WAXHAW — SCORE Charlotte awarded its highest honor, the prestigious “Dick O’ Brien Award” for 2020 to Jim Weiland in recognition of his nearly 10 years of exemplary volunteer service since joining SCORE Charlotte in 2011, including two years as Chapter President from from 2016-2018, Chapter Executive Vice President, Vice President of Client Services and numerous other positions. He currently serves as Assistant District Director for the State of North Carolina. Weiland lives in Waxhaw, NC.

The “Dick O’Brien Award” was presented at SCORE Charlotte’s annual Holiday Award and Thank you Event held remotely via Zoom by Danny Fischer and Helen Ruth “HR” Harwell, SCORE Charlotte President Co-Chairs. Special guests for the evening’s celebration were Doug Nohe, SCORE Vice President of Field Operations, Cathy Walton, SCORE SE Regional Vice President, and Jim Poppe, SCORE District Director for North Carolina.

The “Dick O’Brien Award” is SCORE Charlotte’s top recognition of a chapter member for volunteer service. It has been awarded annually since 2005 and is named for Dick O’Brien, a former Chapter Chair who volunteered tirelessly to help entrepreneurs, small businesses and non-profits achieve success. O’Brien passed away in 2005.

A volunteer organization consisting of active, retired or semi-retired business executives and business owners, SCORE Charlotte was formed in 1965 as the 47th Chapter of SCORE National based in Washington, D. C. It is one of over 320 chapters nationwide with over 11,000 Certified SCORE members. Due to the coronavirus, SCORE Charlotte as well as other chapters nationwide have set-up remote mentoring sessions via phone, e-mail and videos such as Zoom for its new and existing clients, small business owners or those wanting to start-up, expand or re-open an existing business.

SCORE Charlotte consists of 93 active, retired and semi-retired men and women who provide FREE confidential mentoring. It is a resource partner of the SBA (Small Business Administration). Its offices are located within SBA offices in Charlotte’s South Park area.

43 Years at IBM

Weiland is a 43-year veteran of IBM with over 32 years in management. Throughout his career, he travelled globally and extensively gained experience in sales, customer fulfillment, business controls and operations, finance, process management, information technology and human resources. He also served as an IBM consultant for a telecommunications company in China, where he mentored younger men and women in the best practices of financial and organizational management.

A native of Minnesota, Weiland received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and education from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Weiland currently serves on the board of directors of Union County Entrepreneurs (UCE) and is a former member of the Main Street Board in Waxhaw.

Besides free mentoring, SCORE Charlotte members serve as SCORE Ambassadors and participate as speakers at business trade shows and events in the Charlotte Region. SCORE Charlotte also sponsors free and low-cost workshops such as Simple Steps in Starting Your Business throughout the year plus numerous problem-solving seminars on how to start a business or deal with business growth.

According to the SCORE Foundation, in 2019 SCORE Charlotte mentors helped 169 new businesses get started in the Charlotte Region. The SCORE Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the national SCORE organization. That year, SCORE Charlotte volunteers reported 3,936 client engagements.

The Foundation reports that as a result, 765 non-owner jobs were created in 2019 within the Charlotte Region. Of SCORE clients, 61% were women, 46% were minorities and 10% were veterans, according to the Foundation.

SCORE Charlotte serves clients in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Cleveland, Cabarrus, Stanly, Lincoln, Catawba, Caldwell, Alexander, Iredell, Rowan, Union and Anson counties in North Carolina and York, Chester and Lancaster in South Carolina.

Small businesses that want to talk or be assigned a mentor served by SCORE Charlotte can do so by downloading a “Mentor Request Form” found on our websites www.Charlotte.SCORE.org or www.score.org.

For information on SCORE Charlotte services, or to volunteer as a mentor, go to www.Charlotte.Score.org, call 704-344-6576 or e-mail charlottescore47@cltscore.org.