Our Advisors

Our advisors are seasoned Anabaptist brethren committed to integrating Christian principles into all facets of business practice. Each advisor has unique business experience and expertise that will be matched to the client's area of need. For more information, ask for the detailed Advisor Profile.


David Bower. REDWOOD, VA. Seven Oaks Landscape and Hardscape.
Born and raised on Goldenview Dairy, David has 30 years of experience as a third-generation dairy farmer. In his youth, he started Seven Oaks Landscape and later cofounded Homestead Creamery. David’s strengths include employee motivation, conflict resolution, accounting and financial management, strategic planning, and leadership. He also works with struggling businesses.

Elam Esh. NEW PROVIDENCE, PA. Country Value Woodworks LLC. 
Elam founded Country Value Woodworks LLC, which has grown to 45 employees over the years. He enjoys working and growing together with his brother as a partner. Elam’s experience includes leadership, vision, business models, Lean manufacturing, understanding customers, and KPIs. He enjoys thinking outside the box.

Gary Garber. EATON, OH. Garber Electric. 
Gary founded Garber Electric in high school and then merged it with an oil company his father owned. Eventually they split the business, and Gary continued with Garber Electrical Contractors, Inc. Recently he transitioned ownership to his son. Gary’s business experiences enabled him to develop in financial forecasting, estimating and pricing methodology, multi-division, buying/selling businesses, and banking and cash management.

Richard K. Herr. LITTLESTOWN, PA. Semi-Retired Farming. 
Richard grew up on a dairy farm and was interested in agriculture from his youth. He received invaluable practical experience in the nutrition aspect while serving in 1-W at the University of Maryland’s agronomy and dairy research farm. With over 55 years of farming experience, he helps farmers with financial planning, partner issues, operational analysis and improvements, and transferring to the next generation.

Lamar Hess. DILLSBURG, PA.  Hess & Company.
In 2006 Lamar formed Hess & Company, which expanded into a construction company, crop and chicken farm, and a home remodeling company. Raised on a dairy farm, Lamar has years of experience in farming. He also worked as a general contractor for many years. The contracting world has taught him valuable life lessons in business plans and management. Lamar likes to troubleshoot business problems and has a strong interest in sales, team management, and motivation. He is also interested in succession plans for businesses and farms.

Clair High. MYERSTOWN, PA. C.M. High Inc. 
As president of C.M. High Inc. for 38 years, Clair has experienced the growth, challenges, changes, and transition that comes with business. He acquired the company when it had eight employees; it now has over one hundred. Clair offers business advising in organizational structure and management, customer and vendor relationships, company startups and development, longterm planning, and financial development.

David G. Martin. RICHLAND, PA. Dutch-Way Value Mart, Inc. and Dutch Country Hardware, Inc., 
David is part owner of a large hardware store and equipment rental service and oversees the financing. In the past, he served as president of Dutch-Way Farm Market, which grew to three locations and over 400 employees. He sold the business in steps over several years. David’s goal is to help people understand what it takes to operate a successful business. That includes proper financing to enable positive cash flow, as well as understanding monthly/quarterly statements.

Leon Martin. Tenino, WA    
AutoTech Services Raised in southern Illinois, Leon decided to continue the family tradition of general automotive repair and services his father started in Lancaster Co., PA in 1951. Today he coaches automotive shops and helps small AF clients with daily challenges, while maintaining a proper kingdom vision. His interest lies in helping owners look outside the box for the many potentials that usually lie untapped. He also has an understanding into financial management, strategic planning, and leadership.  

Leonard Meador. ROSSVILLE, IN. Business Management Consultant.
Leonard’s business history ranges from owning a feed milling operation to working for a data processing and recordkeeping company. He has served as a business management consultant for more than 35 years. Leonard has also taught business management classes, received certification as a health and safety advisor, and worked in human resources.

Atlee Raber. BERLIN, OH. Berlin Gardens.
Atlee started Raber’s Greenhouse in 1975 and Berlin Gardens Gazebos in 1988. Both busineses are now sold, but Atlee continues to make sales calls and assist with home shows. Atlee desires to help others avoid business mistakes he learned the hard way, especially in running a business without technology. He believes people should exercise their calling to honor God in business. Marketing and sales are his strongest business skills.

Doug Ramer. MYERSTOWN, PA. Martin Appliance and Martin Water Conditioning. 
Doug has worked as a Human Resources manager for the past 13 years at Martin Appliance and Martin Water Conditioning. He began his lifelong career in 1980 as the third employee of the company, which now has more than 300 employees. Doug's experience in Human Resources includes conflict resolution, company policies, hiring the right people, training, and developing a positive company culture.

David Sauder. MOUNT JOY, PA. Business Advisor. 
David became interested in business consulting while purchasing distressed businesses and turning them into profitable enterprises. He also started four businesses from scratch and eventually sold them. David’s business experience lies in manufacturing, marketing, transition, investment, and risk management. He likes to see business owners motivated by their mission and using profitable business plans.

Richard Shank. HAGERSTOWN, MD. Retired. 

Richard owned, operated, and sold several businesses over the years. This included home remodeling, graphic design and printing, and retail services. He desires to help others bypass pitfalls in the business world, improve profitability, and minimize stress by applying Bible-approved methods. A few areas of expertise include bookkeeping and accounting, mediation, debt and budget counseling, and government relations.

LaRay Stover. RUSSELLVILL, MO. Manufacturing Company.
For the last ten years, LaRay served as the accounting manager at a manufacturing company. Before that, he worked in a furniture store and before that, in his family's bakery/bulk food store business. LaRay is experienced in setting up and using QuickBooks and Sage, managing inventory, banking and accounting/tax relationships, interviewing and hiring employees, and business transition.

Dave Swearingen. New Carlisle, OH.  The Site Group Landscape and Hardscape. 
In 1995 Dave founded The Site Group, a landscape and hardscape company, and served as its president for about 20 years. His current role focuses on design and sales, plus he serves as the Advising Administrator for the AF advising team. Dave has a special interest in marketing, sales, team building, employee relations and incentives, and helping newer businesses through the challenges of growth. He also enjoys brainstorming sessions, planning, and understanding of financial reports and ratios.

Larry Troyer. SUGARCREEK, OH. ProVia.
Larry is vice president of the administration and finance department at ProVia, a manufacturer of exterior doors and windows. Most of his work involves analytics, investments, and providing leadership to staff who work in accounts receivable, accounts payable, cash management, invoicing, and taxes. He has worked in the accounting/ finance arena most of his adult life. His experience also includes ownership transfers, separations of business entities, consolidations, and business valuation.

Kevin Weaver. SUGARCREEK, OH. Filtrexx International LLC.
In 2001, Kevin and his brother founded a business now named Filtrexx and grew it to more than 80 employees. Filtrexx is a leading provider of environmental services and erosion control. They sold the company in 2014, and Kevin now serves as the company’s business development manager. His business coaching toolbox includes development and sales, processes and efficiency, strategic planning, leadership and teamwork, and business optimization.

Wayne Wengerd. DALTON, OH. Pioneer Equipment, Inc.
Wayne started Pioneer Equipment, Inc. in 1978. Ten of his twelve children work in the business, which now has more than 30 employees. His goal is to assist families in successfully passing on businesses to the next generation. Wayne also likes to see business owners get a good grasp of their business financial reports, so they can make sound business decisions and leave an Anabaptist witness.

Greg Wolf. SAWYER, KS. Family Food Store. 
Greg served fourteen years as an agricultural consultant within a CPA firm. His clientele included banks, feedyards, commercial farming, and ranching operations. Fulfilling a long-time dream, Greg and his wife started Family Food Store in 2012, which combines a deli, bakery, and specialty store. His expertise includes mission and value statements, family business councils, goals and objectives, accounting, and business planning processes.

Clyde Zimmerman. ALTOONA, PA. United Datacom Networks, Inc. 
Clyde started an electrical contracting business in 1989 and later a telecommunications business, which was sold to United Datacom Networks, Inc. Clyde also works in SALT microfinance programs and Biblical business teaching in developing countries. His experience lies in company startups, vendor and customer relations, tax liability management, and debt and inventory management.