Bios of September 24th, 2009 Panel and Discussion Participants
With a Ph. D in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University, Lorette Pruden is a chemical engineer turned entrepreneur. As owner of Team Nimbus NJ , Lorette brings her record of innovation, knowledge of process thinking, and certified team skills to her work in helping business owners move their business from ordinary to extraordinary. After over 20 years with Mobil Corporation, she opened her own consulting business in 2000. Lorette works with business owners, sales professionals, and independent professionals to train, coach, and inspire them as they learn the “art of their business.” She is a Director of the National Speakers’ Association NJ chapter, and served on the board of the Institute for Management Consultants, NJ She has been listed as a top management consultant by NJBiz and has served on the boards of the NJ Youth Symphony and the NJ Council of Farmers and Community.
Carlos graduated from Rutgers University in 1993 and then attended Seton Hall School of Law receiving a Juris Doctorate in 1996. He was admitted to the New Jersey Bar that same year. Carlos has a broad experience base in various areas of law, including litigation and corporate law. As a litigator he has represented individuals and companies throughout New Jersey. His corporate experience includes working for Fortune 500 companies and small businesses. He has formed many business entities and has helped shareholders govern themselves through all kinds of situations. Carlos specializes in business law and transactions and is Of Counsel to Rebenack Aronow & Mascolo, PC. In addition to being a Member of the Somerset, Middlesex and New Jersey State Bar Associations he volunteers his time with Legal Services of New Jersey in their Anti-Predatory Lending Group. Carlos also runs marathons to raise money for various charities. He’s scheduled to run the New York Marathon in November 2009 to raise money for Team For Kids, a charity dedicated to bringing badly needed physical education to underprivileged kids.
Frank Senkewicz graduated from the Stevens Institute of Technology with an Electrical Engineering degree in 1983. He started his career in the Technical Marketing Program at General Electric and has continued to work in all aspects of the IT field throughout the technical corporate sector. In 1998 he started his own company to “bring a human element to technology for the individual and small business owner.” He and his technical team are committed to making computers more accessible and tailoring technology packages to each customer’s needs. He lives in Branchburg and is committed to being an active part of the community. He is the Coach and Vice President of Raritan Valley Roller Hockey, serves on the leadership team of the traveling Flemington Hawks, and has served on several financial and outreach committees at his church.
As a principal at Aurora Kitchens & Interiors, Kolbe is hands on with every project focusing on everything from fabric selection and space planning to kitchen design and renovations. As a member of the Interior Design Society (IDS), Kolbe enjoys creating beautiful functional interiors for her clients. Homeowners enjoy working with Kolbe because she takes the time to listen and pays attention to even the smallest of details. She has been designing since she was in junior high when she decided to repaint her bedroom walls by “flinging” multiple colors over the off-white base coat a la Jackson Pollack. She has taught courses in design at Raritan Valley Community College and enjoys mentoring those considering a career in the design field. Kolbe currently lives in Hillsborough with her husband Bob and her two children.
After a diverse background with both scientific instrumentation companies and electronic component distributors, she joined a small company, in start-up phase called Rheometrics, Inc. Seven years later, the company was the world’s leading manufacturer of rheological instruments with sales of $10 million and 115 employees worldwide. During this time, Linda served many roles: Vice-President of Finance, Administration, Human Resources and Systems, responsible for setting up, managing and staffing Finance, Human Resources, Manufacturing, Production Control, Customer Service, and Sales & Marketing. She also served as Managing Director of the German subsidiary and was responsible for “Special Projects”, including site selection, building lease and purchase negotiations, renovations of facilities and evaluation of underwriters for a planned IPO. Rheometrics was eventually sold to a larger company called TA Instruments.
Following Rheometrics, Linda joined Nametre Company, a 25 year old manufacturer of laboratory and process control viscometers owned by a former professor and his graduate student, as a consultant. Although in business for 25 years, the company had never grown because it failed to recognize the potential of the process control instrumentation marketplace. Linda eventually became President and, by expanding into process control, grew the company from annual sales of only $300K to over $4.5 million. After the death of the owner, she negotiated an employee LBO from his estate and the subsequent sale of the company to Metrisa, Inc.
After the sale of Nametre, Linda became Administrative Support Manager for a Civil Engineering firm called Fletcher Engineering, Inc., with which she founded Administrative Services & Consulting, LLC (AS&C), her current company, as her first client. In 2006 she decided to spin off AS& C as an independent company in order to use her 30+ years of experience in growing companies to help other small businesses deal with their growing pains. Today, she serves over 75 different clients, many of which she signed on as a result of her involvement with The Business Partnership.