You're not retired, but you'd like to share your business expertise to make a difference in our small business community.
Or maybe you've retired (congrats!) but want to keep your skills honed.
Either way, our team of experienced owners, corporate executives and managers are trained mentors who help clients gain clarity to take the next step.
Karen Simpson became a mentor after selling a business she owned for 27 years.
Stephanie Skaggs was in your shoes and is really glad she took a look at SCORE Albuquerque.
Kent Paul loves being able to give back as a volunteer, and to help business owners become successful.
Learn more about each of our mentors below. Several mentors also offer their services online, through SCORE's national online mentoring program.
Vic retired as a Senior Executive from the US Dept. of Energy after managing several organizational units in the local DOE office (MIS, Contracts, Facilities Planning and Budgets) as well as initiated offices of Strategic Planning and Technology Transfer. With his wife and son, he started two tech-based businesses achieving a level of $2M in annual revenue and 30 employees before turning the businesses over to his son who continues their growth. For the last 10 years, Vic has been a Certified Mentor with SCORE. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA. He also taught at UNM at the graduate level.
Decades of experience running businesses in the US & Mexico. All phases of running a business, program management, finance, supply chain, operations, etc.
I've started about seven businesses/non-profits including a real estate company, a residential summer camp, a higher education association with over 80,000 members, and several consulting companies in sales training, team building, human behavior profiles, challenge/ropes courses, higher education lobbying, etc. I've had additional years of employment with Z-CoiL Footwear, Albuquerque Academy, and Sacramento Entrepreneurship Academy. My expertise is in boots-on-the-ground, grassroots marketing, community organizing and fundraising, and employee and client recruitment. I also have had over 25 years involvement in family businesses including international product manufacturing, e-commerce, national distribution and franchising and private stock offerings.I can help small businesses, non-profits, home-based businesses, and small corporations with start-up strategy and improved business performance. My particular experience is in strategic planning, marketing, public relations, and employee development. I have additional experience in international product manufacturing and marketing, online sales, and national franchising.
Tim earned a bachelor's degree in entrepreneurial studies from the University of New Mexico and a master’s degree in strategy and management of technology. He currently works in real estate and construction development as president of a development firm. Tim worked in both commercial and residential construction, and continued to maintain and grow the company during the housing collapse. He is also the managing partner of an asset holding company and holds a position with a property management company. As a professional consultant, he worked with a management-consulting firm to improve various functional areas in business for his clients. With an MBA concentration in both strategy and MOT, he works with businesses in the commercialization of intellectual property to M&A’s. He has personal and professional experience with franchise startups. Tim has also worked with nonprofit organizations including WESST, ACCION, ACIV, and TCC.
I am a former automotive executive with domestic and international experience in sales, marketing, public relations, management, strategic planning, customer satisfaction initiatives and process improvement. I am currently assisting local non-profits in the areas of process improvement, strategic planning and development of internal policies and procedures.
Sheryl Brown has worked with a variety of businesses in the areas of growth strategies, entity selection, accounting and tax planning. She has a MBA and is also a Certified Public Accountant in the state of New Mexico. With over 15 years private consulting and several years working in the private sector the industries she is most familiar with are: Independent Film Making, Retail, Real Estate (both real estate development/construction and rental real estate). She has also held several accounting positions including Assistant Controller with an international civil engineering firm. She has also owned a retail store and manages several rental properties (including residential and commercial). Her interests also include film making and she has produced several short films, a PSA and two feature films.
Jim's finance career started in 1986 working for companies such as: Barclay's American Financial, Citi, Complete Financial, Bank of America, Community Bank. He is now Financial Advisor with Edward Jones. Jim has also served as Vice President and Commercial Lender with Community Bank. Areas of expertise include Business Finance & Accounting, Business Strategy & Planning, Nonprofit.
Jared is a Certified Public Accounting in the state of New Mexico. He has been in the public accounting industry for over four years. His specialty is small business and high net-worth individual taxation. He has experience performing compliance and consulting for real estate developers, resort management companies, and various sub-contractors. Mr. Collins is an Albuquerque native who holds a Masters of Accounting and BBA in Accounting and Finance from the University of New Mexico. He developed and honed his skills as a public accountant while living in Dallas, Texas. He currently works at REDW, LLC, the largest home-grown, full-service accounting firm in New Mexico.
Jos is the founder (1973) of The Mangement Institute/NM, including 30 years as Chair/Facilitator for peer groups of CEOs/owners, committed to developing their executive skills and business growth. Before that, he spent fifteen years in project management in aerospace engineering and land development. He holds an engineering degree.
After starting in industrial engineering and management consulting, John spent 40 years in a variety of small businesses, the last thirty as co-owner and CFO of a particleboard and wood products manufacturing company. He holds Engineering and MBA degrees.
Joe's expertise includes extensive experience and success in sales and marketing, with additional experience in strategic planning and basic business accounting. As a business executive, he has introduced new products, grown market share and improved margins. Much of his career experience is in the truck and trailer industry, managing the sales, marketing, design, and production of component parts for the heavy duty vehicles that seen on the highway. He established distribution in the USA, Mexico, and Europe, and established and managed manufacturing facilities in the USA and China.
Robert is Principal Niche Digital Marketing Masters, is a skilled social media marketer, digital brand manager and copywriter. He specializes in digital marketing services for social media platforms, like Facebook and Instagram, and search engine platforms like Bing and Google. Advertising Campaigns that include design, artwork, copywriting, video, production, and optimization. He writes web-site copy and email series. He is an entrepreneur and has founded and run several companies.
DJ has been the CEO/Owner of EXHIB-IT!, a GSA Certified, woman-owned small business for 15+ years. She is an expert in Full BRAIN Marketing and her passion is customer service! She has set up her business with Systems and Processes for building a high performance team. She is a published author of Full BRAIN Marketing for the Small Business and The NOISE Behind Business-How to Make Tradeshows Work.
Dar has over 50 years in the aerospace private sector and with the Government, including over 34 years in senior and C-level management positions. He has been responsible for achieving growth nation-wide, obtaining new customers, cost containment, turning around marginal operations, increased profitability, customer satisfaction, staffing, and policy and procedure development. He also has worked in business development, proposal support, capture manager and proposal manager. He has owned a successful consulting business.
Pete had a 25 year career in international business publishing. His responsibilities at various times included editorial, business forecasting, international business consulting, vendor negotiations and partner sales management. Subsequently, Pete worked in executive search, insurance and currently operates a marketing and web design consultancy.
Hal was an engineer at Sandia National Laboratories for 32 years. He spent the first ten years in engineering research and the last 22 in engineering research management. He has extensive experience in transferring technologies from Sandia to private industry. He has worked with very large and very small companies. Most notably, he led a research collaboration between Sandia and The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company which has now lasted over 25 years and has been described as the model of how tech transfer between the national laboratories and industry should work. The last three years of his career at Sandia, Hal led Sandia's technology transfer program which included patents, intellectual property licensing, and partnership agreements between Sandia and businesses, both large and small.
Kent is President/CEO of K & L Risk Consulting, LLC (2012 to present), a boutique risk management consulting company providing services to governmental self-insurance risk pools and captives.
In 12 years working for a large multinational manufacturing corporation, Walt's positions included Production Supervisor, Manufacturing Engineer, Process Control Engineer and Program Manager. During this time, he also developed manufacturing-related computer software systems that managed a major semiconductor manufacturing line. Walt has spent nine years as co-owner of a small manufacturing business.
Lew worked as a computer programmer and customer service rep with National Cash Register for six years, Bank of New Mexico in Operations for two years; AirPage (radio common carrier) for 16 years, US West Paging as District Manager for two years, and as owner and operator (with wife) of STARCO ( HVAC/R Wholesaler) for 16 years.
Stephanie has spent nearly 20 years as an entrepreneur, small business owner, financing specialist, business consultant, and health and safety expert. She has started and operated 12 companies either by herself or with partners and is currently the president of Asset Financing Group Inc., which specializes in small business financing and commercial mortgages.
Karen has been a Professor of Accounting and Finance -- and a small business owner (restaurant) -- for the past 26 years. She is a small business consultant for accounting and QuickBooks through the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and a Retail Learning and Development Specialist for FirstNational 1870. She has worked in commercial lending and treasury management at several large financial institutions, and performed consulting services in the area of QuickBooks and accounting. She's also taught financial seminars for SBDC clients. Karen has a B.S. degree in Finance from DePaul University and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.
Cathy is the founding partner and president of Tardy & Co., P.C. For over thiry years, she has worked in a variety of industries providing tax planning, consulting and valuation services to small businesses and the individuals who own and operate them. Ms. Tardy has been involved with the American Society of Women Accountants, American Business Women's Association, New Mexico Society of Certified Public Accountants, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts.
Tommy grew up in Lake Placid, NY. He earned a BA in Economics from Hamilton College and an MBA in professional accounting from Rutgers University. He spent his 35-year business career beginning with an international accounting and consulting firm in New York City, and later in the Albany, NY, area. He moved to New Mexico in 2010 and has been a Certified SCORE mentor since 2011. Tommy is a licensed CPA in New Mexico (now retired) and has been “Accredited in Business Valuation” (ABV) by the American Institute of CPAs. During his career, he has held top management positions including: Director of Corporate Development for a manufacturing firm, CFO of a software start-up, COO of a publicly-traded computer hardware manufacturer, and Managing Director of a boutique investment banking and strategic consulting firm. Tommy specializes in corporate strategic and financial planning, business valuation and organizational management. His consulting and SCORE clients span a broad range of small and medium-sized businesses, including retail, engineering services, manufacturing, tourism, banking, telecommunications, biotechnology, software, agricultural chemicals and professional services.