Shad Adair

Shad is a business and technology executive who works with some of the world's most recognized companies in setting strategy and implementing advanced technologies. As an entrepreneur and investor he serves on the advisory board of enterprise software and services firms providing perspective on sales and growth strategies.

Vic Berniklau

Started two electronic security firms and managed them for 25 years (annual revenue $2M and 30 employees); Retired senior executive, US Department of Energy with broad responsibilities in technical and administrative areas, including budgeting, contracts and planning; Management Consultant; Instructor, UNM Business School in Management of Technology; Holds BS in Mechanical Engineering and MBA degrees.

Jim Byrd

Joe Cotruzzola

Founder (1973) 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. Earlier, fifteen years in project management in aerospace engineering and land development. Holds an engineering degree.

Bob Council

Currently, specializes as online counselor for SCORE. (Click to the national SCORE website here to request an online counseling session.) 20 years of real estate experience including commercial and residential property management and 10 years as managing broker and CEO of Castle & Associates, Inc.. 24 years as Coast Guard officer involved in project management including Research and Development of Unique Surface Effect Ship Division in Key West, Fl and Commanding Division of Ships.

John Fleming

After starting in industrial engineering and management consulting, spent forty years in a variety of small businesses, the last thirty as co-owner and CFO of a particleboard and wood products manufacturing company. Holds Engineering and MBA degrees.

Joe Gallo

DJ Heckes

CEO/Owner of EXHIB-IT!, a GSA Certified, woman-owned small business for 15+ years. DJ is an expert in Full BRAIN Marketing and her passion is customer service! She has set her business up with Systems and Processes for building a high performance team and is a published author of Full BRAIN Marketing for the Small Business AND The NOISE Behind Business-How to Make Tradeshows Work.

Dar Johnson

44+ years in the aerospace private sector and with the Government, including over 34 years in senior management positions. 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. Business development, proposal support, capture manager, proposal manager. Owned successful consulting business.

Bill Kostel

Bill has a background in both major corporate and in small businesses.  His experience is in financial modeling, business planning, forecasting and budgeting, strategic planning, marketing analysis and in contract negotiation.

His entrepreneurial activities have centered in the following areas:  CEO of two companies; involved in two start-ups as a principal; consulted on four additional start-ups; reviewed or co-authored over ten business plans; involved in three turnarounds as a principal and consultant.

Bill has a BS in Engineering from Iowa State University and an MBA from Texas Christian University.

Talia Michelle

Pete Mikelson

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.

Kent Paul

President/CEO, K & L Risk Consulting, LLC – 2012 to Present.  Owner and operator of a boutique risk management consulting company providing services to governmental self-insurance risk pools and captives.

Walter Paul

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 9 years as co-owner of a small manufacturing business.

Lewis Real

Computer programmer and customer service rep with National Cash Register for 6 years; With Bank of New Mexico in Operations for 2 years; With AirPage (radio common carrier) for 16 years; With US West Paging as District Manager for 2 years; Owner and operator (with wife) of STARCO ( HVAC/R Wholesaler) for 16 years.

Stephanie Skaggs

Stephanie Skaggs 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.

Thomas A. “Tommy” Thompson

Specializes in business strategic and financial planning, business valuation, and organizational management. His consulting clients span a broad range of small and medium-sized businesses, including retail, engineering services, manufacturing, tourism, banking, telecommunications, biotechnology, software, and professional services.
Tommy has held top management positions as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer during his career. He earned a BA from Hamilton College and an MBA from Rutgers University. He is a licensed CPA in New Mexico, is “Accredited in Business Valuation” (ABV) by the American Institute of CPAs, and is a member of several professional societies. Tommy and his wife live in Bernalillo.