Veterans Small Business Association Foundation (VSBAF.ORG) was founded by Rallie P Rallis of Seal Beach, California, in January 2013, as a means to help those who served our country.
Rallie is a ex-Navy officer who served in the Civil Engineering Corps. In addition to his naval career, he is a published author, business coach, internet marketer, and real estate investor, withover 50 years of business experience in manufacturing, marketing and business building.
He is also a member of Rotary Long Beach, serving on the Military/Veterans’ Support Committee.
Because Rallie is the owner of several businesses, he refers himself as a “serial entrepreneur.”
He is currently the CEO and Chairman of VSBAF; Owner of R Rallis Enterprises – business advisory company; Owner of Ralder Investment Group, LLC; On the Board of US Veterans Support Group, LLC, the parent company of Armed Forces Radio Network.
His newest book…“The Makings Of A Millionaire” was written to show the many ways that one can become a millionaire. The book is available on this site, with 100% of the proceeds going to VSBAF.
Veterans Small Business Association Foundation coaches and advisors are ready to help veterans select and build their own business with assistance in the following areas:
1) Internet Marketing
2) Direct Sales
3) Real Estate Investing
4) Social Media
6) Retail Sales
7) Public Relations
Since many veterans need help, fundraising is key to how fast Veterans Small Business Association Foundation can expand its assistance program to Veterans wanting to get started.
George Lanza, President of Plethora Businesses, CBI, CBB, M&AMI, CSBA, MEA
George Lanza is the co-founder of Plethora Businesses, a mergers and acquisitions firm located in Orange, CA. With more than 30 years of experience in management, consulting, business valuations, mergers and acquisitions, George has successfully closed more than 200 business transactions and completed more than 500 valuations and appraisals.
He holds numerous leadership positions in key M&A organizations. He currently holds the position of Chairman for the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA) and Director of The M&A Source, the world’s largest organization of middle market intermediaries. He was the 2010 Chairman of The M&A Source and on the Board of Directors for the California Association of Business Brokers (CABB) from 2008-2012.
George is one of only 80 business intermediaries holding the prestigious Mergers & Acquisition Master Intermediary certification, a Certified Business Intermediary and is also certified as a Senior Business Analyst and a Machinery & Equipment Appraiser. George also is a registered representative stock broker.
He teaches mergers & acquisitions and business valuation-appraisal classes throughout the country. As an IBBA University approved instructor, his classes provide educational credits to local and international members of organizations such as the IBBA, M&A Source and CABB. He also speaks at local colleges and universities in the business and entrepreneur departments and frequently addresses professional associations.
George is an active member of the California Association of Business Brokers, the International Business Brokers Association, the M&A Source, the Institute of Business Appraisers (IBA), The Society of Business Analysts (SBA), and The National Equipment Business Brokers Institute (NEBBI).
After graduating from the Naval Academy of Argentina in ship design, George moved to the US and studied Manufacturing Engineering at the University of California Irvine. He also studied Hydraulics Design at the Paul-Munroe Hydraulics School of Fluid Power, International Managerial Relations at the University of Southern California, and received his Mortgage Banking Certification at California State University Fullerton.
In his spare time George attends functions as a member of Rotary International, the Long Beach Yacht Club, and the Corsair Yacht Club. He resides in Belmont Shore, California with his wife and partner Dora Lanza, and together they have raised four boys.
Leroy Watson, Business Consulting….
Grocer & Merchant Professional Warehousing & Distribution Specialist, Retail Real Estate Leasing & Construction Expertise
For two years he owned 50% of two small neighborhood grocery stores while also attending California State University L.A. In his third year of studies, Leroy was drafted and received an Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Navy in 1957.
In 1958, Leroy was the first employee of Trader Joe’s Markets/Pronto Markets, reporting directly to Joe Coulombe the founder for over thirty years as Vice President. In 1979 the company was sold to a German Family in Essen, Germany. At that time Leroy was the largest stockholder in the minority stockholders group.
Throughout his forty-three year tenure with Trader Joe’s, Leroy opened and managed the first four stores, managed personnel, security, construction, distribution and was in charge of real estate, maintenance and equipment. Over the years he also managed the buying department; created many new product lines from many countries; purchased and sold cheese licenses, purchased and applied for liquor licenses; and oversaw the warehouses, which included the closing and relocating of several.
During the last six years with Trader Joe’s, Leroy was in charge of finding over fifty store locations including negotiating the leases and supervising the remodeling or the construction of new buildings. His last major project was relocating the corporate office building including supervising its construction from the ground up. Leroy retired as Senior VP of Operations in 2001, a key player in the 179 store chain with gross sales of $1.77 billion annually.
Over the past 13 years Leroy owned and operated an importing company of beer, wine and distilled spirits. Licensed in 30 states, the company imports products from England, Scotland, France, Spain, Argentina, Chile and New Zealand.
Leroy’s recreational interests include traveling, boating and winter activities with family and friends near his home at Lake Tahoe, NV.
John “Woody” Woodrum, Businessaman
John “Woody” Woodrum is experience businessman and an Advocate – Family Member JT Foxx Mega
Partnering. He is one of those rare and unique individuals in life who combines intelligence with integrity. In all of my dealings with him, he could always be counted upon to stand by his rock-solid principles and do what was right.
John was in the Navy Submarine Service for 20 years 10 months, from January 1968 to October 1988.
Since then he has been heavenly involved in local and national politics, and serves as a officer or director on various organization.
Has been Director of Maxon Lift Corp, the leading manufacture of truck lift gates, since 2001.
In the past he served as Director of Operation with companies like SteadiCam and Allied Signal, in Manufacturing, Logistics and Program Management for Military Helicopter, Submarine and Surface Sonar Devices
His the co-found and board member of Salt and Light Council.
His is on the Board of Advisers of Asian Heritage Coalition.
In ’06 Woody was US Congressional Nominee
February 2012 to January 2013…Great Los Angeles Area…Woody Woodrum found Growthink to be a good team to work with on advancing your business. Gave practical advise, clear definitions and met some wonderful people.
Lynne Wainfan, Ph.D. Owner of Compass Alliance Consulting
Compass Alliance Consulting specializes in organizational growth strategies. Lynne became fascinated with strategy after becoming the Chief Strategist & Business Development Director at Boeing. Lynne subsequently researched strategy at the RAND Corporation while earning her doctorate. Lynne invented Multi-perspective strategy theory–methods to help groups who don’t agree on anything to agree on strategy. Her specialty is applying hard science to soft issues, as described in her books on collaboration and trust.
Lynne’s hard science career began in engineering. She earned her BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, among the 1% of aerospace students who were women. She earned her MS in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA. In her 25 years in the aerospace industry, Lynne has held several leadership positions: she worked program management for military and commercial space programs such as Milstar and Spaceway. She also led organizations of systems engineers, business analysts, and regulatory experts. She was known for helping her employees with their career development.
Lynne has been described as an omnicurious renaissance woman. She is a part-time professor at California State University Long Beach, teaching research methods/analytics and collaboration. She has written dozens of publications for business, technical, mass media, and fiction audiences. She holds patents in telecommunications, and is a national model airplane champion. She is a pilot and helped build an experimental airplane.
Lynne’s community activities include being the license holder for TEDxSoCal and the Chairman of the Board for the Westerly School of Long Beach. There she got board buy-in consensus of a five-year strategic plan that was implemented in three. She led the school’s first capital campaign, raising $2.3M in four months. Lynne is a member of Rotary Long Beach, serving on the Military/Veterans’ Support Committee.
Frank Bursinger, Owner of “Sterling Tax Services”
Frank is an Enrolled Agent, and a federally licensed tax practitioner, who specializes in taxation and has unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the IRS. He competent in all areas of taxation, and is one of 46,000 practicing Enrolled Agents in the US – 1,000 of them in California. He is also a Certified Tax Coach, and this designation is considered the elite of tax practitioners, due to the in depth knowledge needed to coach and guide clients.
Angelica Michail,MBA, CBB, CBI
Angelica is with “Sunbelt Business Brokers”, and Veterans interested in owning their own small business can expect to get educate, mentor, and advise, from Angelica….
Angelica worked for more than 25 years as an actuary for life insurance and actuarial consulting companies such as Metropolitan Life, Transamerica, Swiss Re and National Actuarial Network. As a reinsurance actuary, she worked with many national and international life insurance companies pricing, negotiating and auditing reinsurance contracts. She is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and her degrees include an Executive MBA from the Drucker Business School, Claremont University and a BS in Mathematics from the University of the Philippines.
She and her husband Sobhi own Sunbelt Business Brokers of Pasadena. Angelica has earned the designation of Certified Business Broker and Certified Business Intermediary. As a business broker, she helps people buy and sell businesses.
Angelica is a member of International Business Brokers Association (IBBA), California Association of Business Brokers (CABB), Industry Manufacturers Council (IMC) and a board member of the San Gabriel Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce. She is active in her community through Soroptimist International of Puente Hills and Toastmasters International the San Gabriel valley Consortium on Homelessness. Additionally, she is the Founder/President of Valley Housing Partners, a nonprofit that provides housing for homeless families and individuals.