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.
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.
Shannon Kring, an award-winning author, television and film director/producer/host
Shannon Kring is an award-winning author, television and film director/producer/host, and public speaker. She is the executive producer and co-star of her own Emmy-winning TV series; author of four award-winning nonfiction books; and owner of an acclaimed culinary brand consisting of restaurants, culinary schools, a hospitality consultancy, international culinary tours, branded merchandise, endorsement contracts, and a QVC deal.
Originally from an impoverished community of 341 in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, Shannon began her own marketing and PR firm at the age of 22 on a $300 line of credit. Her company quickly expanded into one of the world’s top restaurant and hospitality consultancies, with clients in 38 states and 19 countries.
By her mid-20s, Shannon helmed her own culinary empire, which consisted of an Emmy-winning, reality-cooking TV series; award-winning cookbooks; branded merchandise; a QVC deal; spokesperson and endorsement contracts; acclaimed restaurants and culinary schools; and an international culinary tour company. She was a Top 10 Finalist in the Stevie Awards for Women Entrepreneurs 2004. Shortly thereafter, she sold her first memoir, which received critical acclaim and went into several printings.
Today, Shannon is grateful for having lived and worked alongside indigenous elders, spiritual luminaries, world leaders, and other awe-inspiring individuals in more than 50 countries. Dedicated to inspiring others to lead a more soulful existence, she is a frequent keynote speaker at events worldwide, and has been featured on NPR, PBS, CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, Lifetime, and in more than 150 leading publications including The Wall Street Journal, SmartMoney Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times.
Shannon’s first documentary film, 2012: The Beginning, was broadcast on more than a dozen top TV networks, had cinematic release in six countries, and was the most-watched film at MiPDOC 2012, breaking the all-time event record for most library views. It was presented by the United Nations, UNESCO, The Smithsonian Institution, NASA, The British Museum, The Finnish National Museum, The Government of Honduras, and by dozens of other leading institutions worldwide. Shannon’s new 30-part docuseries, Secrets of the Ancient Healers, has just been released. She resides in Los Angeles.
Whether Shannon is conducting research on the streets of Honduras, interviewing a spiritual leader in Indonesia, or speaking to a women’s group in Finland, what she finds is that everyone seeks the same thing: Love,Wholeness, Purpose. With all her work,she aims to educte, entertain, and inspire. She believes that in hearing the stories of those who have chosen to bravely step into highest purpose, we are inspired to do the same.
In addition to a degree in writing, Shannon holds a degree in psychology. Over the past 18 years, thousands of veterans have attended her retreats and motivational speeches on mindfulness, purpose, and personal growth. Her experience will help our warriors discover their calling, and help them lead a purpose-drive life.
Shannon lives in Los Angeles, where she just released a new 30-part docuseries called “Secrets of the Ancient Healers”.
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.