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Create Connections, Inc. (CCi) is an Authorized Sales and Marketing Technology Partner specializing in providing best of breed Technologies. CCi is focused on empowering Business’ access to the top technologies while assisting them with making informed decisions on services, software and cost savings.  CCi delivers these solutions through an elite nationwide network of seasoned Executive Advisors who have made a career on building their network of referrals and contacts to Create strong Connections. We provide clients with a highly experienced resource for evaluation, purchase, implementation and ongoing support for IT and Software Services.

We believe in providing our customers with the best vendor experience possible.  We only represent our customer’s interest to the service provider instead of someone whose job is to represent their company’s own interest to you.

ADVISORS

CCi has built an ecosystem of strategic advisors around being competent, capable and recognized experts with lengthy institutional knowledge in the areas of government, healthcare, financial and enterprise.

Our current team that continues to grow of over a dozen advisors, CCi has the talent needed for our clients to strategically partner and grow their sales distribution channels to meet their revenue goals.

Meet – Network – Advance

Create Connections between Technologies and Customers through our Network of Elite Executive Advisors.

Government
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ADMIRAL BOB DAY / CEO at Bob Day & Associates, LLC

Rear Admiral Robert E. Day Jr., United States Coast Guard (retired) was the Assistant Commandant for Command, Control, Communications, Computers & Information Technology, Chief Information Officer, and Commander of Coast Guard Cyber Command from July 2009 until July 2014. During his 34 year career, he held a broad range of communications and information technology leadership positions responsible for acquiring, operating, and maintaining the myriad of advanced capabilities used by the Coast Guard to execute their extensive missions.  Rear Admiral Day holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the United States Coast Guard Academy and a Master of Science Degree in Telecommunications Systems Management the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.  He is currently the Prinicipal at Bob Day and Associates LLC.

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GENERAL ELDER GRANGER / CEO at 5P’s, LLC

Most Recent Assignment – Deputy Director, TRICARE Management Activity
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs

In July of 2009 after 37 years of Military service Major General Elder Granger, MD retired as the Deputy Director and Program Executive Officer of the TRICARE Management Activity, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), Washington, DC. In this role he served as the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) on DoD health plan policy and performance. He oversaw the acquisition, operation and integration of DoD’s managed care program within the Military Health System. MG Granger led a staff of 1,800 in planning, budgeting and executing an $19 Billion Defense Health Program and in ensuring the effective and efficient provision of high-quality, accessible healthcare for 9.4 Million Uniformed Service members, their families, retirees and others located worldwide.

Prior to joining TRICARE Management Activity, MG Granger led the largest US and multi-national battlefield health system in our recent history while serving as Commander, Task Force 44th Medical Command and Command Surgeon for the Multinational Corps Iraq. He has led at every level of the Army Medical Department.

MG Granger began his career with the Army Medical Department in 1971 as a Combat Medic in the US Army National Guard. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Arkansas State University in 1976. A Distinguished Military Graduate, MG Granger was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps. Upon graduation from the University of Arkansas School of Medicine in 1980, he was awarded the Henry Kaiser Medical Fellowship for Medical Excellence and Leadership. MG Granger completed a residency in Internal Medicine in 1983 and a fellowship in Hematology-Oncology in 1986 at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center. His Military education includes the Army War College, the Army Command and General Staff College, the Army Medical Department Officer Advanced and Basic Courses, the Military Health System and Army CAPSTONE Courses, and the Combat Casualty Care Course.

MG Granger continues to advance his passion for patients and healthcare improvement through advising and supporting teams across the spectrum of healthcare. He and his wife Brenda now live in Colorado. Their son Elder II is a lawyer and their daughter Eldesia is a M.D.

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CHIP BLOCK / VP at Evolver Inc

Chip has been working in the high technology arena for over 30 years and enjoys the challenge of taking organizations working at the leading edge and growing them into vibrant and successful companies. Over his career, he has been fortunate to have worked on all sides of the business equation, from startup companies, to IPO companies, to Government contracting to international sales. His ongoing work with state of the art technology with organizations such as DARPA, academia and startup firms gives him a good view into where technology is going and how it can be applied.

Chip’s main focus has been on Government work where he has won and managed over $1B of contracts over the years. He has worked with all levels of the Government including program offices up to Congressional support. He enjoys taking on challenging problems, opening new operations and pushing the state of art to meet the needs of our military, intelligence community and homeland security organizations. More recently, Chip has begun to expand into related commercial markets to include cyber security, financial and related markets.

http://evolverinc.com/documents/pr/How%20Cyber%20Insurance%20Will%20Drive%20The%20Market.pdf

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ZAIN KHAN / CEO at iConstituents

A recognized technology pioneer, innovator, entrepreneur and executive with nearly 15 years of experience in technology , Zain Khan is the founder and CEO of iConstituent a leader in cloud based government to constituent communications.

Through Zain’s leadership, iConstituent went from a start-up with just one product and a handful of clients to a company that powers the vast majority of Congressional eCommunications. Prior to founding iConstituent, Zain had a background working in the tech industry with a number of eCommerce endeavors and startups. On the personal side, Zain always had an interest in government and politics. Founded in 2002, iConstituent allowed Zain to merge his professional experience with his interest in politics and begin his career in government-constituent communications. His expertise managing fast growth, internet software companies, coupled with a passion to enhance government-constituent communications has been critical to the company’s success.

From the beginning Zain has lead both the day to day business affairs for the company as well as developing and implementing iConstituent’s vision and business strategy. Through Zain’s leadership the company has successfully acquired a number of other companies, beginning with InterAmerica Technologies in 2010. Through that acquisition, iConstituent has become one of the leading providers of CRM to governments at all levels across the country.

As a result of his success with iConstituent, Zain is widely recognized as an expert in government-constituent communications and has been frequently interviewed on the subject by many respected news outlets, including National Public Radio, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.

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Healthcare
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MERLYNN CARSON, M.D. / CEO at Myriddian, LLC

Dr. Merlynn Carson the CEO of Myriddian, LLC, a consulting and staffing firm dedicated to the healthcare and IT industry. Born in India, Merlynn is one of the few successful women-minority entrepreneurs in the industry. A qualified physician and a farsighted visionary, she is living the true ‘American Dream’ as she has pursued it with unwavering passion, ambition, and determination.

Her journey towards her success started early in her academic life when she realized her fervor for medical sciences. Merlynn enrolled in the University of MD from where she graduated with a B.S in Biology. Her subjects included neurophysiology (major) and microbiology (minor). After graduation, her exceptional record helped her set foot in the professional world as Research Assistant at National Institute of Health NIH. Her experience at NIH further ignited her passion for the medicine industry, and she decided to enroll in the MBBS/MD program at American University of Antigua (AUA), KMC campus.

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JUDITH K. JONES, MD, PHD / CEO at The Degge Group, LLC.

Judith K. Jones MD, PhD

  • Former FDA Safety Director
  • Internationally-recognized authority in:
    – Adverse Drug Reactions
    – Pharmacoepidemiology
    – Drug Development
    – Drug Regulation
    – Risk Management

Dr. Judith K. Jones is a clinical pharmacologist, pharmacoepidemiologist, and geriatrician/internist with a long-standing interest in the study of adverse drug reactions, drug utilization, and drug development and regulation. She received her medical training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, followed by clinical training, a fellowship in clinical pharmacology and a PhD in developmental pharmacology at University of California at San Francisco.

In the 1970s, interested in the translation of basic pharmacology information to the practice site, Dr. Jones practiced, taught clinical pharmacology and carried out early research in drug utilization at Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. In 1978, she came to Washington DC as Director of the FDA’ s Division of Drug Experience (now Epidemiology) until 1984, and was then Special Assistant to the Director, Biometrics and Epidemiology through mid-1985.

Leaving the FDA, she returned to practice in 1985 in Medicine and Geriatrics at Georgetown University, where she continues as Associate Clinical Professor of Pharmacology. She is also Adjunct Professor of the Health Sciences at George Washington University, and is also Adjunct at the University of Michigan School of Public Health’s Summer Program where she teaches a course in Pharmacoepidemiology.

In 1988, she founded The Degge Group, Ltd., a consulting business that provides services relating to drug safety information, regulation, research and education. Dr. Jones also serves as President of the Pharmaceutical Education and Research Institute, Inc. (PERI) that was founded in 1989 by PhRMA .

Dr. Jones has published a number of articles relating to adverse reactions, post-marketing surveillance of drugs, pharmaceutical risk management, drugs in geriatric patients, and drug information for patients and physicians.

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JIM DAUSCH / CEO of NCI Consulting Group

NCI Consulting Group is the most respected and experienced sales and marketing firms in the US, supplying specialization in GPO, IDN, and Major Health System market-share penetration & expansion for health-care suppliers. Let us help your sales and corporate account teams increase growth through direct access to key executive level contacts within your targeted markets. Our 28 years in the business and success with over 100 supplier clients include Start-ups, Midsize to Fortune 500 companies representing: 1) Medical Devices 2) Capital 3) Distributors 4) Services 5) Technologies 6) Pharmaceuticals 7) Laboratory companies represented in the healthcare and other industry verticals. Global corporations respect NCI Senior marketing executives which will take your company to the next level of success.

NCI Proprietary Process:

• Strategic Direction
• Develop Value Proposition
• Identify Sales Opportunities
• Sales Execution
• Corporate Accounts Outsourced Offering
• Providing Business Development Successes
• New service offerings

Directed Marketing Sales Growth Offerings:

• GPO Contract Sales Penetration Solutions
• GPO Contract Awards
• GPO National Accounts Outsourcing
• IDN Contract Sales Penetration Solutions
• IDN Contact Awards
• Healthcare Systems Contract Solicitation
• Investor Due Diligence
• GPO’s Amerinet, Health Trust Purchasing, MedAssets, MAGNET, Novation, Premier
• Regional GPOs, Example: ROi, GNYHA, Yankee Alliance, The Resource Group, Capstone & More • Regional Coalitions
• National Accounts Outsource Services (REDUCES 40% OPERATIONAL EXPENSE)

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PATRICK LAPLANTE / Principle at Strateg Consultants, Inc.

Strateg Consultants, Principal:
Since 1996 in Healthcare sales and business development sector.

Expertise:
Business development, international sales, corporate and executive relationships, strategic alliances & channel partners, contract negotiation, management, strategic selling.

Contacts (Canada, USA and Europe):
GPO’s, health systems, public/private/non-profit and military healthcare facilities.
C-suite and senior management level relationships.

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JOHN TAYLOR / President at Tryon Clear View Group

John Taylor is a business leader, as well as a business educator. In the 1990’s, Taylor helped establish home video as the primary consumer entertainment medium and continues to bring innovative solutions to the process of cost reduction with Tryon Clear View Group, LLC.

A 1976 graduate from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC), John began his career at Deloitte Haskins and Sells and was eventually promoted to manager, working primarily in mergers and acquisitions. In 1984 he joined Video Vision Inc in North Carolina as Vice President and General Manager. From there, John joined Ingram Entertainment as President (and later as CEO), where he helped to form the largest international industry giant in the world of video retail distribution. He left Ingram to expand, a local, South Carolina nine-store video retailer, Moovies, which became public and nationwide with 300 locations. John went on to form qServe Communications, and landed at Tryon Clear View Group, LLC in 2001 where he stands today as President. Tryon Clear View Group specializes in sustainable cost reduction analysis for telecom, utilities, waste and copiers.

John has taught courses in accounting at UNC and is also the author of several magazine articles, one of which was published in 1981 in The Journal of Accountancy, entitled “LIFO: The Different Approach”.

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DAVID ALLWAY / Vice President at Management Science & Innovation

Mr. Allway is a Goal-driven, solutions-oriented Practice Leader and Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt with a proven record of accomplishment assessing existing business operations and identifying process improvements, re-engineering processes, and managing change to optimize revenues, control costs, and manage risks. Mr. Allway has a talent for identifying opportunities and leading consulting teams in carrying out multiple engagements with tight deadlines while meeting all established goals, maintaining engagement profitability, and providing high levels of client service while ensuring expectations are met and exceeded.

Mr. Allway has managed teams of over 200 people; coordinating the financial planning , tracking human resource management and staffing, processing security clearances, and leading all operational and managerial aspects of projects including the oversight of up to four subcontractor organizations simultaneously. He has successfully developed and facilitated Change Management and Process Improvement in the areas of Operations, Supply Chain Management/ Warehousing, Facility Design, “Green”, Intelligence, Human Performance Analysis, and Human Resources. As an experienced practitioner and trainer of Lean Six Sigma and Change Management Strategies, Mr. Allway has facilitated approximately 100 Lean Six Sigma (training, Kaizen, Value Stream Mapping) and Change Management events (strategic planning, team building, transformation readiness).

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JAMES WILLER, PHD / Tahasi Consultants

James Willer, PhD is a security expert who brings forth a unique blend of military, law enforcement and private industry protection experience with a deep understanding of the challenges faced by the Healthcare field.

Dr. Willer served as military police (MP) in the Army and Air Force branches of the United States armed forces for over 17 years. He has previous law enforcement experience and is certified as a police officer in the state of Nebraska. Dr. Willer also has 10 years of private security experience with both Pinkerton and Allied Barton which included among other aspects providing personal protection to the CEO of a Fortune 100 company. In addition to Dr. Willer’s law enforcement and security background, he is also the founder of American Martial Arts. He is a 5th degree black belt in Taekwondo with a martial arts teaching certification from American Taekwondo Association since 1977.

Dr. Willer has a unique perspective on security in the Healthcare setting as he has over 30 years of experience in the Healthcare field in the cardiology specialty with a PhD in Healthcare Administration. Most recently, Dr. Willer has been teaching medical classes as an adjunct professor at ECPI University for the last 5 years. He has a teaching style that is both dynamic and engaging. Dr. Willer is adept at providing instruction tailored to the level of the students in the class or seminar. He is driven by the conviction that knowledge applied accurately saves lives. In situations where it is critical that students grasp complex topics in a way that makes sense to them, they are able to integrate what they have learned and apply it right away.

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JOSE BOLANOS, MD / Managing Director at Venture-Med and CEO at Nimbus-T

Jose Bolanos MD is Managing Director of Venture-Med Angel Investor and advisory group. His consulting practice has provided strategic development and positioning of many healthcare startup companies. He is a speaker on funding healthcare startup companies and is passionate about innovation that advances healthcare. He trained at Stanford Medical Center as an Ob/Gyn specialist and served in clinical practice for over 20 years.

Current CEO of Nimbus Technologies focused on securing healthcare information and network security.

  • Past researcher at UC Davis in human sperm cryopreservation and fertilization.
  • Past Chief Strategist for LifeMed ID which focused on patient identity management using Smart Card technologies and Cloud based infrastructure.
  • His emphasis on managing patient healthcare data for hospitals, HIEs and ACOs.
  • Past CEO of New Americas Medical Group, a physician IPA dealing with managed care solutions for Hispanic patient healthcare delivery.

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Enterprise
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RON COPFER / CEO at Heureka Software

A pioneer and veteran of the new economy and a serial entrepreneur, Ron has founded or co-founded 15 technology firms in the: interactive multi-media, electronic catalog, on-line configurator, content, knowledge and document management systems, on-line learning and computer-based training, eMarketing services, exhibit & presentation design, computer forensics, electronic data discovery, document archiving, extreme transaction processing and unstructured and big data processing markets.

In 1993, Ron and his team at Copfer & Associates beta tested a new technology called the “Mosaic Browser”​ for Marc Andreessen and other students at the University of Illinois and eventually built the first commercial website between New York and Chicago. He’s never really looked back!

Today, he remains a visionary leader in the design, development and integration of Internet-based information systems that connect people, processes and technology. Ron has experience in all aspects of business management and scaling technology startups; human resources, recruitment, financial, production, capital development, sales & marketing, strategic business planning, sales and new business development.

Experienced in: Startup Formation, Human Capital Recruitment, Technology Validation, Medical Device Manufacturing & Marketing, Business Strategy, IT Systems & Hardware, Software Development & Services Consulting, Developing/Refining Business Plans, Market Analysis, Market Channel Development, Go-To-Market Strategic Planning, Executive Sales, Board Management, Organizational Strategic Planning, Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital, Angel and Institutional Venture Financing, Patent Research & Development, Business Process Reengineering, Strategic Alliances, Contract Negotiations, Advertising & Marketing, Television & Radio Production, Media Buying, Political Consulting, Speaking, Teaching, Training Trainers and Non-Profit Board Participation.

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CLIFF NEVE / Managing Partner and COO at MAD Security

Cliff Neve is a Managing Partner for MAD Security, and has over 20 years of experience in cyber security, IT, acquisitions, and intelligence. He has led Enterprise Risk Assessments, SSAE-16 Audits, HIPAA Audits, NIST 800 Reviews, and PCI reviews for government and commercial organizations including the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Wall Street firms, Fortune 100 companies, and the Coast Guard. He has also led multiple risk assessments in conjunction with McAfee’s Foundstone Practice and Dell SecureWorks.

Cliff is a retired Coast Guard Commander whose military leadership experience includes assignments as Deputy Chief Information Officer at the White House Communications Agency, Chief of Staff at Coast Guard Cyber Command, and Assistant C4ISR Program Manager for the Coast Guard’s multi-billion dollar recapitalization program. While at Coast Guard Cyber Command he provided input to Cyber Executive Order 13636 and Presidential Policy Directive-21, and participated in the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Framework on both the federal and industry side. He frequently acted as the Principal for the Coast Guard on Cyber, including representing the Service providing regular briefings to the DHS Deputy Secretary (Jane Holl Lute) and the Commander of US Cyber Command/Director of the National Security Agency (GEN Keith Alexander).

Cliff holds an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, an MS in Information Leadership from National Defense University (NDU), and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He is a CISSP, PMP, has been certified as a DHS/DAIWA Level 3 Systems Engineer and Project Manager, and has Masters Certificates from NDU in Global Strategic Leadership and Chief Information Officer. He is a 2011 graduate of US Cyber Command’s Joint Advanced Cyber Warfare Course, and holds several McAfee partner technical certifications. He has been a speaker at RSA, at AFCEA cyber events, and BrightTalks.

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Financial
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BEN CARSON JR. / Co-Founder and Chairman at Interprise Partners

Mr. Carson is Co-Founder and Chairman at Interprise Partners where he assists in the overall guidance of the company and the portfolio. In this role, Mr. Carson focuses on the total financial health of Interprise and its holdings with an emphasis on capital structures and strategic planning.  Complementing his prior experiences in investments and operations, he supports the management team with capital market insights and strategic involvement with portfolio assets. Mr. Carson becomes involved with portfolio companies to supports strategic alliances and business development for the Interprise Partners network.

In addition to founding Interprise Partners, Ben serves as Executive Vice President at The Warner Companies, where he leads TWC Capital as an investment banker.  At Warner, Ben advises companies on capital structuring, capital raises, investments, insurance, and strategic planning.  While TWC Capital focuses primarily on growth and expansion based M&A transactions, Ben also participates in workouts, turn-arounds, carve outs, spin offs, and other special situations.

Ben earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Entrepreneurial Leadership from Tufts University.  He is a recipient of Baltimore’s 35 Under 35 award and the Envest Foundation’s 40 Under 40 award.  Mr. Carson is currently a member of the Dingman Angels at University of Maryland, and actively engages in Angel and Real Estate investment.  He also sits on several boards, including The Carson Scholars Fund, Advantage Bio Works, and Clarety Global Investments.

Mr. Carson currently serves on the board of several Interprise companies:

  • Pantheon, LLC
  • DataStream Content Solutions
  • Stella May Contracting
  • Myriddian Staffing Solutions
  • Giftcard Rescue

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MELODY PARKER / Mortgage Banker at Fifth Third Bank Private Wealth

Melody Parker works with private wealth home financing that leverages assets and complements your financial and wealth-management goals. With over 20 years of home financing experience, she excels at making complex arrangements refreshingly simple.

Melody has consistently been recognized for her sales performance, and has been considered a top producer for many years. A specialist in high net worth clientele, she has had the pleasure of working with many professional athletes, along with successful business people in her hometown of Charlotte, NC.

The stage is set to enjoy exceptional service and convenient access to the comprehensive resources available with Fifth Third Mortgage. NMLS# 63980

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FRANK MCKINNEY / CEO at MoJo Consulting, LLC.

Frank McKinney is President of MOJO Consulting, LLC and has held numerous C-Level Sales and Marketing roles for both private equity and public companies including: Ford Motor Company, Sunrise Medical, Kinetic Concepts, Kimball International, Fortune Brands, Bank of America’s Venture Group and Tri-anim Health Services.

He specializes in strategic business planning, execution, and review, setting up distribution (U.S. and Worldwide), recruiting, hiring, training, measuring sales representatives, as well as top sales and marketing management, etc. Frank is also an expert witness in sales representative contracts, compensation, distribution (U.S. and Worldwide), and pricing.

He is an active member of CEO Netweavers, which consists of cross-functional C-Level executives who think in an altruistic manner and provide advice to both non-profit and for-profit businesses. Frank is the only consultant member of both HIRA (Health Industry Representative Association) and MANA (Manufacturers Agents National Association).

Frank just completed two key projects with Instant Tax Service and Lone Star Medical Products respectively. He created a Strategic Business Plan for Instant Tax Service which was critical to securing over $2,000,000 in additional financing.

He also educated them in the importance and use of E.B.I.T.D.A., incorporated E.B.I.T.D.A. as standard part of their financials, that led them to a purchase offer from H & R Block. At Lone Star, Frank recruited, hired, trained and managed a national sales force, filled in worldwide distribution, reorganized the internal staff, and guided the company to a highly-profitable sale, then transitioned the company to new ownership (Cooper Surgical).

Previously he led the Sales, Marketing, and Project Management, Customer Support, Installation, Maintenance and Information Technology Teams to record sales and profits for Zimmerman Sign (a Bank of America Venture Company). He has had over 15 years of P & L leadership including E.B.I.T.D.A. growth. Frank’s experience includes over 20 years of Sales and Marketing leadership in multiple industries and markets.

Frank earned Bachelor of Science and Masters of Business Administration degrees from Western Kentucky University. His professional experiences include starting two YMCAs from inception, two start up businesses (Kimball Healthcare and Waterloo Healthcare), growing companies to the next level of sales and profits, a divestiture and consolidation (Zimmerman Sign / Bank of America, WHC/Fortune Brands and Tri-anim).

His expertise includes healthcare, automotive, automotive retail, commercial furniture, signage & others. Frank has developed and continually refines his team building and leadership skills. He communicates well at all levels of organizations and delivers both top-line Revenues and bottom-line E.B.I.T.D.A. (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes and Depreciation of Fixed Assets) results. Increased company arbitrage becomes a reality when Frank McKinney accepts your challenge!

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