Center Profile

Founded: 1997
Specialties: Clean Technology
Counties: Centre, Clinton, Lycoming and Mifflin

 

Client Testimonials

Staff Profile

Timothy Keohane

Timothy Keohane

Timothy J. Keohane
Director

Tim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Science, with a concentration in accounting, from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. Prior to his employment with the SBDC as a business consultant, he worked for eight years marketing to the healthcare industry. Tim is dedicated to promoting growth, expansion, innovation, increased productivity and management improvement to small businesses and prospective small businesses in Centre, Clinton, Lycoming and Mifflin Counties.

John Peterson

John Peterson

John Peterson 
Business Consultant
 

John Peterson joined the Penn State Small Business Development Center in 2018 as a business consultant and is the current interim director of the Center. John’s consulting efforts are primarily focused on providing free, confidential one-on-one consulting to current or prospective small business owners within Centre and Mifflin counties.

 

John has more than 15 years of business management experience in various industries, including private ownership, private equity, venture capital, and publicly-held businesses. Working with high-growth companies—ranging in size from early-stage development to globally-recognized organizations—has given John the opportunity to work with not only hundreds of small businesses, but also with some of the world’s largest names in consumer and industrial products. John has experience working within the manufacturing, technology, Lean, Six Sigma, safety, quality systems, environmental law, sales, supply chain, consumer products, life science, operational excellence, inventory control, engineering, product development, leadership development, purchasing, industrial products, and food and beverage industries.

John is actively involved in scouting, numerous local youth sports organizations, and as a director on the Penn State Smeal College of Business Alumni Board.

 

John resides in State College with his wife Christina. They have 2 sons, Dante and Anthony.

Will Hooten

Will Hooten

Will Hooten
Business Consultant
 

Will joined the Penn State Small Business Development Center in 2018 as a business consultant. Will’s consulting efforts are primarily focused on providing free business valuation, financial forecasting, and confidential one-on-one consulting to current and prospective small business owners within Centre and Mifflin counties.

 

Will previously worked at Bloomberg, where he was an analyst for the Earnings Estimates team. In this role, he primarily analyzed micro and macro-economic factors to create a consensus on financial estimates for Fortune 500 technology and pharmaceutical companies. While at Bloomberg, Will also worked in operations helping to create KPIs and SLA for his team. To make processes more efficient, Will taught himself how to program in Python and SQL. This experience has lead him to become certified in data science and database management.

 

Will currently resides in Hollidaysburg, where he enjoys hiking, fishing and brewing beer.  

Tom Keiffer

Tom Keiffer

Tom Keiffer
 
Tom joined the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in 2015. Tom focuses on assisting clients with the development of structured narrative business plans, detailed financial projections, as well as preparation of loan proposals. Tom provides one-on-one consulting to clients in both Lycoming and Clinton Counties, as well as instructs classes regarding starting a business and utilizing QuickBooks.
 
Prior to working with the SBDC, Tom worked as the Chief Financial Officer for a Franchisee in the Restaurant Industry. Tom performed bookkeeping, Human Resources, competitor analysis, relocation feasibility, and other financial planning applications.
 
Tom resides in Clinton County where he enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, fishing, and being an active board member of Downtown Lock Haven, Inc.
Karl Binns

Karl Binns

Karl Binns
 
Karl is the Agriculture Center of Excellence Coordinator for the Penn State Small Business Development Center. In his role, Karl facilitates capacity building and strategic partnerships to support Pennsylvania’s agribusinesses and operations involved in the food supply chain.
 
Karl comes to the Penn State SBDC with almost 10 years of advanced workforce development and training experience in agriculture and natural resources. He has held previous cross-functional roles in higher education ranging from recruitment and retention to institutional advancement. Mr. Binns is an international speaker, LEAD Maryland Fellow, 2x FFA Honorary State Degree Holder, and Herrsching International Seminar Fellow. Karl is a former Outside Director of the Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement and founder of the World Food Prize- Maryland Youth Institute.
 
A graduate of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Karl is a 15 year member of Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) and is active on numerous community boards focused on youth engagement and outreach.
Annie Hughes

Annie Hughes

Annie Hughes
 
Annie Hughes is Director of Harrisburg LaunchBox powered by Penn State and Management Consultant for Penn State SBDC. In her role, Annie supports entrepreneurship and innovation in Pennsylvania through business coaching and lean startup and design thinking instruction.
Annie brings 10 years’ experience in innovation practice and product development within small and corporate business environments. Prior to joining Penn State Harrisburg, Annie was a Manager of Disruptive Innovation at the Hershey Company, where she built new brands in new product categories, often piloting new innovation processes. Prior to Hershey she was Director of Sales and Marketing at Eco Lips, Inc., a small business in her home state of Iowa.
 
Annie has a B.S. from Northwestern University’s School of Communication, and an M.B.A. from the University of Iowa. She lives in Harrisburg, where she and her husband volunteer in civic projects that support community building and economic development.
Elizabeth Hay

Elizabeth Hay

Elizabeth Hay
 
Elizabeth Hay is a business consultant for the Penn State Small Business Development Center. Her consulting efforts are primarily focused on providing free, confidential one-on-one consulting to current and prospective business owners.
 
Elizabeth has more than 15 years of experience as an entrepreneur and consulting with small business owners. Her expertise includes employee management, insurance compliance, accounting and bookkeeping, government contracting, bid and proposal writing, safety management and overall business management. She has worked with multiple SBIR awards through phase III and has training in DCAA contract accounting. Elizabeth has experience with woman owned and veteran owned business certifications, compliance, and bidding under those designations. She is a QuickBooks ProAdvisor and known as our “in-house” entrepreneur.
 
Elizabeth is the President of WiNGs, a State College based women in business networking group, she teaches yoga throughout the community, and volunteers as a pop warner cheer coach. She lives in State College, with her husband and 6 children.
Elizabeth Fegert

Elizabeth Fegert

Elizabeth Fegert
 
Elizabeth is the Marketing and Event Coordinator for the Penn State Small Business Development Center. In this role, she manages the marketing related to the SBDC and its programs and coordinates all educational workshops and training.
 
After spending nearly a decade as a High School English teacher and Department Chair, Elizabeth transitioned to the university. Her experience managing university-wide events, coordinating marketing and communication efforts, designing program curriculum, presenting professional development workshops, and establishing relationships with stakeholders have enabled her to coach clients to personal and professional growth.
 
Elizabeth has a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary English and a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership. She lives in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania with her two dogs and husband Jeremy, who is thrilled she turned her social media habits into a career.
Theresa Krise

Theresa Krise

Theresa Krise
Administrative Assistant

Theresa is the administrative support assistant for the Penn State SBDC and PennTAP. Theresa joined the SBDC in April 2012. Prior to her employment with the SBDC, she worked for more than 20 years with The Pennsylvania State University’s Academic Outreach/World Campus as an administrative support assistant for the executive director of Academic Outreach and two directors of the World Campus. She’s the first person to greet clients in the lobby of 200 Innovation Boulevard.

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Penn State SBDC
200 Innovation Blvd
155 Technology Center
University Park PA 16802
Phone: 814-863-4293
Fax: 814-865-6667

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