Blue Ridge, GA
Counselors to America's Small Business
20 years of start up and turn around experience in intrapreneurial ventures with Cox Enterprises, primarily in the electronic publishing and e-commerce areas. Telecommunications engineer in early career. Started up a small beer brewery in 2013.
Twenty-five years as a country club manager plus eight years as a purchasing agent in country clubs. During the Annual Awards Luncheon (Palm Beach SCORE) on May 8, 2015, a client of mine was presented with $5,000 for being Entrepreneur of the Year. Second and third place winners were awarded $1,000 each. Over 100 other clients were considered. Another mentor, Bruce Chips, and I provided assistance to the winning client over the last 2 years.
Bachelor of Science, Hospitality Management, Florida State University
Plenty of management experience to share. SCORE certified email mentor for over 5 years. CEO / Owner / Managing Broker, Licensed Real Estate Broker, Corporate Managing Broker, Managed an office of sales personnel (ranging from 10-20 agents). Licensed real estate agent, 1978 to 1992, licensed California Real Estate Broker since 1992 to present. Military Veteran, served in U.S. Coast Guard for 24+ years. Represented Wells Fargo, Bank of America and Commerce Security Bank in the evaluation, sale prep, marketing, negotiations of Bank owned ( REO ) property. Managed a Commercial Property ( PUD ) consisting of 12 buildings with parking lots and landscaping and over 106 tenants. Member Board of Directors, for Northern Solano Association of Realtors. Served as Association Advocate and on Multiple Listing Service Committee for same Association. Served on North Bay Regional Multiple Listing Service Committee and on Procurement/Upgrade Committee for selecting and overseeing upgrade of equipment and software for the Multiple Listing Service. Member Board of Directors of Medium sized Homeowners Association. Implemented Rules and Regulation Enforcement plan including continuous training program for monitors. Drafted the Rules and Regulations for the Homeowners Association including a Hurricane Plan. Served in U.S. Coast Guard from Seaman Recruit thru Chief Petty Officer and concluded as a Lieutenant Commander. Managed large operating budgets ($35,000,000+ annually)for all ships, stations and aircraft including fuel. Chief of Maritime Operations for the Pacific; Commanding Officer Surface Effect Ship Division, Key West; Supervisor of Operations Center/Rescue Coordination Center for the Pacific Ocean; Assistant Chief of Search & Rescue for Northern CA & Nevada.
<p> California Bureau of Real Estate required Real Estate Courses and Exam to be licensed as Managing Broker and Property Manager. Over 1,000 hours of continuing education in Real Estate Brokerage, Finance, Management and Law. Associate Degree, New York State University Numerous courses in U.S. Coast Guard covering time critical risk management decision making. Included such training as Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue Coordination for Senior Officers.</p>
Retired from IBM as an Executive Project Manager focusing on new business development and existing large projects. I have experience in consulting, accounting, marketing, proposal development, project planning, quality assurance, and project execution for a variety of businesses. These businesses include: B2B, B2C, Consumer Finance, EFT, and Check Processing,
BS Accounting, University of Colorado
Experienced management consultant and industry manager with proven success in facilitating organizations in the development and implementation of strategic and tactical plans to improve performance. Provided C-level team facilitation, training, and organizational design to clients across industries. Ability to understand business value propositions, identify competitive issues, financial risks, and develop profit-enhancing and performance-improving programs. Personable network builder with ability to manage multiple roles and responsibilities. Trainer, mentor, and coach. Consulting experience includes energy, manufacturing/distribution, education, healthcare, technology, utility, government and service industries. Industry experience includes Ford Motor and Honeywell, progressing to management from industrial engineering through corporate productivity improvement / strategic planning.
PREVIOUS AFFILIATIONS • Guest Lecturer, Columbia University Graduate School, University of Wisconsin, NDSU • Trainer and Senior Examiner for Minnesota Quality Award • Judge for USA Today/IT Quality Cup • Examiner for Baldridge National Quality Program • Examiner for Florida Sterling Award • Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP) – National Award selection committee • APICS – Certified in Integrated Resource Management (CIRM) • ISO 9000 – Certified Lead Assessor • Registered Professional Engineer • Board of Directors, Helping Paws • Board of Directors, Minneapolis Community Emergency Service • Scoutmaster • National Award Committee, Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP); Chairman Benchmarking Group, Strategic Leadership Forum; Founding Chairman of Customer Relationship Management Association
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, Minneapolis, Minnesota – MS, Strategic Business Management and IT UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, Minneapolis, Minnesota – Bachelor of Science, Engineering.
Retired Vice President of Electronic Data Systems. Experience in managing large operations internationally and in the United States. Experienced in Federal and State and Local Government markets as well as in the information technology, health care, manufacturing, and finance industries. Served on various boards and was Chairman of the Board for the Virginia Center for Innovative Technology.
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Master of Science in Engineering Administration.</p>
Pro bono small business mentor with an expertise in apparel manufacturing, distribution, sales and retailing. Counsels clients from product conception all along the marketing route to customer delivery -- this includes identifying current fashion trends; design and manufacturing; time line management; competitive positioning; global brand development; import and export; financial analysis and marketing. Goal is face-to-face counseling for clients in Metropolitan New York, leading to a successful business -- here and around the world
Owner, operator of retail and wholesale outlets specializing in paint, wallpaper, window treatments and other decorating products. Also manufacturer of nationally distributed hand-printed wall coverings. Served as Chair of local YM-YWHA, Merchants Association, Environmental Education Museum and Educational Center.
Graduate Brooklyn Technical High School
BBA Adelphi College
MS in Retailing NYU
Jeannette Watling-Mills joined SCORE in 2007. She has lived full time in Sarasota for over 30 years. She has a BFA in Interior Design from UNC-G and worked as a designer in NYC and Miami and Sanibel Island before moving to Sarasota. She is currently owner of Bob’s Window Cleaning of Florida, Inc., the largest window cleaning company between St. Petersburg and Ft. Myers. She has also owned a mortgage brokerage, a drapery franchise and an interior design business. She has worked as a concert promoter and in advertising sales.
On the non-profit side, Jeannette has served as chairman of Manasota SCORE, providing mentoring and advice to small businesses. She also has served as President of the Woman’s Exchange, a consignment shop doing well over $1 million in annual sales and has been active with many other non-profits in Sarasota, including the Selby Library (past President) , Sarasota Women’s Alliance, and Gulf to Bay Decorative Artists. She is a mentor in Big Brothers/Big Sisters. She also owns and manages several rental properties.
Jeannette’s leisure interests range from theatre to kayaking and painting to golf. She has been interested in cohousing for a number of years and feels that this is the way Boomers will choose to age in place.
BFA- University of North Carolina at Greensboro in interior design</p>