Rick Adams: Currently Retired, Volunteering

I founded a successful farm to table restaurant in Bend, Oregon after years as an Executive Chef for a small Oregon seafood restaurant chain. Then after business school, I provided business consulting to physician practices, construction, food and manufacturing companies.  I can help you navigate never perfect supply chains, production schedules, operational and training systems.    

Si su lengua materna es el español, estoy listo a apoyarle.

SKILLS:  Business Finance & Accounting, Business Operations, Business Strategy & Planning, Manufacturing & Product Development, Supply Chain Management

  Bruce Barrett: Currently Business Consultant since 1995

Commercial Real Estate Broker with Windermere/Central Oregon RE. 15 years in business consulting focusing on strategic planning, business plans and marketing plans. CEO for manufacturing company in the advertising specialties industry with multiple manufacturing plants. Started a nonprofit college for a one year diploma program that was approved by ODE. Co-owner of my own professional training institute in Portland in the real estate, insurance and securities industries. Production engineer for Jantzen, Inc. in their Portland and Vancouver plants, Production manager for Western Trails, a manufacturer in the sporting goods industry.

BS - Business Management, Linfield College (Emphasis in operations management and finance).  MBA - Marylhurst University (Emphasis in marketing)

 Patricia Bresnahan: Working, Volunteering

I have experience in marketing, product development, manufacturing, and sales of mechanical instruments and chemical reagents. I have worked for small companies and large corporations. I can also advise clients on franchise business ownership.

Areas of Expertise: Business Plans/Startup Assistance; Customer Relations; Franchising;Marketing, Public Relations & Sales; Product Development & Manufacturing; Strategy & Planning;Technology

Industry Experience: Educational Services; Manufacturing; Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services

Education: B.A - Biology, UC Berkley Marketing strategy.  PhD. Cell and Moluecular Biology, Oregon Health Sciences Univ.

 Phil Brubaker: Currently Retired, Workshop Presenter

Optimal Problem-Solving is possible for clients that have a good math model in the arenas of (computer aided) design, process control, verifying business strategies, etc.  If a client needs help with their math model or finding their optimal solution, please get us in contact with each other and see what we can do.

Math modeling, simulation, and optimization work has been my main thrust since 1975.  A Matched Filter (Computer Aided Design) App reduced design time from 12 to 1 week and the solution was optimal!  Custom designed Thermistors were designed and used in several space projects.  Disc Drive manufacturing using microchips, for the first time, on occasion had a bug in their chips.  Found a way to detect a 'bad' chip from the 'good' ones.  Author of "Engineering Design Optimization using Calculus Level Methods: A Casebook Approach" that shows how to solve most types of math problems."

  Jack Catton: Retired, Volunteering

Last year I retired as a district manager of business banking at US Bank after a 37 year career. In addition I served on a non-profit micro loan committee for 7 years. Over my career I helped thousands of business owners, encompassing most industries, with all aspects of banking and financing, which required understanding their businesses, analyzing financials to understand their operating cycle and interviewing owners to understand their strengths, weaknesses and opportunities. I love helping small businesses thrive and grow and would like to use my skills to that end.

Areas of Expertise: Accounting & Cash Flow; Business Plans/Startup Assistance; Customer Relations; Financing/Capital; Marketing, Public Relations & Sales

Education: Bachelor of Arts Business Economics Willamette University

 Tom Counos: Currently Retired, Volunteering

Forty five years experience with small business operations employing less than ten people. All forty five years spent in the automotive service and repair industry. Responsibilities included managing day to day operations, along with marketing, human resources, and inventory control. Educated with a major in accounting, which greatly aided in achieving a profit for every year in business. Built a new location twenty five years before retirement and as a result has knowledge in dealing with banks, DPW's and contractors. Also  served for seventeen years on the local zoning board of appeals in the town where he lived and owned the business. Has been a member of Rotary since 1984 and currently is a member of the Rotary Club of Greater Bend.
BBA- Western New England University

 Jim Darcey: Retired and Volunteering

I have many years of experience as a business owner and manager and I can help others with evolving their businesses. My experience spans HR, sales, marketing, operations, and financial management and oversight.

Areas of Expertise: Accounting & Cash Flow; Buying or Selling a Business; Customer Relations; Human Resources; Marketing, Public Relations & Sales; Operations

Industry Experience: Services; Real Estate Rental & Leasing; Retail Trade

Education: BA, UC Berkeley

 Dick Dehlinger:  Currently mostly retired

Born into a farming/ranching family in Southern Oregon.  We specialized in hay grain, cattle, and potatoes.   Father’s business developed into an extensive potato farming business that included a packing plant, irrigation, and developed/managed micro fertilizer businesses.  Graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in agriculture, and a minor specialization in potato processing. 

Part of our family farming operations consisted of 4 large acreages in the Klamath Falls, Oregon area where I marketed potatoes for our family packing plant until 1971 and for several other packing facilities until 1974 and managed two other farms in addition to the family businesses.  Then I started my own business as an independent produce broker.  I formed Trademark Inc. in 1983 and still continue as CEO of the corporation.  We expanded into onions,apples, etc., importing from S. America, S. Africa, Israel, and Mexico over the years through the early 2000s. 

Although retired now, I am still marketing and consulting on specialized sizes of yellow and red varieties of organic potatoes with a Canadian grower and packer. Additionally, I enjoy being a volunteer business mentor with SCORE, specializing in agriculture related businesses, here in Central Oregon.

  Seetharam Dravida "DS":  Retired and Volunteering

I have the relevant skills and experience to support Small Businesses with my 35 years of industry experience working in Siemens, TechPacific, Godrej and IBM.

My areas of expertise include Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Customer Service, Supply Chain Operations and Public Policy.

I have mentored students of Bothell Business School, the University of Washington, on projects from SBA in 2019 and concluded three startup projects from the IIT Madras.

Education: Graduate In Electronics Engineering and Diploma in Management Studies

  Mac Farnsworth: Currently Working and Volunteering

As a CFO, I have helped founders develop, finance and execute business plans with thoughtful analysis of products and services, markets, customer acquisition, revenue forecasts and expense budgets.  I have over 30 years experience managing emerging growth technology companies from start-up through commercialization, IPO and acquisition. In my professional career I have developed expertise in strategic planning, raising capital, bank financing, managing expenses and cash flow, mergers and acquisitions, spin-outs, human resources and legal.

In addition to my professional activities I serve as Board member and Treasurer of the Central Oregon Symphony Association.

BS - Economics, Lehigh University.  MBA - University of California, Berkeley

 David Gast: Currently Retired, Volunteering

I am retired from a career as a design engineer and an engineering project manager. I enjoyed the challenges of managing engineering teams to deliver consumer products. I enjoy experiencing the Central Oregon outdoors through cycling, back country skiing and hiking. I currently serve as an outdoor leader helping others accomplish their goals with safe and challenging outdoor experiences.

Areas of Expertise: Accounting & Cash Flow, Business Plans/Startup Assistance, Operations, Product Development & Manufacturing

Industry Experience: Manufacturing, Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services

Education: BSME - Texas AM University,  MBA - Oregon State University

 

 

John Harris: Currently Retired, Volunteering

Forty-eight years of operating a chain of retail stores in the Northwest carrying a wide variety of hardlines, clothing, food and drugs.  Performed and managed all aspects of retail, including buying, merchandising, marketing, warehousing, trucking, importing, as well as experience in human resources, executive decision-making and commercial real estate and construction.  As a retail executive, interacted with a variety of non-profit organizations, government agencies, large and small manufacturing companies and wholesale distributors.

Dennis Harvey: Work hard and play hard has been my motivation to start, build, and sell 3 small Service Businesses in the last 35 years. 

My focus is on startup Service Businesses and Small Service Businesses who want to grow and expand their markets in the Pacific Northwest.  I have worn all hats of a small business owner.  From Janitor to CEO.  I can help you with the following:

  • STARTUP BUSINESSDevelop a Startup check off list, Business Plan, Budgeting, Implementation.
  • BUILDING VALUE - Building Value in your Business, Profitability, Exit Strategies.
  • CUSTOMER SERVICEHow to provide Superior Customer Service, Knowing  Added Value.
  • EMPLOYEE RELATIONS - Company Manual, Incentives, Motivation, Team Building.
  • MARKETINGNetworking, Target Marketing,
  • SALESCold Calls, Calling for Appointments, Power Point Presentations.

 In addition, I have a background in Real Estate Investment, Making your Business Green, Sustainable Green Building Practices and Alternative Energy Sources.  I also like to catch Tuna!

Clayton Higuchi: Currently Retired, Volunteering

Career experience includes Senior Marketing and Sales Management, Acquisitions Leader, and Manager of Manufacturing including product development and engineering responsibilities. Member of teams that developed and implemented operational efficiencies throughout the U.S. and Canada, leading to lean management initiatives globally. Served as Division Vice President and General Manager in publicly traded international corporations and one privately held corporation.  Other responsibilities included Distribution, Finance, Strategic Planning, Human Resources and Asset Maintenance.

BBA - Idaho State University

   “Wink” Jackson: Working part time, Volunteering

Business runs in the family!  I grew up working in the family retail western/farm stores and farm/ranch related product manufacturing businesses, as well as ranching.  Career includes 35 years of work with large and small companies, domestic and international, corporate retail and manufacturing, CEO/CFO functions and every aspect of the business as needed.   

Early in my career, I moved to Japan and became involved in the cycling industry as a professional mountain bike racer and triathlete.  This led to a position with Cannondale Bicycles Japan where I coordinated/created their worldwide race teams, sales/marketing and product design specific to women and small frame design.

Upon returning to the US, my husband and I started the internationally branded eyewear company, Zeal Optics in Moab, Utah.  Our brand, authentic as our designs, met the needs demanded by performance athletes.  “See a Better World!” 

Passions:  all sports, outdoor work, wellness, DNA genealogy

Business Marketing - Oregon State University - clothing and textiles

 Bruce Kelling: Retired, Volunteering

My mentoring approach is to get to know the person as well as the business they are pursuing so I look at each mentoring relationship as that of personal development as well as business development.  To me each mentoring relationship is personal.  My satisfaction comes from the success of the people I’m mentoring.   Holistic is a good word to describe my approach to mentoring.

I bring to SCORE clients a long and varied business background.  I was the founder and served as CEO of two successful IT products and services companies.  During my career, I served as director of private companies, a public company and multiple non-profits.  I have mentored  and am currently mentoring business executives of companies in various stages of development.  I get great personal pleasure helping others succeed.

 Kaye Kloster: SCORE Mentor and District Director

My area of expertise is sales, marketing, government contracting and general business planning and strategy. I worked in the construction industry for 25 years. I am a very organized individual. I assist clients with creating order and methodology to their research and time management. I am very resourceful and will often share my network contacts with SCORE clients when appropriate. I enjoy working with a co-mentor especially when the client benefits from "two heads" instead of one. I am active on LinkedIn and continue to build my network. Since retiring I have expanded my network into medical services, technology, consulting and other service related businesses.  

Areas of Expertise: Accounting & Cash Flow, Customer Relations, Government Regulations & Contracting, Human Resources, Marketing, Public Relations & Sales, Operations, Strategy & Planning

Industry Experience: Health Care & Social Assistance Manufacturing, Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services

Education: University of Minnesota - Morris Campus, BA Communications

  Alessandra "Bella" Lewis: I recently retired from a career with a large, global consumer goods company. I have expertise in business planning, manufacturing, transportation, warehousing, operations, customer service, and personnel management/development. I look forward to helping clients start and grow their business utilizing my experience in partnership with SCORE's many resources.

Areas of expertise: Business Plans/Startup Assistance, Customer Relations, Human Resources, Operations, Product Development & Manufacturing, Strategy & Planning

Industry Experience: Manufacturing, Services, Retail Trade, Transportation & Warehousing

Education: BS, Chemical Engineering, UC Berkeley

 Obinna Oleribe: Working, Volunteering

I have over 25 years of experience in both public and private sectors of health services and started three non-profits and a health management consulting business. I am a public health specialist and a certified project manager, and am interested in helping individuals working on public charity organizations/NGOs navigate the entire process. As a health manager/clinician, I also look forward to supporting those working in the health eco-space. 

Area of expertise: Non Profits

Industry experience: Health Care

Education: DrPH, MBA, MBBS

 Tom Rattle:  Self-employed, Volunteering

I bring 40 years of experience to SCORE, primarily in the high-value business services industry.  I’ve worked for several large, multinational companies as well as starting two businesses from scratch, one of which I currently operate and have for the last 5 years.  I’ve also opened new markets for two of my employers, creating profitable, seven-figure businesses both times.

While I have touched on most aspects of running a business, my core experiences have been around sales and market development, finance and accounting aspects of running a profitable business, and developing effective, repeatable processes.  My entire career has been customer-facing in some fashion, so I bring a client service attitude to every engagement.

BS Finance, Utah State University.  MBA, University of Utah

  Jane Vaillancourt: Retired, SCORE Mentor, Chapter Chair

Skills: Accounting & Cash Flow, Business Plans/Startup Assistance, Marketing, Public Relations & Sales, Operations, Strategy & Planning, Technology

Industry Experience: Manufacturing;Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services

   Ed Weiser: Volunteering as a SCORE Mentor; Search And Rescue WEMT; Interpretive Forest Ranger

My professional career included 45+ years in the Retail and Hospitality industries focusing on operations and IT with companies of all sizes in North America and the U.K.  I managed stores and groups of stores, led IT departments, consulted for over 50 Fortune 500 clients, integrated acquired businesses, and mentored more than 200 awesome individuals.  Then I ran my own boutique consulting business until fully retiring in 2017.  My purpose now is to help you achieve yours.

Current skills include Digital Marketing, Social Media strategic planning, P&L analysis, Point of Sale and payment systems, inventory optimization, human resources, labor optimization, technology design & implementation, and RFP evaluation.  

Education: BS – Psychology, DePauw University.  MBA, Marketing - Illinois State University