Peter Fong - District Director

Peter Fong is the District Director serving Central California and Sacramento.

SCORE Is a 501(c)3 non-profit association dedicated to the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. Peter Fong is the District Director serving Central California. SCORE, an acronym formerly known as “Service Corps of Retired Executives,” was renamed in 2008 as “Counselors to America’s Small Business,” a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SCORE Is a 501(c)3 non-profit association dedicated to the formation, growth, and success of small business Nationwide. Peter consults and networks regularly with business and community leaders to help create synergistic, financial, educational solutions for emerging and existing businesses. He continues service in collaborating with community partners and stakeholders for economic growth. His past experience working with communities as past President of Chamber of Commerce, Boys Club of Napa, Tri-County Armed Forces, BOD’s Northbay Healthcare, GVCC and VEC. Peter is a service-connected veteran.

Robert Garcia

Bob has been a member since 2014, and past Chair. He is a former business owner knowing what it takes to own a small business. He retired as CEO of Cen-Cal Financial Group, and moderates the panel of “Ask the Experts”. When he’s not volunteering at SCORE, Bob has an active schedule as a dual resident of Fresno, and San Diego traveling with wife Jackey in Rotary, workshops, webinars as a facilitator, and Tennis.

 

 

Tom Sims - Co-Chair

I have been a pastor for 45 years and during that time I have been involved in many nonprofit organizations as board member and chair as well as executive director and consultant. I am a published writer, a Distinguished Toastmaster, a trained coach, workshop leader, adult educator, and curriculum developer. In our last non-profit, we developed a micro-loan and coaching program for small businesses. I have managed online communities beginning in the 1990s on CompuServe as well as today on Facebook. At one of our Toastmasters meetings I met Jaspreet Chauhan as an “ice breaker” and asked what she did? That is when I learned about SCORE and decided to join. With my background this was a good match to learn more and to help entrepreneurs requesting assistance.

 

 

Jespreet Kaur - Secretary

My passion is to guide small business owners with the start-up process. Since my husband & I became entrepreneurs about five years ago, we learned so much about what it takes to operate a retail business (gas stations/convenience store) & also how to make it more profitable. Owning a business or starting a new business can be incredibly stressful and frustrating. As a seasoned business owner, I can guide you through the process of starting a new potential business. As a mentor at SCORE we provide resources and strategies as we are aware of the challenges small business owners confront early in the process especially when they start from scratch. SCORE mentorship can prepare a new entrepreneur on how to overcome those challenges to become successful. It is true that to be successful as a small business owner, it requires skills and knowledge, which can come from workshops, seminars, business classes, or from a mentor. But why pay for professional business consulting when SCORE can provide for free? As a mentor, we can provide a road map for your new business venture. I strongly believe that we should utilize SCORE resources & leverage their knowledgeable team to discover the unknowns. Otherwise, we may give up too soon and miss the opportunity to become an entrepreneur and end up working as employees for the rest of our lives. I encourage entrepreneurs to associate with SCORE for professional mentorship. The biggest benefit of having a SCORE mentor is having someone on your side to ask questions and get free advice. I am delighted to pass my skills and knowledge to a new business owner one-on-one because I believe with proper business planning, anyone can win. In fact, with SCORE, we have a team of experts in different areas such as marketing, finance, insurance, accounting, SBA loans. So, you can get complete support, facts & counseling all under the same roof. Bilingual in English, Punjabi and Hindi.

Vartan Vartanian - Treasurer 

PhD, CPA, MBA

Vartan comes from a background in accounting and computer systems as well as nonprofit, public and professional organizations. As a result, he has been CFO of many company’s such as Real Estate Management Company, Large Non-Profit Organization, and Large Construction Company. He was a Professor at University Maryland. Vartan is fluent in Arabic and English.

 

 

Volunteers:

Woody Alexander 



Woody has been a member since 1997, from when he joined to today with marketing, technology, and relevance to serve clients. When not volunteering he keeps busy with his Financial practice, teaching online courses for U.C. Berkeley and University of Phoenix. He participates with workshops and webinars as a facilitator and panel for Q & A.

 

 

Kristina Gonzalez

Administrative Assistant,

Habla Español. 

 

 

Thomas H. Jones 

CPA Trained 

Tom has been a member since 2017. He served as Treasure, and Certified Mentor. He and his family owned a successful cleaner for several years and has retired. When he’s not volunteering, he has an active life with family and grandkids, and golf. Tom received “Mentor of Year 2018”. Tom is a Certified Subject Matter Expert.

 

Barry F. Kriebel, JD 

Barry Kriebel was President of Sun-Maid Growers of California, Inc. for 32 years. Mr. Kriebel managed 600 employees, 700 growers, and sales in 50 countries. Mr. Kriebel served as Vice President and General Counsel of Sun-Maid Growers of California, Inc. from 1980 to 1985. He was Partner in Blumberg, Sherr & Kerkorian, Fresno, CA until 1980. He was General Counsel of Sun-Maid Growers and its Affiliates until 1976. He has a Bachelor's degree in economics from Stanford University in 1972 and a law degree from Georgetown University in 1975. Barry is a Subject Matter Expert.

 

Ali Nekumanesh

CFE, CSM, Franchise

Ali has been a member since 2010 and past Chair. He is well known for the work he and wife Debbie provide for the community. Not only a successful owner operator of Colorado Grill and VP Operations Deli -D he still finds time to volunteer at SCORE. He facilitates workshops/webinars, Developing a Business Plan, and Franchising. Ali is a SCORE Certified Subject Matter Expert.

 

 

 

Daniel Payne

Veteran Protégé

Habla Español. 

 

 

 

Waseem Salama  

Marketing, Tech, Web Design

 

 

 

 

MODESTO-MERCED SCORE

Gary McKinsey

For over 40 years Gary has owned a tax and business consulting practice. He specialized in working with and guiding small business owner’s proper record keeping, ideas for marketing and growing their business. After completing the sale of his business ten years ago, he opened a new business specializing in coaching and presenting workshops. The mission of his coaching and workshops is to provide guidelines for entrepreneurs and business owners to follow and avoid making expensive and time-consuming mistakes. Gary has a bachelor's degree from California State University Stanislaus. As a SCORE volunteer he hopes to have the opportunity to counsel individuals prior to their going into business. Since the SCORE services are free. It opens the door for individuals to receive competent guidance before starting a business. Ideally the guidance will reduce the chances of the individuals going into business and failing. Gary is a Certified Subject Matter Expert.

 

Brenda Cabrera

Brenda Cabrera is the Founder and Director of Kidz Childcare & Preschool and Endeavors Child Care Business Consulting. She is passionate about fostering a positive, safe and fun environment for children that promotes learning and social skills. She brings more than 20 years of experience as a Director of Preschools and Children’s Programs. Brenda has her AA degree in Child Development from MJC, a Certificate of Achievement in Child Development, and a Certificate of Completion in Child Development. She has completed courses from UC Davis in Child Development and Early Childhood Teaching and has earned her teaching credential. Brenda’s inspiration for founding Kidz came from the desire to satisfy the need she saw for affordable quality childcare in the Stanislaus County area. Kidz has been awarded Best Childcare by Reader’s Choice in Ceres and has been recognized by the Small Business Development Center as a Contributing Employer to the community for hiring more than 10 employees in a single year. Brenda has worked continuously since 2012 with SCORE Mentors and with the SBA.

 

 

Micheal D. Moore

 

 

 

 

Kitty Ruhstaller