SCORE's mentors provide clients with free and confidential face to face business counseling. Counseling sessions can be held at the client's place of business, at the SCORE office, by telephone or via email, or a mutually convenient location.
View Southern Maryland SCOREs Mentors below, or search SCORE's nationwide Mentor network.
Robert Rotella, Chapter Chair
Mr. Rotella has over 45 years experience as a lawyer focusing on Intellectual Property Law (patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, etc.) working for corporate employers, major law firms, and the federal government. Has counseling skills in legal services, contract negotiations, government contracts, and trademarks.
Roland has a Ph. D. in Public Administration from Syracuse University, was the Dean of Men at Lemoyne Univ. in Syracuse, and was the General Manager of Riordan's Restaurant in Annapolis after that. He has had a long career at the Smithsonian Institution and retired as the Concessions Director, with responsibility for budget, marketing, contracts, menus, investment strategy, facilities design and improvements for all concessions.
David is a native New Yorker who married his high school sweetheart and has two beautiful daughters living in Atlanta.
After graduation from Franklin Pierce College, Dave embarked on a career in the supermarket industry. He was with Giant Foods for over 30 years where he managed a wide range of procurement and merchandising programs. He's a natural at spotting trends and can help you get started.
Thomas J. (Joe) Chapman
He has a degree in Business Administration. Has extensive experience in sales and sales management with national aftermarket auto parts manufacturers/suppliers. He also assisted in creating and managing a local startup automotive performance company that manufactured & marketed parts. Has familiarity will all aspects of managing and running small businesses. Has additional experience in real estate having owned and managed several multi-family rental properties in Anne Arundel County.
Susan Cuviello's healthcare expertise includes more than 30 years' experience. Her healthcare knowledge, management acumen, and motivational skills have consistently benefited the healthcare delivery system. Ms. Cuviello is an accomplished professional with extensive experience in the organization, recruitment, development, and management of MSO, PHO, MCO, multi-specialty, and primary care physician networks in both academic and nonacademic systems. She has demonstrated proven problem-solving abilities in physician recruitment, managed care contracting, financial, operational, and clinical systems. With her visionary skills, she has provided strategic planning in an arena of multiple healthcare environments as a Senior Consultant for international consulting services in Advisory and Strategic Planning.
Steve Dreyfuss comes to SCORE after a 27-year career in corporate retailing and 13 years as the president of World Link Group, Inc. Following his graduation from Miami University (Ohio) and a tour in the Army he went into the department store business. He has extensive experience in all phases of merchandising, store operations and logistical support with top line department stores Woodward & Lothrop (Washington, D.C.), Kaufmann's (Pittsburgh), John Wanamaker (Philadelphia). During his corporate career he rose to the position of V.P. and General Merchandise Manager, traveling to all major U.S. and world home furnishings markets. In 1990 he created and developed his own home office business, World Link Group, Inc. It specialized in the design, production and importation of home furnishings products for major department and catalog companies i.e., Bloomingdale's, Hecht's, Strawbridge and Clothier, The Bon-Ton, Hanover Direct, National Geographic Society and National Wildlife Federation. He traveled extensively in Europe and the Far East until his retirement in 2003. He has also created and operated his own international product development and import business.
Scott has 25 plus years of experience in the information technology field. He held various positions in sales and sales management for Telex Computer Products, Bell Atlantic Systems Leasing, Memorex- Telex, and EMC Corporation. Scott was instrumental in positioning new technology data storage systems to major accounts in the Maryland/DC/ Virginia territories including T. Rowe Price, Carefirst, World Bank, GEICO and Citigroup. He has a multitude of experience in new account selling as well as major account management. In addition to his corporate career Scott founded Custom Motorcycle Works, Inc. (CMW) in 2001. CMW designed, manufactured and sold three lines of custom motorcycles from their facilities near BWI airport. Several CMW motorcycles were featured in Hot Bike magazine. CMW also offered traditional Harley-Davidson service and repair as well as custom paint work. Scott sold his motorcycle business in 2007. Additionally, in 2013, Scott published a book; "WHAT THEY DON'T TEACH YOU IN SALES SCHOOL". A resource for career minded sales executives.
As a corporate executive and entrepreneur, I understand the challenges of both startups and billion dollar conglomerates. I invented, patented and commercialized an innovative pet product and created an international brand from scratch. Recently, I planned, led and executed the global and tactical strategy to brand, market and commercialize the first Chinese biotech company to North America and their pharmaceuticals. .With a passion for startups, strategic planning and crafting and orchestrating revenue generating marketing campaigns and programs, my goal as a Score Mentor is to assist, advise and educate entrepreneurs to succeed at the greatest level.
Chet graduated from Detroit Institute of Technology obtaining his B.S. in Business Administration, with a major in Finance and Accounting. He worked for Ford Motor Company as a cost analyst. The U.S. Army re-located Chet to Fort Meade, Maryland, in 1966, where he continued his accounting career. Later he joined the firm of Deloitte, Haskins and Sells Certified Public Accountants, where his area of concentration was auditing and taxes. After five years of public accounting, Chet took a position with Montgomery County Government. He served as the Comptroller of the Department of Liquor Control, and later as a Financial Programs Manager, in the Department of Finance. After 20 years of government service, Chet retired from the finance, accounting, and budgeting field. The past 15 years he has been a licensed realtor and has worked for O'Connor, Piper and Flynn Brokers, and Coldwell Banker in Anne Arundel County. Chet and his wife Judy enjoy traveling, biking, and spending time with their two grandchildren.
Mike Kushner is the former Vice President and General Manager of the Orbital Sciences Corporation Transportation Management Systems Division. In addition, he is one of the founders of NextBus Information Systems (www.nextbus.com) and has served as Executive Vice President of the Logic Tree Corporation. He also has held positions as Director of the Municipal Systems Department and Director of Capital Resources for the Westinghouse Defense Group. Professor Kushner is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland University College, and is an Adjunct Professor at the Catholic University of America; he has over 35 years of industry experience in the areas of business development, project management, systems integration for telecommunications projects, information systems projects, and customer service systems. Mike has a BSBA from the University of Pittsburgh, an MBA from the University of Dayton and is PMP Certified by the Project Management Institute.
A retired executive with a 41 year track record in Commercial Banking, Small Business Lending, Credit Administration, Risk Management and Problem Loan Management. Demonstrated high level of organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines. Demonstrated excellent leadership, coaching and development skills. A team player with a strong work ethic, commitment to excellence and the ability to bring people together to focus on objective using a global prospective.
BS Industrial Mgm, University of Mass; MBA
Dick is a retired senior executive with 36 years of experience in the chemical and related products industry. He has held a broad variety of executive positions with Fortune 500's (Amoco and Allied Signal) as well as with small private companies. He has hands on experience in all phases of running chemical and metal manufacturing companies, including their marketing activities to diverse industrial customers around the world. Dick recently retired after 14 years as CEO of Erachem Comilog, a foreign owned chemical manufacturing company headquartered in Maryland. As a freestanding entity, Dick directed Erachem's technical development and commercial operations as well as securing human & financial resources to grow the company. Dick holds a BS in chemistry from Wisconsin State University, has done chemistry graduate work at Michigan State, and holds an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He has also been a member of numerous trade associations including Chairman of The Ferroalloy Assn., a government lobby group for the metal and related chemical producers in the U.S.
Ray is a Virginia Tech graduate continues his involvement there by serving on the Pamplin Business School advisory committee.
He's a veteran of thirty-eight years at Verizon when his assignments were in customer service, data systems, marketing and human resources management.
Ray has a keen business sense and is easy to work with. He's been helping start-ups and small businesses for over eight years.
After college taught high school social studies and coached basketball for almost 10 years and was part owner of an athletic footwear franchise; made a mid-career switch and pursued a career in IT starting out as a COBOL programmer; have held management and non-management positions in several companies including GE, Boeing, James Martin & Co., and finished career with MITRE Corp. Most recent specialties include data analysis and business process reengineering.
B.S. St. John's University
M.S. Secondary Education, Hofstra University
M.B.A. Frostburg State University
MaryAleese Schreiber is the President and owner of Stafford Management Group, a management consulting firm which specializes in organization development to assist companies to manage rapid growth, reorganization, acquisition, or startup pressures. The firm also conducts CEO searches. Clients across the United States include pre-IPO startup ventures to large national corporations in healthcare, high-tech, biotech, publishing, finance and service industries. She began her career as a clinical psychologist and then spent over 20 years as the CEO of a multimillion dollar healthcare company with over 500 employees. She has served on hospital and other healthcare Boards and presently is a trustee of a national company located in Tucson, AZ. She received her undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary and her graduate degrees from the University of Arkansas.
Had a 30-year career as a federal government employee with experience in federal contracting which was followed after retirement by 10 years of experience as an independent contracting consultant. He has experience from the "ground up" with contracting applicable to assisting those either starting or in-business. Has knowledge of how to become a federal contractor, finding competitive and noncompetitive contracting opportunities and knows contracting regulations and procedures; also knows small and minority business programs and sub-contracting.
Mike has had a 30 year career with ICI, a UK multibillion dollar chemical, plastics, and pharmaceutical manufacturer and was recruited from college as a research chemist. He later moved up to technical service and sales where he enjoyed the field work and customer contact. Mike transferred to the U.S. as part of a startup team as ICI expanded its polyester film business by establishing manufacturing facilities here. He ran two regional sales offices, one in San Francisco and the other in Chicago. Mike was later promoted to Director of Sales/Marketing at the Delaware headquarters. He later retired from ICI and served for several years as general manager and VP of Sales and Marketing for a converter/distributor of plastic films.
Damien Wanner grew up working in a Mom and Pop luncheonette run by his family. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1960 and spent the next 29-plus years in his new "home" away from home. Post-training assignments included the Azores, California, Michigan (to finish an undergraduate degree), Texas, Indiana (to get a graduate degree), Philippines, Massachusetts, Alabama, Michigan, and Andrews AFB, Maryland. His enlisted career was brief as a teletype operator and the next 25 years were spent as an officer in contracting and systems program management work. The various Chiefs of Staff of the Air Force proved that they do have a sense of humor because they kept promoting him, all the way up to colonel. Post-active duty work included a civil service position with the AF as a Contract Review Specialist, and then 12 years working part-time for a defense contractor (Computer Sciences Corporation) as a senior member of the staff. Now fully retired, he has been a SCORE counselor since 1989. He has been designated a Fellow and a Certified Professional Contracts Manager by the National Contract Management Association. He and his wife have traveled extensively (Europe, Oceania, Russia, Alaska, China, Africa, and South America).
Over 40 years of direct involvement in the financial services, franchisor/franchisee relations, sales/service management, new business start-ups and local store marketing.
Accounting Manager. - Volvo of America
National Sales Manager - Citicorp
Regional Manager - PHH Fleet Services
Regional Manager - Jiffy Lube Intl.
Owner/Founder - Atlantic Financial & Management Services
President - Signs By Tomorrow
EmbroidMe - Franchise Owner