SCORE DC volunteer Damien Wanner is formally retiring from SCORE in July after 32 years of dedicated service. As a mentor for both the DC and Annapolis Chapters, Damien has served hundreds of SCORE clients over that time, seeing about 15-20 new clients each year, with an overall NPS rating of 10/10. In addition Damien supported the chapter by creating and publishing the DC Chapter newsletter. SCORE is proud to recognize the impact Damien has had on small businesses in the DC area and across the US. We thank Damien for his service, and wish him a fabulous next adventure!
Damien Wanner grew up working in a Mom and Pop luncheonette run by his family. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1960 and spent the next 29-plus years in his new home away from home. Post-training assignments included the Azores, California, Michigan (to finish an undergraduate degree), Texas, Indiana (to get a graduate degree), Philippines, Massachusetts, Alabama, Michigan, and Andrews AFB, Maryland. His enlisted career was brief as a teletype operator and the next 25 years were spent as an officer in contracting and systems program management work. The various Chiefs of Staff of the Air Force proved that they do have a sense of humor because they kept promoting him, all the way up to colonel. Post-active duty work included a civil service position with the AF as a Contract Review Specialist, and then 13 years working part-time for a defense contractor as a senior member of the staff. Now fully retired, he has been a SCORE counselor since 1989. He and his wife have traveled extensively (Europe, Oceania, Russia, Alaska, China, Africa, and South America).