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    JOHN AHEARN: Extensive background in a variety of business functions over his 40-year career.  Sixteen years with the Bell System in areas of manufacturing, product management, strategy and sales.  14 years with Siemens Communications with extensive background in Channel Management, Distributor sales and secondary market sales.  10 years with Siemens Corporation in Operational Audit. Responsible for high-potential executive development and improvement in the efficiency and effectiveness of Siemens Operating Companies in the U.S. Learn more about John here

    TOM ALDRICH: Extensive career in the Engineering and Construction fields. Successful manager of C & E of the largest civil works project for US Army Corps of Engineers in New Orleans, La. Experience with State and industrial contractors and suppliers, both as manager and mentor, through the Small Business Set-Aside programs. Learn more about Tom here

    JOHN ANKERMAN: (Miami University, Ohio), Worked for various paper companies, including St. Regis, Hammermill, Thilmany, and Cromwell. Started Sunshine Paper in 1983.  Learn more about John here

    ALLAN BEHM: 40 years experience in direct business-to-business in the uniform and service apparel field. Created a national mail order catalog of service apparel to the Hotel, Restaurant, Casino, and business industries, along with an ecommerce site. Learn more about Allan here

    HERBERT BEYENBACH: 30 years in International Banking. Specialties: Operations and IT Management,  Process Reengineering, Cost Control, Internal Auditing and Controls, M&A Due Diligence and Integration. Fluency in German, Spanish and some Portuguese. Learn more about Herb here

    MICHAEL CHIRICHELLA: Mike brings over 40 years of experience in healthcare, financial, and logistics industries, including financial management, business development, logistics, and strategic initiatives within start-up, emerging and large organizations.
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    HERB DOUGLAS: All phases of merchandising and management for Dept. stores and Discount stores relating to Home Furnishings and Clothing. Learn more about Herb here

    HAL FINKELSTEIN: B.S. M. E.; additional certifications from Harvard. Successful entrepreneur (construction and technical publications) Owned Real Estate Mgt. co. Currently owns publishing co. and several websites. 20 years E-Commerce and Web development experience. Learn more about Hal here

    ARNOLD GRESSER: Owned/operated optical laboratory and supply company. Skilled in manufacturing, health care, inventory control, insurance, business startups, home based businesses.  Learn more about Arnold here

    TOM HYMAN: Sales and marketing executive with over 35 years’ experience in product distribution, managing wholesale networks, new product introduction, brand programming, sales presentations to wholesale and retail networks, building sales teams, creating and managing budgets, and achieving profitability objectives in the consumer goods industry as a Manager and Senior Manager. Learn more about Tom here

    MARTIN KAHN: Professional interior designer, member of American Society of Interior Designers, (ASID),  40 years as owner of residential/commercial ID firm. Business management skills also include art, art galleries, sleepaway camping. Learn more about Martin here

    STEVE KOENIG: (B.S., M.B.A.) 45+ years Computer & Aerospace industries including Grumman, IDI, DEC, Compaq, & HP. Global experience dealing with governments and medium/large commercial clients.  President and Advisor to various organizations and private fundraising. Experienced leader in Disaster Tolerant, High Performance and paradigm shifts in computing environments. Click here to learn more about Steve

    OWEN KOFF: Highly successful sales and marketing executive.  Expertise in all types of consumer products, hard lines and apparel.  Successful marketing of "AS SEEN ON TV" merchandise.  Founded manufacturers' sales representative organization that grew into a 16 person team.  Expertise in direct importing.  Learn more about Owen here

    WOLFGANG H. KURPIERS: B.S. (Dipl. Ing.) Electrical Engineering. Headed marketing organizations within IBM both domestically and internationally. Experienced in distribution channel development, product launches, business reengineering, business consulting.  Learn more about Wolfgang here

    NORMAN LEVINE: Owned and operated successful glass business in  Michigan and developed it into a 70+ employee state of the art 84,000 square foot facility. Processed and heat treated all types of glass, selling nationally and internationally. Reached 10MM in sales. Sold 2005 to international company. Expertise in all aspects of business.  Learn more about Norm here  

    BOB LEVINSON: Over 50 years experience in management, marketing and leadership both on the corporate and small business levels.  3 years active duty in the U.S. Navy.  President of Steelcraft Manufacturing Company, a leading manufacturer of steel doors and frames growing the business to include 14 additional companies.  After selling Steelcraft to American Standard Inc., became Group Vice President American Standard Inc., operating 12 companies with over 3000 employees. Learn more about Bob here

    BERNARD C. LLOYD:  Over 40 years experience in Banking and Accounting with major organizations including Barclay Bank, Ford, GE. Co-owner, manager of glass company manufacturing chandeliers, and decorative and lab glassware. Co-owned and managed 13 residential care/nursing homes. Five years in investment management in Middle East.  Mr. Lloyd is available for email counseling only. Learn more about Bernard here

    MIKE LUPO: Long career as CEO or high level executive with major corporations, including Arthur Andersen & Co., GAF Corporation, The Singer Company, Teleflora & Florafax, and Huttig Building Products. Experienced in manufacturing, sales and marketing, distribution, operations, finance, and systems serving consumers. Learn more about Mike here

    SUZANA SAGY MACARIO: 20 years marketing/ market research experience with multinational cosmetic and consumer goods manufacturers: L’Oreal, Johnson & Johnson, Underwood Ham, Colgate-Palmolive in Caracas, Venezuela. Experience with new product development, new product launches, marketing strategies, ad agency relations, qualitative and quantitative research, focus groups. Learn more about Suzana here

    ERIC MANKUTA: 30 year career in corporate world and small business startups. Special expertise in personnel management, HR functions, recruiting, and franchise brokering.  Learn more about Eric here

    JOEL MOSES, PH.D: 40+ years as practicing organizational psychologist specializing in business and talent development.  Worked with large and small companies to develop talent, respond to unforeseen business challenges and provide coaching to executives and managers. Learn more about Joel here

    RON POPP: 50 years in Janitorial Supply business, serving industrial plants, private and public institutions, and schools throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Skilled in all phases of warehousing, logistics, sales and marketing. Learn more about Ron here

    CHRISTIAN POSADA: Attorney, accountant, specializing in corporate transactions including contracts, startups, and taxes. Currently in-house Counsel/Controller for Information Technology company. Licensed to practice in Florida.  Learn more about Christian here

    JOE SCARMUZZI: Long career in food service. President of Service America, nation's largest publicly traded food service company. President, Leisure Services Co., now known as Aramark, annual volume in excess of $1 billion. Comprehensive experience in startup food service businesses, from leasing to marketing, finance, cost of operations.  Learn more about Joe here

    GERRY SCHOENBERG:.Business consultant specializing in new business startup, crisis management, reorganization and high risk financing. Currently General Manager of nation's largest drop-ship distributor of upscale frozen desserts and pastries.  Former CEO/Chairman of CTSI Intl., a designer/manufacturer of high-tech computer peripherals.To learn more about Gerry click here

    MYRNA SKOLLERCreative, imaginative, successful entrepreneur.  In 1990 created Designer Resale shop in NYC, offering pre-owned lux clothing and accessories. Expanded 6 times; added Gentlemen's Resale and Children's Resale. Featured on Today Show, ABC News, Forbes, NY Times, New York Magazine, Vogue, and many others. Authored "Miracle on 81st Street", explaining how she did it. Following 23 years, successfully sold business. Learn more about Myrna here

    PAUL STERN: Information Technology executive with 25 years of management experience.  Worked for Burroughs and Computer Sciences Corp. and later started his own I.T, services company.  Learn more about Paul here

    PETER VAN: Attorney, specializing in large-scale real estate transactions (towers, shopping centers, office parks). Represented owner/developers, publicly held companies and financial institutions, principally Ma. and NYC.  Learn more about Peter here

    PHIL VOLUCK: 30 year career in the weight loss industry as President of  Nutri/System Weight Loss Centers and Jenny Craig International, both NYSE companies. Began his career as a franchisee of Nutri/System and built the largest franchisee group of centers in Florida and Georgia. Responsible for restructuring Jenny Craig during an industry downturn and returned company to profitability. Learn more about Phil here

    LARRY WEISSMAN: Successful corporate marketing and advertising executive with over 40 years experience in franchised quick service and fast casual restaurants and franchised education services. Learn more about Larry here

    CHRIS WHITE: Award winning entrepreneur with over 25 years in software technology marketing, planning and sales. Founder and CEO of 3 startup companies, honored and featured on Discovery Channel, NPR, Computer World, New York Times, CNBC and many other national and international entities. Learn more about Chris here

    RAYMOND ZIMMERMAN:  CEO, Service Merchandise for 40 years (operated 400 stores nationwide), 10 years as executive with "99 Cent Stuff", Board Member "The Limited (Victoria's Secret, Lane Bryant and Bath & Body Works. Learn more about Raymond here