Consulting, Research and Business Services

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

                                                                                                                                                          

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Education

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

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

Considerations When Using Independent Contractors slides presented by Katie Marble at SCORE's November 2014 meeting.

About the Author

Katie Kiernan Marble

Marble Law Firm, PLLC

80 Palomino Lane

Suite 201

Bedford, NH  03110

Ira Carl Wolpert

Ira Carl Wolpert

Current City: Rockville, MD

Practicing attorney for 52 years. Certified in VA, DC and MD. Experience in Real Estate "workout" process.

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Education

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Cornell University, BS. 1959, Industrial and Labor Relations; Georgetown Law Center, LLB., 1962; course work at George Washington Law School toward Masters Degree.&lt;/p&gt;

Ask SCORE

          My brother-in-law has approached me about going into business with him in a home cleaning franchise. I’ve always heard one should never go into business with relatives. Is that true? 

About the Author

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

John Miller

John Miller

Current City: Scottsdale, AZ

Expert in developing new business plans, expanding & improving existing businesses, and contracting-delivering many different business and consumer market goods & services.  During my career I developed the skills and reputation for analyzing and improving different businesses’ performances, including reliably delivering quality goods & services to markets-customers, and increasing short- and longer term business financial performance.

Began my business career in Home Repair/Construction, followed by being an Auto Shop Owner-operator prior to and during college.  After graduation I worked for 35 years in the Petroleum Oil Industry including Refining, Logistics & Distribution, Business Development & major asset acquisitions, and Commercial for Independent and Major Oil Companies.  My work experience and expertise included developing, managing and continuously improving the operating and financial performances of small-to-large Refining facilities, associated Logistics-Supply Chains, and Commercial operations.  I held many management positions including: VP of Refining, Refinery Manager (of 3 individual Refineries), Engineering Manager, and Manager for many other Operating Services Departments.  Engineering-technical experience included analyzing manufacturing-production facilities’ performances, and innovating, designing & constructing improvement-expansion projects; including upgrading staff/labor operating practices.  In addition I improved-optimized many Facilities’ production, minimized expenses/costs, and increased overall Facility’s revenues and maximize profit margins.  Each Refinery I Managed was operated as an independent business unit.  Management responsibilities included: Operations, Maintenance, Administration, Regulatory compliance (safety & environmental), Inventory management, Transportation (truck, rail & marine), Logistics (supply chains/inventory management), Utilities (power, fuels & water), and many other on-site support groups (Control Labs, Training, Fire/Security, Safety/Environmental, Warehousing, Public Relations, and Maintenance shops & offices/buildings).

Retired from Corporate life and became a Clean Energy Professional Analyst and Consultant.  In recent years, began Consulting with different small IT business startups and most recently joined the SCORE team and became a Certified Mentor to support Small Businesses and developing/new Entrepreneurs.

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Education

B.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry from UC Davis, CA, and a MBA from Saint Marys/UC Berkley, CA; Certified Professional Engineer in CA

Robert N Lepre

Robert N Lepre

Current City: Greenwich, CT

Business Management and Strategic Marketing Consulting.Key positions included 

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Margo Weitekamp

Margo Weitekamp

Current City: Essex, CT

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Education

B.A. Degree, Psychology; High Honors, State University of New York at Oneonta. Ongoing personal involvement in business education related to economic and social trends, consumer insights, strategic thinking, strategy development and new product innovation.

Charles Howze

Charles Howze

Charles Howze

Current City: Coral Springs, FL
Chapter: Broward SCORE

Over 30 years of executive retail experience. Accomplished executive with extensive experience in operations, P&L management, corporate leadership and large sales volume.  A results-oriented, decisive leader with proven success in start-ups, turnaround and growth organizations.  track record of increasing sales, market penetration and growing bottom line while spearheading operational improvements to drive productivity and reduce cost.  Excel in dynamic demanding environments while remaining pragmatic and focused.  Managed multi-unit organizations for several retail formats including  big box merchandise, specialty apparel and closeout.  Worked in several regions of the US including the Southeast and the West Coast.  Recently served as COO of a small closeout retail chain located in Canada. 

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Education

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Bachelor Degree__Miles College, Birmingham, Alabama</p>

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Professional Development__University of Miami Entrepreneurial Program, Blanchard Situational Leadership,</p>

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Gallup University Great Leader Program</p>

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Edward Collins

Edward Collins

Current City: Wilmington, DE
Chapter: Delaware SCORE

Foreman - Leeds & Northrup (instrumentation)

General Manager - LG Nestor, Inc.(scientific glassblowing)

Ass't to Technology Group VP - Singer Co.

GM - Ballantine Labs (test instrumentation)

GM - Cavitron Ultrasonics, Inc.(ultrasonic dental and medical equipment)

Group VP - Cavitron Corp (ultrasonic instrumentation, medical devices).

VP - IPCO Corp

President - Hospital Supply Division, IPCO Corp.

Group VP - IPCO Corp (dental prosthetics, blood and plasma collection, medical instrumentation)

GM - Silhouette Optical US (eyeware frame distribution)

GM Granada Hospital Group (hospital TV services)

President Sonokinetics, Inc. (ultrasonic orthopedic surgical instrumentation)

Novartis Corp Federal Government Contracting Manager

Government Consulting Services (pharma consulting, contracting with the Federal Government)

 

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Education

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BS Physics - Fordham University</p>

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MBA - Wharton School of Finance</p>

Justin Hitt

Justin Hitt (headshot) Business Analyst

Justin Hitt

Current City: Martinsville, VA

Areas of expertise include marketing, procurement, and operations to increase profits for commercial market trade businesses. Authored "How YOU Can Increase B2B Sales and Profits in 90 Days or Less" which is a result of plans clients have used to produce hundreds of missions in profits. Ran a computer consulting business for more than nine years, have sold for various industrial companies, am currently a business analyst with a Fortune 100 financial services firm. Have worked for three of the five big financial services firms. Have managed hundreds of millions in client logistics portfolios, data center migrations, business development campaigns, and information technology integration. My experience includes consulting hundreds of small businesses (under one million dollars in revenue up to 20 million) on marketing process, direct response advertising, sales pipeline, profitable.

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