Upper Valley SCORE has 30 active mentors bringing centuries of practical business experience to helping our clients. Here are brief business bios.
Jason K. Albert
Princeton and LLB from Boston College; Five years as tax attorney, first with IRS and then in private practice; Twenty-five years with small, publicly owned manufacturer of machine tools and industrial electric motors, first as CFO and then as COO; Owner of three-store photofinisher (“60 Minute Photo”) in the Upper Valley; President and CEO of Vermont specialty food manufacturer (“Blanchard & Blanchard”); Business consultant to a number of small businesses in the Upper Valley.
Peter C. Brown
Attended Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth receiving a MBA in 1974. Had a 31 year career in community banking in the Upper Valley. For many years I was a commercial lender. Later, I was part of a group that started a bank that opened in 1991. I was President and CEO and eventually Chairman.
Involved with advertising and marketing, serving as Advertising Manager and Marketing Director at a major Vermont four-season resort, with responsibilities that included ad agency liasion, copywriting, budgeting, strategic planning and other duties. Also held the position of Account Executive with a New Hampshire advertising agency, headed marketing/advertising efforts at two machine tool companies, edited a Vermont business newspaper. Switched gears to become a golf instructor and an assistant professional at two North Carolina golf clubs. Last position was Assistant Marketing Director at a well-know golf community in North Carolina.
Edwin S. Childs
Commercial Loan Officer with Merchants Bank from 1993 to retirement in November, 2009. Prior to that, served as a Bank loan officer in various capacities in the Connecticut River valley since 1961. Serve as President of GMEDC Board of Directors.
Susan M. Davidson
After 20 years in commercial banking, spent 14 years in sales and marketing for an Upper Valley software start-up, followed by a few years in data licensing for a major digital map provider. In addition had my own micro business and worked for a small one owner wood products manufacturing business. Also, have served on a number of not for profit boards, where I have worked on finance and fund-raising/marketing sub committees.
Management background in executive management, sales/marketing, strategic planning, global alliances, business development, acquisitions, strategic partnerships, serving as president and VP sales/marketing for four businesses. Industry experience in plastics, packaging, specialty chemicals and management consulting.
Charles L. Foss
Spent over 40 years in Manufacturing Management with several companies (mainly Pharmaceutical). Was primarily responsible for Materials Management activities (Purchasing; Production Planning and Scheduling; Logistics: Inventory). The last 10 years was spent implementing large scale ERP systems (SAP and J D Edwards) with a focus on business process re-engineering and change management.
MBA in Entrepreneurship (SMU-1978). 30 years of both corporate and small business experience. Started 4 paper distribution related businesses over the past 17 years. Sold 3 of the businesses and continue to operate one. Previously National Sales Manager for a $100 million dollar manufacturer. First 8 years (post Grad School) spent in marketing for two Fortune 500 companies. Areas of Interest: startups,growing market share,and turnaround situations.
Charles P. Giersch
Over 25 years as a management consultant in the areas of strategic planning, market research, product analysis - for a wide range of clients.
Ann D. Hargraves
CPA, MBA Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Senior financial positions in banking and higher education, with special emphasis in working with financially distressed organizations.
Robert F. Hargraves
Six years at medical device manufacturer Boston Scientific Corporation, as VP, CIO, and Director of Telecommunications. Thirteen years in information systems management consulting with Arthur D. Little. VP of Metropolitan Life. Founder of DTSS Incorporated. Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Dartmouth College. PhD Brown University. AB Dartmouth College.
Experience in marketing and general management in mid-sized manufacturing companies such as Homelite Chainsaws and Skil Power Tools. Worked in The Netherlands and Canada as well as US. Started and ran for ten years a distributorship and service company for silver recovery equipment used primarily in the printing business. Hobby is forestry, timber stand improvement.
An attorney with 44 years experience, primarily in corporate and trust litigation. Has also counseled some small businesses and school districts.
From 1991 to 2011 my family and I owned and operated a wholesale plumbing, heating and electrical supply business where we also sold major household appliances. We sold the business in November, 2011 and have continued to manage the operation for the new owners. From 1961 to 1990 I was employed by several commercial banks in upstate New York and New Hampshire. Starting as a management trainee, my career included several lending assignments and management positions leading to election as President and Chief Operating Officer of what was then New Hampshire's largest banking organization.
Bryan C. Jones
Thirty-two years with ExxonMobil in marketing, administrative and general management positions, mainly overseas. Eight years consulting, largely with people starting up their own businesses.
John W. Manchester
Owner and operator of service stations, convenience stores and rental and leasing fleet (Avis) for 25 years. Owner and rental management of properties in Hanover and Lebanon. Tenants include Irving Oil,Hanover food Coop and Dennys restaurant in West Lebanon. Three year selectboard member and Planning board member for town of Hanover. Corporate pilot and instructor for local FBO.
Richard A. Meyer
Independent management consultant operating as an Associate of the Forum Corporation. Over thirty years experience as a designer and facilitator of customized leadership, sales, and customer-focused learning systems. Facilitated leadership transformation programs for Exxon Mobil in the U.S., Singapore, and Australia, as well as working with Irving Oil to implement programs which increased customer satisfaction and revenue . Additional clients include Antigenics, UPS, Aflac, Deloitte, Prudential, Sapient, DuPont, Marriot and Ameriprise.
Charles D. Pinkerton
A.B. Dartmouth College with a major in economics, MBA from Wharton with a concentration in Insurance. Insurance department of Scott Paper Co. for two years. In 1965 joined The Pinkerton Insurance Agency specializing in property and liability insurance for families and businesses; involved with sales and management until retiring in 2006. Received a professional designation of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) in 1972. Also served in various non-profit and community trustee positions.
Venture capitalist for over 20 years. Early-stage investor in several companies that became public or were acquired by larger companies. Founder and CFO of Dartware, LLC, a developer of network management software. CEO/COO of two small manufacturing turnarounds. Experience in strategic planning, marketing, and sales. Seven years experience as an engineer in defense-related companies.
Peter D. Revers
President & CEO of PDR Associates a boutique specialist consulting firm focused on assisting foreign companies develop their US market presence. Former Chairman & CEO of “Laura Ashley (North America)” a 200 store specialty fashion and home furnishings lifestyle concept. Former President & COO “The Nature Company” 150 stores in the USA, with operations in Japan, Australia, France and the UK. Awarded the OBE (Order of the British Empire), for development of British business in the USA.
Barry S. Rotman
Graduated from Dartmouth and the Tuck School with an MBA. Joined IBM as a sales representative. After 7 years left IBM to help expand the family furniture and carpet retail business. As President and CEO was responsible for marketing, advertising, finance, sales, and purchasing. Currently Chairman. Past President of a national carpet trade association, as well as head of my local Better Business Bureau and past chair of a local BBB educational foundation.
John M. Roy
Fifteen years management experience in trust and investment service operations. Eighteen years in financial and information technology management positions in the non-profit sector. Seven years in engineering positions in chemical/petroleum plant operations. Degree in Chemical Engineering and Graduate Diploma in Management from McGill University.
Audrey E. Sears
Employed ten years as employee benefits coordinator in banking, as well as owner of small catering business. Coordinator of resources and volunteer services for school system for forty years. Board member of various non-profits.
Caroline C. Spaulding
Ran Richardson's Marine Publishing before attending Tuck. After Tuck was a management consultant with an emphasis on start-ups, then Owner/President of Dana Robes Wood Craftsmen. Experience in Start-Up Management, General Management, Marketing and Operations.
Frederic W. Thomas
Vice President International Insurance @ Citibank in NY. Principal at McKinsey & Co. Inc. - Mgt. Consultants (Chicago, IL, Melbourne, Aus., Washington, DC). Finance, mktg., sales, promo., adv., financial analysis, gen. cost accounting, budget and record keeping. Director and Consultant -- Executive Service Corps of Northern New England; Advisor: NH Charitable Foundation, Upper Valley; Advisor: Upper Valley Land Trust.
VP Finance and CFO, Consolidated Bathurst, Canada; Controller, Ingersol Rand, Canada; Civil Engineer, Stone and Webster; McGill University and Harvard MBA.
B.S.(Economics 1961), M.B.A. (Finance 1970), J.D. (1973); Ten years sales and management wholesale beverage distribution ($20 MM); Completed thirty-five year career practicing general law with extensive counseling of small and medium-size businesses and nonprofit organizations, including start-up, growth pain, succession and terminal issues.
Over 30 years experience in the hospitality business, worked all positions in the front and back of the house in restaurants, hotels and catering operations. Worked for several independent restaurants and opened a mega hotel for Marriott Corporation in Atlanta Ga. Owned and operated a 30 room Vermont Country Inn with a fine dining restaurant and a brewpub for 15 years. A Culinary degree from Johnson & Wales and BA from Clark University. Recently started and manages the Hanover Farmers Market.