On July 30, 2014, SBA’s Mississippi District Office and the Gulfport SCORE Chapter honored John “Dave” Philo, SCORE mentor and current Chair of the Mississippi Gulf Coast SCORE Chapter with a Certificate of Recognition and Appreciation and a Lifetime Achievement award for his service and dedication to counseling small business entrepreneurs.  

Dave has been a SCORE volunteer for 12 years, counseling entrepreneurs and small businesses across the state and nationally.  “It takes a special person to be a volunteer,” said Janita R. Stewart, Director of the SBA Mississippi District Office.  “Their sole reward is in helping someone else reach their dreams and aspirations.  Even through personal challenges, Dave has been steadfast in this undertaking.  He is truly the glue that holds the Gulfport SCORE Chapter together.”  

The surprise event was held at the Ocean Springs Rotary Club of which Dave is a member.

Dave Philo Awards Ceremony

Top Left Photo: (Left-Right); Janita R. Stewart, Mississippi SBA District Director; John “Dave” Philo, SCORE Counselor and Chair; and Gary K. Reed, MS Deputy District Director  
Lower Left Photo:  (Left-Right): Dr. Lou Finkle, SCORE Counselor, presenting Lifetime Achievement award to Dave Philo
Right Photo:  Lou Finkle addressing the audience of SCORE members and supporters of Dave’s volunteerism