Solano SBDCFairfield, CA

Our Team

The Solano SBDC is staffed with experienced leaders who assist SBDC clients grow and develop their businesses.

Tim Murrill Director Solano SBDC

Tim Murrill

Director, Solano Small Business Development Center

Tim has well rounded business experience as the former Director of Global Sales at FedEx and from starting, building and selling two companies of his own.  Having been a small business owner himself, he knows how valuable the services of the Small Business Development Center can be to entrepreneurs who are charged with leading and growing their business.  Tim is passionate about serving and providing high quality services to small business owners throughout Solano County.   

Blair Abee

Business Advisor

Marketing/Financial Management/Leadership Development

Blair Abee is the president of the Strategy Development Group, a private consulting group that specializes in 1 and 3 year action planning, marketing strategy and financial management.  He currently works as a business advisor at the Solano and Conra Costa Small Business Development Centers.  Prior to moving to California five years ago Blair was the Greensboro Regional Center Director for the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) in North Carolina.

In his 19 year career at the NC SBTDC Blair worked with a broad range of clients, from early stage and start-up companies to existing firms that were trying to survive or poised to grow.   His areas of expertise include start-up support, strategy development, marketing, financial management and leadership development.   

Seanna Asper

Business Advisor

Finanace/QuickBooks

Seanna Asper is a Certified Public Accountant with expertise in small business financial analysis and management, but she isn't your typical accountant. After growing up working in the family business, she saw the gap between what most accountants provide and the advisory role that small business owners need. This led her to use her financial expertise to be a strategic advisor and truly partner with her clients.

Seanna earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting from North Carolina State University. When she's not thinking about financials and business strategy, she's exploring the great outdoors, dreaming about sailing, and embracing the active duty Air Force life with her pilot husband and rescue pup.

Michael Basayne, MBA

Business Advisor

Finance/Business Planning/Generalist

Mike began working with the Small Business Development Centers in 2009, and assists clients with business performance planning, to include sustainable best practices, sourcing financing, succession and transition, and land use planning.    His background includes banking, consulting, and government, with focus on agriculture, the wine industry, and real estate.   Mike holds degrees and certification in business and finance from St. Mary’s College, U.C. Berkeley, and University of Washington and he currently teaches various workshops through Napa Valley College.   He is a strong advocate of staying engaged and embracing continuous improvement to enhance one’s skills.  

His banking career began in agriculture in the California’s San Joaquin Valley and then expanded to commercial, corporate and investment banking.   Eventually Mike’s activities included supporting California’s wine growing regions, where he worked with grape growers, engaging in vineyard development and winery operations.  Later as a consultant he developed succession and transition plans for families, which included business valuation, construction, project management, and performance planning.   

As a Napa City and County government official, Mike collaborated to make land use decisions that promote good stewardship, conservation easements, watershed and open space protection.

Brianna Boyd

Marketing Specialist

Brianna Boyd joined the Solano SBDC team in July 2020 as the Marketing Specialist. This is a new position for the organization created with CARES Act funding to support businesses as they navigate and recover from COVID-19 and its impact on various industries. 

Brianna oversees the Solano SBDC’s social media channels and website content, writes and distributes press releases, networks and communicates with community partners and stakeholders, and leads webinars on social media and marketing for businesses.

A Northern California native, Brianna earned her degree in English and journalism from California State University, Sacramento. She has lived and worked in Solano County for over 15 years, first as a newspaper reporter and editor before venturing into marketing and communications. She is passionate about community involvement and doing all she can to let businesses know the opportunities available to them through the SBDC.

Paul Bozzo

Business Advisor

Business Planning/Financial Projections

Paul’s background blends over 25 years of professional experience in start-ups, business planning, angel/VC/SBA and crowd funding. His specialty is working with entrepreneurial ventures to refine their business model, create an investment-driven business plan, financial projections and an effective funding presentation. He also advises CEOs and founding teams on these common start-up issues: legal entity selection, equity financing structures, financial forecasting, and exit strategies. Paul is an adjunct faculty member in Sonoma State's Executive MBA program.

Nicholas "Nick" Burton

Business Advisor

Finance/Commercial Real Estate/Leasing & Property Management

Nick is a serial entrepreneur with a formal education in real estate, land use, and finance from California State University Sacramento. 

Nick is a licensed general engineering (A) and general building (B) contractor in California and a licensed real estate broker and has started 7 companies in 3 industries.  Nick is also tackling innovative projects in the energy sector.   

Having experienced tremendous successes and dealing with disappointing setbacks, Nick knows what it takes to make a small business succeed.  He  strongly believes  in the resources provided to small businesses by the SBDC and is committed to connecting clients to the SBDC's vast network of business professionals to meet their unique needs.

Tom Camerato

Business Advisor

Business Strategy/Financial Management

Tom Camerato has been a private consultant, a business owner, and an investor for nearly 20 years. Tom calls himself a "Financial Strategist," one who integrates Business Strategy with Financial Management. In private practice, Tom's early focus was on the Pharmaceutical and Biotech industries and their growth strategies through acquisition, licensing, and partnering. In recent years, clients have covered a range of industries and sizes, and include business expansions (both organic and through acquisitions), start-ups, and turnarounds. Tom’s work history includes more than 10 years commercializing biological technologies in the very early years of the Biotechnology Industry and has two Master’s Degrees: one in Biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley and the other in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University. 

Cynthia Cowart

Business Advisor

Generalist

Cynthia has served in Property Management for over 25 years with prominent companies such as Greystar Real Estate Partners and Prometheus Group.  The primary focus within these organizations were rebranding and repositioning properties.   She has operated several small businesses during this timeframe as well. 

Cynthia has worked as an independent contractor for several businesses gaining valuable insight into various organizations.  She welcomes the opportunity to work with small businesses owners helping them navigate the new normal.

Carolynne Gamble, MFA

Business Advisor

Marketing Research Specialist

Carolynne provides assistance with graphic design, branding, advertising, marketing strategies, marketing plans, publications and public relations.  She helps clients with print and web text, layout design, navigation and images; also specializes in Facebook marketing and E-marketing campaigns in Constant Contact or Vertical Response. 

Carolynne has an MFA from San Francisco State in Art/Communications and a BA in English from Pepperdine University.  She is a Napa Valley artist and member of the Napa Valley Art Association.  She has been a business advisor with the Small Business Development Center for fifteen+ years.

 

Barbara Gilbert

Program Support Specialist

Barbara has worked in Customer Service/Relations holding various positions, i.e., HR Specialist, Payroll Specialist, Benefits Administrator for many years.  In recent years worked for a local small business as the Office Manager.

Joining Solano SBDC in 2019 has opened my eyes to view small businesses differently.  To have an idea and see it come true; to meet the struggles of marketing your brand, managing your business (including customers and employees) and to stay on top of your game is both challenging and amazing.

I for one appreciate what you do, and I am proud to be on the team of an organization whose sole purpose is to support small businesses in every way.

Peter Gray

Business Advisor

Finance/Commercial Real Estate/Business Strategy

Peter has been a Consulting and Fractional Chief Operating Officer for Client companies across a wide range of industries for over 17 years in both the Midwest and in Northern California.  He has helped many Clients to accelerate their growth by raising equity and debt capital from private sources as well as from standard commercial sources.  He has created and refined many business plans in this time and he has also fine-tuned the strategies and entire operations of multiple companies.

Peter is committed to Solano County, which is where he and his wife have located their home, and this includes a thriving local economy which is built upon the foundation of successful small business ownership.  He is honored to be able to contribute to the local economy, via the Solano SBDC, by being an advisory resource for local business owners who are seeking to grow and take their businesses to the next level of success.

Karina Guerrero, MMPA

Business Advisor

Bilingual/Business Planning, Development and Finance

"Karina L Guerrero, was born and raised in New Jersey to a family full of entrepreneurs. She achieved her education goals while raising her family which included special needs children. She understands the importance of education and the need of small businesses to help our communities prosper. 

Her professional experience have taken shape in the fields of real estate, finance, professional services and franchise management. Within these fields she has tackled operations, payroll, human resources, talent acquisition and compliance just to name a few.   Karina brings knowledge, experience and compassion to the table because every situation is unique to clients and there needs"

 

Sarah Hawkins

Business Advisor

Farmbudsman/Agriculture

Sarah is a first-generation farmer in Vacaville, where she raises nationally recognized dairy goats, chickens, various fruit trees, annuals, California native plants, and (intermittently) honey bees. She has a background in public policy implementation and has worked for the US Senate and two Contra Costa County Supervisors as a special assistant/community liaison between several county departments and the public. She also has experience in communications for both a non-profit and an insurance company. In 2004, she started her own skin care company utilizing farm raised ingredients – providing her hands-on experience with product development, packaging, marketing, wholesale accounts, retail sales, and numerous area farmers markets. Sarah was also a founding member of Solano Grown, a local 501c(6) and participated in the establishment of the online marketplace. She has been a member of the Solano Agricultural Advisory Board since 2014 as the Small Farms Representative.

Jennifer House

Business Advisor

Marketing/Strategy/Sales

Jennifer House is a Certified Master Life and Business Coach and Motivational Speaker through the accredited Program, Prosper by Design. Her expertise encompasses business development through strategic planning in the areas of work-life balance, emotional intelligence and lead generation through individualized sales and marketing plans for businesses.

As a successful business owner for the last 18 years, as well as a professional networker, Jennifer has assisted in the growth and development of multiple companies, resulting in public recognition as one of Solano County’s Woman of influence for 2020.  Jennifer continues her journey as a community advocate by assisting business owners with positive and professional growth. 

Jerry Ann Jinnett

Business Advisor

Marketing/Computer Labs

From 1977 to 1985, Jerry Ann Jinnett was the owner of Sunshine Art Products, a business designing and manufacturing stained glass and pressed flower giftware sold at art/craft shows, through manufacturers’ representatives and in gift shops. 

In 1986, Jinnett formed Out of Your Mind…and Into the Marketplace. As a partnership, the company specialized in authoring, publishing, and marketing step-by-step “how-to” books and workshops for entrepreneurs.

Jinnett currently provides the Marketing Research, Planning, and Computer Lab portions of the Solano SBDC NxLeveL business planning program.  She also provides clients and other consultants with in-depth market research reports to enable them to create cost-effective solutions to business challenges.

 

Victor Johnson

Business Advisor

Marketing

Victor Johnson (Vic) is a Professional Civil Engineer who has 45 years of experience in the Sales and Marketing of Professional Services. He has specialized in growing small businesses into large businesses.  He was Senior Vice President (and part owner) of two firms that went public: one went on the NYSE and the other, NASDAQ. He has spent the last 15 years providing engineering, sales, and marketing services to three national environmental engineering firms. He has provided those services through his own firm, Engineering Pathways.

Additionally, Vic has written six books and owns a publishing firm. This experience has broadened his sales and marketing experience in relationship to other types of products and services.

See engineeringpathways.com for his detailed resume and information on his publishing firm (EP Press).

Teresa Lakes, M.Ed

Business Advisor

Generalist/HR/Training Specialist

Teresa Lakes, M.Ed has served as a leader within Learning and Development for over 14 years with prominent companies such as Fortune 500’s MGM Resorts International and Avery Dennison. Her experience extends to being a Government Contractor, owning and operating her own small businesses and devoting her time as a committed volunteer within the community.

Teresa has a Master of Education in Learning and Technology from Western Governors University and a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.  Teresa seeks to share her expertise and utilize her continuous improvement talents to drive team collaboration, increase revenue, and deliver high impact solutions for small businesses around the United States.

Molly O'Kane

Business Advisor

Social Media/Digital Marketing

Your customers are looking for you right now. This second. It’s time you made it easy for them to find you! That’s where SBDC marketing advisor Molly comes in. She is passionate at matching the right online marketing strategies with entrepreneurs, no matter how tech-savvy they feel. In the past three years, Molly has assisted businesses in adding over $1 million dollars of additional revenue. The businesses she has worked with have grown between 10-500%.

As a mother of two, Molly loves to cook, travel and explore. Her past speaking engagements including SF Small Business Week, Small Business Administration, Renaissance Entrepreneurial Center, and Urban Solutions.    

Jose Puentes

Business Advisor

Bilingual/Financial Management/Software Implementation

Jose Puentes is a professional Accountant and Systems Engineer. He has developed his career as Finance Executive ranging from Shared Financial Services, manufacturing and retail distribution functions in global multinational corporations and non-profits organizations.  Some of his Technical skills are: Financial Planning and Analysis, Accounting, Product Costing, Business Review and Assessment, Internal Controls, Policies and Procedures, Inventory Control programs, Audits and Taxation and Software Implementations.

He loves mentoring and sharing all his knowledge with passion and encouraging people to live a life of goodness and harmony.  In his free time, he is researcher of Ancient Knowledge, consciousness science and new paradigms.

Sandy Stelter, JD, CPO®

Business Advisor

NxLevel Coordinator/Organizing Specialist

Owner of Strategic Organizing Solutions since 1994, Sandy provides consultation and hands on professional, customized organizing, time management and productivity coaching to individuals and businesses.  She is a member of NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) and has served in both local and national board positions. She is an active member of the Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce.

As a business advisor with the Solano SBDC,  Sandy provides assistance with understanding the business start-up and/or expansion process.  Over the years, Sandy has assisted numerous small business owners achieve their goals of owning and operating their own business. Sandy serves as the lead instructor and mentor for the SBDC's semi-annual NxLeveL® Entrepreneurial Training Program. She also teaches the Business Start-Up classes, Recordkeeping 101, Business Plan classes and TIPs® class.  

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