How I can help you

I can help you start a business and assist existing businesses in: marketing & sales, general management, planning, product development, patents & licensing, and buying or selling businesses. 

I mentor anytime by email, phone and video and in-person by arrangement. I find video mentoring effective & very convenitnt. 

During my career, I led private & public mid-size, multi-site domestic and international manufacturing and construction companies.  I gained broad general management experience as a senior officer serving a variety of industries & markets.   

In marketing & sales I directed activities for proprietary and commodity products serving automotive, architectural, consumer, industrial, international and defense markets; directed product development of industrial and consumer products and opened and expanded international markets using partnerships, licensing and company owned operations.

In operations I implemented planning, continuous improvement, objective setting, quality & management systems and team development processes. I also negotiated acquisitions, divestitures, formation of Joint Ventures and expanded, moved, closed and built plants with proprietary processes and equipment.

Career summary:

  • President of 3 plastic processing companies, two owned by equity capital firms.
  • President of an international construction company owned by a large Japanese company.
  • Sr. VP of Operations and VP of Business Development for a public company making custom materials and engineered systems.
  • COO of 2 furniture companies and Division General Manager of a public furniture company.
  • Since joining SCORE in 2005, I have mentored more than 750 entrepreneurs and small business owners and was a leader of our SCORE Chapter.

Military service:  Served as Captain in the US Army, commanding armor, infantry and engineer units. A decorated Vietnam veteran.


Areas of Expertise

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

Industry Experience

  • Home or Personal Maintenance Services
  • Transportation & Warehousing
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Technical & Scientific Services
  • Professional & Business Services
  • Retail & Wholesale Trade


MBA, General Management, The Amos Tuck School, Dartmouth College

BS Management Engineering, University of Vermont

James Newman

Communication Methods

  • In Person
  • Phone
  • Video
  • Email