Retail and Wholesale Trade

Ask SCORE

          I’m confused about the rules for paying employees overtime. Can you explain them to me? 

         Should you be paying overtime to your employees? The answer is: it depends.

          Under the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employers are required to pay overtime to most hourly employees who work more than 40 hours a week for businesses that take in more than $500,000 a year in revenue.

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. 

Steve R. Smith

Steve R. Smith

Current City: Westport, CT

40+ years with IBM in sales and sales management, marketing and product development

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Education

MS Business, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio  1971

MBA The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio  1972

International Business Management, Cal. Berkeley, 1986

Global Leadership Program, University of Michigan, 1990

 

Gregory Schwarz

Gregory Schwarz

Current City: Jamesville, NY
Chapter: Syracuse SCORE

Retail, wholesale, recreation/travel, manufacturing. Textiles, sewn goods manufacturing. Product design, manufacturing and distribution.

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Workshop Poster 1st. qtr. 2015

Considerations When Using Independent Contractors slides presented by Katie Marble at SCORE's November 2014 meeting.

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Katie Kiernan Marble

Marble Law Firm, PLLC

80 Palomino Lane

Suite 201

Bedford, NH  03110

Ask SCORE

          My brother-in-law has approached me about going into business with him in a home cleaning franchise. I’ve always heard one should never go into business with relatives. Is that true? 

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. 

Charles Howze

Charles Howze

Charles Howze

Current City: Coral Springs, FL
Chapter: Broward SCORE

Over 30 years of executive retail experience. Accomplished executive with extensive experience in operations, P&L management, corporate leadership and large sales volume.  A results-oriented, decisive leader with proven success in start-ups, turnaround and growth organizations.  track record of increasing sales, market penetration and growing bottom line while spearheading operational improvements to drive productivity and reduce cost.  Excel in dynamic demanding environments while remaining pragmatic and focused.  Managed multi-unit organizations for several retail formats including  big box merchandise, specialty apparel and closeout.  Worked in several regions of the US including the Southeast and the West Coast.  Recently served as COO of a small closeout retail chain located in Canada. 

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Education

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Bachelor Degree__Miles College, Birmingham, Alabama</p>

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Professional Development__University of Miami Entrepreneurial Program, Blanchard Situational Leadership,</p>

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Gallup University Great Leader Program</p>

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Michael Falvo

Michael Falvo

Current City: Hilton Head Island, SC

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Griswold Home Care, Hilton Head, South Carolina; Savannah, Georgia 2013 - Present
Owner and administrator of home care company since January 2013. Graduate of Griswold Home Care Academy (2013) and Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)

CaerKillian Consultants, Hinsdale, Illinois 2011 - 2012
Founder and owner of professional consultancy company specializing in developing foodservice businesses.

Grand Brands, Baltimore, Maryland 2009 – 2010
Private equity owned five year old CPG company with patented, unique product line marketed to retail, food service and ingredients.

- Executive Vice-President and General Manager of Food Service

MERISANT, Chicago, Illinois 2005 – 2008
Private equity owned, $300 million global manufacturer of artificial sweeteners, including Equal.

- General Manager of Food Service, North America (2007 – 2008)
- Vice-President of Food Service (2005 – 2006)

KAREN’S FABULOUS FOODS, White Plains, New York 2004 – 2004
Private company specializing in cookies, biscotti and fresh baked products for grocery, food service and club.

- Chief Operating Officer

THE DANNON COMPANY, Tarrytown, New York 1998 – 2003
$600+ MM manufacturer of dairy products. United States based division of global dairy, water and cookie leader, Danone. Customer base included: Foodservice distributors, Dairies, Convenience, Drug and Military.

- Senior Director, Foodservice (2001 – 2003)
- Senior Director, Customer Logistics (1999 – 2000)
- Director, Customer Service (1998 – 1999)

THOMAS J. LIPTON COMPANY (Unilever), Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey 1984 – 1998
Manager, Strategic Processes Sales & Customer Development (1997 – 1998)
Customer Management Transition Manager (1997)
Brand Manager – Packaged Dinners (1996 – 1997)
Trade Marketing Manager – Food Division (1995 – 1996)
Business Unit Sales Manager – Chicago Grocery (1991 – 1995)
Business Unit Sales Manager – New York Food Service (1990 – 1991)
Retail Sales Manager – New York Grocery (1989 – 1990)
District Sales Trainer – Central Region Grocery (1988 – 1989)
Senior Sales Representative – Minneapolis Grocery (1987 – 1988)
Sales Representative – Chicago and Milwaukee Grocery (1984 – 1987)

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Education

 

MBA - Northern Illinois University 
BA - DePauw University

Dr. Thomas B Whalen

Dr. Thomas B Whalen

Current City: North Adams, MA

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Russell Stravitz

Retail Stores, and Direct to Consumer

Russell Stravitz

40 years in the Retailing industry. Worked at Bloomingdale's for 20 years with experience in Home Furnishings, Apparel, Woman's accessories and footwear and Store Operations. 10 years in Atlanta at Rich's (now Macy) as CEO of a 75 store group.

CEO of Brylane for 4 years, one of the largest US mail order catalog companies. Transformed into an online and offline company.

Formed private consulting company in 2004 through 2009 serving many private equity companies seeking to acquire retailing, e-commerce and mail order companies.

Started from scratch a retail chain of stores, under contract with T-Mobile USA in Los Angeles. The company with 6 locations was sold in 2012 to a larger partner distributor.

I enjoy meeting high performance individuals and team development with positive results.

 

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Education

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BA Economics, Queens College, City University of NY. 1969</p>

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