John Carden Elected to The SCORE Foundation Board of Directors Carden Brings Leadership, Legal and Accounting Expertise to Foundation Board

Washington, D.C.—Former Ernst & Young, LLP Vice-Chair John Carden of Point Clear, Ala., joins the board of The SCORE Foundation, a nonprofit organization that serves as the philanthropic benefactor to the SCORE Association. Carden’s term begins on October 1, 2004.

The SCORE Foundation’s mission is to support and leverage the work of the SCORE Association, “Counselors to America’s Small Business.” The SCORE Association provides free and confidential business advice and training to more than 350,000 entrepreneurs each year. The SCORE Foundation raises funds to help the SCORE Association fulfill its mission of service to the small business community through entrepreneur mentoring and training.

Carden is the retired Vice-Chair of Ernst & Young, LLP, having served with the firm for more than 30 years. His responsibilities included the firm’s management consulting services practice, consisting of approximately 1,000 consultants. Carden’s consulting experience covers strategic planning, turnaround assistance, inventory valuation and quality management issues.

Duncan Brown, chair of The SCORE Foundation, says, "John Carden is a dedicated SCORE volunteer and successful small business owner. His leadership and broad range of management experience will be a tremendous asset to our mission of supporting the SCORE Association.”

Carden is a graduate of Harvard College (AB, cum laude) and the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration (MBA). He is an active member of the SCORE Chapter in Baldwin County, Ala., since 1997, serving as both chapter vice-chair and chair. Carden is chairman of Point Clear Investments, Inc., a member of the Board of Directors of Turner Supply Company, and the owner of four Toledo, Ohio, area retail establishments.

Currently, Carden serves on the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants committee, preparing the Business Environment and Concepts section of the Uniform CPA Exam. He also is a member of the Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy, appointed by Governor Don Seigelman and reappointed by Governor Bob Riley.

The SCORE Foundation was formed in 2001. The SCORE Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, public charity dedicated to ensuring a lasting legacy of business counseling and training for successful American small businesses by supporting the SCORE Association (www.score.org) and its volunteer corps.