Rachel Barry is the Small Business Manager for Caroline Economic Development Corporation.  Ms. Barry is a skilled interpersonal communicator with experience in back office business management, customer service, research and project management Since August of 2013, Ms. Barry has furthered The Caroline County Economic Development Office's mission to expand its tax base and increase local employment opportunities by providing education and resources. This includes managing social media content, planning and implementing educational opportunities, creating and/or finding networking opportunities and successfully managing back office duties. She can be reached at: info@carolinebusiness.com.



Richard (Bud) Cass is the former President and Chairman of Advanced Cerametrics (ACI). He grew ACI from eight employees to 131 (domestically) with locations in New Jersey and Ohio. He also established spin off operations in India, Thailand and China. Since 2008, he has been the Managing Member of Bud Cass Consulting LLC, providing mentoring in both management and technical areas to senior corporate managers and owners. Mr. Cass holds 22 advanced materials patents, including the flexible ceramic invention that is the basis for ACI’s current business. He received the 2003 and 2007 R&D 100 Award for ACI, and led ACI to receive the 2007 Corporate Technical Achievement Award à the highest technical award in the ceramics industry. Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Cass co-invented smart, self-powered tennis rackets, skis and snow boards that became Head Sport’s flagship ‘Intelligence’ line of products. He currently serves as an officer and director of several companies, where he provides technical and management support. Bud can be reached at: rbudcass@aol.com.


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Steve Dolbow Joined SCORE in 2007. Most recently he was Vice President and Eastern Shore Market Executive for Capital One Bank, NA. His experience includes 46 years of management, marketing and technology consulting as well as innovation leadership; he has numerous awards for growth and achievement. Mr. Dolbow has led programs across the U.S., Europe and Asia. While serving on President Reagan’s National Small Business Council, he was recognized for his innovative approach to creating new products and services. Mr. Dolbow was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal by the Army. His publications include: Small Business Guide to Computer Selection (IBM 1987); eBusiness Solutions (CMP Media, 2000); Marketing on the Web, The Guide to Alternative Investments (ISI Publications, 2000); and Creating Value, (eBusiness Symposium, Turkey, 2000). Steve Dolbow can be reached at Steve.dolbow@gmail.com.


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John C. Franke is the Chairman of SCORE Mid-Shore. He assumed this position in mid-2013 when he retired from 37 years of senior corporate management; his last position was Managing Vice President for IBM Global Business Services in Washington, D.C. Mr. Franke’s executive career has been extensively broad-based, focused on domestic, international, public and private sector marketplaces. His nationally recognized capabilities and expertise encompass the key consulting arenas of: overall management; technology and market characterization; budget and financial management; strategic and market planning; program-project development and management; policy, regulatory and legislative analyses; human capital management; organizational realignment; performance planning; communications strategy; and continuous process improvement. John Franke can be contacted at jcf@atlanticbb.net.


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O. Edwin (Ed) French is retired President and CEO of publicly-traded MedCath Corporation from Charlotte, NC. His career experience includes senior executive in national organizations whether public, private, not-for-profit, foundation or investor-owned. Mr. French managed companies from start-up to multi-billion-dollar. His strengths include operations, business development and marketing. He was President and COO of a company that merged to create the nation’s largest oncology management company; plus, Mr. French was involved in three other major merger and acquisition transactions in health care in Denver, Charlotte, and Dallas. He has regularly lectured in the MBA program at the University of Colorado, and was the John Buessler Distinguished Lecturer in the Texas Tech University MBA/MD/PhD program. Mr. French has authored two books and presented at conferences including the CXO Leadership Conference, Las Vegas. He has consulted nationally and internationally with clients in London, Dubai, Hong Kong and Australia. Contact Ed French at frenchoe@aol.com.


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George S. Howie is a past Chairman of the SCORE Mid-shore Chapter. He is retired from IBM with 28 years of service and held numerous executive positions in product development, systems engineering, international marketing, business policies and practices and human resources. Mr. Howie was also President and CEO of Concert Corporation, a successful Small Technology Business doing business nationwide. In that position he was responsible for every aspect of the business including product development, sales and marketing, manufacturing, inventory control, capital acquisition, human resources and the overall financial health of the organization. Contact George Howie at gshowie@goeaston.net.


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Michael J. Klein spent 40 years in the insurance industry as a broker, manager and investor. His last positions were President, Earl A. Klein Agency; and Chairman of the Board, U.S. Surety Company. Mr. Klein retired in 2008 and is active in a number of Talbot County based non-profit organizations. His expertise includes insurance, marketing, planning and accounting. Contact Mike Klein at Mklein@atlanticbb.net.


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Haim Loran is a retired President of a high-tech aerospace equipment manufacturing corporation. He is experienced in manufacturing, engineering, sales and marketing. Mr. Loran’s skills also include business development. Contact Haim Loran at haimloran@gmail.com.



Mike Thielke has 20 years’ experience in International Business, Distribution, Logistics and Transportation as well as 20 years in the non-profit sector. He is currently the executive director of the Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center (ESEC) which serves the startup and entrepreneurial communities needs of eight counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. In his role, Thielke provides entrepreneurial to commercialization leadership, and helps ensure that the Eastern Shore is part of Maryland’s startup ecosystem. ESEC initiatives include: ShoreVenture, a 10-week entrepreneurship training program; hotDesks, a network of co-working spaces; DT2i, a 30-hour tech transfer/commercialization course offered at four regional community colleges; and a $25,000 Eastern Shore Business Competition. Mike Thielke can be reached at mike@ventureahead.org.


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Ray VanHorn has held various sales, marketing and general management positions with Morse-Borg Warner, Holo-Krome-Danaher and Snap-On Tools. He has experience with business to business sales and marketing including direct sales and through distribution channels. Mr. VanHorn has been a SCORE mentor for the past seven years, and has conducted numerous workshops for the organization. Ray VanHorn can be reached at rayvanhorn@gmail.com.