Advisors

 

Our Advisors

Our advisors are seasoned Anabaptist brethren committed to integrating Christian principles into all facets of business practice. Each advisor has unique business experience and expertise that will be matched to the client's area of need. For more information, ask for the detailed Advisor Profile.

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Doug Ramer. MYERSTOWN, PA. Martin Appliance and Martin Water Conditioning.
Doug has worked as the human resources manager at Martin Appliance and Martin Water Conditioning for the past 12 years. He began his lifelong career in 1980 as the third employee of the company that now has more than 300 employees. His experience in human resources includes employee problem resolution, company policies, training, hiring the right people, and developing a positive company culture.

Elam Esh. NEW PROVIDENCE, PA. Country Value Woodworks LLC.
Elam is the founder of Country Value Woodworks LLC, which has grown to 45 employees over the years. He enjoys having his brother as a partner and working and growing together. Elam’s experience includes leadership and vision, business models, Lean manufacturing, systems, strategic thinking, understanding the customer and their needs, setting goals, key performance indicators, and thinking outside the box.

Kevin Weaver. SUGARCREEK, OH. Filtrexx International LLC.
In 2001 Kevin and his brother founded a business, now named Filtrexx, and grew it to more than 80 employees before selling it in 2014. Filtrexx is a leading provider of environmental and erosion control and services. Kevin now serves as the company’s business development manager. His coaching toolbox includes business development and sales, processes and efficiency, strategic planning, leadership and teamwork, and business optimization.

Dale Savage. ARCANUM, OH. Business Resource Developer.
Dale spent 21 years in the automotive manufacturing industry in supervisory roles, employee involvement, budgeting, and Lean manufacturing. His expertise includes training companies and employees in continuous improvement, helping them improve procedures and processes and eliminate waste. He also works with quality control, delivery and shipping, cost analysis, forecasting and budgeting, and boosting company morale.

David Bower. REDWOOD, VA. Seven Oaks Landscape and Hardscape.
Born and raised on Goldenview Dairy, David has 30 years of experience as a third-generation dairy farmer. In his youth, he started Seven Oaks Landscape, a full-service landscaping company. He also co-founded Homestead Creamery, which produces all-natural products to local companies and chain stores like Kroger and Earth Fare. David’s strengths include motivating employees, conflict resolution, accounting and financial management, building and tracking business systems, strategic planning, leadership, and working with struggling businesses.

Wayne Wengerd. DALTON, OH. Pioneer Equipment, Inc.
Wayne started Pioneer Equipment, Inc. in 1978. Ten of his twelve children work in the business, which now has more than 30 employees. One of his goals is to help families successfully pass on the business to the next generation. He also desires to help young Anabaptist owners identify and develop a vision for their business, as well as leave a consistent Anabaptist witness. Wayne helps business owners get a good grasp of their business financial reports, so they can make sound business decisions.

David G. Martin. RICHLAND, PA. Dutch-Way Value Mart, Inc. and Dutch Country Hardware, Inc.,
As part owner, David oversees the financing at a large hardware store and equipment rental service. In the past he also served as president of Dutch-Way Farm Market, which grew from one location with 50 employees to three locations with over 400 employees; He sold the business in steps over several years. With thirty years of business experience, David’s goal is to help people understand what it takes to operate a successful business. This includes proper financing to enable positive cash flow, as well as receiving and understanding monthly or quarterly statements.

Greg Wolf. SAWYER, KS. Family Food Store.
Greg served fourteen years as an agricultural consultant within a CPA firm; his clientele included banks, feedyards, commercial farming, and ranching operations. Fulfilling a long-time dream, Greg and his wife started Family Food Store in 2012, which combines a deli, bakery, and specialty store. His expertise includes mission and value statements, family business councils, goals and objectives, accounting and business planning processes.

Gary Garber. EATON, OH. Garber Electric.
Gary founded Garber Electric in high school and then merged it with an oil company his father owned. Eventually they split the business, and Gary continued with Garber Electrical Contractors, Inc. Recently he transitioned ownership to his son. Gary’s business experiences have enabled him to develop in financial forecasting, estimating and pricing methodology, multidivision, buying and selling businesses, and banking and cash management.

Richard Shank. HAGERSTOWN, MD. Retired.
Richard has owned, operated, and sold several businesses over the years, including interior design, home remodeling, graphic design and printing, and retail services. He wants to help others bypass pitfalls in the business world, improve profitability, and minimize stress by applying Bible-approved methods. A few areas of expertise include bookkeeping and accounting, mediation, debt and budget counseling, and government relations.

Clair High. MYERSTOWN, PA. C.M. High Inc. 
As president of C.M. High Inc. for 38 years, Clair has experienced business growth, challenges, changes, and transition. He acquired the company when it had eight employees; it now has over one hundred. Clair offers business advising in organizational structure and management, customer and vendor relationships, company startups and development, strategic planning, long term planning, and financial development.

Atlee Raber. BERLIN, OH. Berlin Gardens.
Atlee and his wife started Raber’s Greenhouse in 1975, which grew to a full-service garden center and landscaping business. They then sold the business in 2004. Atlee also started Berlin Gardens Gazebos in 1988, which he sold in 2009, but he continues to make some sales calls and assist with home shows. Atlee desires to help others avoid business mistakes he learned the hard way, especially in running a business without technology. Atlee believes people should exercise their calling to be good stewards, honor God in business, and be fruitful in His kingdom. Marketing and sales are his strongest business skills.

Larry Troyer. SUGARCREEK, OH. ProVia. 
Larry is vice president of the administration and finance department at ProVia, a manufacturer of exterior doors, windows, siding, and stone. Most of his work involves analytics, investments, and providing leadership to the staff who manage the daily operations of credit, accounts receivable/payable, cash management, invoicing, payroll, and taxes. He has worked in the accounting/finance arena of business most of his adult life. His experience also includes ownership transfers, separations of business entities, consolidations, and business valuation.

Leonard Meador. ROSSVILLE, IN. Business Management Consultant.
Leonard’s business history ranges from owning a feed milling operation to working for a data processing and recordkeeping company. He has been self-employed as a business management consultant for more than 35 years. His expertise lies in accounting and business management, business transitions, and financial reviews. Leonard has also taught business management classes, received certification as a health and safety advisor, and worked in human resources.

Richard K. Herr. LITTLESTOWN, PA. Semi-Retired Farming. 
Richard grew up on a dairy farm and was interested in agriculture from his youth. He received invaluable practical experience in the nutrition aspect while serving in 1-W at the University of Maryland’s agronomy and dairy research farm. With over 55 years of farming experience, he helps farmers with financial planning, partner issues, operational analysis and improvements, and transferring to the next generation.

David Sauder. MOUNT JOY, PA. Business Advisor.
David became interested in business consulting through purchasing distressed businesses and turning them into profitable enterprises. He started four businesses from scratch and eventually sold them. David’s business experience lies in manufacturing, service, marketing, business transition, investment, and risk management. He desires to see business owners motivated by their mission, bearing fruit for the kingdom, and using profitable business plans.

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