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Our Founders

Menlo F. Smith
Founder

Menlo F. Smith is one of the principal founders of Mentors International. He is chairman of Sunmark Capital Corporation, a venture capital firm with interests in real estate, electronics, aircraft systems, industrial marking systems and other fields. He was founder and previously chairman and CEO of The Sunmark Companies, St. Louis, a group of companies operating internationally in snack foods and confectionery manufacturing and marketing, now a unit of The Nestle Company. He currently serves on a number of corporate and charitable boards.

Steven H. Mann
Founder

Steven H. Mann is a co-founder of Mentors International. Mr. Mann holds BA and MA degrees from BYU. Steve served on White House Advance Staff (1976) during President Gerald Ford election campaign. He was a partner in Zenger-Miller—a leading management and supervisory training firm acquired (1989) by Times Mirror. Mann was a co-founder of Pretzel-Time Inc.—the company was acquired by Mrs. Fields (1999). Steve co-founded Deseret International Foundation with William Jackson (Deseret focuses on simple life changing operations on children around the world—a model that focuses on strengthening and supporting local medical establishments. In 1999- 2001, he moved to Zimbabwe and under the Deseret name developed and implemented HIV/AIDS prevention programs that are still being taught in Zimbabwe schools and businesses. While living in Zimbabwe, he also helped develop and implement HIV/AIDS prevention programs for the LDS Church, which were used throughout the East Africa Area.

Warner P. Woodworth
Founder

Warner P. Woodworth is a professor in the Department of Organizations Leadership and Strategy in the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University (BYU). He is a leading advocate of development of micro-credit and has been involved in researching as well as developing such programs. Woodworth holds BS and MS degrees from BYU and an MA and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He has also held various visiting scholar appointments including as the first Peter Drucker Centennial Scholar at the Drucker School of Management of Claremont Graduate University. Among the organizations Woodworth has helped to found have been Mentors International, Unitas Microcredit and HELP-International.