Peter Fong - District Director
In 2005 Peter moved to Fresno as a consultant for a new company, Andrade International. The company was struggling in a very competitive market, designing and distributing Quinceañera dresses. The facility of a new business model prompted by Peter, the company grew and expanded their business from a local distributer to a national distributor in the United States and Puerto Rico. The company was awarded Verizon’s “Small Business of the Year” in 2008 with a $5,000 cash award with Peter’s marketing and strategic planning assistance. In December, 2008 Peter was recruited to become a SCORE volunteer leading to Chairman in 2009 and District Director in 2011. Peter believes successful businesses should give back to the community by serving with civic organizations for their support and success. Peter has done so for many years. Some of these organizations include; President Napa Boys Club; President, Fairfield/Suisun Chamber of Commerce-State Legislative Committee and awarded a Lifetime Chief Ambassador; Board of Directors Tri-County Armed Forces; North Bay Health Care Foundation; Officer and Director Green Valley Country Club, Awarded 2014 District Director of the Year, by the SCORE Association. SCORE is a 501(c) 3, nonprofit known as “Counselors to Americas Small Business” and resource partner to the U.S. Small Business Administration since 1964.
Yuliana Franco - Chapter Chair
I am a long-time resident of the City of Madera. Currently, I’m an agent with New York Life, specializing in life insurance. In 2014, I earned my Bachelor’s in Science from Fresno State, where I focused on business management and finance. In my insurance tenure, I have committed myself to educating parents and business owners on financial literacy, effective budgeting, retirement, and how to manage their financial resources in a profitable and efficient manner. Moving forward, with my immeasurable love for my community and dedication to improving the lives of others, I plan to continue my endeavors in making my city better, to help working parents and business owners make more informed decisions on their financial investment, and to help protect individuals’ invaluable asset—their family.
Elizabeth “Liz” Salas - Vice Chair
Liz has been a member since 2014, and serving her second team as Secretary. Liz is VP Business Development with Central Valley Community Bank. SCORE is one of the many organizations Liz is involved with. She serves an active role with SCORE as secretary and organizing events for volunteers.
Industry experience: Agriculture and Farming, banking, financial services and insurance. Over 30 years’ experience, 10 years in management and a small business development officer. My fob functions include researching, identifying and establishing relationships with prospective small business. This also includes collecting, organizing and conducting preliminary evaluation of small business loan approval.
Jacqueline Williams - Secretary
I, like several other clients of SCORE Central Valley, joined the chapter and became an active administrative volunteer in February 2018 while completing my SCORE Mentoring Certification. In 2018, I served as the VP of Education & Training and currently, I am the Chapter Secretary. As a volunteer in leadership, I have conducted curriculum and facilitation evaluations that helped improve our mentor training and workshop coordination. I co-chair the Mentoring Roundtable that meets monthly for hands-on training in SCORE Mentor Tools, resource sharing, and group discussion. Giving the opportunity, I recruit members and promote the valuable workshops and training offered by SCORE. I participate as a SCORE vendor at conferences and attend several networking events. It’s an honor to represent the Central Valley Chapter all sectors of our community.
Barry Weber - Treasurer
I joined SCORE because I wanted to give back to the community and thought SCORE was the best fit for me. I am a SCORE Certified Mentor, Workshop Instructor, and Treasurer. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management, Master of Business Administration, Tax Law/Taxation and Doctor of Law – JD.
J. Colin Petersen - Marketing Director
J. has a degree in English from CSU Fresno. He has been recognized as a community leader by many organizations including the Clovis Chamber of Commerce which appointed him to the Board of Director and awarded The Geeks™ the 2010 Small Business of the Year. J. was named the 2011 Volunteer of the Year by Central Valley SCORE and has been listed as one of Business Street Online’s under 40.
J. works at becoming efficient and effective in running his business so he can spend more time with his patient and kind wife, Jennifer, and be present for his sons, Aaron and Tyler, as they grow into compassionate, hard-working men who add value to society. His hobbies include peppering his conversations with as many movie quotes and geek-culture references as possible and being frustrated by his favorite baseball team. #GoGiants
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Jose Arreguin: Marketing and social media expertise | Bi-lingual
Alex Casteleiro: marketing, business plans, email mentoring | Bi-lingual
Robert Garcia: Former CEO of Cen-Cal Financial, business plan, financial projections, strategic planning, and start-ups.
Tom Jones: Former owner chain of dry cleaners with CPA background. Business planning, financial projections, strategic planning, start-ups, and existing businesses.
James McClain: Retired Master Chief, Veteran Entrepreneur Outreach.
Barry Weber: MBA, CAPA, JD: Business planning, legal formation, ESOP, financial projections.