We have assembled a very diverse team of Subscribers offering extraordinary expertise in most areas of business to include financial analysis and structuring for businesses. Whether needing help with a start-up or a mature business venture, or in the area of development and/or implementation of human capital strategies that achieve business objectives . . .

This Professional Team Can Help . . .
Will Spence

Spence, CEO of Spence Associates Inc (S&A) has 40 years of experience working with a broad range of businesses. Previously with the Winston-Salem based Wachovia Bank for 35 years and retiring as the CEO of North and South Carolina Banking with extensive experience in retail, commercial banking, trust and consumer retail investments. Duties involved working with a very large sales force, management at all levels and very frequent interaction with customers.

Whether your business is new or has been in business for many years there may come a time when you will require the services from outside sources. Help is often needed with strategic planning and with all stages of a business ranging from start-ups, growth, maturity and helping troubled businesses to succeed again.

S&A is founded on the principles of helping clients with structural issue recommendations that will return businesses to sustainable soundness, increased profits and growth. Additionally, through our very diverse group of professionals we can offer new ways to improve your business with many new services and technologies. Every professional on this Site will be required to maintain the highest standard of integrity, professionalism and good business practices.

Spence is a graduate of North Carolina State University, the Executive Program at the University of NC at Chapel Hill, the Carolina School of Banking at UNC, the Senior Management Development Program at Duke University and the Darden Partnership Program at UVA and is an Army veteran.

Cell: 904-894-1556

E-Mail: Will@SpenceAssociatesInc.com

John Collier

John Collier has spent the last 35 years consulting in a broad range of markets building manufacturing, sales, marketing and sourcing worldwide. He has formed partnerships between US and International companies to improve their manufacturing while building their marketing and sales for their product globally. His consulting strengths in building manufacturing facilities, including staff management, development and expansion of product line, creating marketing strategy and establishing the sales force has been instrumental in his clients’ success.

Traveling throughout the world sourcing products and services in multiple markets, John has established relationships that serve him well today. His improvement and expansion of importing and exporting in a variety of products and services has enabled companies to remain competitive in the world economy.

Over the past 10 years, while amassing a long list of new and innovative technologies, his expertise has helped advance many innovative technologies to market.

John graduated from North Carolina State University with a BS in Engineering and has continued his education through self-growth, management, business and technology courses throughout the US and internationally and continues to expand his knowledge base at every opportunity. He is a Veteran and proud to have served.

Cell: 704-451-0903

E-Mail: jecollier15@bellsouth.net

Glenn Craig

Glenn Craig, President of Triangle Facilities Engineering, P.A. (TFE) has 34 years of development, consulting engineering, construction and management experience working with a broad range of development, design and construction businesses. He has owned these businesses and has consulted with many other businesses across the country from small businesses, to large business to the government. His team of professionals have a history of building businesses and consulting for others but are now focusing on what they enjoy.

He has extensive experience managing and leading teams with a strong track record of developing cohesive teams with common visions and goals while developing and growing new service lines, markets and offices. Craig managed engineering teams ranging from 10 to 93 people, and ranging from one to multiple office locations handling all personnel issues including staffing, employee training, employee development, quality assurance/quality control, auditing, marketing, execution and scheduling.

Triangle Facilities Engineering is an employee owned team of diversified, knowledgeable and quality-oriented engineers, architects and planners that offer our clients a broad spectrum of services. Our dedicated team includes design professionals include Civil Engineers, Site Civil Engineers, Construction Managers, Mechanical Engineers, Electrical Engineers, and Commissioning Engineers. Our professionals practice is in the areas of civil, structural, environmental, transportation, water resources engineering, geotechnical, environmental, surveying and construction inspection and testing services. We offer a wide range of services to commercial, industrial, municipal, state, government, military, and utility clients.

Bill Austin

Bill has developed over the last 40 years extensive knowledge and experience in a diversity of industries and to include experience running companies.

Bill began his career in banking where he spent his first 13 years after graduating from Elon University. He then became a senior advisory consultant nationally and internationally to businesses and industries in the areas of corporate strategies, structure, management, ownership, administration and risk management. Bill will thoroughly analyze your company for problems and opportunities and will offer solutions that are sustainable over time.

John Daniel

John is a sports investment banking and management consultant. Over the last 30 years, John has had a successful history of raising more than $250 million in capitol to help develop and manage sports facilities and programs. In 2017, John helped establish and oversee a $1.1 billion energy efficiency investment fund.

In 1997, John joined the PGA Tour to oversee the creation of the National First Tee Golf Program. More than $100 million was raised in the first two years to develop 100 golf facilities.

John also was three-time team coach for the United States World Junior Golf Cup team that competed and won at the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland from 1994-1996. These teams included many current PGA Tour players. In 1996, John received Golf Digest’s Best Junior Golf Program National Award.

Bradley Glaves

Mr. Glaves has 33 years of Commercial Real Estate Acquisition & Disposition, Joint Venture Facilitation & Development.

Most recently Mr. Glaves was Executive Vice President of Strategic Investments for Colliers International; one of the world’s largest and most esteemed Commercial Real Estate Services companies.

This prestigious position has gained Mr. Glaves national exposure among an elite level of Commercial Real Estate Brokers, Property & Equity Managers and Owners from across the country. Bradley has been honored as Commercial Broker of the Year in The Wall Street Journal.

During his career with Colliers Intl, Mr. Glaves worked on top tier commercial investment transactions as well as land acquisition for utility scale renewable energy projects and subsequent sale of the PPA based hard asset.

Mr. Glaves currently heads Evergreen Capital Holdings, LLC an investment company focused on Commercial Real Estate Acquisition, Joint Venture Development & Repositioning.

Bradley has a BS in Finance from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University with a focus on RE Finance. He currently holds Real Estate Licenses in multiple states. Peers say “Bradley has a Masters, by way of Experience, when it comes to transacting large real estate deals”.

Bradley lives with his Wife in North Scottsdale, Arizona and enjoys enjoy summers in the San Juan & Canadian Gulf Islands of Washington State and Canada.


Level 8 Group has a singular focus – to design/build or modify/upgrade mission critical facilities to handle data now and into the future. This differentiates Level 8 Group from other facility partners with niche expertise in the high technology environments of:
  • Data centers/computer rooms/mission critical facilities/colocation
  • Consulting, planning, design, construction and commissioning
  • IT project management
  • Control room design & implementation
  • Large screen technology
  • Colocation facilities
  • Network operations centers (NOC)
  • Telecommunications centers
We have been integrating the best practices of technological advancements, space and energy efficiencies into data centers for over 20 years. And our sole focus is data centers -- not building universities or convention centers.

The cohesion of optimal uninterrupted power, 24/7 reliable operations and data security are critical in today’s exploding data environments. As a design/build firm our passion, technical capabilities and decades of experience has delivered millions of square feet of sustainable technology white space for clients. And our design/build process can save clients over 20% with single source management.

Our experts bring this experience together from projects all over North and South America to provide the facility planning, architectural design, construction, cooling advancements, redundancy design knowledge and cost control practices that support our client’s business goals.

Now more than ever, IT and facility executives rely on Level 8 Group single-source management to deliver state-of-the-art, mission critical space for business advancement.

Clients have cited Level 8 Group for our:
  • Up-to-date knowledge of industry trends and advancements
  • Accessibility and project management expertise from end to end
  • Lead-time procurement process that enhances client cost savings and on-time delivery
Gary Lowery

Highly accomplished Senior Executive and Orthopedic Spine Surgeon with more than 30 years experience developing new spinal and orthopedic technologies. Demonstrated record of organizational and leadership success, including company creation and cutting edge new product development. Strategic minded, results-oriented, noted for building enduring relationships with internal and external constituencies through open communication and consensus building. A proven industry leader, frequently presenting to industry groups, investment firms, and major technology firms. Twenty years as a practicing Spinal Surgeon prior to 10 years as EVP Strategic Development in the Biotechnology Sector. In addition Gary has a Dual PhD (Pharmacology & Nutrition) increasing the depth and breadth of knowledge in many aspects of Clinical Medicine as well as basic science and clinical research.

Hector McEachern
  • Forty plus year career in the field of Human Resources Management and Leadership
  • Demonstrated ability to select, develop, and implement human capital strategies that achieve business objectives
  • Proven leader with commitment to excellence through executive coaching, leadership consulting, diversity and inclusiveness, training and inspirational speaking and HR Consulting
Hector has over forty years experience in management of human resources for diverse workforces for Wachovia Corporation and Texfi Industries. His emphases include executive coaching, diversity coaching and training, motivational speaking and cultural assessments.

Selected accomplishments include:
  • Provided vision and leadership to six operating committee members during the Wachovia/First Union, SouthTrust, Golden West and A.G. Edwards mergers and beyond.
  • Served as Chief Diversity Officer for the development and growth of the Wachovia Diversity practice.
  • Directed the creation of Diversity Leadership Teams throughout legacy Wachovia sites.
  • Directed and provided oversight to HR Business Partner leaders across corporate and staff businesses.
  • Provided vision and leadership to senior leaders during the Wachovia/First Atlanta; Wachovia/South Carolina National; Wachovia/Central Fidelity and Wachovia/First Jefferson mergers.
  • Directed and provided oversight for succession planning and talent development for key businesses for Wachovia.
Hector earned his B.S. in English from Fayetteville State University. He has also completed The Darden Partnership Program at the University of Virginia and the Wachovia Senior Management Development Program at The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Marc Nehamekn

Mr. Nehamkin has over 35 years in international business development and technology ventures. He founded ITC International (ITC Global Group) in 1984 to provide global expertise to companies from startups to Fortune 1000 international firms. His focus is on technology commercialization, strategic market entry, licensing, joint ventures, and related services. He has worked on projects spanning many industries including clean-tech and energy generation/efficiency technologies; semiconductors and new materials; photonics, computers and software; bio/medical and environmental; automotive, industrial automation, and many others.

In 1983 Mr. Nehamkin founded and served as the Chairman of the Northern California Venture Capital Association, the world’s first venture capital network organization which he chaired until 2000. He has been a guest lecturer of the Chinese and Taiwanese governments on technology and investments and at a various universities on venture capital and international business including The United Nations Industrial Development Organization.

Mr. Nehamkin served as a director and officer of US, Israeli, and Chinese companies some which he helped transition to the US and into the public markets.

BS, MBA, UC Berkeley

Bob Norris

Dr William R. (Bob) Norris is an innovator with over 18 years of senior executive experience in high tech businesses as both an intrapreneur and a serial entrepreneur. As an intrapreneur, his focus was on the introduction of robotics products in a Fortune 500 OEM. As a Chief Executive Officer, Bob has successfully started three businesses based on technologies he developed in robotics, mechatronics, machine learning and green technologies. He holds nine U.S. patents. Bob has Bachelors of Science, Masters of Science and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and holds a Masters in Business Administration from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in Durham, NC. He served with the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division managing a paratrooper unit on no notice deployment status, and is a veteran of the Desert Shield and Desert Storm campaigns.

Dr Bob Norris' expertise is in building businesses in high-tech industries. With more than 18 years of “hands-on” business development, marketing, and program management experience, he is well qualified to introduce high tech products into new market segments.

If you are challenged to execute high-tech marketing and business strategies, develop high-risk technical product offerings, and.or direct the activities of interdisciplinary technical and business personnel, consider the following aspects of Bob’s background:
  • Large-scale program management experience including directing multiple concurrent programs consisting of numerous projects.
  • Led in the creation of the first large-scale, manufactured robotic ground vehicle from concept through running the business within 5 yrs in a fortune 100 company.
  • World-class expertise in robotics, mechatronics, machine learning, expert systems, system engineering, virtual reality, and control systems.
  • A top ten business school MBA with demonstrated experience in industry with high tech marketing, business development and in the development of high tech business strategies.
Rick Rogers

Rick has 40 years of experience in commercial printing and is the owner of Neuse River Printing and Graphics. Services include graphic design and prepress, offset and digital printing, die cutting and numbering, bindery, mailing, fulfillment and large format printing. Secure warehousing is offered which allows clients to take advantage of quality pricing without storage problems. We operate a full service company to include banners, indoor and outdoor signs, event signage, vinyl graphics and lettering, displays, large prints, trade show material, vehicle lettering and magnets, full vehicle wraps, pop up banners, backlit displays and signs, custom signage, life-size cut outs, wall graphics, windscreens and window lettering. Supplies can be ordered when needed and will be shipped immediately to anywhere in the world.

Richard Topping

Richard Topping has spent the last 25 years as an owner’s representative and principal consultant in the Commercial Construction Industry. For the past 15 years Richard has focused on the Data Center/Critical Facility’s sector becoming an Accredited Tier Specialist with the Up Time Institute. He is an expert at Design Build ground up construction project management focused on critical facilities, including Data Centers, Hospitals, Office, Retail, and Back Office development.

Richard has spent the past seven years attending numerous technology conferences to explore new technology in the Green, energy efficient, and sustainable sectors to stay well informed of the new technologies entering the market today.

He achieved the following industry certifications:
  • RPA (Real Property Administrator)
  • FMA (Facilities Management Administrator)
  • IFMA (International Facility Manager Association) Vice President of the Phoenix Chapter 1998
Richard is a Veteran of the US ARMY and held a Top Secret Security Clearance with SCI Access (Secure Compartment Intelligence) and is a very proud Veteran.

Sharyl Lin Bancroft

Sharyl Lin Bancroft is very experienced in business development and networking. She founded her first company, a modeling agency, while she was attending ASU. She also worked in commercial Real Estate in Arizona until she moved to Northern California in 1976 where she founded a marketing, sales and training company to assist the auto dealerships in business development, sales training, and “more profit” while focusing on increasing “the Customer Satisfaction Index rating”. She helped several of the companies that she represented develop their product lines, and opened national & international accounts. She also believes in giving back and worked with the team that developed the “Until There’s A Cure Foundation” and their AIDS bracelet which has raised considerable money for the care and suffering of Aids patients, for education in the schools about preventing Aids, and money for the development of a vaccine.

She moved back to Arizona in 1997 but continued to run her business in the bay area by commuting every other week. She has continued to develop a great network, in Arizona, Silicon Valley, and worldwide. In 2005 she was one of the founders of ENDEXX, a publically traded technology company, and was instrumental in their business development. In 2009 she founded Green Data Solutions and is their CEO. She holds her Arizona Real Estate License and her insurance license and offers consulting on business development, woman owned businesses, networking, sales and training strategies. She also can help guide your purchases in energy efficient data equipment, or secure managed services in or out of the private or public cloud.

Sean Maher

Sean is President of Total Green Technologies, which deals with using microbes to clean hydrocarbon contamination in soil and water without removing material off site; therefore very cost effective. With our Neptune technology, we convert organic waste generated by the food industry into grey water on site in restaurants or large applications like landfills, we convert FOGs to grey water and greatly reduce BOD and TSS and we have the ability to clean any organic matter in an environmentally friendly and cost effective way manner.

Sean also specializes in wastewater treatments both fixed and mobile units using environmentally friendly technology. We have the rights to LED lights produced by an American Company all energy stars rated, very competitively priced, and the ability to deliver large quantities in 8 to 10 days anywhere in the world.

My background is in pharmacy, development and construction as I have over 30 years of experience in building energy efficient homes and commercial buildings in Europe.

Lawrence Schaen

Larry, a senior merchandising executive has extensive experience in the retail Industry, both domestic and overseas.

Initial Introduction was as a Trainee at R.H. Macy's Corporation, New York City, New York. Ensued was a 10-year period that focused on all phases to merchandising and administrative responsibilities. Each step up the ladder broadened my perspective of the retail business.

To broaden my knowledge of various retail operations, I accepted the position of Senior Vice President of Merchandising for McCrory Stores (a nationwide chain of variety stores), and Mangel Stores (a ladies specialty chain) for runs of approximately five years each.

The Vornado Corporation (NYSE), with retail and apparel manufacturing properties, primarily in the northeast, offered me a seat on the Board of Directors and the position of Executive Vice President of the Corporation. This was an outstanding business opportunity for me; I was able to utilize my background and knowledge for the success that I was able to achieve in this position for 10 years.

During this period of time, I had the opportunity to teach at the Fashion Institute of Technology, (evening school), (New York State University) Courses: Retailing and Fashion Merchandising. This experience was more rewarding for me than for my students.

After the Vornado experience, I served for a five-year term as a consultant to the Izod Division of the Phillips Van Heusen Corporation.

I have a Bachelors Degree of Science from Syracuse University (Major: Economics).

Military Service: United States Air Force (Reserves) - First Lieutenant.

Tim Alderson

Tim has recently settled in Asheville, NC after a 28 year career as a management consultant and CFO of a number of growth companies from start-ups to major corporate divisions, usually from conception. Prior to that he was a consulting civil engineer working as a project manager on projects in the UK, Middle and Far East.

With a CEO he built two groups from concept to over $150m turnover through a public listing in 4-5 years, raising equity and debt finance for the 12 acquisitions. During this period he reviewed dozens of companies and successfully acquired all 12 targets, all of which beat their plan targets in the first two years, except one for one year. Tim was responsible for the legal and financial due diligence and most of the contract negotiation. Tim was also responsible for the growth of Thames water into contracting and products and services post-privatization making numerous acquisitions before becoming CFO of the products and services division and doubling the profit of the division. The division had companies in the USA, UK, Holland, S Africa, and closed operations in Egypt, and Australia.

In addition Tim was as a management consultant for KPMG on a number of European projects and also for Strategic Planning Associates covering a number of industries and issues.

Tim is an honor graduate of Oxford University, and London/Wharton Business Schools and has attended a number of senior management programs, and enjoys sailing small boats.

David M. Moard

David Moard is a senior executive with domestic and international experience in business development, marketing, finance, administration and business execution commercializing technologies in the energy field from start-ups to “Fortune 500” companies for over 35 years. Mr. Moard is currently the CEO and founding Chairman of PowerHouse Energy. The company performs all aspects of the technical, market and financial plans and implementation for cogeneration and renewable energy projects in distributed generation.

The company manufactures and sells the equipment as well as owning and operating the equipment under long term contracts with customers selling the electricity and heat. David regularly assists and coordinates the commercialization of emerging distributed generation equipment with other companies having managed over 400 power generation plants. He has worked with politicians and government authorities to establish policies and procedures that jump-started acceptance and market penetration leading to $50million/year sales. He has founded two companies one being purchased by a Fortune 500 company and he led the other company through an IPO listing on the London Stock Exchange in 2011.

David has been responsible for establishing energy utility subsidiaries for profitable technology and markets, e.g. multi-hundred million-dollar businesses today in stationary co-generation and alternative powered vehicles. To accompany the international expansion of business he coordinated strategic alliances and partnerships with companies in the United States, Europe and Asia of $150 million of investment to distribution and packager agreements. He is familiar and works with US Trade Development Agency and US Export-Import Ban.

David and his team with similar experience regularly assist and partner with companies to enhance their energy and business services that include manufacturing, general contracting, engineering, permits and project development.

Ron D. Young

Ron D. Young founder of JARDY Group, has over thirty years’ experience of applying building science techniques pertaining to the causes of hazardous structural environmental elements, infectious bacteria sampling, & remediation recommendations. Ron currently holds specialized state and national environmental certifications and is the principal consultant for indoor environmental issues serving national homebuilders, industrial companies and insurance companies. Ron views himself as a “trusted advisor” to his clients, ensuring all factual data is properly documented and confidentially disclosed for them to review.

His bio…well…is a story, evolved and mentored from life experiences whether planned or not. It all started on a farm in central Missouri. It was there that he learned about what we now identify as natural laws, which were taught quite effectively, we might add. These laws and the affect on our surroundings, depending on whether in enclosed structures or not, along with the core value of hard work and mentoring from his grandpa, was the unaware beginning of his journey… in applying building science.

At the age of 17, he volunteered to become a member of the smallest elite fighting force in the world, The United States Marine Corps. Here, as part of his evolution, he obtained the values of discipline, patience, adaptation, improvising and overcoming obstacles. Ron learned to truly think for himself. After obtaining these mentored values from the Corps, along with wisdom, knowledge, and experience of worldly travels around this globe, Ron was honorably discharged.

Using the GI bill, Ron obtained a formal education in college. This part of his evolution produced honed his communication skills and wetted his appetite with the approach to learned disciplines that never truly ceases in ones career of choice. Upon graduating another segment of evolution, Ron met a gentleman who quickly became his mentor. He introduced an entrepreneurial opportunity that resulted in Ron's passions today… applying natural laws disciplines, adapting to the indoor environmental conditions, overcoming the obstacles of “sick buildings” for safe-­‐healthy occupancy of structures, and “Applying Building Science.”

From chasing storms that encompassed damages to structures from not only water, but, also fire and wind across this country, Ron actively performed and still does restoration on single-­‐family units, commercial facilities with millions of sq. ft. to the towers on the coastal areas. This has become an evolving experience again with natural laws and their affects on structures. Now coupled life experiences with “boots on the ground” experience of what works and doesn’t, add to this, seeing many others attempts of amelioration of these buildings, Ron now approaches with his business partner Bob Lesko “field testing” of building components, any hypothesis of restoration, abatement, and mitigation with an in-­‐depth understanding and integrity that can not be compared too…in “Applying Building Science” as a life-­‐long student. Formalization to CV’s… make a request here from this website…

Chuck Bryant

Chuck Bryant has 34 years of experience in commercial banking with a concentration in; credit underwriting, credit policy, credit administration and small business, commercial and real estate lending. He served in credit leadership roles as Senior Vice President with two premiere banks; 21 years with Wachovia Bank and 4 years with South Carolina Bank and Trust. Additionally, he was the Senior Credit Officer for a start-up special purpose bank in Raleigh, NC. Chuck has also consulted in the areas of lending and credit underwriting with approximately 40 banks throughout the southeast United States.

Chuck is a graduate of Appalachian State University with Bachelors degree in Business Administration and completed Executive Leadership programs at both The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and Duke University. He resides in Cary, NC.

Richard Robinson

Richard has a deep love of foods and possesses a thorough understanding of the food industry from farm to fork. After spending eight years in the US Air Force, Richard went back to school and earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing in 1999. Since then he has been passionately developing and marketing healthy foods both as finished retail products and ingredients for foodservice.

Richard has played instrumental roles in the opening of production facilities in Ecuador and Peru as well three in the US to produce specialty packaged fresh, frozen, dehydrated and fresh-cut produce. He has created dozens of products and programs for many of the top retailers, foodservice operators and industrial users in the US and Canada in use today.
  • Excellent leader, team builder, teacher and mentor
  • Multichannel sales and marketing expert
  • Product development and launch virtuoso
  • Proven negotiator with strong selling and listening skills
  • Creative problem solver; able to turn issues into opportunities
  • Fresh-cut, specialty, frozen and dehydrated produce innovator with emphasis on organics
  • Import, export and logistics adept

Lawrence Schaen
Lt. General Lawrence P. Farrell Jr, USAF (Ret.)

Larry Farrell served 33 years in the US Air Force and has followed that career with 16 years in business and association management.

His Air Force service encompassed duties from combat fighter pilot and Commander to system management, acquisition management, planning, budgeting and strategy. He served 23 years in fighter operations at several levels of command. After that he served as System Manager for the F-4 and F-16 weapons systems worldwide, as Planner/Programmer for US Air Forces in Europe, as Air Force Programmer, as Deputy in the Defense Logistics Agency, and as Vice Commander in the Air Force Systems Command. His last assignment was as Deputy to the Air Force Chief for Planning and assembling the $100B plus Air Force Program.

Following government service, Larry entered the business world. During this time, he led the National Defense Industrial Association as President & CEO. His 13 years as President witnessed major growth in assets, revenues and membership. During the same time, he served on numerous Boards and study committees. His board service extended to defense companies as well as the commercial medical space. His roles encompassed the positions of Board Chair, Audit chair, Governance Chair, Compensation Committee and Independent Director.

Larry also participated in numerous studies as both member and as chair. He chaired two acquisition reform studies for the Secretary of the Air Force and participated in numerous studies at the Center for Naval Analysis on climate, energy security and Afghanistan.

Larry graduated from the Air Force Academy with a BS in Engineering Science. He has an MBA from Auburn University and has attended the National War College, the Kennedy School for Executives in National Security, the Kellogg School for Corporate Governance and Executive Training at Texas A&M.

He presently serves on several non-profit and charitable boards.


Lawrence Schaen
James Evanow

James Evanow is an international speaker, author, and trainer. His company, Pace Your Self Empowerment Systems provides breakthrough training in the areas of emotional intelligence, leadership and belief awareness. His flagship program, “Chart Your Course” shows corporations, organizations and individuals how to overcome unproductive patterns in leadership and communication to achieve higher productivity, thus increasing the bottom line of the company, and improving their business and personal relationships.

James is a multi-talented entrepreneurial businessman, in addition to over 20 years as a sea captain. He’s uniquely qualified to help corporations, organizations, and individuals to achieve their goals by breaking through destructive patterns. In his years of being on the sea in severe conditions, and facing life and death situations, he has evolved his style of leadership into one that allows him to remain calm, cool, and collected, even in the most adverse circumstances.

James has had diverse experience in the business world—
  • Worked in the family seafood business
  • Started an innovative clothing line, took it to market, and sold it to a major corporation
  • Forged a successful career as a real estate loan officer in Northern California and Southern Oregon
  • Started and managed a mortgage business—managed his sales team and staff
  • Operates a successful boat brokerage
  • Recently launched a video production company
As a successful entrepreneur, James understands the challenges many corporations and organizations face—especially in the areas of communication and leadership.

He specializes in teaching emotional intelligence to individuals and corporations. In his speeches and workshops James shares his life lessons from both the sea and from business. He has traveled throughout the Western United States and Canada, conducting trainings on emotional intelligence and creative leadership in over 40 cities. He is a certified Life Coach, and is certified in NLP training. He has also trained as a Personal Empowerment Coach under the Tony Robbins/CloeMadanes coaching program, “Strategic Intervention”.

His passion for helping people inspired him to write his first book, “Wisdom From the Sea,” which chronicles tales of his life and death adventures at sea in the context of leadership and development.


Michael Cable
F. Michael Cable

F. Michael Cable is a 14-time Emmy award-winning journalist and serial entrepreneur with a proven track record of high level output &achievement in various fields including:
  • Broadcast Television News
  • Network Television Development, Production & Syndication
  • Direct Response Television
  • Integrated Media Relations
  • Internet Start-ups & Community Development
  • Intellectual Property Development & Monetization
  • Consumer Product Development
  • Consumer Product Sales & Marketing
As a journalist, Michael has reported for ABC News, CBS News and Fox News. As a network television producer, Michael created, produced and hosted PBS’ Emmy award winning series, Everyday Edisons. As an entrepreneur, Michael co-founded Edison Nation, the world’s leading on-line aggregator of independently developed intellectual property.

In 20+ years in television and business, Michael has been recognized for:

Consistent Record of Extraordinary Results – Multiple Emmy award winning journalist, Emmy award winning television producer, multi-million dollar direct response television marketer, multi-million dollar intellectual property and product development expert, start-up to multi-million dollar business leader and nationally renown media relations authority.

High Value Content Generation – Demonstrated ability to visualize, craft and deploy compelling and strategic content that has helped increase television ratings, lift brands, increase top of mind awareness among targets, drive revenue growth and build businesses; connected with editors, writers, reporters and assignment editors at the nation’s top media outlets including: The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Boston Herald, Fox News, CNN, ABC News, NPR, Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine and many others.

Unparalleled Strategic Partnerships – Recognized for being able to cultivate long-term, meaningful relationships of value with large sphere of decision makers at television networks, television studios, talent agencies, Fortune 500 consumer goods companies, internet properties and brick & mortar retailers; entities such as Disney, Creative Artists Agency, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Google, PBS, P&G, Petsmart, The United States Patent & Trademark Office and others.

Senior Management Collaboration – Proven in identifying and proactively attacking opportunities to improve output and strategies by gaining the trust and respect of senior management in variety of industries including consumer product development, intellectual property development & monetization, Web 2.0 communities, mass retail, mass media, television news, network television production, distribution and syndication; worked strategically alongside senior management within Fortune 500 companies such as Amazon, Clorox, Colgate-Palmolive, Bed Bath & Beyond, General Mills, Mattel, Yahoo! and others.


Michael Cable
Bob Bleak

Bob Bleak served the US Marine Corps as a naval aviator and commissioned officer from 1975-86 and retired as a Major. He then worked as a Special Agent (GS-14) for the Department of the Treasury in the US Customs Service/Customs and Border Protection Service from 1986-2007. More recently Bob has worked for Avenge, Inc. as an aviation consultant and pilot. He has over 9000 flight hours in both fixed and rotary winged aircraft. Bob is a certified flight instructor on single engine, multi-engine, rotary aircraft, with instruments.


Stuart Fetter
Stuart Fetter

Stuart was the Executive VP Marketing for Zales Corporation before his 30th birthday. He left Zale’s to build his own chain of jewelry stores before joining two other associates in the purchase of Silverman’s Jewelry Consultants. They built the company into one of the largest retail consulting and assets recovery companies in the US in jewelry, sporting goods, clothing and other retail businesses. Stuart bought out his partners and managed the company and operations in the US and Canada until it was sold to a public company in 1999. Stuart stayed on as a consultant with the new company until 2002.

Stuart has consulted with and helped over 4500 retailers improve their business by reorganizing, downsizing, or maximizing their assets. Several notable retailers Included Sporting Goods retailers (Oshmans, Sports Town, and Herman’s) and Men’s Clothing retailers (Hart, Shaffer and Marks, Kuppenheimer, NBO and others).

Stuart also consulted with and helped other Jewelry Stores including Spitzer and Furman, Little Switzerland, Silverman’s Jeweler, Sand Manufactures of El Paso, Barry’s Jewelers, O G Wilson’s, Kay Jewelers, Sterling’s Jewelers and Catalog, Friedman Jewelers, Service Merchandise, Sterling’s Catalog Showroom, and many other Catalog Showrooms and Jewelers.

In 2007, he invested in an electric LSV car dealership and helped operate one of the top-10 Tomberlin Dealerships in the US. He sold his shares in 2008 and invested in Current Electric Vehicles a LSV dealership in Charleston until 2013.

Stuart has continued to consult for manufacturers in Peru marketing their goods to US and international markets.


Sonny Kirkwood

Sonny brings over 30 years of management experience in vast areas of human resources, government contractual services, corporate management, security systems/ integration and administrative services. Served active duty in the U.S. Navy from 1978-2000 and retired as a Command Master Chief at Naval Station Mayport Florida. Sonny joins our associates coming from The SMI Group where he served as the Company’s Compliance Officer and Administrator.


Again, we have assembled a very diverse team with extraordinary expertise in most areas of business to include financial analysis and structuring for businesses. Whether needing help with a start-up or a mature business venture, or in the area of development and/or implementation of human capital strategies that achieve business objectives. If you want more information . . . Contact Will@SpenceAssociatesInc.com.