As Chapter Chair/President of SCORE Philadelphia, Mary is dedicated to helping small businesses receive the support and resources they need to launch or sustain a viable business. "I am committed to creating a sustainable chapter of volunteers who enjoy serving the small business community in Philadelphia."
She has been involved with SCORE since 2006, working with 3 past Chapter Chairs serving as Vice President of Client Services and Vice President of Education. She is president and founder of M. Livingston Group, a human resources consultancy and training company founded in 2000. She provides human resources services primarily to small companies and is a national trainer facilitating a wide range topics to enhance bottom-line results for today’s workplace. She was formerly the Human Resources Director for the New York Times Regional Newspaper Group and the Program Director for the Maynard Institute’s management program, which was held annually at the Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Mary is on the Board of the Philadelphia Tribune and the Walnut Hill Community Association; a member of the Society of Human Resources (SHRM), National Association of African American Human Resources (NAAAHR). Past services and memberships include the National Association of Minority Media Executives (NAMME), Toastmasters International.
Chapter Co-Chair/Acting Treasurer
As a Certified Public Accountant with over thirty-five years of diverse, global financial and operational expertise in corporations, partnerships and sole proprietorship companies, I served in various senior executive financial positions. My industry expertise is in global Professional Service Firms, private and publicly held Electronic and Textile Manufacturing, Big Four Public Accounting Firm, and Academia. In addition, I was an independent consultant providing accounting and tax solutions in small to mid-size companies.
Directed financial operations that included Treasury Management, Billing and Collections, Disbursement Management, Treasury Management, Pricing Management, Partner Capital, Operating and Capital Budgets and Forecasts, Profitability and Productivity, Mergers and Acquisitions, International taxation and compliance, Financial Reporting, Supply Chain Management, and Cost Accounting.
Additional expertise includes M &A due diligence, client profitability, cash flow projections, revenue and cost budgets, and internal control reviews and recommendations and developing strategic plans. Directly involved with the selection and implementation of various financial systems that included enterprise systems, Treasury workstation, Procurement, Travel and Expense software solutions.
Further, my years of involvement engaged in business operations enabled me to serve as a strategic resource in providing well-defined financial, technological, and operational advice to corporate shared service departments, which included Human Resources, Information Technology, General Counsel, Business Development, Risk Management and Employee health and stock benefit packages.
Graduate of LaSalle University, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Major Accounting. Professional Memberships: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, The Financial Executive Networking Group.
Volunteer Experience: SCORE Philadelphia, Vice President of Women’s Initiatives, Member of Marketing and Strategic Committees and Mentor. Board Member: Free Library of Northampton Township Library, Bucks County
Vice President, Client Engagement
Semi-retired, Morris Bracy has been President/Owner of a fastener distributor in Warminster, Pa for the past 20 years. He’s also owned and/or had a stake in other enterprises such as a gas station and ATMs. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Morris was an executive with Conrail for 22 years and was the architect of a new interline accounting system for the rail industry. He also developed accounting processes that enabled Conrail to take full advantage of the commercial freedom resulting from deregulation.
In addition, he has served on the board of Bushfire Theater, as well as the Cheltenham School District Advisory Board for gifted students. Morris is currently a member of the Frontiers organization, has been involved with the Philadelphia Community of Leaders (PCOL), NAACP, and other civic/community organizations.
He is an alum of Temple University and a graduate of Penn State’s Executive Leadership Program.
Irwin (Irv) Gross
Vice President, Marketing
Irv brings experience in both industry and academia. His industrial career included stints with Hughes Aircraft Company and Scott Paper Company, but mainly with E. I. duPont de Nemours where he was the director of the Marketing Research Division, an in-house consulting and research organization. DuPont named him a Research Fellow, the only person to be so named for research in business rather than technology.
His academic training was in mathematics and electrical engineering, ending with a PhD in Operations Research. His dissertation won the American Marketing Association's award as the best marketing dissertation of the year. Appointed to the faculty of the Wharton School of the U. of Pennsylvania, he rose to be a tenured associate professor of marketing and management science. He was the Foundation Professor of Marketing at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and later co-founded the Institute for the Study of Business Markets (ISBM,) became its executive director and was appointed professor of marketing at Penn State University, from which he retired in 1996. His consulting clients included Intel, Hewlett-Packard, Alcoa and many others. Since 1996, he spent three years as a mentor for SCORE Delaware and has been associated with the Philadelphia chapter for the past three years.
Vice President, Communications
Don brings more than 45 years of information technology (IT) and consulting experience to SCORE. After receiving his Master's degree he worked in Washington, DC as a project manager for a management consulting firm. Some of his projects included an electronic funds transfer system for the US Treasury and portfolio management systems for clients such as the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. He then moved to Philadelphia to become Director of Product Development for a startup company that made computer hardware. For the last 30 years he was an independent consultant, providing systems analysis, systems design, and software development resources for a wide variety of projects, including solar renewable energy certificates, on-line rebate processing, call center support, point-of-sale systems, and clinical drug trial scheduling.
Don received an MS in Management Science from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a BS in Computer Science and Engineering from MIT.
Accomplished International credit risk expert with 20+ years of documented success analyzing credit and country risks, implementing international and domestic credit and export policies. Proven results maximizing revenue opportunities by improving credit assessment methodologies, collections procedures with the development of infrastructure to support growth and market penetration.
The management of credit risk has given me great insight into the reasons and correction of business vulnerabilities and failure. I would like to use this experience to assist in building and avoiding the normal risks associated with start up businesses and existing business.
Professional Experience:New York Credit Board, Director Mid-Atlantic Credit, Board Director Global Enterprise Advisory Board, Christian Brothers University, Member Department of Commerce Export Development Division, Foreign Credit Advisor Credit Research Foundation, Emerging Companies Committee Chair Credit Managers Association of California, Board of Governors Member National Institute of Credit, Director & Treasurer
For the last nine years Mark worked with small business owners in Philadelphia providing mentoring and support. He led the successful turnaround of all-volunteer, not-for-profit business consulting organization, SCORE. He continued this work at the Wharton Small Business Center where he established a program matching MBA students with start-ups in all lines of business. He personally worked with over 300 entrepreneurs, and arranged or moderated more than 30 workshops.
Mark was a General Manager with exceptional leadership skills, having established, grown, and turned around Fortune 500 organizations in various industries. His functional expertise includes operations, finance, business development, and entrepreneurship.
Mark received an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Lafayette College in Easton, PA.