Meet our Counselors

 

''

John (Dave) Philo, Chapter Chair

Dave had two careers. He spent 22 years in the USAF. He started out as a judo instructor and ended up as a budget officer. Along the way he was also a electronics tech. with the Titan II program where he was selected for a commissioning program. The Air Force sent him to finish his undergraduate degree at Colorado State University where he majored in Computer Science and Statistics. Dave spent the last ten years of his career in financial related fields. During this period he had the opportunity to get his MBA which he received from George Washington University. The Air Force provided Dave the opportunity to travel to the Far East and to Turkey, both very enjoyable. Upon retiring from the Air Force, Dave took a job at Ingalls Shipbuilding (Northrop Grumman) in Pensacola, MS. During his twenty-five + years there, he served as the financial manager for both the cruiser and the destroyer programs. As a result of his job with the shipyard Dave was able to learn about every aspect of shipbuilding. This covered the time from when we first bid a contract through the material purchasing process, the engineering process, the construction process and after delivery support to the ships. Dave retired from the shipyard in 2003 and has been an active member of SCORE since then.​

 

''

Louis J. Finkle Ph.D.

A former Peabody Scholar and Psychologist, Dr. Finkle served the first 20 years of his career as a Professor. He completed post-doctoral studies in Financial Planning practicing the next 20 years as a Business Financial Planner earning certifications of RIACFP and accredited investor (venture capital). He authored more than 300 articles and edited 500+ business plans and grant proposals. He co-owned 33 businesses before his wife died in 2002. He bought into three Mississippi stores, trying to start a large artist colony along the MS Gulf Coast and assists SCORE as a volunteer counselor.

 

 

''

Bob Erskin

Bio Here

 

 

''

Lauren Drummond

Bio Here

 

 

 

''

Sherrie Graham

Management, marketing/public relations, business development, non-profit management, organizational behavior, education, training, community development, governmental affairs, writing, performance-based employee evaluations.

 

 

 

''

Jerry Massa

Manufacturing, Production Management, Residential Building, Sales & Marketing

 

 

 

''

Jack McCarthy

Attorney

 

 

''

James McClain

James E. McClain having retired continues to operate Management Development Specialists, LLC. He has a Bachelors and Masters of Science degree from Chapman University, Orange California. In 1987 he received certification in Financial Planning from University of California, Los Angeles. His Fortune 500 corporate experience began in sales and marketing and progressed through Distribution, Customer Service and Human Resources with industry experience in finance, manufacturing and electronics. He has also served on numerous boards and been an Adjunct College Instructor. His entrepreneurial experience includes founding an executive search firm, real estate and property management firm, a commercial insurance brokerage and currently a training and development company. He is the author of Successful Career Development: A Game Plan, Strategic Sales Strategies, How to Buy Insurance: A Consumer's Guide and the ABC's of Business planning for Moonlighters, Micros and Startups. He has been a SCORE counselor since retiring to the Gulf Coast in 2004.

 

 

''

Walter Wallace

Began career in 1944 as flavor chemist. Director of Manufacturing for food service processing plants, Operations Manager later same plants, Plant design, construction and start ups. V. P. Manufacturing-Technical Services International Division for Major Flavor firm. After retirement in 1988 served as Technical Sales consultant in Latin America beverage and ice cream plants. Score counselor for 20 years.

 

''

Pat Veltman

Twenty seven years with Travelers Insurance Co. as a Claims Specialist. Managed Casualty, Property, Life, Accident and Group Health Claims Operations in San Antonio, Jackson, Nashville, Hartford and Chicago. Twelve years with Provident Life in Chattanooga. Managed 31 Nationwide Group Health Claims Offices handling 17 million claims a year with a budget of $109 million.

 

 

''

Manny Corrao

Bio Here