Martin Kahn says he likes “to see the good side of people, and see them make it.”
Kahn means it, too: The 85-year-old Highland Beach resident has a personal case file with the names of nearly 2,000 clients whose lives he has touched over the past two decades.
As vice chairman of South Palm Beach SCORE, the Boca Raton-based chapter of a nonprofit organization that provides mentoring opportunities and other resources to businesses throughout the United States, Kahn — like his fellow counselors — is deeply committed to assisting those in the business community.
“It’s altruistic and based on people who have great business experience who care about helping other people,” he said.
The chapter’s chairman, Hal Finkelstein, agrees.
“Our mission is to help small businesses succeed and grow,” said Finkelstein, 72, a resident of Boca Raton.
Based in Herndon, Virginia, SCORE was founded in 1964 as the Service Corps of Retired Executives, before shortening its name to the acronym it is more commonly known by today.
With 11,000 volunteers from the business world, the organization, which includes more than 320 chapters nationwide, has provided assistance to more than 10 million clients during the past 50 years.
“There are a lot of good people in this country who believe in giving back to the community and helping others,” said Kahn.
Like the national organization, the South Palm Beach branch, at 7999 N. Federal Highway, Suite 201, in Boca Raton, has a lengthy history of service.
Founded in 1977, the chapter was based in Delray Beach before moving to Boca in 2003.
An active branch, the chapter has twice been named SCORE’s National Chapter of the Year — first in 1999, and again under Finkelstein’s leadership in 2012.