Consulting, Research and Business Services

Boris Krepak

Boris Krepak

Current City: Stamford, CT

I like mentoring clients who want to startup a new venture or grow and expand their current business. Being exposed for many years to managing and running the various engineering projects, gave me an opportunity to grasp the details of how to perform the daily work tasks properly and bring the projects to successful completion.

I am happy to help clients in the long and short-term planning and managing their business, as well as resolving, if applicable, some challenges related to mechanical/electrical engineering and construction aspects of the business ventures.

Based on my experience of running the small engineering firm for 10 years, I am also happy to share the intricacies of marketing techniques that had proved to be successful in the small business environment.       



I have graduated with a master degree in electrical engineering from Novosibirsk Electrotechnical Institute, Russia.

I am a licensed Professional Engineer in State of Connecticut and LEED Accredited Professional.

I had completed required continued education courses in engineering, project management and business administration.  

Document and Plan Solutions, LLC

Problem: Architectural and interior design firms have on-going needs for people who can provide reliable working plans for their projects, but the ancillary costs of vacation time, health care, liability insurance and other overhead costs often make the hiring of full-time employees cost-prohibitive.

Challenge: To find a way to get project plans drawn up in a timely and cost-effective way. 

Solution: To provide plan and document services to architectural and interior design firms as an independent contractor, which eliminates the costs associated with hiring full-time employees. 

Christian Bauerecker
My Successes

Projects: Christian’s current workload is primarily with senior development communities, specializing in the design of common areas, kitchens and dining facilities. 

The Future:  Mr. Bauerecker’s longer-range goals include expanding his services to a wider variety of architectural and interior design firms. At some point in the near future, Christian hopes to use his past experience to move into actual construction management of the projects on which he has worked. With his growing business, he feels that he will soon need to take on a contract vendor or a full-time employee.

What's Great About My Mentor?

“Wally Freier is a valued mentor because of his in-depth knowledge in marketing and sales.” - Christian Bauerecker, Owner.

How SCORE Helped

In the days after separating from his employer, Christian spoke with a counselor at a Dislocated Workers Program in St. Paul. Through this contact, Christian became even more convinced that he had made the right decision…the one that best suited his background and goals in life. During those discussions, his counselor mentioned SCORE. Christian did some investigating and learned about the seminars that St. Paul SCORE provides to people who want to start a business. He enrolled. After attending several of the seminars, he decided that individual mentoring would be to his benefit so he filled out the application for free mentoring. Wally Freier, a volunteer in the St. Paul Chapter, was assigned as his mentor. 

See the PDF File for this Success Story.

Richard S. Smith

Richard S. Smith

Current City: Weaverville, NC
Chapter: Asheville SCORE

1. Manufacturing & service industry "hands on" business and financial guy

2. Seasoned pro who can convey complex concepts in simple terms as a businessman, not just as a "bean counter"

3. 13 years experience with large firms (Swift/ConAgra, Nabisco, Kraft, BASF) and 25 years with small companies, many as a part owner/operator & consultant struggling to make payroll

4. CFO

5. Full Quick Books, strategic planning, g/l, standard & job costing, tax, banking, private equity fund raising ($2M+ for 1 client), projections, M & A, financial analysis, business valuations, cash flow management

6. Served on several boards

7. Taught Corporate Finance (UNCW) and Strategy & Planning (Campbell University)



BA in Economics (Johns Hopkins)

MBA in Finance (University of Chicago)

Certified Management Accountant (CMA)



          I’m confused about the rules for paying employees overtime. Can you explain them to me? 

         Should you be paying overtime to your employees? The answer is: it depends.

          Under the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employers are required to pay overtime to most hourly employees who work more than 40 hours a week for businesses that take in more than $500,000 a year in revenue.

About the Author

          This column is brought to you by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE, with nearly 70 current and former business executives available to provide free, confidential, one-on-one business mentoring and training workshops for area businesses. Call 603-666-7561 or visit for information on mentoring, upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities. SCORE is a national, non-profit organization and a resource partner of the U. S. Small Business Administration. 

Steve R. Smith

Steve R. Smith

Current City: Westport, CT

40+ years with IBM in sales and sales management, marketing and product development



MS Business, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio  1971

MBA The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio  1972

International Business Management, Cal. Berkeley, 1986

Global Leadership Program, University of Michigan, 1990


Gregory Schwarz

Gregory Schwarz

Current City: Jamesville, NY
Chapter: Syracuse SCORE

Retail, wholesale, recreation/travel, manufacturing. Textiles, sewn goods manufacturing. Product design, manufacturing and distribution.


Ron Huntsberger

Ron Huntsberger

Current City: Rutherfordton, NC
Chapter: Western NC SCORE

Project Management Institute (PMI) certified Project Management Professional (PMP) experienced in managing diverse engineering groups with over 350 headcount and over $150M budget for Fortune 500 corporations. Managed full project life cycle from initial requirements analysis to include develop Statement of Work (SOW), negotiate project schedule and deliverables with project sponsors and shareholders through project implementation to final project close out while meeting financial (P&L) objectives. Experience with Requests for Information (RFIs) and Requests for Proposal (RFPs) preparation including vendor selection and contract negotiations.  Experience integrating ‘high performance teams’ lead by Project Managers supported by ‘skill centers of technical expertise’. Create training, mentoring and retention programs for high performance employees.  

Principal and co-founder of start-up company Advanced Network Designs, Inc. (AND). AND was a subcontractor to Digital Equipment Corporation (Digital) on the U.S. Navy's PC LAN contract.  Successfully took AND from startup to over $3M annual revenue in systems engineering, integration and installation (SEII) services of multi-vendor products for voice, data and video products services from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. 



<span><span>Bachelor of Science (B.S.) &nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="">University of Central Florida</a><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Orlando, FL</span></span></p>


<span>Engineering<span>&nbsp;management certificate&nbsp;</span><a href="">University of California &ndash; Los Angeles</a><span>&nbsp;(UCLA)&nbsp;&nbsp; Los Angeles, CA</span></span></p>

<span>P<a href="">roject management certificate</a>&nbsp;<a href="">George Washington University</a><span>&nbsp;</span></span></p>

<span><a href="">Project Management Institute</a><span>&nbsp;certified&nbsp;</span><strong>Project Management Professional (PMP)</strong></span></p>

Workshop Poster 1st. qtr. 2015

Alverta Lopez

Alverta Lopez

Current City: Accokeek, MD

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

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

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




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

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

Donald O. Benjamin

Donald O. Benjamin

Current City: Port Charlotte, FL

New York State Restaurant Association, Sales Rep and Director of Membership             1999-2012

Royal Savage Inn Restaurant, Plattsburgh, NY, owner                                                       1970-1999

Windows on the Bay Restaurant and Motel, owner                                                             1985-1994

Clinton Community College, Plattsburgh, NY, Operated Food Service Concession            1988-1994

The Barnstead Restaurant, Keeseville, NY, owner                                                               1980-1987

Rippling River Motel,Keeseville, NY owner                                                                           1978-1987

Howard Johnson Restaurants, Parent Company, District Manger, Los Angeles Office        1965-1970         

Chicago Office  1960-1965, and   Manger Utica, NY 1959-1960

Community Involvement

Paul Smith's College, Board of Trustees -n Board Member, Chairman of the Board, Board Member Emeritus                                                                                                                           1975-present

Clinton County Tourism Bureau - Chair                                                                          1978-1998

Upstate New York "I Love New York" Advertising Committee - Chair                             1973-1990

Fleet Bank Advisory Board, Plattsburgh, NY                                                                     1980-1987

Champlain Valley Physician's Hospital -Board Member                                                    1979-1986

Plattsburgh and Clinton County Chamber of Commerce - Member and President           1979-1984




Paul Smiths&#39; College, A.A.S., Hotel and Restaurant Management, Class of 1956</p>

Denver University, B.S., Business Administration, Hotel and Restaurant Management Major, Class of 1959</p>

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