Our Experienced Mentors

Experience is what makes our over 30 SCORE mentors your best source of help with your business issues, whether it's getting started or growing your business.

Some of our mentors are:



James Adkins

Senior leadership experience in 15 industries, private equity, privately held companies, publicly held companies, government buying and selling, plus 2 additional business turn-arounds with other companies like Bobcat and Chromalloy.  These manufacturing and technology experiences coupled with ServiceMaster (TruGreen, ChemLawn, ServiceMaster Clean, Terminix, Furniture Medic, etc.) experiences can provide any business owner with personalized and tailored approaches and solutions that will best meet their needs at both the individual and organizational on an intellectual, cultural, operational, financial, customer and emotional level.

Richard "Dick" Arnold

President of the Knitted Textile Association representing 50 large textile companies employing 22,000 workers.



Robert Berry

I can help you in areas such as construction, commercial real estate, retail, public entities, and professional liability.

As a business owner and real estate investor, I have developed deep experience in customer aquisition, personnel, finance, administration, and IT. I'm a licensed insuramce broker and consultant for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and am licensed to practice in all New England states, New York, and Florida. My additional professional designations include Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Certified Risk Manager(CRM).

I have served as President of the Initied Chamber of Commerce and President of The Franklin (MA) Downtown Partnership/

Janice Binger

I have worked in sales, marketing,contract negotiation, and business management for over 25 years on an international basis.  The industries I have worked in include: food, pharmaceuticals, supplements and personal care working for global companies that supply ingredients to these industries.

Dennis Brinly

Sales, Marketing, Customer Service, Product Development for consumer products manufacturers whose products are sold to mass merchants, big box retailers, warehouse clubs, hardware stores, grocery stores, specialty retailers and hardware & grocery wholesalers.

Martin Brown

Business entrepreneur with 35+ years of experience of business ownership start-ups, specializing in Information Technology and Artificial Intelligence Consulting. Programming, quality control, project management, sales and marketing, fiscal management, and recruiting expertise. Masters Degree and SCORE counselor since 2003.


David Christopher

Spent 45 years in the travel industry, with experience in airlines, cruise lines, tour operations and travel agencies.  Managed small (4 employees) and large (several hundred employees) operations.  Experience areas include sales, marketing, and operations.  



Mark Davis

Retired from a 45 year banking career, with over 25 years spent as a senior credit officer responsible for the structuring and approval of credit transactions in consumer, commercial, and private banking.  Armed with a comprehensive knowledge in all phases of lending and credit, I was an SBA certified lender, and was responsible for the underwriting, approval, and administration of a loan portfolio in excess of $1B, with loan authority of $10MM.  

Graduate of the National Instalment Lending School, the National Commercial Lending School, and The Stonier Graduate School of Banking (all American Bankers Association)  - as well as a Certified Financial Planner® - served as a Commissioner on the Disciplinary and Ethics Commission of the Certified Financlal Planner Board of Standards.


Ruth Fite

Ruth became a Legal Administrator in 1974 and managed the firm of Shulman, Rogers in Silver Spring, Md for over 6 years.  She then moved to Las Vegas in 1980 to manage the firm of Jones, Jones, Bell, Close 7 Brown,the most widely known gaming firm in Nevada. In the mid 80's, she and her husband Rich, moved to Ft. Pierce, Florida.  With her husband they opened a golf shop and Ruth also became the Administrator at Moss, Henderson, an insurance defense law firm in Vero Beach.

Returning to Las Vegas for her husbands new job, Ruth started her own promotional products business, selling with an emphasis on golf tournaments and awards.  Her sales territory was- Arizona, Nevada, Utah and California,  In this business for over 19 years, she sold her business and retired in 2014.

George Greenstein

Thirty years experience working for IBM - tool design engineering, semiconductor process engineering, manufacturing engineering management, semiconductor plant management, and corporate vice president of procurement. As head of IBM’s US non-product procurement led the total re-engineering of the process, yielding a 25% reduction in purchase dollars, which developed into a model for the non-US operations and became a service offering IBM now provides to its customers. Also, three years experience working in a family owned textile manufacturing business and three years experience owning and operating a startup photo-offset printing business. SCORE Counselor since 2000, past Chapter Chair.

Kostas "Gus" Gregory

Second generation of a hospitality family. Raised in the restaurant business working in my fathers various restaurants bars etc. After I left college I went to work for a couple of national food service firms. In 1969 I left Chicago and moved to Miami and started a consulting business[Gus Gregory Associates] .... In 1975 started a company called Total Food Service Direction inc. This company grew to be the largest contract food service contract company in South Fla this was an award winning company featured on the cover of several national industry publications. Past president and board member of our national association. Voted Silver Plate winner 1988[operator of the year]. Sold company in 1997 and stayed on during the transition until 2004. Continued with the consulting company doing several projects in S. Fla. I have a lifetime of experience and knowledge that needs to be passed down to the next generation.

Charles Gumpel

Started as an engineer in the aerospace industry and after ten years returned to school to earn a law degree.  Licensed to practice law in California (now inactive - retired) and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.   Legal specialty:  Intellectual Property with emphasis on patent prosecution.  Intellectual property includes patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets.



Steve Hebel

Retired executive with Bell South, A&T, and Equifax. Previous owner of small business in the publishing market. Experience working with large and small businesses development, marketing, sales, product  management including product development, market development, advertising, quality metrics, customer satisfaction and market analysis. Have developed and instructed on building business plans and funding startups. Experienced with employee compensation, incentive compensation, employee retention plans. Experienced with business owner and employee retirement plans including federal qualified retirement programs. Experienced in regulatory matters. Worked in domestic and global markets.



Ben Heyward

Lengthy banking and legislative background.  Managed banking operations concentrating on client demands, risk management, regulations and all levels of lending including business lending.  Co-authored legislation at both the State and Federal Levels including Payday Lending and Mortgage Lending Bills at the state level and co-authored mortgage and credit card legislation with the CFPB in Washington D.C.  Established business lending centers with emphasis on small business.  Former software engineer that designed banking software.  Core computer software conversions at numerous banking operations. Lobbyist for 9 years at both the State and Federal level and retired as President & CEO of a large credit union in New Mexico.  Retired to the best place on the planet - the Treasure Coast of Florida!

John Hosler

Experience in the manufacturing business area with over 40 years experience in financial management, operations, and general management. Specialist in acquisitions, divestitures, company start-ups and project management. Administration and Business planning, risk management, joint ventures, and compensation and benefits compliance. Specialist in non-profit development, governance, bylaw creation/ revisions, financial development and executive management. SCORE Business Counselor since 2000

Kenneth Koziol

Process Control Engineer, Project Manager, and Program Director.  General Manager of a Contract Manufacturing Company.  General Manager of the Advanced Applications Business Unit of a mid-sized company.  Chairman of an Industrial Standards Committee.  Testified before the National Academy of Sciences on Source Replacement.  Member of a Presidential Commission.


Hubbard A. Knox

Banking and financial specialist with 40+ years of experience. Commercial lending, financial planning, mergers and acquisitions, consulting and business brokerage. SCORE Counselor since 2008.



Leo Ladefian

My experience in business development, consulting and financial management would be helpful in providing a roadmap for business success. I believe that an understanding of the client, customer and competition are key elements to successful business planning and operation. As a business development manager and CPA I have participated in many new business opportunities that were successful for my company and the client. As a consultant, I was able to provide valuable insights into the clients business approach and operation which fostered success.


Marvin Lesman

Prudent and analytical executive with more than 30 years of experience fueling credit and risk management strategies for banking, lending, and other corporate interests. Proven track record of reducing losses related to loans, fraud, and defaulted accounts. Start-up specialist, with a history of building and operating highly effective risk management organizations. Diverse exposure to various disciplines, including credit and behavior scoring development, risk due diligence, credit underwriting and collections, documentation, and advanced analytics. Effective people manager, known for a hands on approach to employee development and mentoring.




Gary Mastro

As the former Corporate Vice President of Brand and Product Marketing, Gary was responsible for marketing communications, event marketing, customer relationship management and the UPS product portfolio. He had responsibility for product performance, new product integration, advertising, brand strategy and sales support through training and technology.

Under Gary’s direction, UPS launched its most aggressive advertising campaign in its 100 year history.  The “What can BROWN do for you?” campaign.

During his 38 years with UPS, Gary has been involved in projects ranging from the introduction of UPS Next Day Air® to developing import and export services on a global basis and establishing UPS’s Sales and Marketing organization outside the U.S..

Gary began his career with UPS in 1968 as a part-time loader in Camden, New Jersey.

He is the Managing Director of a marketing consulting firm, Marketing Solutions Group, and for the last five years has been engaged with a number of small and mid-size firms.

Bob McCabe

Management consultant performing operational and financial assessments leading to formulation and implementation of turnaround plans or liquidation process for various organizations: large and small; public and private; as well as domestic and foreign.  Over thirty years as executive with General Motors Corporation at operations in New York City; Detroit, MI; Edinburgh, Scotland, UK; Warren, OH; and Flint, MI with considerable travel to activities on six continents.  Extensive experience as chief executive officer and chief financial officer in automotive assembly and component manufacturing, off-highway earth-moving equipment, service parts business and telecommunications industries.  As entrepreneur, formed light construction and house painting business.  Currently, treasurer of several local activities including this SCORE chapter.  BS in accounting and MBA in finance from Cornell University.

Bill Schell

15 years Motorola - Hong Kong & USA - Secure Computing & Intellectual Property Protection; Software Development standardization, software development, silicon-fabrication market analysis.

5 years self-owned-operated companies - LAN / WAN design, implementation; software development and IP protection.

Walter Sherman

Salesman for a vending machine manufacturer for 20 years. Started a chocolate and candy business in MA and sold the business after 32 years.



Derek Stalhut

For the past decade, Derek has been growing his own businesses on the Treasure Coast. He is an avid student of success strategies and personal growth. Today he owns two businesses that he started from nothing. He has obtained immense knowledge from this process. Now, Derek is honored for the privilege to help others create their own businesses. Derek is a motivated entrepreneur, currently owning and operating two businesses. He has extensive knowledge within the sphere of business creation, management & expansion. If you are interested in building your own business, Derek has the skills to help you succeed.



William "Bill" Strouss

I can help you focus strategically on developing your business idea into a business opportunity. Tactically, I can help you design successful financial, marketing and operation plans to start, grow, or improve operations in your business.

As a CPA, CFO of a large manufacturer, General Manager of a mid-size engineered products company, and an owner/operator of a small manufacturing company for 20 years. I have  experienced and navigated the many facets of starting, growing, and operating a small business. During my career I also participated at a senior level in "not for profit" industry associations and community organizations.

Recently I completed a Doctoral degree in Leadership Studies while teaching finance and accounting as an Adjunct Professor at the university level and in an MBA program.

Frank Tidikis

Healthcare field experience of over 35 years. Successfully built, opened, and managed hospitals and multi-hospital systems in both the proprietary and not-for-profit sectors. Experience also includes several startup healthcare companies that were either taken public or sold to strategic buyers, which ranged from physician practice management and concierge medicine to medical education. Latest focus has been primarily on startup and turnaround situations, which has required an emphasis on business development, cost control, and strategic goal setting. Been working with SCORE since 2009. 

Tom Turynowicz

Experience in the Insurance industry, focused on General Business Management, Business Planning, General Accounting, Budgeting, Financial Planning, Expense Control and the rehabilitation of small insurance agencies encountering financial difficulties. Industry experience was in the Business Services for a property and casualty insurance company and its affiliated insurance agencies. Joined SCORE as a volunteer progressing from counselor to my present position of Assistant District Director. My objective was not only to stay active, but also to help the business community and the economy in general.

Jim Wohlner

Founding Precision Laboratories, Inc in 1962, Jim served as CEO and COO until 1995. Precision serves as a formulator, packager and distributor of specialty chemicals He also has served as a founder and operator of Compliance Safety, Inc., a worldwide distributor of specialized safety equipment and supplies. Having extensive experience in sales, marketing and product development, Jim has served in virtually every aspect of entrepruneurial development for small and medium-sized businesses. Also serving as a director of several other businesses, he has extensive experience in private business consulting.