Advisors

CORE ADVISORS:

 

Sylke Chesterfield, Chesterfield Advantage

518-992-5460; sylke@chesterfieldadvantage.com

Sylke has been an independent business consultant since 1995. With a focus on implementing systems and streamlining processes, mastering mindsets and maximizing leverage, Sylke supports decision-makers in the areas of strategic thinking, stakeholder engagement, effective communications and behavioral change. Her clients report being more mindful, focused and confident; they see their businesses grow and become more profitable, as they leverage their time and enjoy their lives more. Sylke has worked in various industries, including medical, engineering, legal and alternative energy (waste-to-energy) and has served domestic and international clients. As a detached and independent thinking partner for the business owner, Sylke provides support, feedback, and an element of accountability - all of which helps the business owner “go farther faster.”

 

Contact Sylke for help developing and implementing your business plans and goals (e.g., more leads, customers, increased sales and revenues). She serves as a sounding board when you have to make a tough decision or when you feel overwhelmed and time management becomes an issue. 

 

Diane Greco, Tactix Inc.

914-666-4150; tactixdg@verizon.net

Diane is the owner of Tactix since 2002, a Bedford, NY based company that provides development and implementation of effective and affordable marketing tactics for small to mid-sized businesses operating in Bto-B segments. She specializes in advertising, marketing strategies, management, digital media and entrepreneurship. She received her MBA from the Lubin School of Business at Pace University.

 

Contact Diane for support with overarching marketing strategies, branding, positioning, messaging and developing the elements of a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) and marketing plan.

 

Megan Harris-Pero, Harris-Pero Legal Counsel, PLLC

(518) 860-5668; megan@hperolegalcounsel.com 

Megan Harris-Pero, Esq. is the founding attorney of Harris-Pero Legal Counsel, PLLC, a boutique firm focusing on "helping people plan and prepare for life transitions." Megan assists clients through the legal work of estate planning, business law, elder law and estate settlement. Megan began the firm in 2015 with a goal of having a closer connection to clients by making a positive and direct impact through legal work.  Megan is particularly interested in helping farmers because of family experiences and an appreciation of farmers' similar work ethic. Megan participated in the LEAD New York program for developing leaders in the field of agriculture and is a trained mediator with experience mediating for New York State Agricultural Mediation Program (NYSAMP).  Megan is a licensed attorney in New York and Pennsylvania.  

 

Contact Megan with challenges regarding legal planning for multiple generations regarding business succession, estate planning and planning for retirement, especially long-term care planning for the elder generation.

Brian Zweig, Business Opportunities Management Consulting

518-283-1120; brian@businessop.com

Founder of Business Opportunities Management Consulting located in Defreestville, NY, Brian assists businesses in the development and implementation of business plans, securing of funding for expansion and start-ups, and with the development of new products and markets. Since its founding in 1998, Business Opportunities has helped many companies successfully grow and achieve their goals, including firms in technology, manufacturing, service and retail businesses. Brian was previously the Executive Vice President of Certified Marketing Services where he instituted a 5-year plan that met objectives in 3 years by tripling sales and profits. Brian was also the former Product Manager for Garden Way, Inc. where he was responsible for product lines totaling $125,000,000 in annual sales. With over 30 years of experience in business development and marketing, Brian is a leading expert in the local agricultural industry and a primary consultant for HVADC.

 

Contact Brian to address your challenges with business plans and financial projections.

 

 

ADDITIONAL CONSULTANTS:

Ann Finnegan

cell: 518-929-3458; office: 212-682-1106; afinnegan@ndconline.org

Jason Foscolo, The Food Law Firm 

1-800-559-4628; jason@foodlawfirm.com

Jason Foscolo has been a practicing attorney in the State of New York since 2002. He is now a partner at Jason Foscolo PLLC, where he provides legal counsel to a rapidly growing client list of farmers and food entrepreneurs. Jason served five years as a Judge Advocate in the United State Marine Corps. This time abroad gave him new insight and appreciation for the myriad ways food is produced, prepared and enjoyed. After separating honorably from active duty in 2010, Jason pursued his passion for all-things edible by attending the University of Arkansas School of Law LLM Program in Agricultural and Food Law, the only program of its kind in the United States.

 

Contact Jason for legal advice on label review for food products, food product liability management and trademarking, as well as co-packer, supplier and label agreements.

 

Gregory E. Mruk

310-699-7893; mrukgreg@yahoo.com 

Born and raised in New York, Gregory obtained a B.S. in Ag. Economics with a minor in Animal Science as well as a Masters of Administration. In 2017 he started a small multi-enterprise farm, which currently includes maple sugaring, pasture poultry, small heritage apple orchard, garlic/onion/shallot production and log-grown mushrooms.  He is also employed as a consultant for NY FarmNet program and Cornell’s Small Farm Ready Project, assisting farmers with a wide range of needs and services related to successful farm business operations. He has contributed to a wide range of agricultural enterprises including dairy farms (large and small/organic and conventional), orchards, grapes, crop enterprises, alternative energy generation and value-added enterprises. He has experience working as an ag loan officer and portfolio manager, as well as a farm hand, farm manager and self-employed farmer. His exposure and experiences in a wide range of duties and types of agricultural enterprises has given him a strong background in both the day to day challenges of farming as well as a good understanding of the various business challenges that farmers face on a regular basis.

 

Contact Gregory to address your challenges with business plans and financial projections.

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