Counselors to America's Small Business
Susan Fort is in charge of training and continuing education at a national nonprofit association that leverages the talents of skilled volunteers around the country.
Some of Susan's key nonprofit experience includes:
Susan’s experience includes nonprofit staff and board leadership roles. As a volunteer, she founded and started a nonprofit. Her career commitment to mission-driven organizations began with a year of national service with AmeriCorps VISTA. She has significant adult learning expertise and creates toolkits and training materials, delivers educational programs, and designs multi-day learning experiences.
Susan has expertise in critical areas of nonprofit management: board development and governance, change management, coaching, executive transition management and succession planning, nonprofit standards of excellence, organizational development, best practices in recruitment and training, R&D and launch of new initiatives, strategic planning, team building, and volunteer management.
In fact, Susan is a volunteer management authority who has:
<p> Susan has her MEd from Cambridge College and a BA from Guilford College in French and International Studies.</p>
43 years in financial services industry: 10-years self-employed John Hancock Agent; 18-years W-2 employee in family-owned Property-Casualty Agency; 15-years owner regional financial planning business for business owners, individuals/couples (w/ spouse, 1PT employee to 7). Licenses: life, health, P&C, series 7 & 66, RIAA. USAF/Vietnam Vet (1968-1972). Co-founder WA state Make-A-Wish® (1986-1996); National Board Member Make-A-Wish® of America (1988-1994). Charter Member Tacoma North Rotary (1986-present). Franciscan Hospice volunteer (2013-present).
BA, English, Ohio Wesleyan University. Professional designations CLU, ChFC.
JCCI / C3 / CJTSCC 2/2011 – Present Iraq/ Qatar Received the Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award: June 2012 while at DASA(P). Cash Award: Dec 2011 USACE GRD HQ/IRAQ-12/2008 – 2/2011 APO AE 09342 Iraq- One of the recipients of the 2010 Army Acquisition Excellent Award: “Transforming the Way We Do Business” for work performed in Iraq with the USACE Service Contracting Cell. Dept of Army USPFO for Idaho-2/2008 – April 2014 Boise, IDAHO Internal Review Auditor -Perform internal reviews of Dept of Army installations at the National Guard level throughout Idaho for Army and Air Force installations to ensure compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations. Defense Contract Audit Agency-1/1989 - 2/2008 Senior Auditor, 511 Performed the following audits: Proposal Evaluations Terminations Accounting System Reviews Disclosure Statement Reviews Cost Accounting Standard Reviews Forward Pricing Rate Reviews Incurred Costs Voucher Audits Contract Closing Request for Equitable Adjustment Progress Payment Reviews Mandatory Annual Auditing Requirements Reviews Received $2,000 Cash Award (Superior Accomplishment award; one of six Superior Accomplishment awards received) just prior to deployment to Iraq based on the past three years work performed at USEC. The above audits were the first audits performed at USEC who was formed as a result of US Senate Privatization Act in 1995.
<p> EDUCATION: Herbert H. Lehman College (CUNY) -124 Semester Hours -Bronx, New York US -Major: Accounting -Bachelor's Degree - 6/1982 Relevant Coursework, Licensures and Certifications: Certified Public Accountant DCAA Eastern Region Federal Women’s Programs Manager JOB RELATED TRAINING: Security Refresher Training General Employee Training (Uranium Facility) Ethics ACCESS 2000: Intro/Intermediate/Advanced GAGAS Independence Training Basic Flowcharting CAS 401, 402 and 405 Cost Accounting Standards CAS Cost Impact Proposals Incurred Cost Risk Assessment Fundamentals of Auditing Info Systems Marketing Essentials MBA Microeconomics MBA Mandatory Annual Auditing Requirements Contract Audit Cycle Forward Pricing Rates Financial Capability Consideration of Internal Controls Related Audits Quantative Methods Refresher Floor checks Labor System Internal Controls Calculus MBA</p>
President & Chairman of Family Distribution Business, President All Temp Transport, General Mgr. FMS Enterprises DBA Southern Yankee BBQ
<p> B.S. Finance Indiana University</p>
Jim Schlusemann is a transformational business leader who improves profitability and impacts business process and performance across multiple industries. Jim brings immediate value and impact by leveraging his experience to help companies navigate growth and change. As Founder and President of Prosperia International, a business consulting firm, he is focusing on business and process improvement.
Jim began his career as a machinist, setting up, operating and programming conventional and CNC machines that made parts for construction equipment, engines and trucks at Navistar, a global manufacturing company. He held positions of process, industrial, and systems engineer. After introducing computers to factory floor operations, Jim achieved the executive position of Chief Information Officer for Navistar’s engine business. In that role, he directed initiatives that expanded business operations to Brazil, Mexico, India and China. He later helped Navistar re-launch manufacturing foundries in Indiana and Wisconsin.
His career spans the gamut of life on the production floor, leading major company initiatives, improving business practices as well as bringing insight to the strategic issues facing organizations in today's world.
Prosperia International LLC - 2013 - Present
Independent business advisor specializing in business development, transformation and optimization.
Navistar, Inc., Lisle Illinois - 1973 - 2013
Global Business Development Executive -- 2009-2012
Built entire business teams and led initiatives that expanded business operations in the US, Brazil, Mexico, India and China.
Information Technology Executive -- 1987-2009
20+ years’ experience in IT, including 16-years as Global Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Navistar’s Engine Group.
Manufacturing operations and Management -- 1973-1987
10+ year’s experience in manufacturing operations, industrial and manufacturing engineering.
<u><strong>North Central College, Naperville, Illinois</strong></u></p>
- MS MIS </p>
- BA Business Management (<em>minor</em> Computer Science)</p>
College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Illinois</p>
- AAS Manufacturing Technology</p>
As a professional dedicated to the service of others, I seek to employ mi skills for the benefit of the organization and the population I serve.
I owned and managed several small businesses before moving to the United States; later I launched a brief business in 2006 as a free-lance translator from English to Spanish. Most recently to improve my understanding about businesses in USA on May 2013, I completed a Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship. I also have experience in higher education including curricular design, development of assessment tools, served as academic adviser and taught introduction to business, operation research, quality control, and different mathematics subject courses.
<span>Master of Entrepreneurship. Western Carolina University. Cullowhee, NC. May 2013</span></p>
<span>BSEE. Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos. Cuernavaca, Mexico. July 1994</span></p>
HOSPITALITY PROFESSIONAL - Innovative and progressive hospitality management leader, experienced within both profit and non-profit organizations. Recognized for multiple strategic initiatives and ability to identify and reach key performance objectives. Specialization in project management, construction, recruitment and building profitable food & beverage operations. Developed training and operating standards to achieve national recognition for quality, service and member satisfaction in the private club industry. Established initiatives for attaining, promoting and maintaining high performance teams. Currently a small business consultant with Marketing, Sales and Hospitality specialization.
SCORE, Northwest Indiana Chapter, SBA ; 05/2014 - Chair, Certified Consultant; Advanced Business Mentor
C4C CONSULTING - Principal, Business Advisor, Service Academy Trainer
General Manager, Assistant General Manager, and F&B Director positions during career; Union League Club of Chicago, Orchard Lake Country Club, Pine Lake Country Club, Birmingham Athletic Club
PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS Certification for Advanced Mentoring, Small Business Administration, SCORE Program 2014 Greater Chicago Club Managers Association: Scholarship Committee, National Student Conference 2010 Club Managers Association, Adviser and Program Instructor; Assistant Manager in Development Program 2007 Detroit Club Managers Association, President 2004-2005 Detroit Club Managers Association, Educational Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President. CCM Certification in Club Management, Hotel Management, Strategic Leadership
Recipient of National Excellence in Club Management Award. 2004.
<p> Bachelor of Arts/ Literature, Sciences Arts, Cum Laude;University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI C.C.M., Club Managers Association of America, Certification: Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI; Recertified through 2021 ; Business Management Institute IV Cornell University, School of Hospitality Business Management Institute V: Strategic Leadership;UNLV University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV Certified Chief Executive (CCE), Club Managers Association of America, April 2014</p>
Retired, Currently own and operate a Bed and Breakfast and Chocolate Shop
Slippery Rock State College
The Pennsylvania State University
The New School, NY, NY
CFRE Designation by NSFRE