Keith Ogata Joins SCORE Board of Directors

Corporate Executive Offers Extensive Background in Management & Finance

Washington, D.C.—Keith Ogata of Honolulu, Hawaii, joins the SCORE Board of Directors. SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business" provides free small business mentoring, as well as low-cost workshops and seminars, to more than 300,000 aspiring and existing small business owners each year.

Keith Ogata is the president of 3-K Financial Corporation in Nevada, a private investment and consulting firm. Prior to that, he was chief financial officer and treasurer of the National Education Corporation in Irvine, Calif., a leading education, training and publishing company. His responsibilities included accounting and finance, strategic planning, investor and public relations, human resources, risk management and information systems. Ogata also shared chief operating responsibilities with the CEO in turnaround situations involving underperforming subsidiaries.

Ogata holds an MBA from Duke University and a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Southern California. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Chuk, Micronesia, where he implemented a computerized accounting system. He has served as the district director overseeing SCORE offices in Hawaii since 2001.

SCORE Board Chair Doug Kindred says, “Keith Ogata is a financial expert with keen expertise as CFO, company president and entrepreneur. His skills provide the high level perspective that will help SCORE fulfill its mission as a mentoring and training organization for entrepreneurs.” Kindred adds, “Keith has an excellent sense of business trends and small business that he brings to his role as a national board director of SCORE.”

Since 1964, SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” has helped more than 8 million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners through counseling and business workshops. More than 10,500 volunteer business counselors in 389 chapters serve their communities through entrepreneur education dedicated to the formation, growth and success of small businesses.

For more information about starting or operating a small business, call 1-800/634-0245 for the SCORE chapter nearest you. Visit SCORE on the Web at www.score.org or www.score.org/women.