Transportation and Warehousing

Gary Wooton

Gary Wooton

I have been fortunate to have a bunch of professions and along the way have started, developed, operated and sold three business.  I have a background in franchise operations, employee development, finance, manufacturing, sales and any other aspect of owning a  small business that you can imagine.  To see one of the businesses look up Croze.com.

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Education

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University degrees in Humanities and education.&nbsp; I have also accumulated a bunch of hours in Nutrition, History, winery technology and operations as well as business.</p>

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

 

Workshop Poster 1st. qtr. 2015

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

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

Brian Dreckshage

Brian Dreckshage

Current City: Ballwin, MO
Chapter: St. Louis SCORE

Management Consulting - Manufacturing Operations and Materials Management (supply chain)

Staff level Supply Chain Manager - all aspects of SCM, from forecasting to distribution - Fred Jones Manufacturing - automotive remanufacturing for Ford and GM warranty programs

Logistics Consultant for UniGroup's 3PL - specializing in business development and logistics solutions development

Supply Chain Analyst and Program Manager for USTRANSCOM
 

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Education

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Double BS - Management and Marketing, Missouri State University</p>

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MBA - Oklahoma City University</p>

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MPS - Supply Chain Management, The Pennsylvania State University</p>

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. 

John Miller

John Miller

Current City: Scottsdale, AZ

VP of Refining, Refining Facilities Manager, Corporate Refining, Commercial and Operations Planning Manager, and Business Development/Acquisition Manager; for Independent and Major Corporations.  Broad experience in developing and purchasing new businesses, expanding and improving existing businesses-performances, and contracting-delivering many different business and consumer goods & services into local and national markets.

During my career I developed the skills and reputation for analyzing, troubleshooting and improving different businesses’ performances, including reliably delivering quality goods & services to markets-customers, and increasing short- and longer term business financial performance.

Expert in business development and operations improvement, purchasing and selling businesses, manufacturing and products/services development, supply chains and projects management, and developing many technologies.  Available for face-to-face Counseling on Mondays 10 AM-2 PM at the Greater Phoenix SCORE office at E. Thomas Rd. and N. Central Ave. (September-May) and by Email year-round.

Professional Experience and Resume:

  • - During College years I owned and operated an independent auto repair shop.

  • - 25 years experience in the oil, gas and power businesses.  Started as an Engineer with responsibilities to monitor, analyze, troubleshoot, improve and optimize Refining and Chemical Plant processing units.  Over the years I held and advanced through numerous positions including Projects Design, Development & Management, Engineering Manager, and Plant Manager of multiple Refiners.

  • - 10 years experience at the Corporate Management level.  Responsibilities included VP of Refining, Refining & Commercial Operations Planning, Optimization and Strategy Development Manager, Business Development Manager including Corporation acquisitions-mergers and major asset evaluations-acquisitions, and Supply Chain Management.

  • - After retiring from Corporate life, became an Energy Consultant and Researcher.  Most recently joined the SCORE team to counsel and mentor entrepreneurs, new business startups, and help improve-grow existing small businesses.

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Education

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

Will Paul

Will Paul

Current City: West Orange, NJ

There are patterns to success; and failure.  My goal is to help my clients identify and leverage the strategies that lead to success. I'm an engineer by trade, a hacker (programmer subculture) by nature. I'm a software architect with over 20 years of business and technical experience and the president of a non-profit organization focusing on STEM education, entrepreneurship and career development. I ask myself everyday "what are you doing for others?" My answer is always the same: Help tons of students and their families and others, young or old, improve their education, develop their career, and enter the entrepreneurial space"

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Education

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BS/MS in Computer Science from New Jersey Institute of Technology</p>

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