The SCORE Foundation Announces Creation of National Advisory Board


Washington, D.C.The SCORE Foundation establishes a national advisory board to extend the reach and impact of The SCORE Foundation, a nonprofit organization that serves as the philanthropic benefactor to the SCORE Association. Members of the advisory board were nominated by The SCORE Foundation board of directors for their community, business and philanthropic leadership.

The SCORE Foundation National Advisory Board will:


  • Leverage the entrepreneurial spirit of individuals with national stature
  • Identify and access new opportunities for philanthropic growth and outreach
  • Provide philanthropic leadership to SCORE’s cutting-edge strategic initiatives
  • Serve as a sounding board for new initiatives
  • Provide input into the ongoing strategic direction of the foundation


The SCORE Association provides free and confidential business advice and training to more than 350,000 entrepreneurs each year. The SCORE Foundation raises funds to help the SCORE Association fulfill its mission of service to the small business community through entrepreneur mentoring and training.

Paul DeLuca co-founded Porta Systems Corp. in 1969 and grew the business to over $70 million in sales before his retirement in 1989. He holds over 30 patents in the field of telecommunications and serves as chairman of Telecom Consultants, Inc. DeLuca is a member of the business school advisory board for Manhattan College and is the president of the alumni advisory board at the CUNY School of Engineering.

Michael Drinkard of Brooklyn serves as the senior vice president for purchasing at Cumberland Packaging Corporation, the makers of Sweet ’N Low. Drinkard has authored three books: “Rebels, Turn Out Your Dead,” “Disobedience,” and “Green Bananas.” He is a successful businessman with a deep understanding of the entrepreneurial process and spirit.

Eva Haller is president of the board for Kids Can Free the Children USA, which serves as the lead United Nations partner to address the issues of children and armed conflict. Haller also serves as a long-time trustee of the Center for Defense Information, a non-partisan organization committed to independent research on the social, economic, environmental, political and military components of global security. She has been a leading expert and pioneer in modern day telemarketing and public relations.




Yoel Haller, M.D., is a retired obstetrician and a member of the board of advisors for the Center for Defense Information. He also serves on the boards of Counterpart International, Inc. and Hospice of Santa Barbara and is a member of the advisory board of Exploring Solutions Past.

Tim Jochner has served as chairman of the board of Innovative Bancorp and Innovative Bank since April of 2001 when he and his business partner, Joe Kaplan, acquired the bank, formerly the Bank of Oakland. He sits on all committees for the holding company and bank. Jochner began his career with the Bank of Oakland in merchant card processing before leaving to start his own company, Superior Bankcard, with Kaplan. Superior Bankcard became one of the premier merchant card processing firms in the country before being sold in 1998. Jochner and Kaplan then organized Innovative Merchant Solutions, grew it to the fourth largest merchant card processing firm in the country and sold the company to Intuit, Inc. in 2003.

Joe Kaplan served as president and CEO of Innovative Merchant Solutions until its sale in 2003 to Intuit Inc. and continues to serve as the president and CEO of the Intuit subsidiary. Kaplan, along with Tim Jochner, started Superior Bankcard. They then organized Innovative Merchant Solutions, successfully grew the business and sold the company to Intuit Inc. in 2003. He is a member of all committees for the holding company and bank.

Paul Labib leads a successful career in the fields of investing and finance. As the managing director of marketing and investor relations, Labib is responsible for executing Harbert Management Corporation's marketing strategy, business development and client services. He is a registered investment advisor and a CPA.

The SCORE Foundation was formed in 2001. The SCORE Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, public charity dedicated to ensuring a lasting legacy of business counseling and training for successful American small businesses by supporting the SCORE Association ( and its volunteer corps.