When I immigrated to Hagerstown from Spanish Town, Jamaica, in 2013, a 2,393-kilometer journey by air, to join my beloved wife, Jean, little did I know I would be elevated to the leadership of SCORE’s Hagerstown chapter.

Today, I am basking in the afterglow of being appointed the new chairman, the first Jamaican national to have held this position. I was handed the ceremonial gavel at a breakfast installation ceremony on Sept. 26 at the Golden Corral restaurant in Hagerstown.

I succeeded Bob Jones, who held the position for several terms.

Members of my administrative team include Nathan Idio, vice chairman; Harry Sachs, secretary; and Sylvanus Tipson, treasurer.

The Hagerstown chapter has more than 30 volunteer men and women counselors to assist clients. They provide resources, templates and tools to assist entrepreneurs in developing plans they need to navigate their way to small-business success.

As head of the new administration, I will be leading the charge over the next 12 months, with the capable assistance of my new executive team. We will continue to provide quality mentoring services, which is the core of what we do for entrepreneurs and small businesses in Hagerstown and surrounding areas.