Upper Valley SCORE has 33 active mentors bringing centuries of practical business experience to helping our clients. Here are business bios which briefly describe their qualifications.
Jason K. Albert
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.
B. A. Political Science, University of New Hampshire ’67; Veteran, United States Air Force Active Duty, 1967-71, Transportation Officer; Over forty years of business ownership and non-profit management; success in organizational development, program, financial and membership expansion, state-wide tourism development and events management; licensed real estate broker: experienced in real estate sales, leases, appraisals and property management; experience in sales, marketing and communications, media and public relations; skills as an organizer, planner, facilitator, effective listener and problem solver; trained as a family and marital mediator. Previous and current volunteer services experience including VA patient support and escort services, regional Transportation Advisory Committee to NHDOT, and West Central Behavior Health’s (affiliate of Geisel School of Medical at Dartmouth) Board of Directors, and the Marketing and Communications Committee, Eastman Community Association.
Industry Experience: Banking, Financial Services and Insurance, Construction, Industrials and Utilities, Consulting, Research and Business Services, International Trade, Imports / Exports, Real Estate, Rental Services and Leasing, Retail and Wholesale Trade. Professional Experience: Utility operations-electricity and telecom, retail, government regulation, accounting, finance, economics, international and domestic consulting, previous business owner.
Bruce W. Butler
I am an actuary specializing in health insurance. I worked for two major insurance companies, one major accounting organization as a consulting actuary and then ran my own actuarial consulting business for the last 10 years .
Edwin S. Childs
Commercial loan officer with Merchants Bank from 1993 to retirement in November,2009 Prior to that, served as Bank loan office in various capacities in the Connecticut River Valley since 1961. Served as president of GMEDC board of Directors high school graduate-Hartford high school Have taken various AIB Banking courses over the years
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.
Over thirty years of management experience in Aerospace and Defense industry.For the past 10 years led a number of ERP projects. Prior to that was project manager for one of the largest complex SAP installations. Vice President of Customer Service for Raytheon Aircraft. Program Manager for Patriot Missile Production Program. Past President of Quechee Lakes Landowners Association. Vice President and Board member of Headrest, an Upper Valley non profit that treats substance abuse.
Richard W. Fiske
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.
Experienced in most aspects of Government Contracting, Strategic Sourcing, Procurement to Pay Processes, Supply and Demand Forecasting, and Selection and Deployment of Enterprise-Wide Supply Chain Technologies. After graduation from Annapolis in 1972 completed a military career as a Navy Supply Corp Officer (Acquisition & Logistics) in 1993. Private sector experience included Procurement/Supply Chain consulting roles with Teletech (Call Center Services provider), Unisys (IT services), London Fog (apparel)and Rampage Clothing (apparel), as well as supply chain leadership roles at Cingular Wireless (now AT&T Wireless) successful eMarketplace business start ups with SiteStuff.com (Commercial Real Estate), EDS Management Consulting (Industrial Supply), and financial turnarounds at Norfolk Shipbuilding & Drydock Corporation (Marine) and Stewart Foods (Food Manufacturing).
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.
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.
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.
Ann D. Hargraves
Retired CPA, MBA Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Experienced in financial and not for profit institutions, with special emphasis in working with financially distressed organizations.
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.
Entire career in the information technology market; functional background is sales and marketing. During the last 25 years held CXO and GM positions with software and distribution channel players. Areas of experience include strategy development, business and market analysis, planning and budgeting, product management, marketing, sales and HR; holds a BA from Alfred University and an MBA from the University of South Florida.
Public relations and Marketing. Lynn’s passion is to help companies build, enhance and protect their brands by delivering communications and marketing programs that add value, generate awareness and support new revenue streams. Actively involved in public relations and marketing communications for more than 25 years, she has worked in academia, agency and corporate settings and facilitated major events, marketing and publicity programs for start-ups, academic institutions, Fortune 500 companies and non-profits. Lynn has consulted CEO’s and senior executives, coordinated corporate communication programs that run the gamut from media tours, product launches, crisis communication, store openings, mergers & acquisitions and award-winning community relations programs.
Industry Experience: Marketing, Advertising and Creative Services, Restaurants and Hospitality Professional Experience: 40 year hotel franchisee with Choice and Wyndham as an owner-operator. Served on various industry and travel/tourism committees at state-level in Vermont. Operated a hobby for-profit publishing business during that period as well. Investor in Railroad Row, LLC. Chair of Northern Rail Trail.
U.S. Air Force/National Security Agency. 6 years. Chinese & Russian cryptanalyst. 40 years as owner, president, CEO, or Director of International Sales of several guitar manufacturers in the US, Northern Ireland and Japan. Founder of export management and marketing company, concurrently with aforementioned positions. Board member of NH International Trade Association. District Export Council for US Dept. of Commerce in RI, MA, CA and NH. Yale School of Oriental Languages. Chinese. Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan. International Service and Japanese. Georgetown University. Foreign Service, Japanese & Russian.
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.
Professor Emeritus, Accounting and formerly Associate Dean at the Sawyer Business School where he taught for almost 30 years retiring in June 2013. He also taught for almost 40 years at the MIT Sloan School of Management, 10 years on the full time faculty as head of the Accounting area and then as a visiting professor on the Greater Boston Executive Program
Jack H. Nelson
Developed, invested in and managed real estate in the Upper Valley. Owned a small manufacturing business at the airport industrial park. Was a founder of Landmark Bank and am now a director of Lake Sunapee Bank. Was a Hanover selectman and on the planning board for twelve years. Was a director of the Hanover Water Company for six years. Was a trustee of Kimball Union Academy for twenty years. Was instrumental in creating David’s House.
Stuart D. Pompian
Venture capitalist for over 20 years. Early-stage investor in several companies that became public or were acquired. Founder of Dartware, LLC, a developer of network management software. Co-founder of Granite State Angels. CEO/COO of four small manufacturing turnarounds. Experience in strategic planning, marketing, and sales. Seven years experience as an engineer in defense-related companies. Mentor to the Entrepreneurship program at the Tuck School, Dartmouth College. Director of several charitable organizations.
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 retail business in the USA. LinkedIn profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/peterdrevers/en
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 Past President of my local Better Business Bureau and past chair of a local BBB educational foundation.
John M. Roy
A SCORE volunteer since 2002. Was a founding delegate of municipal internet service provider ECFiber in 2008, and served as Treasurer from 2008 to 2016, and interim chief operating officer in 2014 and 2015. 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. Bachelor's 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.
President of BaySon Company. local real estate company, that developed the Powerhouse Mall, Centerra Resource Park, and other commercial properties. Joined Dartmouth College in 1993, where I developed and managed a portfolio of commercial and residential properties. Retired as Director of Real Estate. UNH graduate: BS-Plant Science, MBA
Strategy Director for 20+ years at a Fortune 500 company (dealing with Business strategy, Technology, Finance and Quality); Consulting Partner for 5 years at Top 3 CPA firm; Division VP Finance for a company listed on the NYSE; General Manager of a large Manufacturing Division of a Fortune 500 company; Controller for a public Medical Supply company, a Fortune 500 company; Systems Analyst/Programmer for large scale customer relationship management, accounting, inventory control, etc. Professional Experience: Market Research; Competitive Intelligence; Product Development; Business Mission; Goals & Objectives; Operating Plans; Long Range Financial Plans & Operating budgets; Risk Assessment and mitigation; Operational Improvement plans (Six Sigma); Leadership training and Mentoring
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.
Timothy J. Wagg
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.
Stephen W. Wilkerson
30 year career with major food product manufacturer/marketer, Nabisco, with primary experience in strategic planning, marketing and sales. 15 years of brand management marketing responsibility for all aspects of new product development from concept to market introduction followed by sales management responsibility for development/implementation of comprehensive marketing and sales programs across all brands to retail customers.
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.