle of TKC Communications LLC.  Established the company with two other principles in July 2000.  The company grew from start-up to $50 million revenue in fiscal year 2003.
  • Provided management and business consulting for client companies and individuals in Alaska.
  • As General Manager of Kanas Telecom, directed all activities of corporation.  History with the corporation included role as facilitator for the formation of the corporation in April 1996 and then transcending from part-time consultant role to full time employment as the General Manager. 
  • As Airport Director, senior manager for all activities at Anchorage International Airport. Accountability included the marketing, financial results, operations, environmental, engineering, planning, police, fire fighting and administration of the 4500 acre complex of the commercial and general aviation facilities.
  • Directed the entire complement of transportation support provided by the State of Alaska for the Central Region.
  • Established and functioned as Chief Executive Officer for a progressive multi-million dollar computer contract services corporation. Started corporation from an idea and grew it to $10 million per  year company that employed over one hundred professional staff members.
  • Vice President of a multi-million dollar per year communications equipment distributor and Services Company.
  • Managed and directed total compliment of computer services for Alyeska Pipeline, the largest construction project ever completed by private industry.
  • Held progressively more responsible management positions within Sohio.  Positions were in project management, computer operations, computer process control and operations research.  These positions provided management direction to accomplish support for more than ten different departments within the corporation.




Stanford Executive Program

Graduate School of Business, Stanford University

BA Mathematics, University of Toledo

Boris Krepak

Boris Krepak

Current City: Stamford, CT

I like mentoring clients who want to startup a new venture or grow and expand their current business. Being exposed for many years to managing and running the various engineering projects, gave me an opportunity to grasp the details of how to perform the daily work tasks properly and bring the projects to successful completion.

I am happy to help clients in the long and short-term planning and managing their business, as well as resolving, if applicable, some challenges related to mechanical/electrical engineering and construction aspects of the business ventures.

Based on my experience of running the small engineering firm for 10 years, I am also happy to share the intricacies of marketing techniques that had proved to be successful in the small business environment.       



I have graduated with a master degree in electrical engineering from Novosibirsk Electrotechnical Institute, Russia.

I am a licensed Professional Engineer in State of Connecticut and LEED Accredited Professional.

I had completed required continued education courses in engineering, project management and business administration.  

Document and Plan Solutions, LLC

Problem: Architectural and interior design firms have on-going needs for people who can provide reliable working plans for their projects, but the ancillary costs of vacation time, health care, liability insurance and other overhead costs often make the hiring of full-time employees cost-prohibitive.

Challenge: To find a way to get project plans drawn up in a timely and cost-effective way. 

Solution: To provide plan and document services to architectural and interior design firms as an independent contractor, which eliminates the costs associated with hiring full-time employees. 

Christian Bauerecker
My Successes

Projects: Christian’s current workload is primarily with senior development communities, specializing in the design of common areas, kitchens and dining facilities. 

The Future:  Mr. Bauerecker’s longer-range goals include expanding his services to a wider variety of architectural and interior design firms. At some point in the near future, Christian hopes to use his past experience to move into actual construction management of the projects on which he has worked. With his growing business, he feels that he will soon need to take on a contract vendor or a full-time employee.

What's Great About My Mentor?

“Wally Freier is a valued mentor because of his in-depth knowledge in marketing and sales.” - Christian Bauerecker, Owner.

How SCORE Helped

In the days after separating from his employer, Christian spoke with a counselor at a Dislocated Workers Program in St. Paul. Through this contact, Christian became even more convinced that he had made the right decision…the one that best suited his background and goals in life. During those discussions, his counselor mentioned SCORE. Christian did some investigating and learned about the seminars that St. Paul SCORE provides to people who want to start a business. He enrolled. After attending several of the seminars, he decided that individual mentoring would be to his benefit so he filled out the application for free mentoring. Wally Freier, a volunteer in the St. Paul Chapter, was assigned as his mentor. 

See the PDF File for this Success Story.

Richard S. Smith

Richard S. Smith

Current City: Weaverville, NC
Chapter: Asheville SCORE

1. Manufacturing & service industry "hands on" business and financial guy

2. Seasoned pro who can convey complex concepts in simple terms as a businessman, not just as a "bean counter"

3. 13 years experience with large firms (Swift/ConAgra, Nabisco, Kraft, BASF) and 25 years with small companies, many as a part owner/operator & consultant struggling to make payroll

4. CFO

5. Full Quick Books, strategic planning, g/l, standard & job costing, tax, banking, private equity fund raising ($2M+ for 1 client), projections, M & A, financial analysis, business valuations, cash flow management

6. Served on several boards

7. Taught Corporate Finance (UNCW) and Strategy & Planning (Campbell University)



BA in Economics (Johns Hopkins)

MBA in Finance (University of Chicago)

Certified Management Accountant (CMA)



          I’m confused about the rules for paying employees overtime. Can you explain them to me? 

         Should you be paying overtime to your employees? The answer is: it depends.

          Under the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employers are required to pay overtime to most hourly employees who work more than 40 hours a week for businesses that take in more than $500,000 a year in revenue.

About the Author

          This column is brought to you by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE, with nearly 70 current and former business executives available to provide free, confidential, one-on-one business mentoring and training workshops for area businesses. Call 603-666-7561 or visit for information on mentoring, upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities. SCORE is a national, non-profit organization and a resource partner of the U. S. Small Business Administration. 

Steve R. Smith

Steve R. Smith

Current City: Westport, CT

40+ years with IBM in sales and sales management, marketing and product development



MS Business, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio  1971

MBA The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio  1972

International Business Management, Cal. Berkeley, 1986

Global Leadership Program, University of Michigan, 1990


Gregory Schwarz

Gregory Schwarz

Current City: Jamesville, NY
Chapter: Syracuse SCORE

Retail, wholesale, recreation/travel, manufacturing. Textiles, sewn goods manufacturing. Product design, manufacturing and distribution.


Ron Huntsberger

Ron Huntsberger

Current City: Rutherfordton, NC
Chapter: Western NC SCORE

Project Management Institute (PMI) certified Project Management Professional (PMP) experienced in managing diverse engineering groups with over 350 headcount and over $150M budget for Fortune 500 corporations. Managed full project life cycle from initial requirements analysis to include develop Statement of Work (SOW), negotiate project schedule and deliverables with project sponsors and shareholders through project implementation to final project close out while meeting financial (P&L) objectives. Experience with Requests for Information (RFIs) and Requests for Proposal (RFPs) preparation including vendor selection and contract negotiations.  Experience integrating ‘high performance teams’ lead by Project Managers supported by ‘skill centers of technical expertise’. Create training, mentoring and retention programs for high performance employees.  

Principal and co-founder of start-up company Advanced Network Designs, Inc. (AND). AND was a subcontractor to Digital Equipment Corporation (Digital) on the U.S. Navy's PC LAN contract.  Successfully took AND from startup to over $3M annual revenue in systems engineering, integration and installation (SEII) services of multi-vendor products for voice, data and video products services from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. 



<span><span>Bachelor of Science (B.S.) &nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="">University of Central Florida</a><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Orlando, FL</span></span></p>


<span>Engineering<span>&nbsp;management certificate&nbsp;</span><a href="">University of California &ndash; Los Angeles</a><span>&nbsp;(UCLA)&nbsp;&nbsp; Los Angeles, CA</span></span></p>

<span>P<a href="">roject management certificate</a>&nbsp;<a href="">George Washington University</a><span>&nbsp;</span></span></p>

<span><a href="">Project Management Institute</a><span>&nbsp;certified&nbsp;</span><strong>Project Management Professional (PMP)</strong></span></p>

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