Media and Communications

James Greear

Consultant, speaker, author, minister, from startup to turnaround

James Greear

Current City: Ormond Beach, FL

Jim has extensive international experience in serial entrepreneurship and leadership with more than 30 years in senior management developing strategies, planning and tactical execution. Jim also provides start-up to turn-around and management consulting that provides strategic and creative direction on projects and executive oversight to clients ranging from consumer products and government agencies, to real estate/construction to retail, manufacturing and distribution as well as nonprofit organizations and has benefited hundreds of private and public sector clients.

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I studied a little...</p>

Keith Holzman

Keith Holzman

Current City: Los Angeles, CA

Keith Holzman has more than forty years of experience as a major executive in the recording industry. He was a Senior Vice President at Elektra Records while also Director of Nonesuch Records, Managing Director and Executive V.P. at Discovery Records, and President of ROM Records.

For the last decade and a half he has been a management consultant to many independent record labels, advising them on a variety of business and administrative matters.

Keith specializes in assisting start-up labels to get established, and is the author of “The Complete Guide to Starting a Record Company.” He has also taught “The Independent Record Label” course at UCLA Extension. From time to time he has acted as an expert witness in matters pertaining to the record industry.

Mr. Holzman also has wide experience in the theatre and film industries.

A native New Yorker, he has lived with his family in Los Angeles for forty years.

To make an appointment with Mr. Holzman, please send him an e-mail using the form under his name on the scorela.org website.

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BA, Oberlin College&lt;/p&gt;

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MFA,&amp;nbsp;Boston University&lt;/p&gt;

Don Robert Vehlhaber Jr.

Don Robert Vehlhaber Jr.

Current City: Fort Collins, CO
Chapter: Cheyenne SCORE

Seasoned executive at Vice President, Senior Vice President, Executive Vice President and CEO and COO levels(14 years) and professional consultant (34 years) in all areas of business (Manufacturing, Distribution, and Retailing) associated with consumer package goods. Serviced over 200 clients on 3 continents with Business Policy, Strategy, Marketing and Sales, Operations, Finance and Accounting, Distribution and Logistics, Store Operations, Technology (fluent in RFID and bar coding) and Change Implementation and Management. Clients include: small startups to largest trading company in the world.  Frequent speaker at industry events, author of several articles, trusted interview and comment source for a number of industry periodicals and contributing author of the Supply Chain Handbook.  Known in industry circles for thought leadership and implementation of significant business improvements.  Father of Demand Chain concept and account principal on landmark study of all machine readable technologies for the UCC and Volunteer Inter-industry Communication Standards.  Started own consulting business and operated on two continents for over 15 years. 

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Education

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BBA - Management, minor in Industrial Engineering, University of North Florida 1975. &nbsp;Completed 2/3 of Masters Program before family and work pressures required interruption. &nbsp;Numerous classes from International Institute of Engineers, American Management Association, Council of Logistics Management. &nbsp;Many seminars, trade conventions and discussions with key industry professionals from all facets of consumer products industry.</p>

Veritas Marketing, LLC

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Owner/Founder
Holly Jo Anderson
My Location
14264 23th Avenue North
Plymouth MN 55447
United States
Revenue
$600,000
Year Company Formed
2001
My Successes

Veritas Marketing has prospered in an extremely competitive, fast-changing industry in the Twin Cities market, which boasts several of the nation's largest advertising firms and dozens of others. The agency's creativity and marketing savvy have been recognized with numerous national and international awards.  In addition, Holly and the agency have devoted their time and talent to helping a number of non-profit organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, Survivor Resources and the Minneapolis Chapter of SCORE.

What's Great About My Mentor?

Besides Tommy Thompson, Holly Jo has been helped by the following list which keeps growing:  Dean Swanson, Randi Luoto, Loren Herbst, Virgil Dissmeyer, Dan Shidla, Bruce Becker, Richard Parrish, Jim Handy, Marty Worth, Greg Boettner, Marshall Jones, Mark Ratner, David Miller, Rick Barkley, Wayne Herivel, Brian Alwin and others.

How SCORE Helped

SCORE counseled Holly Jo Anderson in developing a business plan for Veritas Marketing. She said her long-time SCORE mentor, the late Tommy Thompson, helped the firm navigate through a legal situation with their former employer and was an invaluable sounding board for many years. He also advised Holly when her two partners decided to leave the firm.

Ask SCORE

            I’m a retired sales and marketing guy who’s recently purchased a local convenience store. What are some of the key numbers I should be monitoring to successfully manage the business’ finances?

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.

Buffalo Creative Group

Before the birth of her children, Leslie Taylor and her husband owned a freelance designed company. Six years and three children later, Taylor and her husband decided to end the business and move onto other ventures. However, Taylor, a multi-media designer with 15 yeas of experience producing various web-related and print work, knew she wanted to dive back into the business one day. 

After a year of planning and organizing, Taylor, along with two co-workers with backgrounds in marketing communications and design, decided to joined forces and create Buffalo Creative Group, a start-up that would allow them to build their freelance work.

www.buffalocreativegroup.com

Owner/Founder
Leslie Taylor
My Location
East Aurora NY
United States
Employees
4
Year Company Formed
2012
My Successes

The company has seen success by building interest through Facebook by holding random drawings for those who follow the company's page. Buffalo Creative Group continues to work with new business locally and has expanded to working with clients in North Carolina, California, and the United Kingdom.

How SCORE Helped

SCORE assisted Leslie with creating a more useful, functional services contract that is now used with every new client. SCORE also assisted  Taylor with legal questions as well as pricing options for clients moving forward.

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Kimberlee Bush

Kimberlee Bush

Current City: Greene, NY

Owner/Graphic Designer (2000-Present) EverGreene Graphics, Greene, NY

  • Owner/operator of woman-owned custom graphic design business, providing clients graphic design, layout and print buying services, and promotional ad specialities.

Digital Imaging Specialist II/III (4/98-1/13) The Raymond Corporation, Greene, NY

  • Marketing Collateral Fulfillment project and program manager: research, review, compare, select and manage vendor fulfillment system for all corporate marketing collateral.
  • Marketing Information Library System (MILS) Project Manager: all aspects of project management for implementation, administration and training for an enterprise digital asset management solution.
  • Corporate Branding Project Manager: update Corporate style guide contents from print to online tool. Make process improvement recommendations to Marketing Communications and ad agency to improve turn-around time and quality control measures. Develop and refine multiple templates to facilitate brand consistency. Serve as dealer consultant for image/brand application.
  • Project Management: includes developing concepts, research and planning, meeting and communication management and team leadership.
  • Print Buyer and Production Coordinator: coordinate projects from quote requests to press checks, including collect, review, correct and package files for print.
  • Relationship building and customer service skills with suppliers, dealers, customers, cross-functional, interdepartmental and executive levels.
  • Mentoring student apprentices and co-ops.
  • Digital imaging and information design in multiple forms such as: graphic design, identity packages, layout, digital photos, videos, technical illustrations and engineering drawings.
  • Support and backup of company’s Print Buyer: quote requests, research, supplier interaction, proof approvals and press checks.
  • Effective interaction with suppliers, and at interdepartmental levels.

Documentation Specialist I (10/97-4/98) The Raymond Corporation, Greene, NY

  • Establish, write and develop technical documentations and aftermarket materials to deliver finished products to various customers.

Graphic Designer/Office Manager (9/92-7/97) AAA Typesetting & Printing Co., Johnson City, NY

  • Coordinate/schedule projects from concept to completion, including consultation, design, typesetting and layout.
  • Effective interfacing with suppliers, distributors, wholesalers and clients.
  • Initial employee interviews, training and management, including full-time, part-time and student interns.
  • Assisted in development and growth of Quick Print business from home-based to 3,200 square foot facility.
  • Contributed to design and implementation of department procedures and Quality Control.
  • Composition/design of company and customer identities: logo design, display ads, printed materials, promotional projects and newsletters.
  • Develop and maintain excellent customer relations.
  • Design, typesetting and layout of 12 issues of 24-page full-color monthly publication.

Graphic Designer/Manager (5/90-9/92) Weekly Pennysaver Newspapers

  • Responsible for pre-press production of two different 12-page weekly publications, including display ad design, typesetting articles and classified ads, newspaper layout and paste-up.
  • Assisted in development, organization and growth of weekly newspaper and successfully managed Graphics Department, staff, budget and pre-press production.

 

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Master of Science &ndash; Print Media (RIT, 2009)</li>
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Bachelor of Fine Arts &ndash; Graphic Design (SUNY New Paltz, 1988)</li>
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Web Development and Management college courses (SUNY Broome, 2012)</li>
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Corporate Communications graduate courses (Ithaca College, 2000)</li>
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Over 20 years of continuous industry experience, including seminars, conferences, workshops, adult education courses, online and self-directed research</li>
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