A Florida 501c3 dedicated to giving the most distressed a needed Second Chance
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Every distressed woman and man needs the same chances we are all lucky to have. For their sake and our communities' future, we need them to succeed. REAL SECOND CHANCE will create leaders/contributors
IRS Tax Designations for Real Second Chance, 501c(3):
EIN – 82-3848177
Florida ID - DTN3319475 CH58755
RSC has built a team that contains top talent in understanding distressed women and men, with the best in entrepreneurial experience, success and psychological support.
As many good things seem to occur, Real Second Chance began in an very unplanned fashion, Real Second Chance had its origin in a simple discussion among friends. In a social get together, Dr. Gary Walby was lamenting to Business Partner, Claude Smith, that there were so many women he and his group helped to get jobs, he was disappointed that, after 6 months or so, many would revert back to their old ways and quit their jobs. Smith suggested if they had their own businesses, they would be more likely to stick it out, with all the positive motivation one’s own business provides. And Real Second Chance was born.
Real Second Chance uses two skill sets to create its successful women entrepreneurs. These two organizational segments are (1) Candidate-Identity Expertise, and (2) Business Opportunity Expertise to help the Candidate evolve to a business that suits their desires and skill base.
Organization Segment 1 – How Do We Select Candidates – A Real Second Chance has created methods and procedures to identify those women and men who have a chance to be successful entrepreneurs. That means we must identify key parameters to look for in at-risk women and men, and place them into our program so they can be evaluated and tested for future acceptance. These referrals can come from multiple places: friends, schools, trade associations, guidance counselors, social service contacts, foster homes, possibly even from locations such as prisons or reformatories.
Organization Segment 2 – We help the Candidates identify business opportunities that they can become successful in. The likely opportunities will come from technology based marketing and sales opportunities, but the desires of the candidates will drive the business. They must be interested in not only making money, but doing something they like to sustain themselves and the business. Technology-related businesses will be the easiest and quickest to implement, but once the business is operating, it can lead tested candidates into variations that will grow into successful ventures. It will also be essential to get early partner clients, whether business or personal, who will help these candidates get started. For example, companies that use services along the lines of our Candidates interest, should be available to give Candidates a chance to work with them as clients. We will develop and perfect those networks as we grow.
Board of Directors
Claude Smith, CEO
Has significant experience both in the Corporate world and private entrepreneurship. His corporate experience includes major successes in IBM, and Citibank in a variety of jobs ranging from programmer analyst to Senior Vice President of London Operations. His entrepreneurial activities stretch from technology innovation to marketing for key entrepreneurial businesses. Entrepreneurial successes include building the largest graphics company in the Casino Gaming Industry, leading a major water treatment company in the Northwest U.S., and creating new opportunities for entrepreneurs using crowdfunding and creative funding methods. He is currently working on two Block Chain projects, which he believes have tremendous potential for future opportunities worldwide.
He is married, with a B.S. in Math, and a Masters in Business Administration, majoring in Financial Management.
Donna Smith, President
Donna Smith has a history of success in sales and customer service positions in various industries. From her degree in engineering, with a Computer Science major, she began as a systems analyst for a large defense contractor computer company in California. From there, she found an interest in sales and marketing and became a leader in providing bundled health and administrative services to companies throughout Las Vegas, Nevada. In that role, she was nominated to the Board of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and served in that position for a two year term.
In her subsequent family move to Florida, she decided to fulfill one of her childhood dreams, and went to work for Walt Disney World in Orlando. In her 10 years at Disneyworld, she held a variety of positions on the sales and client entertainment side, and on a daily basis, made the experiences of visitors better for her participation.
Donna is now President of Real Second Chance, Inc.
Through her many years of experience, Donna has seen many different and varied sides of life. When asked if she would volunteer to help Real Second Chance help women, who have not been as lucky as she, to get a second chance at life by becoming an entrepreneur, she readily agreed to join. Donna will work both as an RSC spokesperson and a consultant to women who will attempt to become their own bosses. A strong and welcome member of the RSC team.
Mike Smith is a proven Operations Manager, managing the largest graphics company in the Casino Gaming Industry. Responsibilities included serving the entire Las Vegas Hotel Community, along with over 400 other hotel/casino endpoints worldwide. The attention to customers, their quality requirements and tight deadlines is a necessary requirement to manage the detail and sensitivity of the Real Second Chance organization. Entrepreneurs have to be satisfied, businesses have to be created, and deserving candidates will need someone with successful experience to help them through the rough spots.
Mike currently manages an entrepreneurial Internet company helping large and small businesses with social media, marketing and branding new products and services. That experience will be extremely helpful to our candidates.
Mike has a B.A. in Social Science form the University of California Irvine, is married with two children.
Jeff Smith's background is in sales and sales management in large commercial markets. After graduating form College, Jeff joined a top market research company in California and used that experience to help build the largest graphics company in the Gaming Industry. In that company, he managed sales worldwide. His customer base included some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world, clients that owned casinos, cruise lines, and hotels. His geographic area was the world, with special customer relationships in Japan, China, South Africa, Australia and Europe.
Jeff adds a wealth of experience in how to brand and sell products and services. His contribution to Real Second Chance will be to help direct the sales efforts of our new entrepreneurs, and he will have a special responsibility on helping to make them successful.
Jeff has a B.A. in Economics from University of California Irvine, is married with two children.
Donna Smith (See Above)
Claude Smith (See Above)
Steve Minard, Executive Director/Community Entrepreneur Opportunity ("CEO") Program
Steve Minard is an Executive business driver who:
-Creates a development culture to bolster productivity, innovation, and process improvement-Builds teams of individual investors and investment banks for funding at critical growth stages-Identifies operational risk and develops solutions in concert with finance and IT to ignite growth-Eliminates organizational silos to better respond to market and capture new revenueAreas Of Strength:
Corporate strategy • Hands on • Exceptional communication skills • Strong organizational skills • Integrity • New product development • Program management • Problem solving and conflict resolution • Brand management • Information management • Project management • Strategic business planning • Talent recruiting and development • New product development • Mergers and acquisitions financing.
Steve is responsible for helping build the new CEO Program which should be a life-blood for Orlando Entrepreneurs. As a mentor already helping new entrepreneurs succeed, he adds a level of experience that few in the Orlando Community have. He possesses the essential skills for making the CEO Program the most successful it can be.
Dr. Gary Walby, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., M.S.
Gary’s career has spanned clinical practice, research, evaluation, community network improvement, and resource and sustainability development. He has focused on the enhancement and application of systems-based intervention and evaluation for much of his career. As a clinician he specialized in working with families at risk and adults with severe mental illness, using systemic family therapy and other systems based models. As an evaluator, Gary ensures that all evaluations, simple to intricate, are contextually relevant and applies systems and complexity models to enhance findings and to develop sustainability for the client.
As a successful grant writer, principal investigator, and project manager, he has helped to develop and integrate numerous programs related to mental health, maternal and child health, developmental disabilities, and children at risk. His efforts in conjunction with a capital development group have enhanced his capacity for supporting organizational and community sustainability. He has lead large strategic planning efforts for state and local government organizations as well as community-based organizations, and works closely with rural development and sustainability. Gary strongly believes in community, strong local businesses, and effective services as critical for local health, education and safety. His emphasis is on what is effective and efficient and he helps clients to select and implement evidence-based programs, is ‘data-driven’ in decision-making, and has helped start multiple coalitions and collaborations to increase community stability and capability. As a director on numerous boards for organizations, associations and coalitions, he has helped to promote sustainable growth and needed infrastructure.
Gary Walby received his Bachelor Degree from Michigan State University with a dual major in Psychology and Criminal Justice. He completed a Master’s of Science in Psychology from Nova University and a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of South Florida. Gary earned a Doctorate in Public Health with concentrations in evaluation of programs and policy, research methodology, participatory sustainability planning, development of evidence-based and best practices, and social-behavioral and community factors in mental illness and mental health from the College of Public Health, Department of Community and Family Health, University of South Florida.
Tom Itin has earned the respect as a who's who of entrepreneurs. From the time he graduated from two of the leading business universities in the U.S., Mr. Itin has been a leader in the business world, creating his own companies, partnering in some, and helping others finance and create their own businesses. Tom's career includes successes such as creating a $100 Million company in the auto industry, among others. Meantime, he consulted and led entrepreneurial groups helping both New York University and Cornell University. Another career highlight was developing and leading the largest golf retailer in the U.S. Tom was CEO of that franchise organization with over 300 stores. Tom is a major asset to the Real Second Chance, and will be invaluable resource in making our future women entrepreneurs successful.
Desmond Bourne, located in EU Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium, will operate the Europe/Africa segment of Real Second Chance. There is much activity in Europe regarding women’s entrepreneurship through the World Bank, and Africa is busy trying to develop programs for women, many of whom are disadvantaged. Desmond provides vast international experience and worldwide presence to Real Second Chance.
Desmond possesses a wealth of entrepreneurial experience, participating in businesses in financial services, Central Bank strategy, aquaponics and multi country trade negotiations, among others. He studied at the N. More Health Center in Barbados and the British Institute of Engineering and Technology in the UK.
Previous to private business experience, Desmond served with the Irish Rangers and subsequently became part of the British Army of the Rhine logistics team.
Desmond is currently the Honorary Vice Chairman of the Royal Brussels Cricket Club, and Protector of Wellington International Trust, overseeing the work of six International Trustees.
We expect a serious sharing of information from the U.S. with Europe and Africa and expect to hold joint events and conferences with them. We can learn from the programs they are implementing, while they should learn much from our unique vision here in the U.S. Although Florida is a well-deserved center and headquarters for Real Second Chance, we fully expect complimentary relationships from around the world.
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