SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” Honors Fred Thomas with Its Highest Volunteer Award

Washington, D.C.—The SCORE Association “Counselors to America’s Small Business” presents the Walter H. Channing Award of Excellence to Fred Thomas of Thetford Center, VT. Thomas receives the Channing Award for his board leadership in developing a strategic plan for the association, and for reaching out to the business community to expand the knowledge base of the SCORE Association.

The Walter H. Channing Award recognizes individual volunteers for their outstanding service to the organization. Thomas, a former President of SCORE, was given the award at the national SCORE Chapter Chair Orientation in Portland, Maine.

Under Thomas’ leadership, SCORE established the strategic plan that is the basis for SCORE’s strategic direction to this day and substantially modified the governance structure of the association. During his tenure, SCORE expanded its knowledge base by adding outside directors to its board for the first time in its history. The first four were women entrepreneurs, all with small business or corporate experience.

Thomas, a Wharton MBA with McKinsey consulting experience and a former vice president at Citicorp/Citibank, joined the Lebanon, N.H., chapter of SCORE in 1986. As a SCORE volunteer, Thomas held numerous leadership positions including chapter chair, state district director and New England regional director. In October 1996, Thomas became President of the SCORE Association.

Along with SCORE volunteer Bill Tate, Thomas led efforts to establish an online email counseling system for SCORE. In June 1997, SCORE launched www.score.org and its email counseling service, Ask SCORE, which provides business advice by 1,200 email counselors. Thomas remains active as a SCORE volunteer in his local SCORE Chapter.

SCORE CEO Ken Yancey says, “Fred provided a vision for SCORE that focuses on professionalism and customer service, which continues to this day.” Yancey adds, “His leadership and dedication exemplify the spirit of this award.”

Since 1964, the SCORE Association has assisted more than 6.5 million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners through counseling and business workshops. More than 10,500 volunteer business counselors serve their communities through entrepreneur education dedicated to the formation, growth and success of small businesses. For information about starting or operating a small business, call

1-800/634-0245 for the SCORE chapter nearest you. Or visit SCORE on the Web at www.score.org.