This November 11, is not only Veterans Day in the U.S. it's the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I. In honor of this special memorial, we'd like to salute the Greater Phoenix SCORE Mentors who have served our country. 

    Meet the Greater Phoenix SCORE Veterans (in alphabetical order):

    John Buchholz - Marines

    As a Corporal (E-4), John served for 2 years and 8 months in the Far East. 

    "Way back when all able-bodied American males were required to serve their country, I joined the Marines."

    Mike Delveccio - Air Force

    Mike spent 4 years in the Air Force ending with a rank of Sargent and he spent a year in Viet Nam. 

    "I was in Electronics and worked on Navigational Systems on jet planes.

    "I joined the military to serve my country and have no regrets. In those days being a Vietnam vet was not looked on favorably. For me it was a good experience and taught me a lot.

    "Most memorable – 2 days after I arrived in Viet-Nam the “Tet Offensive” began.  There were rockets being launched all the over the Air Base and many people died and it was not good.

    "It was a big wake up call to being in a war zone."

    Steve Engelhardt - Army

    Steve Englehardt"I decided it was time to grow up find a direction so I dropped out of college to join the Army. 

    "Immediately upon my enlistment I was selected, based on my test scores to be a part of the Army Security Agency which was one of the three military branches that worked for the National Security Agency. I was heavily involved in highly classified electronic intelligence and electronic warfare. 

    "I proudly served 1965-1969 as Staff Sgt E6, and served at 6 Western Germany Electronic Intercept sites and one year in Texas working domestic intelligence (and yes it was against the law for the Army to do that). 

    My security clearance was above Presidential Top Secret." 

    As a SCORE Mentor, Steve specializes in sales and marketing, but has a varied resume. He mentors in the East Valley - Tempe & Chandler. Learn more about Steve. Steve also is one of the instructors at the ABCs of Starting a Business class. This class is free. Click here for the calendar of events.

    Tom FitzSimons - Army, Medical Service Corps

    Tom FitzSimons Tom served in the office of U.S. Surgeon General, Washington, D.C., as ADPS Plans and Operations Officer, during the Vietnam war. He served for 3 years and finished with the rank of Captain. 

    Tom joined Greater Phoenix SCORE in 2000, and his specialities are IT, marketing, computer software, sales and management. He mentors at the Phoenix main office. 

    Learn more about Tom.

    Jay Gladney - Air Force

    Jay retired after 23 years in the Air Force as a Mustang Major. He served in assignments in Germany, SAC Hq, Korea, and retired from the Pentagon; Intelligence NCO and Officer; Academy Professor.

    "I had always been fascinated by the military and enlisted as a path out of an ordinary life in St. Louis, Missouri. I had an outstanding career that took me to places and on a career path I would never have imagined as an 18 year old."

    Jay is the immediate, past president of the Greater Phoenix SCORE chapter and his specialites are:

    • Business Strategy & Planning
    • Government & Regulations
    • Intellectual Property
    • Business Operations
    • Technology & IT Services
    • Sales, Marketing & Public Relations

    Learn more about Jay. 

    Kirk Hawkins - Army Reserves

    "I was a cook/dietician in the the 6251st, MASH Unit. My final rank was Specialist 4th class. In 1975, I was named soldier of he year for my unit. I was in the 1st draft lottery in January 1970, received a low number, and joined the Reserves 2/months before I graduated from ASU."

    Patrick Ingram - Marines and Active Army & Reserves

    As a 19-year-old, Patrick join the Marines at the begining of the Viet Nam war. He was stationed in Yuma, AZ. After his 2-year stint, afer college, he enlisted in the Army. He was a Platoon leader and division training officer. He served during the Korean Conflict in Panama. He helped mobilize troops and get them ready for Desert Storm. 

    He retired after 18 years with the rank of Major. 

    Patrick's specialities include: 

    • Business Finance & Accounting
    • Business Strategy & Planning
    • Business Operations
    • Sales, Marketing & Public Relations

    Learn more about Patrick

    Jim Lindstrom - Army

    Jim served for 3 years between 1966-69, in Pleiku, South Vietnam, Fort Campbell KY and Fort Riley KS.

    I was initially drafted, but on the advice of my Dad, I enlisted to avoid going to Vietnam. I picked Finance thinking no one needed to be paid in a war zone. 12 weeks later, I landed in Vietnam and was then assigned as war news correspondent because I had a news reporting background. So not only did I not avoid the Vietnam war, I experienced combat action as well. Oh well! 

    Jim's been a SCORE mentor since 2010 and specializes in: 

    • Business and Technology Strategy and Effectiveness
    • Global Business Operations
    • Organization design, structure and leadership
    • Supply Chain Management
    • Product Design
    • Process and Technology Integration and Management
    • Business Startup  

     Learn more about Jim.

    David McClean - Army

    David retired from the Army after 30 years with the rank of Colonel. He served in:

    • Ft Eustis VA – Director Leadership Branch, Leadership Instructor
    • Ft Campbell, Ky – Division Movements Officer
    • Ft Bragg, NC – Director Airlift Branch
    • Ft Bragg, NC – Aviation, Medical Evacuation 
    • Yongsan, Korea – Chief, Strategic Planning Branch
    • Ft Eustis, VA – Commander and Operations Office
    • Yokota, Japan – Secretary of the Joint Staff
    • Fulda Germany – Commander
    • Concord, CA - Commander 
    • Stuttgart, Germany – Director, Joint Movements Center
    • Kuwait – Operation Iraqi Freedom
    • Iraq – Desert Storm
    • Iraq – Operation Enduring Freedom
    • Saudi Arabia – Operation Northern Watch
    • Haiti – Operation Uphold Democracy
    • Washington DC – Director Strategy
    •  Scott AFB – Director Strategy, Plans and Policy

    "I joined with a desire to be an aviator. There are far too many memorable moments. But I worked directly for 11 Flag Officers (Generals and Admirals) from whom I learned far more than I needed to know."

    He presents one of the SCORE Workshops on Federal Government Contracting. Click here for the full Calendar.

    His areas of expertise are: 

    • Business Finance & Accounting
    • Business Strategy & Planning
    • Government & Regulations
    • Supply Chain Management
    • Business Operations
    • Human Resources & Internal Communications

    Learn more about David

    Bill Morgan - Army

    Bill served in the United States Army from 1966 through 1969; Graduate: Infantry Officer Candidate School, Fort Benning, Georgia; First Lieutenant, Republic of South Vietnam (1968-1969); Awarded:  Various medals including the Bronze Star and the Air Medal.

    Bill's Areas of Expertise: 

    • Business Finance & Accounting
    • Business Strategy & Planning
    • Legal Services
    • Non-Profit
    • Business Operations

    Learn more about Bill

    Jim Newman - Army

    Jim participated in the ROTC program while studying engineering at the University of Vermont and joined the US Regular Army as a career officer in the Armored Branch. He served in the 92d Engineer Battalion (Construction) in Ft Bragg, NC that was scheduled to deploy to Vietnam where he became a company commander. They built permanent roads, bridges, airfields, ports, electric distribution lines, buildings, etc. 

    "Fortunately, we saw little combat, but during the TET battle we did reorganize two engineer companies into infantry and i led them in a counter attack. Sadly, I lost two outstanding soldiers; something that bothers me to this day.

    Running a construction organization with 200 – 800 people was fantastic and satisfying. I loved it so much I permanently transferred to the Engineer Branch.

    Leaving the military after 6 years was the hardest decision in my life for I loved it.  I left as a senior captain and on the majors’ promotion list."

    Jim's Areas of Expertise:

    • Business Strategy & Planning
    • Intellectual Property
    • Manufacturing & Product Development
    • Supply Chain Management
    • Business Operations
    • Sales, Marketing & Public Relations

     Learn more about Jim

    Jerry Rice - Army, artillery

    Jerry served for 2 years at Ft Lewis, Tacoma, Washington. 

    Met my future wife and friends I will never forget; adventures in Seattle and Puget Sound; Mount Rainier; top of the Space Needle; railroad trip to San Francisco and Los Angeles; skiing at Snoqualmie Falls; boat trip Victoria BC; party and salmon cookout on Bainbridge Island; trip to Copalis seashore; participating in Dingy Derby from Lake Union to the Sound; pizza and singing in Olympia; trips to Yakima; playing and singing folk songs; riding our Honda 50; dancing at the Evergreen Ballroom.

    Roger Robinson, Ph.D. - Navy

    Roger enlisted in 1944 and was given the opportunity to serve in V-12 program at Harvard.  He served 1.4 yrs active duty and 3 years Naval Reserve where he's inactive with a rank of AZ USNR. 

    Roger was a SCORE mentor for over 18 years. His specialties included non-profits, business planning, specifically in restaurants and hospitality, recreational and arts and entertainment verticals. 

    Roger presented regularly Greater Phoenix SCORE workshops on non-profits and the ABCs of Starting a Business. He's also written several blog articles on starting a restaurant. 

    It is with a sad heart that we post the news of Roger's passing today, March 15, 2019. He will be missed. 

    Stuart Turgel - Army

    Stuart served in the U.S. Army from 1968-1971. 

    Stu was a Specialist 5th Class (E-5). After being trained at the Department of Defense Information School as both a print and broadcast journalist, he was assigned to Johnston Island in the Pacific where he was the News Director for the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service.

    He was a radio and television newscaster. 

    "When I returned to the states I was the public information officer at the 47th General Hospital (M.A.S.H.) assigned to Fitzsimons General Hospital in Denver. My most memorable moment was reporting on the splashdown and recovery of Apollo 11, the first manned mission to the Moon. I was on the tarmac as President Nixon landed on Johnston Island to be ferried by helicopter to the USS Hornet to welcome the Apolo 11 astronauts (Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins) back to earth.

    "I enlisted in the Army as a demonstration of my commitment to public service which was inspired by the innaugural speech of John F, Kennedy: 'Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country'."

    Stuart's Areas of Expertise:

    • Branding
    • Communications
    • Direct mail
    • Environmental scans & market assessment
    • Marketing
    • Promotional/marketing materials
    • Public relations
    • Writing & editing

    Learn more about Stu here. 


    It has been such a pleasure and an honor to compile this salute to the Greater Phoenix SCORE mentors who are also veterans. 

    Why you want a Veteran on your team1

    • Veterans come from a previous culture built for mission accomplishment in mind.
    • Veterans have ingrained leadership talents
    • Veterans take their responsibilities seriously
    • Intuition is a skill, and the military teaches it
    • Military people will openly tell you when something is wrong
    • Military people will get the job done
    • When given the necessary support, veterans are extremely capable
    • Veterans are independent
    • Military personnel know the meaning of hard work


    November 5-10 is National Veterans Small Business Week. The SBA and VA are celebrating...

    Did you know a military veteran owns 1 in 10 small businesses in America?

    In total, that comes to 2.5 million small businesses across the country. That’s 5 million jobs in the U.S. and more than $1 trillion in sales every year.  Read more...


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    About the Author(s)

     Giselle  Aguiar

    Giselle Aguiar, founder of AZ Social Media Wiz is a social media, content and digital marketing consultant and trainer. She specializes in market research, strategic planning, social media and marketing automation setups, training and coaching.

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    A Salute to the Greater Phoenix SCORE Mentors who are Veterans