Michael Mendez Elected Vice Chair of SCORE Board
Washington, DC—Michael Mendez of Santa Fe, N.M., begins a two-year term as Vice Chair for SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business.” Mendez will help lead SCORE’s mission of service to help hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs each year in starting, managing and growing their businesses through a national network of more than 10,500 volunteer mentors. His term as vice chair begins October 1.
Mendez retired after a 33-year career with Southern California Edison Company (SCE). At SCE, he held a variety of positions that focused on labor relations, human resources, customer service and community relations. During his 10 years as a corporate officer, Mendez held the positions of Vice President of Human Resources, Labor Relations and Regional Leadership. At the time of his retirement, he was the Vice President of Human Resources and Labor Relations.
Following the civil unrest in Los Angeles in 1992, Mendez was selected to develop the strategy for and lead SCE’s initiative to help rebuild the region. This included overseeing the company’s $35 million dollar contribution to the rebuilding effort. After moving to Santa Fe, Mendez joined SCORE Santa Fe and North NM.
SCORE Board Chair Doug Kindred says, “Mike Mendez is an experienced leader, strategic planner and human resources executive who brings a clear view on the importance of creating opportunities for America's entrepreneurs through the valuable mentoring that SCORE provides.” Kindred adds, “I welcome Mike's strategic planning and team building capabilities to his role as Vice Chair of the SCORE Board.”
SCORE counseling is confidential and offered to entrepreneurs at no charge. The volunteers who offer their business expertise are working and retired small business owners and corporate executives. Workshops covering small business issues are organized by local offices, which charge a small fee for the training sessions. SCORE also offers nearly 40 online workshops for free at www.score.org.
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.