James Ford Poole was born in Laurens, South Carolina, and received a B.A. in Mathematics from Benedict College. He became an admired leader in business, politics and community service at the local, state and national level. James was also a gifted singer and joined the NORAD Aradcom Choral Group when he enlisted in the Army. He was a featured soloist on an album the group recorded at Carnegie Hall, and his other notable performances included the Diana Shore and Arthur Godfrey shows and Colorado Governor Roy Romer’s inauguration.
Mr. Poole relocated to Pueblo in 1962 and became a math and civics teacher at Central High School where he shaped the minds of many future leaders. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to establish James F. Poole Associates, becoming the first African-American Certified Financial Planner in Pueblo.
During his 40 years as a respected investment advisor, he held positions with many organizations including, Treasurer, Pueblo African American Concern Organization, Board of Trustees for Benedict College and Pueblo Community Health Foundation, and was one of five member appointments to the Colorado State Insurance Board by Governor Lamm.
He also was a lifetime member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., served as the Treasurer for the Colorado Democratic Party and as a Board Member of the Colorado State Centennial/Bicentennial Commission.
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