M.B.A., the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
B.A., Philosophy, Bloomsburg University
Co-Founder; President Mr. Zimmerman has more than twenty-four years of experience in people management and education, organizational design, employee relations, Human Resources, contract development & negotiation, property & casualty insurance, and employee benefit design & administration. He has been responsible for merger & acquisition formulation, analysis and negotiation; corporate strategic planning; and all aspects of finance & accounting.
Scott successfully created several new administrative organizations, practices, and policies & procedures. He also has considerable experience with both developing and responding to complex specifications and Requests for Proposals (RFPs). His international experience includes projects and operations in Australia, Israel, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Bangkok, and Panama.
In addition to his work with BWZA, Mr. Zimmerman is an Assistant Professor at the John L. Grove College of Business at Shippensburg University (www.ship.edu). After starting in the Economics department, Scott has been teaching courses on a part-time basis for the Department of Management & Marketing, including Leadership, Operations Management and Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management. The College of Business is nationally accredited by the International Association of Management Education (IAME). Scott has been nominated twice for Beta Gamma Sigma’s Teaching Excellence Award.
Scott has submitted papers, made presentations and served on several Functional Committees of the International Bridge, Tunnel & Turnpike Association, including Administration, Finance, and Risk Management and was a Co-Chair of the Central Region Advisory Committee to the Human Resources Committee of the PA Chamber of Business & Industry.
Scott is presently a Board Member of the Board of Overseers of the ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter (www.alsphiladelphia.org). In addition, Scott served as a Board Member (Vice President and Secretary), Coach and Referee for the Susquenita Area Soccer Youth league, a non-profit corporation he helped to incorporate. He also serves as the Secondary Administrator for the Hawkrock Football Club, a travel soccer club he helped to organize and continues to coach.
Prior Professional Experience
Syntonic Technology, Inc. (1986 - 1995)
Senior Vice President; Assistant Secretary (1994-1995) In March 1994, Syntonic became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Science Applications International Corporation (www.saic.com), an employee-owned high technology company with over $2.2 billion in sales, and more than 20,000 employees in 350 offices worldwide. Scott was a member of Syntonic’s negotiating team during the acquisition; he was subsequently responsible for merging the employees and all finance & administrative functions associated with the pre-merger Syntonic and the diverse business operations SAIC contributed to the newly formed subsidiary. Working with the President and Chief Operating Officer, Scott helped to develop the strategic Operating Plan for the new Syntonic. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, Scott directed the ongoing Finance & Administration areas in the company’s corporate headquarters, which included Human Resources, Financial Analysis, Accounting, Contracts, Project Control & Program Support, Training & Productions and general administrative functions.
His professional staff supported the firm’s 335 employees in operations and locations spanning 12 states, plus a subsidiary company with two locations in Australia. He was responsible for numerous aspects of the strategic planning activities of the Company, including preparation and consolidation of Company-wide budgets & forecasts, major contractual & subcontractual arrangements, outside consultants, business development, and marketing support.
In addition to serving as a key member of the Company’s senior executive team, Scott was an Officer of the Company (Assistant Secretary), a member of several councils (e.g., the Business Acquisition Council) and was the primary point of contact for many aspects of the subsidiary's interaction with corporate. He directed the corporate reporting and interface with Treasury, Risk Management, Taxes, Legal, Planning, Contracts, Stock Programs, Leasing, Retirement Programs, Travel and other SAIC corporate departments.
In addition, he was responsible for preparing the Company's reports to Executive Management and the Board of Directors. Scott also was an Associate Member of the SAIC Employee Ethics Committee, served as the Proposal Information Exchange point of contact, and was an invited speaker at SAIC’s 1995 annual Shareholders’ meeting. He made numerous presentations to management and employee groups, initiated and served as managing editor of Company newsletters and did public speaking on behalf of the Company.
Vice President, Planning & Administration; Assistant Secretary (1991-1993) When Syntonic was a privately owned company, Scott was responsible for management and administration of Planning, Human Resources and other Administrative functions for the Company's sales and service operations. Scott was a member of the Company’s Executive Committee and provided direct assistance to the President and other Company executives on a wide variety of business activities, including: mergers and acquisitions; financial analysis; negotiations with other firms; designing and implementing compensation programs; management training and development; obtaining surety bonds (bid, payment and performance bonds); overseeing property and casualty insurance programs, including management of all claims activity; administration of leased properties, consisting of more than 25 locations; contributing to the preparation of major systems bids, proposals and contracts; coordinating employment law and other legal matters with Company counsel; and interfacing with banking and other capital source representatives. Scott assisted with the reestablishment of the Company newsletter, The Communicator, and initiated, wrote and published a new Human Resources newsletter, Resource Reports.
Manager of Personnel & Administration (1986-1991) Syntonic was purchased from Control Data Corporation in 1986. Scott joined the Company in 1986 as Manager of Personnel & Administration; in this role, he was very instrumental in the establishment and implementation of the administrative functions previously provided by Control Data’s corporate staff. His major responsibilities involved management and administration of the Company’s personnel functions, including: formulation, communication, and administration of policies and procedures; recruitment and human resource development; serving as Plan Administrator for all benefits plans and programs, including the Company’s first-ever 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan; management of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Compliance programs; and monitoring and ensuring compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations.
In addition, he was responsible for management of Syntonic's fleet of more than 150 leased or owned vehicles; corporate communications; safety; risk management and loss control. He created Personal Computer based Human Resource Information Systems which was integrated with the Company's mainframe applications.
Holy Spirit Hospital Community Mental Health Center (1979 to 1986) (www.hsh.org)
As a Crisis Intervention/Intake Worker (1982-1986) Scott provided a variety of professional counseling services, including initial assessments of an individual's, couple's and/or family's problem areas and evaluations of appropriate mental health treatment or other human resource recommendations. He also assisted hospital and community services in emergencies and with consultations and referrals. As a Senior Clinician, he assisted with Case Management, Treatment Team Reviews, and served as a member of the Quality Assurance Committee and as a Peer Reviewer on the Utilization Review Committee. He assumed additional responsibilities which included special projects for the Department Coordinator and assisted in the screening and development of new workers and student interns. He assisted in the presentation of seminars and workshops; attended training programs regularly, and took graduate courses in the Masters Program in Counseling Psychology from Temple University.
Scott began at Holy Spirit in 1979 as an inpatient Mental Health Worker/Therapist (until 1982), where he was responsible for providing acute psychiatric inpatient services including individual, group, family and milieu therapy. He also assisted in the development of a new Patient and Family Teaching service.
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