Ray Melcher: Director, Jump Start Incubator
Ray Melcher is an executive with over 20 years of experience as the CEO of a bank and related financial companies offering insurance and wealth management services. Melcher was the co-founding principal of a boutique investment banking firm offering M & A Advisory services, business brokerage, strategic planning, loan placements and transitional CEO/COO assistance. Ray Melcher also co-founded and serves as Chairman of a durable medical equipment and home modification company serving people with physical disabilities and mobility limitations and has extensive experience in the non-profit sector having served on the boards of more than 60 non-profit organizations throughout PA and nationally. As the Director of Jump Start Incubator, Ray oversees its day-to-day operations and ensures that clients are receiving the hands-on assistance they need.
Scott Everly: Graduate Assistant
Scott is originally from Orwigsburg, PA and graduated from Blue Mountain High School in 2007. He received his B.S.B.A. degree with a concentration in Finance from Kutztown University in May 2011. After graduation, Scott worked as a bank teller for Wells Fargo for a little over a year before deciding to further his education and enrolling in Kutztown University’s MBA Program. Scott joined the Jump Start Incubator as a Graduate Assistant in January 2013. At the Incubator, Scott is currently a part of the Finance and Client-Intake Team and assists business owners with financial and accounting issues, as well as, with Business and Marketing Plan development.
He plans on completing his MBA in the Fall of 2013 and hopes to pursue a career in commercial banking.
Ashley Tomasko: Graduate Assistant
Ashley Tomasko is originally from Tamaqua, PA and graduated from Tamaqua High School in 2008. She received her B.S.B.A degree in Marketing with a certificate in Advertising from Kutztown University in May 2012. She has been an intern with the Kutztown University Small Business Development Center from 2011-2012. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree, she decided to enroll in the MBA program at Kutztown University and became a graduate assistant with the Kutztown Small Business Development Center and its associated Jump Start Incubator this Fall.
Ashley is currently part of the Marketing team at the Jump Start Incubator. She consults clients with marketing plan development and marketing material assistance. She also works internally to develop marketing materials for the Kutztown Small Business Development Center and the Jump Start Incubator.
After completing her MBA, Ashley hopes to work at an advertising firm and eventually open her own marketing/design firm.
Daniel Murphy: Graduate Assistant
Daniel Murphy is originally from Washington Township, New Jersey. In May of 2012, he received a B.S.B.A. from Kutztown University with a concentration in accounting. Immediately after graduation, Daniel enrolled in the MBA program at Kutztown University and began working with the Jump Start Incubator and Kutztown Small Business Development Center in August.
Daniel interned at the KU SBDC in the Spring of 2012 and decided to take advantage of their Graduate Assistant opportunities. He is currently part of the finance team and the client-intake team. Daniel focuses on reviewing business plans, financial projections, loan packages, and setting-up/assisting clients with QuickBooks.
Upon completion of his MBA, Daniel hopes to work with a CPA firm and obtain his CPA license. He hopes to gain real world business experience at the Jump Start Incubator that will help him pursue a long and successful business career.