Skilled in helping you streamline your startup process while minimizing RISK and maximizing SUCCESS. I've owned several businesses and would be privileged to share proven processes with you! LEAN METHOD Focused. I help you determine if your concept SHOULD go forward based on facts, not assumptions...saving you valuable Energy, Time and hard earned Money. I assist you in quickly determining if the MARKET is demanding your product/service. Note- I WON'T send you to the library or have you write a traditional business plan!
Expert assisting EXISTING business owners grow revenues & cash-flow, improve operational efficiency, strategic acquisitions, and exit strategy.
I've been in your shoes and understand your excitement and desire to make sure you are taking the right steps.
Butler University Bulldog fan by chance? I presently serve as an instructor in the Entrepreneur & Innovation department and Real Business Experience Coordinator. I started my first business in 1996. While it wasn't started the right way, I sure learned alot!...ALOT about what I should've done and wouldn't do again! Since that first experience, I've been blessed to own businesses providing me a background in Retail, Service, Wholesale, Importing, International Business, Ecommerce, Distribution, Sales, Marketing, Operations, Staffing, Financial, Product Development, Sales Reps, Tradeshows, Exit Strategy, Selling/Buying Business and EVERYTHING involved in small business.
I look at my job as a coach and mentor...guiding you along using best-practices in order to help you achieve your GOALS & DREAMS while avoiding expensive mistakes!
Entrepreneurship Instructor & Real Business Experience Program Coordinator
2016-Present, Butler University, Indianapolis, IN
The Real Business Experience is an innovative experiential program at Butler where students form teams, create a business idea, apply for funding (to a group of real business executives) - and if they receive funding, start and run their real business.
Mentor (2013-16) & Adjunct Instructor (2014-16)- led, coach and engage students in learning how to create & run a small business and turn that new startup into a for profit business.
Board of Directors
2010-Present, Starfish Missions, Louisville, KY
Starfish Missions is a faith-based, nonprofit organization that partners with Christian churches in the Dominican Republic, providing underprivileged children with educational opportunities and school supplies.
Provide guidance to the CEO regarding strategy, growth, cash management, logistics, volunteers and interns.
2011-2016, Business Brokers & Consultants of Indianapolis, Noblesville, IN
Business Brokers actively seeked to acquire engagements with business owners looking to sell their business, and entrepreneurs wishing to purchase a business.
Provided expert guidance on valuation, marketing a business, along with all the elements of good management.
Provided small business consulting.
Founder & Senior Mentor Volunteer
2011-2015, Business Mentor Program of Central Indiana, Noblesville, IN
Not-For-Profit program that assisted first-time Indianapolis area entrepreneurs with guidance using lean start-up best practices.
Consulted with business owners on strategies necessary in order for their business to become profitable, as well as craft strategies to ramp up and significantly grow the business while remaining profitable.
Owner, General Manager
2001-2012, Harvest Scents & Traders (HST), Indianapolis, IN
HST was acquired by Wholesale Home Décor in 2012 and imports quality and innovative home décor and giftware products to retailers, wholesalers and craft partners.
Built this business from the ground up.
Managed all aspects of the business including sales & marketing, advertising, website/SEO, and product development.
Traveled and sourced large volumes of goods from Asia, and utilizing Chinese agents, negotiated pricing and logistics; traveled extensively to trade shows in the United States to develop customer relationships.
Owner, General Manager
1996-2001, The Golden Quill, Carmel, IN
The Golden Quill started as a home décor retailer and was the forerunner of Harvest Scents & Traders.
Started this business from the ground floor; discovered a lack of wholesalers to serve the many retailers and wound down this business to concentrate on founding a wholesale business.
Owner, General Manager
1996-2001, NuTan Indianapolis, IN
NuTan was a retail tanning salon & gift shop.
Bought, operated and sold this business after doubling sales.
Stockbroker, Investment Consultant, Sales Manager & Trust Portfolio Manager
1992-1996, Shearson Lehman, Banc One Securities, Huntington Investment Co & First National Bank
The original Smith Barney, a well known securities firm, is now part of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.
Acquired and managed assets of high net worth clients. Assisted in asset management for corporations and municipalities.
Sold by cold calling, direct sales, referrals and seminars while striving to reach client objectives for wealth investment growth & income.