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Dr. Jeffrey W von Freymann

Dr. Jeffrey W von Freymann

Current City: Mount Pleasant, SC

Over 40 years practitioner experience in marketing, communications, and management working in/with 100s profit and non-profit organizations from start ups to ongoing concerns, small to large (but mostly small).  Last 15 years as a college professor in marketing and management at the undergrad and graduate levels.

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<p> Doctorate in Business Administration (University of Sarasota, FL), MBA in marketing (Babson College, MA), BA in English (Stonehill College, North Easton, MA).</p>

Magic Memories, Phoenixville, PA

Owner/Founder
Neydary Zambrano
Year Company Formed
2006
How SCORE Helped
Neydary Zambrano, Owner of Magic Memories


 

Magic Memories Child Development Center had been in business for 19 years when Neydary Zambrano acquired it in 2006. In the nine years since then, Magic Memories has seen truly impressive growth and improvement.  As a Keystone STARS program, Magic Memories receives a rating based on the STARS criteria:  Standards, Training/Professional Development, Assistance, Resources, and Support.  An initiative of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning in Pennsylvania, the Keystone STARS performance standards provide the foundation for participating programs.  With possible ratings of STAR 1, STAR 2, STAR 3, and STAR 4, Magic Memories has jumped from being a STAR 1 program to a STAR 4 program since Zambrano purchased it.  She has grown the business by over 30 percent, increased staffing from 16 to 46 employees, and added a Kindergarten Enrichment Program.  Magic Memories has a current enrollment of 96 children from six weeks old through fifth grade, with before- as well as after-school care for school age children, and 240 children as part of their collaboration with the Phoenixville School District to provide Kindergarten Enrichment for their full time students.  In addition, the Center offers a summer camp for children ages 3 through 10.

 

It’s clear that what sets Magic Memories apart and makes it such an outstanding facility is its focus on quality assurance, which is Zambrano’s top priority.  She considers excellence in staffing to be the key to the quality improvement she has achieved at Magic Memories.  Under her ownership, each staff member has a degree in early childhood development, with a ratio of one lead preschool teacher per 10 children.  Magic Memories’ mission is to provide children with a loving, caring and stimulating environment.  It strives to provide not only a safe and healthy environment, but one which nurtures each child’s self-esteem and social development, and it teaches a value system of respect, courtesy and love.  Child-centered learning is focused on each child’s needs, abilities, interests and learning styles, which encourages each child to have a role in determining the learning process.  Magic Memories’ ultimate goal is to provide a strong foundation for children to achieve their highest level of cognitive, physical, social and emotional development.

 

Zambrano came to Magic Memories with a wealth of experience.  She holds a Law degree from Venezuela, a Masters of Law Degree from Temple University, and a Certificate in Executive Leadership from Bryn Mawr College.  Prior to her acquisition of Magic Memories, where she now serves as president, she managed the Chester County Healthy Start Program, which specializes in children's health and development.  Her background, together with her obvious love of children and passion for the field of early child development, has clearly helped her to make Magic Memories the success that it is today.  Despite Magic Memories’ remarkable growth and success, Zambrano is constantly looking to the future and exploring ways to expand and improve even further.

 

Zambrano first met with SCORE when she was considering acquiring Magic Memories.  She credits Score counselors Robert Wingerter and Randy Hove with providing both guidance and perspective throughout the process.  Since she was raised in a different country, SCORE’s guidance was particularly valuable in helping her to understand the culture of business in the United States.  In 2011, Zambrano met with SCORE counselors again to evaluate options for expanding Magic Memories’ facilities, using the SCORE financial model to assist in her decision.  At that time, Magic Memories underwent a renovation and expansion of its physical space.  Now, three and a half years later, with her business near maximum capacity, Zambrano has again contacted SCORE to discuss plans for further expansion, which may include acquiring another facility.  She says of her experience with SCORE, “It’s amazing that you can get the benefit of so much knowledge and experience free of charge!”

 

SCORE is a non-profit national organization of business volunteers dedicated to providing free counseling and educational service to small businesses. SCORE volunteers are seasoned business experts who apply their life experience and business knowledge to mentor individuals planning to start a small business, or small business owners who seek assistance in solving business issues. To schedule a personal session with a counselor or learn about small business education programs, call Chester and Delaware County SCORE at 610-344-6910 or click here to visit us online Chester County SCORE.

 

February 13, 2015

Ravi Advani

Ravi Advani

Current City: Iowa City, IA

Decisive leader with a solid background encompassing complex managed services development and project management in a cross-functional environment.
Expert in development of global PMO to deliver program/project manage capability & capacity on-demand. 
Expert in developing complex outsourcing services from conception through launch.
Passionate about developing organizational capabilities (processes, tools, people) to drive superior financial results.

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<span>MBA - The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA - 1992</span><br />
<span>Certified PMP (Project Management Professional), Project Management Institute - 2003 - 2016</span></p>

Thomas Guy Cornwell

Thomas Guy Cornwell

Chapter: St. Louis SCORE

Thomas (Tom) Guy Cornwell, born May 17, 1955, is a life time St. Louis, Missouri resident, with 37 years experience in the worldwide defense market.  He is currently Adjunct Professor with George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology, Webster University.  He is a retired Vice President / General Manager (VP/GM) of DRS Sustainment Systems, Inc., headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.  DRS Sustainment Systems Inc. is one of the largest operating units within the DRS complement of companies.  Mr. Cornwell assumed the VP/GM duties in October 2008, in conjunction with the acquisition and reorganization of DRS Technologies by Italian defense contractor Finmeccanica. 

DRS Technologies is a leading supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces, intelligence agencies and prime contractors worldwide. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Finmeccanica S.p.A., employing more than 70,000 people worldwide.

From October 2006, Mr. Cornwell was President of the DRS Sustainment Systems Business Segment, after serving for six months as Vice President / General Manager of the DRS Sustainment Systems small business unit, formerly part of the Sustainment Systems and Services Group.  Before that, Mr. Cornwell served for five years as President and Chief Executive Officer of Engineered Air Systems, Inc. (EASI), a subsidiary of Engineered Support Systems, Inc. (ESSI), before DRS acquired that company on January 31, 2006.

Prior to becoming President and CEO of EASI in 2000, Mr. Cornwell served in various general management positions of increasing responsibility at Systems & Electronics, Inc., another ESSI subsidiary, for 24 years. He began with the company as a purchasing agent in 1974.

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<span style="color: rgb(97, 97, 97); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.0049991607666px;">Mr.&nbsp;</span>Cornwell<span style="color: rgb(97, 97, 97); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.0049991607666px;">&nbsp;holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy and a Masters in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University -&nbsp;</span>Edwardsville<span style="color: rgb(97, 97, 97); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.0049991607666px;">.&nbsp; He is a Missouri registered pharmacist since 1978.</span></p>

Helen Bradford Hanley

Helen Bradford Hanley

Current City: Hudson, FL

Helen Bradford Hanley, FACMPE

Helen utilized SCORE when she initially started her business, Mason-Hanley & Associates in Nashville, TN in 1985, and feels it is now time to pay it forward to others who need business advice.

Helen is currently co-owner of Hanley Consulting (HC) and has been a Value Added Associate and Distributor affiliated with Target Training International, Ltd. (TTI) since 1995.  Her son, Craig, will be taking over the family business in a few years.  HC utilizes the TTI Success Insights® Behaviors and Motivators and TTI Insights™ Job assessment tools in their consulting business and customizes solutions to everyday business problems utilizing these tools. Helen has presented workshops on these subjects at the National meetings for the Medical Group Management Association, American Society of Ophthalmology Administrators/Surgeons and Medic Computer Systems (now Misys Group) and for many local groups and organizations.  Helen specializes in ensuring her clients obtain meaningful day-to-day implementation of her problem-solving recommendations, and will provide this same type mentoring to her SCORE clients and workshop attendees.

As a Business Banker, Helen assisted clients in the areas of Business Lending (SBA and conventional) and business financial management, has worked with virtually all types of businesses, and will continue consulting in these areas to help her clients, both SCORE and private pay, attain financial success.

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Education

<p> <strong>Target Training International, Ltd</strong>., Boot Camp and Annual Conference, <em>Jan 7-12,&nbsp;2015</em></p> <p> <strong>SunTrust Bank, </strong>Banking Courses, <em>August 2007-Dec 2012</em></p> <p> <strong>BB&amp;T University, </strong>Banking Courses, <em>June 2004-July &nbsp;2007</em></p> <p> <strong>SouthTrust Bank, </strong>Banking Courses, <em>June 2002-Feb 2004</em></p> <p> <strong>American College of Medical Practice Executives, Member, </strong><em>1994 to 2002, </em>Division of Medical Group Management Association</p> <p> <em><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Certified Medical Practice Executive</strong>&nbsp; </em>&nbsp;(passed all three parts of exam at first sitting), Dec. 1994</p> <p> <strong><em>&nbsp;&nbsp; Fellow, </em></strong>Sept. 1995; <strong><em>Life Fellow, </em></strong>July 2005 to present</p> <p> <em><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Professional Paper Published</strong>,</em> <strong><em>College Review</em></strong><strong>, </strong>Fall 1996</p> <p> <strong>American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators; Member, Annual Conventions</strong>, <em>1999, 2000, 2001&ndash;Speaker for 4 Breakout sessions on Behavior Style Analysis Tools and Personal Interests, Attitudes and Values Tools; 2002-Speaker for 5 Sessions</em></p> <p> <strong>Medical Group Management Association; Member, </strong><em>1993-2002</em><strong>, Annual Conventions, <em>1993, 1994, 1995, 2000, 2001-</em></strong><em>Speaker for Breakout Session at 2001 Annual Meeting</em></p> <p> <strong>Numerous Accounting, Practice and Financial Management seminars and course work, <em>1979 to Present</em></strong></p> <p> <strong>Nashville State Technical Institute, <em>1980, </em></strong>Nashville, TN,&nbsp;<em><strong>Associates Degree in Banking </strong></em></p> <p> <strong>Tennessee </strong><strong>School of Banking, </strong>Vanderbilt University Campus, 1984</p>

Ask SCORE

            I recently opened a sports memorabilia shop and now want to add an online component to sell my merchandise via the Internet. I plan to hire someone to design my website, but am looking for advice to provide that person with guidance and direction

           Nearly every small business has a website today…and no wonder. A 2011 Pew Internet study found that nearly half of all searches for local businesses are conducted online (newspapers finished a distant second). And usually, a company’s website is the first place prospective customers go when those search engine results come up.

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          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 merrimackvalley.score.org 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

William Mackey

William Mackey

Current City: Youngstown, NY

Professional Experience: 32 years in the Software business. VP of Sales for publicly traded company. Started and ran a business communication skills company and sold it to Sylvan Learning after 7 years. Exposure to manufacturing, wholesale, retail, banking, credit union businesses plus government at State, County, Village and Town levels. Experienced in recruiting and selecting employees plus leadership of workforces.

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Education

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BA - Alfred State University 1966</p>

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Ask SCORE

            I’ve operated a local convenience store for almost seven years, never taking off more than an occasional weekend or holiday. Every time I plan a vacation, something comes up. How do I break this pattern before I burn out?

Ask SCORE

            I’ve operated a local convenience store for almost seven years, never taking off more than an occasional weekend or holiday. Every time I plan a vacation, something comes up. How do I break this pattern before I burn out?

 

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 merrimackvalley.score.org 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.

This document walks you thru the steps for starting a for profit business in Southwest Michigan.  It includes URL's for the various websites you will want to visit. While a few of the the items are specific to Berrien County, most of the  information applies to any part of Michigan

Teuta Towler

Teuta Towler

Current City: Kitty Hawk, NC

Over 20 years of experience in administration, sales, writing, marketing and advertising. She is from Kosovo but moved to the Outer Banks, NC in 2004. Prior to moving to US she owned a cosmetic shop and later a boutique with focus on jeans. She worked for United Nations as a translator and a domestic violence advocate. Founded a women's organization Women's Life and published a monthly magazine promoting women's rights and issues.She also worked for a French Humanitarian Organization, Premiere Urgence as a manager for a humanitarian clinic.She hosted a radio talk show about women's rights and health issues. 

When she moved to the Outer Banks, she worked as an admin/marketing person for a real estate company. In the mean time, she wrote and published a crime novel in her native language. She had to learn how to promote the book online since she was away from her readers-target audience. She discovered her love for online marketing and learned all she could to promote her book and started working as freelance writer and website designer. 

She worked as freelancer for nine years and in 2013 founded Mitro Digital Marketing LLC based in her hometown Mitrovica, Kosovo and Kill Devil Hills, NC. 

 

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Bachelor Degree - Nursing from Xheladin Deda Nursing School , Mitrovica, Kosovo&nbsp;</p>

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Computer Programing - Associate Degree from University of Prishtina, Kosovo &nbsp;</p>

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Journalism - Associate Degree from University of Prishtina, Kosovo&nbsp;</p>

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Attended many continues education courses from&nbsp;COA and other online classes.&nbsp;</p>

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