Mentor Bios

Guy Antoine
Counseling Location:  DC - Main Office    

Skills:
Business Finance & Accounting
Business Operations
Business Strategy & Planning    

Industry:
Banking, financial services and Insurance
International Trade, Imports / Exports
Manufacturing & Mining
Restaurants and Hospitality
Agriculture and Farming

Career Summary:
After a first career in industry in Belgium and the Netherlands, Mr Antoine joined the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a multilateral development organization that promotes and finances private sector growth in underprivileged countries. He served as Director responsible for investments in Western and Central Africa(1984-86 and 1996-2000)and in Eastern Africa (1990-95). In 1988, Mr Antoine established the Africa Enterprise Fund (AEF), a special initiative that provided risk capital and technical assistance to small businesses. Since retiring from IFC, Mr Antoine has continued to work as a consultant on small business development and growth.

Education:
BS in Mechanical Engineering (Liege Polytechnic, Belgium) MS in Mechanical Engineering (Michigan State U, USA) Master in Business Administration (London Business School, UK

Leonard Briskman
Counseling Location: Rockville, MD

Industry:
Business Finance & Accounting
Business Operations

Career Summary:
Retail - previous founder and owner of a 42 store retail chain, which was listed as one of the top 100 public companies in the Washington, DC area. Director of International finance and financial planning for three Fortune 100 companies. Business turnaround specialist Assisted and provided consulting services for the reorganization of several companies in Chapter XI. Program Manager for complex assets in the US Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture program. Provided evaluation, management, disposal, and liquidation of hundreds of operating businesses and large commercial real estate entities forfeited to the government.

Education:
BA Economics - New York University MBA Finance - Graduate School of Business, New York University

Kyle Brown
Counseling Location: Largo

Skills:
Business Finance & Accounting
Business Operations
Technology & IT Services

Industry:
Banking, Financial Services and Insurance
Consulting, Research and Business Services
Technology and Web-Based Services

Michael Calhoun
Counseling Location: Fairfax, VA

Industry:
Senior Executive, Federal Civilian IT Services Management

Career Summary:
Over 27 years of experience as a successful senior consultant, engineer, technical services manager, and business development leader in the information technology sector supporting federal government contracts. Expertise includes business process, information security, program management, telecommunications, engineering design, governance, and cloud services. Experienced in alliance and partner development, sales and business development processes, proposal management, quality systems, and strategic planning. Knowledge of building small businesses, developing infrastructure, and merging organizations.

Joseph Clarke
Counseling Location:  Arlington    

Skill:
Business Operations
Business Strategy & Planning
Technology & IT Services    

Industry:
Consulting, Research and Business Services
Government Contracting
Technology and Web-Based Services

Career Summary:
Joe Clarke has over 40 years of experience providing consulting services to clients in both the federal government and commercial sectors. This experience includes over 25 years of specializing in IT consulting. Mr. Clarke holds certification as an ITIL Expert, the highest certification availbale for the IT Service Management field. Mr. Clarke retired from Gartner Consulting where he was a subject matter expert in process engineering and service management. His experience includes over 15 years of helping a small consulting firm grow from 12 employees to over 150. Mr. Clarke served as an officer in the US Coast Guard with tours of duty in Vietnam and in the Office of Boating Safety.

Education:
The American University, MS in Technology of Management 1984 US Coast Guard Academy, BS in Marine Engineering 1969


Geoffrey Corbett
Counseling Location:  DC - Main Office          

Skill:
Business Finance & Accounting
Business Operations
Business Strategy & Planning
Human Resources & Internal Communications
Business Strategy & Planning
Sales, Marketing & Public Relations    

Industry:
Consulting, Research and Business Services
Marketing, Advertising and Creative Services
Nonprofit, Public and Professional Organizations
Technology and Web-Based Services
Transportation and Warehousing

Career Summary:
Five years with KPMG - financial systems development Director of Management - UMWA Health & Retirement Funds Director of the Office of Crime Analysis Washington, DC CFO - SYCOM Enterprises - developer of energy conservation projects CFO - AB&C Group - direct marketing, fulfillment and call center Partner -Tatum, LLC - CFO for 4 companies President - non-profit foundation

Education:
BS - Mathematics - Penn State MBA - International Finance - Wharton (Univ. of Pennsylvania) CFP

Martin Crowson
Counseling Location: DC Department of Small and Local Business Development

Skills:
Business Finance & Accounting
Business Operations
Business Strategy & Planning
Human Resources & Internal Communications

Industry:
Banking, Financial Services and Insurance
Consulting, Research and Business Services
International Trade, Imports / Exports
Personal Services and Wellness

Career Summary:
Martin Crowson is a semi-retired development banker who works as a volunteer mentor with “Service Corp of Retired Executives” (“SCORE”) to help entrepreneurs launch new businesses. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and, as a SCORE mentor at the District of Columbia Department of Small and Local Business Development, specializes in business plan creation and execution and helps DSLBD clients avail of SCORE resources. His other professional work includes service on two (2) boards of directors: Latino Economic Development Corporation, a grant-funded organization dedicated to housing availability and job creation in Washington DC. He serves on the finance and governance committees of LEDC.

Rural Electrification Financing Corporation, a non-government financial institution owned by Philippine consumer-owned electric cooperatives. His main functions are as chair of REFC’s board committee for risk management and as advisor to staff regarding financial planning and management.

Previously he consulted with electric utilities seeking to diversify into competitive businesses.

Education:
BS and MBA degrees from Tulane University and Master's degree in  Marketing Management from University of Maryland University College.

Miriam Cutler
Counseling Location:  DC - Main Office   

Skills:
Legal Services
Business Finance & Accounting
Business Strategy & Planning
Non-Profit    

Industry:
Banking, financial services and Insurance
Real Estate, Rental Services and Leasing

Career Summary:
Miriam Cutler has experience in real estate development, law and financial services. She has worked as a financial analyst for the Securities & Exchange Commission, worked for a consumer protection organization, served on the loan committee of a bank board, was an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice and was the editor of a real estate law publication. For the past 22 years has been a real estate developer, building and leasing mid size office buildings and subdividing residential land. She also has experience in forming and operating non-profit organization.

Education:
BA Degree from Cornell University Graduate studies at Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, Law Degree from American University

Rajendra Dheer
Counseling Location:  DC - Main Office      

    

Skill:
Business Strategy & Planning
Sales, Marketing & Public Relations
Government & Regulations
Manufacturing & Product Development    

Industry:
Construction, Industrials and Utilities
Consulting, Research and Business Services
International Trade, Imports / Exports
Personal Services and Wellness
Technology and Web-Based Services

Career Summary:
Sixteen years in developing international business opportunities in US Missions overseas. Counseled American and host country companies in seeking business opportunities. Helping to start a company with registration, fi nancial planning and business strategy and working with government agencies to seek support for exports and government contracts. Private sector experience in marketing of computers and software development and managing an information systems department. Managed the export control functions in the government for computers and software. Arranged trade shows in an overseas environment. Planned and organized trade missions and trade pavilions. Developed relationships with business multipliers. Developed an e-Market trading platform for US and SE Asian SME companies members of business multipliers. Focused on small and medium size business counseling. Private sector experience for fourteen years in marketing and MIS/DP industry. Consulted overseas with aerospace company for its MIS/DP plans and business processes. Staff development/training and managed volunteer/internships and mentoring programs. Special contacts in government agencies in international trade and investment and the business multipliers.

Education:
B.S., Metallurgy and Material Sc., IIT Bombay, India M.A.Sc., Process Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada M.S. Material Sc. and Solid State Physics, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh MBA, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore


Fred Elam
Counseling Location:  DC - Main Office     

Skill:
Business Operations
Business Strategy & Planning
Government & Regulations    

Industry:
Construction, Industrials and Utilities
Educational Services
Government Contracting

Career Summary:
Retired for the US Army as a Major General after 33 years of Active Duty VP-Operations Young Enterprise Systems, Inc. Owner- Elam Consulting & Coaching

Education:
BS University of Arkansas- Geological Engineering MBA Michigan State University- Transportation US Naval War College- Master of Arts
 

Warren Farb
Counseling Location:  DC - Main Office     

Skill:
Business Finance & Accounting
Business Operations
Business Strategy & Planning    

Industry:
Consulting, Research and Business Services
International Trade, Imports / Exports

Career Summary:
Warren Farb retired in 2004, as an economic consultant for Deloitte & Touché. Previously, he was with Arthur Andersen and the Federal government. During his Government career, Dr. Farb served at the Department of Commerce, the Senate Budget Committee, the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Dr. Farb specializes in economic tax and policy issues, industrial organization, and international competitiveness. Dr. Farb has had special assignments with the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, the President's Executive Exchange Program where he was assigned to the IBM, and he was Co-director of a joint Harvard University-Council on Competitiveness project investigating the time horizons of American Industry. Dr. Farb has represented the U.S. Government at conferences throughout the world including: the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the U.S. delegation to China in 1980, and the United States Information Agency. Dr. Farb’s responsibilities included analyzing tax provisions and developing Administration economic policy positions on economic restructuring, banking deregulation, international trade, the automobile and nuclear equipment industries, and revisions of Federal Credit policies.

Education:
BA, Miami University (Math, Economics) MA, Washington University (Economics) PhD, Washington University (Economics)

Ed Falkowitz
Counseling Location:  Arlington

Skill: Business Finance & Accounting,
Business Operations
Business Strategy & Planning

Industry: Consulting, Research & Business Services
Banking, Financial Services & Insurance
Technology & Web-Based Services

Career Summary:
FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT.  Executive leader with over 40 years experience impacting the performance and efficiency of companies through strategic financial analysis and developing business solutions that capitalize on the company’s objectives.  Manage compliance reporting, design technology systems, build productive teams and establish partnerships to deliver planned goals.  I have worked in both large and small companies and have had two companies of my own.

Education:
MBA - Fordham University
BS (Business/Accounting) - California State University, Long Beach

Bruce Gitlin
Counseling Location:  Rockville

     

Skill:
Business Operations
Business Strategy & Planning
Manufacturing & Product Development
Sales, Marketing & Public Relations
Technology & IT Services    

Industry:
Technology and Web-Based Services

Career Summary:
Mr. Gitlin retired from ContentGuard Inc., the industry leader in providing digital rights management (DRM) technology, where he served as interim CEO prior to the company’s acquisition. He was a founder of the company and was responsible for business development, marketing and sales. A recognized expert in Digital Rights Management technology, he also led the company’s international standards initiatives and was a frequent speaker and conference moderator on the subject of DRM. Prior to ContentGuard, Mr. Gitlin had a 30 year career at Xerox Corporation. At Xerox he held executive positions in general management, marketing, product development, and strategic planning. These included: VP and General Manager for PC and Word Processor products, VP Software Development, VP Strategy for Network Products & Services, and Director, Corporate Strategic Alliances.

Education:
BS Electrical Engineering MBA Finance

Frederick Glave
Counseling Location:  Reston   

Skill:
Business Operations
Business Strategy & Planning
Manufacturing & Product Development
Sales, Marketing & Public Relations
Technology & IT Services    

Industry:
International Trade, Imports / Exports
Media and Communications
Technology and Web-Based Services

Career Summary:
Fred Glave has over 40 years experience in the telecommunications industry. Beginning in the research and development area, he successively moved through positions in engineering, marketing, general management and senior officer positions with Nortel Networks. He founded a new venture-financed company in Silicon Valley and went on from there as a senior executive and CEO in several telecommunications enterprises. He has had extensive experience in international marketing and been the lead initiator in several technology and corporate acquisitions or partnerships. Mr. Glave’s strengths lie in all phases of technology management, and he is knowledgeable at the working level with all aspects of telecommunication management. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto in Electrical Engineering and holds a Masters degree from MIT and a PhD from Univ. of Calif., Berkeley, all in electrical engineering. Since retiring from his last position in 2002 he has been active as a counselor with SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), where he served as District Director for the Metropolitan DC District, 2008-2010. He was a member of the Advisory Committee of the Reston Chamber of Commerce Incubator Program and mentor to two of the companies participating in that program. He is also a member of the volunteer docent staff at the Library of Congress. He founded a new venture-financed company in Silicon Valley and went on from there as a senior executive and CEO in several telecommunications enterprises. He has had extensive experience in international marketing and been the lead initiator in several technology and corporate acquisitions or partnerships. Mr. Glave’s strengths lie in all phases of technology management, and he is knowledgeable at the working level with all aspects of telecommunication management. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto in Electrical Engineering and holds a Masters degree from MIT and a PhD from Univ. of Calif., Berkeley, all in electrical engineering. Since retiring from his last position in 2002 he has been active as a counselor with SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), where he currently serves as District Director for the Metropolitan DC District. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Reston Chamber of Commerce Incubator Program and is currently a mentor to two of the companies participating in that program. He is also a member of the volunteer docent staff at the Library of Congress.

Education:
BASc - University of Toronto, 1962 SM - MIT, 1965 PhD - Unversity of California, Berkeley, 1970
 

Rosemary Gluck
Counseling Location:  DC - Main Office        

Skill:
Business Finance & Accounting
Business Operations
Business Strategy & Planning

Industry:
Consulting, Research and Business Services
Health Care and Life Services
Real Estate, Rental Services and Leasing

Career Summary:
Health care industry, education, counseling. Worked with pharmaceutical companies conducting clinical trials. Counseling and mental health services in private and state funding centers. Adjunct faculty, teaching in the area of Psychology. Investment and finance experience managing trust accounts for foreign investors.

Education:
University of Missouri: BA/ Psychology-1976
Washington University in St. Louis Missouri: MA/ Social and Personality Psycchology-1980
American Graduate School of International Management(Thunderbird): EMBA-1996
 

Robert Hamady
Counseling Location:  DC - Main Office        

Skill:
Business Strategy & Planning
Sales, Marketing & Public Relations    

Industry:
Consulting, Research and Business Services
Retail and Wholesale Trade

John Hocker
Counseling Location:  DC - Main Office        

Skill:
Non-Profit
Sales, Marketing & Public Relations    

Industry:
Nonprofit, Public and Professional Organizations
Marketing, Advertising and Creative Services

Career Summary:
U.S.ARMY: Infantry, Airborne, Special Assignments. Ret. Colonel.. LOCKHEED MARTIN: Business Development, University Relations, Systems Planning, Communications.. NATIONAL MEDALS FOUNDATION: Coordinated Presidential awards of National Medals of Science and of Technology; Promoted nominations for National Medals; Fundraiser..

Education:
BS: US Military Academy... MS: Univ. of Freiburg, Germany... Masters of Mil. Arts & Sci.: US Army Command & Staff College... French War College...

Herbert Jacobson

Skill:
Business Strategy & Planning
Sales, Marketing & Public Relations
Business Operations    

Industry:
Educational Services
Car Repair and Maintenance
Consulting, Research and Business Services

Career Summary:
Owned and operated a chain of gasoline stations in the DC area. As the CEO of a firm generating over $5 million a year in sales, oversaw all aspects of the enterprise, including developing business plans, obtaining bank financing for station and equipment purchases, developing marketing and inventory control plans, preparing operating procedures, and providing general management and quality control for service and marketing operations. As a consultant, provided research and evaluation services to education associations and agencies. Conducted national surveys, developed demographic and statistical projections, and reported on Congressional hearings and mark-ups of federal education legislation. Also, conducted seminars on federal legislation and Congressional plans and prepared Congressional reports for the U. S. Department of Education.

Education:
BS in Psychology, MA in Experimental/Physiological Psychology, and additional course work in statistics , operations research, accounting and finance.
 

Ralph Johanson, Jr
Counseling Location:  DC - Main Office     

Skill:
Business Strategy & Planning
Legal Services    

Industry:
International Trade, Imports / Exports

Career Summary:
Associate, Carter, Ledyard & Milburn, NYC, 1966-1972, focusing on corporate, securities and finance matters; Sr Corp Legal Officer, International Nickel Co, 1972-1977, focusing on int'l projects and transactions and on corporate, finance and securities matters; Assoc Gen'l Counsel, Mobil Corp, 1977 - 2001, focusing on int'l projects and transactions and on corporate, finance and securities matters.

Education:
Yale University, BA (Economics), 1963 Columbia University School of Law, LLB, 1966

Len Johnson
Counseling  Location: Alexandria EDP

Skills:
Business Operations
Business Strategy & Planning
Government & Regulations
Sales, Marketing & Public Relations

Industry:
Consulting, Research and Business Services
Government Contracting
Marketing, Advertising and Creative Services
Media and Communications

Career Summary:
Len Johnson has more than 40 years of experience in providing advertising, branding, graphic design and marketing services. During his career he worked in a 3-person design studio for seven years before purchasing the firm from the founding owner who retired. As president and CEO of his new firm, Johnson Design Group, he grew the company and expanded its services. He then repositioned the firm under the new name JDG Communications with the tagline: “Strategic Marketing By Design.” JDG was recognized with industry’s highest awards from the American Marketing Association and the International Association of Business Communicators. JDG provided services to corporate, nonprofit and government clients including AOL, MCI Communications, National Association of Broadcasters, Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. General Services Administration. His firm achieved a ranking in the top ten businesses on the Washington Business Journal’s Book of Lists. JDG was among the top ten small business contractors based on annual sales on the GSA Schedule for selling advertising and marketing services to government agencies. When he sold his business in 2009, Len benefited from the advice of a SCORE counselor who helped frame the financial details of the transaction. Before launching his professional career, Len served in the U.S. Army as a photographer during the Vietnam era.

Education:
B.F.A. in graphic design, University of Illinois; U.S. Army Signal Corps photography training, Fort Monmouth, New Jersey

Som Karamchetty
Counseling Location:  Rockville    

Skill:
Business Finance & Accounting
Business Strategy & Planning
Manufacturing & Product Development
Technology & IT Services
Government & Regulations
Technology & IT Services    

Industry:
Construction, Industrials and Utilities
Consulting, Research and Business Services
Educational Services
Government Contracting
Manufacturing & Mining
Technology and Web-Based Services

Career Summary:
As a volunteer counselor with the US Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) since 2004, Dr. Karamchetty counseled several hundred entrepreneurs as they start and grow their businesses. His clients came from a variety of businesses and he counseled them in developing their business plans, financial plans and management strategies. In his counseling, he applies his prior background in government, contracting, engineering, technology, inventions, and idea to product transition, and manufacturing. At the US Army Research Laboratory in Maryland for sixteen years, he managed research projects, and formulated multi-million dollar research programs in emerging technologies and next generation and future systems. At Martin Marietta Data Systems, he was the Principal Technology Investigator for AI and managed Advanced Technology projects. As program manager at Mechanical Technology Inc., in Latham, NY, Som developed a number of advanced concepts and managed thermal systems projects. His other research and development accomplishments were in energy systems, computational methods, wire ropes, and biometrics. He has four patents in engineering and computing. Since his retirement from ARL, Som has been running his own consulting business in technology and management with a focus on concept generation. His current interests span engineering, technology, economic and social development. Som Karamchetty obtained M. Tech. and PhD degrees in engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, in 1962 and1965 respectively. He was on the faculty of IIT in India for ten years, and the University of Newcastle, Australia for nine years. He was a visiting faculty member at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA; the ARL Distinguished Professor at Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA; and an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland University College, MD. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia and Maryland, a life Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and a member of the Federal Executive Institute Alumni Association. Having been selected as a delegate-at-large in 2005, Som served on the White House Conference on Aging and contributed to the development of implementation strategies.

Education:
BS, MS, PHD in Mechanical Engineering

Dan Nickell
Counseling Location: Arlington Economic Development (Wednesdays)

Skills:
Business and Marketing Planning, Business Organization and Operations
Software and product design and development, biometric identity systems
Government contracting, business development and marketing
Project management

Industry:
State and Federal government contracting
Non-profit organizations
Industrial security and Identity Management

Career Summary:
Mr. Nickell retired from the National Biometric Security Project (NBSP) as its VP Operations and EVP/COO of its subsidiary, Anonymous Recognition Technologies, supervising development of its patented national identity system. Prior to NBSP, Mr. Nickell was the Director of Business Development for several major defense contracting firms in their industrial security divisions. His work included development of a GSA Multiple Award Schedule contract for his employer, Radian Inc. In his community, Mr. Nickell formed several non-profit service organizations, obtaining Federal recognition of these a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entities. 26 years earlier, Mr. Nickell retired from the USAF as an intelligence officer following a 20-year career.

Education:
BA, Communications Research, Russian; MBA, Marketing and Management

Cornelius Mhley
Counseling Location: Rockville Library

Skills:
Business Finance and accounting

Industry:
Banking, financial services and insurance

Summary:
Certified Public Accountant practicing in public accounting since 1981 in Rockville Md.   Own practice from 1981 to 2004. Principal with Santos Postal & Co through  2012.   Prior work experience - Auditor, Alexander Grant - Pittsburgh Pa , Tax Supervisor, Action Industries-Pittsburgh Pa.    Tax Manager Marriott Corp.- Bethesda Md

Education:
AB Villanova University   1968, BS Robert Morris College  1971

Gary O’Shaughnessy
Counseling Location: Wheaton Library

Skills:
Business Operations
Business Strategy & Planning
Government & Regulations
Technology & IT Services

Industry:

Career Summary:
Gary O’Shaughnessy, Maj Gen USAF (Ret) completed 33 years in the United States Air Force, retiring in 1993.  During his Air Force career, he commanded Intelligence units in the US, Europe, and the Pacific.  Just prior to retirement, he was Commander of 16,000 people in Air Force Intelligence Command. He spent several tours with the National Security Agency and was Director of Intelligence (J-2) at the U.S. European Command’s headquarters in Germany (EUCOM).    After retiring from the Air Force he joined Oracle as a Vice President for National Security Operations, orchestrating Oracle’s interaction with the Military, Intelligence, and Homeland Security communities. After 20 years with Oracle he retired from that position in 2014. General O’Shaughnessy received his bachelor’s degree in English from Fordham University and a master’s degree in Education from Manhattan College.  He is on the Fordham Advisory Board, works as a mentor with SCORE, and is on the Board of Directors for Champions for Heroes, a veteran support organization.

Education:
BA at Fordham University (English)
MA at Manhattan college (Education)

Ronald  Paulson
Counseling Location:  Fairfax     

Skill:
Business Finance & Accounting
Business Operations
Business Strategy & Planning
Manufacturing & Product Development
Sales, Marketing & Public Relations
Non-Profit    

Industry:
Consulting, Research and Business Services
Government Contracting
Manufacturing & Mining
Transportation and Warehousing
Marketing, Advertising and Creative Services
Technology and Web-Based Services

Career Summary:
AF civil servant as program manager & consultant for technology and developmental systems - 12 years - Small business officer for comany with commercial and government products - 7 years - VP of Lockheed Martin business unit, VP of Programs & Technology for a Lockheed Martin Business Sector, VP of Technical Operations (R&D, Operations, Programs, and IT) for Lockeed Martin Business Sector, and VP of Engineering for Lockheed Martin Corporation - 16 years.

Education:
BS, MS & PhD in Mechanical Engineering (Math & Physics minor) from University of Minnesota. - Master of Management from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. - Completed MBA course work at the University of Dayton. - Completed numerous executive, management and team building courses given by AF and Lockheed Martin.
 

Robert Podzius
Counseling Location:  

Skill:
Business Strategy & Planning
Business Operations
Business Finance & Accounting 
Manufacturing & Product Development
Supply Chain Management

Industry:
Manufacturing & Mining
International Trade, Imports / Exports

Career Summary:
Over 30 years Finance and Accounting experience in high tech and consumer electronics, ranging from start up / early stage through Fortune 100 companies. Broad based experience with a focus on Operations, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics and Distribution. Experience in US and China manufacturing and distribution throughout all the America's. Semiconductor and consumer electronics companies, ranging from pre IPO start up through mature companies. Last 11 years as Director, Finance with Apple in Cupertino, CA. Also small business owner, 3 years, and executive in small start up'p, several years.

Education:
BBA , Accounting / Finance, Pace University, New York NY. 1976   

Vladimir Rapoport
Counseling Location:  DC - Main Office     

Skill:
Business Finance & Accounting
Business Strategy & Planning
Legal Services
Manufacturing & Product Development
Sales, Marketing & Public Relations    

Industry:
Construction, Industrials and Utilities
Consulting, Research and Business Services
International Trade, Imports / Exports

Career Summary:
Mr. Rapoport has over 30 years of progressively responsible experience (engineer to project manager to CEO) in Foundation Engineering, Project Management, and Field Work Logistics (worldwide equipment deployment, drilling, testing, surveys), as well as Business Development, Equipment Development, and Mergers & Acquisitions. He has personally worked on projects in more than 40 countries. In 1988, Mr. Rapoport has founded Marsco, a geotechnical company, in Houston, Texas. Between 1988 and 2001 he grew Marsco from a sole proprietorship to a well known international company with offices in Houston and Singapore, with a client list including all major oil companies, many national oil companies, and construction, drilling and insurance companies, worldwide. During that period, Marsco has also patented, built and deployed several unique tools for deepwater exploration. After selling Marsco to Fugro Group in 2001, Mr. Rapoport served as a President of Fugro C.I.S. BV, until 2006. In that capacity, he was responsible for strategic planning, marketing, business development and acquisitions for Fugro Group in countries of Former Soviet Union. Mr. Rapoport has published numerous papers and presented numerous lectures on site assessment for offshore platforms and pipelines. As a recognized expert on the topic he serves as an expert witness in court. He also serves on two expert committees in International Standard Organization and on ASCE Committee on Marine Renewable Energy.

Education:
1967 MS Mechanical Engineering, Riga Technical University, Riga, Latvia, USSR 1973–1976 Postgraduate fellowship towards PhD in Marine Geotechnics VNIIMORGEO, Riga, Latvia, USSR

Dee Rogers
Counseling Location: DC - Main Office

Skill:
Sales, Marketing & Public Relations         

Industry:
Marketing, Advertising and Creative Services
Technology and Web-Based Services
Media and Communications

Career Summary:
AT&T, Manhattan & Basking Ridge, NJ, Marketing Program Manager & Marketing Communications Manager. / LUCENT TECHNOLOGIES, Warren, NJ, Global Marketing Leader. / DUN & BRADSTREET, Short Hills, NJ, Director of Marketing. / ROCKEFELLER Integrated Wealth Services, New York, NY,             Marketing and Business Development Consultant. / XO COMMUNICATIONS, Herndon, VA, Segmentation Marketing Leader. / GEVITY, Bradenton, FL, Regional Marketing Leader. / Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, Washington, DC, Marketing and Business Development Consultant. / - Dee Rogers is a Marketing, Communications, and Business Development Professional with demonstrated successes in business-to-business, business-to-consumer, legal, and non-profit. Accomplished in developing and implementing integrated international and domestic marketing plans, solutions management and marketing, brand transformation, project and program management, and new product launches to market.   

Education:
Master of Arts, Corporate Communications, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ - Bachelor of Science, Marketing, Kean University, Union, NJ - Associate Degree, Advertising Design, Newark School of Fine Arts, Newark, NJ

Richard Rose
Counseling Location:  DC - Main Office     

Skill:
Business Strategy & Planning
Business Operations
Human Resources & Internal Communications
Sales, Marketing & Public Relations
Manufacturing & Product Development
Leasing Issues    

Industry:
Retail and Wholesale Trade
Marketing, Advertising and Creative Services

Career Summary:
Richard founded Town House Contemporary Furniture, a 4-store retail business, located in the DC metropolitan area. As CEO and President for more than 40 years, Richard has extensive hands-on experience in all aspects of starting and growing a small business - including business strategy, planning, advertising, cash management, inventory control, sales, marketing and human resources. Additionally, Richard is a commercial landlord in Arlington, Virginia.

Education:
B.S. University of Maryland

Alan Rosenberg
Counseling Location: DC - Main Office

Skills:
Business Strategy & Planning
Government & Regulations
Technology & IT Services

Industry:
Consulting, Research and Business Services
Government Contracting

Career Summary: Alan Rosenberg is a highly skilled senior business, contracts management, and training professional, with more than 30 years of diversified experience in the Federal marketplace. He has broad, hands-on experience in Federal contracting and business development, supporting both small and large business. Mr. Rosenberg's expertise includes contract and subcontract formation and management, business strategy development, pricing, proposal management, training for in-house staff, conflict of interest recognition and resolution, and regulatory compliance.

Educational: M.S. Mathematics, Courant Institute of Mathematical Science, New York University, New York; B.A. Mathematics, Columbia College, Columbia University, New York.


Gerry Sanz
Counseling Location:  Arlington       

Skill:
Business Operations
Manufacturing & Product Development
Technology & IT Services    

Industry:
Consulting, Research and Business Services
Government Contracting
Technology and Web-Based Services

Career Summary:
Gerry Sanz had a successful career in the federal government professional services industry. He began his career with the BDM Corporation, a large firm in the industry. After learning the business, he founded BRTRC with three partners, and was majority owner and President for about 20 years. This small business provided professional, technical, and engineering services to a wide variety of Government clients across the country.

Education:
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Virginia M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Virginia.

Roger Schwarz
Counseling Location: Wheaton Library

Skills:
Contract and Program Management
Business Strategy and Planning
Sales and Marketing

Industry:
Government Contracting
Wholesale and Retail Distribution
Beauty and Cosmetology
 
Specific Specialties (Skills):
Business Operations
General Management
Program Management
Contract Management

Business Strategy and Planning

Industry: Government Contracting Wholesale and Retail Distribution Beauty and Cosmetology Specific Specialties (Skills): Business Operations General Management Program Management Contract Management Business Strategy and Planning Roger Schwarz has twenty years experience as a Program Manager and as a Program Director in the Link Simulation Systems Division of the Singer Company.  He was responsible for the management of contracts for power-plant control room simulators and Anti-submarine Warfare Simulators.  Responsibilities included proposal writing and contract negotiations; the  design, manufacturing, test and installation of the devices; and accountability for contract schedule and profit and loss performance.  Programs ranged from two to five years and were valued from $5M to $50M.  Mr. Schwarz also has twenty years experience in the ownership and operation of a full service wholesale beauty supply company.  His customers included beauty and barber shops and professional cosmetology schools.  Inventory included professional beauty products and supplies along with furniture and equipment for beauty and barber shops and cosmetology schools.  Mr. Schwarz taught Marketing Research at Howard University for two years.

Education:  BS in Business/Marketing (American University), MBA in Business Government Relations (American University)   

Ed Shanahan
Counseling Location: Reston, VA   

Skill:
Communications
Telecom 

Industry:
Communications Industry

Career Summary:
28+ years experience in the communications industry working for service providers and management consulting firms. Helped build largest independent telecom consultancy from start in 1991 to IPO in 1999, through retrenchment in 2006.  Launched own consultancy and operated it profitably from 2006-2008.  Global work includes experience with service providers, technology firms and investors in both.  Worked in the USA, Canada, South America, Europe and Southeast Asia.  Business functions include: sales, sales operations, software product marketing, information technology management, program/project management, process re-engineering and operations.  Experienced in budgeting, cost management and recruiting and staffing initiatives with both internal and contractor personnel.

Hal Shelton
Counseling Location:  DC - Main Office    

Skill:
Business Finance & Accounting
Business Operations
Business Strategy & Planning    

Industry:
Consulting, Research and Business Services
Nonprofit, Public and Professional Organizations

Career Summary:
Hal Shelton is a corporate finance professional. First at Sunoco, Inc. including a four-year assignment in London. Then with USEC Inc. (NYSE listed), a global alternative energy company, where he was Senior VP & Chief Financial Officer and quarterbacked its privatization, the largest for a US Government entity, via an IPO. Hal also was a board member and audit committee chair for a NASDAQ listed technology company and was a Board member and CFO/Treasurer of Mercy Health Clinic, a volunteer non-profit safety net providing free medical care and medicines to low-income, uninsured adults in Montgomery County, MD. Hal currently serves as a board member for the SCORE Association and SCORE Foundation, nonprofits providing education and training to entrepreneurs and small business owners so they can be successful. In addition, Hal is currently an investor in early-stage technology companies and he is the author & publisher of the Amazon best seller "The Secrets to Writing a Successful Business Plan: A Pro Shares a Step-By-Step Guide to Creating a Plan That Gets Results."

Education:
BS--Carnegie Mellon University MBA--University of Chicago Honors Diploma--University of Vienna, Austria

Deborah Smart
Counseling Location: Largo, MD

Skills:
Business Operations
Business Strategy & Planning
Human Resources & Internal Communications

Industry:
Construction, Industrials and Utilities
Consulting, Research and Business Services
Personal Services and Wellness

Richard Sultan
Counseling Location: Leesburg, VA

Skills:
Business Finance & Accounting
Business Operations
Business Strategy & Planning
Manufacturing & Product Development

Industry:
Banking, Financial Services and Insurance
Construction, Industrials and Utilities
Consulting, Research and Business Services
International Trade, Imports / Exports
Manufacturing & Mining

Career Summary:
35 Years+ worked for multinational corporations in their International Divisions with positions in the United States and overseas ranging from financial auditor to chief financial officer. 15 Years+ as self-employed that included a 10 years ownership of and accounting/financial planning/tax business located in Cliffside Park, New Jersey; business was sold in August 2005. Has been a SCORE Counselor since late 2005 in New Jersey (Hudson County) from late 2005 to late 2009 and since late 2011 to present in Washington DC. (Loudoun County). 

Education: Bachelor degree major in Accounting-Chile-1961 Certified Public Accountant-Chile-1962

Stephen Vesce
Counseling Location: DC - Main Office

Skills:
Business Strategy & Planning
Manufacturing & Product Development
Non-Profit
Sales, Marketing & Public Relations

Industry:
Consulting, Research and Business Services
Marketing, Advertising and Creative Services
Media and Communications
Nonprofit, Public and Professional Organizations
Retail and Wholesale Trade

Career Summary:
Classically trained senior level Sales and Marketing executive with significant domestic and international experience at food and beverage leaders like M&M/MARS and The Coca-Cola Company..Solid track record of launching revolutionary product offerings such as the “Blue” M&M, Healthy Harvest Pasta, and Borden’s Kid Builder Cheese.

Education:
Steve holds his Masters Degree from the University of Nebraska. Steve attended the University of Virginia, Darden Graduate School of Business Administration Executive Education program, and currently lives in Alexandria, VA

Saul Volansky
Counseling Location: Manassas

Skills: Business Finance and Accounting

Industry: Consulting, Research and Business Services

Career Summary:
Executive consultant specializing in acquiring business in the Federal marketplace. Aerospace executive with successful track record in business acquisition, program management and engineering and technology management.

Education:
PhD Engineering - University of California Los Angeles
MSEE - University of Southern California
BSc Engineering - University of California Los Angeles
Defense Systems Management College - Program Management Course
University of California Los Angeles - Executive Management Program
 

Karen Williams
Counseling Location:  DC - Main Office     

Skill:
Government & Regulations
Business Operations
Business Strategy & Planning
Sales, Marketing & Public Relations

Industry:
Government Contracting
Consulting, Research and Business Services
Marketing, Advertising and Creative Services
Consulting, Research and Business Services

Career Summary:
Ms. Williams was vice president of corporate contracts, pricing & supply chain at Northrop Grumman Corporation (a major aerospace & defense firm). In that role, Ms. Williams was responsible for the company’s risk review process and provided company-wide policy, direction, training and oversight of contracts and pricing.

Education:
B.A. University of Delaware. M.A. Procurement and Acquisition management from Kogod School of Business of American University, Washington, D.C.

David Zimmerman
Counseling Location:  DC - Main Office  

Skill:
Business Finance & Accounting    

Industry:
Banking, financial services and Insurance
Retail and Wholesale Trade

Career Summary:
Fifteen years as commercial bank lending officer with Wells Fargo. Loaned and approved loans to small and medium sized businesses. Fifteen years as co-owner with wife of two small retail stores selling home accessories and gifts. After closing stores, studied accounting, passed CPA exam, but never practiced.

Education:
BA economics (Occidental College), MBA (UCLA), accounting, passed CPA exam