Board Executive Committee
Scott Harkins, Chairman of the Board
Scott Harkins leads the Global Portfolio Marketing for FedEx Services and oversees: global digital; global customer segment and experience design; global products, solutions and business agility and global marketing foundations talent development program. He is responsible for the creation and execution of global marketing programs, including digital transformation, e-commerce and global products and business agility. Prior to his current role, Scott served as the vice president of strategy and product management, director of FedEx Kinko’s marketing and director of segment and alliances marketing. He joined FedEx in 1992 in the pricing department. Scott earned his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and his master of science in management from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Bob Manza, Treasurer
Bob Manza lives in Austin, Texas, where he retired from PepsiCo in 2018. While at PepsiCo, Bob held several senior leadership roles including senior vice president and CFO roles in Canada and Mexico. Bob’s broad experience in finance includes strategic and business planning, business optimization and investment, international business development, acquisition evaluation and integration, and accounting and control activities. Bob is a SCORE certified mentor and serves as a volunteer leadership member with Foundation Communities, an Austin charity. Bob holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Detroit Mercy.
John A. McCloskey, Secretary
John McCloskey has volunteered with SCORE for 10 years serving as Chapter Chair and District Director for North Carolina. For 17 years, McCloskey was a member of the management boards of publicly-traded German Corporations FAG Bearings and Schaeffler AG. He was also president and CEO of the Aerospace Group, the largest manufacturer of jet engine bearings and structures in the world. Prior to that, he was executive vice president of North American operations for GKN Automotive. He earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering, a master’s degree in business administration and has completed post-graduate work at Harvard, London Business School and IMI Geneva.
Mukesh Asarpota is a recognized business technology leader known for crafting the requisite strategic vision to achieve business goals, bringing a unique blend of executive acumen, global team-building, and business solutions development credited with strong ROI and operational improvement for companies domestic and international. He is currently Director of IT at Salesforce and has a verifiable record of achievement in managing large and dynamic global IT operations. Mukesh holds an MS in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts and is certified in CIO Leadership from MIT Sloan School of Management.
Kelly Bingel is an entrepreneur with decades of Capitol Hill experience including time as U.S. Senate Chief of Staff and partner in a top lobbying firm. She entered politics through the probing lens of a newspaper reporter, having covered crime and politics for The Tulsa Tribune. An investor in several DC-area small businesses, she started Dynamic Gymnastics in 2013. Kelly was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa at Louisiana State University and has a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Kelly is a member of the Virginia Bar Association and lives in Arlington, Va, with her family.
Mariana Bravo is a Partner at the Law Firm of Carr, Maloney PC. She is a trusted advocate and litigator who concentrates her practice on professional liability, construction, real estate, business and employment law, and catastrophic personal injury disputes. She serves as a Board Member on the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Executive Committee and has acted in several capacities, including as Vice President of Divisions, Sections and Committees, Vice President of External Affairs, and Vice President of Programs. She also co-chairs the Diversity and Pro Bono Committees at her firm and participates in a number of charitable events throughout the year.
James Capolongo is the executive vice president, head of deposits + payments for Live Oak Bank, the nation’s largest SBA lender and a leader in bank innovation. In this role, James oversees all aspects of the deposits business – product management, funding portfolio, deposit pricing, money movement, bank operations and customer support. James joined Live Oak after spending nearly 20 years in various senior leadership roles at large financial institutions, including most recently TD Bank. James received a B.S. in accounting and finance from Tulane University and earned his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business. He currently resides in Wilmington, NC.
Jim Grimsley of Austin, Texas has been a SCORE volunteer for 6+ years and has served in numerous roles, e.g., mentor, President of the Austin Chapter and as a member of the National Advisory Board. Prior to joining SCORE, Jim held leadership roles at Amoco, CSC Index and was a Partner at Accenture leading their Global Upstream Energy Practice while having significant expertise in Strategy, Sustainability, Supply Chain and Mergers & Acquisitions. Jim has B.S. in Management from the University of New Orleans.
Cherylyn Harley LeBon
Cherylyn Harley LeBon is a lawyer, corporate advisor and board director with more than 20 years of experience in Washington, DC and abroad. She is a partner with Dunlap, Bennett & Ludwig (DBL) law firm and works with small to large businesses and government contractors across the country. She is a former senior executive at the Small Business Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs and served as senior counsel on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Cherylyn is a director of Copart, Inc. (NASDAQ: CPRT) based in Dallas, Texas.
Dr. Ulrica Jones
Dr. Ulrica Jones was the Founding Chair of SCORE Middle Georgia and presently serves as a certified Mentor. She is one of the founding members of SCORE National Women’s Committee and serves as a Diversity & Inclusions Ambassador. She is the CEO of Eventual Success LLC, a global consulting company offering training and development services through innovative programs tailored to the client. Dr. Ulrica Jones has over 25 years of experience managing programs and creating positive learning environments accomplished by focusing on issues and opportunities for improvement. She received her doctorate in Education with a specialization in Adult Education from the University of Georgia.
Frank is an accomplished business leader with a track record of improving performance, increasing sales and profits with consumer products companies in the USA, Canada and international markets. He successfully led the expansion of Con Agra Foods Snacks Group into 70+ countries and as CEO at The Village Company. He also led the acquisition of a significant personal care brand. Currently, Frank consults with start-ups and small CPG companies, with a focus on Strategy, Marketing and Sales. Additionally, he is an adjunct instructor at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business, University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and Augsburg University all based in the Twin Cities.
Frank has a BA in Economics from University of Western Ontario (Canada) and MBA from Queen’s University (Canada).
Pat Loftus of Venice, Fla. is an investor and executive committee chair with Bridge Angel Investors. For over six years, Pat has served as a SCORE business mentor and previously held field chapter leadership roles in the Southwest Florida District. She has over 35 years of general global nuclear energy industry technical and business leadership and management experience with Exelon, Northeast Utilities and Westinghouse Electric Corporation, as well as six years in the small business environment. Her corporate expertise includes federal regulatory affairs and compliance, independent oversight, strategy, marketing and business operations and financial management. She serves on university entrepreneurship and engineering advisory councils and is a former director/officer of engineering affiliate alumni society boards. Pat earned her bachelor’s of science degree in nuclear engineering from Pennsylvania State University, a master’s degree in nuclear engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.
Julie Poland is a speaker, author and 7 Attributes of Agile Growth Certified Coach. Since 1990, she has provided process and structure for business leaders to transform their organizations and achieve improved results and sustainable growth. Her financial services management background, strategic perspective, and talent for engaging teams provide a unique resource, coupled with world-class tools, to help organizations of all types and sizes to break through their barriers and achieve the greatness that lies within. Ms. Poland is an active mentor for Susquehanna SCORE, and has served as Chapter Chair and District Director of Eastern PA/Delaware. Most recently she has served on the SCORE Field Operations Advisory Council.
Tracy A. Shaw
Tracy Shaw of Southbury, Conn., serves as head of content and client engagement strategy for Equitable. She has nearly three decades of experience as a business development strategist in industries ranging from financial services to health care and is dedicated to enriching the customer experience, streamlining process improvements and developing innovations that enhance ROI. Tracy serves as vice chair of the Immune Deficiency Foundation and is a member of CHIEF. She earned an MBA from Western Connecticut State University and is currently a doctoral candidate through Adler University. From her time as a business owner, Tracy also holds a patent for 401kSecure, which is designed to replace defined contribution plan deferrals of disabled participants.
Ray Vicks of Lakewood Ranch, Florida, is a financial expert and CPA with 40 years of experience in public accounting and senior corporate finance positions. He currently serves as a Board Member for both corporate and not-for-profit organizations. Ray possesses in-depth expertise in corporate governance, financial statement auditing, public and private finance, SEC compliance, equity and debt structuring, strategic planning, business process design, internal control and enterprise risk management. He has significant experience advising senior management and boards of directors, including public and private companies, not-for-profit organizations, and Federal Agencies. In addition to his 33-year tenure in the public accounting and advisory field, Ray served as CFO of a regional health care system, composed of inpatient and outpatient services, a managed care plan, home health entities and a patient-centered coordinated care operation.
Ian Williams is an innovative business leader who is recognized for leading organizational transformation and growth, having led P&Ls from $10M to $3.2B across numerous business sectors including technology, software, data storage, data security, SaaS/IaaS, Fintech, payments and business services and solutions. Most recently Ian was vice president, small business services at Deluxe Corporation based in Shoreview, Minn. Prior to Deluxe, he held senior leadership positions with leading global technology companies including Imation, Seagate, Hewlett-Packard, Compaq and Apple. He is recognized for providing strategic and visionary leadership to transform organizations and deliver impressive financial results. Ian is adept at combining financial pragmatism with innovative product planning and aggressive organizational design to assess and seize new market opportunities. Ian holds a master’s degree in business administration from York University Schulich School of Business (Toronto, Ontario) and a bachelor’s degree from Brock University in St. Catharine’s, Ontario, Canada.
David Zechman is a seasoned healthcare executive with 20 plus years of experience at the executive level at large, integrated healthcare systems where he aligned goals, behaviors and processes to drive the vision to provide kind and compassionate care. His responsibilities included fundraising, strategic planning, operations management, physician alignment/integration, partnership development and service-line management. In his current role as president of The Zechman Group, he is a first-time author as well as public speaker, executive coach and healthcare consultant. He is also a founding board member and CEO of a new company specializing in the acquisition and management of assisted living facilities and home health agencies and serves on three medical technology advisory boards. David has a bachelor’s degree in education from Miami University (Ohio), a master’s in public administration from Cleveland State University and is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Administration.