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.
His business associates call him the “wealth builder” because he created his own proprietary Wealth Maker System, and now uses it to help veterans build a new life. Because Rallie is the owner of several businesses, he also refers to 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, LL; and Managing Partner of Community Properties, LLC.
His newest book…“The Makings Of A Millionaire” was written to show the many ways that one can become a millionaire. Rallie is donating 50% of the income from his new book sales to the foundation.
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.
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,
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.