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Dr. Shashi K. Shah

Dr. Shashi K. Shah

Current City: New Cannaan, CT

Expert in writing business plans, and logistics. Very Knowledgeable in business systems. As a consultant, I have assisted members of corporate boards in their committee work, and provided input to management on corporate development, training and assessment and divisional restructuring projects. Also worked confidentially with an investment-banking firm in New York, scouting and evaluating small and medium size businesses for merger and acquisition considerations by their clientele.  

From 1973 to 1976, CEO/Director of a small national public company disseminating marketing information to the traveling public.  Streamlined the company's branch and HQ operations, and computerized accounting and administrative functions which resulted in reduced costs and improved efficiency by more than 30 per cent. I motivated national sales force of over 100 people, helped increase their productivity by providing sales leads, training, and incentives.  Also introduced Research tools to improve overall profitability. 

While a partner in a consulting firm, developed management contacts for projects involving corporate planning, logistics, and organizational development.  Also helped clients customize their training programs for middle-level managers.

As senior systems analyst at Lever Brothers, New York, developed synthetic rates and evaluated optimality of corporate distribution networks.  These efforts resulted in annual savings in excess of $1.0 million.  Also participated in developing training programs for managers overseas.

Among other jobs, supervised analysis of corporate statistics and preparation of management reports at Columbia Records; analyzed clerical work for its conversion to computer operations, and forecast product needs at strategic locations for McGraw-Hill.

For the past forty years, I have taught business courses including entrepreneurship and management of start-ups, management, business policy & strategy etc. at U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, St. John's University, Rutgers University, Hofstra University, Baruch College, etc. With the support of department head at USMMA, raised more than $800,000 for e-classroom and computer labs for training students to participate in cyber defense competition sponsored by the NSA. I worked with New York metro area computer scientists and cyber security experts to train our midshipmen to bring championship trophy home in 2004. Presented papers at national and international conferences and published articles in professional journals. 

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Education

Ph.D. in business (1986) from the City University of New York, MBA (1979) from New York University, MA and BS from Brigham Young University. 

Jack Kravitz

Jack Kravitz

Current City: Hubbard, OH
Chapter: Youngstown SCORE

After college, I had a Private Practice of Law in Youngstown, Ohio. I then worked for the Ohio Attorney General in Columbus as a Federal Litigator representing the Ohio Correctional System.

In 1984 I took over my family business in Youngstown Ohio, Kravitz Delicatessen. I still run Kravitz Delicatessen and also started Kravitz Bagels full time.

I also teach Business Law at National College and volunteer with SCORE.

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Education

BA Political Science Ohio State University<br /> JD Case Western Reserve University

George R Hemond

George R Hemond

Current City: North Smithfield, RI
Chapter: Rhode Island

Principal - KIS Management Services, Retired as Assistant Vice President of FM Global in 2007. Corporate Office liasion Underwriting Officer to its Western and International Divisions. Served as Interim CFO/COO of a small non-profit organization in 2009/10. Certified Instructor of: Business Risk Management, Commercial Property Insurance and Insurance Laws & Regulations.

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Education

  • ASEE - Roger Williams University
  • BSIE - Roger Williams University
  • MBA - Norwich University (concentrations in Operations and Financial Management)

Norman Brown

Norman Brown

Current City: Las Vegas, NV
Chapter: Dallas SCORE

Norm Brown combines a business and legal education with extensive experience in everything from large corporations to tiny start-ups; his last position before joining SCORE was VP Technology Commercialization for a Fortune-500 defense contractor.  A patented inventor and former Angel Investor, Brown focuses on New Products, New Businesses, and Intellectual Property.  He's adept at building winning relationships via Development & Co-Marketing Agreements, Technology Licenses, Strategic Partnerships, and other complex agreements.  He managed an incubator ranked #3 in America by the National Science Foundation in the percentage of new companies created around NSF-funded technologies.  He has served on a number of start-up company boards, and he has supported the launching of over 30 companies based on licensed or transferred technologies.

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George Washington University &mdash;</p>

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Masters, International Relations</p>

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Doctorate, Business Management</p>

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Georgetown University &mdash;</p>

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Juris Doctor</p>

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Bonnie Copeland

Bonnie Copeland

Current City: Costa Mesa, CA

Business plans, start up, finance, financing, financial projections, cash flow, budgeting, intellectual property, troubled business turn around, retail, sales, manufacturing, entertainment, insurance, environmental industry and non-profits. I began my business career with a startup retail ski shop. I built it to $1 million in sales as the ski industry boomed. When my daughter was born I sold the ski business and became a stay-at-home mom entrepreneur, selling custom portraits of children and pets through mail order and specialty shops (that's yesterday's equivalent of an internet business). I sold the portrait business after five years and entered the University of Pittsburgh M.B.A. program, majoring in Accounting and Finance. I graduated Magna cum Laude and I worked as Assistant Controller and Systems Analyst for a large industrial foundry and rolling mill in Eastern Ohio. Two very cold winters later I moved to Southern California to be Project Financial Analyst and Internal Auditor at Hughes Aircraft. I moved to Disney to manage the financial affairs for several divisions at the park as well as the construction of Thunder Mountain Railroad. I left Disney to work as a Special Projects Consultant for Shell Oil, then spent 11-1/2 years at Digital Equipment Corporation. At DEC I worked directly with the Western Vice President of Sales, managing the budgeting, reporting, and awards programs for a 300 person sales force. I also served as executive partner to several aerospace and banking companies, wrote the strategic plan for a new $50 million venture, served as national training manager for the Finance and Accounting organization, and as training liaison between Finance and Accounting and the sales group. In 1992 I took early retirement and became a SCORE volunteer. Currently, I work part-time doing marketing, accounting, and financial planning for a small family owned firm. I also consult periodically with the Cal State Fullerton School of Business Entrepreneurship program and run three small businesses: consulting for several former employers, art beading and freelance writing

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Education

BA, University of Pittsburgh, Cum Laude -- Studio Art Major, Theater and dance minor MBA, University of Pittsburgh, Magna Cum Laude, Finance and Accounting. 5 time winner,&nbsp;Chapter Cyber Counselor of the Year Award. Over 20 years as a SCORE mentor.</p>

Dr. Robert L Dean

Dr. Robert L Dean

Current City: Onalaska, WI

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Education

Ph.d. in Policy Research, Planning, & Analysis

MBA in Finance

BBA in Management & Finance

Philip Greene

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Philip Greene

Current City: New Rochelle, NY

Expert in Business Start ups, Buying and Selling a Business, related Business Valuation, Business Plans, Business Legal Forms, Obtaining Financing.  Specialize in Restaurants, Retail, Medical Services, Manufacturing and Natural Resources.  1965 to 2003 W.R.Grace & Co. Corporate Vice President of Finance. For last 25 years negotiated worldwide acquisitions and divestment's of various businesses ranging from $25 million to over $1 billion. Coordinated due diligence, both in house and third party, including work of independent accountants, investment bankers and attorneys. Negotiated financial and purchase price sections of relevant agreements and reviewed other documents. Resolved all post closing purchase price adjustments and business issues. Worked closely with investment bankers in achieving corporate value objectives.  Director of Internal Audit for two years.  Prior to 1980 was responsible for both internal and external world wide financial reporting. Corporate business plan and financing initiator. Start up business initiator. 1960 to 1965 PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLC. CPA

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Education

Columbia University Graduate School of Business. MS degree in Accounting. University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business. BS in Marketing

Dr. Flynn L Auchey Sr.

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Dr. Flynn L Auchey Sr.

Chapter: Roanoke SCORE

I am a semi-retired professor of Building Construction. I have licenses and have practiced as an Architect (RA), Professional Engineer (PE), Class A contractor (GC _ A), a real Estate Broker and am a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). I teach project management as well as Real Estate Development courses on line globally. I travel extensively and reside in Miami Beach 33139, over the winter months. I would enjoy working with an upstart company entrepreneur on a one to one basis. I have made enough mistakes in my lifetime so I know I could be of some assistance.

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Bo AE, M of AE Dr. Construction Management</p>

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