The mentors of the SCORE Lexington Chapter have rich and varied business backgrounds. They are dedicated volunteers who put their broad experiences and knowledge to work in support of their local business communities. Their specific areas of expertise are listed below; for additional information click on the Mentor’s name.  Feel free to request an apparently well-matched mentor by name when you call for an appointment.


 Gary Bayma, Accountant, Operations, HR, expertise in Manufacturing

 Currently working Full-Time

Career Summary:

As an accountant, division controller and vice-president of finance for an entire region, I have experience in finance & accounting, management of Human Resources and business operations and strategy and inventory management.  With this 35 years of experience, I have been able to help countless small business owners and entrepreneurs optimize their finances and resources in order to have a successful business practice.  I have helped many clients start their business and I have helped numbers of business owners gain control of their finances. 

Professional Experience:

I have worked mainly in accounting and finance but I have managed up to 500 employees as a plant manager


  Ken Copp

Mentoring Skills: Retail business, customer service, real estate, education.  Career Summary: Ken has had a varied background in many different areas.  He has been a buyer for Procter & Gamble Company, a real estate salesman, a gift receiving officer, a Public Relations & continuing education officer and has held many positions at various universities and colleges.  He has owned a retail clothing store and was owner and creator of SERVICHEK, a customer service and auditing firm.  Mr. Copp is a huge source of information and is able to impart his knowledge in a very straight-forward and easy to understand manner.  He is currently residing in Danville, Ky and is our representative for the southern part of the state, however, he is able to meet Lexington clients at a halfway point between Danville and Lexington.


  John Darnell

Mentoring Skills:  Banking and Financial Services, Marketing & Sales Promotions, Building & Mechanical Contracting, Restaurants, Retail Stores and General Business Operations.  Career Summary & Industry Experience:  John has over 18 years in the Banking Business, 8 years in the management of Banks, Restaurants and Finance Organizations.  He most recently owned and operated a Commercial & Residential Heating & Air Conditioning company for 14 years.

  Barbara Ellerbrook, Nonprofit Mentor

Mentoring Skills: Non profits, strategic planning and grant development.  Career Summary: Master’s in Human Relations from Oklahoma University, retired Executive Director of nonprofit social service organizations, with over 25 year’s experience.  Experience: Administered nonprofit social service agencies for over 25 years, in Illinois, West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Kentucky.  Consulting with nonprofit organizations to aid in board development, strategic planning, budgeting and finance, program development, grants development and management (Federal and state), contract management.  Currently serve on two nonprofit boards of directors.  Industry:  Nonprofit Social Services (child abuse, domestic violence, corrections, MH/MR, therapeutic residential for adults and adolescents, Hospice, and substance abuse). 

Cliff Ellerbrook, CPA

Mentoring Skills:  Business Finance and Accounting, Business Strategy and Planning and Business Operations.Industry Experience:  Manufacturing and Mining, Environmental Services and Banking & Financial Services


.Crystal Geis, Marketing & Social Media Expert

In me you will find a successful marketing consultant and business owner specializing in online marketing with the ability to develop and nurture executive relationships through networking and consulting. Effectively communicates the value of digital advertising, prepares top notch sales proposals and achieves goals month over month.  An innovative problem-solver; with an entrepreneurial spirit and proven track record of building lasting relationships with customers based on product knowledge and efficient sales service. Excellent work ethic; listens attentively, communicates persuasively and follows through diligently.  

Kurt Hulliger

Mentoring Skills:  Business Operations, Business Finance & Accounting, Business Strategy & Planning, Manufacturing and Product Development, Sales, Marketing and Public Relations.  Industry Experience:  Construction, Industrials and Utilities, Consulting, Research and Business Services, International Trade, Imports/Exports, Marketing, Advertising and Creative Services.

Dave Johnson

Mentoring Skills:   Technology and Information Technology, and Business Operations.  Industry Experience:  34 years of IT Management & 
Training and Development.  Dave has experience with Manufacturing, Technology and Web-based Services and Health Care & Life Services.



  Dave Mueller

As an entrepreneur who started my own successful convenience store & a current antiques business, I am skilled in most matters concerning retail management.


  Vincent Smith, 


Mentoring Skills:  Business Strategy & Planning; Sales & Marketing.  Career Summary:  Marketing Management, Business Development, Product Promotion.  Strong product acumen, takes advantage of new opportunities by adding customer value throughout the full lifecycle of development and maintenance.  Effectively marketed programs to Department Stores, Specialty Stores, National Accounts, and Home Centers. Consistently exceeded ROI targets while driving market share, brand recognition, and revenue improvements through strategic marketing initiatives and effective brand management. Skill set includes market analysis, generation and fulfillment of marketing plans, profit & loss responsibility, and successful management of sales teams.  Highly sophisticated sales executive with skills in deal making, customer relationships, and introducing new products. I am talented at building relationships at extremely high levels. My analytical skills and judgment to assimilate details, discern the overall facts and issues, and think strategically are supported by excellent communication skills needed to articulate complex topics when speaking and writing.  Industry Experience:  Retail & Wholesale Trade; Marketing, Advertising, & Creative Services.

  Doug Steele, Vice Chair

Mentoring Skills:  Reviewing Financial Statements, Financial Ratio Analysis, Understanding Accounting, Basics of Marketing, Sales Training and Sales Management.  Career Summary: 22 year career in banking with First National Louisville, Citibank in New York and J. Walter Thompson (bank marketing) before arriving in Lexington.  President of Interspace Limited,CEO of a Lexington based investor group based on wholesale distributing.  In 1995 formed Mountain Metals Manufacturing with Calvin Baird and several other shareholders and served as Secretary and Board Member.  Developed a market differentiation strategy including conducting basic financial seminars for retail entrepreneurial customers.  Presented this to various groups in Lexington including Commerce Lexington and the Gatton School at the University of Kentucky.  Also served as financial analyst for UK's Innovation & Commercialization Center.  Started Steele Metrics in 2012.  Industry Experience:  Financial Analysis, Accounting, Banking, Marketing and Wholesale Distribution.

  Jack Whitney

Mentoring Skills:  Business Operations, Expense Control, Benefits, Balance Sheet and Non-Profit Management.  Career Summary:  Was Senior Associate/Development United Way of Greater Cincinnati. Formerly SVP/COO at Equipment Depot (formerly Portman Equipment Company.  Education: BBA, MBA Eastern Kentucky University Military: Retired Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army (24 years of active/reserve service) Commanded two Units, Certified Logistician, qualified in three branches: Signal, Quarter Master and Ordnance, FBI Background Investigation-Secret Security Clearance