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.
As a Certified Public Accountant, Joe has served clients across the financial services sector, spanning from F500 Property & Casualty Insurance Clients, National Healthcare Insurance clients and Mortgage banks. Joe has experience in reviewing Annual Public and Private financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP and Statutory reporting principles. Further, he has assisted clients through significant capital restructuring projects through large debt issuances, and has spent significant time working hand in hand with clients to audit and support future loss projections. During the COVID-19 pandemic Joe supported clients in discerning reasonable expected losses in light of reinsurance contract terms and arrangement.
Internally within PwC, Joe has helped lead the adoption of new digital tools across the Philadelphia Market. Using several automation tools he has been able to reduce manual hours and increase the accuracy and efficiency of results.
Outside of his time as a CPA, Joe was a student athlete at Elizabethtown college where he was named Student-Athlete of the Year. Joe graduated from Elizabethtown with a bachelor's degree in Accounting. He continues to be involved within the lacrosse community and is the head lacrosse coach of the 3rd and 4th grade team for the Warhorse Lacrosse Club in Philadelphia.
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.
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.