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Photo of Jim MingeyJim Mingey
President

Jim Mingey can relate on a personal level to the needs of the Veteran small-business person and possesses the practical knowledge to implement his experience in today’s marketplace. This experience includes capital raising, franchise marketing and development, small business finance and advertising sales to corporations and educational institutions. Jim will be responsible for core consulting and management oversight.

Jim is a consultant to the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Program at Veterans Administration, and has participated in and/or instructed in most federal Veteran small business service programs. He is also a member of the Veteran Institute of Procurement. Over his career, Jim has been responsible for arranging over $250 million in community development finance. This included major grants from the McCormick Foundation for Veterans affected by PTSD and the Ford Foundation for development of the first public securities offering sponsored by a nonprofit entity. Jim has been a Mentor at American Corporate Partners and at Veteran EMentor program.

Brent Finkbeiner
Director

As a Director of Veterans Business Services, Brent will be working diligently to implement the strategic vision of the company. He is a recent graduate of Portland State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in both Business Management/Leadership and Human Resources Management. Brent studied at Clackamas Community College before transferring to PSU and served a full term of office as the elected President of the student body at both institutions. He is experienced at leading teams of diverse individuals while having the capacity to balance many large responsibilities.

Using his education and experience in leadership and human resources, Brent will craft recruitment, training, and personnel strategies. His talents in community building will aid VBS in connecting Veteran entrepreneurs to necessary resources in philanthropy, business, government, and education. He will use his expertise to grow the VBS network with entities and individuals dedicated to placing Veterans at the center of local and sustainable economic development.

Advisors*

Photo of Carroll BernardCarroll Bernard
Director, Govology
Advisor

Carroll Bernard brings a unique 360 degree perspective to federal contracting, coaching, and training. He has also provided mentorship, counseling, coaching, and training to thousands of small businesses seeking government contracts as a counselor in the Procurement Technical Assistance Program as well as the U.S. Small Business Administration where he served as a Business Development Specialist for the 8(a) program, Veterans Business Development Officer, and Primary HUB Zone Liaison. He is also the Co-Founder of Govology.com, a website dedicated to providing government market education to small businesses online, on demand, 24/7.

Carroll provides expert advice concerning government procurement contracting.

RB Green
Veterans Service Coordinator, Clackamas Community College
Advisor

RB Green serves as the Veteran Services Coordinator for Clackamas Community College, Oregon City, OR. His Veterans Program ranked first in the West and fourth nationally by Military Times. RB is a Retired Army Captain whose awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (3OLC), Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

RB serves as a liaison for Oregon Veterans seeking entrepreneurial experience and small business opportunities while attending communit college.

Photo of Ralph Galati addressing VeteransRalph Galati
Director of Veterans Services, St. Joseph’s University
Advisor

Ralph is presently the Director of Veterans Services at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. His office is responsible for developing and implementing entrepreneurship programs for Veterans with specific focus on disabled Veterans; coordinating campus-wide programs for Veterans and dependents; and designing career development initiatives for Veterans.

Ralph served as an Officer in the USAF for eight years. On February 16, 1972 he and his pilot were shot-down over North Vietnam and were immediately captured and taken to Hanoi. He spent the next 14 months as a Prisoner of War. Ralph’s military awards include: The Silver Star; the Bronze Star with Valor w/1 Oak Leaf Cluster; The Air Medal w/4 OLC; The Air Force Commendation Medal w/2 OLC; and the Purple Heart w/1 OLC.

*Note: Mr. Bernard, Mr. Green, Mr. Galati, for the company and the educational institutions they serve respectively have not officially endorsed the merits or viability of VBS or its offerings. They have agreed to provide their expertise to VBS in relation to Veteran education, government procurement and entrepreneurship.

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