Address and Contact Information:
926 N. 16th Street,
Murray State University
Murray, KY 42071
Ph.: (270) 809-2856
Fax: (270) 809-3049
Chris Wooldridge, District Director
Chris Wooldridge is a former entrepreneur with nearly 20 years of experience in the Murray banking and financial services community. He held numerous positions in the banking industry and has experience with business development, corporate compliance, credit analyses, bankruptcy and loans. Additionally, he is a Rotarian and very involved in the community. He has served the City of Murray, Murray Calloway County Hospital and many other local organizations including serving as the President of Murray Main Street program. He is a graduate of Murray State University, the Kentucky School of Banking, and the Kentucky School of Insurance. He also has received his certification through the Kentucky Institute for Economic Development and is a member of the Kentucky Association for Economic Development.
“There is no question that small businesses are the backbone of this country. The success of this country economically will depend on the success small businesses experience. We are excited about the opportunity to be a part of the success stories of the businesses in our area by providing high quality, in-depth and hands on planning, consulting and training.”
John Mitchell, Management Consultant
John Mitchell joined the Murray SBDC in July of 2012. He has more than 25 years in leadership roles with GE Appliances and Pella Corporation. As Division President and Chief Operating Officer for Pella, he led the startup of a new division to manufacture and market a radically new product line. The new venture achieved more than $20 million in sales in only three years. As Vice President of Engineering and Quality for Pella, he led the invention of a patented process to make a low-cost, industry leading fiberglass material. Leadership roles at GE include productivity, product design, product testing, electronics, global sourcing, and manufacturing. He spent two years living and working in Great Britain with GE. Teams he has lead have included full division staff, up to 40 engineering professionals, and over 600 hourly workers. He became an expert in Six Sigma at GE and in Lean Manufacturing at Pella. John has a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Louisville. He holds two patents and has published six papers. Most recently, he has consulted with businesses and non-profit organizations to help them through strategic planning, process improvements, and website development. John grew up in Louisville and has lived in Murray since 2002. When not at work, John enjoys photography, cycling, computers, home improvement, and boating.
Tamela Darnell, Management Consultant / Administrative Assistant
Tamela Darnell has been with the Murray Small Business Development Center since July 2012. She became a consultant for the SBDC in October 2013. She is a graduate of Murray State University and holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Business Administration. She has assisted clients on developing their social media marketing plan, business plan, and directing them to the appropriate resources they need.
“The most rewarding part of my job is seeing a client come in with a dream and being able to provide the stepping stones to help them achieve it.”
Brady Parks, Management Consultant
Brady Parks joined the Murray SBDC in August of 2014. He has over 25 years of experience with Sales and Marketing with large construction and engineering companies developing proposals/presentations to secure multi-million dollar projects. He has experience with design and development of graphics, websites and social media projects. He also led the Corporate Volunteer Council, executing community and charity projects, raising funds and community awareness for multiple events.