photo of Mary Schmidt, Marketing Troubleshooter in Albuquerque, NM

Mary Schmidt

Business Builder & Renovator

I believe my greatest strength is the combination of experience I’ve gained over the past 30 years working in corporate, start-up, small business, and nonprofit environments. Each has its opportunities and challenges. I love diving into my well of tools, tactics, and temperaments to create results for your specific situation.

A New Mexico native, I grew up learning entrepreneurship up close and personal, since my parents were successful entrepreneurs. Then, after working my way through college, I learned my own lessons, in both large corporations and start-ups. After traveling extensively and working in Boston, London, Dallas, New York City, Philadelphia, Silicon Valley, and Austin, I came home to the Land of Enchantment in 2001.

Name it and I’ve probably done it. From finance to product development and management. In my corporate career, I held HQ staff and executive positions in several global technology companies, including Verizon, Unisys and NEC. I’ve led international teams of up to 75 people, managed third-party alliances, and held $30+million in P&L responsibility.

My last “real job” was Director of Alliance Management for a technology services start-up where I was responsible for negotiating and managing channel agreements with companies such as Hewlett-Packard and Cisco.

As a consultant, I’ve worked with a wide range of clients, from sole proprietor artisans to technology giants. (See list below.)

My results include:

  • A successful IPO for a DVD firmware company;
  • Clarification of marketing focus for a VSaaS entrepreneur;
  • Personally identifying, qualifying and closing the second “name” customer for a health/medical software start-up;
  • Two record-setting fundraisers for Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity.;
  • Served as an advisor for the annual TVC (Technology Venture Corporation) symposium, working with a range of technology clients to translate ideas into fundable (and marketable) reality.

A former pre-med and social work major, I never got “do gooding” out of my system. I work with select nonprofit clients, such as The Loan Fund (NM’s largest and oldest community lender) and Habitat for Humanity, to leave the world a little better than I found it. I’m a past president of AIBA (Albuquerque Independent Business Alliance) and have served on numerous boards, including the YWCA of the Middle Rio Grande and the NM Entrepreneurs’ Association.

Hewlett-Packard
Nortel
Unisys
Mitel-Gandalf
Numerex
Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity
The Loan Fund

Digisense
ProtoHIT
New Mexico Community Capital
Solaria (Solar Energy)
Power Factors (Alternative Energy Development)
Enerpulse

Additional Skills & Experience

Corporate Highlights

  • Director, Alliance Management, T-Manage, Inc. (Telemgmt, start-up, capital raise of $60M)
  • Director of Worldwide Help Desk Services, Global Customer Service, Unisys
  • Director of Marketing Neoware Systems (first thin client)
  • Director of Market Planning, Bell Atlantic Business Systems Services

Community Support

  • Founding board member, development, Beloved Pet Care (2014)
  • Albuquerque Women’s Civitan Club, 2014 project chair
  • Duke City Civitan club – President, 2011
  • Albuquerque Independent Business Alliance – past President
  • YWCA Middle Rio Grande – Development Chair
  • Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity – Development
  • NAWBO, Northern New Mexico – VP Corporate & Economic Development

Memberships

  • Association of Support Professionals (ASP)
  • New Mexico Technology Council
  • New Mexico Trusted Advisors (An invitation-only association of professionals who work with C-level clients)

What can I say? If you want it done on time – give it to Mary and get out of the way! And, she gives me direct and independent advice. Sometimes I don’t like to hear it, but she knows it’s part of her job!

Leroy Pacheco

Executive Director, The Loan Fund

This is my second start-up working with Mary. She was the very first call I made once I decided to license the ProtoHIT technology from UNM. She’s one of the very rare people who can both think and produce. No excuses, just execution.

Bruce Fryer

Founder & CEO, ProtoHIT

Let's Talk.

I offer a no-cost and no-commitment 15-minute phone consult. Why not tell me about your business and get some ideas about how I’d approach your current desired goals?

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