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Updated: October 5, 2020

SCORE Portland unveils leadership change 'to bring new ideas and energy'

Side by side portraits Photos / Courtesy of SCORE and Tim Greenway for Mainebiz Jonathan Trumper, left, is the new SCORE Portland chapter chair. He succeeds Nancy Strojny, who will stay with the organization as assistant district director for SCORE Maine with a focus on fundraising and outreach. She will also stay on as a SCORE mentor.

After more than eight years as Portland chair of the SCORE business mentoring and education organization, Nancy Strojny has stepped down to become assistant director for SCORE Maine with a focus on fundraising and outreach. She will also stay on as a SCORE mentor.

She is succeeded as SCORE Portland chair by Jonathan Trumper, who took on the role Oct. 1 at the start of its new fiscal year.

Trumper, cited by SCORE for his extensive experience as an advocate and agent for startups, prominent organizations, artists and public figures in New York, Hollywood and Silicon Valley, has a background in consulting, content strategy and development for artists and organizations.

His LinkedIn profile shows 21 years of experience through a company called Ink to Inc. for clients including the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and Deep Ocean Navigators, a New York-based, media-focused oceanic exploration company for whom he recruited actor Kevin Costner as a participant.

At SCORE Portland, Trumper will coordinate coordinate community outreach, recruiting and the chapter’s small business counseling and workshop programs.

SCORE also said that he has worked across media, technology and entertainment to create new businesses and build brands.

Strojny, honored in 2017 as a Mainebiz Woman to Watch, has mentored entrepreneurs from the team at Flowfold, honored on the 2019 Mainebiz Next list, to Tiny Homes of Maine's Corinne Watson, a 2020 Mainebiz Next list honoree.

"I decided to step down because we have an exceptional leadership team in place to continue our mission," Strojny told Mainebiz over the weekend, noting that eight years ago when she took over as chair there was so much to accomplish.

"We recruited an exceptional team of mentors, and built strong community relationships," she added. "It takes time to build a world-class organization and deliver consistently excellent client service, and we did just that. Our new chair and the executive team will bring new ideas and energy to the conversation."

Through 84 volunteers with a wide rage of expertise, SCORE Portland provides small business mentoring and education through virtual and email counseling, and a series of virtual business workshops. 

A resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration, SCORE has 135 volunteers statewide who donated more than 18,705 hours in 2019 to help clients start or expand a small business.

“We thank Nancy for her dedicated, continued service and enthusiastically welcome Jonathan as chair,” said SBA District Director Amy Bassett in Friday's announcement.  “We are very fortunate to have the SCORE Portland chapter as a valued resource for the Maine small business community.”

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