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Jack Opet

Jack Opet
 When And why did you become a SCORE Counselor?
I joined SCORE in early 2009 after retiring from 40+ years working in the international freight transportation and logistics industry for major corporations.  I had always wanted to do some type of volunteer work that allowed me to share the knowledge and experiences I had acquired with others who might benefit from them.   

Business Background:
I spent my entire working career in management, starting out as an engineering officer aboard merchant vessels and progressing through a variety of shoreside positions in Hawaii and California.  Along the way, I’ve been responsible for managing terminal operations, negotiating union contracts, developing budgets, contracting with major railroads, pricing transportation services, implementing new customer-focused teams, leading a global account sales effort, and managing various B2B marketing teams in the U.S.  These varied responsibilities have provided me with a broad perspective of what it takes for businesses to be successful (as well as what can lead to failures).  I’m a strong believer in the power of talented individuals to succeed if they have a clear set of goals and objectives, a well thought out plan, and the necessary measures in place to track their performance.

Educational Background:
BS in Engineering from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY; MBA from the University of California at Berkeley; Additional studies at Harvard, Stanford, the University of Hawaii, and UCLA.

Current Activities:
Besides my volunteer work with SCORE and other local organizations, I have a part-time consulting firm that specializes in transportation-related projects for the public and private sector.  I also have a strong interest in world affairs, politics and college sports (Go Bears!).