Counselors to America's Small Business
34+ years of corporate accounting and finance experience with job titles and responsibilities such as Dir. of Acctg.; Controller; Dir. Planning & Control; Finance Dir. and Treasurer in a large manufacturing environment including mine and refining operations; recycling of chemicals; liquid hazardous waste incineration; and outsourced pharma operations. I have served on manufacturing joint venture boards and led the company investment committee on defined benefits and defined contribution plans.
Since retirement from the for-profit world, I have served on non-profit boards prior to and after start up. I have served as chair or co-chair of the governance, executive director search, finance committee and as Treasurer.
I started with Score in Princeton, NJ, but have been a relative long term member of the Northern Nevada chapter now.
BA - Accounting; MBA - Finance
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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Masters, International Relations</p>
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Doctorate, Business Management</p>
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Expert in food marketing, including market research, product development, brand positioning, initial launch and on-going promotion. Sold products through distributors in over 40 countries and participated in the planning, construction and profitable operation of both new plants and acquisitions. Check out this link for my full profile:
Master of Business Administration (Honors in Marketing)
Experience in: Start up small business, marketing, growing and managing business in multiple locations in US, budgeting, strategic planning, hiring and managing staff off site, commercial real estate, reviewing leases, building and designing office spaces, analyzing financial statements from multiple locations, managing non profit organization. Extremely knowledgeably in business strategy and planning.
Serve as a mentor in Austin, Texas as well as thru SCORE email mentoring. Before retiring as Executive Vice President of Operations and Center Development for BusinesSuites, Celia was responsible for center-level operations and the transitions of newly developed or acquired centers. Over fourteen years of experience in the development, integration and management of business centers. She successfully grew the business from 40 offices in one center in 1989 to 416 offices in five centers in 1997, including the integration of five acquired centers. Previous to her association with BusinesSuites, she was an officer at Bank One, Texas in Austin. She was also the executive director of two not for profit organizations in Chicago, Ill. She is a retired businesswoman and one time user of SCORE.
BS University of Texas, Graduate work at University of Arkansas, University of Texas, University of Illinois and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
Business plans, start up, finance, financing, financial projections, cash flow, budgeting, intellectual property, troubled business turn around, retail, sales, manufacturing, entertainment, insurance, environmental 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. Loves elephants.
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, Chapter Cyber Counselor of the Year Award. Over 20 years as a SCORE mentor.</p>
Over 40 years broad experience in the engineering and infratructure construction industry. Background in operations, Sales & Marketing, P&L responsibility for different business units, Most recently involved in strategic planning and market analysis at the corporate level. Started as field engineer in a specialty area, managed that unit, managed a regional telephone Interconnect business. Sales Management for a specialty product OEM manufacturer, including a rep network. Developed a Communications Consulting practice within the engineering division and pursued design build opportunities. Moved into corporate Marketing a named VP of Strategic Market Planning across all lines of business
BS University of Notre Dame. Extensive continuing education in engineering/technical areas and business practices(strategy, marketing, etc.)