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I am a retired business owner with 30 years of experience as a distributor in Western, Mass. with over 50 employees. I have done volunteer work in the community with various organization including homeless children, and college students. I would be happy to help your child become more succcessful as a student, and enjoy their education as a result. My Math and Business skills are quite strong, however there are other components of elementary education for which I may be a worthwhile resource.
I have taken two Master of Business courses at UMass Amherst, in addittion to several seminars related to my business, one at MIT and one at Harvard University. I am a retired business owner with 30 years of experience as a distributor in Western, Mass. with over 50 employees. I have done volunteer work in the community with various organization including homeless children, and
$30/hr. within 20 minute commute of Longmeadow, Mass. 01106
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I have spent over thirty years as a business owner in Massachusetts. I grew a small family business into one of New England's largest food distributors, before selling the assets in 2010 to a large national company. The company at it's peak had over 50 employees and a footprint, as a distributor, in 5 states.
I have extensive background in Business Development, Marketing, Organizational Development, Logistics,and Entrepreneurship.
My Business Development background can be traced to the 1980's when I assumed leadership of very small family owned food wholesaler in Central, Mass. and quickly grew the business out to a point where it's present facility could handle no further increase in sales. At this juncture, I researched new locations and ultimately moved the company almost 40 miles into a new marketplace. This provided not only new facilities, but a growth opportunity for the company, requiring a new market plan. I developed a team of sales professionals, and within a three year period the company grew out to three times it's 1980 size! This required increased credit lines, a larger corporate infrastructure of Management, changes in the equipment budget, and many other good issues. By assembling and mentoring a very competent and dedicated management team, we were able to confront these challenges successfully. These are some of the real world experiences I would bring in to the tutoring sessions in conjunction with the appropriate text, to infuse passion in discussion, and thought with the student.
I have tutored 7th grade math students informally over the last year. My strong grasp of the basic rules which a student must gain confidence with in order to be consistently successful and the ability to help the student achieve that confidence will insure your student's success.
In the course of my career I have developed three different Marketing plans for the company. The first was an effort designed to serve the needs of Latino retail grocers in southern New England in the 1990's, known as Bodega operators. This under-served segment of the market was not able to compete against their larger Supermarket competitors, as a result of not having access to a "one stop" supplier, who could provide shelf stable groceries, dairy products, frozen foods and ice cream at competitive prices. Our company developed a long term marketing plan to offer this service, a bilingual sales force to be sure it was understood by the retailer, and bilingual co-operative advertising, which the individual retailer could not afford on his own, to insure the consumer received the benefit of the strategy.
The company also found a niche market in serving the needs of convenience store retailers by reaching the distributors who were already supplying candy and health and beauty care items to these stores. We found our product mix offered this class of retailer and their distributors the right items and sizes. This trade were seeking a supplier who could give them the faster turn around on order to delivery, and be more responsive to their individual needs. We quickly established our company as that "go to" supplier who would get the job done efficiently for the C-Store market.
In the year 1999, the company was solicited by the State of New York, to consider supplying it's 46 prison commissary stores, serving an inmate population of nearly 70,000. This was a very unique marketing challenge, as each facility was supplied under a very detailed contract, a marketing venue with which we had little experience. One by one, the company took on all 46 contracts and retained those contracts until 2010, when our company was sold. At that point I remained with the new owners for the past two years to ensure a smooth transition. It is with these real life stories of marketing efforts, the pitfalls, which one must be vigilant in guarding against, as well as the opportunities, and how to best take advantage of those that I intend to elicit a passion among the student for marketing.
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