looks like I resolved my own problem.
1.) Using msconfig, I changed my startup selection to "Selective Startup"
2.) Disabled all Microsoft Service (because it's the longest list of services)
3.) Selectively disable setting by Manufacture (Luckily, AVG happened to be the first in my list).
Rebooted machine to determine impact. Presto!! the problem went away.
I notice that AVG IDProtection and WatchDOG created extremely long boot delays (10-15 minutes).
Subsequently, AVG was uninstalled and my machine boots very fast now.
Hope this helps