Counselor Experience and Expertise

Unless otherwise noted, all counselors can be contacted directly by email by clicking on the individual counselor's name.

Accounting, Finance, Banking

  • Bruce Director. CPA with a major accounting firm; owner of independent financial consulting firm; senior executive with a large international bank with responsibility for business plans, budgeting, accounting, financial analysis. Experience in working with both for-profit and not-for-profit businesses.
  • Michael Goldman. CPA, senior financial executive in jewelry and apparel companies, with expertise in business plans, financial analysis, banking relations, credit and collections, human resources, inventory control, budgeting/cost control and general management.
  • Sharon Harris.  Senior executive in bank lending and credit with two major global banks. Hands on experience with small and midsize lenders.  Experience spans a wide range of industry types with a focus on commercial real estate debt.  Responsibilities have included sourcing and approving loans, underwriting, portfolio management and debt restructuring. Counseling specialties include assessing capital requirements for businesses, evaluating their potential to qualify for bank loans and mentoring to enhance presentations to potential debt providers.

  • Mel Howard. BBA in accounting, experienced in banking and middle market lending, factoring and commercial financing, as well as financial projections. Expertise in loan portfolio marketing, management and financial projections.
  • Bob Moses. CPA, with expertise in accounting and financial analysis for a wide range of client organizations; experienced in arranging financing for start-up businesses.
  • Stan Nemeroff. Certified financial analyst. Analyst and director of investment research for a leading wealth management organization. Expertise in accounting and financial analysis, familiar with a wide range of businesses/industries.
  • Stephen Shapiro. Senior financial executive with major NYC bank; extensive commercial lending and credit experience, with expertise in marketing, new business development, financial analysis, business financing and international trade. Clients included importers, wholesalers, manufacturers and service firms in various industries.
  • Bernard Turret. CPA, chief financial officer of major international corporation, responsible for budgeting, accounting, financial analysis, tax reporting, analysis and review of corporate business plans; handled all phases of import/export. Expertise in tax accounting and legal set-up.

Business Organization and Management

  • Lynn Diamond. Founder and president of Innovative Information Techniques, a 38-year-consulting firm offering executive coaching, organizational consulting and training solutions, serving financial institutions, major corporations and new and growing companies. Extensive experience in developing training for leaders, teams, executives, managers and support staff. Formerly Professor of Communications at CUNY and holds a PhD in Psychology from Yeshiva University.
  • Sandy Eames.   Marketing/business development executive and consultant with small-to-large medical electronics companies(vital signs monitors, imaging sytems, diabetes technology, etc.)  Involved in internet based business-to-business startups with expertise in business plans development.  Active volunteer with non-profits.  Holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College, and an MBA from Cranfield University, both in the UK.  Expertise in business model development, business plans, outbound marketing, product development, strategic alliances and non-profits.
  • Vic Henschel.  Systems analyst, experienced in translating user requirements into cost-effective strategic and tactical e-commerce solutions designed to reduce costs and improve performance. Strong sales and marketing background. Clients served include both for-profit and nonprofit organizations.

  • Judy Katz. Senior executive and consultant on organization and operation of not-for-profit companies; specialist in financial services, including insurance, retail, education and not-for-profit. Expertise includes business planning, marketing strategy, competitive positioning and organizational development.
  • Harry Precourt. Independent management/financial consultant; senior executive with major banking and accounting organizations. Specialist in advising non-profits, budgeting, cash flow management, financing/lender facilitation, lease negotiations, strategic alliances and turnarounds.
  • Richard Shulman.

    Consultant, project manager, systems designer, analyst and problem solver. Designed, developed and installed computer and manual  systems for sales, customer service, marketing, accounting, consumer communications and other areas. Experienced writer. Expertise and counseling specialty in organizing, strategizing and editing business plans to make a clear and favorable case.

  • Leomard Springer.  Financial consultant/negotiator, turnaround specialist for small and mid-sized companies. Experienced in retail, manufacturing, banking, import/export ­industries. Knowl­edgable about a wide range of business, legal, accounting and insurance issues. Expertise in restaurant management and finance.
  • Jerry Weinstein.  Seasoned entrepreneur and business executive with extensive experience in manufacturing-oriented businesses, strong in construction products and materials. Has leadership and organizational skills and executive experience in both public and ­private corporations and in the global marketplace. Expertise in managing start-ups, ­turnarounds and not-for-profit organizations. Currently has ongoing businesses and holds outside Board positions. Holds a BS in Chem. Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

  • Burt Wallerstein.  20 years as corporate executive with department stores and discount chains. 15 years as owner of sales, marketing and sourcing agency for apparel and sundries. Also experienced as consultant to small wholesale/retail businesses, with expertise in new business-model development, brand building, business model development, retail, strategic alliances, supply chain, licensing and importing.

Computers, Websites, Information Technology and Social Media

  • Jim Alles. e-commerce background and experience; expertise in computer systems and software programs; and web design specifically for increasing revenues.  Mentors many SCORE clients involving websites, e-commerce and social media marketing.
  • Kelly Ficarra.  A veteran small-business owner, started, owned and operated two award-winning dance studios with large instructor staffs. Completed financial counselor  training course and teaches financial management for individuals and small-business owners. Currently working in fitness industry. Expertise in financial planning and service business operations. Mentors many SCORE clients involving e-commerce and social media marketing.

  • Victor Henschel. Systems analyst experienced in translating user requirements into cost-effective strategic and tactical e-commerce solutions designed to reduce costs and improve performance.  Expertise in business plans, business model developer, strategic alliances and IT.  Clients served include both for profit and nonprofit organizations.
  • Ray Lapof. Information technology consultant; expertise in computer systems analysis and design, networks, marketing, value-added dealers. Experienced in E-Commerce, web site development, graphic design, functionality. General business background in corporate structure, marketing, cost analysis and control. Graduate of IBM executive training program.  Expertise in business model development, patents/trademarks, IT and product development.
  • Mahesh Seth.   CEO of a company focused on developing hardware and custom software for manufacturing automation for the steel and pharmaceutical industries.​ After retiring he gained experience as Country Manager of an apparel industry supply chain.  His expertise includes: business model developer, licensing technology, product development, strategic alliances, supply chain and technology.

Fashion/Apparel – Retail, Wholesale, Manufacturing

  • Ronald BenjaminRetailing executive and consultant.  Senior Vice President with major department store chain.  Experienced in all areas of retailing, with expertise in new store planning, production management, fiscal planning, merchandising, advertising, display, customer profiling, staffing, etc. Consultant to both new venture and established companies.  Holds a degree in retail management from Ohio State and has attended the Harvard University Retail Symposium. 
  • Harry Dannenberg. Top executive in women’s footwear retail and wholesale stores; developed and brought to market both better and popular-priced footwear. Worked with leading shoe designers importing and manufacturing merchandise from around the world.
  • J. Vincenzo (Vince) Gatto. Owned and operated retail apparel stores; manufacturer, consultant and educator; specialties include management, development of business plans for start-ups, brand positioning and repositioning, marketing and promotion. Consulting clients include small men’s apparel retailers. Also experienced in food- and home-industry start-ups. Currently teaching marketing at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).
  • Janis Good.  Merchandising and product development executive. Worked for major fashion brands and for the Metropolitan Museum of Art; also operated her own high-end accessories business. Expertise includes strategic planning, global brand development, improving profitability, manufacturing, inventory planning, product line development, marketing and consulting for retailers, catalogs and web. MBA, NYU Stern School of Business.
  • Milton Matsil. Executive responsible for production in apparel manufacturing business. Managed entire plant operation, including manufacturing, warehousing, inventory control and distribution, building/plant maintenance. Established and managed internal computer control systems.
  • Marvin Sandberg. CPA; Owner, chief operating officer of apparel manufacturer and importer. Experienced in all phases of operations, including budgeting and projections.
  • Max Wagner. Chief executive of large apparel manufacturing firm with expertise in all aspects of the apparel manufacturing process, from concept to store delivery. Strong experience in business start-ups.
  • Herb Winkler. Manufacturer, wholesaler, importer, retailer of women’s, children’s, men’s apparel Also experienced in real estate management of co-ops and condos. Expertise in branding, business plans, international trade, retail and supply chain.

Import/Export

  • Ivan Szanto. Chief executive of import and wholesale distribution company (hard goods, hunting/camping equipment) Managing 200+ warehouse and field sales staff; responsible for all aspects, including product development, purchasing, finance and operations. Previously partner in natural fiber products import and wholesale business; before that in milk processing industry. Expertise in business start-ups and their legal aspects, business plans, intellectual property law.
  • Bernard Turret. CPA, chief financial officer of major international corporation, responsible for budgeting, accounting, financial analysis, tax reporting, analysis and review of corporate business plans; handled all phases of import/export.

Legal Services

  • Fletcher Duke. Attorney with several NYC banks. Experienced in finance, taxation, business turnarounds, bankruptcy, buying and selling businesses, litigation management.  Familiar with a wide range of businesses including real estate.  Expertise in accounting/budgeting, legal setup, lease negotiations and turnarounds.

  • Melvin Maiman. Attorney, arbitrator/mediator for the New York County Bar Association. Expertise in general litigation, representation of retail-business clients, home improvement businesses, residential and commercial real estate. Lengthy experience in preparation and review of contracts, business formation documents, bank loan documants, corporate agreements, applications for licenses and permits and all other business operating documents.
  • Clarence McMaster. Attorney, Certified Financial Planner (CFP); corporation counsel for major insurance and financial services firms. Managed advertising, training, marketing compliance, and employee contracts agreements and contract litigation. At SCORE, coordinates with pro-bono law firms.
  • Roland Plottel. Patent attorney. Represented major international corporations on patent and trademark matters; handled negotiations and litigations in the U.S. and abroad. Also holds graduate degree in electrical engineering, with strong experience in telephones, semiconductors, cables and fiber optics. At SCORE, coordinates with pro-bono law firms.
  • Marvin Ross. Formerly senior partner in a Nassau County law firm, associate director and general counsel to a federal and savings and loan association; extensive real estate experience as owner and operator of real estate ventures, expertise in condominium/cooperative residential and commercial offerings. Also founder, owner and board member of several businesses in the New York area.

Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations

  • Howard Geltzer. Owner, creative director of own public relations firm; Executive director/managing director of major PR firm; faculty of NYU Stern Business School and Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). Creator of award-winning new-product introductions, crisis-management communications programs and other communications programs for major US and international corporations. Winner of numerous business and humanitarian awards.
  • Ruth Nagourney. Marketing and management executive with leading consumer products companies, credit card and insurance companies, banks and consulting firms. Expertise in direct marketing and promotion for a broad spectrum of products and services.
  • Alvin Roselin. Founder, chief executive of marketing communications company specialized in public relations/publicity for print, radio and TV. Major producer of message films, including public service announcements, video news releases, infomercials, sales films, etc. Expertise in all areas of marketing.
  • Lee Simonson.  President of sales and marketing consulting firm and owner/CEO of US radio stations in two start-up companies. Previously VP/General Manager of major AM and FM stations in New York City. Experienced in media management, sales and marketing and product development.

  • Charles Sobel. Owner, director of independent market research firm; executive, division head in leading research organizations. Extensive experience in consumer and business-to-business marketing and advertising research, analysis and consulting.  Expertise in business and marketing plans development, branding, legal set-up, outbound marketing, selecting professional team and non-profits.
  • Mary Tan.  Worked 30+ years for a major international consumer goods company in various marketing roles including 3 years in retailing.  Expertise in branding, business model development, inbound and outbound marketing, product development, social media marketing and web development.

Media, Entertainment 

  • Alvin Roselin. Founder, chief executive of marketing communications company specialized in public relations/publicity for print, radio and TV. Major producer of message films, including public service announcements, video news releases, infomercials, sales films, etc. Expertise in branding, inbound and outbound marketing and strategic alliances.
  • Lee Simonson.  President of sales and marketing consulting firm and owner/CEO of US radio stations in two start-up companies. Previously VP/General Manager of major AM and FM stations in New York City. Experienced in media management, sales and marketing and product development.  Expertise in branding, business model development, business plans, outbound marketing and turnarounds.

Not-for-profit Businesses

  • Barbara Grumet.  Dean, School of Professional Studies, CUNY Brooklyn campus. Extensive experience as academic administrator of community college; executive director, board president and board member in not-for-profit organizations. Experience in health and human services. Expertise in business plans, start-ups, legal set-up, non-profits, education and training.

  • Vic Henschel.  Systems analyst, experienced in translating user requirements into cost-effective strategic and tactical e-commerce solutions designed to reduce costs and improve performance. Strong sales and marketing background. Clients served include both for-profit and nonprofit organizations.

  • Marvin Lieberman. Attorney, Senior Executive with non-profit professions medical-education organization. Expertise in health insurance, healthcare policy and management issues.

Other Products - Retail, Wholesale, Manufacturing

  • Jim AllesChief Executive ot international chemical company subsidiaries with experience in manufacturing and marketing of pharmaceuticals, plastic films and polymers.  Specialized in strategic and business planning, finance, human resources and manufacturing.  He has also worked with nonprofits.
  • Diane Drey.  CEO of a bottled-water manufacturing and distributing company serving the New York Metro area, with broad business management experience and expertise in financial control, personnel and union relations, and innovative compensation systems. Expertise in accounting/bookkeeping, business model development, business plans, certifications, selecting professional staff/teams, inbound marketing, buying and selling businesses.
  • Donald Gottheimer. Founder, owner, President of a distribution/retailer of branded cosmetics, fragrance and hair care products, also established a successful chain of cosmetics stores.  Experience and expertise in all aspects of starting, operating and building a successful business organization, from site selection to operations, lease negotiations, retail and marketing.  
  • Howard Kaplan. Executive director of a national retail trade association and of a buying group of small independent stores; general merchandise buyer for various retailers. Background in merchandising, importing, catalog production and trade association administration.
  • Herb Kazdin. Owner, operator of retail pharmaceuticals chain; expertise in retail/wholesale operations, store set-up and management, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. Experienced in health- and hospital-related services.
  • Stephen Kessler. Chief financial officer, division general manager for major private and public companies in consumer packaged goods, publishing, internet, including high-growth start-up companies. Expertise in business plans development and strategic planning. Strong financial and information technology skills.
  • Jerry Litner. President of several small and mid-size manufacturing companies making electrical products. Strong in marketing industrial products through rep organizations. Experience includes a leverage entrepreneurial one-man start-up.

  • Marvin Posner. Top executive in toys manufacturing/distribution company; expertise in consumer product marketing and sales, packaging and inventory control.
  • Seth Rogovin. Owner, operator of retail and wholesale outlets specializing in paint, wallpaper, window treatments and other decorating products. Also manufacturer of nationally distributed hand-printed wall coverings. Expertise in accounting/bookkeeping/budgeting, business plans, franchising, retail, outbound marketing and supply chain.
  • Susan Shapiro.  Travel industry executive. President and CEO of major US/Canada travel consortium, marketing travel products to agency clients. Directed design/production of marketing materials, initiated customer database segmented for wide range of tr products; also involved in creating web sites customized to needs of consortium members. Expertise in outbound marketing, strategic alliances, sales, event planning and public relations.
  • Jerome Sudnow. Owner, operator of a stationery products manufacturing firm. Extensive management experience includes product development, sales and distribution, import/export, finance, sales rep development, packaging, warehousing, etc.
  • Ivan Szanto. Chief executive of import and wholesale distribution company (hard goods, hunting/camping equipment) Managing 200+ warehouse and field sales staff; responsible for all aspects, including product development, purchasing, finance and operations. Previously partner in natural fiber products import and wholesale business; before that in milk processing industry. Expertise in business start-ups and their legal aspects, business plans, intellectual property law.
  • Joel Weidman.  Business and financial executive. CEO of family-owned textile business; stayed on as financial consultant after selling the business. Formed his own trading and consulting company working with small companies in the textile industry; subsequently joined a large advertising agency as consultant and then CFO. Expertise in all areas of finance including accounting/bookkeeping, patents and trademarks, business valuation, merchandising and pricing.

Real Estate, Construction

  • Vincent Grosso. Owner/manager of residential and commercial properties in Brooklyn.  Also experienced as a co-owner of a metal casting manufacturing business and has also worked as a licensed stock broker.  Holds an MBA in accounting and a bachelor's degree with majors in marketing and finance from Pace University. 
  • Sharon Harris.  Senior executive in bank lending and credit with two major global banks. Hands on experience with small and midsize lenders.  Experience spans a wide range of industry types with a focus on commercial real estate debt.  Responsibilities have included sourcing and approving loans, underwriting, portfolio management and debt restructuring. Counseling specialties include assessing capital requirements for businesses, evaluating their potential to qualify for bank loans and mentoring to enhance presentations to potential debt providers.

  • Bill November.  Real estate and construction executive, licensed real estate broker in New York and Connecticut; experience in developing new properties; extensive experience in constructing apartment houses, office buildings and factories. Expertise in lease negotiations, legal set-up, business plans and non-profits.
  • Herb Winkler. Manufacturer, wholesaler, importer, retailer of women’s, children’s, men’s apparel Also experienced in real estate management of co-ops and condos.

Restaurants, Food Service

  • Munir Saltoun. Restaurant chain owner/operator; CPA with a major accounting firm. Experience in business financing and financial modeling, debt financing, including equipment leasing.
  • Leonard Springer.  Financial consultant/negotiator, turnaround specialist for small and mid-sized companies. Experienced in retail, manufacturing, banking, import/export ­industries. Knowledgeable about a wide range of business, legal, accounting and insurance issues. Expertise in restaurant management, franchising, financing/lending, lease negotiations, turnarounds, business valuations and finance.

Technical Services, Engineering

  • Michael Snyder. Senior executive in electronics industry engineering and manufacturing company, with career expertise in electronics. Experienced in operations marketing, engineering and manufacturing. Strong background in business plans, cost reductions, staffing, restructuring, product and service development and product introductions.
  • Jerry Litner.  President of several small and mid-size manufacturing companies making electrical products. Strong in marketing industrial products through rep organizations. Experience includes a leverage entrepreneurial one-man start-up.