George understands business – both as a business owner and as a business consultant/business broker. Beginning his double roles in 1983, he has been, and is, able to observe (up close) the internal operations and financial conditions of hundreds of businesses. Consequently, George has a unique perspective as to why some businesses achieve resounding success while others fail.
In addition to the hands-on experience as a business consultant and broker, George earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 2007 and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in 2009. Earning both degrees while working full time, he shared MBA Top of the Class honors with an International Vice President of a well-known service business. The two degrees were earned through SUNY Empire State College (ESC) FORUM WEST management program and its School for Graduate Studies.
As a business, management, and economics adjunct college instructor for the SUNY Empire State College’s Center for Distance Learning from 2011 – 2018 , George taught a number of advanced business courses, which included Consumer Behavior, Marketing Principles, Marketing Communications – Advertising and Promotion, Public Relations, and Sales Management. Additionally, he was lead instructor and course reviewer of the Public Relations course.
George is a business writer, having written numerous articles about various aspects of owning, operating, and selling a business. Most recently, a number of his articles have appeared in FOCUS, the magazine of the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM). (Links to those articles can be found in the articles section of this website.) As member of SBAM, George was a member of SBAM’s Strategic Communications Advisory Committee and SBAM’s Government Relations Entrepreneurial Task Force. Additionally, George has been quoted as a business source for other articles in business publications in Michigan and other states.
For the 2011-2012 term, George served as the Public Relations Officer of Toastmasters International District 62, which encompasses nearly all of Michigan. Many years prior, he served as the Public Information Officer of his Army National Guard unit.
Volunteer activities have included serving on the Michigan AfterSchool Association’s Board of Directors and serving as a Junior Vice Commander of American Legion District 6, for 2016 – 2018. Additionally, he is a member of American Legion Post #48 in Grand Ledge.
Past volunteer activities include being a Senior Resource Volunteer and Speakers Bureau Chair of the Compeer Program, as well as the public speaking trainer of United Way Loaned Executives. Additionally, he was a community speaker for both programs.
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