Local Mentors

 

Manuel Nunez

Education:

Graduate Degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration

Areas of Expertise:

Business planning and development, financing, information technology

Business Experience:

Manuel brings 40 years of international experience in business and banking. The last 30 years of his career were with the World Bank, analyzing projects and providing funding for private companies in a variety of sectors (industrial, retail and financial intermediaries) and countries around the world.

Harlan Janes

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Education:

Bachelor’s Degrees in Economics and Science

Areas of Expertise:

Marketing, marketing research, product management

Business Experience:

Harlan was raised in a family retail business and spent 35 years with the leading global marketing research and information organization. His experience includes knowledge of various industries, including consumer products marketing, retailing, marketing research and information. His experience also includes general management of profit centers, marketing at many levels, product management, client services, account management, business-to-business marketing, operations management and total quality/process improvement.

Mark Schiller

Education:

Bachelor’s Degree in English

Areas of Expertise:

Supply chain management, inventory management, financing

Business Experience:

Mark’s career spans 43 years of mid- and senior-level management and equity partnership in the industrial sector. Mark brings extensive experience in supply chain management in corporations manufacturing and selling products throughout the world.
The past five years Mark was a partner in a private equity venture firm. The partnership acquired the largest distributor of industrial safety products in the U.S.
Mark also served for six years on the Area Chamber of Commerce in Latrobe, PA. and ten years on the board of a four-hospital system serving the people of south western PA – the last year as board chairman.

Robert Schultz

Robert Schultz

Education:

Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Business Administration

Areas of Expertise:

Business planning, financing, inventory management

Business Experience:

Bob was a career officer in the Navy Supply Corps where he was responsible for financial, inventory, food service and retail operations.
Subsequent to his naval career Bob held various senior level management positions in energy services companies. He was responsible for business planning at a nuclear power station; held the positions of Treasurer and VP for Finance at the corporate level; and started and directed a subsidiary involved in energy trading and engineering services.
Prior to his ultimate retirement, Bob was interim director of the MBA program at the University of Illinois.

Ken Schwenk

Education:

Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Engineering and Applied Science

Areas of Expertise:

Business planning, product development, manufacturing, marketing and sales

Business Experience:

Ken worked as an engineer in the defense industry for 13 years and then moved into the marketing of high tech products used in the broadcast Television market. His career changed to the general management of high tech companies which needed to improve their sales and profitability. He successfully accomplished this task for five companies over a twenty year period before retiring.

Bill Templeton

Education:

Bachelor’s Degree in Life Sciences and Master’s Degree Business Administration

Areas of Expertise:

Business Planning, finance, information technology, manufacturing, inventory management

Business Experience:

Bill worked 28 years in the pharmaceutical industry serving in locations in the US, Europe and the Caribbean. His experiences included management roles in finance, information technology, manufacturing and materials management.
Following retirement he provided oversight and assistance in the purchase, financing and subsequent operation of a small family business.