Transportation and Warehousing

Alverta Lopez

Alverta Lopez

Current City: Accokeek, MD

Alverta Lopez is the president of APL Solutions, LLC.  Her primary focus is on winning and maintaining contract awards in the areas of Management Consulting (as it relates to Administrative Management, Human Resource Consulting, Telecommunications Consulting, Staffing Services, Project Management and Contracts Management).  The company's primary focus is to help companies improve performance, comply with complex regulations, enhance infrastructure and stimulate growth.  Our responsibilities include all aspects of the day-to-day operations as well as providing consulting services to clients who are interested in getting into the Federal space. 

Prior to owning APL Solutions, LLC, Ms. Lopez served as the President of a full ground transportation company for over 6 years.  Her responsibilities included Managing Projects, administering the management of the corporation, its employees and consultants and providing leadership to the team.  She was the lead person responsible for the signature and audit of invoices, checks, releases, Billing, Accounts Receivables/Payables, and other documents in the name of the company.  I was also responsible for executing Teaming Agreements (NDA/Joint Venture's (JV) ); overseeing contracts and proposal preparation; as well as  hiring the right staff to support senior management as well as other  Government Officials. 

Before becoming president, Ms. Lopez served in a number of Billing, Finance and Contract support roles.  She managed support staff; developed processes and procedures, provided Process improvement plans and Training Guides to be used by all employees and worked on several Government Contracts with GSA, making sure we were in compliance with the FAR (Federal Acquisition Regulation) from a billing perspective, managed Accounts Receivables/Payables/Collections .   Ms. Lopez has a track record of being able to reduce accounts receivables. Previous Federal/Government project work included services to the following agencies:  MCI/Verizon, AT&T, Winstar, and a Consultant to MODIS, Inc.

 

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Education

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<strong>BS, Mathematics, </strong>Elizabeth City State University, NC, 1982.&nbsp; Computer Science - Minor.</p>

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<strong>Certificate, Mathematics</strong>, Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA, 1981. Computer Science - Minor.</p>

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

About the Author

Katie Kiernan Marble

Marble Law Firm, PLLC

80 Palomino Lane

Suite 201

Bedford, NH  03110

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          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? 

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          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. 

John Miller

John Miller

Current City: Scottsdale, AZ

Expert in developing new business plans, expanding & improving existing businesses, and contracting-delivering many different business and consumer market goods & services.  During my career I developed the skills and reputation for analyzing and improving different businesses’ performances, including reliably delivering quality goods & services to markets-customers, and increasing short- and longer term business financial performance.

Began my business career in Home Repair/Construction, followed by being an Auto Shop Owner-operator prior to and during college.  After graduation I worked for 35 years in the Petroleum Oil Industry including Refining, Logistics & Distribution, Business Development & major asset acquisitions, and Commercial for Independent and Major Oil Companies.  My work experience and expertise included developing, managing and continuously improving the operating and financial performances of small-to-large Refining facilities, associated Logistics-Supply Chains, and Commercial operations.  I held many management positions including: VP of Refining, Refinery Manager (of 3 individual Refineries), Engineering Manager, and Manager for many other Operating Services Departments.  Engineering-technical experience included analyzing manufacturing-production facilities’ performances, and innovating, designing & constructing improvement-expansion projects; including upgrading staff/labor operating practices.  In addition I improved-optimized many Facilities’ production, minimized expenses/costs, and increased overall Facility’s revenues and maximize profit margins.  Each Refinery I Managed was operated as an independent business unit.  Management responsibilities included: Operations, Maintenance, Administration, Regulatory compliance (safety & environmental), Inventory management, Transportation (truck, rail & marine), Logistics (supply chains/inventory management), Utilities (power, fuels & water), and many other on-site support groups (Control Labs, Training, Fire/Security, Safety/Environmental, Warehousing, Public Relations, and Maintenance shops & offices/buildings).

Retired from Corporate life and became a Clean Energy Professional Analyst and Consultant.  In recent years, began Consulting with different small IT business startups and most recently joined the SCORE team and became a Certified Mentor to support Small Businesses and developing/new Entrepreneurs.

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B.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry from UC Davis, CA, and a MBA from Saint Marys/UC Berkley, CA; Certified Professional Engineer in CA

Dr. Thomas B Whalen

Dr. Thomas B Whalen

Current City: North Adams, MA

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Michael Ravens

Michael Ravens

Current City: New Port Richey, FL

MICHAEL RAVENS            11436 Hidden Cove Ct. Trinity, Fl. 34655

                                                                                                         Phone; (240) 888-4767

                                                                                                         E-mail:Ravenger.ent@gmail.com

 

Executive with extensive experience in all phases of Program Management (Process Improvement, Plans and Procedures). Proposal preparation and reviews.

Government Contracting.

Earned Value Management expert.

Certified Program Management Professional.

 

 

Senior Business Operations Manager- Managed financial operations for National Archives $200M+ operation

 Instructor/Consultant in Program, Finance, Sub-contracts, business, and Risk/opportunity management for Center for Performance Excellence. Developed advanced Risk Opportunity Management class. Prepared detailed corporate procedure for designing a Work Breakdown Structure.

 Senior Program/ Operations Manager of all Sub-contract and financial operations activities for $350M program for MTA security transit system.

Deputy Program Manager/Manager of Subcontracts for $0.5B Communications and Satellite program for FAA (GCCS). Including design, development and deployment of two satellites communicating with ground stations for FAA customer.

Manager of Weather Programs

Supervising several Program Managers as Lead Capture Manager for international programs (i.e. Brazil, Romania, Venezuela, China, India, and Korea). Business Manager of Chinese Joint Venture Company producing weather radars.

 Program Manager-NEXRAD Weather Radar Systems ($744M)-Successfully managed on time deployment of 4 systems per month.Increased profits $17M by creatively negotiating resolution of claims, with customer and sub-contractors. Increased profits by $20M by training and developing construction personnel to install and assemble towers, radomes, antennas, and ancillary electronics. Joint Services customer (DOD, FAA, NWS).

Deputy Program Manager-LANTIRN Automated Test Stations ($100M). Consolidated and managed Program Control, manufacturing, ILS, and Sub-contracts realizing a $3M improvement in profit margin. Increased profits by $4M by developing low cost manufacturing facility. DOD customer.

Business Operations Manager-Test Systems Division ($300M)- Controllership position managing all financial reporting and operations. Improved cash flow, by developing 100% cash flow model and negotiating change.

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Education

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B.B.A. Business Management</p>

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M.B.A Accounting</p>

Prentis Hall

Prentis Hall

Current City: Lansdale, PA

32+ years in corporate America

  • Marketing
  • Market research
  • Market communciations
  • Sales
  • Business development
  • Business management

Small business owner

  • Started 5 small businesses in total
  • Currently operating a small business

 

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Education

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MBA - Marketing &amp; Statistics</p>

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Engineering undergrad</p>

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Additional training in market research, new product development, competitor intelligence</p>

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          All the recent news stories about large companies having their data breached makes me wonder: What can a small business do to protect information stored in the cloud? 

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. 

John Ripple

John Ripple

Current City: Massillon, OH
Chapter: Canton SCORE

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Education

Bachelor Degree in Industrial Engineering from University of Toledo.

Master Degree in Business from Ashland College.

Small Business Loans - Slides - Citizens Bank

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