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Our Mission

Our mission is to provide veteran small business owners and family members an opportunity, free of tuition, to attend a program in entrepreneurship that is being put on exclusively for veterans in order to provide them with the skills, resources, mentoring and networking necessary to grow their own small business. This program is a six month VETRN program based on a course in strategic business planning, business cash flow and financial management, and is a collaboration with Interise, the developer of the highly successful, award winning “StreetWise MBA” program.

Our Approach

We believe that military training provides many of the skills necessary to be successful in the business world. We also believe that academic credit should be given for those skills, thereby increasing access for veterans and their families to receive college level training to help become successful in running his or her own business.

Each cohort will consist of 12 veteran small business owners. Veteran applicants, who are interested in attending this program, with tuition fully paid, will be asked to fill out an application form, stating your business goals and objectives and the reasons why you wish to attend this program. The written application will be followed by an interview of the veteran applicant or family member.

Veterans and family members who are accepted into the program will be provided with a mentor from day one of the program chosen the business or financial community to work with them both during the program and after successful completion of the program. VETRN believes that ongoing mentorship and networking is critical in helping to grow your small business and become successful.

To the extent the veteran applicant may not qualify for the VETRN Entrepreneurship program, VETRN will provide other services, including training in basic skills such as math and computer literacy and an introduction to other veteran resources, including preparing resumes, job opportunities, mentorship and other pro bono resources provided by organizations supporting the VETRN program and veteran entrepreneurs.

Corporate Counsel

Scott Harshbarger

Corporate Counsel

Former Massachusetts Attorney General

 
 

Scott Harshbarger

Corporate Counsel

Former Massachusetts Attorney General

Board and Advisors

Leland Goldberg

VETRN Founder

CEO of fourteen companies

Meet Leland

Erik DeGiorgi

VETRN Director

Principal at MediaVue Systems

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Amy Geogan

VETRN Director

SVP & Senior Credit Officer of South Shore Bank

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Tom Sommerfield

VETRN Director

Senior Credit Officer of Blue Hills Bank

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John Loughnane

VETRN Director

Attroney at Law – Nutter McClennan

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Barbara Sinclair

VETRN Director

Marketing Consultant

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Stephen Adams

VETRN Advisor

President of American Institute of Economic Research

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Stephen Awtrey

VETRN Director

Senior Managing partner, The Nova Consulting Group

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Carol Hamilton

VETRN Director

Senior Vice President, People United Bank

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Mark Krentzman

VETRN Director

Chairman of Jones & Vining, Inc.

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William Mullin

VETRN Advisor

Senior Commercial Lender, Workers Credit Union, Fitchburg, Mass.

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Tera Lally

VETRN Director

Attorney, Ropes & Gray Law Firm

Individual Bios

Leland Goldberg has over 25 years of experience as chief executive officer, chief restructuring officer, or financial advisor to over 300 companies, including CEO or President of thirteen companies. He is a former partner in the business restructuring group at Coopers & Lybrand, a founding partner of The Recovery Group (now Deloitte CRG), and a former senior credit officer at Bank of Boston. He holds both a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a major in accounting from Northeastern University, and a master’s degree in business administration with a major in international finance from Boston College. A certified turnaround professional, he is a past president and founder of the Northeast Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association, has taught at the graduate business schools at Northeastern University and Boston College and has been a frequent guest lecturer at Harvard Business School. A former Army Officer, who served in Vietnam, Lee is also a Director and Past Chair of World Education, a non-profit engaged in training and technical assistance in literacy, adult education and health education around the world.
Erik is the co-founder of MediaVue Systems, a global technology provider servicing the digital signage industry. For seven years, MediaVue has provided digital communications infrastructure for organizations including NBC, Marks & Spencer, Massport, WGBH, and Heathro Airport. A former infantry Marine who served in Afghanistan, Erik has also worked alongside senior state leadership to build programing that supports veterans’ success in higher education.
Amy Geogan is the Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer at South Shore Bank, a $1 billion mutual headquartered in South Weymouth, MA. Her banking career spans over 30 years, beginning at Bank of Boston where she held a variety of positions in lending and management, and was EVP of the Regional Business Bank at the time of her departure to join Sovereign Bank as EVP of Small Business Banking when they entered the New England markets. Prior to joining South Shore Bank, Geogan had been an independent consultant to KPMG’s audit assist practice and the Chief Credit Officer of Bank of Canton. Ms. Geogan has been involved with a wide variety of banking activities and organizations. She is a former Board member of the Massachusetts Certified Development Corporation, the Center for Women & Enterprise, the Urban League of New England, and the SBA Advisory Board. Ms. Geogan earned her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.
Tom Sommerfield is the Chief Risk Officer for Blue Hills Bank. In this capacity, Tom is responsible for credit risk, compliance, internal audit, and enterprise risk management throughout the bank. Previously Tom was a Director at Spring Street Capital, an affiliate of The Baupost Group. Dating back to 1979, Tom worked in finance, banking and asset based lending where he held senior management positions at CIT, GE Capital, FleetBoston (now Bank of America), its predecessor banks, and at HSBC. Tom is a graduate of Columbia College in New York. His past volunteer activities have included advisor to the Wayland Charitable Foundation, chair of the School Council of Claypit Hill School in Wayland, Mass. and youth sports coaching activities. He rides in the Pan-Mass Challenge each year and co-leads the Blue Hills Bank’s riding/fundraising team.
John G. Loughnane is a partner in the Business Department of Nutter, McClennen & Fish LLP in Boston. He has twenty-five years of experience focused on growing and restructuring companies. He is admitted in Massachusetts and New York. He serves on the Board of Directors and as an Officer of the Turnaround Management Association – Northeast Chapter. He co-chairs the Technology & Intellectual Property Committee of the American Bankruptcy Institute and, from 2013-2015, co-chaired the Bankruptcy Section of the Boston Bar Association. He is an active member of the community serving as a corporate trustee (and past co-chair of the Conservation Council) of the Trustees of Reservations and as a volunteer and leader for various youth and community organizations. He is a member of the board of directors of the College of the Holy Cross Lawyers Association and a board member of the George Washington University Law Alumni Association.
Barbara Sinclair has been Director of Business Development and Product Marketing at major corporations including Wang Computers, Motorola, Computer Associates, Lucent Technologies, and has managed client relations and strategy for several technology start-ups – including one acquired by Microsoft Corporation.
Stephen has served in a number of government and non-profit leadership roles, including New England Small Business Advocate for the U.S. Office of Advocacy.
Steve Awtrey is the Senior Managing Partner at The Nova Consulting Group, a performance-centric sales and leadership coaching partnership. He has over 35 years of frontline sales and marketing experience with Global Fortune 2000 organization and innovative tech startups. As a US Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War, he believes in service to others. A strong advocate of community involvement, Steve serves a variety of community-based organizations which include campaigning for fair, affordable housing, recruiting bone marrow donors, serving disabled Veterans, and supporting children living in the state-sponsored foster care system
Carol has over 25 years’ experience in banking and as a lender to small and medium sized businesses.
Mark Krentzman is Chairman of Jones & Vining, Inc.; Director of Phizzle, Inc, a mobile marketing company; Advisor to BioVentures Investors, a medical instrumentation company; Member of the Corporation, Northeastern University and MBA, Harvard Business School.

Bill has served as an Advisor to banks in assisting them with implementing procedures in response to Federal and State audit guidelines. He has also served as a lender to both real estate developers and corporate borrowers.