Meet our volunteers

 Meet Our Volunteers
 
The volunteers of the Greater Bridgeport Chapter of SCORE have rich and varied business backgrounds. Counselors share their business expertise and knowledge in all aspects of small business. In addition, all counselors have specific areas of expertise, which are listed below.

Greg Bivona: Greg spent more than a dozen years managing, selling, and developing insurance products for Small Businesses. He brings that expertise to bear with many SCORE clients who are just starting a business, or managing an ongoing business. He has consulted as the Insurance subject matter expert with many SCORE clients that have been referred by chapter counselors. He has provided answers to the myriad of insurance questions the clients have as they work to build their businesses and business plans. He has previously served as Chapter Chairman. (2004)

Richard Blackwell: Dick's experience has been focused on consumer products marketing. He recently sold a branded produce company he built over 20 years. Prior to that, Dick held several V.P. Marketing positions at various consumer products companies, and was a brand manager at Procter & Gamble and a marketing consultant for Glendinning Associates in Westport, CT. (2009)

Ulyana Bolgachenko:

Bruce Bowman: Bruce's background is in taking a manufacturing firm from small to mid size. He was primarily involved in the sales and marketing effort, but has participated in all of areas of management. He began his career in a retail business, and has a law degree. He currently teaches New Product Management and New Venture Creation, as well as Leadership, and Outsourcing in the Technology Management Program in the Engineering school on the UB campus. (2013)

Daniel Bulkley: Dan brings a highly unique and blended background as an entrepreneur and business consultant, a human resource professional and a military officer professional. He is the founder and owner of Innovate2Gether, LLC delivering strategy, marketing and management services for small and mid-sized business start-ups in Connecticut. Major Bulkley maintains a personal passion for veteran reintegration issues volunteering with veteran advocacy causes educating veterans and families.​

Cinthia Cavoto:Cindy is a seasoned social media expert with the following credentials: Contributor to “Affordable Marketing Solutions” by Randye Spina; Speaker on using Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to achieve business goals; Leader of seminars educating small businesses on the benefits of using social media.​

 

Lincoln CraigheadLincoln W. Craighead:  Linc's extensive career began as an Engineering Officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Subsequently, he worked in the manufacturing industry holding positions in plant engineering, production supervision, process engineering and production management. He was Vice President - Operations in the architectural metals industry before starting his own business selling and maintaining school equipment. (1995)

Dan De Percin:

Elizabeth Dederer: Liz brings over 10 years of marketing, business development and sales management experience to small business owners & entrepreneurs through her brand, Maximize Your Value. She has developed and implemented full-scale marketing strategies, created training programs and developed strategies to assist with business launches and turnarounds. Focusing on the person behind the business and the communication to the consumer, she is able to improve operational effectiveness, enhance brand appeal and increase the bottom line to maximize the value of the business & owner!​

​Mike Desantis:

Bob Donovan:  Bob founded, managed and sold a retail chain of specialty video stores in Fairfield County. He has devoted the past 15 years to establishing a specialized consultancy practice providing, coaching to start-up and early growth stage enterprises across a broad variety of industries. (2010)

 

Dina Elliott: Dina specializes in business transformation, focusing on clients' strategies and plans to promote growth. She has deep experience in assessing markets, competitors, internal resources, products/services and customers for a wide range of clients. Key areas are marketing/sales optimization, product and service (re)design, repositioning, research and business intelligence. She has expertise in organizational development and has developed multiple training processes and programs for clients in the acquisition and retention of human resources, organizational relationship management and CRM. (2012)

Howard Feinstein:  Howard brings more than 30 years of business expertise to his role as SCORE Counselor. He started as Assistant to the President of an Industrial Supply Company heading one of their divisions shortly thereafter. Having a strong entrepreneurial bent, he then purchased his first business.  He grew and expanded this business into Greenleaves Interior Landscaping running that company with a partner until his retirement in 2005. Howard's personal experiences in running a small business brings valuable insight to Chapter Clients. (2005)

Stephen P. Geyer: Steve has over 25 years sales and marketing experience with a financial services subsidiary of Citigroup and has been recognized as the top sales producer. Steve volunteers with Junior Achievement and the Mercy Learning Center. (2001)

 

Ray Giovanni: Ray spent most of his career managing bank offices in several towns in the Bridgeport area. Ray also taught in the Bridgeport School system. He has a Master's Degree and Sixth Year Degree from Sacred Heart University and University of Bridgeport respectively.  He organized the Beardsley Park Community Association.

Tom Heaney: Tom has experience as a senior executive in operations for major corporations. He has also been an entrepreneur in the financial management and real estate businesses. With SCORE, his mentoring success stories include a client who was successful in moving from concept to start-up in operations/retail, a client who increased sales as an independent businessman in insurance, and Tom introduced alternate financing for a client in real estate. 

James Hisey II: Jim is a consulting executive with a solid record of distinguished leadership and service to local government, business and cultural organizations. He is active in Rotary International, the Fairfield County Chorale and the Curtain Call Theatre.  His expertise includes identity theft protection, writing, marketing, software application development, internet strategy and implementation, market research, computer hardware and software technical support. Mr Hisey is a graduate of the University of Miami and completed graduate work in psychology and business. (2012)

Brock Hotaling

Eugene Kierce: Gene has an extensive background in manufacturing and automation. He was a corporate consultant with General Electric specializing in manufacturing automation for quality, manufacturing process, purchasing, inventory and management organization. Gene is currently the Bridgeport SCORE Chapter Chairman. (2000)

 

Ed Kuzma: Ed has experience with small business start-up requirements that he gained from building his own management consulting organization. His functional disciplines include: Sales and Marketing, Human Resources, Manufacturing, Education and Training and Management Consulting. (2010)

 

Charles Lipetz:

John Moffitt: John is the owner of Elvin Web Marketing, a company that advises companies on their use of the internet and social media to enhance their business. He has experience as a financial planner and financial manager. (2011)

 

 

Bette-Lynn Paez:

 

 

 

Prez Palmer: Prez Palmer is a licensed Realtor & Financial Services Professional whose emphasis is to form enduring relationships with clients to assist them in the realization of their financial goals. He is also licensed as an Insurance Producer in CT, NY, NC, GA, and Texas in life, health, disability, and long-term-care. He is an Army combat veteran who served as a Commissioned Officer of the U.S. Army Finance Corps. ​

Bill Pressley: Bill has over 30 years of experience working in the Information Technology area. He has held positions in sales, marketing, corporate finance, and product administration. He has worked with customers from small business to large corporations in leveraging information technology to run their businesses. Currently, Bill has his own business coaching operation. He leads diagnostic coaching sessions with small business owners to help them identify and better understand their business challenges or goals.

Donald Putrimas: Don is a results-oriented senior executive with extensive accounting and finance experience in the entertainment industry.  He has extensive and diverse practical experience in television, studio, broadcasting and digital accounting.  He has solid interpersonal skills and cross functional team interactions coupled with effective leadership. He can work with small businesses in reorganizing, streamlining and strengthening financial operations to maximize performance.  ​

Eugene A. Ryan:  Gene is a marketing professional with over 40 years of progressive experience in developing and marketing regulatory compliance software systems, network switching systems and market quotation/trading execution system products to multiple industries. He has expertise in identifying product opportunities and developing and managing product programs for domestic and international markets. He is currently an adjunct accounting instructor at Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport, CT. (2008)

Hernan A. Sanchez: Hernan is Assistant Vice President and Financial Services Manager with People’s United Bank. He volunteers as Vice-Chair for the IT committee with the Greater Bridgeport Latino Network (GBLN). He has started a couple of online retail companies, bringing private sector and small business perspective, as well as extensive knowledge in information technology to SCORE. He holds a degree in Business Administration from the Universidad Del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia, an MBA (Finance) from the University of Bridgeport, and  a Master of Science in Information Technology from Sacred Heart University.

Richard Santalesa: Richard is an attorney and lawyer focused on technology, privacy, data security and Intellectual Property law. His goal is simple: Efficiently meet your legal needs, whether you are a tech-savvy individual, new start-up or established household name.  

 

David Snyder:  David had a 33 year career in a variety of financial management positions with major corporations. Areas of responsibilty included; credit and collections, budgets and measurements, reporting and forecasting and accounts payable. In addition to his financial responsibilities, David participated in the evaluation, selection and implementation of large and small information systems. (2004)

 

George Unser: George brings a lot of experience with start-up companies. He held top executive positions with two start-up companies. One of the companies failed. The other  grew to become a highly successful international company with a market cap of greater than $400 million on the NY AMEX stock exchange. Prior to his small company experience, George spent most of his career in various management positions in accounting and information technology with major international corporations. (2010)

Gloria Velasquez:

Ray Widak: Ray spent over 35 years in Industrial Sales and Management. His first fifteen years was with Ingersoll-Rand in Sales Engineering and Branch Management. He spent ten years as Product Manager with Swiss Albe, a Swiss Company manufacturing and selling precision drilling equipment, responsible for U.S., Canada and Mexico. He finished his career as Accounts Manager for plastic purging companies selling purging compounds to the plastics industry throughout the world. (2006)

 

Bob Wittekind: For over 40 years, Bob held management positions in Marketing and General Management with multinational corporations including Stauffer Chemical and Johnson & Johnson. Areas of expertise include; product management, marketing management, business development, national sales management and marketing communications. Industries include chemical, electrical/electronic, rubber, plastics, pharmaceutical, personal/home and auto care products, paper, industrial and retail distribution. (1999)

Martin Wolf:  Marty is a retired attorney from the Bridgeport law firm of Cohen and Wolf, P.C. in which he was a member for over 50 years. His areas of practice include representation of clients engaged in business including their formation and ongoing legal matters such as acquisitions and sales, financing on behalf of both borrowers and lenders, zoning and non-profit organizations. He continues to serve as an arbitrator in commercially related matters. (2006)

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