- We'll mentor you in person, by email, or by phone
- We'll work with you at a convenient time and place for both of us
- You can ask a couple of quick questions or get long-term mentoring
- We have experts in many fields
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Santa Fe SCORE Mentors in 2 or 3 Person Teams Offering a Wide Variety of Experience at Two Locations
Downtown: 120 Federal Place, Suite 307
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Santa Fe Business Incubator: 3900 Paseo del Sol
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MENTORS ON CALL: Cheryl Ancell, Peter Doniger, John Van Drimmelen, David Fresquez, John Frey, Bob Gallatin, John Heinritz, David Jondreau, JIm Maloney, Michael Maremont, Mike Mendez, Victor Nelson, Franziska Neumann, Jacob Tague, Bob Vidal, Little West, Kim White
Meet Our Mentors
SCORE® Santa Fe is fortunate to have a diverse group of counselors with expertise and experience over a broad range of businesses and business operations.
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WEDNESDAY, DOWNTOWN, FROM 9AM TO NOON
LEE LEFTON began his career as a copywriter at CBS-TV where his main client was “The Price Is Right.” (Come on down!) Over the years, he worked as a copywriter and creative director at a number of Los Angeles advertising agencies before opening his own strategic marketing firm in 1983, which he relocated to Santa Fe in 1991. Lee’s clients spanned a wide variety of industries including healthcare, entertainment, real estate, financial services, and hospitality.
RUSS MOONEY possesses 40 years’ experience in financial and general management for three major US companies, with a heavy emphasis in opening and building new markets particularly internationally. Russ has been a SCORE mentor for 25 years.
JIM OWENS has 30 years’ experience in semiconductor and related industries for companies ranging in size from start-up to $2B. Jim’s positions and experience include service on boards of directors of both private and public companies, and acting as CEO, COO, head of operations, R&D, and VC. Jim also served as an Airborne officer for 3 years in the US Army.
TUESDAY, SANTA FE INCUBATOR, FROM 9AM TO NOON
WARD FREEMAN is mostly retired from nearly 20 years in IT for the small business financial services sector. His specialty was information security and disaster recovery/business continuance for server and network systems. Before that, he was a lead negotiator for a public sector labor union for 17 years, and in law enforcement for eight years.
EILEEN REINDERS Twice retired! Recently from our successful NM winery business and a 30-year executive career in corporate sales. As a mentor, my support to a business owner is by listening, dialoging, and engaging resources to help them succeed where they are in their business life cycle.
DENNIS SEAGLE After starting up and managing companies in the pharmaceutical and nutrition industries I am now excited to help business ideas become young companies which grow into larger companies. My experience most directly applies to business plan development, manufacturing, sourcing raw materials, business to business marketing, and sales channel development, however I am excited to listen to any business idea.
WEDNESDAY, SANTA FE INCUBATOR, FROM 9AM TO NOON
STEVEN CHANCE acted as general counsel of a NYSE-listed manufacturing company for 20 years and has engaged in business law consulting, specializing in start-ups, primarily in the medical field.
ZELLA KAY COX is formerly the CFO and Director of Administrative Services of the General Services Dept. of the State of New Mexico. She has extensive experience in finance, computer application development, and non-profit administration and is President-Elect of Santa Fe Rotary.
LOU SPRECHER - Over 40 years in sales and marketing management in the industrial valve industry. Specifically, power generation, process, oil & gas, and mining industries. Well-developed presentations and relationship management skills. Known for the ability to devise and champion comprehensive plans and systems to achieve desired goals. Extensive work with Manufacturer Representatives and Distributor.
THURSDAY, SANTA FE INCUBATOR, FROM 1PM TO 4PM
RAY DAILY is a Certified Public Accountant with 45 years of experience. He first worked with a national accounting firm then with a small firm where he was a partner. For the last 30+ years he managed his own accounting firm in El Paso before moving to Santa Fe. Ray is also actively involved with farm in Iowa and various other investments.
MITCH GREGORY has had at least two diverse small business interests. Following 4 years of service in the United States Air Force, Mitch started law school at Oklahoma University and started a home building business in the greater Oklahoma City area. He spent a total of 15 years focused primarily on the construction business, then spent 33 additional years engaged in the practice of law. His law practice primarily represented banks and other lenders in general and commercial litigation – while representing small businesses in real estate acquisition and development – and representing individuals in estate planning and probate matters. Mitch retired in late 2018 and moved with his wife of 53 years to Santa Fe.
JOANNE PRATT pioneered the use of technology to enable employees and entrepreneurs to work from home offices or other remote locations. As an international business consultant, she engaged in academic research and implementation of remote work for large and small organizations such as the City of Rockwell, MD, AT&T, the European Union, and individual entrepreneurs. Her column for Family & Home Office Computing responded to questions regarding home computer systems, software packages, home office set-up advice, business plans, and raising capital for home businesses.
MENTORS WITH SPECIAL BACKGROUNDS THAT ARE ON CALL:
CHERYL ANCELL Recently retired as Vice President, Global Business Implementation, for InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) she was responsible for implementation, business readiness and overall engagement and educational aspects of revenue products, tools and services. She had the responsibility for creating the strategic approach for long term business transformation, leading the development of the appropriate business models, and led a global team in deployment, support, change management, communication, and implementation for nearly 6000 hotels globally.
Her experience with IHG provided her with a rich and diverse background; having spent nearly half of her career working in various IHG branded hotels provided her with a strong understanding of the day-to-day operations. Through her time with IHG she also held roles in Global Sales, Reservations & Customer Care, and as the Director of Commercial for all IHG hotels in Japan and Korea.
CLARK CROWDUS is a proven pro at identifying and clarifying marketplace opportunities. His background combines expertise in marketplace development, business analysis, market entry strategies and new product development. A career strategist, Clark’s industry service at MasterCard International, McDonald’s, and Ralston-Purina, coupled with 20 years’ consulting experience, provides cross-pollination to vexing marketing issues as the lines between many industries begin to blur.ing in Iowa and various other investments.
PETER DODDS is a qualified accountant He spent his career in international banking, with extensive assignments in East and South East Asia, specializing in risk management, trade finance, commodity finance and problem loan management.
PETER DONIGER is a Personal Income Tax expert. He runs his own Tax prep business in the Santa Fe Place Mall during tax season. He is also able to help with Gross Receipts taxes. Peter also is fluent in Small Business Accounting and is willing to help set up your books using quickbooks. Peter is available to SCORE clients as needed at their office in the Incubator by appointment outside of Tax Season.
BOB GALLATIN worked in the food and related industries for over forty years. He began his career in food product development then moved into sales and marketing then general management. He held various positions including Sales Director, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development and President of a group of companies under the umbrella of a large food conglomerate. He was also the partner in a successful small business that was sold to a larger firm and owned a management consulting and recruiting firm for over twelve years.
JOHN HEINRITZ is a respected leadership coach, working with senior executives in leading companies across the country. He has vast experience in sales and marketing, both in domestic and international markets, having led - among others - the international consumer products division at Warner Bros.: negotiating brand and character licensing around the globe. His reputation is as a builder of businesses, brands and teams.
ERNEST GODLOVE, before retiring in 2015, was engaged in the private practice of law for 50 years in a firm located in a community of approximately 100,000 people in southwest Oklahoma. His practice focused on real estate and commercial contracts, banking, estate planning, domestic relations, litigation and probate matters. He has been a resident of Santa Fe since early 2015.
ROGER GULLICKSON began his career as a partner in a small retail and manufacturing business. In his subsequent corporate life, he held senior positions in marketing, sales and general management before acquiring and leading a marketing communications enterprise.
DAVID JONDREAU, in 2004, took over his family’s local language service provider based in New York City. Over the following 15 years increased revenue by 800%, added several new services, and expanded geographically, becoming a regional provider. He is familiar with three major areas of ownership: strategy; the nuts and bolts of entrepreneurship; and the emotional peaks and valleys of ownership. His understanding of business strategy includes vision development, maintaining business and personal integrity, leadership principles, and exit planning. His expertise in the operational aspects of business include core financial principles, 1099 workers, and government contracting. And his insight into the emotional aspects of ownership are perhaps most critical to a growing business: how to manage the stress of hiring and firing, of anxiety around financial success, and of working with family.
DOMINIC (NICK) MANDEL is a former New Mexico government employee with experience in management systems, quality tools, communications, and public relations. He also has an interest in training, development, and education providing services for adults and children as a past instructor at Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe Public Schools, and other institutions. His interest now concerns organizational and personal productivity tools and resources that enable all to focus on the right objectives, measure performance and getting the right things done.
MICHAEL MAREMONT possesses 40 years of experience in commercial real estate brokerage and consulting and was a founder and director of a national bank for 30 years. Michael also taught entrepreneurship at a major midwestern university for six years.
MIKE MENDEZ worked for 35 years as a manager and executive in the fields of human resource management, leadership development, and community and labor relations. Mike specializes in strategies to develop employee teams that help businesses succeed.
FRANZISKA NEUMANN leads a creative team of 8 local and virtual creatives has a wide skill set, covering everything from web design and development to graphic design, social media and copywriting. She manages FZK Franziska a creative agency that has helped design-focused clients grow and steward their online presence for 10+ years.
RICHARD REINDERS After serving in the United States Army I worked for a trucking company long enough to know I was meant to work for myself. With a truck, lawn mower, rakes and shovels I jumped head first into the landscape maintenance business and over the next 42 years have been in general contracting, land development, and invented a product with offshore manufacturing and marketing. Recently, retired from a successful winery business, we grew our grapes, processed and bottled wine also did the marketing and retail sales of wine and other related products. I have always been in businesses where I wore many hats. As a self-starter and successful entrepreneur I can help you with a broad range of business experience.
PETER THORP - 42-year educational career includes 23 years in independent boarding schools, a dozen years in the California charter school movement and 7 years with the Rwanda Girls Initiative as both founding principal and executive director. During his time in the charter school movement in CA, Peter became the statewide expert on governance training, leveraging his experience in the independent school sector and his service on more than a dozen non-profit boards over the years.
KIM WHITE acquired a diverse set of business skills from opportunities in retail management and sales, technical theatre, and as a marketing director for an international furniture manufacturing company in New York, before arriving in Santa Fe in 1993. In ’94 she began her 24-year career with Statements In Tile/ Lighting/ Kitchens/ Flooring as a designer and sales person. Kim assumed managerial responsibilities and in 1999, purchased the business. Under Kim’s guidance, Statements flourished and was successfully sold in 2018. Kim joined SCORE as a volunteer in 2019, helping to produce the inaugural Power Up-- Changing the Game for Women in Business conference.