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Lonnie Sciambi

Advisor Greater New York City Area, US

"The Entrepreneur's Yoda." Help entrepreneurs grow and avoid the dark side. 30+ yrs starting, selling, fixing, investing in smallbiz

"The Entrepreneur's Yoda." Help entrepreneurs grow and avoid the dark side. 30+ yrs starting, selling, fixing, investing in smallbiz

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Involved In

Advisor

Adesso Solutions, LLC
WebStudy, Inc.
Halifax Group
PacketStorm Communications, Inc.
Arco, Inc.
Staging and Design Network, inc.
SoftChalk, LLC
Armour Group, Inc.
Usability Sciences Corporation
West Coast Jewelry, Inc.
Securitech Group, Inc.
Vistage Worldwide, Inc.
PacketStorm Communications, Inc.
Usability Sciences Corporation
WebStudy, Inc.

Positions

CEO Mentor, Group Chair Vistage Worldwide, Inc. March 2016 - present
Managing Director and CEO Small Business Force, LLC January 2012 - present
Managing Partner Technology Directions Group June 2004 - present
Board Member PacketStorm Communications, Inc. 2004 - present
Shareholder and Board Member Usability Sciences Corporation 1988 - present
Board Member WebStudy, Inc. July 2010 - July 2013
Managing Partner Action Advisory Board October 2010 - December 2012
COO Advanced Blast Protection, Inc. April 2007 - June 2009
President Global Secure Safety, Inc. May 2005 - March 2007
Managing Director & CEO Hamilton Capital Group, LLC May 1999 - June 2004
Managing Director LBC Capital Resources, Inc. January 1997 - May 1999
President and CEO ION Networks (formerly Microframe) May 1994 - December 1996
President and CEO Perceptive Solutions, Inc. 1993 - 1994
President and CEO Integrated Multimedia Solutions, Inc. 1991 - 1993
Executive Vice President, Division Manager MTech Corporation 1986 - 1988
Executive Vice President Benton International 1984 - 1985

Education

Drexel University Electrical Engineering

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Education
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Financial Services
  • • Hardware
  • • Healthcare
  • • Payments
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Small Businesses
  • • In-classroom learning (K-12)
  • • Records
  • • Medical Devices

You Should Know About Me

Key Accomplishments

Lonnie L. Sciambi, “The Entrepreneur’s Yoda,” is Managing Director and CEO of Small Business Force, LLC and author of the best-selling book, “Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success.” For entrepreneurs and small business owners, he brings a unique viewpoint to help them avoid many of the pitfalls that they, invariably, face, through mentoring, providing assistance with strategic alternatives for growth or under-performing operations, strategic exit guidance or just a valuable blog post.

As an entrepreneur, he founded, grew and sold two of his own companies (although he did start several others – so he understands both success...and failure), advised more than a hundred companies at various stages of their growth and invested in more than a dozen (some successfully, some not so). Lonnie’s experience also includes fixing "broken" companies, having completed a series of successful turnarounds for eight small companies (all under $25 million) in disparate markets.

He also been involved in raising more than $350 million in capital, as an investment banker and senior executive, and had primary responsibility for nearly forty merger and acquisition transactions, more than a dozen of those, entrepreneurial exits. Lonnie also has some large company experience, earlier in his career, that includes senior management positions with EDS and Citicorp.

He is a frequent speaker on all areas of entrepreneurship, from start-up through exit.

He began in business with IBM (to whom he is forever grateful for showing him what a real corporate culture can be, even in a large company). Lonnie received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University (to whom he’s equally grateful for their co-op program that helped him "fly out of the chute").

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Jim Dougherty
They're my friends  •  Retired - Founder and Chairman Petsense, Petsense and Retired - Founder PetSmart, PetSmart.
Lonnie has an incredible set of business skills. He has an extensive background in advising companies and individuals on how to growing the ... ir business and become more efficient. His keen sense of identifying problems, mentoring and suggesting ways to implement change makes him an invaluable resource for companies looking to improve the bottom line. He understands business from the ground up. He views the customer, both internal and external as the conduit to business success.
Richard J. Anthony, Sr.
We worked together  •  Founder, The Entrepreneurs Network PHL www.theentrepreneursnetwork.net and Managing Director, The Anthony Group, Inc..
Draws on real life experience in a wide range of fields, is pragmatic and exhibits good judgment advising starry-eyed entrepreneurs and busi ... ness owners. Published and great presentation skills.
Al Migliaccio
We worked together  •  CEO, JAMIS Sales Success. Previously CEO, JAMIS Sales Success. Penn State grad.
His experience spans many different areas that are necessary for a company to be successful. Also, he has a good understanding of both the c ... orporate world as well as the emerging company and start up world. I am proud to vouch for him because I have worked with them directly, and he is a great listener as well as offers advice that is practical and has realistic chances of succeeding. Lonnie is a hands on executive who loves to help build successful companies. He is a man of the highest integrity .
Paul Viens
We worked together  •  Chairman/CEO, Halifax Group Inc..
The word "would" implies is not yet a great advisor. He provided invaluable advice and counsel at the highest levels 18 years ago when I st ... arted my company. Throughout this time he has remained a close advisor and as such I have followed his strategies with tremendous success. Most would be lucky to have him as a mentor as I have for many years.
Gisele Larose
We worked together  •  President, WebStudy Inc.. Previously Retired, Re-engaged as President
Lonnie asks the tough questions of business owners. When we chose him as an adviser, we weren't clear on "what we didn't know, we din't kno ... w". He made the exploratory process fun with a great sense of humor. Additionally Lonnie puts his heart-n-soul into every project he accepts. Get grounded, get results, get Lonnie!
Jeff Schueler
We worked together  •  President, Usability Sciences Corporation. Previously Development Manager, IBM.
Lonnie has a wealth of experience in running and advising small/medium businesses. He has seen it all and his experience brings a lot to th ... e table.
Bill Luthy
They're my advisor  •  President, PacketStorm Communications, Inc.. Previously Regional Sales Manager, Spirent Communications, Wireless. Drexel grad. Drexel grad.
Lonnie has decades of managing companies, advising companies, and turning around companies. He has been on our Board of Directors since 2003 ... and he's always available to advise when asked. His insight and experience is invaluable for start-ups and fast growing companies.
Bill Luthy
They're my advisor  •  President, PacketStorm Communications, Inc.. Previously Regional Sales Manager, Spirent Communications, Wireless. Drexel grad. Drexel grad.
Lonnie has decades of experience of managing companies, advising companies, and turning around companies. He has been on our Board of Direct ... ors since 2003 and is always available when asked. His insight and experience is invaluable to start-ups and fast growing companies.
Bill Luthy
They're my advisor  •  President, PacketStorm Communications, Inc.. Previously Regional Sales Manager, Spirent Communications, Wireless. Drexel grad. Drexel grad.
Lonnie has decades of experience of managing companies, advising companies, and turning around companies. He has been on our Board of Direct ... ors since 2003 and is always available when asked. His insight and experience is invaluable to start-ups and fast growing companies.
Bill Luthy
They're my advisor  •  President, PacketStorm Communications, Inc.. Previously Regional Sales Manager, Spirent Communications, Wireless. Drexel grad. Drexel grad.
Lonnie has decades of experience of managing companies, advising companies, and turning around companies. He has been on our Board of Direct ... ors since 2003 and is always available when asked. His insight and experience is invaluable to start-ups and fast growing companies.
Mark Berger
We worked together  •  President, Securitech Group. NYU grad.
It's rare when you find a sounding board that isn't an echo. Lonnie can process the information you provide, understand it and help guide yo ... u towards the less obvious but most productive solution. He is not wedded to a particular school of thought, rather he uses his body of expertise to help you with both micro and macro issues.

Jackson Powell
They're my advisor  •  UX Designer, Optimization, Little Red Truck Idea Co.. Previously Graphic Designer, Carroll/White. I try to do what's right. Whiteboard fan.
He's got great passion for what he does but is quite open to other opinions. Totally focused on the customer.

Richard J. Anthony, Sr.
We worked together  •  Founder, The Entrepreneurs Network PHL www.theentrepreneursnetwork.net and Managing Director, The Anthony Group, Inc..
Rick is simply "one of the good guys." His demeanor and personality, to say nothing of his broad entrepreneurial experience, make him an i ... deal advisor to entrepreneurs and start-ups. His guidance has helped countless young companies and small business owners "find their way."