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Tim Alderson

Engineering background, MBA; CFO at a major corporation. Created start-up and corporate start-up from concept to over 130 million in sales. Consultant for strategy consulting boutique.

Natalie Blacher

Natalie has worked in senior marketing positions forBurger King Corporation,McAlister’s DeliandNewk’s Eatery. After working in a corporate environment, she established NFB Consulting, a company that provides consulting services for the food and beverage industry and retail concepts. Her areas of expertise encompass brand positioning, marketing strategy, menu development, and consumer insights. Clients have included PepsiCo Foodservice, Sunglass Hut-Watch Station, Del Taco restaurants, Captain D’s Restaurants, Super Target, Zimmerman Advertising, Sara Lee, FB Foods, among others. Recently, Natalie completed two extensive restaurant industry-related contracts with the Federal Government (Department of Treasury and FDA Nutrition Division).

Dane Barrager

Dane has 20 years of experience in software development and data processing. He has worked for major corporations in a project manager role and started his own business. He successfully developed a product, marketed it, and ended up selling his business to a larger competitor.

Bob Bond

Over 30 years of sales, trade marketing, and distribution experience in the soft drink industry, including over ten years in overseas assignments. Completed over 25 short-term US AID volunteer projects in the sales and marketing of packaged farm products in 16 developing countries.

Ed Callis

I can help improve business performance in operations, finance, marketing and "eyes wide-open" decision-making. With over 27 years experience in Operations Management with Kroger Food Stores in Roanoke, Virginia and 17 years experience as an Edward Jones Financial Advisor in Asheville, North Carolina, I have learned how a successful business operates and have helped many individuals make sound financial decisions. As a Mentor for SCORE, I can provide advice toentrepreneurs. Let's get started!

Veronica Cavallaro

Veronica has experience as a management consultant, auditor, non-profit executive and entrepreneur. She has helped many small businesses, local governments and multi-nationals to diagnose and improve their performance. She has global experience and has set up and run a successful small business. She passionate about building sustainable businesses that are adding net good to the world.

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Ken Cooper

Ken’s expertise is starting and growing new businesses with alarge company, start-up and international experience in the consumer products and energy industries. His background in new products and business ventures includes strategic planning, market research, needs assessment, ideation and concept development, product design, technology commercialization, strategic alliances and new product marketing programs.

Richard Crosson

CPA with public accounting and private industry experience. With large car manufacturer, led a field office which included vendor/dealer relationship building and business coaching. Later, as VP of Marketing and VP of Dealer Development, was responsible for all media including online, site development, business improvement and strategic planning.

Marc Czarnecki

From corporate to small business and individuals, Marc Czarnecki (Marc.Czarnecki@scorevolunteer. org) has many years of retail and instructional technologysupport experiences at Fortune 500 companies, area community colleges, and UNCA OLLI. See marcczarnecki for more information.

Cathy DeTroia

Managed large scale software development projects over a 20 year span in the Washington DC area in both large corporate and small consulting business environments. Managed staffing and edited technical and cost proposals, conducted business analysis, technical computer designs and developed multiple applications. Taught QuickBooks accounting and other computer courses in Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College’s continuing education program. Currently prepare partnership and individual taxes, seasonally. Hold an MBA in Marketing from American University and am a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.


George deWalder

George has 20 years experience with GE, most recently with GE Aviation in Asheville. He has held positions in other manufacturing industries including: photographic, textiles, and plastics. His work experience was focused on production planning & inventory control, purchasing, sub-contract management, ERP systems implementation and troubleshooting, user training and documentation, attention to detail related to record accuracy with a sense of urgency.

Eddie Dorf

Eddie is an entrepreneur with over 40 years experience in manufacturing, production and importing. He has owned a Women’s fashion shoe factory in New York, souvenir T-shirt business and currentlynutcrackerballetgifts.comgift company. Eddie has a vast, well-rounded understanding of all aspects of running a successful company.s.

Bernie Filipiak

Financial manager/accountant/analyst with MBA/CPA credentials and over 30 years of varied experience for Fortune 500/other international and domestic corporations. My expertise includes financial management: accounting operations, public/management reporting, financial analysis and planning, budgeting, forecasting, cash/treasury management, information systems analysis & design, internal controls and business plans.

Robert Ganz

Expert in Business Plan Development, Development of Financials, Financial analysis, Buy/Sell/Joint Ventures, Business Development. Consultant for major corporations and small businesses, start-up. as well as existing businesses.

Kathleen Goodwin

I am a creative, open-minded experienced marketing and corporate communications professional with expertise in: strategic messaging, public and media/analyst relations, branding, websites, acquisition/pipeline development, market research, collateral/sales tools, digital marketing, hiring and managing external resources/contractors, and budget management. My approach is simple: Put forward a product/service that is meaningful to the target user in both what it says to them and does for them, and then generate unforgettable, unwavering demand.

Blaine Greenfield

Blaine is a professor emeritus of marketing at Bucks County Community College where he still teaches part-time. He is also an active volunteer in such community organizations as the Asheville Jewish Business Forum, SCORE, ABTech's Small Business Center, the Biltmore Lake Board of Directors and Asheville Community Theatre.

David Harney

Dave spent 25 years at Eastman Kodak Company in a variety of marketing and marketing communications positions. Prior to that he worked as a television producer for WGBH-TV in Boston. Dave finished his career as an entrepreneur, starting and running a magazine publishing company focusing on consumer health magazines. He also built a franchise business centered on this health magazine concept.

Lynn Heinrichs

I am a career higher education professional with over 30 years of experience working for business schools at both public and private institutions. As an administrator, I have provided strategic planning, accreditation, and IT leadership; as a teacher, I have mentored undergraduate and graduate MBA students in the study of management information systems. My professional experience also includes extensive business research and grant-writing. In my post-career life, I have co-founded a local nonprofit providing personal business coaching and education services.

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Ernest Haynes

A lifetime Entrepreneur, I started a business IT consulting firm that serviced over 2000 unique clients in 20 years. My company consulted about information flow, wrote software, and created customized computer systems, as well as integrated telephony and IT. I also was Executive Director of a non-profit, as well as instructor of computers, business and entrepreneurship courses at four local colleges in the WNC area.

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Nancy Jared

Spent the better part of the 1980's in a financial institution in their IT department, operating as a manager for the computer programmers. In the early 80's I worked as technical consultant to Sales personnel out in the field going on client calls and then eventually managing my own group of consultants that provided technical assistance to outside clients on an as needed basis. Eventually my work took me into the Sales environment, when I became an account manager for a company that produced huge sales meeting at company events. I returned to the world of technical involvement and used my overall experience to assist a company in developing training programs, creating a travel department and managing their research areas.

Currently, I am working part to full time as a Business Manager and Partner to two artists in the Asheville River Arts District, redefining their business objectives, helping with sales and marketing, and providing business advice to them as needed. Also working with two artists on an as needed basis, to assist them in their business questions and direction.

Madan Joshi

I can assist clients in following areas: (1). Research, discovery, and development of agricultural and other biological products. (2). Intellectual property development and management. (3.) Business development and licensing

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Paul Kalicky

I can help you develop a business plan with clear financial goals, and the operations and marketing plans to achieve those goals. During my career with the DuPont Co. I developed skills in most aspects of business including Profit & Loss accountability, new product research & development, manufacturing, sales, marketing, finance, mergers & acquisitions and licensing. And over my 12 years with SCORE I’ve been able to translate those skills to businesses of any size resultingin 40+ new startupsand the creation of 425+ new jobs.

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Jeremy Lerner

Jeremy is an entrepreneur with 30 years experience as a corporate general manager and a founder and President of a high-tech company. When times got tough Jeremy learned how to use custom website design, Google text and video advertising, and social media to develop sales and save his business. Jeremy has significant intellectual property experience holding 9 patents, plus copyrights and registered trademarks.

Bill Mance

Background as Human Resources consultant and executive in most aspects of HR - including hiring, compensation, management and leadership development, in manufacturing industry and healthcare. Owner of management development consulting business. Major areas: HR and Manufacturing.

Mike McLean

Experienced Business Development and Engineering Manager with a strong background in manufacturing and process engineering. Extensive experience with Strategic Planning, New Business Development, Market Development, and Cross Functional Team leadership utilizing matrix management methods and procedures. Significant experience with consumable design properties required for optimization of offset, flexo, and digital image transfer applications as well as tools to evaluate any product performance related application.

Jon McNamara

Jon has over 10 years experience in all aspects of search engine optimization (SEO), website development, social networking, and usability. He founded and led an internet company that leads its industry as the result of organic traffic.He also has experience in real estate management as well as site development, and held positions of increasing responsibility up through director level with a telecommunications infrastructure company.

Herman Metzler

Herman has spent the over 30 years pioneering International Business expansion for US companies. At General Electric Company, he held various positions in International Management and Marketing in various place around the world. In 1984, Mr. Metzler joined Exide Electronics as Vice President, International Operations. He was responsible for all international business activity including Joint Ventures, Technology Licensing Agreements and Acquisitions and Operations. He is a long time member of the US Department of Commerce District Export Council, the World Trade Center of North Carolina and a frequent speaker at various North Carolina business and academic meetings.

Thomas Mock

Marketing and communications executive from the telecommunications industry. HIs most recent assignment was running corporate marketing and PR for a $2.5B communications equipment manufacturer in the Washington, DC area. His experience includes corporate marketing, market research, product marketing, PR, investor relations, and product management.

Tyler Moffat

Tyler and his wife, Amanda, organized Moffatt & Moffatt, PLLC, a small firm located in Boone, North Carolina in 2010. Over the past 7 years, Tyler has focused his practice on counseling small businesses and start-ups on the legal aspects of entrepreneurship. Tyler's work with these businesses includes, among other things, formation, organization, restructuring, transactional, labor/employment, litigation and intellectual property. In addition, Tyler devotes substantial time to providing pro-bono services to small businesses both through his firm and through multiple small business assistance programs such as accelerator and incubator programs in an effort to employ the knowledge and experience he has acquired to foster entrepreneurial growth in the communities he serves.

Wes Morgan

Wes Morgan spent 27 years as owner of an Asheville-based heating oil/gasoline/propane company. The business also included service and installation of HVAC equipment. Owned and operated a quick print franchise for 10 years. 5 years commercial lending experience with a NYC bank. 10 years experience as a commercial real estate broker. Experience with merger and acquisition of small businesses.

Elizabeth Pou

Business lawyer with the majority of her career as HR executive, specializing in all aspects of HR including recruiting and selection strategies,leadership and team development, strategic planning and organization effectiveness. Established her own consulting practice. Certified NC mediator for business and employment disputes.

Skip Rohde

Skip Rohde – Skip is a retired Navy officer turned professional artist, with additional sidelines of writing proposals for federal contracts as well as training US government personnel heading to Afghanistan. He's also the courtroom artist for WLOS-TV in Asheville.He lives in Mars Hill.

Brent Russell

Extensive experience in senior living operations, creating strong hospitality franchise systems, expanding global brands, strengthening partnerships and motivating management teams to greater success. Demonstrated success in CCRC operations, sales and marketing, strategic planning and team building for a national and a regional, privately owned senior care provider. In addition, experience with both a domestic regional hospitality and real estate development company and international experience in a global hospitality franchise firm. Recognized for the ability to impact an organization by providing enthusiastic leadership and mentoring to create a culture of exceptional service while maintaining a focus on results.

Richard Sears

Richard is a Certified Public Accountant and Controller/Treasurer of a $1.5 billion public company involved in manufacturing, distribution and financial services. He is a small business owner and most recently was CFO of a $450 million manufacturing and distribution company.

Rich Smith

Expert in writing business plans and finance and accounting. Very knowledgeablein business operations.Seasoned pro who can convey complex concepts in simple terms as a businessman, not as a “bean counter”; 13 years experience with large firms and 25 years with small companies, many as a part owner/operator & consultant struggling to make payroll.

Ashley Swanger

I can help you with strategic goal planning and deployment, documenting business processes, supply chain strategy/planning, project management, understanding operations in a Social Enterprise or 501 (c) (3) non-profit financial structure and grant writing/planning. I am also passionate about employee and organizational development, recognizing that company culture plays a vital role in the sustainability and success of any company. I am an advocate for using Workforce Development to effectively anticipate, plan and manage change in the business environment using Change Management methodology and assistive technology to grow technical acumen and overall contribution to company goals.

Julie Snyder

A retired U.S. diplomat who worked in the field of international trade for more than 30 years. In all of her assignments to U.S. embassies in Canada, Asia and Europe, she promoted and implemented a wide range of trade agreements in support of the U.S. business community. Julie has a bachelor's degree in French and political science from the University of Minnesota and a master's degree in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Ellen Gayle Sovinee

Ellen is the Asheville Chapter’s Community Outreach Vice Chair & Volunteer Mentor. She was the founder and Executive Director of a nonprofit and currently is the Marketing Advisor for another nonprofit. Both arelocated in Western North Carolina. Because of her experience with starting and running a nonprofit she has become the Asheville Chapter’s GO TO mentor for nonprofits.

Ken Swanton

I was the owner of retail and wholesaletravel businessesfor many yearsand then investor/owner in the online travel industry.I am currentlya mentorin the online travel and hospitality industries, My background includes responsibility of a franchise network of over 1,100 small businesses throughout the United States. I serve on the Advisory Boards of a number of small businesses in the travel and hospitality industries.

Jane Vasica

Jane Vasica held several senior level purchasing, production operations and supply chain management positions at four major high-tech manufacturing companies. Now retired, she volunteers with several organizations. In addition to being a SCORE counselor, she is also a certified navigator for the Affordable Care Act.


Mike Wrenn

Mike is a retired  M&A and structured finance executive with over 40 years in energy businesses. He has managed acquisitions, divestments, formations of joint ventures, and debt and equity financings for solar, wind, biofuels, oil & gas, refining, pipelines, retail fuels, and petrochemicals businesses. In addition to transactions in energy, Mike has managed sales of aluminum rolling and carpet milling facilities and the formation of research joint ventures in genetic engineering. Most recently Mike supported two solar development companies in Asheville and over two years secured $500 million in debt and equity financings to build out 35 utility scale solar farms in NC, SC, OR and MN.