Meet Our Austin Business Mentors

Thomas J Barton

Thomas J Barton

 

Experience in the Following Areas:: Tax, accounting, and finance are my primarily skills as I was a CPA for a number of small businesses. I assisted many small businesses to start up, was involved with many of their day to day operating problems, and worked with several financially challenged companies. Beside sales and marketing for my own business, I spend several years selling office machines and financial services.
Professional Background:: I owned and operated a CPA business that serviced small businesses for 25 years. In the corporate world I held the following positions: financial analyst(specialized in hot potatoes), division controller, mortgage broker, salesman, corporate controller and CFO. Most of my experience was with manufacturers that sod their products to other businesses(B to B) I was also an Assistant Professor at Xavier in Cincinnati where I taught MBA students as well as undergraduates. I did this to finance the start up of my CPA firm.
Education:: MBA University of Chicago with a concentration in accounting, BA Lawrence University in Economics and Math, CPA – State of Illinois.
Testimonials:: Timothy Sinatra President &CEO We recruited Tom to help us do an organizational review of a Boys & Girls Club to help us move our organization to the next level. Tom assembled a team through SCORE and the end results of their recommendations helped us achieve extraordinary results. Tom is a true professional who understands how to make an organization great. Duane Gran IT Director in the Finance Sector Tom advised me on several occasions through SCORE and he always was able to help me see the bigger picture or uncover blind spots in my analysis of a business venture. One of the things that I really appreciate about Tom is that he asks good questions that not only help him to advise clients, but also help clients to disrupt entrenched notions they may have about a business plan. I would recommend Tom without hesitation to my colleagues
Favorite Quote:: Murphy’s law: “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.”
Russel M. Becker

Russel M. Becker

Experience in the Following Areas:: Business start ups, analysis of start up costs, profit projections, marking plans, etc. Commercial lending in real estate and business loans. Government contracting. Commercial real estate investment and development.
Professional Background:: Small business owner for the past 18 years. Focused in civil construction, government contracting and commercial real estate.
Education:: BS in Civil Engineering.
Favorite Quote:: Lessons cost money…good ones cost lots. Tony Beets.
Celia Bell

Celia Bell

Experience in the Following Areas:: Starting a small business. Growing a small business. Marketing (social media), Strategic Planning, non profits and Real Estate.
Professional Background:: Chief Operating Officer – EVP BusinesSuites, Banking, Commercial Real Estate, Non Profit Executive Director,
Education:: BS University of Texas Austin, graduate studies at University of Arkansas, University of Illinois, and University of Texas.
Testimonials::

Celia Bell helped me take my business from a dream to a reality by helping me break down my business plan into achievable steps. This was pinnacle to Jump!’s success because it allowed me to learn as the business grew and to minimize my debt along the way. 

Natalie Egan
Owner
Jump Gymnastics

Celia has been my SCORE mentor for 9 year and  has helped me at all stages of my business growth, from inception to expansion to 4 offices. She has, on many occasions, connected me with others and provided opportunities for me to promote and grow my business.  Her wisdom, experience, and selflessness is truly an inspiration.

Donna Balser
Owner/Managing Director
College Nannies + Tutors l Austin

Favorite Quote:: We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act but a habit. Aristotle
Pat Bell

Pat Bell

Experience in the Following Areas:: Human Resources, Leadership Development Training, Start Up HR Operations, Temporary Employment Services, Applicant Tracking Systems, Employee Communications and Employee Relations.
Professional Background:: An entrepreneurial Human Resources Professional with strategic consulting expertise. Offers 30+ years of successful, diverse experience characterized by the ability to inspire confidence and create effective partnerships with senior management, employees, HR vendors, benefit brokers and community resources.
Education::  Certified Trainer for Civil Treatment for Leaders ( Legal/Respectful Workplace Training)  Achieved PHR (Professional Human Resources) Designation in May 1999 – May 2002
Favorite Quote:: True leadership is not creating followers, it’s helping others to unlock their greatest strengths to exceed their expectations.
Craig Bentsen

Craig Bentsen

Experience in the Following Areas:: Account Management, R&D Program Management, Human Resources, IT Services.
Professional Background:: Account Executive in IT Outsourcing Sector. Experienced in identification of customer issues, identifying solutions that led to new and expanded business. In this role dealt with contract negotiation, service level agreements, customer satisfaction and complex problem solving. Led international group that focused on application of computing power to Chemical Research and Manufacturing.
Education:: PhD in Chemical Engineering, Texas Tech University
Favorite Quote:: “There is no horizontal stratification of society in this country like the rocks in the earth, that hold one class down below forevermore, and let another come to the surface to stay there forever. Our stratification is like the ocean, where every individual drop is free to move, and where from the sternest depths of the mighty deep any drop may come up to glitter on the highest wave that rolls.” ― James A. Garfield
James Binneboese

James Binneboese

Experience in the Following Areas:: Marketing, management, PR, strategic planning, patents, business plans, not-for-profits.
Professional Background:: Retired from Motorola Semiconductor after 31 years. Various responsibilities including marketing, program management and technical product support.
Education:: BSEE, Associate Degree in Aviation Techology
Testimonials:: Several over 12 years with SCORE.
Favorite Quote:: Never give up on an idea that you believe in or that you have committed to do. Treat people like you would want to be treated. Never pass up an opportunity to help someone.
Ted Brooks

Ted Brooks

Experience in the Following Areas:: Sales/sales management & marketing Purchasing, inventory control. Negotiating & long term purchasing agreements General management Retailing
Professional Background:: Director of purchasing for 3 years 20+ years outside sales/ sales management 5 years general manager.
Education:: Over 4 year of college, majoring in business management but no degree Attend university of Dayton Wright state university Wichita state university
James Carolan

James Carolan

Name:: Jim Carolan
Experience in the Following Areas:: Business Development – opportunity capture and winning proposal development Organizational Development – leadership development and coaching Systems Development – enterprise IT implementation and systems integration Business Process Operations – process design and implementation; quality assurance Manufacturing – process automation and improvement
Professional Background:: Over 30 years of experience as a commercial business executive in operations management and business development. • Consultant and senior management roles at several consulting firms, including a career as an Accenture partner, responsible for selling and delivering complex mission-critical information systems. • Chief Operating Officer and corporate sales manager roles with Covey Leadership Center and Maxim Systems. Currently “executive consultant”, highly skilled leading client executive and subject matter expert (SME) teams to win completive business opportunities (working on behalf of Shipley Associates). Served 24 years in the Navy as surface warfare officer and systems acquisition manager.
Education:: • MBA: International Business, The George Washington University • MS: Systems Engineering, University of Southern California • BS: Engineering, U.S. Naval Academy • Defense Systems Management College: Program Management • Defense Intelligence Agency: Postgraduate Intelligence • Covey Leadership Center – Covey Principle-Centered Leadership workshops facilitator • Shipley University – Writing Winning Proposals
Testimonials:: New SCORE mentor
Favorite Quote:: Begin with the end in mind.
Peter K. Carvell

Peter K. Carvell

Experience in the Following Areas:: business plans – automotive business – sales and marketing – strategic planning
Professional Background:: international business – management experience in finance, sales and marketing, warehousing and distribution, inventory control, strategic planning and general administration
Education:: BA Princeton University
Favorite Quote:: All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Edmund Burke
Patrick Coleman

Patrick Coleman

Name:

Patrick Coleman

Experience in the Following Areas:

Quickbooks accounting, Human Resources, administration.

Professional Background:

Co-founded a demolition company in the Los Angeles are in 1995. Our expertise was comercial tenant improvement demolition mostly in hi-rise office buildings. As of Dec 2015 this company had approx 140 employees and generating nearly $10 million in annual revenues. My main focus was the business administration, accounting, payroll and Human Resources. I sold this business to my co-founder in December 31, 2015 and retired.

Education:

I have a BS in Business Finance from San Diego State University 1987

Favorite Quote:

“If all employees thought the same as the owner of the business they wouldn’t be employees they would business Owners”.

My mother

John Conniff

John Conniff

Experience in the Following Areas:: Manufacturing, Wholesale, Retail, Construction, Sales & Marketing, Accounting & Tax preparation for small businesses, Insurance
Professional Background:: Tax associations, Business brokerage, Accounting associations
Education:: Industrial geography & Business administration
Testimonials: John was very helpful and patient, offered good advice for me to get started. He was encouraging.
Robert L. Cotter

Robert L. Cotter

Name:

Robert L. Cotter

Experience in the Following Areas:

Financial and administrative management, accounting and internal controls at plant and division levels. New plant financing and financial management from construction to operational start-ups.

Professional Background:

Plant and Division CFO for Cabot Corporation, a Fortune 300 global manufacturing company active in the US and some 30 foreign locations. My 35 year career covered all phases of accounting and financial management with several subsidiary start-ups during 12 years in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Education:

BBA – The University of Texas, 1962

MBA – The University of Texas, 1964

CPA – Texas (retired status), 1973

John Cuddeback

John Cuddeback

Experience in the Following Areas:: Business planning Cash flow analysis Contracting (construction & government) Freelancing Oil & Gas Environmental business Advising SCORE clients 14 years Industrial risk prevention Project Management and HR
Professional Background:: Assistant Professor Environmental Science Univ. Cincinnati Certified Industrial Hygienist Director of Environmental Affairs Aramco Project Manager for Superfund Site Construction IT Corp Miscellaneous Consulting
Education:: B.S. Chemistry Univ Texas Ph.D. University of Texas
Chuck Gautschy

Chuck Gautschy

Experience in the Following Areas:: Project Development Human Resources,Budgeting Long and Short Range Planning Scheduling Contracting Construction Management
Professional Background:: Plant Manager, Engineer Manager, Purchasing, Contract negotiation, Labor relations.
Education:: BS Mechanical Engineering University of Illinois Advanced Management Cornell University
Testimonials::
Favorite Quote:: Don’t cry because it is over, Be glad that it happened
Jack Greyer

Jack Greyer

Experience in the Following Areas::

General management, international and domestic operations, strategic planning, business finance, sales and marketing.

Professional Background::

Entrepreneur/founder and CEO of four companies.  Export and import of industrial and consumer products.  Planning and development of U.S. and foreign markets.  COO of a Fortune 100 company’s International Division.

Education::

MBA University of Chicago Executive Program, Chicago, IL

B. Foreign Trade, American Institute of Foreign Trade (Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona State University, Glendale AZ)

B.S. Business Administration, and B. Naval Science, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL

Testimonials::  “Dear Jack,

So first and foremost, I wanted to share with you how what you have helped me with has DOUBLED my business in the short time we have been working together.  You have been so amazing to assist me and my business and it has really paid off.  I really doubted my ability to make this business work, but with the right support, I can truly see that my business will be successful and sustainable.  THANK YOU Jack, for not only being supportive and helping me with my business, but helping me to achieve something I honestly never thought possible.  Starting and running my own business is something that most people will never do in their lifetime.  I thank you for helping me achieve this dream.

RB”

Favorite Quote::

“Nothing happens unless first we dream.”  Carl Sandburg

Jim Grimsley

Jim Grimsley

Experience in the Following Areas:: Sales & Marketing Management Supply Chain Strategy
Professional Background:: Held a number of various Mid & Senior-level Management positions for 20 years with Amoco Production Company in La., Texas & Illinois. Led a number of Re-engineering, M&A, IT System implementation, Supply Chain & Strategy projects with Accenture and also led Accenture’s Upstream Energy Practice.
Education:: BS in Management from the University of New Orleans….
Favorite Quote:: “…If you don’t know where you are going–any road will get you there….” “…Before anyone will buy something from you–they have to like, respect and trust you…”
Bill Grosskopf

Bill Grosskopf

Email Address::

bill.grosskopf@gmail.com

Experience in the Following Areas::

Interview for new hires Staff management and team-building Sales and marketing Project management Proposals and estimates Write technical documentation Manage IT equipment Sale and purchase of small businesses TI construction, leasing, and management of a commercial building Use Quickbooks for our LLC for a commercial building

Professional Background::

I joined an existing family typesetting business where I built and managed a new division that continually employed state-of-the-art, computer-based typesetting equipment, and I created a book production service division. I managed this small business for 40 years starting with 4 employees and peaking at about 120. I sold the business in 2005 and worked with the buyer for 10 years until retiring at the end of 2015.

Education::

From the University of Texas at Austin, I earned a BS in electrical engineering in 3.5 years and followed with an MS in electrical engineering. Also, I used electives to complete about two-thirds of the coursework for an MBA.

John F Gurasich

John F Gurasich

Experience in the Following Areas:: Real estate development, management and brokerage. Accounting and tax matters. Small business ownership.
Professional Background:: CPA- 8 years with Arthur Andersen in Denver. Specialized in taxation. Real estate general contractor and Broker in Arizona.
Education:: BBA in accounting from Univ of Texas 1970 MPA Taxation from Univ of Texas 1971 Currently active in teaching Boots2Business at Ft Hood
Favorite Quote:: Work Hard/ Play Hard
Michael Harkin

Michael Harkin

Experience in the Following Areas:: Small business start up (Retail), Financial, Employee Management, Operations, Policy and procedures
Professional Background:: Financial Plans, Engineering, Retail management & operations, Insurance (personal, business and some P&C)
Education:: BS Mechanical Engineering Licensing: Class C Water Handler Life & Health Insurance Registered Investment Advisor
Favorite Quote:: Never, never, never give in. Winston Church
Lyn Hittle

Lyn Hittle

Name:

Lyn Hittle

Experience in the Following Areas:

Finance, budgeting, SEC reporting, Human Resources, Financial Planning in the Airline industry and Banking

Professional Background:

Bank CFO and HR Director, Airline VP of Finance, and the Iron Industry

Education:

BS in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting, graduated from Youngstown State University summa cum laude with a 4.0/4.0 GPA

Favorite Quote:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by and that has made all the difference.

Wes Hoffman

Wes Hoffman

Name:

Wes Hoffman

Experience in the Following Areas:

Tech Startups, Business Operations, Organizaional Development, Business Strategy & Planning, Supply Chain Management, Technology and IT Services, Lean Practices, Media Technology.

Professional Background:

General Manager, Pesident/COO of a division of a large electronics corporation. President and CEO of a Silicon Valley Tech Start-up, COO of a public company providing middleware and games for satellite set-top boxes. Executive VP of a privately held company proving DSL and cable modems worldwide. COO and Sr. VP Technology of a company that tests, repairs/refurbishes cable and satellite set-top boxes and provides automated test benches for on premises testing.

Education:

BS Computer Science and Statistics, University of Delaware.

William Hawkins

William Hawkins

Name:

William Hawkins

Experience in the Following Areas:

Experience in the Following Areas: Information Technology, Product Management, Product Marketing, IT Security, Consulting Services Sales, Personnel Management, Broadcasting, RFPs and Photography.

Professional Background:

Professional Background: Sales, marketing and management in Information Technology with IBM Corporation, OpenConnect Systems and BMC Software. Currently owns and operates a small portrait photography business.

Education:

Education: MBA, Amos Tuck School, Dartmouth College. BA, Colgate University.

Testimonials:

The first time I met Bill Hawkins, I immediately felt confident that he would be able to provide the support I needed to further develop my photography business. Bill began by asking probing questions that helped to guide me to understanding where I was and where I wanted to be. He helped me understand that I needed to narrow my area of focus to sports photography. He provided many resources for me to explore: software options, website choices, how to use Google analytics, and many more. Bill helped my keep a positive outlook and was there for me for many months keeping in contact, requesting meeting in person, critiquing my work and reviewing my business plan. I am very grateful for his support and professional guidance and believe I would not have improved my business without his help.

Penrod Vladyka

Richard Jozwiakowski

Richard Jozwiakowski

Experience in the Following Areas:: 20 years of marketing in multiple industries. Turnaround manager having turned around 4 different organizations, growing both revenue and profit. Wrote a book on change management. Highly focused on customer satisfaction Taught multiple courses on various facets of business development
Professional Background:: Developed a course on web site creation. Consulted for troubled businesses. Variety of Marketing management positions. Managed and integrated high tech industries including acquisitions Developed many successful managers
Education:: MBA in marketing from University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee BS in mathematics from Marquette University. attended many management development courses throughout career
Testimonials:: Richard helped me grow from earning beer money to making a six figure income
Favorite Quote:: you need to answer the question ” what’s in it for them (my potential customers)”
Doug Keenan

Doug Keenan

Name:

Doug Keenan

Experience in the Following Areas:

Experience in Industrial Engineering, Equipment Engineering, and Process Engineering all within the semiconductor wafer process industry. Has a performance history for leading organizations to improve operations; employs analytical and data driven strategies to achieve results. Also, has training and experience as a Kaizen facilitator and Lean to drive improved efficiencies in cost, quality, and on time delivery.

Professional Background:

Equipment Engineering Manager, Industrial Engineering and Planning Manager, Product Supply Planning Manager, 300mm Equipment Development Manager, Capacity Modeling and Simulation Industrial Engineer, Lean Deployment Manager all for Motorola (Semiconductor Products Sector), General Instrument (Microelectronics), Freescale Semiconductor, and NXP Semiconductor

Education:

B.S., Industrial and Systems Engineering (minor in Mathematics), Ohio University, Coursework toward a M.S. in Industrial Engineering, Arizona State University, Earning 27 of 30 credit hours towards degree completion, Motorola Six Sigma Green Belt Program including Minitab Workshop, Motorola Advanced Leadership Academy, Kepner Tregoe Project Management

Brian Kieley

Brian Kieley

Name:

Brian Kieley

Experience in the Following Areas:

Payments, operations, technology, product development, customer service, call centers, project management, human resources, leadership, vendor management, outsourcing/offshoring, global business, social media, business development, performance management, metrics, financial management, strategy, business planning.

Professional Background:

Global payments and operations executive. Managed a large, distributed customer support team for both business and consumer customers.

Education:

B. Commerce, Carleton University

Favorite Quote:

If you can’t fix it, forget it!

Douglas Laws

Douglas Laws

Experience in the Following Areas:: Financial, accounting, business management, planning and budgeting. Small business ownership and business valuation.
Professional Background:: Career with Aluminum Company of America including controllership and consulting at foreign locations. Ownership of small business in Austin after retired. Score mentoring over 15 years
Education:: University of Oklahoma BBA Business Management and Graduate Study University of Tennessee, Business Management and Accounting.
Phil Loeb

Phil Loeb

Experience in the Following Areas:: Product Development & Intellectual Property, Strategic Planning & Business Growth, Manufacturing & Operations, Customer Service, Sales, Acquisitions, and Project Management
Professional Background:: 40 year career of Product Development & Intellectual Property, Strategic Planning & Business Growth, Manufacturing & Operations, Customer Service, Sales, Acquisitions, and Project Management in Medical, Industrial and Research industries. 25 years of management and ownership experience in small companies.
Education:: M.S. Bioengineering; University of Illinois at Chicago B.S. Bioengineering; University of Illinois at Chicago
Alan Hulme-Lowe

Alan Hulme-Lowe

Email Address:: alan.hulmelowe@gmail.com
Experience in the Following Areas:: General Management Tech Start Ups New Products Product Development New Product Marketing Realty
Professional Background:: Technical executive in 3M Company focused on areas of electronics , telecommunications, optics materials for new business development worldwide.
Education:: PhD Chemistry, Graduate Royal Society of Chemistry, Fellow Royal society of Chemistry, Charted Chemist, Six Sigma
Favorite Quote:: To be successful a new product needs to be twice as good or half the price.
Dwayne L. McAfee

Dwayne L. McAfee

Name:

Dwayne L. McAfee

Experience in the Following Areas:

Sales, marketing, product management, executive management, private equity funding, international operations, profit planning and business turnarounds. I spent my career in technology and financial services. During this time I was able to be a part of two successful turnaround situations. At my last company, we successfully changed the market and mission of our company from corporate payment services to electronic payment services for the healthcare industry.

Professional Background:

Over the last twenty years of my career I was the CEO of a large division of a publicly traded company and the CEO of two private equity backed companies. These companies provided financial and payment services to our customer bases. Prior to that, over an eleven year span, I became the COO of a publicly traded company providing both hardware and software services to the financial services industry and large corporate customers. I began my career in commercial banking and then worked for a major computer company for almost ten years.

Education:

BS Business-Centenary College of Louisiana

MIT Sloan Executive Training (Creating High Velocity Organizations)

Favorite Quote:

“You only get one chance to make a first impression”

Teri Moreno

Teri Moreno

Experience in the Following Areas:: Business Owner, Insurance and Financial Services
Professional Background:: Insurance and Financial Services
Education:: BS in Marketing and General Business UT Austin
Testimonials:: Clients come first!
Favorite Quote:: Score is the best kept secret in Austin!
Carol Meyer

Carol Meyer

Experience in the Following Areas: Large Business Planning, Business Development, Management Accounting , Marketing,Quality Improvement.
Small Business Management. Retail and Services.
Non Profit Development, Fundraising and Marketing.
Professional Background: Management Accountancy in Manufacturing and Service industries
Business Transformation Consulting in large Retail and Services organizations to improve Profitability,Processes and Customer Satisfaction. Subject expert in business transformation.
Business Development and Industry Head ( strategy, planning,marketing & sales, major client management,partner development,footprint management) in large Hi-tech organizations.
Education: Fellow of Chartered Institute of management Accountants FCMA ( UK)
Victoria Musa

Victoria Musa

Experience in the Following Areas:: Business Partner experience supporting corporate services, finance, product development, marketing, IT, manufacturing & call center environments with customer-focused people & organizational development initiatives.
Professional Background: Human Resources
Education: BS Communications
Favorite Quote:: Anyone who is amoung the living has hope. Even a live dog is better of than a dead lion! Ecclesiastes 9:4
Bennett Neiman

Bennett Neiman

Email Address:: bennettneiman@aol.com
Experience in the Following Areas:: Sales & Marketing, Leadership, Conflict Resolution/Mediation, Advertising, Training, NFP Board Development & Fundraising
Professional Background:: Founder/CEO: Neiman, Maring & Kanefield Advertising (St Louis, MO) – 11 yrs. Director of Marketing & Training: Innovation Associates (Framingham, MA) – 2 yrs. Associate Director: Foxhollow Leadership Center (Lenox, MA) – 3 yrs. Chief Innovation Officer: MorphoTrust, Inc. (Boston, MA) – 3 yrs. Founder/President: Chrysalis Consulting (Woodstock, NY) – 18 yrs.
Education:: B.A, University of Cincinnati: Math; Theater M.A, St. Louis University: Communication PhD, Washington University
Testimonials:: “Bennett Neiman is a catalyst for success. He can’t walk on water, but he’s quite good at convincing others that they can!”
Favorite Quote:: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take!” (Wayne Gretsky)
Robert Paino

Robert Paino

Experience in the Following Areas:: Business Operations, Business Strategy & Planning, Sales Marketing & Public Relations, Manufacturing & Product Development, Buy & Sell Business, business consulting
Professional Background:: Consumer & B2B Marketing, Sales, Management Operation, Forecasting, creative & production services, business consulting from start up to growing business, mergers & Acquisitions, Contract Negotiations Industries served Watches, Toys, Lingerie, Book Publishers, Luggage, Hospitality Destinations, Tourist Boards
Education:: AAS Advertising Baruach College
Testimonials:: Helped me for over 11 months from start up to opening and beyond. Makes himself always available Advised me on best ways to negotiate contacts and RFP’s, always available to answer my ongoing questions
Favorite Quote:: Teddy Rosevelt Speak softly and carry a big stick and you will go far
Victoire Van Der Pas

Victoire Van Der Pas

Experience in the Following Areas::

tax planning and compliance, accounting, budgets, finance, hard money and private lending, commercial and residential real estate, start up small business.

Professional Background:

Texas CPA serves as VP Finance in Austin. Victoire is an active small business owner and real estate investor in Austin. She really enjoys tax planning for small businesses and real estate. Her real estate experience includes residential, commercial, development, rehab/flip, leasing, farm, vacation rental, hard money and construction lending. She has been an entrepreneur for most of her career, other work experience includes audit, tax preparation, engineering (oil, environmental, mining, semiconductors) in the USA and overseas.

Education:

MSc Metals and Materials Engineering – University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC, Canada MSc Mining and Petroleum Engineering – Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands CPA – Texas Real estate broker – Texas

Scheherazade Perkins

Scheherazade Perkins

Name: Scheherazade Perkins
Experience in the Following Areas: Manufacturing Management, Human Resource Management, Sales, Marketing, and Customer Service, Chemical Technology, Curriculum Development and Instruction, Entrepreneurship, Change Mastery, Team Optimization, Leadership Development, Psychometric Instrumentation, and Doctoral Research.
Professional Background: Twenty Eight Years – IBM Corporation Ten Years – Business Owner (SIB Solutions, L.L.C.) Toe Years – Business Development, Austin Chamber of Commerce Three Years – University Instructor (University of Phoenix) Three Years Business Start Up- Adapt Companies, L.L.C. Ten Years – Business Consultant (Profiles International, L.L.C.)
Education:: A.A.S. , Chemical Technology – Texas State Technical College – Waco, Texas B.S. Business Administration – St. Edwards University – Austin, Texas M.A. , Curriculum and Instruction, University of Texas at Austin Ph.D., (2016) Educational Leadership – Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona
Favorite Quote: Be anxious for nothing, but in all things by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God and the peace of God which transcends all our understanding will guard our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-8
Karen Pryce

Karen Pryce

Experience in the Following Areas: I have 20+ years experience in Sales & Marketing as well as management and public relations.
Professional Background: I have over 25 years experience as an insurance advisor. B2B sales is in my DNA I pride myself with the consultative sales approach. Everyone wants to buy but nobody wants to be sold so having an active listening ear for buying interest and signals is key for me.
Education: Licensed insurance advisor for all lines of insurance services in the State of Texas.
Steve Price

Steve Price

Name:

Steve Price

Experience in the Following Areas:

Consumer marketing, advertising, public relations, sales promotion, marketing research, new product development/launch, strategic planning for clients in various industries including food, beverage, household products, pharmaceutical, telecom, automotive, retail, hospitality, and healthcare among others.

Professional Background:

Held mid and senior level account management positions in general marketing advertising agencies working with regional, national and global clients, followed by overall agency management of national advertising agency. Upon retirement, taught introductory marketing classes at Texas State and Austin Community College.

Education:

BA in Journalism from the University of Kansas followed by partial completion of MBA at University of Texas, Austin

Favorite Quote:

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Jim Robertson

Jim Robertson

Name:: James C. Robertson
Experience in the Following Areas: Complex industrial and military electronic control systems. Specialized in restoring troubled organizations to full operational effectiveness. Sales support. Elective office in city government.
Professional Background: Management of engineering, manufacturing, quality control, reliability and IT service functions. Sales support and product line management.
Education: BS industrial Engineering, minors in electronics and metallurgy, Carnegie Mellon University. Graduate work at Univ. of New Mex. and Harvard Business School.
Favorite Quote: “The priorities of your job are; First – equipment that works; Second – delivered on time and; Third – produced within planned cost.” H. E. O’Kelley, Division Manager
Charles Savino

Charles Savino

Experience in the Following Areas:

Business Management

Non Profit Businesses Management

Real Estate Development

Market Analysis and Research

Professional Background:

Executive Vice President, CDS Market Research, community development and real estate market research

Executive Vice President, Greater Houston Partnership, economic development and chamber of commerce

Executive Vice President, Texas Management Company, real estate development and building management

President and Executive Director, West Houston Association, private area planning organization

Director of Research, Rice Center for Community Design and Research

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Lamar University

Master of Science in Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Masters of City Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology

Favorite Quote:

For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong

. H. L. Mencken

Bob Shaver

Bob Shaver

Experience in the Following Areas:: Literally, “everything”, except Treasury.
Professional Background:: High tech, professional services, consulting, real estate.
Education:: BS in Business
Testimonials:: See Liz Wiseman’s TED Talk, her book “Rookie Smarts” or my LinkedIn profile.
Favorite Quote:: “Some men see things as they are and say, ‘Why’? I see things that never were and say, ‘Why not’?” – Robert F. Kennedy
Carleton L. Smith

Carleton L. Smith

Experience in the Following Areas:: Forty years of experience in management of sales, marketing and engineering for high tech companies.
Professional Background:: Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for a Fortune 500 company with global operations. Management experience in sales, marketing, business turnarounds, manufacturing, engineering, acquisitions and mergers.
Education:: BSEE from Purdue University and a Masters in Engineering Management from George Washington University plus executive management training at Harvard, Northwestern, Texas A&M, SMU and University of Wisconsin.
Testimonials:: “Carleton Smith was attentive, positive, and generally caring. He was also very professional. I was so impressed by his general demeanor, knowledge and his focus on helping me, that I called a friend to sing his praises as soon as I left the meeting.” “My mentor, Carleton Smith, was pleasant and had great advice. He also had information about resources that are available.”
Favorite Quote:: “Without customers, you don’t have a business. You have a hobby.”
Stan Starrett

Stan Starrett

Experience in the Following Areas::

Real Estate development and sales.

Professional Background::

Have completed projects on a world wide basis.

Education::

B.S. University of Houston Degree from the New York Insitiute of Finance

Testimonials::

Favorite Quote::

Qustion everything and think outsude the box!!!

Phil Storin

Phil Storin

Experience in the Following Areas: I worked in various accounting and financial roles over a 40-year career including: accounting operations, financial reporting, forecasting, budgeting, auditing, investor relations, fund raising (including debt, preferred stock & two IPOs, ) facilities management, credit and collections, cash management, risk management, treasury, human resources, contracts, tax and legal services. I have held positions including corporate controller and chief financial officer for both publicly traded and privately held companies.
Professional Background: Westvaco Corp. (New York City) 1976 to 1982; Publicly traded (NYSE) Fortune 250, international paper products manufacturer. Datapoint Corp. (San Antonio, TX) 1982 to 1987; Publicly traded (NYSE) computer manufacturer. Dell Computer Corp. (Austin, TX) 1987 to 1992; Publicly traded (NASDAQ) computer manufacturer. USLD Communications Corp. (San Antonio, TX) 1992 to 1998; Publicly traded (NASDAQ) telecom services provider. Destia Communications, Inc. (New York City) 1998 to 1999; Publicly traded (NASDAQ) international telecom services provider. NetNearU Corp. 1999 to 2014; Privately held Internet software and services provider. Austin Pets Alive! 2012 – to 2015; No-kill animal shelter volunteer.
Education: BBA degree in Accounting from Hofstra University in New York – 1973. MBA degree in Finance from Hofstra University – 1977. Certified Public Accountant New York State (inactive) – 1978. Certified Management Accountant (inactive) – 1982.
Favorite Quote: “Please pass the salt”.
J. Paul Strange

J. Paul Strange

Experience in the Following Areas: Experience in customer service, physical distribution, sales, sales management, key account management and marketing. Worked with both large and small business entities. Managed a national sales force comprised of both company employees and independent sales agents. Was involved in a number of acquisitions and tasked with rationalizing and integrating product line, customer base and sales force for minimal disruption and future growth. SCORE expertise includes start up business formation, funding sources and requirements, sales and marketing and familiarity with IRS record keeping requirements and Texas sales and use taxes.
Professional Background: Business Operations Business Strategy & Planning Sales, Marketing & Public Relations Supply chain management
Education: BS Packaging, Michigan State University
John Tobin

John Tobin

Name:

John D. Tobin

Experience in the Following Areas:

Healthcare IT Sales, Marketing, Branding, Messaging, B2B Client Retention, Analytics Software, and Product Development.

Professional Background:

35 years in senior executive roles in healthcare IT, financial services and non profit organizations. Areas of expertise include sales, marketing, product development, branding, messaging and client retention for publicly held companies such as DST Systems and Humana.

Education:

BA, St. Bonaventure University

Masters in Public Administration, The Maxwell School, Syracuse University

Favorite Quote:

Never have a career path set in stone – always be open to new opportunities.

Memo Vargas

Memo Vargas

Experience in the Following Areas:: Entrepreneurship, leadership, real estate, coaching, mentoring, motivation
Professional Background:: Entrepreneur, currently broker-partner The Vargas Team LLC, real estate brokerage. Certified Coach, Trainer & Speaker through John Maxwell.
Education:: Mechanical Engineering, Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudio Superiores de Monterrey; Texas Real Estate Broker; John Maxwell Team Certified Coach, Trainer & Speaker.
Testimonials:: “THINK BIG Retreat with my team, most amazing ladies! Thank you Memo Vargas for coaching me in this one” “Gracias Don Memo por compartir sus sabidurías me sirven de mucho” “That’s our Memo, Expanding minds and hearts everywhere he goes!” “Congrats Memo for being an inspiration”
Favorite Quote:: Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care!
Tom Walsh

Tom Walsh

Experience in the Following Areas: Have owned two of my own small businesses:Advertising Agency for 20+ years and Financial Planning firm for 11 years. Now fully retired. In addition to all that’s entailed in owning and operating 2 small businesses as a sole proprietor, I have extensive, first-hand experience in Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations, Sales, Photography, Printing, Small Business Bookkeeping and Financial Reports, most Financial Matters related to Business and Personal needs to include Planning and Investments.
Professional Background: ~Commercial Motion Picture Writing, Editing and Direction ~Corporate Advertising and Marketing Communications Manager ~Advertising Agency Owner (Sole Proprietor) ~Financial Planning/Advisory Owner ~SCORE Counselor/Mentor (12+ years)
Education: ~BS in Communication Arts, University of Notre Dame ~Series 7 and 66 as Financial Advisor
Favorite Quote: Regardless of business status (start-up or looking to grow), it’s vital to always remember that “Somebody has to sell.” Without strong sales and a dedicated sales system, nothing much else matters.
Ralph Wickenberg

Ralph Wickenberg

Experience in the Following Areas: Marine engineering, liquid rocket testing, solid rocket design, thermoelectric devices, telecommunications [outside plant]
Professional Background: Product design and development, quality control, technical management
Education: BS,MS mechanical Engineering, U of Wisconsin
Schuyler Williamson

Schuyler Williamson

Experience in the Following Areas: SaaS
Training
Management/Leadership
Sales/Marketing
Real Estate
Recruiting
Professional Background: SaaS
Military
Real Estate
Recruiting
Education: McCombs School of Business, MBA
United States Military Academy, Engineering
Willis Wolf

Willis Wolf

Experience in the Following Areas: Started several small business, which I ran successfully and then sold. Have also purchased several business that had problems, fixed the problems and sold them.
Education: MBA University of Michigan
Favorite Quote: In running a small business you have the “Good, the Bad and the Ugly” situations. You need to be prepared to handle all three.