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    James H. Kunkel
    Executive Director
    James Kunkel is the Executive Director of the Saint Vincent College Small Business Development Center. In this position he heads a team of management consultants and educational programmers whose mission is to provide professional planning, technical assistance, education and information to small and medium sized businesses. The Saint Vincent College SBDC focuses on the benefits resulting from strategic business planning and sound financial management. Mr. Kunkel earned his masters degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from IUP, where he graduated magna cum laude. He received his bachelor-of-science degree in business management, graduating from Penn State University. He has also successfully completed faculty development certificate training in international business at the University of South Carolina and the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird Management Center). In addition to his duties within the SBDC, Mr. Kunkel is also an adjunct professor at Saint Vincent College where he teaches two courses: Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Global Management.

    Timothy J. Bates
    Business Consultant
    Tim has been a Business Analyst with the Center since 2000. He received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Saint Vincent College in 1987. Following graduation he was employed with First Virginia Bank of Falls Church, Virginia from 1987 through 1990. He managed retail branch offices for the bank in their Northern Virginia territory. His duties included business loan development and relationship development as well as consumer loan development. Following this he worked for National City Bank of Pennsylvania from 1990 to 1999. His duties with the institution included Business Development in all industry sectors for loan needs under $500,000. He also worked to develop a SBA loan portfolio for a 3 branch network. During this time he became proficient in Agriculture Lending through the use of the Farm Service Agency (FSA), the Guaranteed Lending arm of the USDA. Through this Agricultural work he developed a working relationship with the Westmoreland County Penn State Cooperative Extension Office.

    Victoria A. Gyenes
    Global Trade Manager
    Vickie Gyenes is the Global Trade Manager for the SBDC. Most recently, she earned the National Association of Small Business Development Centers’ 2010 State Star, an award for demonstrating exemplary performance and a strong commitment to small business. Vickie’s work with the Center for Global Competitiveness helped the SBDC claim the President of the United States “E” Award for Excellence in May 2010; one of the most prestigious forms of recognition offered by the U.S. Government to those involved in business or business service. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a Masters Certificate in Operational Excellence from Saint Vincent College and is a NASBITE International Certified Global Business Professional. Ms. Gyenes began her career in positions of order analyst, sales expediter, government contract coordinator, and as an international sales representative. Since, Vickie has worked as a marketing and trade specialist, market analyst/international trade specialist consultant providing over 10,000 hours of consulting time to small and mid-sized businesses. She has assisted companies with market research, strategic planning and lectured on pertinent business topics. In addition, she has planned and assisted delegations of local companies in trade mission preparation and implementation to Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Ireland, Mexico, Poland, and the United Kingdom.

    Anita Hudock
    Office Manager
    Anita Hudock has been with the SBDC since 1990. She serves as Office Manager for the Center. Her responsibilities include preparing, maintaining, and monitoring the Center’s fiscal budget activity and all grant-related records as required by both Federal and State funding source guidelines. As Office Manager she compiles and analyses cost data reports and prepares monthly invoicing, expenses reports, travel requisitions and invoices for payment. She also maintains and oversees records of staff productivity, grant deliverables, economic impact and small business milestones. In addition, she maintains and develops ties with the Center’s legislative offices, other economic development groups, and community offices to advance and promote the marketing objectives of the center. She has over 26 years of office experience, including her position as Executive Administration Assistant with a large workers compensation/general liability insurance firm.

    Linda Rodkey
    Educational Programs Coordinator
    Educational Program Coordinator, Linda Rodkey, has been with the Saint Vincent College Small Business Development Center and Center for Global Competitiveness for 16 years. Ms. Rodkey graduated salutatorian from the Laurel Business Institute in Uniontown, PA with a degree in secretarial studies and has completed a French minor at Saint Vincent College. Previously, she served in a secretarial capacity at Smith Glass in Mount Pleasant PA and at the SBDC before moving into her current position.

    Peter Tulk
    Senior Business Analyst
    Peter Tulk is the Senior Business Analyst for the SBDC. Prior to joining the SBDC in 2000, Mr. Tulk was self-employed for close to 25 years, owning and operating several area restaurants. He has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Mathematics from Sir George Williams University in Montreal and the designation Certified Business Advisor from The University of Toledo College of Business Administration Graduate Programs. Peter was awarded the ASBDC Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his volunteer service to the business owners of the U.S. Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.