Ronald Blank is a volunteer mentor with the Southeast Michigan chapter of SCORE. A relatively new member of our chapter’s volunteer team of mentors, Ronald was willing to share his experience so far serving as a mentor to area entrepreneurs. Here are four questions and four answers (4x4) with one of our newer mentors...

Why did you decide to serve as a volunteer mentor with SCORE?

After retirement in 2018, I was looking for a consulting outlet that would give me fulfillment and purpose. I was not aware of SCORE prior to January of 2019, but from the moment I visited the website and connected with the chapters representatives, I was excited to begin the orientation and to meet with clients. It has turned out to be an amazing fit.

What has been your greatest area of fulfillment you’ve received since starting your mentorship service with SCORE?

Realizing that I am making a difference with those that I have mentored. It has made me realize that I have much to offer and that my 35 years of business experience can help and be applied to most all situations.

Entrepreneurs often refer to “a-ha moments” when being mentored by SCORE volunteers. What was a recent a-ha moment one of our clients had that you think will have an impact on the success of his or her future endeavors?

Explaining EOS (the Entrepreneurial Operating System) to clients and watching their reaction, knowing that it will make a significant difference as they begin to take their company to the next level.  Watching an entrepreneur understand the necessity of establishing processes that will help run a business and achieve the objectives while avoiding the pitfalls is immensely satisfying.

What’s been the biggest surprise?

The vast difference between the types of businesses that reach out to SCORE for mentoring and realizing that applying consistent business principles that helped me during my career will in fact help them as well.  Understanding the various skills of my fellow mentors and knowing that they are available to consult with and to co-mentor a client as needed.

About the Mentor:

Ronald Blank was president and founder of the Franklin Group, Inc., a Michigan-based owner of land-lease communities, manufactured home sales and service companies. Mr. Blank founded the company in 1982 and built it into eight communities with 2,300 home sites. The company was sold to private equity in 2018. His management of the company has included the planning and construction of many of the properties in the group and daily participation in the operation of all of the Franklin businesses. The Franklin Group enjoyed a quality reputation for building and managing modern communities and providing extraordinary services to its residents.

For more than 15 years, the Franklin Group implemented and used a business system that created profound changes within the organization, EOS, the Entrepreneurial Operating System, which combines timeless business principles with a set of simple, practical, real-world tools to help entrepreneurs get what they want from their businesses.

Mr. Blank has also served as an active member of the Michigan Manufactured Housing Association and has served on numerous committees. The Governor appointed Mr. Blank to the Michigan Manufactured Housing Commission in 2005. He served as the Chairman of the Commission for several years. Raisin Ridge, a Franklin community in Monroe, Michigan was awarded national recognition and named by MHI Community of the Year for developments over 150 home sites

Mentor Q&A: 4X4 with Ronald Blank