Nonprofit, Public and Professional Organizations

Susan Fort

Susan Fort

Current City: Reston, VA
Chapter: Cape Cod SCORE

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:

  • Volunteer management: assessment, recruitment, onboarding, retention, recognition, and succession planning
  • Adult learning – training, tookits, and educational program development
  • Board start up and development
  • Nonprofit governance
  • Starting a nonprofit
  • Nonprofit best practices and standards of excellence
  • Strategic planning

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:

  • coordinated traditional and national service volunteer programs,
  • written and delivered volunteer management curriculum, and
  • trained skilled volunteers to provide critical services to nonprofits and the small business community.

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Education

<p> Susan has her MEd from Cambridge College and a BA from Guilford College in French and International Studies.</p>

Robert G Cleaveland

Robert G Cleaveland

Current City: University Place, WA

40 years in financial services industry: John Hancock Life Agent(1972-1982); Family-owned P&C Agency (1982-1999);
Owner of regional financial planning practice, Cornerstone Financial Strategies LLC, in UP & Tacoma. Life, health, P&C, Series 7, 66 licensed; RIA. Residential real estate landlord. Co-founded WA state Make-A-Wish(r)chapter (1986-1996); National Make-A-Wish(r) Board (1988-1994). Franciscan Hospice volunteer (2013-present). Volunteer, U S Open @ Chambers Bay, June 2015.

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Education

BA, English, Ohio Wesleyan University. Professional designations CLU, ChFC.

James McConnell

James McConnell

Current City: Decatur, IN

President & Chairman of Family Distribution Business, President All Temp Transport, General Mgr. FMS Enterprises DBA Southern Yankee BBQ

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Education

B.S. Finance Indiana University

Jim Schlusemann

JIm Schlusemann

Jim Schlusemann

Current City: Batavia, IL
Chapter: Fox Valley SCORE

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.

Experience

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.

 

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Education

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<u><strong>North Central College, Naperville, Illinois</strong></u></p>

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&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;- MS MIS&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>

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&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;- BA Business Management (<em>minor</em> Computer Science)</p>

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College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Illinois</p>

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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; - AAS Manufacturing Technology</p>

Ask SCORE

            I own a small advertising agency, as well as being a wife and mother. I constantly read about women who “have it all” and would love to be one of them. How do they do it?

            “If only I had more time….”

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.

Jose Jesus Figueroa

Jose Jesus Figueroa

Current City: Milton, PA
Chapter: Central PA SCORE

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.

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Education

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<span>Master of Entrepreneurship. Western Carolina University. Cullowhee, NC. May 2013</span></p>

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<span>BSEE. Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos. Cuernavaca, Mexico. July 1994</span></p>

William W Speakman

William W Speakman

Current City: Boalsburg, PA
Chapter: Central PA SCORE

Retired, Currently own and operate a Bed and Breakfast and Chocolate Shop

  • 4 Years, Department Store Buyer
  • 7 Years, Pharmaceutical Sales and Sales Management
  • ​2 Years, Restaurant Managing Partner
  • ​9 Years, Advertising and Marketing Agency VP
  • 7 Years, Penn State Development Director, Interim CEO for Public Broadcasring
  • 14 Years, Non Profit Development, Management, Governance

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Education

Slippery Rock State College

The Pennsylvania State University

The New School, NY, NY

CFRE Designation by NSFRE

 

Ken Sethney

Ken Sethney

Current City: Suquamish, WA

launched my first company in ’76. EMS Music manufactured a tape player that worked 24/7/365 in commercial environments, and we leased tapes of “foreground music” to restaurants and retailers throughout the US and Canada. We were one of three companies in the “industry” — all based in Seattle.

Sold my shares and moved to SoCal in ’81 with my “street degree” in business, joined a friend’s marketing firm, and helped it grow from 2-35 employees in five years. Transitioned to my own virtual agency in ’86 — just me and a list of SoCal’s best freelance creatives.

Clients ranged from start-ups to a handful of very large corporations, but most were midsize companies. Manufacturers, distributors, inventors, service providers. They all had a common problem — get their product in front of people who needed it and convince them it was the right solution for their most immediate problem.

A chronic early adopter, I went online early joining listservs before there was a World Wide Web. In the mid-90’s, I was invited to speak to a group of CEOs about the marketing implications of the Internet. They were members of TEC (now known as Vistage) who met in groups of 12-15 every month to share ideas, hold each other accountable, and learn something new from “experts” like me. Thirty presentations later — from San Diego to Orlando, Atlanta to Alberta — I was convinced that “coaching” was powerful stuff.

In ’99, I was invited to coach the clients of an experimental SBDC (small business development center) in Orange County, CA. VenturePoint was funded by the SBA and the State of California, but managed by the Orange County Business Council. Unlike most SBDC’s that help mom-and-pop stores, VenturePoint was created to help early stage high-tech, potentially high-growth companies get off the ground.

We provided educational workshops, investment meet-ups, and individual coaching for entrepreneurs and founders groups. In three years, VenturePoint turned $2.5 million in grant money into $167.5 million of economic impact, as measured by the state and federal sponsors. Not a bad ROI for coaching, eh?

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Education

BS in Mechanical Engineering, U of W, 1972 

Street Degree in Business (first start-up 1976-1981)

Derrick D King

Derrick D King

Chapter: SCORE Houston

I have practiced law, in various practice settings since first becoming licensed in 2002 (Texas) and 2003 (Missouri), respectively. In that time, I have handled a variety of legal matters, and have served as general counsel for a number of companies.

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Education

I am a former educator. As such, I consider myself a "teaching attorney" for my clients.

Randy Williams

Randy Williams

Current City: Prescott, AZ

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Education

BA-Economics

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