Counselors to America's Small Business
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.
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
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"
BS/MS in Computer Science from New Jersey Institute of Technology</p>
MICHAEL RAVENS 11436 Hidden Cove Ct. Trinity, Fl. 34655
Phone; (240) 888-4767
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.
B.B.A. Business Management</p>
20 years ago I decided I wanted to become an entrepreneur so I left a secure job in retail merchandising and founded 'The Natural Dentist' oral care brand. I was so glad that I did. Being a successful entrepreneur is a great accomplishment and leads to very positive feelings about oneself. So I've decided to use my experience and skills to help others navigate to entrepreneurship.
<p> <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/edu/school?id=19026&trk=prof-edu-school-name" title="More details for this school">State University of New York at Albany</a> <strong>1974 BS Degree in Economics</strong></p> <p> </p>
32+ years in corporate America
Small business owner
MBA - Marketing & Statistics</p>
Additional training in market research, new product development, competitor intelligence</p>
MFA - University of Hartford</p>
Bachelor Degree in Industrial Engineering from University of Toledo.
Master Degree in Business from Ashland College.