The volunteers of Orange SCORE have rich and varied business backgrounds. Counselors share their business expertise and knowledge in all aspects of small business. In addition, all counselors have specific areas of expertise, which are listed below.
Edison R. Guzman is President and CEO of A&E Advertising. He is also an author, and speaker. As an author, Edison has published books such as “How to Attract maximum Customers With Minimum Effort” and “How to Attract Customers Using the Internet” as well as many marketing segments in order to help consumers and business owners prosper. As a speaker, he hosts private workshops as well as co-sponsored workshops for businesses locally and throughout the United States.
As a member of the Orange Chapter of SCORE, he advises individuals on how to start a business, and advises existing business owners on how to grow their business. Since Edison has been an entrepreneur since 1991, he understands the survival skills a business organization must posses in order to thrive and surpass the competition.
Volunteer: Charlene Finerty Company:Plans and Profits Expertise: Business Plan Service
Plans and Profits is owned by Charlene Finerty, long-time entrepreneur and mainstay of the Southern New York business community. A graduate of Albany Business College, her career began with a Fortune 500, The Arrow Shirt Company, preparing budgets, actual-to-budget comparisons, and detailed cost-per-dozen studies in distribution and transportation.
She was Office Manager and Corporate Officer for Tri-State Business Equipment, Inc. In her eight years there, the company prospered across New York State, growing from one office to five, 7 to 85 employees, and from one-half million in yearly sales to over $10,000,000.00.
Then, when her family moved to Ohio, she simultaneously started an office-services firm and an imprinted clothing outlet, while also working as a Small Business Development Center counselor, where she advised clients on business operations and finance, and wrote, edited and guided clients through their business plans. She later extended her financial planning and analysis credentials by working with a local Certified Public Accountant’s office, while living in Pennsylvania.
A native of Sullivan County and a 17-year resident of Orange County, Charlene is, many times over, a successful entrepreneur and adviser to successful entrepreneurs. Plans & Profits is a member of the Orange County and the Sullivan County Chambers of Commerce. Charlene is an instructor for NY EAP and presents at SCORE workshops, the Sullivan County Community College Entrepreneurial Conference and at lender-events.
Volunteer: Harvey Horn Company: Retired Expertise: Building Materials, Manufacturing
Volunteer: William Herring Company: Retired Expertise: Sales and Marketing, Manufacturer Representative, Mergers & Acquisitions, Wholesale Operations, Business Services Consulting
Volunteer: Michael Mazzuca Company: Riverside Bank Expertise: Business Banking and General Banking
Michael has been a Business Banker for about 10 years. I worked for Chase Bank in New York City and Bank of America in Bergen County, New Jersey and TDBank, in NY. The majority of that time was with Chase Bank. Mike is currently an Assistant Vice President that is the Small Business Lender/ Business Banker for Riverside Bank in the Hudson Valley (covering Orange, Dutchess, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster counties) New York.
Mike is an active member of the Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber, Orange County Chamber, The HUB (Young Professionals of the Hudson Valley) and The Young Professionals of the Orange County Chamber.
He also sits on the board for the Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber and volunteers with SCORE in Orange County. Mike also resides on the membership committee for The HUB and events committee for the young professionals of the Orange County chamber.
Volunteer: Gregory M. Hogan, CIC, CLU, RHU Company:Hutchings Insurance, Inc. Expertise: Property, Casualty, Life, Health and Disability Insurance Broker
Greg Hogan, CIC, CLU, RHU, is a licensed Property, Casualty, Life, Health and Disability Broker in NY State. Since 1990, he has made serving clients his life’s work. He began his insurance career working for a large national insurance company where he gained seven years experience as an agent writing life and health insurance. In 1997 Greg joined the Hutchings Agency as a business insurance producer. He quickly learned that he enjoyed working with business owners and finding solutions to their insurance problems.
Greg’s desire to better serve his clients is demonstrated by his commitment to advancing his knowledge while attaining and maintaining specialized insurance designations. The first of these, obtained in 2000, was Chartered Life Underwriter, CLU®, the industry’s most respected designation for life insurance expertise. In 2007, he obtained the status of Registered Health Underwriter, RHU®, a well-regarded health insurance specialty designation. In 2008, Greg finished a yearlong pursuit to become a Certified Insurance Counselor, CIC, a designation that demonstrates expertise in business insurance and agency operations. To maintain these designations requires 20 hours of continuing education each year.
John is a CPA and tax manager at GKG. GKG provides total financial services to individuals, large and small businesses and not-for-profit organizations. Considered one of the leading accounting firms in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut tri-state area, GKG consistently provides outstanding service to our clients because of our dedication to three underlying principles—professionalism, responsiveness and quality.
Volunteer:Eric Egeland, CPCU, AU Company:Capacity Consulting, Inc. Expertise: Feasibility Studies, Funding, Analysis, Business Improvement
Mr. Egeland has created quantifiable results in multiple positions during his twenty+ year career including strategic consulting for multiple industries. He has personally created ten successful start-ups, half reaching eight figure annual revenues, and has consulted on or assisted in hundreds of projects, improvements, start ups, funding, plans, assessments, turnarounds, reorganizations, and closures for all size companies, sole proprietors to publicly traded.
A published author, article contributor, teacher, speaker, and holder of the prestigious CPCU designation; Eric’s style revolves around collaboration, mentor ship, honesty, accountability, and a true interest in finding and solving problems to make things more efficient, effective, and profitable.