Carl O. Trautmann Begins Term as National Chairman of SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business"

Washington, D.C.—The SCORE Association "Counselors to America's Small Business" announces the election of Carl O. Trautmann, of St. Louis, Missouri, as the chairman of the SCORE Board of Directors. Trautmann is an experienced Fortune 500 corporate business manager, engineer, and business consultant. He begins his two-year term as chairman of the SCORE Board of Directors on October 1, 2002.

Trautmann brings nearly 30 years of strategic, business management experience with the McDonnell Douglas Corporation; three years as an officer in the U.S. Navy; and 15 years of private business consulting. In addition, for the last 14 years, he has been a SCORE volunteer business counselor.

As the chairman of this national, nonprofit association, he will focus board efforts on improving the quality of services delivered to small business, long-term strategic planning, fundraising, increasing diversity and governance of SCORE. Trautmann says, "SCORE focuses on the creation of small business success, which results in growth of local, regional and national economies.” Trautmann adds, “With each small business success, the local community prospers and the nation’s economy grows. We consider it a privilege and SCORE is honored to serve America’s small businesses."

Trautmann has been a SCORE leader at all levels, and has served on the organization's board of directors for two years. During his tenure with SCORE, Trautmann served as chairman of the St. Louis SCORE Chapter, district director for Missouri, and alternate regional director. Throughout 2002, he was the vice-chairman of the board of directors.

SCORE CEO Ken Yancey says, "Carl Trautmann brings a distinctive blend of small business counseling and Fortune 500 planning experience to SCORE. This combination of perspectives makes him uniquely qualified to lead SCORE as it offers a broader range of skills to serve and mentor the entrepreneurs of America through workshops, counseling and online assistance."

In 1987, Trautmann retired after 29 years in business management and engineering at McDonnell Douglas Corporation, where he was a key developer of the firm’s first long-range strategic plan that led to several multi-billion dollar space programs. He has owned and operated two small businesses, and used his expertise to consult over 400 businesses globally. Additionally, Trautmann researched and authored a book titled the “Language of Small Business”. This dictionary of small business terms was developed into a Web site (www.small-business-dictionary.org). Trautmann holds an MBA from St. Louis University and a BS in engineering from Penn State University.

 

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The SCORE Association was formed in 1964. SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. For information about starting or operating a small business,

call 1-800/634-0245 for the SCORE chapter nearest you. More than 10,500 volunteer members provide individual counseling and business workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. SCORE has assisted more than 4.5 million Americans with small business counseling. Visit SCORE on the Web (www.score.org).

 

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