Fred Abood Joins SCORE Board of Directors

Former Corporate Executive Offers Extensive Marketing & Development Expertise

Washington, D.C.—Fred Abood of Marietta, Ga., 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.

Fred Abood served as an executive at Marriott International for 32 years. He retired in 2000 as senior vice president for business development. He was responsible for marketing, sales and national account development in the health care services division. His career included numerous operational and developmental positions with profit and loss responsibilities.

Abood grew up in the family restaurant business in Jacksonville, Fla. He worked in the family’s business during high school and returned to it after college for a few years before joining Marriott. Abood earned an MBA at Georgia State University and completed undergraduate studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Abood joined Atlanta SCORE as a volunteer mentor in 2001. He served as vice chair for marketing and later chapter chair. In 2004, he was named district director overseeing SCORE offices in Georgia. This year, Atlanta SCORE won SCORE National Chapter of the Year honors for service excellence. Abood also volunteers with other community organizations.

SCORE Board Chair Doug Kindred says, “Fred Abood is a strategist and operations expert with national management experience from a stellar career at Marriott.” Kindred adds, “Fred brings a global perspective, experience in strategy and a focus on quality to the SCORE Board of Directors. These core capabilities will strengthen SCORE's national role as a vital mentoring organization for America's small business.”

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.


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