Meet Our Mentors

SCORE is comprised of volunteers who have had successful careers as professionals, executives and business owners. Volunteers will meet with you individually to define and analyze your needs, then develop solutions.

Find a mentor with the expertise that you’re looking for and schedule a free appointment at your convenience.

Our Expertise

  • Banking/Financial Services
  • Logistics & Warehousing
  • Business Acquisition
  • Manufacturing & Mining
  • Business Finance/Accounting
  • Manufacturing & Product Development
  • Business Operations
  • Marketing Advertising & Creative Services
  • Business Strategy/Planning
  • Marketing/ Public Relations
  • Business Start Up
  • Media & Communications
  • Clothing/Apparel
  • Non-Profits
  • Consulting, Research & Business Services
  • Online Mentoring
  • Educational Services
  • Patents/Copyrights/Intellectual Properties
  • Employee Relations
  • Public & Professional Organizations
  • Environmental Services
  • Real Estate Leasing/Site Acquisition
  • Fund Raising
  • Real Estate, Rental Services & Leasing
  • Government Contracting
  • Restaurants/Hospitality
  • Health Care
  • Retail & Wholesale Trade
  • Human Resources & Internal Communications
  • Sales
  • Imports/Exports
  • Supply Chain Management
  • International Trade
  • Technology & IT Services
  • Insurance
  • Technology & Web Based Services
  • Legal Issues
  • Tourism
  • Logistics

 

Jason Press - Location: Palm Springs

Career Summary: Experience includes solving multi-channel marketing challenges, identifying and driving forward new business opportunities, navigating competitive environments, and creating inspired brand development and marketing strategies. Expertise is in developing advertising and integrated market plans, brand communications programs, public relations, sales promotions and digital/social communication. An 18 year veteran of a top tier advertising agency in New York.

Expertise: Business Operations, Business Strategy and Planning, Consulting, Research and Business Services, Human Resources and Internal Communications, Marketing/Public Relations, Media and Communications, Restaurants/ Hospitality, Tourism

Juan Modesto - Location: Palm Desert

Career Summary: Sixteen years’ experience leading teams in manufacturing, payroll, IT, retail, hospitality and food service.  Experience includes small business consulting.  Started businesses from the ground up and have also been very involved with HR, training and development.

My commitment to “YOU” as a SCORE mentor, is to ensure the most effective guidance, so your business can prosper and you as a business owner can achieve the American Dream.  My aim is to provide guidance, but also focus around your learning and development as a business owner.

Education:  Master’s in Business Administration, Bachelor’s in Business Management, Associates Degree in Computer Network and Doctor of Management – Organizational Leadership (Attending)

Con mas de 15 años de experiencia en administracion de empresas, estoy aqui para ayudarle en iniciar su negocio, crecer su negicio, finanzas y todo lo referiente en el negocio! No espere as una cita conmigo hoy!

Expertise: Business Acquisition, Business Finance and Accounting, Business Operations, Business Strategy and Planning, Clothing and Apparel, Consulting, Research and Business Services, Educational Services, Employee Relations, Human Resources and Internal Communications, Logistics, Logistics and Warehousing, Marketing Advertising and Creative Services, Marketing/Public Relations, Non-Profits, Public and Professional Organizations, Restaurants/ Hospitality, Retail and Wholesale Trade, Sales, Technology and IT Services, Technology and Web Based Services

John Harris - Location: Palm Desert

Career Summary: Spent over 30 years in the banking industry, primarily as a Regional Manager overseeing teams of commercial lenders providing business loans and other banking services.  Specialized in trade finance (providing services to importers/exporters).  Managed business development and marketing programs.  Background in accounting and financial analysis,  Education:  Bachelors of Arts Degree in Philosophy from University of California, Santa Barbara.  Accounting and Financial Analysis classes/seminars.  Commercial Lending classes/seminars.

Expertise: Banking and Financial Services, Business Acquisition, Business Finance and Accounting, Business Strategy and Planning, Fund Raising, Imports/ Exports, International Trade, Marketing/Public Relations, Real Estate/Leasing/Site Acquisition, Sales

Sheldon Krechman - Location: Palm Desert

Career Summary: Experience includes computer technology in business, management of trade shows, and management of construction subcontractors.  Operational experience in sales and sales personnel, collection of outstanding receivables, project financing, hiring of employees and contractual issues.  Business Specialist between U.S. and Asian Companies.  Teaches computer classes and is an active volunteer for several non-profit businesses.

Expertise: Business Operations, Business Strategy and Planning, Consulting, Research and Business Services, Employee Relations, International Trade, Marketing Advertising and Creative Services, Marketing/Public Relations, Non-Profits, Retail and Wholesale Trade, Sales, Technology and IT Services

Jean Hussey - Jean is available for Online Mentoring only

Career Summary: Proficient in turnaround and managing small business. Expert in inventory management, financial control, and operating profitability. Trained and worked at Abraham and Strauss Department Store, trouble-shooting various kids, ready-to-wear, and accessories areas. As V.P. then President of Operations the Hot Sox Co., later the Polo/Ralph Lauren hosiery licensee, had an additional 30 years of experience as a results-driven executive leader. Duties included establishing controls for buying, inventory, and for expenses, negotiating costs with and overseeing 30 mills worldwide, and coordinating with Design, Sales, Accounts Payable/Receivables, and Marketing, as well as supervising the warehouse. Resolved business problems throughout this 30 year career, which also included costing and pricing, off-price sales, merchandising, customer service, shipping, and financing.   B.A. from Duke University.

Expertise: Business Finance and Accounting, Business Operations, Business startup, Business Strategy and Planning, Consulting, Research and Business Services, Employee Relations, Logistics, Manufacturing and Product Development, Online Mentoring, Retail and Wholesale Trade, Sales, Supply Chain Management

Phil Harris - Location: Palm Desert

Career Summary: Thirty five years of entrepreneurial experience with two successful retail store start ups, managing all aspects of business ownership.  With a degree in Business Administration, was hired and trained by IBM in their computer sales division annually exceeding 100% of quota.  Served as a general Business Consultant with a major acounting firm.  Became a tenured Business Instructor at a junior college.  Obtained licenses in insurance, real estate and DMV vehicle registration.  Active in community service as a Rotarian serving as Club President, Vice President of Del Mar Chamber of Commerce and other volunteerism.

Expertise: Business Finance and Accounting, Business Operations, Business startup, Business Strategy and Planning, Employee Relations, Fund Raising, Human Resources and Internal Communications, Insurance, Legal Issues, Marketing/Public Relations, Media and Communications, Non-Profits, Public and Professional Organizations, Real Estate, Rental Services and Leasing, Real Estate/Leasing/Site Acquisition, Retail and Wholesale Trade, Sales, Technology and IT Services, Technology and Web Based Services

Industries: Insurance, Retail/Wholesale

Al Kelly - Location: Palm Desert

Career Summary: Over 50 years in the Hospitality Industry.  Experience includes management of convention hotels, destination resorts and commercial hotels, as well as restaurants, bars, casinos, golf courses and spas.  Operational experience includes general management, sales and marketing, cost and quality control, asset repositioning, financial analysis and profit maximization.  Retired as Executive Vice President of Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, created Asset Enhancement International a consulting company with clients such as Ritz Carlton and Rock Resorts and Vail Resorts.  Attended University of Washington and Executive courses at Wharton and Kellogg Schools of Business.

Expertise: Business Operations, Business Strategy and Planning, Employee Relations, Marketing/Public Relations, Tourism

Industries: Hospitality/Restaurants

Nicholas Kraushaar - Location: Palm Desert

Career Summary: California attorney with extensive litigation and business experience.  Served as CEO of a California corporation which developed custom software and designed computer networks for the agricultural industry and for other retail businesses.  Served on Boards of Directors of several corporations, including a community hospital.   B.S. in finance from the University of California and J.D. from the University of San  Diego School of Law.

Expertise: Business Acquisition, Business Finance and Accounting, Business Operations, Business startup, Business Strategy and Planning, Consulting, Research and Business Services, Employee Relations, Human Resources and Internal Communications, Legal Issues, Manufacturing and Product Development, Marketing Advertising and Creative Services, Marketing/Public Relations, Patents/Copyrights/Intellectual Properties, Real Estate, Rental Services and Leasing, Real Estate/Leasing/Site Acquisition, Retail and Wholesale Trade, Sales

Industries: Retail/Wholesale

Tim Taylor - Location:  Palm Desert

Career Summary: Experienced with companies that are just starting out or those ready to scale.  Experience includes an extensive background in accounting and finance.  I have consulted with companies of all sizes and have worked with some of the most successful companies in the US.   I bring my knowledge gained through work experience and consulting with Management Systems.  I look forward to helping the small to medium business market here in the Coachella Valley. 

Education:  San Diego State University, Accounting Degree

Expertise:   Business Acquisition, Business Finance/Accounting, Business Operations, Business Strategy/Planning, Business Start Up, Consulting, Research and Business Services, Government Contracting, Insurance, Non-Profits, Technology and IT Services.

Bonnie Nan Fine Location:  Palm Desert

Career Summary: Over forty years’ experience as senior partner in a law firm.  Familiar with business startup and the problems faced by small businesses as they progress. I am familiar with the legal, financial and emotional issues involved.  Strong background in employment issues, policies and procedures.  Well versed in the issues of employment manuals and various rules and regulations involved in anti-discriminatory practices; Americans with Disabilities Act ramifications and other employment issues.  Able to assist in licensing, interaction of business with governmental entities and similar topics.  Have assisted in presentation of businesses to banks and industry groups. I am anxious to lend support to others in forming and pursuing their entrepreneurial goals.  Education:  Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from UCLA; Law Degree from USC.

Expertise:  Business Acquisition; Business Finance/Accounting; Business Operations; Business Startup; Government Contracting; Health Care; Insurance; Legal Issues; Manufacturing & Product Development; Patents/Copyrights/Intellectual Properties; Real Estate Leasing/Site Acquisition; Real Estate, Rental Services & Leasing; Restaurant/Hospitality; Retail & Wholesale Trade

Roy Breneman - Location:  Palm Desert

Career Summary: Career began with the Pepsi Cola Company traveling through 13 states training franchise bottlers. Later worked with General Foods and Dr. Pepper ending as the Executive Vice President and chief of sales and marketing officer of Seven-Up Royal Crown Bottling Company, the largest U.S. Seven-Up bottler. This 40 year business experience gives the background to help SCORE clients who want to start a business, or are already in business, but who need guidance.  Experience as Chairman of Seven-Up National bottler marketing committee, Los Angeles food industry council, Vice President Long Beach, CA Stroke Association

Expertise:  Business Operations; Business Strategy/Planning; Business Startup; Consumer Products/Manufacturing and Distribution; Logistics and Warehousing; Marketing Advertising and Creative Services; Sales

 

Bob DeVan - Location:  Palm Desert

Career Summary: Experienced executive with leadership track record in multi-location manufacturing and distribution companies. Over 20 years leadership experience in all areas of finance, operations and human resources including strategic operations, budgeting and planning, treasury, tax, SOX compliance and risk management activities. Strong M&A experience including identification, negotiation and integration in public and private companies.  Education:  University of Miami, Fl BBA - Pace College, NYC MBA Stanford University, Palo Alto CA Executive Development Program.

Expertise:  Business Acquisition; Business Finance/Accounting; Business Operations; Business Strategy/Planning; Employee Relations Human Resources and Internal Communications; Imports/Exports; International Trade; Insurance; Manufacturing and Product Development; Non-Profits; Patents/Copyrights/Intellectual Properties; Supply Chain Management; Technology and IT Services