Charles W. “Chuck” Poore, Jr. was in the investment banking business in Nebraska for 37 years. He specialized in tax-free municipal and school bonds. For most of those years he was one of the principal owners of an investment firm which annually handled one-third of the bond issues in the state of Nebraska. Mr. Poore served as the financial advisor for approximately 75 political subdivisions of Nebraska government. He has served as president, vice president, secretary and treasurer of the Nebraska Securities Industry Association.
Mr. Poore’s other business activities include grain farms, an injection molding plastics company, a telemarketing company, a trucking company, and farm equipment manufacturing.
He was appointed a General Officer of Phi Delta Theta in 1975 when he became the Province President of Psi Province with chapters in Nebraska and South Dakota. He served in that position for 17 years. During 1992-1993, he assisted his chapter, South Dakota Alpha, in raising funds for a $500,000 chapter house addition and remodeling project.
In 1993, Mr. Poore endowed a Phi Delta Theta Foundation scholarship. The Chuck Poore Family Scholarship is available annually to a member of Phi Delta Theta at the University of South Dakota, the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, or the University of Nebraska – Kearney. These were the original chapters of Psi Province. Today Nebraska Gamma chapter at Creighton University is also in the province, and its members are eligible for the scholarship.
Mr. Poore was elected a member of the Fraternity’s General Council at the 1994 General Convention. He was elected Treasurer of the General Council in 1996 and served in that capacity until 1998 when he was elected President of the Fraternity. He served as an ex officio member of the Phi Delta Theta Foundation Board of Trustees during the two years he was President of the Fraternity and returned as a member of the Board in January of 2003.
Mr. Poore has served on the Board of Directors of the West Omaha YMCA. He was a charter member and two-term president of Cornhuskers Cosmopolitan International, an organization which benefits juvenile diabetics and mentally handicapped children. Currently he is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Omaha Home for Boys, a member of the Investments Committee for the University of South Dakota Foundation Board, and the finance director for the Pines Country Club in Valley, Nebraska.