Cedar Raipds, IA
Counselors to America's Small Business
Iowa State Univ. Business Administration and Economics
owner and operator ..... retail, wholesale distribution, import, licensing ....
An innovative, technology industry Senior Level Executive with outstanding results in mission critical areas of Computer Software New Product and Business Application Systems Design, Strategic Business Planning, Automation Reengineering, Enterprise Resource Planning and Integrated Accounting / Financial Systems Development and Deployment.
Xerox Education Division, selling training and management development programs to Fortune 500 companies, sales management of six East Coast offices at Xerox; started a jigsaw puzzle and game company selling to Walmart, Target, Barnes & Noble and thousands of specialty stores; acquired by a game company in 2007. Startups on little money, financing, product development, wholesaling, manufacturing, design, sales management, selling company.
BS, Sociology, Marketing
Expertise in taxation and accounting. 30 years tax experience with a Big 4 accounting firm. 12 years tax and accounting experience with a publicly-held company primarily engaged in the property & casualty insurance business. 4 years volunteer service on IRS advisory committees-appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury. 3 years as a SCORE mentor advising a variety of clients. Current treasurer of Chapter.
Industry experience: Financial, accounting and tax advisor to the following types of businesses: Family and individually-owned small businesses. Professional services including accounting, law and consulting. Food services. Import/export. Franchising. Child and adult day care. Landscaping and lawn care. Manufacturing of a variety of products. Physical fitness services. Educational services including mentoring and coaching. Real estate brokerage services. Contracting and construction.
Mentoring skills: Business and individual taxation including income, payroll and sales taxes, Selection of form of business, Business finance (bank loans and equity), Accounting systems and procedures, Business operations, Business strategy and planning, Home-based businesses, Ecommerce businesses.
B.S. in economics (accounting) from the University of Pennsylvania. MBA in finance from Northeastern University.
Expert in accounting and very knowledgeable in tax accounting. Certified Public Accountant; 35 years in a regional CPA firm, 25 years as a partner. Bob was responsible for a wide range of small to medium sized businesses and not-for-profit organizations providing accounting, state and federal taxes and business management services. He was manager of a firm office and served on the firm's management committee. A graduate of Youngstown State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in accounting and management
Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Certified Public Accountant
PhD University of Louisville BS University of Nebraska
Highlights: Operated a small business; experience selling on ebay, AMAZON and other web sites; marketing background; MBA.
Plastex Products Inc. Purchased this firm in 1988 until it was sold in 2010. The firm imported, purchased and manufactured (a small quantity) of industrial rain wear and other safety apparel items. Sales were made to municipalities, industrial distributors as well as larger firms. Considerable sales were also made directly to individual consumers.
We became efficient selling and processing orders for 1 or 2 rain coats as well as handling major orders. We developed our 1st web site in 1997 and started selling on the internet at that time. Sales increased mostly due to a high GOOGLE position.
Sales on the web site were to individuals, companies, municipalities, distributors and foreign customers. We subsequently developed 3 other related web sites and sold on the platforms of eBAY and AMAZON.
I developed an expertise in the accounting software, Peachtree, which is very similar to Quick Books. I was familiar with all aspects of the system including sales, accounts payable and receivables.
My previous experiences included:
* Sears Roebuck: Buyer: Imported articles including scissors and other sewing items. Responsibilities included operating an import warehouse. Asst .Sales Manager ; Asst. Sales Promotion Manager Asst. Buyer
* Rex/Griffon Cutlery : Vice President ; major scissors importer
* Independent Sales Rep : Sewing items, housewares items
* Eastern Display Products : Vice President Specializing in retail sign holders for department and other chain stores.
Current activities include: Swartswood Lakes Watershed Assoc.- Trustee; Newton NJ Rotary Club -Historian; Branchville Businessmen's Club; SCORE- email and face to face mentor.
BSBA Boston University
MBA Suffolk University - Boston, MA
Expert in business operations. Highly knowledgeable in Strategic Planning. 40+ years as owner/operator of upscale Interior Design business, largest in area, specializing in residential and commercial interiors. Familiar with all aspects of operations: fabrics, quilted fabrics, window treatments, draperies, curtains, upholstery, re-upholstery, new furniture, custom made furniture, custom cabinetry, built-ins, wall units, lighting, lamps, chandeliers, carpeting, area rugs, custom hand made rugs, Oriental rugs, silk rugs, tile, marble flooring, overhead lighting, antiques, art, art gallery, accessories, original paintings, commissioned artworks, office furnishings, executing projects from inception thru design to completion. Professional member ASID (American Society of Interior Designers). Learn more about Martin Kahn on www.scoresouthflorida.net, "Counselor Profiles".
Columbia University, School of Journalism
Neal has led manufacturing and supply chain management operations at the VP-level at public and private companies ranging from startups to Fortune 100 firms. He has successfully transferred key management skill sets across industries as diverse as medical devices, fine art publishing, lasers, instrumentation and appliances. His areas of expertise include process and quality improvement, lean manufacturing, customer service (B2B and B2C/retail), strategy development and implementation, cost reduction, new product introduction, turnarounds & troubleshooting and team building. He has been a SCORE mentor to small businesses and nonprofits since 2011.
Neal has a BS in industrial engineering and operations research from Cornell University, where he also did graduate work. He completed the GE Manufacturing Management Program and the Becton Dickinson - Harvard Business School Executive Program.</p>