Cobb Chamber of Commerce

Business Resources

SCORE

SCORE is a non-profit association and resource partner with the Small Business Administration dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small businesses. Working and retired executives and business owners who share their expertise across more than 60 industries donate their time as volunteer business counselors, providing confidential counseling and mentoring free of charge.

SCORE also provides:
  • Free business tools, templates and tips (click here)
  • Free or inexpensive business workshops (online or at the Chamber)
  • Free or inexpensive webinars (24/7).

Through a strategic partnership between the Cobb Chamber and SCORE North Metro Atlanta, volunteer business counselors are available within the Cobb Chamber, Monday through Friday for one hour appointments beginning at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. To make an appointment to meet one of the counselors at the Cobb Chamber, click here.

 

Meet Your SCORE Counselors:


Jeff Dykes

Contact Jeff at jeffdykes@bellsouth.net or 404-713-2304.

Education:

BA, Northwestern University - Liberal Arts and Business Major

Career Summary:

Technical Sales Representative, Eastman Kodak (5 years)
National Sales Manager, Pesek Engineering and Manufacturing (3 years)
President, Photo Chemical Systems, Inc. (34 years)

Industry:

Marketing, Advertising and Creative Services, International Trade, Imports/Exports, Manufacturing and Mining, Retail and Wholesale Trade

Skill:

Business Finance and Accounting, Business Operations, Business Strategy and Planning, Homan Resources and Internal Communications, Manufacturing and Product Development, Sales, Marketing and Public Relations



John English

Contact John at johnaenglish@gmail.com or 770-324-6680.

Education:

AD, Norwalk Community College - Education Major
BS, University of New Haven - Marketing Major

Career Summary:

Regional Vice President, Southeast, Market Analyst; Volvo Cars of North America
Vice President, Sales Operations, Southeast Regional General Manager; Mazda North America Operations
President and CEO, Lotus Cars U.S.A
President and CEO, Oklahoma Global Motors

Industry:

Automotive, Manufacturing

Skill:

Business Management, Marketing, Customer Satisfaction, Strategic Planning



Mike Fisher

Contact Mike at michael.fisher63@gmail.com or 661-747-4174.

Education:

BA, University of Cincinnati - Accounting Major

Career Summary:

Staff Accountant, Peat Marwick (now KPMG) (4 years)
Supervisor, Peat Marwick (now KPMG) (2 years)
Partner, Peat Marwick (now KPMG) (8 years)
Director of Tax, Price Waterhouse (4 years)
Partner, Fisher, Keathley & Ross (21 years)

Industry:

Banking, Financial Services and Insurance, Agriculture and Farming, Media and Communications

Skill:

Business Finance and Accounting, Business Strategy and Planning



Ray Hopkins

Contact Ray at j30tontine@comcast.net or 508-677-5002.

Education:

AB English, Suffolk University
MBA Management, Bryant University
Graduate Studies in English, University of Rhode Island

Career Summary:

Production Manager, Texas Instruments
Built four hometown papers (31 years)
Dow Jones (4 years)

Industry:

Marketing, Advertising and Creative Services

Skill:

Business Operations, Sales, Marketing and Public Relations

 

Wendy Lerner

Education:

BS Accounting, Mississippi State University
CPA License

Career Summary:

Positions in public accounting, banking and county government
Quickbooks Certified Pro Advisor
Taught Excel at Cobb Senior Center
Volunteer with AARP Tax Prep

Industry:

Consulting, Banking, Financial Services and Insurance

Skill:

Business Finance and Accounting, Business Strategy and Planning

 


Ralph Levy

Contact Ralph at rlevy23@comcast.net or 706-280-2622.

Education:

BS Business Administration

Career Summary:

Carpet Industry (35+ years)

Industry:

Manufacturing and Mining, Transportation and Warehousing

Skill:

Business Operations, Manufacturing and Product Development, Sales, Marketing and Public Relations, Supply Chain Management



Gabe Mezei

Contact Gabe at g.mezei@comcast.net or 678-481-6837.

Education:

BA Education, Budapest
BA Economics, Hunter College
MBA Finance, Columbia Graduate School of Business

Career Summary:

Senior Vice President/CFO, Phelps Dodge Corporation Columbian Chemicals
Senior Vice President, Phelps Dodge Corporation
CFO, Wire & Cable Group
Financial/Controller/Planning/Operations possitions with internation exposure at ITT Corp.,
   Bostrom Corp., Colgate Palmolice

Industry:

Consulting, Research and Business Services, International Trade, Imports/Exports, Manufacturing and Mining

Skill:

Business Finance and Accounting, Business Operations, Business Strategy and Planning


Ken Olmsted

Contact Ken at kolmsted@bellsouth.net or 678-427-8893.

Education:

BS Package Engineering, Michigan State University
MBA, Michigan State University

Career Summary:

Operations Management, MeadWestvo (35 years)
   Director of Systems
   Plant Management
   Division Quality Manager
   Director of Operations Services
   Production Planning Manager
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty (10 years to present)

Industry:

Consulting, Research and Business Services, Manufacturing and Mining, Real Estate, Rental Services and Leasing, Transportation and Warehousing

Skill:

Business Strategy and Planning, Business Operations, Manufacturing and Product Development, Supply Chain Management, Human Resources and Internal Communications

 

Ken Olson

Contact Ken at ken@olsonmanagement.com.

Career Summary:

Management, Research and Development
Survivalink Corporation
Vice President of Research and Development, Medtronic's Physio-Control division
Inventor of over 35 patents

Industry:

Consulting, Medical Technology, Research and Business Services, Manufacturing and Mining

Skill:

Business Operations, Management, Manufacturing and Product Development, Sales, Intellectual Property, Mergers and Acquisitions, Recruiting and Developing Talent

 


Paul Regna

Contact Paul at paulregna@hotmail.com or 678-401-8177.

Education:

University of Missouri

Career Summary:

Hospitality Industry, Sharaton, Hyatt MeriStar, Doral Hotels and Results (35 years)
Sr. VP, Sales and Marketing of 70+ hotels, resorts, golf, restaurants and aquisition evaluations (12 years)
Marketing Board member, Hilton and Radisson

Industry:

Consulting, Research and Business Services, Restaurants and Hospitality

Skill:

Business Strategy and Planning, Sales, Marketing and Public Relations



Bob Schacher

Contact Bob at bob@theschachers.com or 770-722-8462.

Education:

BA, State University of NY at Oneonta

Career Summary:

Property and Casualty Insurance Underwriter (43 years)
Area President, Risk Placement Services (4 years)

Industry:

Banking, Financial Services and Insurance

Skill:

Business Strategy and Planning, Business Operations



Ray Silva

Contact Ray at rhsilva2003@yahoo.com or 404-493-7849.

Education:

PhD Chemistry/Chemical Engineering, Industrial Engineer

Career Summary:

R&D Scientist, E.I. DuPont de Nemours
Technical Service Engineer, E.I. DuPont de Nemours
Sales Representative, E.I. DuPont de Nemours
Marketing Manager, E.I. DuPont de Nemours
VP Operations, RSM Automotive Germany
Business Manager Europe/Middle East/Africa/Russia, Manufacturing Advisory Services
SVP Manufacturing and Supply Chain, GTS Energy, Inc.

Industry:

International Trade, Imports/Exports, Manufacturing and Mining, Transportation and Warehousing

Skill:

Business Operations, Business Strategy and Planning



Jack Walsh

Contact Jack at jtwalsh1@bellsouth.net or 770-649-4869.

Education:

BS Chemistry
MS Organic Chemistry
MBA Marketing

Career Summary:

Staff positions, Product Development
Strategic Planning, Corporate Level
General Manager, Plastic Operations
Worldwide Sales and Marketing Chemicals
President and COO of $700MM Chemical Company, with 60% international sales
Board Position of public company

Industry:

Consulting, Research and Business Services, International Trade, Imports/Exports, Manufacturing and Mining

Skill:

Business Operations, Business Strategy and Planning, Manufacturing and Product Development, Sales, Marketing and Public Relations

 

 

To learn more about SCORE, visit northmetroatlanta.score.org or call the Cobb Chamber at 770-980-2000.