Updated on: January 25th, 2017
At the start of January, our partner, Charlotte SCORE, presented its first National Gold Member Award to Gene “Eugene” Barreau. This award recognizes individuals who offer exceptional service and support to nonprofits. In Barreau’s case, he was recognized for his Exceptional Contribution and Meritorious Service to the SCORE Association over the last 11 years.
According to Jim Weiland, Charlotte SCORE President, “Gene is always ‘on call’ to give support, is in the office several times a week and does client intake referrals and prospective volunteer applications two or three times a day.”
Barreau joined SCORE in 2005 and served as Vice President of Information Systems for 10 years, a role he was highly qualified for, thanks to his over 50 years of experience in sales and IT. A Perdue University grad, he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer in North Carolina.
Barreau started his career in 1985 with desktop computers. From there, he spent nearly 30 years as part owner of Heyward, Incorporated of Charlotte, NC. Initially, his main function was sales, but his IT skills were apparent from the beginning. He quickly became the go-to person for all things IT, enabling the other employees to stay more productive than ever.
Currently, Barreau is a Microsoft Partner, and is a member of the Charlotte IT Professional Group and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Over the years, he’s also been known for the active role he played in the South Carolina chapters of the American Water Works Association and the Water Environment Association.
SCORE is a national volunteer organization, consisting of active, retired or semi-retired business executives and business owners. As Certified SCORE Mentors, these men and women provide free face-to-face mentoring to small business, including start-ups. Mentoring via phone, e-mail, Skype or video conferencing is also available for time-savvy business owners.
SCORE is a resource partner of the SBA. The Charlotte Chapter provides low-cost workshops on how to start a business, plus problem-solving seminars. Locally, mentors who serve as SCORE Ambassadors also participate as speakers at business trade shows and events in the Charlotte area.