Meet Our Mentors

The volunteers of Greater Chico Area SCORE have rich and varied business backgrounds. Counselors share their business expertise and knowledge in all aspects of small business. In addition, all counselors have specific areas of expertise, which are listed below:

 

Alicia Anderson - Chico

Experience/Skills:

I have been a Californian since 1972.  After college at Boston University, I moved to the Bay Area and began a career in commercial real estate and stayed with the field in various positions for the rest of my career.   It started with hands on experience (property management) and moved into various areas of commercial real estate finance, including insurance, packaging commercial loans for the secondary market, direct loan sales, negotiating legal documentation of construction and tax credit financing, managing loan portfolios and finally managing troubled loans for various lenders.   Over my career I worked for companies such as Consolidated Capital, Wells Fargo Bank, GMAC and Atherton Capital (a lender to the franchise industry) and Bank of the West. In 2009, I moved to Chico for Butte Community Bank but quickly moved to Tri Counties Bank. While with Tri Counties my focus was entirely on trying to resolve small business loans with and without real estate collateral. I retired from Tri Counties in August 2018. 

To understand where a business has gone wrong, you have to understand what it does right as well.  I became familiar with aspects of various industries and specialties, including construction and construction trades, health care, retail, marketing, franchises, small agriculture, hospitality and restaurants, service providers and more.  It has been a genuine pleasure over the years to help businesses identify and, usually, resolve problems and watch them become successful.

 

 

 

 

Gary Bright - Chico

Experience:

  • Recreation & Travel
  • Restaurants & Hospitality 

Skills:

  • Business Operations
  • Business Finance & Accounting
  • Business Strategy & Planning

 

 

 

 

 

B.T. Chapman - Chico 

Experience:

  • Consulting - Research & Business Services

Skills:

  • Business Finance & Accounting
  • Business Operations
  • Business Strategy & Planning

 

 

 

 

 

Dan Irving - Chico

Experience:

  • Banking, Financial Services & Insurance
  • Health Care & Life Services
  • Marketing, Advertising & Creative Services
  • Real Estate, Rental Services & Leasing
  • Retail & Wholesale Trade

Skills:

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

 

 

 

 

 

Jackie McClain - Chico

Experience:

  • Nonprofit Public & Professional Organizations
  • Educational Services
  • Arts & Entertainment

Skills:

  • Legal Services
  • Human Resources & Internal Communications
  • Nonprofits
  • Government & Regulations

 

 

 

 

 

Todd Shelton - Chico

Experience:

  • Agriculture & Farming
  • Banking, Financial Services & Insurance
  • Construction, Industrials & Utilities
  • Government Contracting
  • Homeowner Services/Home Improvement
  • Manufacturing & Mining
  • Personal Services & Wellness
  • Recreation & Travel
  • Retail & Wholesale Trade
  • Transportation & Warehousing

Skills:

  • Business Financing & Accounting
  • Business Strategy & Planning
  • Human Resources & Internal Communications
  • Legal Services
  • Non-profit
  • Supply Chain Management.

 

 

 

 

 

David Waters - Redding

Dave Waters is one of the longest serving Mentors in the Greater Chico Area Chapter. He has extensive experience with establishing and operating a small business.

Based in Redding, Dave is always eager to help others with starting or running a small business.

Experience:

  • Manufacturing & Mining
  • Production Management

Skills:

  • Business Strategy & Planning
  • Manufacturing & Product Development
  • Business Operations

 

 

 

 

 

Blake Werner - Redding

Experience:

  • Banking and Financial Services & Insurance
  • Retail & Wholesale Trade
  • Restaurants & Hospitality
  • Agriculture & Farming
  • Consulting - Research & Business Services

Skills:

  • Business Strategy and Planning
  • Business Operations
  • Business Plans & Start-Ups
  • Business Finance & Accounting