Peter Fong - District Director

Peter Fong is the District Director serving Central California and Sacramento.
SCORE an acronym for “Counselors to America’s Small Business” and 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.  Peter also serves on the Board of Directors for Valley Small Business Development Corp. (VSBDC) and a member of the Fresno County Veterans Employment Committee (FCVEC) and a service-connected veteran. 

Born and raised in Napa, CA. he learned the meaning of hard work and challenges of owning a business at his parent’s grocery store.  After attending local schools and Napa College, he served in the U.S. Navy, attended the Air War College and 41st National Security Forum at Maxwell AFB.   After military service, he joined a national retail firm and awarded best store performance in the Western Region of its 1,700 stores across the nation.  Peter started his own company with construction of his first office complex venturing into the real estate business. During his tenure in the real estate business, he formed a mortgage company, development company building multi-family units and property management company.
  
Peter was Awarded “District Chapter of the Year 2012” and “District Director of the Year”, at SCORE’s, 2014 National Leadership Conference in New Orleans.  He continues to expand the growth and future of SCORE as a speaker and educational training.  He also serves as a Veteran Protégée and Advisory Council for Diversity and Inclusion.    
 


Peter Fong - Interim Chapter Chair

Peter joined SCORE in 2008, assisting in leadership, mentoring, training, and workshops. After six months nominated as incoming Chapter Chair, after chairing many committees and succession planning. His first year grew volunteer base of 5 volunteer to 20, with Diversity regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity. The Fresno Chapter selected District Chapter of the Year “2009 and 2010”.

He also serves on the Veterans Protégé Program, Veterans EDD-Outreach, Community Partners and Non-Profits. Peter is a service-connected veteran and currently serves as the District Director, Central Calif., and Sacramento Region, and National Advisory Council promoting women

 


Robert Garcia - Interim Co-Chapter Chair

Former CEO of Cen-Cal Financial, business plan, financial projections, strategic planning, and start-ups

 


Vartan Vartanian - Co-Chair

Vartan Vartanian, 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.

 

 

 


 

Elizabeth “Liz” Salas -  Interim Secretary 

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.

 

 


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.

 

 


Santino De La Cruz - Treasurer

I can help businesses with limiting Tax liability, Staying compliant with IRS Income Tax Filing Requirements and Tax planning consulting.  Also, Utilizing my Business to Business Direct Sales experience, I can provide my expertise in Direct Sales Marketing, Networking and Prospecting for new clients/customers.  .

 

 

 


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

 


Volunteer Profile CVS:

To schedule an appointment call: 888-215-3465 
or email: info.0380@scorevolunteer.org  

    Yuliana Franco , Past  Chapter Chair, volunteer

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.   

Leo Landaverde

James McClain: Retired Master Chief, Veteran Entrepreneur Outreach.

Rana Al Momani, Volunteer

Daniel Alameh, Technology

Woody Alexander, Volunteer, Workshops

Misael Aponte, Workshops, Marketing, Tech, Web Designer, Programmer

Jespreet Chauhan, Volunteer    Speaks English, Punjabi and Hindi

Alex Casteleiro, Volunteer, marketing, business plans, email mentoring | Bi-lingual

Everette DeVan, Volunteer

Yuliana Franco, Past Chair, Workshops

Jim Gargiulo, CPA trained, Agriculture, Workshops

Kristina Gonzalez, Administrative Assistant

Bruce Hoffman, Volunteer

Thomas H Jones, CPA Trained, Financial, Committee Chair

Barry Franklin Kriebel, Attorney, Volunteer, Agriculture

Leo Landaverde, Volunteer

Andrea Lee, Volunteer / Intern

Lia McGinnis, Volunteer, Loan Specialist

Ali Nekumanesh, CFE, CSM, Franchise, Workshops, Co-Chair

QuickBooks Workshop (SCORE event) - Fresno Regional Workforce Development  BoardSteve Ocheltree, CPA, Financial, Workshops, QB’s 

  J Colin Petersen, Tech, Marketing, Committee Co-Chair 

Daniel Payne, Veteran Protégé, Chair 

Waseem Salama, Marketing, Tech, Web Design, Co-Chair

Mikhail Sarkhosh, Insurance, Workshops

Tom Sims, Volunteer

Laura Ward, Legal, Attorney, Succession Planning, Estate Planning, Workshops

Jacqueline Williams, Volunteer

Ge Xiong, Veteran Protégé

Pangia Xiong, Veteran Protégé

Tou Xiong, Veteran Protégé

 

Modesto-Merced SCORE

Roland Bernard, Volunteer/Intern

Gary McKinsey, EA, Volunteer, Accounting, Workshops

C:\Users\owenr11\Desktop\Ron Owen\Self Picture from LinkedIn.jpgRonald Owen, Banker, Volunteer, Workshops

Claudine Sherron, Attorney, Business Law & Structure, Real Estate

 

Bakersfield SCORE Branch

Daniel Alameh, Technology