James W. Pyles Elected Board Chair of SCORE First African-American to Lead SCORE in Its 40-Year History
Washington, D.C.—SCORE announces the election of James W. Pyles of Elkhart, Ind., as the board chair for this national nonprofit organization dedicated to small business counseling and training. He is the first African-American to lead the Service Corps of Retired Executives in its 40-year history.
SCORE, which is funded by Congress, provides free business counseling as well as workshops and seminars to more than 350,000 aspiring and existing small business owners. SCORE has a national network of 10,500 volunteers, each with business management and small business experience. Pyles will lead SCORE’s efforts to increase the number of entrepreneurs it serves, improve quality and recruit new volunteers to SCORE.
Pyles spent 34 years in sales and marketing positions with the Bayer Corporation, his last position as manager of consumer promotion. Prior to retirement, he became an entrepreneur by opening his own real estate management firm. He previously served for three years on the Board of Directors for the Promotion Marketing Association of America.
Pyles joined SCORE in 1996. He has been an active leader in his local SCORE chapter and served on national quality and marketing committees and the SCORE Association Board of Directors for the past three years, as Chair of the SCORE Board Nominating Committee and most recently as board vice chair.
Jim Pyles says, “SCORE will forge ahead on a course to pursue maximum client satisfaction and increase the number of entrepreneurs we serve. I believe in the American dream of owning a small business and SCORE helps small business owners successfully pursue their dreams.”
According to SCORE CEO Ken Yancey, “Jim has a depth of business knowledge and experience. His service on the SCORE Board of Directors is a tremendous asset. He will expand SCORE’s service to entrepreneurs and he will help SCORE recruit new volunteers to join SCORE’s mission of aiding entrepreneurs through small business training and mentoring in the United States.”
Pyles’ accomplished business career is rivaled by his commitment to community service. His current involvements include leadership service for the following organizations: The Samaritan Center, Goshen College Community Advisory Group, and the Elkhart SCORE Chapter. Pyles is a life member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Pyles, a graduate of Crispus Attucks High School, earned his undergraduate degree at the Butler University College of Pharmacy and his MBA at Indiana Wesleyan University.
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 12,500 volunteer business counselors 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. Or visit SCORE on the Web at www.score.org.