Ken Ashworth

Ken has been a SCORE volunteer since June 2011, is a `Certified Mentor' and currently, Chairman of Grand Strand SCORE, Chapter 0381. 

Former Independent Insurance Agency Owner / Sales & Marketing / Business Consultant. Specializing in Commercial Property & Casualty Insurance, Group Life, Health & Disability Insurance, Business Buy-Sell Life & Disability Insurance, Mutual Funds, Variable Annuities, Retirement Plans and Group Marketing

During my 35 year career, I was a highly motivated financial and insurance professional who dealt with mostly commercial businesses ranging from; school districts, wholesale distributors, high-tech machine shop manufacturers and waste haulers to contractors, car dealerships, marinas & boat dealers, Churches, Computer Sales & Service Dealers, HOA's and local main street establishments. Who excelled in gathering client information, analyzing data, and providing appropriate recommendations through informational sales presentations and assisted the client throughout the completion process while strengthening client relationship.

CORE PROFESSIONAL STRENGTHS: Financial Needs Analysis, Industry Knowledge and Compliance, Renewal Policy Reviews, Lead Generation, Presentations, Product Knowledge, Client Consultation, Agency Management, Account Management, Sales Planning & Forecasting.

John Bonsignor

John has been a Score volunteer since February, 2002, a nationally `Certified Mentor' since March 2014 and currently, serving as the Chapter’s Ambassador-At-Large.

John was a Korean War Veteran in the U S Army Air Corps, (which later became U S Air Force in 1950).

He obtained an LLD degree from Blackstone - Chicago Law School. Has an Honorary Doctorate in Public Relations King of Tyre College, a Chapter 5 N Y State Law. Attended (Certification Degree) Cambridge School of TV and Radio – Class 3 Federal License Radio, on the GI Bill.

John was President and COO of a Public Relations - Marketing -Advertising Co on Long Island, NY. He was an Administrator at the N Y Chiropractic College in Old Brookville NY. John was VP of the Long Island Association of Business and Commerce and Personnel Director for Large Development Company (670 employees) at Marcus Assoc. Former Member of the National Press Club, an opera vocalist with the Salmaggi (NYC) & National Grand Opera Co. (Syosset NY) and was an Administrative Staff Member to US Congressman Emanuel Cellar of NY

Bob Checkaneck

Senior level engineering manager with experience in electronic technology, inventory and quality management and operations. Specific skills are developed in understanding customer needs, product and supplier management, quality and reliability, leveraging, and teamwork. Education: BSEE Farleigh Dickinson University

Jim Helfgott

Jim has been a Grand Strand SCORE volunteer since April 28, 2017, and a `Nationally Certified Mentor' since August 1, 2017. 

Jim has been a professional business manager and leader for over 35 years’ and his industry knowledge has been helpful to organizations in many valuable ways. Small businesses struggle with setting up organizational and operational standards  and deal with internal operation issues as well. Jim’s many years’ in sales and marketing will bring extensive experience to the development and execution of marketing plans. Sound familiar to your business? Often setting up and completing sales plans can be very problematic for the 'do it all' manager. Jim can help make sure those plans are in place and the methods for achieving them are being properly used.

Jim’s career has many facets, one of which is the telecommunications industry, including the service and product side. He has much to offer any service sector business.  He also brings to the table, extensive International experience as well, so if your business is working internationally, he may be able to provide some additional perspective.


  • Business Operations and organization
  • Business Strategy & Planning
  • Product Development
  • Sales, Marketing & Public Relations


  • Telecommunications
  • Service Delivery
  • Retail sales
  • International Trade


  • BA, Hofstra University
  • Advanced studies, American University and IMD Switzerland

Chet Herman

Chet has been a SCORE volunteer since June 2011 and a nationally  'Certified Mentor' since July 2012.

Chet graduated with an engineering degree from Pratt Institute in New York . After working for Grumman Aircraft, became a full time musician and then a restaurant owner in Huntington and St. James, NY. Then moved to SC and became owner and operator of a fine dining restaurant in Myrtle Beach and Litchfield, SC.

Karen Herman

Karen has been a SCORE volunteer since June 2011, and a nationally  'Certified Mentor' since July 2012.

Karen Graduated with a Finance and Banking degree from Hofstra University in New York. She and husband Chet owned and operated fine dining restaurants in Long Island, NY. After moving to South Carolina in 1989, they became owner/operators of two successful fine dining restaurants in Myrtle Beach and Litchfield, SC.

John Lamoree

John Lamoree graduated from Mount Saint Mary's college in May 1985, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He joined a bank in March 1963 and held various positions in the bank for 44 years, retiring in March 2006. During his career in the bank, he worked in commercial lending, managing a team of four lenders, with an annual loan goal of $40 Million. John was Chairman of the Board of the Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce in 2000, and has been in the Chamber for 15 years. He has held every elected position. John also was active in many other organizations and held the position of president in all of them.

Leo T. Mellow

Leo became a SCORE Volunteer in June of 2010 and has been a nationally ‘Certified Mentor’ since August 2012.

He is a retired business banker. Just prior to retiring Leo was VP Portfolio Manager (2001-2006) with Smith Whiley & Company. He was responsible for generating deal flow by establishing working relationships with intermediaries, investment banks and private equity firms, commercial banks and other commercial lenders. In addition, was responsible for investment underwriting including; selection and analysis, and transaction pricing.

Leo moved on to Fleet Bank and Antecedents (1982-2001) where he held many positions as VP; Relationship Manager – Financial Institutions, evaluating, grading and reporting portfolio risks to Credit Administration. Analyzed economic / industry trends to ascertain short and long term implications.

Leo also was a credit officer with NBD Corporation from 1979-1982 where he managed and conducted analysis of commercial loan portfolios.

He was also a Branch Manager with Citibank from 1973-1979, where he actively managed two branches and responsible for consumer financial services, and retail products designed for small businesses, and training of all branch personnel.

Leo graduated from University of Detroit – MS - Economics and University of Bridgeport – BS.

Leo is well equipped to mentor SCORE clients whether thery are just starting a business or looking to grow an existing one.

Greg Poff

Greg has been a Score volunteer since October, 2015, a nationally `Certified Mentor' since January 2016 and currently, serving on the Chapter’s Education Team.

Greg had a 26 year career in the corporate manufacturing business with management responsibility for such areas as business planning, customer service, production planning, information technology, sales strategy, and business improvement. He also has Retail Management experience in the wine business and 4 years of small business consulting, including ownership of CTS Business Advisors, LLC.

Greg’s Areas of Expertise are:  Business Strategy, Process Improvement, Financial Analysis, Organizational Design, Attracting Customers, Pricing Products/Services, Business Measurements, Profit Blueprints, Cash Flow Forecasting & Improvement, and Project Management.

Education: B.S. Industrial Management from the University of Cincinnati; MBA from the University of Houston.


Richard Posner

Rich has been a Grand Strand SCORE volunteer since June 2017, and a Nationally `Certified Mentor' since August 2017. 

Rich was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, then retired to the Myrtle Beach area 3 years ago, after having spent some 40 years in New Jersey. During those 40 years in New Jersey, 25 were spent in the automotive and wholesale tire industry. He was co-owner in a tire distributorship that specialized in selling tires to retail tire outlets, car dealerships, gas stations, and other consumer driven outlets.

The last 15 years of his career were spent at the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired. He was a member of the Business Enterprise Program. His responsibilities in this role included recruiting, training, and supervising legally blind individuals to open and operate their own food service and vending businesses in Federal and other governmental facilities. In addition, he served as the Small Business Evaluator for blind individuals that wanted to start up types of businesses other than those in the above mentioned Federal Program.

His hands on experience includes everything from starting up small businesses at inception, purchasing, warehousing, sales, delivery…to evaluating business plans, maintaining standards for profitability, customer service….virtually everything associated with starting and operating a small business successfully.

Rich is looking forward to working with enterprising entrepreneurs in the Myrtle Beach metropolitan area.

Arthur E Simpson, Jr.

Art has been a SCORE volunteer since November 2011, and a nationally `Certified Mentor' since January 2012. 

Founder and continues to run his small manufacturing services business since 2004.  Business has grown to $9 million dollars in revenue and very successful in profitability.  As a 'certified mentor' at SCORE Art continues to advise clients in the Grand Strand from startups to existing companies with a variety of operational issues.

Academically, 15 years as an Adjunct Professor for several colleges.  Subject matter expertise: small business development, marketing, finance, business planning and operations.  Educational background:  BS & MS in Engineering (Purdue University) plus Masters in Business (Penn State). 

Registered Professional Engineer since 1973.  Demonstrated success in inventory management, P & L and Balance Sheet management, product and process development, quality, and general management.  Key focus towards growing value in all revenue levels of companies

Dr. Nicholas Twigg

Dr. Twigg has been a Grand Strand SCORE volunteer since January 5, 2011. He is a nationally `Certified Mentor' with SCORE and teaches at SCORE's Library Series Workshop on "How To Really Start A Business."

Dr. Twigg is an associate professor and the William J. Baxley, Jr. Applied Business Professor at the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration at Coastal Carolina University. He received his Doctorate (DBA) from Louisiana Tech University in 2004. Prior to working at Coastal, Dr. Twigg delivered undergraduate and graduate courses in leadership, organizational behavior, operations management, and other business related courses at various Higher Education Institutions in Louisiana and Texas.  Dr. Twigg has worked as a Quality Manager at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley. Twigg spent 22 years in the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power Program rising to the rank of Master Chief Electronics Technician, Surface Warfare qualified (ETCMSW). Master Chief Twigg was responsible for directing a 5 week course in Career programs for career specialists with the Commander of Fighter Wing One in Oceana, Virginia. His main areas of specialization are leadership, organizational behavior, and entrepreneurship. He is the vice chairman of Create!Conway a nonprofit, 501c3, civic organization, and is on the Board of Directors for the Regional Transit Authority for the southeast coast region of the U.S.