CHARLOTTE — Three area residents have been elected to SCORE Charlotte’s Executive Committee for two-year terms, according to Helen Ruth (“HR”) Harwell, Chapter Co-President.

Elected Vice President of Human Resources is Karisa Smith, and Vice President of Client Services Donette Watson, both of Charlotte.

Michael Downing of Waxhaw was elected Vice President of Marketing.

Downing joined the organization in January 2020. In his position, Downing will be responsible for developing and executing marketing plans, social media programs, advertising and event planning.

Prior to starting his own business, Downing spent over 14 years with Bank of America in Charlotte in various positions, including Senior Vice President of Marketing Strategy and Analysis and Senior Vice President of Small Business Alliance Development.

Before that, he served as a statistical analyst with Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance in Charlotte.

Downing earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics in 1998 from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte (UNCC).

He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Adjustments in Waxhaw.

A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Downing is founder and principal consultant of MIDo Consulting in Waxhaw that helps existing and prospective small to medium size business owners plan and execute their business strategies. Before that, he was founder and owner of MiDo Creations, a small on-line retail sales business.

A volunteer organization, 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 92 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 in Charlotte’s South Park area.