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Entrepreneurs

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Beatriz (Betty) Manetta CEO Argent Associates

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Beatriz Manetta emigrated from Argentina to Elizabeth, New Jersey, when she was a young girl. Her parents were factory workers who knew the importance of an education but were unable to pay for it. Manetta earned both of her degrees while maintaining a full-time job. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Accounting from Rutgers University and holds a Master’s Degree in International Studies from Seton Hall University. She worked in corporate America for twenty years. The knowledge, skills, training and assignments in human resources, sales, technical support, quality management and her focus on both national and international assignments were great tools for an entrepreneur. In addition, key personal networks and relationships had been woven and were a critical element in helping to create Argent Associates Inc. and Asociar LLC. Argent Associates was launched in 1998 and Asociar in 2012 both under the helm of Ms. Manetta as President CEO. Both Argent Associates and Asociar have built a reputation by having and maintaining an impeccable reputation and work ethic and working towards exceeding customer expectations. This is a critical element in being able to grow and sustain a business. Manetta’s success is interdependent to the success of the communities. Social responsibility is taken seriously to ensure that education and economic prosperity are still part of the American Dream. Manetta has been awarded numerous awards from local, state, federal, corporate and nonprofit organizations for her leadership and commitment to community. She also sits on numerous boards which support efforts she is passionate about.


Rosa Santana Founder and Chief Executive of Santana Group; For over 35 years, Rosa Santana has been a driving force within the U.S./Mexico staffing industry and is recognized as an human capital solutions expert. Santana is a fearless leader who harnesses her passion to successfully create and develop companies through impeccable client service and innovative business solutions. As a visionary trailblazer, Santana’s unwavering integrity has established her staying power and success throughout the course of her remarkable career. After a successful career in corporate America, Santana launched Integrated Human Capital in the U.S. market and simultaneously opened her cross-border company in Cuidad Juárez, México in 2002. Foreseeing a boom in the south-central Texas region, Santana expanded into Austin and San Antonio in 2005. This visionary move set the stage for unprecedented growth for her companies.

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Mike Thompson Experience: As President and Chief Executive Officer of Fair Oaks Farms, LLC, Michael Thompson has championed the success of this Wisconsin-based supplier of par-cooked sausage, bacon, and other meat and poultry products since taking ownership in 2003. Under his guidance, revenues have increased over 200% and staffing has increased threefold, from 100 to 300 people. As a result of this drive for success, the company also added an additional 65,000 square foot facility to the Fair Oaks Farms asset base in 2007. Mike is extremely proud that Fair Oaks Farms is considered to be the “gold standard” or target supplier for many of its customers. These companies represent some of the world’s leading food industry brands. After nearly two decades with McDonald’s in operations, supply chain management and regional management, Fair Oaks Farms’ President and CEO, Mike Thompson, knows what it’s like to be on the customer’s side of the fence. “I know firsthand what makes the difference between being someone’s top supplier and being an ‘also ran.’ At Fair Oaks, we’re committed to doing whatever it takes to earn our place as the most trusted supplier for every customer we serve.” Education: Cornell University – Bachelor's in Business Management and Economics Dartmouth College – Agribusiness and Entrepreneurial Leadership Harvard Business School – Entrepreneurial Leadership Programs TAGS: supply chain management, business, leadership, food

Mike Thompson President and CEO Fair Oaks Farms, LLC.

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Marty Alvarez

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Experience: Alvarez is founder of family-owned and operated Sun Eagle, one of the top minority-owned general contracting and construction management firms in the country. He has been a chair and officer for the Associated Minority Contractors of America since 1993. His hope for his professional legacy: “That our well-constructed buildings improved the landscape, and our assistance to individuals and families improved lives.� Education: Loyola Marymount University TAGS: construction, general contractor, business

Marty Alvarez Founder and CEO Sun Eagle Corp.


Mario Martinez II

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Experience: Martinez is responsible for the overall vision, strategy and execution of 360 Vantage, a leader in cloud-based sales and marketing technology solutions designed to solve the unique challenges of the mobile workforce in life sciences, healthcare and other industries. His hope for his professional legacy: “I would most like to be remembered for truly changing the lives of our clients, employees and our community in great and meaningful ways.” Education: Rutgers University – Economics Mario Martinez II President and CEO 360 Vantage

TAGS: cloud, marketing, technology


Clarence McCallister

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Experience: Mr. Clarence McCallister is CEO Fortis Networks, Inc. McAllister was born in Panama and earned his master’s in electrical engineering from ASU. In 2000, he and his wife started Fortis Networks, Inc., a certified 8a and HUBzone government contractor specializing in engineering, construction and technology services. His hope for his professional legacy: “Building a world-class organization that always exceeds our customers’ expectations.” Education: ASU – Masters in Electrical Engineering

TAGS: engineering, technology construction

Clarence McAllister CEO

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Fortis Networks, Inc


Dan Puente

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Experience: Mr. Puente founded DP Electric, Inc in 1990, and continue to provide leadership to the firm in its 20th year of growth. Puente founded D.P. Electric in 1990 out of his garage with one truck. D.P. Electric now has more than 200 employees and generated more than $30 million in revenue in 2012, making it the biggest Hispanicowned company in Arizona. Education: Mesa Community College – Business and Industry related classes TAGS: electric, leadership

Dan Puente Founder and CEO D.P. Electric


Marie Torres

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Experience: Marie Torres is founder of MRM Construction Services Torres is an Arizona native and built her business in the community that she grew up in. With more than 30 years experience in the construction field, she started MRM in 2002 and currently has more than 50 employees. The focus of her company has been in government contracting and has self performed airfield work at Luke AFB, MCAS Yuma and Davis Monthan. Education: University of Phoenix – Business Administration and Marketing TAGS: construction, airfield, contractor services Marie Torres CEO and Founder MRM Construction Services


America Corrales-Bortin Experience: Founder of American Taco Shops. Corrales-Bortin grew up Culiacán in Sinaloa, Mexico, watching her mother prepare the dishes that would become the recipes for success at America’s Taco Shop. Founded in 2008, America’s authentic carne asada and al pastor quickly built a following that has led to rapid expansion and a partnership Kahala, a franchise development company. So far in 2013, America’s has already moved into California, Texas and Maryland. Education: University of Mexico – Elementary Education TAGS: franchise, business, taco shops

American Corrales-Bortin CEO America’s Taco Shop

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Alfonso Fanjul Jr. Experience: Mr. Alfonso Fanjul Jr., also known as Alfie, serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Florida Crystals Corporation and Fanjul Corp. Mr. Fanjul serves as Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Central Romana Corporation, Ltd. Mr. Fanjul also serves as Chairman of the Flo-Sun Inc., and Okeelanta Corporation. He has served as a Director of Central Romana since December 1998. Mr. Fanjul serves as Emeritus Trustee at the University of Miami. Education: Universidad Pubica de Navarra – Business Management

TAGS: sugar industry, business, real estate

Alfonso Fanjul Jr. Chairman and CEO Florida Crystals Corp.

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Jose Mas

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Experience: Jose R. Mas, is Chief Executive Officer of MasTec, Inc., one of the largest and most diversified U.S. infrastructure services providers in the country. With over 18,000 employees in more than 400 locations across the United States, MasTec generated over $4.3 billion in revenue in 2013. Mr. Mas was appointed CEO of MasTec in 2007 and during his tenure MasTec’s revenues have more than quadrupled and earnings have grown six fold. Since assuming the top executive position at MasTec, Jose has diversified the company into the growing fields of oil and gas pipeline construction, electric transmission line construction, renewable energy, and wireless infrastructure construction while expanding its traditional communications business, which includes both broad-band infrastructure and installation to the home satellite services. Jose Mas CEO MasTech, Inc.

Education: Jose Mas is a graduate of the University of Miami where he obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration TAGS: infrastructure, gas, construction


Jorge M. Pérez Experience: Jorge M. Pérez is the founder, Chairman and CEO of The Related Group, America’s leading developer of sophisticated metropolitan living and the largest multi-family real estate development firm. In August of 2005, TIME Magazine named Mr. Pérez, one of top 25 most influential Hispanics in the United States. Under his direction, The Related Group has redefined the South Florida landscape. Since its inception, more than a quarter of a century ago, the firm has built and/or managed more than 60,000 apartments and condominium residences. The Related Group is Florida’s top multi-family developer and the largest Hispanic-owned business in the United States. In 2007, the company reported sales of more than $1.5 billion; its current portfolio represents assets under development of more than $10.7 billion. Education: He graduated from C.W. Post College, summa cum laude, received a Masters in Urban Planning, with highest honors, from the University of Michigan. TAGS: developer, real estate, asset management

Jorge M. Perez CEO and Chairman The Related Group

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David Hernandez

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Experience: Mr. Hernandez co-founded Liberty Power in 2001 and has guided the company on a consistent path of growth and advancement. The company is currently the largest Hispanic-owned energy company in the country, operating in more than 50 utility service territories. Last year, Liberty Power had annual revenues exceeding $710M. During his acceptance speech, Mr. Hernandez highlighted a commitment made by Liberty Power to the USHCC Foundation in 2012 about supporting the education of America’s youth. In 2013, the first-ever Liberty Power Bright Horizons Scholarship Program was created and three college students were awarded a total of $20,000 to help in their pursuit of a career in energy and the environment.

David Hernandez CEO Liberty Power

Education: NYC Stern School of Business – MBA in Finance Palm Beach Atlantic University – BS in Accounting TAGS: energy, environment, operations


Lisa Urias

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Vision to INSPIRE. Mission to CHANGE.

Experience: Lisa Urias, President and CEO of Urias Communications has won the Woman of the Year award for the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Black & White Ball and Business Awards. Multicultural advertising, consulting and public relations. Focused on the burgeoning Hispanic markets of the U.S. Southwest Education: Arizona State University – BA in English and History

TAGS: advertising, communications, consulting

Lisa Urias

President and CEO Urias Communications


Roberto Yañez

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Experience: Mr. Roberto Yañez is a 29 year multi-media veteran, serving 20 of those years with Univision the #1 Spanish language media outlet. Currently, Mr. Yañez is the VP and General Manger of Univision Arizona’s eight television and five radio stations along with various digital properties. Roberto was named one of Arizona's Most influential Hispanics Business Leaders by AZ Business Magazine. He attributes this recognition to his passion for connecting business and community to grow market share for his clients. His vision and innovative aptitude resulted in many firsts including: The only US Hispanic Entrepreneurial Incubator broadcast program: “ Vendeme Tu Sueño” (Pitch Me Your Dream) and Civic Engagement Initiative: “Ya Es Hora”, which helps increase Latino Voter registration and turn-out. Education: Roberto is a graduate of University of Texas, El Paso with a BA in Broadcast Journalism and the UCLA Anderson School of Business Executive MBA program. In 2014, he was selected to participate in a year-long Broadcast Leadership Program at the National Association of Broadcaster in Washington, D.C..

TAGS: media, veteran, radio

Roberta Yanez GM and VP Univision


Anthony Rolon

Vision to INSPIRE. Mission to CHANGE.

Experience: Former executive in the private post-secondary education sector with over 20 years of experience in Admissions and Marketing. In 2008, founded World Web Partners, a Digital Marketing Agency, offering Online Lead Generation and Search Engine Marketing, including Pay-Per-Click Advertising and Search Engine Optimization. In 2012, launched Tribeca Marketing Group, a Full-Service Agency, specializing in Pay-Per-Lead Management, Traditional Marketing and Social Media, among other services.

Education: University of California BA Marketing

TAGS: marketing, digital advertising, communications Anthony Rolon Founder and CEO Tribeca Marketing Group


Don Tiaga

Don Tiaga President Fedbiz IT Solutions

Vision to INSPIRE. Mission to CHANGE.

Experience: FedBiz IT Solutions (FedBiz IT), LLC, is a SBA certified HUBZone and Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) Valued Add Reseller with over 35 years of federal sales, marketing, and contracting experience. FedBiz IT is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company providing a Quality Management approach that applies disciplined processes and proactive planning, from assessing, acquiring, and implementing IT solutions, through operational support, refresh, and disposal. FedBiz IT also provides expert-level Capture and Proposal Services to help our clients successfully compete for federal contracts of any size, scope, and complexity. FedBiz IT can support your internal proposal team with additional resources, or can provide complete outsourced capture, development, and proposal management. Education: Community College of Air Force TAGS: marketing, IT technology, VOSB, HUB


Oprah Winfrey Experience: Oprah Winfrey is a global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress. She has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world, making her one of the most respected and admired people today. As Chairman and CEO, she's guiding her successful cable network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, and is the founder of O, The Oprah Magazine and Harpo Films. This December, Winfrey will embark on a multi-city speaking tour in Australia and New Zealand, on the heels of her eight-city U.S. arena tour and transformational weekend in 2014. Education: Tennessee State University

TAGS: media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress.

Oprah Winfrey Chairman and CEO OWN

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Celeste Gudas

Vision to INSPIRE. Mission to CHANGE.

Experience: Distinguished entrepreneur and recruiting industry innovator who launched 24 Seven in 2000 as a talent solutions partner for Fashion, Luxury, Beauty and Retail companies. One of the fastest growing, privately held staffing firms, Seven has expanded from a single New York office to 12 locations, including Toronto, and London. Today, 24 Seven is the leading specialized talent search firm for global brands and emerging companies worldwide in Fashion, Retail, Advertising, Marketing, Design, Interactive/Digital, Media, Beauty, CPG and Entertainment. Hands-on CEO in every business aspect: growth into new markets, mergers and acquisitions, sales and key client relationships, marketing, operations, and staff training & development. Education: Smith College Celeste Gudas CEO 24 Seven Inc.

TAGS: innovator, fashion, retail


Michele Medaglia Experience: For the past 19 years, Ms. Medaglia has been actively involved in all areas of the firm including operations, estimating, purchasing, finance, marketing and sales. In 1995, Ms. Medaglia became President and Chief Executive Officer of ACC Construction. As President and CEO, Ms. Medaglia strengthens overall corporate performance through team-focused leadership, and consistently innovating new ways to develop higher standards of customer service. She authors and implements the firm’s strategic plan and core value/incentive programs. She is responsible for the firm’s financial health as well as maintaining solid relationships with the firm’s clients. Education: Hofstra University – Business Administration

TAGS: operations, purchasing, marketing

Michele Medalia President and CEO ACC Construction

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Lynne Katzmann Experience: Lynne is President at Juniper Communities which was founded in 1988 and operates 18 long-term care communities in NJ, FL, PA and CO. Juniper is dedicated to Nurturing the Spirit of Life in each individual served and believes the keys to healthy aging are an active body, an engaged mind, and a fulfilled spirit. The company’s mission is to serve its stakeholders, residents, families, employee associates, and investors with excellence and strong dedication to the company’s hallmarks of quality, value and innovation.unities. Education: Tufts University – BA TAGS: stakeholders, innovation, investors Lynne Katzmann President Juniper Communities

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Katherine M. McConvey Experience: Katherine is the founder, sole shareholder, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of KMM, the largest independent reseller of cable and wire in the United States. Katherine founded KMM in 1991, in response to the divesture of the Regional Bell Operating Companies and their rapidly changing supply chain needs. Since then, she has continued to recognize and act on emerging opportunities in the communications industry, expanding KMM’s services into the wireless space and creating the company’s Strategic Supplier Program, which allows KMM to mentor small certified diversity firms while providing a single solution to customers. Education:: Katherine holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Business and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Windsor, Ontario in Canada. TAGS: cable, reseller, wire, communications

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Maureen A. Henegan

Experience: Chairman CEO at Henegan Construction Co., Inc. 15 years

Education: Albany Law School of Union University Harvard Business School

TAGS: construction, contractors, community

Maureen A. Henegan CEO Henegan Construction Co


Deborah Lee

Vision to INSPIRE. Mission to CHANGE.

Experience: Debra L. Lee, Esq. is an American businesswoman. She is currently the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BET, the parent company for Black Entertainment Television. Prior to being named Chief Executive Officer, Lee was President and Chief Operating Officer of BET Networks for nine years. She joined BET in 1986 as Vice President and General Counsel. She was placed in charge of strategic business development in 1995. Ms. Lee is the director of WGL Holdings, Inc., a public utility, Marriott International, Inc. and Revlon, Inc. Education: Lee graduated from Brown University in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in political science with an emphasis in Asian politics.

TAGS: BET, operations, female, Revlon Debra L. Lee Chairman and CEO BET


Cathy Hughes

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Experience: Cathy Hughes, founder and chairperson of Radio One, was called one of the most powerful black women in America by Ebony magazine Catherine L. Hughes is an African-American entrepreneur, radio and television personality and business executive.

Education: Creighton University TAGS: television, radio, entrepreneur, female

Cathy Hughes Founder and Chair Radio One


Deborah Wright

Vision to INSPIRE. Mission to CHANGE.

Experience: Deborah Wright is chairman and former CEO of the $702 millionasset Carver. Deborah C. Wright is a board member of Citigroup Inc., Time Warner Inc. and Voya Financial. She is a member of the Board of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Education: Harvard Law School Harvard Business School

TAGS: finance, operations, banking

Deborah Wright Chairman and CEO Carver


Steven R. Ewing

Vision to INSPIRE. Mission to CHANGE.

Experience: Steven R. Ewing, the president and CEO of the largest minority-owned Ford dealership in the country, Wade Ford, is the quintessential exemplification of an American success story. Throughout his illustrious automotive career, Ewing has blazed a sparkling trail of achievement at running dealerships that originates in his New Jersey hometown, through Scranton, Pa., and down into the suburban Atlanta with Wade Ford. Since 1989, Ewing has owned and operated a series of Ford and Lincoln-Mercury dealerships beginning in his home state of New Jersey. In 2001, he was operating Champion Fordland and Champion Nissan in Scranton, Pa., when a friend at Ford told him about a franchise opportunity in the metro Atlanta market. Ewing became president and CEO of Wade Ford Inc. in Smyrna, Ga. in 2002. Education: Delaware State University – BA, English

TAGS: automotive, business, operations, franchise

Steven R. Ewing President and CEO Wade Ford


Robert L. Johnson

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Experience: Mr. Robert L. Johnson, also known as Bob, is the Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of RLJ Development, LLC. Mr. Johnson is the Founder and Chairman of RLJ Equity Partners LLC. He is the Founder and Owner of Axiom Bank and also served as its Principal. He founded District Cablevision Inc. in 1980 and serves as its President. He founded Urban Trust Bank in 1962 and is the Owner and also served as its Principal. He is the Founder of RLJMcLarty-Landers Automotive ... Holdings, LLC and served as its Principal. He is the Owner of the Charlotte Sting of the WNBA. He is a Majority Owner at Hornets Basketball Holdings, LLC. He is also the Majority Owner at Urban Trust Bank Holdings, Inc., and RLJ-McLarty-Landers Automotive Holdings, LLC. He Co-Founded RLJ Lodging Trust in 2011 and also has been its Executive Chairman since 2011. He founded Black Entertainment Television LLC. He serves as the Executive Chairman of The Board at Image Entertainment, Inc. He is the Founder of The RLJ Companies, LLC and serves as its Chairman. He is the Founder of RLJ Entertainment, Inc. and has been its Executive Chairman since October 2012. Education: Mr. Johnson holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Studies from the University of Illinois. TAGS: television, communications, basketball

Robert L. Johnson CEO and Co-Founder RLJ Development, LLC. Owner of Charlotte Sting of WNBA


David Grains

Vision to INSPIRE. Mission to CHANGE.

Experience: Grain’s private equity firm, No. 12 on the be private equity firms list with $135 million in capital under management, invests in the telecommunications sector, primarily federal and state government wireless systems. Prior to forming Grain Management, he led an independent wireless communications tower company that is now Global Signal from bankruptcy to netting a $126 million IPO. In July, President Obama appointed Grain a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council. Education: Dartmouth College – MBA Finance Strategy College of Holy Cross – BA, English TAGS: capital management, finance, telecommunications

David Grains CEO Grains Private Equity


Victor B. MacFarlane

Victor B. MacFarlane Chairman and CEO MacFarlane Partners

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Experience: Victor MacFarlane is chairman and chief executive officer of MacFarlane Partners, which he founded in 1987 to provide real estate investment management services to institutional investors. He has primary responsibility for the firm’s investment management activities, chairs its investment committee and serves on its senior management committee. Victor has more than 30 years of real estate experience, during which he has worked extensively in property development, acquisitions, asset management and portfolio management on behalf of some of the world’s largest pension plans and institutions. Under his leadership, MacFarlane Partners pioneered the urban investment concept among institutional real estate managers in the mid1990s and today has become one of the leading real estate investment management firms in the United States. Education: Bachelor of University Studies, University of New Mexico Juris Doctor, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law Master of Business Administration, University of Pittsburgh Doctor of Laws (honorary), University of the District of Columbia TAGS: real estate, investor, asset management, acquisitions


Robert F. Smith

Vision to INSPIRE. Mission to CHANGE.

Experience: Robert F. Smith is the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Vista Equity Partners. He directs Vista’s investment strategy and decisions, firm governance, and investor relations. Vista is a U.S.-based investment firm with offices in Austin, Chicago, and San Francisco, with more than $30 billion in cumulative capital commitments, and oversees a portfolio of over 35 software companies that employ over 50,000 employees worldwide. Since Vista’s founding in 2000, Mr. Smith has overseen over 250 completed transactions by the firm representing over $78 billion in transaction value. Born in Colorado to two parents with PhDs, Mr. Smith trained as an engineer at Cornell University, earning his B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Following his MBA from Columbia Business School with honors, Mr. Smith worked at Kraft General Foods, where he earned two United States and two European patents. Education: Mr. Smith trained as an engineer at Cornell University, earning his B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Following his MBA from Columbia Business School with honors. TAGS: investment firm, software, engineering

Robert F. Smith Founder and CEO Vista Equity Partners


Michael T. Pugh

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Experience: Oversee business initiatives and provide leadership for all departments, bankwide. Provide strategic input and oversight for management and Board committees, including, Compliance, Asset and Liability, Finance and Audit, and Executive. (Promoted to Chief Executive Officer in January 2015 and Board Director in October 2015).

A forward-thinking and results-driven banking executive with extensive experience in retail banking, commercial, residential, and consumer lending, call center operations, portfolio management, bank-wide talent and technology integrations, acquisitions, strategic planning, and training. Developed and executed several enterprise-level strategies for multiple delivery channels and customer segments. Education: University of Maryland – Masters in Financial Management Eastern Michigan University – Bachelor of Science Health Administration TAGS: finance, banking, compliance, technology

Michael T. Pugh CEO Carver Bancorp Inc.


Warren Anderson Experience: Mr. Warren E. Anderson is currently employed at The Anderson-DuBose Co. in the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. Warren E. Anderson and Stephen DuBose formed The Anderson-DuBose Company in November 1991 for the purpose of purchasing majority ownership in a McDonald's distributorship from Martin-Brower Company. This event is noteworthy for two reasons. First, the distributorship operated profitably, with a strong cash flow and an assured customer base, raising the question of why Martin-Brower would sell. As the largest distributor for McDonald's Corporation, and the largest restaurant chain distribution company nationwide, Martin-Brower served 40 percent of McDonald's restaurants in the United States through 16 regional distributorships. MartinBrower sold its Solon, Ohio-based distributorship to foster positive relations with McDonald's, opening the way for future business opportunities with the company. Selling the profitable distributorship to Anderson and DuBose helped McDonald's to fulfill its commitment to building minority involvement with the company. Education: B.A. and M.A. – The University of Michigan TAGS: McDonalds owners, distributors, food

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Warren Anderson President and CEO The Anderson-DuBose Co.


Charles M. Adams

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Experience: Mr. Charles M. Adams founded Adams Communication & Engineering Technology, Inc. in 1998 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. Mr. Adams served as the President of Adams Communication & Engineering Technology, Inc. and has over twenty years experience in the Intelligence Community supporting SIGINT, ELINT, COMINT, Space Agencies, Orbital Science, Software Development and System Engineering programs. From 1983 to 1987, Mr. Adams served as ... a Senior Signals Intelligence Analyst at Field Station Berlin in Germany. At the end of his military tenure Mr. Adams received a Meritorious Service Medal for authoring an 130 page all-source intelligence manual outlining his intelligence findings during his 3 ½ year overseas assignment. In 1987, he moved to the Washington, DC. Metropolitan area and began work with TRW as a Software Engineer assigned to the Naval Space Command Center in Washington, DC. In 1990 Mr. Adams joined Lockheed Martin (formerly GE Aerospace) and held positions as a Senior Software Engineer and Principle Systems Engineer, including being certified as a Satellite Engineer. Education: Computer Science degree from the University of Maryland BS degree in Education from West Chester University TAGS: engineering, communications, intelligence, aerospace

Charles M. Adams Founder and CEO Adams Communications & Engineering


Dr. David L. Dalton

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Experience: Dr. David L. Dalton founded Health Resources, Inc. in 1983 and has been its President and Chief Executive Officer since 1983. Dr. Dalton has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Univec, Inc., since Univec's January 2002 acquisition of Physician and Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. (Baltimore based company founded by Dr. Dalton). Dr. Dalton is the President of Managed Care Rx, a retail and institutional specialty care pharmacy. He served as an Executive Vice ... President of Corporate Development at Mednet, MPC Corporation. Dr. Dalton served as Chairman and President of eMedrx, a subsidiary of Security Biometrics Inc., from June 2003 to December 2003. Prior to that, Dr. Dalton held several executive positions with Rite Aid Corporation, including Executive Vice President from 1971 to 1989 and Vice President of Corporate from 1983 to 1989. In 1989, Dr. Dalton's management team completed a leveraged buyout of People Drug Stores, Inc. (Western Division), Education: He received a B.S. in Pharmacy from West Virginia University in 1971 and was honored as one of the top ten graduates over a 100-year span. Dr. Dalton became a Doctor of Pharmacology from West Virginia University (Maryland Registration) in 1974.

TAGS: healthcare, pharmaceuticals, educator


Ulysses L. Bridgeman Jr. .

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Experience: Mr. Ulysses Lee Bridgeman, Jr., has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of Bridgeman Foods, Inc. since May 1988. Mr. Bridgeman is an Owner and serves as the President of ERJ Inc. He serves as the President of B.F. FT. Myers Inc. He serves as a Director of Fifth Third Bank (Louisville). He has been an Independent Director of Churchill Downs Incorporated since September 14, 2012. He has been an Independent Director of Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. since June ... 2004. He served as a Director at Fifth Third Bancorp from July 30, 2007 to April 19, 2016. He served as a Director of Louisville Arena Authority Inc. until November 4, 2013. He served as a Director of Kindred Healthcare Inc. He was a member of an Indiana state high school championship basketball team. Education: He earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Louisville TAGS: restaurants, franchise, business

Ulysses L. Bridgeman Jr. President and CEO Bridgeman Foods, Inc.


Sid E. Taylor Experience: Mr. Sid E. Taylor served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of SET Enterprises Inc. Mr. Taylor founded SET Enterprises Inc. in 1989 after leaving a management position with General Motors. In 1997, Mr. Taylor founded the Intervale, Cloverdale, Lyndon, Livernois Industrial Park Association (ICLL). Mr. Taylor was elected president of the National Association of Black Automotive Suppliers (NABAS) in 2003. Prior to becoming president of the organization, he served as president of their Scholarship Fund. He serves as Chairman of SET Enterprises Inc. Mr. Taylor serves as an Advisory Board Member of Jackson State University, Jackson, MS and was recently appointed to a three year term as a Board Member for the local YMCA in Warren, MI. Mr. Taylor is also a certified member of the Michigan Minority Business Development Council, the National Minority Supplier Development Council Corporate Plus Program, the NAACP, the Economic Club of Detroit, the Detroit Golf Club and various other organizations.

Education: University of Detroit – Activities and Societies, Business Management TAGS: metal, technology, business, auto

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Sid E. Taylor President and CEO SET Enterprises Inc.


Eric Johnson

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Experience: Eric G. Johnson is president and chief executive officer of Baldwin Richardson Foods Company, one of the largest African-American-owned businesses in the food industry. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois with manufacturing facilities located outside of Rochester, New York., Baldwin Richardson Foods is a leading manufacturer of custom ingredients for the food and beverage. A second generation entrepreneur, in 1992 he purchased Baldwin Ice Cream Co., a small ice cream company with a fine history, established in Chicago in 1921. Mr. Johnson expanded the distribution and sales of the company and in 1997 completed the acquisition of Richardson Foods from the Quaker Oats Company to form Baldwin Richardson Foods Co. Under Mr. Johnson's leadership, Baldwin Richardson Foods has a strong commitment to supporting the community in Chicago, Rochester, and elsewhere. The company has won the “Loving Hands” award from Ronald McDonald House Charities in Rochester in 2008 and the Crystal Heart Award in 2011. Education: Bobson College – Bachelor of Arts and Science in Finance & Management The University of Chicago School of Business TAGS: food industry, manufacturing, business

Eric G. Johnson President and CEO Baldwin Richardson Foods


Andre Gist

Andre Gist President and CEO MIG and MIG Steel Fabrication, LLC

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Experience: Andre is the president and CEO on Manufacturers Industrial Group, LLC (MIG) with six facilities located in Lexington, Chattanooga and Athens Tennessee. He is one of the founders of the company that was formed in 1998 and has been the majority owner since 2001. Andre is responsible for business development, customer relationship, mergers and acquisitions and overall company vision and strategy. Since his tenure as CEO he has lead MIG in three acquisitions and formed MIG Steel Fabrication, LLC with fabricates structural steel, miscellaneous metals and erection and one joint ventures (MIGVisteon Automotive Systems, LLC) Andre is former president of the Board of Directors and current member of the Tennessee Automotive Manufacturers Association, and a former member of Board of Directors for Jackson State Community College. He is also a Life Time Member of the NAACP. Education: Andre has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology in Manufacturing from Bowling Green State University. TAGS: acquisitions, science, engineering, technology


Michael Russell Sr. Experience: Mr. Michael B. Russell has been Chief Executive Officer at H. J. Russell & Company since October 2003. Mr. Russell served as the Chief Executive Officer of Concessions International, LLC from October 2003 to February 2013. Mr. Russell spent most of his career with H.J. Russell & Company and served as its Executive Vice President, where he was responsible for the management and strategic direction of the construction and program management divisions. During his tenure, ... he held a variety of positions from cost estimator to project manger to head of business development. Mr. Russell has 20 years HJR&CO experience. He serves as the key driver of H. J. Russell & Company's strategic direction and continues to preserve the core values of entrepreneurship, empowerment and excellence that his father instilled in it. At H.J. Russell & Company, he served in various capacities including Field Engineer, Project Manager, and Head of Business Development. In each of these roles, he executed with integrity and excellence and led H. J. Russell & Company to greater success. Education: He received a MBA from Georgia State University in 1990 and BS Degree in Civil Engineering from University of Virginia in 1987. TAGS: construction, program management, engineer, business

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Michael B. Russell CEO H.J. Russell & Company


Stephen Hightower

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Experience: One the premier wholesale distributors in the petroleum industry. Hightowers Petroleum Co, continues to out perform the industry with technology , iSO quality standard, a national distribution supply chain to include Mexico and Canada. And most importantly satisfied blue chip fortune 100 customers throughout the USA. Increased focus on upstream and mid stream expansion in the US Africa and the Middle East. Currently with offices in Nigeria and S Africa. Since 1957 the Hightower Family has continued to operate as a privately held corporation in various business endeavors. In 1984 Steve Hightower started Hightowers Petroleum Co. (HPC) as a licensed Motor Fuel Dealer. With foresight and continuing innovation, HPC developed a "Virtual Market Place" throughout the United States with the ability to provide gasoline, diesel, biodiesel, ethanol, lubricants, oils and greases nationally.

Stephen Hightower President and CEO Hightowers Petroleum Co.

Steve serves on two boards appointed by the President Obama, " The National Petroleum Council, through the Department of Energy, and the National Parks Foundation Board, through the Department of interior, in addition to State of Ohio Governor appointment, and board member and membership chair for SIGMA, Society of Independent Gasoline Marketeers Association. And a host of boards and commissions and organizations throughout the country. Education: Wright State University – Management and Communications TAGS: business, petroleum, whole sale distributor, technology


David L. Steward Experience: In 1990, Steward founded World Wide Technology, a leading systems integrator that provides technology products, services and supply chain solutions to customers around the globe. In 1993, WWT concentrated its focus on the implementation of enterprise wide imaging, conversion services, and telecommunication networks. These integrated solutions have greatly enhanced WWT's overall market position and long term viability. In 1999 World Wide Technology spun off its telecommunications division to form Telcobuy.com. Sales for the two companies continued to grow, although revenues slipped in 2002 as World Wide Technology felt the impact of the technology recession. In 2003 combined reported revenues passed $1 billion, and Steward formed World Wide Technology Holding Company as the parent company for the two firms. In 2011, World Wide Technology's annual revenue are estimated to be greater than $3.2 billion, ranking it as one of St. Louis’ largest private companies. Honors: 100 Leaders for the Millennium, St. Louis Business Journal, 2000 100 Most Influential Black Americans - Ebony magazine 14th Best American Entrepreneur, Success Magazine, 1998 Business Person of the Year for Missouri, Small Business Administration David L. Steward Chairman and Founder World Wide Technology, Inc.

Education: Central Missouri State University TAGS: technology, innovator, business, leadership


Billy R. Vickers

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Experience: I started my own company, Yale Inspection Services, an MBE-certified company providing quality-engineering services to an automotive supply base. However, this path led to an offer I couldn't refuse. In 2005 I joined TAG Holdings as president and CEO with responsibilities for the modular assemblies division. I managed manufacturing operations, planning and oversight, strategic growth, profit and loss, and new business acquisitions and development. While with TAG Holdings from 2005 to 2008, I launched three joint ventures with Midwest Express, Inc. (MEI) establishing Great Lakes Assemblies (GLA), Gulf Shore Assemblies (GSA), and Indiana Assemblies (IA). Under my leadership, all companies became award-winning, tier one manufacturing operations. In 2011, I established Modular Assembly Innovations, LLC buying out TAG Holdings interest in GLA, GSA, and IA, becoming majority owner of the three JVs with MEI, a Honda-owned company. MAI companies continue to thrive as the largest privately-held, minority-owned company in Ohio at $1.2 billion in 2013. Billy R. Vickers President and CEO Modular Assembly Innovations

Education: North Carolina State University – Bachelor of Applied Science TAGS: engineering, manufacturing, leadership


Janice B. Howroyd

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Experience: Janice Bryant Howroyd is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Act •1 Group, the largest privately held, woman owned workforce solutions company founded in the U.S.. The Act-1 Group also holds a Minority ownership status, and is a multibillion-dollar (USD) award-winning international Talent and Talent Technology enterprise with multiple divisions operating in 19 countries with over 17,000 clients and 2,600 employees worldwide. The Act •1 Group is a multi-billion dollar (USD) award-winning, international Talent and Talent Technology enterprise with multiple divisions that each service unique areas of employment and provide talent management solutions. Howroyd is an ambassador of the Department of Energy's Minorities in Energy Initiative, a board member to numerous organizations including the US Dept. of Labor ‘s Workforce Initiative Board, Women's Business Enterprise National Council, WeConnect, National Utilities Diversity Council, Harvard Women's Leadership Board, In May 2016. She received a key Presidential appointment by President Barack Obama as a member of the President's Board of Advisors on HBCUs. Education: North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University TAGS: educator, ambassador, innovator businesswoman, staffing

Janice Bryant Howroyd Founder and CEO Act-1 Group


Ronald E. Hall Jr.

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Experience: Ronald E. Hall Jr. is the president and CEO of Bridgewater Interiors, he succeeded his father Ronald E. Hall Sr. , who passed away in 2016. Before this role, he served as vice president and general counsel. When he joined the company in 2007, he was charged with the responsibility of advising the company’s leadership across a number of areas critical to the business, including the provision of legal services, commercial management, operations launch management and community relations. Hall earned a juris doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School and a bachelor’s in international political economy from West Point. Bridgewater is a minority-owned enterprise that manufactures automotive seat components. In 2014, it reported revenue of $2.3 billion, up from $1.7 billion in 2013, and employs more than 1,500 Education: Hall Jr. earned a bachelor’s from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a law degree from University of Michigan. He also served in the Persian Gulf as an officer in the U.S. Army. TAGS: automotive, business, technology

Ronald E. Hall Jr. President and CEO Bridgewater Interiors


Tyler Perry Tyler Perry is an American actor, comedian, filmmaker, writer, and songwriter, specializing in the gospel genre.

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Shonda Rhimes American television producer, screenwriter, and author. She is best known as the creator, head writer, executive producer, and showrunner of the television medical drama Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal.

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Sheryl Sandberg Sheryl Kara Sandberg is an American technology executive, activist, and author.

She is the chief operating officer of Facebook and founder of Leanin.org.

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Serena Williams Serena Jameka Williams is an American professional tennis player. The Women's Tennis Association has ranked her world No. 1 in singles on eight occasions, from 2002 to 2017. She became the world No. 1 for the first time on July 8, 2002.

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Junior Bridgeman Ulysses Lee "Junior" Bridgeman is a retired American basketball player. Entrepreneur businessman Ulysses Bridgeman, better known by his nickname, “Junior,” was born on September 17, 1953, in East Chicago, Indiana. His father, Ulysses Sr., worked in a steel mill, and his mother was a homemaker. Bridgeman attended East Washington High School where he maintained a high GPA while playing on the school’s basketball team. Although he was considered a solid basketball player, Bridgeman did not anticipate playing the sport beyond high school. In his senior year (1971), however, he realized his full potential as a basketball player. The East Washington team went undefeated that year and won the Indiana state high school championships. The University of Louisville in Kentucky offered the young basketball star a scholarship, and with his help the Louisville team went on to play in 1975’s Final Four. After graduating with his bachelor's degree in psychology, Bridgeman contemplated attending law school but was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers. Soon after the draft, he was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for Kareem Abdul-Jabber. Bridgeman is one of the largest African American company in the country – always in the Top 5.

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Ronald E. Blaylock Mr. Ronald E. Blaylock is the Founder and Managing Partner of GenNx360 Capital Partners. Mr. Blaylock founded and managed Blaylock & Partners L.P. in 1993. He has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of Blaylock & Partners L.P. since October 1993. He serves as an Executive of Citigroup Inc. He is employee at Denny's Corporation. He is a Member of the transaction and analytical team of GenNx360 Capital. Prior to launching GenNx360 Capital Partners, Mr. Blaylock founded and managed Blaylock &Company. He has held senior management positions at UBS, PaineWebber Group and Citicorp. Previously, from April 1992 to October 1993, he served as an Executive Vice President at Utendahl Capital Partners. Before that, from 1986 to 1992, Mr. Blaylock served at Paine Webber as the First Vice President and from 1982 to 1988, as the Vice President at Citibank Capital Markets. Mr. Blaylock served as the Chairman of the Board at Blaylock & Company Inc. and Blaylock Beal Van LLC

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Ralph de la Vega Chairman at De La Vega Group Life is a journey. It doesn't matter where you start. The only thing that matters is where you end up and what you accomplish along the way. My journey as an immigrant who reached the shores of this great country without his family, without speaking the language and without any money is chronicled in the book Obstacles Welcome. It is a story of inspiration for all and proof that the American Dream is still alive. My grandmother (my abuela) served as an inspiration for me when she told me "Ralph don't let anyone put limitations on what you can achieve". It is a quote that I use in almost every speech to inspire people to reach their dreams despites the many obstacles that we often face. The video on the link below is a great synopsis of my belief sets and values. I hope that it inspires you to be your best and to overcome any obstacles that you may face in business or in life. I am very grateful to JA of Georgia for producing the video and honoring me in their Business Hall of Fame.

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Nina Vaca Chairman & CEO, Pinnacle Group American business executive, philanthropist, community leader, and Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE). Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pinnacle Group, America’s fastest growing woman-owned enterprise, and a leading technology, workforce solutions provider. In 2015, Pinnacle Group generated over $1 billion in revenue, making it the largest Latina-owned business in the United States. Chairman Emeritus of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) and Chairman of the USHCC Foundation. Director on the boards of Comerica Bank, Kohl’s Corporation, and Cinemark, and an advocate for more representation of women in corporate leadership through the At the Table initiative: Women in Business and Leadership.

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Napoleon Brandford III Co-founder, Chairman & Partner Siebert Brandford Shank & Co. L.L.C. Brandford manages strategic planning of the company

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Monika Mantilla President and CEO of Altura Capital Responsible for the overall strategic direction and leadership of the firm. Under her leadership.

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Mark Cuban Investor, Author, Television Personality Mark Cuban is an American businessman, investor, author, television personality, and philanthropist. He is the owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, co-owner of 2929 Entertainment and chairman of the AXS TV.

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Magic Johnson Chairman/CEO at Magic Johnson Enterprises Earvin Johnson, Jr is Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises. He has been building his business empire for over 30 years and now leads the #1 brand in Urban America. His business portfolio includes: - 13-24 Hour Fitness Magic Sports Clubs - Canyon Johnson, a billion dollar real estate fund - Yucaipa Johnson, a $500 million dollar private equity fund - MAGIC Workforce Solutions, a staffing company connecting employers of today with the workforce of tomorrow - SodexoMAGIC, a food and facilities management company with over 20 major accounts across the country including the American Airlines Admiral Clubs and Toyota - Magic Airport Holdings, a partnership with Hudson News operating airport concessions at Los Angeles International Airport - The CapitalAssist Fund, which focuses on providing senior debt financing to middle market companies - A strategic alliance with Best Buy - DVP, Detroit Venture Partners, a venture capital firm investing in technology start-up companies in Detroit

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Lin-Manuel Miranda American composer, lyricist, playwright, and actor best Lin is best known for creating and starring in the Broadway musicals Hamilton and In the Heights

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Janice Howryd Bryant Chief Executive Officer of The ACT-1 Group Janice Bryant Howroyd is an entrepreneur, educator, ambassador, businesswoman, author, and mentor. She is founder and Chief Executive Officer of The ACT-1 Group, the largest privately held, woman owned workforce solutions company founded in the U.S.

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John W. Rogers Founder, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer at Ariel Investments John W. Rogers, Jr. is Founder, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Ariel Investments. Headquartered in Chicago, the firm offers six no-load mutual funds for individual investors and defined contribution plans as well as separately managed accounts for institutions and high net worth individuals. After working for 2½ years as a stockbroker at William Blair & Company, LLC, John founded Ariel Investments in 1983 to focus on undervalued small and mediumsized companies. Patience served as the cornerstone of a disciplined approach that still drives the firm today. John’s passion for investing started when he was 12 years old when his father bought him stocks, instead of toys, for every birthday and Christmas. His interest grew while majoring in Economics at Princeton University. In addition to following stocks as a college student, John also played basketball under Hall of Fame coach Pete Carril. He was captain of Princeton’s Varsity Basketball Team his senior year. There, Carril’s courtside lessons on teamwork profoundly shaped his views of entrepreneurship and investing.

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John O. Utendahl John Utendahl, Owner of the Utendahl Group One of the largest African American-owned investment banking groups in the United States. As of March 25, 2010 Utendahl Joined Deutsche Bank Americas as the Vice Chairman.

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VisionIT, Inc. David Segura Founder and Chief Executive Officer The corporation is comprised of three specialized brands, VisionIT, VisionPRO and Prime Workforce that delivers a distinct range of IT practices to workforce solutions that drive operational efficiencies and innovation for customers across the globe. Segura leads the VisionPRO corporate strategy and under his leadership, the company has become one of the 30 largest IT staffing and permanent placement companies in the U.S. VisionPRO specializes in delivering today’s most sought-after IT talent to Fortune 500, mid-size organizations and large government agencies on a contract-to-hire, contract and permanent placement basis across the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Segura develops executive level relationships with customers, corporate partners, and state and local governments. He also serves as a board member of Stanford University’s Latino Business Action Network with famed professor Dr. Jerry Porras, co-author of Built to Last. Segura is an advisor to the Michigan eLAB, a venture capital fund operating in Silicon Valley and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Segura has global impact by serving with the U.S. Trade Ambassador on the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, and the U.S. Secretary of Commerce on the National Advisory Council on Minority Business Enterprise. He maintains strong relationships with many diversity organizations, such as the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), as well as numerous local minority councils, Hispanic chambers, and minority-owned firms around the nation. Segura has served on numerous non-profit boards, including the Detroit Regional Chamber, Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW). He is honored to have had his accomplishments recognized by many organizations, including Ernst & Young, who named him Entrepreneur of the Year for the Central Great Lakes region and Hispanic Business Magazine’s national entrepreneur of the year. He earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan.

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Dave Steward

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Founder of WWT David L. Steward founded World Wide Technology in July of 1990. With almost 25 years of experience in the technology industry, David spends the majority of his time developing strategic supplier, customer and employee relationships. He plays a key role in WWT’s pursuit of large contract bids within its industry specific operating companies. Prior to starting WWT, David held various senior-level management positions with Wagner Electric, Missouri Pacific Railroad and Federal Express Corporation. Steward holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Central Missouri State University. Steward was also awarded Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters by Harris Stowe State University (2002) and Lindenwood University (2010). WWT is the No. 1 African American company in the country worth over 7 billion dollars.


Jose R. Mas

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JosĂŠ R. Mas CEO Jose R. Mas, is Chief Executive Officer of MasTec, Inc., one of the largest and most diversified U.S. infrastructure services providers in the country. With over 18,000 employees in more than 400 locations across the United States, MasTec generated over $4.3 billion in revenues.

Jose R. Mas Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Mas was appointed CEO of MasTec in 2007 and during his tenure MasTec’s revenues have more than quadrupled and earnings have grown six-fold. Since assuming the top executive position at MasTec, Jose has diversified the company into the growing fields of oil and gas pipeline construction, electric transmission line construction, renewable energy, and wireless infrastructure construction while expanding its traditional communications business, which includes both broad-band infrastructure and installation to the home satellite services. Jose Mas has grown up in the business and over 20 years worked his way from the field to the boardroom. Jose Mas is a graduate of the University of Miami where he obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration. He is a director of the Mas Family Foundation and an active supporter and coach of various youth basketball teams. He serves on the U.S. Department of Commerce National Advisory Council on Minority Business Enterprises. Mr. Mas, was awarded the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the year award in 2011 and in 2012, he was featured in the season finale of the CBS hit show Undercover Boss.


Alex Lopez Negrete

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We are the nation’s largest independent, Hispanic-owned and operated full-service advertising and marketing services agency. And most importantly, we have the brightest minds in the business. The Lopez Negrete team is uniquely adept and experienced at harnessing insights at the local market level, developing impactful and effective creative, and bringing to life our promise of providing our clients with Maximum Return on Cultural Intelligence in an Omnicultural America. Alex Lopez Negrete President and CEO Lopez Negrete Communications Education University of Houston Location Houston Tags Advertising Industry, Hispanic


Andra M. Rush

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Rush Trucking is the largest woman and Native American-owned freight transport company in North America, and was founded by Andra M. Rush, a Mohawk Native American, in 1984. Headquartered in Wayne, Michigan, Rush is an industry leader in providing world-class transportation services to the automotive and manufacturing industries. Our 12 nationwide locations can handle your transportation needs, from over-the-road, local, and expedite freight services to full-service supply chain management. Our transportation services include dedicated overthe-road and local lanes. Rush has a strong network with over 500 tractors, 1,000 trailers, 500 company drivers, and 170 owner operators. Our Supply Chain Management services include shipment planning, load execution, material order, and event and financial management.


Christopher J. Williams Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Christopher J. Williams is Chairman, CEO and founder of The Williams Capital Group, L.P. and Williams Capital Management, LLC. Mr. Williams began his career at Lehman Brothers in 1984 and subsequently assumed senior management responsibilities in debt capital markets, over the counter derivatives, and taxable fixed income trading. After departing Lehman Brothers to form a derivatives division of Jefferies & Company, he established The Williams Capital Group, L. P. in 1994. Mr. Williams has leveraged his extensive experience in the fixed income, equity, and derivatives markets to direct the firm’s strategic efforts in investment banking and asset management. Since 2000, Thomson Financial has consistently ranked Williams Capital among the most active underwriters of publicly traded equity and investment grade corporate debt offerings. Both Fortune magazine and Crain’s New York Business have recognized Chris Williams for his leadership in the financial services industry. Mr. Williams serves on the Board of Directors for Caesars Entertainment Corporation, The Clorox Company, Ameriprise Financial and, privately held, Cox Enterprises. Mr. Williams previously served for 10 years on the Board of Directors for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. He is also Chairman of the Board of Overseers for the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and serves on the board of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Christopher J. Williams holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Howard University and a Master of Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

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Gregg Ontiveros

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Turning Group O from a startup business into the $710 million diversified services firm it is today is due in large part to Gregg Ontiveros’ entrepreneurial spirit and cando philosophy. As principal owner and CEO of Group O, he has provided the vision necessary to attract marquee clients who represent a veritable who’s who of America’s most respected brands, including AT&T, Microsoft, PepsiCo, Best Buy, Caterpillar, John Deere, Staples and Michelin. By creating innovative marketing, packaging and supply chain solutions, Ontiveros and Group O have helped these and many other Fortune 500 companies turn their most complex business challenges into centers of profitability and efficiency.

Gregg Ontiveros CEO at Group O Education Colorado State University Location Davenport, Iowa Area Tags Hispanic, Entrepreneur

Throughout his career, Ontiveros has mentored Hispanic and other minority and nonminority business owners and entrepreneurs. He has been candid about his lessons learned and supportive in offering advice, referring individuals to other key contacts, collaborating to determine business opportunities with Group O, or matchmaking them with other businesses. He was able to share his knowledge on a more global level, when he had the honor of being selected to speak at a recent President’s Hispanic CEO Roundtable discussion at the White House. In recognition of his leadership and contributions to the Hispanic business community, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce selected Ontiveros as its 2012 HBE Hispanic Businessman of the Year. He also earned a place on the 2013 50 Influentials list, published by Hispanic Business.


Edgar L. Smith, Jr.

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The concept and idea for the original business strategy of this unique paper and packaging company came about 30 years ago. Centered around our CEO's background and experience in the commercial printing, industrial & food chemicals, paper & packaging and foodservice areas. Working with industry leaders provided the diverse industry knowledge base to start a global independent and progressive global distribution and solutions company. His various professional experiences amd network enabled the company to interact with industry veterans, and when ready he recruited skilled individuals to his management team. This company was built from the ground up by industry experts, combining the best entrepreneurial management to create the dynamic, fast growing and awardwinning World Pac Paper, LLC.


David Morgan

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D.W. Morgan Company helps the world's top manufacturers provide Supply On Demand® for their clients. By combining transportation management and logistics services with coordinated, real-time information and strategic consulting, Morgan dramatically improves efficiency and reduces costs—while maximizing flexibility. Since 1990, Morgan has served a Who's Who of leading businesses, including Cisco Systems, Ericsson and Life Technologies. Morgan has received numerous industry awards and has been named a Cisco Systems Supplier of the Year three times. Morgan is certified as a National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) Corporate Plus™ minority-owned business. The company's headquarters is located in Pleasanton, Calif., and it maintains operations offices around the world. Morgan provides services to more than 172 countries worldwide. To learn more about Morgan's products and services, please visit www.dwmorgan.com.


Avis Yates Rivers Technology Concepts Group International, LLC President and CEO

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Avis Yates Rivers possesses more than forty years of general management experience in the information technology industry. She has been a successful entrepreneur for 30 years. She is currently the President and CEO of Technology Concepts Group International, LLC, (TCGI), an information technology asset management and supply chain solutions provider and full-service equipment leasing firm. Prior to establishing her first company in 1985, Ms. Yates Rivers enjoyed an 11-year career at Exxon Corporation and its subsidiaries. She rose to the rank of Account Executive as a result of successfully marketing the early technology products of Exxon Office Systems Company in New York City. Avis is an avid advocate for increasing the meaningful participation of girls, women and people of color in the invention of technology. As a Board Member of NCWIT, she is passionate about uncovering the hidden genius in underserved communities across the country. Avis is the National Spokesperson for NCWIT's Sit With Me Campaign and travels across the country encouraging everyone to take a stand for technical women and their contributions by 'sitting' in the red chair. She often presents keynote addresses, serves on panels, or delivers presentations as well as participates in many STEM activities. In 2014, Avis was invited to speak at the White House Summit on Working Families and was named as a White House Champion of Change in STEM.


Adriana Cisneros Grupo Cisneros

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Adriana Cisneros de Griffin is CEO & Vice Chairman of Grupo Cisneros, a thirdgeneration family owned and operated business with a global footprint and operations in Latin America and the United States. The company has three areas of focus: Media, Interactive and Real Estate.

Cisneros Media manages Venevision, Venezuela’s leading TV network as well a variety of cable channels with 25 million subscribers in Latin America. Through Cisneros Media Distribution, Cisneros Media produces content that is distributed in over 100 countries and in 12 languages. Cisneros Interactive is a leading digital ad network for mobile, online and audio serving the US Hispanic market and Latin America through Adsmovil, Redmas and AudioAd. Cisneros Real Estate develops high-end, sustainable resorts with current projects in the Dominican Republic and Colorado. Adriana is also President of the Fundación Cisneros, the family’s educational not-forprofit organization, dedicated to improving education in the region. Adriana is Co-chair of Endeavor Miami, an organization that promotes high impact entrepreneurship. She is a Director and Executive Committee Member of the Board of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and a Trustee of the Paley Center for Media. Adriana is on the board of MoMA PS1 and MoMA’s Latin American acquisitions committee. Adriana is a Henry Crown Fellow as well as Term Member at the Council of Foreign Relations and an Advisory Board Member of Wyncode. Adriana holds a BA from Columbia University (2002) and a Master’s Degree in journalism from New York University (2005). She is also a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Program for Leadership Development (PLD – 2010).

Tags: entrepreneurship, women, media, change maker, arts


David Hernandez

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David Hernandez CEO Liberty Power Liberty Power is the only national, minority–owned retail electric provider in the United States, and is certified and licensed by the Public Utilities Commission of Texas, the New York State Public Service Commission, the Maryland Public Service Commission, and the District of Columbia Public Service Commission and by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The company is also GSA, SBA, and SBA–8A certified. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Liberty Power supplies electricity to over 20,000 small and medium–sized businesses in Texas, New York, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Liberty Power also provides energy to numerous Fortune 500 companies, as well as to various governmental agencies, such as the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, Linens ‘n Things, New York Life and Wal–Mart. A privately held company, Liberty Power is also one of the fastest growing independent retail electric providers in the country, surpassing $100 million in revenue in 2005 after just four years of operations. Liberty Power CEO David Hernandez was named Hispanic Entrepreneur of the Year by Hispanic Business magazine in 2005, and was recently named Businessman of the Year for Region VI by the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Liberty Power is a registered trademark of Liberty Power Corp. LLC. Liberty Power Corp. — encompassing Liberty Power Maryland LLC, Liberty Power District of Columbia LLC, and LPT LLC dba LPT SP LLC — is certified and licensed by the Public Utilities/Service Commissions of: CA, CT, DC, DE, IL, ME, MD (IR793), MA (CS-057) MI, NJ (ESL-0001), NY, OH, PA, RI, TX (10118) and VA; and is licensed and certified by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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Linda Wong

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Wong is the CEO and Partner of Wong Fleming. She is Chair of the Firm’s Employment Practice Group and Co-Chair of the Trial, Insurance Defense and Coverage Practice Group, and the Intellectual Property Practice Group. Ms. Wong is one of New Jersey’s best-known authorities on employment and civil litigation. She concentrates her practice on employment, commercial, insurance defense and intellectual property matters, involving terminations, harassment, contract disputes, insurance coverage, general liability defense, trademark and copyright actions and restrictive covenants. She has also handled litigation involving Title IX and other related matters involving discrimination and harassment in collegiate and high school athletics and constitutional claims involving public entities. In 2005, Ms. Wong was the recipient of the Trailblazer Award from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. This award recognizes the outstanding achievements, commitment, and leadership of NAPABA lawyers who have paved the way for the advancement of other Asian Pacific American attorneys and who have made contributions that demonstrate vision, courage, and tenacity which have resulted in a substantial and lasting contribution to the Asian Pacific American legal community, as well as the Asian Pacific American community at large. She is a frequent presenter at national and local bar associations and is a trainer and consultant on employment law issues, including sexual harassment for major corporations and public institutions. Ms. Wong received her juris doctorate in 1982 from Rutgers School of Law and her bachelor’s degree in 1974 from Rutgers University. She is admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in the area of Employment & Labor Law from 2005 through 2015


Firoz Lalji Firoz Lalji is chairman, president, CEO, and co-founder of Zones, Inc. Throughout the company's 30-year history, Firoz has provided the vision and leadership necessary to transform Zones into a global solutions provider and award-winning business enterprise. Firoz was born in Uganda and obtained his Bachelor of Science degree (Economics) from the London School of Economics in 1969. He attended Harvard Business School from 1991 to 1993. He serves on multiple advisory boards, including the Board of Directors of US Bank of Washington, the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, and the London School of Economics. In 2014, Firoz was inducted into the MBE Hall of Fame. What we do Zones is a leading global provider of comprehensive IT solutions. For over 30 years, we've taken pride in becoming experts in all things tech. But we certainly don't do it alone. We collaborate with best-of-breed partners to deliver customizable solutions and positive business outcomes to meet the needs of everyone we serve. Our primary areas of expertise include Data Center, Mobility, Unified Communications, Cloud, Security and Internet of Things (IoT). We help businesses succeed by leveraging teams of certified sales, technical engineers, and supply chain specialists to help clients assess, design, implement, and manage end-to-end solutions for all their IT needs. And we do all this around the world. Our reach spans to more than 80 countries, from Seattle to Sydney, Dallas to New Delhi, and beyond. So if you're looking for a company that loves to solve IT problems, give us a call and let us take your business to the next level.

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Kenny Loyd

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Kenny Loyd President Kenny Loyd, President and co-founder of South Coast Paper, develops and secures relationships with suppliers, customers and other business partners. In his 15 years with South Coast Paper, he has most enjoyed watching customer, supplier, and employee relationships grow efficiently. Kenny attended Xavier University where he received a Bachelor’s of Administration. He furthered his education with an MBA from Case Western Reserve. He has also completed the NMSDC Advance Management Education Program at J.L. Kellogg School of Management with Northwestern University and the MBE Executive Management Program with the Dartmouth University Amos Tuck School of Business in Hanover, NH. In his spare time, Kenny enjoys playing tennis and reading espionage novels. He also serves as a board member with Divine Order Church in Marietta, GA. Kenny is married to his beautiful wife Andrea and has two children, Tayler and Jordan. His daughter Tayler is a recent graduate of Xavier University and his son Jordan is preparing to complete his undergraduate degree at the University of Indianapolis.


RJ Harris

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A First American Company Putting American Manufacturing First In 1982, after spending 15 years in the fastener supply industry, R.J. Harris was considering going into business for himself. With a little strategy and some financial advice, R.J. finally took the plunge and launched Southern Fasteners & Supply from a small office in Winston-Salem, NC. Even though his company’s minority-owned status might draw some business on its own, R.J. knew it really took great products, excellent knowledge and even better service to win loyal customers and grow as a business. So for the last 30 years, we’ve been doing just that. We’ve made treating our customers right a core business principle and we’ve grown to 10 locations across the country. We stand head and shoulders above suppliers who sell fasteners (plus mops and brooms and toilet paper, too), but fasteners aren’t their specialty. Fasteners are our specialty. It’s what we do. Today, Southern Fasteners and Supply is known as a top fastener supplier to major industries of all types. Our wide distribution network of 10 stocking warehouse locations spans the country and is poised to speedily deliver more than 130,000 kinds of fasteners anywhere in the U.S. and beyond. And through it all, our commitment to service is stronger than ever. So if you’re looking for a dependable fastener supplier with the reach, inventory, and experience to keep your company up and running — you’ve found us.


Adam Walker

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Adam C. Walker began serving as Summit Packaging Solutions Chief Executive Officer in January 2014. Walker has implemented a growth strategy focused on technology, innovation, new market expansion and Mergers and Acquisitions to accelerate the growth of Summit. He has focused relentlessly on revenue growth, customer satisfaction and shareholder value creation. Throughout his career, Walker has served as a high-impact strategist with experience spanning global manufacturing operations, business development, marketing, strategic business unit leadership and turn-around assignment. Walker is an accomplished business executive with over twenty years of packaging expertise serving technology, automotive, beverage, and other industries. Prior to acquiring Summit Packaging Solutions, Walker co-founded and led Homestead Packaging Solutions, an innovative and award winning packaging manufacturer with facilities in Tennessee and Michigan. Under his leadership, the company received numerous awards including the NMSDC Supplier of the Year and the United States Department of Commerce – MBDA Manufacturer of the year. Recognized for his leadership on and off the field, Walker served as special teams captain from 1994-1996 for both the 49ers and the Eagles; received 1994’s post-season special teams MVP; nominated for the Ed Block Award for Courage in 1995; received the 1996 special teams Player of the Year award; and the NFL’s Player Network Events (PNE) Executive of the Year. Currently, Walker serves on the Board of Directors of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Gwinnett Technical College, the Georgia Small Business Center, and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh and completed the Advanced Management Executive Program from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management.


The Harmon Group

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In 1955, William D. Harmon and his wife Thelma moved their family from Washington, Indiana to North Vernon, Indiana to take a position with the B & O Railroad as their first African-American car inspector, Working second shift enabled Bill to work during the day as a self-employed contractor, starting Bill Harmon Construction as a part time venture. In 1980, Bill was joined in the business by his youngest son Billy. William A. Harmon (Billy) had attended the University of Louisville on a basketball scholarship. Upon graduation, he worked two years for a major construction firm before joining Bill Harmon Construction. In 1985, Thomas D. Harmon (Tom) joined the company. Tom received his BS degree from Indiana University and his MBA from the University of Louisville. He had previously spent eight years working for Cummins Inc. Together, they incorporated Harmon Construction Inc. in 1984. Bill and Tom continued to expand The Harmon Group by establishing Harmon Steel, Inc. in 1988. Today Harmon Steel is a full-service steel erection company with a management staff that has more than 125 years of experience. In 1993, The Harmon Group purchased controlling interest in Taylor Bros. Construction Co, Inc. Taylor Bros. Construction Co, Inc. was originally established in 1932 as a family run business. Together, this alliance brought substantial heavy concrete, steel erection, and steel reinforcement experience, elevating Taylor Bros. to new heights in the construction marketplace. The combined experience and rich history of The Harmon Group has allowed us to complete major projects including Indianapolis International Airport Terminal, United Services Hub, UPS World Hub, Eli Lilly Establishments, Clarian Health Partners' Hospitals, Target Stores across the Country, and many more. The Harmon Group led by Billy, Tom and now Billy's son Willie, will continue to meet the construction needs of Indiana for the third generation.


Bruce Geier

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Bruce Geier With a keen entrepreneur spirit and a vision of how computers would forever change business– Bruce Geier made a bold move to ride what became the computer boom of the late 1980s and early 1990s and built a global footprint in IT that reaches 24 locations in the US, Canada and China. Bruce is a recognized thought leader in business and computer technology solutions with a longstanding commitment to diversity and small business in the community he serves. Bruce has been recognized on multiple occasions. He is the recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Minority Firm of the Year by the US Department of Commerce, Minority Development Business Agency and the VAR Business 500 Lifetime Achievement. He has been named the #10 Most Innovative Executive of the Year by Computer Reseller News (CRN) and often featured in computer industry journals and news outlets. Bruce received his BS in Computer Science (Cum Laude) and Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Utah


Ying McGuire

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Ying McGuire is the Vice President of International Operations and Business Development at Technology Integration Group (TIG), a premier minority owned IT products, solutions and services provider based in San Diego, California with 24 offices in US, China, and a global partner network. In this role, she oversees TIG’s existing international operations and expansion of global business. She also leads TIG’s corporate business development and supplier diversity initiative. Prior to TIG, Ying was the Global Supplier Diversity Officer at Dell Inc. She was responsible for driving three billion dollar procurement spend with diverse suppliers and she was a leading voice in the supplier diversity industry.

Ying McGuire Vice President of International Operations and Business Development

Technology Integration Group TIG Location Texas and California

Ying holds a variety of community leadership role. She serves on an advisory board of the International Trade Center, a United Nation agency based in Switzerland, and is currently a board member of the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce. She also served as the board chair of the Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council in Texas, a global committee member of the Woman Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), an International Committee member of the National Minority Supplier Development council (NMSDC), and a board member of the Billion Dollar Round Table. DiversityBusiness.com named Ying as an “America’s Top Diversity Advocate”. Minority Business USA recognized Ying as one of its “Best of The Decade”. DiversityPlus Magazine named Ying as a “Champion of Diversity”. TAGS: technology industry, leadership, entrepreneurship,


Albert Chen

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ALBERT CHEN Telamon Founder & Executive Chairman of the Board Graduate of the Executive Minority Business Program at Tuck School of Business, M.S. in Mathematical Sciences from Portland State University, and an LL.B. from National ChengChi University in Taiwan. Telamon’s mission is to simplify business by increasing efficiency and streamlining operations for our customers. We specialize in solutions for telecommunication networks, industrial assembly, and business process outsourcing. Our vision is to be a load bearing support… for our customers, employees, shareholders, and community… across generations.


Sanjay Kucheria

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Sanjay Kucheria is an entrepreneur and executive with over 20 years of experience, including strategy, general management, and business operations. He serves as the CEO of Trinus Corporation, an IT Professional Services firm that specializes in data analytics and financial performance management solutions. The firm has locations in the US and India and serves private sector companies, non-profits and government organizations, including leaders in healthcare, life sciences, entertainment, telecom, manufacturing, ports, utilities and technology. Sanjay is a member of the World Presidents’ Organization (YPO-WPO) and Chair of its Technology Network.

Sanjay Kucheria CEO Trinus Corporation

Education BE – Computer Engineering University of Bombay Location Los Angeles Tags: entrepreneurship

He is chair of the Minority Business Enterprise Input Committee as well as member of board of directors of the Southern California Minority Business Development Council. He serves on the USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s Department of Computer Science Advisory Board. Sanjay has also served as President of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) and board member of Society of Information Management (SIM). Sanjay continues to be a regular guest speaker at USC’s Marshall School of Business, and various business conferences. Sanjay has a B.E. degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Bombay and an M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern California. He has taken executive education courses at Harvard Business School, including the OPM program. Sanjay is married and has two children.


John Chuang

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John co-founded Aquent in 1986 while an undergraduate at Harvard University. Within five years he grew the company from dorm room startup to the 12th fastest growing private company in America. He has served as CEO from the beginning. Over the course of his career John has been widely recognized for his entrepreneurial leadership and accomplishments. Accolades include: Boston Business Journal's, "40 Under 40", Mass High Tech's, "High Tech All Star," finalist for the Harvard Business School Club of New York’s, "America’s Entrepreneur Award," and Ernst and Young’s, “Entrepreneur of the Year” for New England. He was the subject of a Fast Company cover story and was the protagonist in a Harvard Business School case study.

JOHN CHUANG Co-Founder and CEO Education Harvard University Location Boston TAGS: entrepreneurs, staffing industry

John has served as president of the Massachusetts Association of Staffing Services and as chairman of the board of directors of Angie’s List (NASDAQ:ANGI). He also has served as a board member for the American Staffing Association, AIGA, and the Recycling Advisory Committee for the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts. John earned a bachelor's degree cum laude from Harvard College and an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School.


Mia Wenjen

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I co-founded Aquent in 1986 with John Chuang and Steve Kapner as a dorm room entrepreneur at Harvard University. I have been a member of the board of directors ever since and has held a number of roles at the company. In 1992, Aquent (then called MacTemps) placed #12 on the Inc. 500 list for Fastest Growing Private Company. Aquent is the largest Creative Talent Agency in the world with 70 offices in 16 countries. I launched the West Coast operations and grew Los Angeles, California into the company’s largest market. I later managed the Boston market, where I introduced Aquent’s Partner Program, an innovative effort securing the loyalty of the company’s contingent workforce. This initiative reduced turnover among freelancers to below 20% per year, lower than that for many firms’ full-time staff. Mia Wenjen Co Founder at Multicultural Children's Book Day Education Harvard University Location Boston TAGS: technology, engineering, childrens books

I served as general manager for an internal start-up, managed PR efforts, and served as publisher of 1099 magazine, an award-winning print publication for freelancers. I am the co-founder of Multicultural Children's Book Day, January 27th, which celebrates diversity in children's literature. Mia graduated from Harvard College cum laude in history and science in 1987 and earned an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management in 1993.


Ranjini Poddar

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Artech is a minority- and women-owned business enterprise (MWBE) that provides workforce solutions, IT consulting, and SOW-project services. Headquartered in Morristown, NJ, Artech employs over 7,200 professionals and maintains over 25 locations across the U.S., India, and China. Artech was founded in 1992 and today is a Tier-1/Preferred Supplier to more than 70 Fortune 500 companies and numerous federal and state government agencies. Artech is the #1 Largest Women-Owned IT Staffing Firm in the United States and the #11 Largest IT Staffing Firm overall.

Ranjini Poddar Co-founder & CEO Artech Information Systems LLC Education Yale Law School Location New York

Artech is also a NMSDC Corporate PlusŽ Member and recipient of the 2009 NMSDC National Supplier of the Year award — the highest honor a minority supplier can receive. Recently the company also won the 2015 Supplier of the Year Award from the New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council. Artech is also ISO 9001, ISO/IEC 27001 and SEI-CMM Level 2 certified. For more information, visit: www.artechinfo.com TAGS: female, workforce industry, staffing, IT.


William Pickard

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Dr. William F. Pickard, PhD is Chairman of Global Automotive Alliance, Co-Managing Partner, MGM Grand Detroit Casino, CEO, Bearwood Management Company and co-owner of five blackowned newspapers. Pickard’s thirty-five-year entrepreneurial career began as a McDonald’s franchisee in Detroit, Michigan. In 1989, he founded an Automotive Manufacturing Company and grew it into Global Automotive Alliance, Logistics and Manufacturing companies with more than one half billion dollars in sales and eight plants in the U.S. and Canada. GAA services corporations such as Boeing, Mercedes Benz, Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Delphi, Johnson Controls, Starbucks, Home Depot and Merck Pharmaceutical.

William Pickard Chairman Global Automotive Alliance

TAGS: automotive industry, business, automotive, business

He has served on numerous business and non-profit boards including Asset Acceptance Capital Corporation, Michigan National Bank, LaSalle Bank, Business Leaders for Michigan, National Urban League, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Black Chamber of Commerce and is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. In 2001, Pickard was awarded Michiganian of the Year for his business success, civic leadership and philanthropy. Pickard was the first chairman of the African Development Foundation in 1982, appointed by President Ronald Reagan, and under President George Bush he was appointed to The National Advisory Committee on Trade Policy Negotiations (1990) the Federal Home Loan Bank Board-Indianapolis Bank in Indiana (1991). Dr. Pickard is also creating a new generation of entrepreneurs with “MILLIONAIRE MOVES: The Seven Essential Principles of Entrepreneurship.” Teaching vision/attitude, opportunity, relationships, talent/skillset, financial, failure and faith. Dr. Pickard will share his undeniable principles anyone can use to become a successful entrepreneur. Dr. Pickard holds a Bachelor's Degree from Western Michigan University, a Master's Degree from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.


Chrystel Cornelius

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Mission To provide opportunities for Native people to develop financial assets and create wealth by assisting in the establishment of strong, permanent institutions and programs contributing to economic independence and strengthening sovereignty for all Native communities.

Chrystel Cornelius First Nations Oweesta Corporation Executive Director Education University of Maryland (Ojibwe; Oneida)

TAGS: finance, assets, Native Americans, female

Our Strategy Native community development financial institutions directly provide Native American communities the tools and capital support required for real and sustainable job creation, small business development, commercial real estate development, and affordable housing/home ownership, while also offering basic banking services and financial literacy training to “underbanked� Native American communities who have been historically targeted by predatory lending practices. Our Values We believe that when armed with the appropriate resources, Native peoples hold the capacity and ingenuity to ensure the sustainable, economic, spiritual and cultural wellbeing of their communities.


C. Michael Gooden

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Mr. Gooden cofounded Integrated Systems Analysts, Inc. in December 1980. As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer he has guided the development of the company from a startup to an established national mid-size systems engineering and information technology Infrastructure services firm.

C. Michael Gooden Chairman and CEO Integrated Systems Analysts, Inc.

TAGS: entrepreneurs, engineering industry, technology industry

Prior to starting ISA, Mr. Gooden was an Engineering Duty Officer in the United States Navy. His naval service spanned 25 years (17 years active duty, 8 in the Naval Reserve), and he retired as a Commander in 1988. Mr. Gooden‘s naval career was concentrated in the areas of operation, maintenance and design of integrated combat weapon systems. Mr. Gooden is a member of the American Society of Naval Engineers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and a Corporate Plus member of the National Minority Supplier Development Council. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; on the CEOSE Committee of the National Science Foundation; and is a director emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries. Education: •Doctor of Science, Honorary Degree, Miami University, Oxford OH •Continuing Education, Wharton Executive Management Program, University of Pennsylvania •Master of Science in Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA •Bachelor of Science, Applied Science, Miami University, Oxford, OH


Amish Shah

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Kem Krest manages and markets customer branded parts and chemicals, from suppliers to dealership networks and production facilities, on behalf of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) within the Automotive, Agriculture/Industrial and Defense Industries.

Amish Shah CEO Kem Krest Education University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business Location Elkhart, Indiana TAGS: automotive industry, defense industry


Karla Johnson

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In 1988, Karla established LACOSTA, Inc., a minority certified provider of housekeeping services for corporate facilities in Wisconsin and Illinois. In the following years, LaCosta experienced continual grow due to the companies always ‘deliver plus 1%’ motto and subsequently expanded nationwide. In 1993, Karla married Rob Johnson and they have 4 wonderful children. They also merged their two companies, LACOSTA, Inc. and Bel Rae, Inc. After the two companies merged, the name was changed to LACOSTA Facility Support Services.

Karla Johnson LaCosta Facility Support Services Education Ripon College Location Chicago TAGS: female, entrepreneur, janitorial, painting services

With 40 years of combined experience, LACOSTA Facility Support Services has provided Janitorial Services, Managed Labor, Production & Warehouse Services, Painting Services and Site Maintenance Services to America’s leading companies. We excel in a wide range of complex environments - from corporate campuses and educational institutions, to industrial manufacturing facilities, pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, and healthcare environments. LACOSTA has grown steadily through both business referrals and expansion, and manages multiple locations for numerous customers. We have the critical mass to bring industry-leading management expertise, equipment, and best practices to our customers, while retaining the flexibility and responsiveness of a smaller company. With the resources of a large organization and the freedom to invest in long-term goals, LACOSTA has built a management and service infrastructure focused on serving the long-term needs of our customers.


Iv Watkins

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The position includes providing organization, management and legal advise to the Native American Young Beginning and Small Enterprise Center, Inc. (NAYBSEC) The duties includes the coordination of relationships with tribal, state and federal agencies. NAYBSEC is a non-profit 501c(3) corporation. Its purpose and functions can be viewed at www.naybsec.org.

TAGS: Native American, entrepreneurship, legal

lv Watkins

SPECIALIZING IN ADMINISTRATIVE LAW, INDIAN LAW, WATER RIGHTS AND BUSINESS FINANCE The Native American Young Beginning and Small Enterprise Center Education University of Mississippi Muskogee, Oklahoma


Kevin Frazier Kevin Frazier continues to impact the entertainment industry as a multi-faceted journalist, producer and entrepreneur. As co-anchor of omg! INSIDER, formerly THE INSIDER, he is the only African American male currently anchoring a daily newsmagazine show for broadcast television. He has interviewed Hollywood’s biggest stars from Brad Pitt to Will Smith to Oprah Winfrey and Beyoncé. Additionally, he launched Kevin Frazier Productions (KFP) to focus on in-depth reporting and video production for a variety of corporate and entertainment clients. The company recently produced a series of film vignettes for “Freedom Sisters,” a traveling museum exhibit curated by the Smithsonian about women involved in the Civil Rights Movement. Hosted by Frazier, the exhibit toured nationwide through April 2012. KFP has collaborated with music producer will.i.am to create video content for his lifestyle web site and partnered on projects with business magnate Russell Simmons. Frazier began his broadcasting career as a local sports reporter after a stint as an assistant basketball coach at Morgan State University in Baltimore. Prior to joining ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT in 2004 he served as host of ESPN’s “SportsCenter,” “NBA Shoot Around” and “NBA Fastbreak.” He also worked at the FX Network as co-host of “The FX Sports Show.” He has served as a sideline reporter for the “NFL on Fox” telecasts as well as host of the pre-game shows for “NFL on Fox,” “NHL on Fox” and “College Football Saturday.” Frazier is an active member of the Los Angeles civic community and frequently participates in events and speaking engagements for charitable organizations. He is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. omg! INSIDER is produced and distributed by CBS Television Distribution and is shot in Studio City, Calif. Brad Bessey and Linda Bell Blue are executive producers. Rebecca Brooks is co-executive producer. Kevin Frazier and Thea Andrews are co-anchors. Christina McLarty and Michael Yo are correspondents. Keltie Knight, Nina Parker and Kristen Aldridge are contributors. TAGS: Entertainment, Speaker, Journalist, Entrepreneur

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David Adjaye Adjaye Associates — Practice profile

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TAGS: architect, engineering

Adjaye Associates was established in June 2000 by founder and principal architect, Sir David Adjaye OBE. Receiving ever-increasing worldwide attention, the firm has offices in London, New York and completed work in Europe, North America, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. Two of the practice’s largest commissions to date are the design of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington D.C. and the Moscow School of Management (SKOLKOVO). Further projects range in scale from private houses, exhibitions, and temporary pavilions to major arts centres, civic buildings, and masterplans. Renowned for an eclectic material and colour palette and a capacity to offer a rich civic experience, the buildings differ in form and style, yet are unified by their ability to generate new typologies and to reference a wide cultural discourse. Completed works include: the regenerative Morning Lane Arches retail corridor in Hackney, London (2016); Sugar Hill museum and housing development in Harlem, New York (2015); the Aishti Foundation arts and shopping complex in Beirut, Lebanon (2015); Alara Concept Store in Lagos, Nigeria (2014); Marian Goodman Gallery, London (2014); the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art at the Hutchins Centre, Harvard University (2014); two neighbourhood libraries in Washington DC (2012); the Stephen Lawrence Centre in London (2007); the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver (2007); Rivington Place Gallery in London (2007); The Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo (2005); and the Idea Stores in Tower Hamlets, London (2004 and 2005) – two pioneering community libraries in London’s Tower Hamlets. Some current projects include: One Berkeley Street, a £600 million mixed-use residential redevelopment in London’s prestigious Piccadilly area; a new home for The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; offices for the International Financial Corporation in Dakar, Senegal; a gallery for the Linda Pace Foundation in San Antonio, TX; and a regenerative cultural campus on the site of Tel Aviv’s disused former central bus station.


Loren Tapahe

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Manage the day-to-day operations of the Chamber, including planning networking luncheons, mixers, conferences, and golf tournaments. Fundraising and community outreach are also important duties of the president & CEO. TAGS: American Indian, business, small business, entrepreneurship, Mesa

Mr. Loren Tapahe President & CEO at American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Arizona American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Arizona Education Brigham Young University Location Mesa, Arizona


Dawn Pullin

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"Our ancestors were great teachers of life; Spokane Tribal Members today continue the tradition by taking this opportunity to share with you a glimpse of our home, culture, history and our community while visiting this website. The Spokane Tribes' current home is located in Wellpinit, Washington. We are surrounded by nature's beautiful lakes, trees and mountains. Welcome friends and thank you for wanting to learn more about the proud Spokane Tribe of Indians." Company details http://www.spokanetribe.com TAGS: American Indian, business, tribes, cultural

Dawn Pullin Interim CEO at Spokane Tribe of Indians Spokane Tribe of Indians University of Phoenix Education University of Phoenix Location Spokane, Washington


Claudette White

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Previously worked in retail security; Electronic Article Surveillance; Restaurant Industry; Public Defender; Special Prosecutor; Managed a multi-million dollar tribal casino operation. Limited Artist Management and booking experience.

Hope to one day be a member of the State Senate or U.S. Congress Specialties: Tribal Governments; Federal Indian Law TAGS: American Indian, business, legal, law, judge Claudette White Chief Judge-Quechan Tribal Court Quechan Indian Tribe Education Arizona State University College of Law Location Winterhaven, California


Charlie Williams

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Charlie Williams Chairman Charlie currently serves as MPS Group Chairman. He also has served MPS Group as a board member since 1999. His duties include senior executive management and myriad corporate oversight responsibilities, including strategic planning, corporate ethics, diversity initiatives, and board and stockholder relationships. Offering years of broad executive management experience, Charlie has served the City of Detroit and Wayne County in various capacities for more than 30 years, including posts as Chief of Staff for the mayor of Detroit and as Deputy County Executive for Wayne County. He also served as Executive Director of the Detroit Water & Sewer Department for several years and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan. Charlie Williams MPS Group Chairman

As a consultant to Highland Park, Michigan, he advised the Emergency Financial Manager regarding financial and administrative matters. In 2006, Charlie was appointed to a six-year term with the Wayne County Airport Authority Board, which is the governing agency for the world's 15th busiest airport. He also currently serves as an audit committee member for Magna Entertainment, a publicly listed corporation. Charlie's enthusiasm, judgment and experience assure solid governance for the challenges and opportunities the MPS Group faces now and in the future.


Michael Hunter

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Chairman and CEO of the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians, Tribal Government, Coyote Valley Casino and Coyote Valley Economic Development Corporation TAGS: American Indian, business, government, economic development

Michael Hunter Tribal Chairman at Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians Location San Francisco


Jeff Haozous

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Jeff Haozous has served as Chairman of the Fort Sill Apache Tribe since October 2002. He is responsible for oversight of the tribe’s government and enterprises. His focus is to improve the lives of tribal members through education and economic development, to restore tribal culture, to address the tribe’s twenty-eight year imprisonment by the United States and to return the tribe to its homelands in New Mexico and Arizona. Jeff was born in Norman, Oklahoma and grew up in Springdale, Arkansas. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas and an MBA from Duke University. Jeff Haozous Chairman at Fort Sill Apache Tribe Fort Sill Apache Tribe Education Duke University Location Lawton, Oklahoma

Before becoming a tribal leader, he worked in internet and database marketing for companies such as CBS Records, Hill Holliday Advertising, Microsoft and a number of venture capital backed internet startup companies. TAGS: American Indian, Native American, tribal leader


Jared D. Casey, Jr.

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Diversity, Expertise & Innovation. Faison Office Products, Inc. is a full-service minority-owned provider of products, solutions and services for your business. We opened our doors in Colorado in 1981, with a vision of becoming a national sales and marketing company. Independently owned, today we provide office supplies, solutions and services all over North America, including Canada and Puerto Rico. Year after year we continue to provide customers with high quality products, exceptional customer service, next-business-day delivery and an innovative collection of business services. Our account managers are industry professionals who listen to their customers and are committed to going the “extra mile�.

Jared D. Casey, Jr. Faison Office Products, Inc. Education Duke University Location Lawton, Oklahoma


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Hosted by Margo Gray, Voices & Visions is an indigenous talk show produced by the Native American Studies Program at Tulsa Community College (TCC). Description Voices & Visions from Indian Country is an exciting new television program hosted by Margo Gray.

Margo Gray Television Host President, Margo Gray and Associates Voices & Visions from Indian Country Education Northeastern State University Location Tulsa, Oklahoma Area Tags Native American, production industry, female, Native American,

The interview/talk-show styled program will explore a broad range of cultural, social, and political issues from an indigenous perspective. Created and produced by Steven Woods for the Native American Studies Program at Tulsa Community College (TCC). Facebook Voices & Visions from Indian Country and Twitter VoicesVisionsIC


Randy Bowman

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In an industry thick with competition the only differentiation between MW Logistics and our competitors is our relentless dedication to service and our customer. Delivered .Period is our mantra, our commitment, our cultural ethos. We win by treating each load as our only load. We are not the biggest 3PL and that helps us compete every day to earn your business. We have a question, are you getting the service you expect from your capacity partners?

Randy Bowman MW Logistics, LLC Education Whittier Law School Location Dallas

Give MW Logistics an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to service and earn your business. MW Logistics is propelled by a unique business model that aggregates small and mid-size partner carrier capacity to operate your business like a large asset-based carrier. MW Logistics is emerging as one of the leading third-party logistics providers in North America. We are growing because we are earning the respect of each of our clients. Let us transform your expectation of service. #delivered.period


Mark Govin

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We are a fourth generation, Hispanic owned manufacturer of custom business identity products. MarkMaster is a premier, vertically-integrated manufacturer of custom and stock identity solutions. From a full range of signage solutions to marking and business supplies, we deliver the highest quality products that support even the most discriminating corporate identity and brand standards. We have expertise in electronic ordering solutions and have been in business since 1933.


Kristin Mays-Corbitt

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Kristin Mays-Corbitt President Mays Chemical Company As Mays Chemical Company celebrates its 39th year of business in 2019, Kristin continues to honor her father’s legacy by forging ahead and carrying on her father’s hard work and determination to exceed customer’s expectations. Kristin is a hands-on leader and with her knowledge of every system that makes Mays run, she will continue to grow Mays Chemical. Kristin was formerly Vice President of Operations and the Assistant to the Chairman at Mays Chemical Company. Kristin has held numerous positions at Mays, starting as an intern has progressed through a series of roles, including customer service representative, business analyst, director of customer service and marketing, and director of operations. Kristin's responsibilities for several years were managing warehouse distribution, blending operations, fleet and inventory management, customer service, purchasing and marketing. TAGS: female, entrepreneur


Justin Bennett

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Justin Bennett President at Ongweoweh Corp Canisius College Ithaca, New York

Ongweoweh Corp is a Native American-owned, pallet management company providing pallet & packaging procurement, recycling services and supply chain optimization programs. Ongweoweh provides custom reporting along with data and trend analysis for a very diverse customer base of Fortune 500 companies.


Livia Whisenhunt

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Ms. Whisenhunt, President, CEO and founder of PS Energy Group, has more than 25 years of experience in purchasing and marketing fuels for transportation and production. She has been instrumental in spearheading and executing most of PS Energy’s major milestones and is responsible for setting the company's strategic direction and leading its growth. . Ms. Whisenhunt served as the Region IV Chairperson of the Federal Regulatory Fairness Board (REGFAIR), established by Congress and the President under the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, to represent small businesses and comment on the enforcement activities of federal regulatory agencies. She was appointed by Georgia’s Lt. Governor to the House Senate Study Committee for House Bill 215, the Bill that deregulated natural gas in the State of Georgia; in addition to being appointed by Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to the Board of Directors of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, the state of Georgia authority that works to improve the state's mobility, air quality and land use practices. Under Ms. Whisenhunt’s leadership, PS Energy Group, with annual revenues in excess of $175 million in 2011, won the Administrator's Award for Excellence from the U.S. Small Business Administration for five consecutive years and received the Hammer Award from Vice President Al Gore's National Performance Review Board. The company received recognition from the Governor’s office as a Georgia Small Business of Excellence and has been recognized as the Supplier of the Year by the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council.


Marc C. Mills

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Marc Mills President at Pacific Rim Capital Harvard University Orange County, California

North America’s largest independent lessor, with nearly $1B in assets under management. Prior to founding PRC, Mr. Mills was Vice President, Headquarters Marketing, for Capital Associates Portfolio Company. He has held marketing and management positions with Capital Associates International and Beverly Hills Savings. He is a graduate of Harvard University and holds a degree in Finance from the London School of Economics.


Derek Valdo

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Experience Tribal leader, certified risk manager, instructor, grant writer, program manager, board member, public servant...Proud Citizen of the Pueblo of Acoma. Goals - Expand Tribal Sovereignty, Economies, Independence and Culture. Specialties: Tribal values, culture, risk management, Tribal data, building and supporting Tribal business, statistical analysis The only 100% Tribally-owned and majority Indian operated insurance company providing Property, General Liability and Tribal Worker's Compensation coverage to over 420 Tribes for over 27 years. Tribes protecting Tribes! Appointed CEO 07/2012 by the Board of Directors. Derek Valdo (Pueblo of Acoma) Chief Executive Officer AMERIND Risk Insurance

Education The University of New Mexico BA, Major: Economics Minor: Management Cum Laude

Stanford University Unearned, Economics TAGS: Native American, economics, culture, public servant


Cheri Myron Cheri Myron President, Native American Enterprises, LLC & Chapter Coordinator of American Indian Chamber of Commerce CA Education UCLA Anderson School of Management Location Greater San Diego Area

Experience We bring a turn-key mobility and sustainable solution to tribal and rural clinics and hospitals for the purpose of telemedicine.

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Kelly Holmes

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Experience Kelly Holmes is Lakota from the Cheyenne River reservation in South Dakota. At only 20 years of age, Kelly launched Native Max Magazine, alongside her buzzing fashion line and styling services business, Glamyr. Now, the 24 year old has expanded the Native Max brand across multimedia platforms, eventually surpassing national borders. Not only does Kelly handle the daily operations of the magazine, she also has a hand in every venture and partnership within her company.

Kelly Holmes President at Native Max Native Max Magazine Education Broomfield High School Location Denver, Colorado

Founder and editor-in-chief of Native Max Magazine, a 56-page glossy bimonthly publication that features the cultures and lifestyles of the Native American and First Nations people of North America. Each issue has more than 5 sections inside with content written and produced by Native American and First Nations talent. -Generates potential stories and content for each issue -Oversee all operations of the magazine contributors as well as the corporal, sales and marketing team Tags: Native American, youth entrepreneurship, female, fashion industry, publishing industy


Paris Hairston

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2016 Native American Music Award Winners "Best Blues Recording"​

Paris Hairston Creator – Producer Blue Mountain Tribe Location Bakersfield, California Tags: Native American Music industry Promotions, mentoring, music education

Creator/Founder BLUE MOUNTAIN TRIBE Indigenous American Father/Son Blues team. Promoting Native American Talent, Native American Youth & Native Youth with disabilities through Caleb Hairston on guitar, a person with Autism and also a member of the Chiricahua people. Focusing on changing their outlook of themselves through Music education and mentoring. Through Charity, concerts, and Traditional values & music helping our Disabled Native Youth to redefine themselves by their "ABILITIES". The world "IS" their "Sacred Circle". Also to Represent & Promote our Native "Wounded Warriors" & Veterans through retired Sgt. Robin Hairston, Chiricahua , Harmonica...highly decorated Veteran & "Wounded Warrior"& 1st responder to Hurricane Katrina.


Kelly Jackson

Kelly Jackson President/Owner, Indigenous Networks, LLC Indigenous Networks, LLC Location Lac Du Flambeau, Wisconsin Tags Native American, cultural resources, management, environmental, workshops, youth empowerment, arts, museum, services

Vision to INSPIRE. Mission to CHANGE.

Indigenous Networks is an American Indian/Native American owned and operated natural and cultural resource management firm located in Madison Wisconsin. We offer multidisciplinary environmental consultation services, comprehensive historic preservation planning, sustainable community-wide planning, specialized archaeological services, traditional cultural property studies, National Register nomination assistance and many other support services for implementing NEPA, NAGPRA, ARPA, AIRFA and other environmental and civil rights laws. Other related services include formal training and workshops, grant writing, youth empowerment programs, multigenerational programming, interpretive and heritage tourism programming and museum services.


W. Ron Allen

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W. Ron Allen Chairman/CEO at Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe Education University of Washington Location Sequim, Washington Tags Native American, Tribal leader


Shawn Buchanan

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A former professional baseball player—he played the outfield for his hometown Chicago White Sox—Buchanan began planning for his career after pro sports as a business manager at Nebraska Beef, a beef processing company. When he retired from baseball in 1996, he launched All American Meats. Within five years, Buchanan made his presence as an entrepreneur, earning a Black Enterprise Small Business Award in 2000. He’s also earned special recognition for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, among other industry awards.

TAGS: food industry, sports

Shawn Buchanan All American Meats, LLC Education University of Nebraska-Lincoln Location Great Omaha


James Morales James Morales Publisher/Editor in Chief of Native Hoop Magazine, Natives In Ink Magazine and ProShoot Magazine Natives In Ink Magazine Education East Central Community College Location Albuquerque, New Mexico Tags Journalist, newspaper industry, publications, advertising, branding

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Halito, My name is James Morales and a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. I grew up in the Conehatta community and went to school there on the rez. I want to take this moment to welcome each of you to my humble page and tell you "​ Yahkoki ! " ( Thank you ! ) for taking the time to look at my profile. Native Hoop Magazine is seen in 35 countries, Canada, and the lower 48. We offer opportunities for new writers by providing a publication in which the writers have creative control over their articles. We offer everyone free download or read on the site for anyone. We offer new businesses, organizations, and people to promote their work and products through exposure in articles and advertising in our publications. We work to bring you a brand new magazine each month. Nink magazine (Natives In Ink) is the first all indigenous ink and tattoo magazine in NDN Country! We bring new ink artists, musicians, artists, photographers, models, and interviews in each magazine. NINK Magazine is a bi - monthly magazine! I hope you join us for every new publication and projects in Native Hoop.


Star Nayea

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Star Nayea Native GRAMMY Recording Artist, Motivational Speaker, Multi-Faceted Prevention Advocate Videographer, Music Producer. Ravens Last Laugh Productions Education Berklee College of Music

Location Greater Seattle Area Tags Native American, music industry, female, vocalist, songwriter, performer

Star Nayea is a Native American GRAMMY Recording Artist, Three time NAMA Winner, (including Songwriter Of The Year, Best Independent Recording, Best Compilation CD), a truly a gifted powerhouse female vocalist, songwriter and performer. A National Motivational/Inspirational Speaker, Prevention & Wellness Advocate. A Music Mentor for Native Youth & Teens. Most importantly, while raising her #1Gift (her Son,) Star diligently throughout her career sought to remain an Influential Positive Role Model. Inspiring today's Native youth & teens well as setting a stellar example for her own child.


William Harjo

William Harjo President American Native Services Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples Education Stanford University Location Bozeman, Montana Tags Native American, cultural resources, management, environmental, workshops, youth empowerment, arts, museum, services

Vision to INSPIRE. Mission to CHANGE.

My work focuses primarily on helping client organizations get clear, get focused and start addressing their most important strategic, organizational and operational challenges. I facilitate high-stakes, issue-based discussions with diverse stakeholder groups where reaching a common ground is imperative in order to move forward. I use a systems oriented cultural effectivness process to provide clients with straight-forward, practical guidance on how to align organizational mission vision and goals. I works across multiple industry categories, including Education, Government, Tribal and For Profit and Non Profit.


John Henderson

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A recognized senior executive with strong sales and leadership skills, John Henderson offers a unique blend of executive acumen, business management experience and entrepreneurial vision. As president of AEL-Span, LLC a Joint Venture Company of UTi Worldwide (NASDQ; UTIW); he has helped to successfully engineer a high growth MBE company into a significant and stable participant in the Contract Logistics and Distribution industry.

John Henderson Supply Chain Executive AEL-Span, LLC Education Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management Location Greater Detroit Area Tags Automotive Industry

John has over 30 years of business management experience and has held senior management and board level positions in Banking, Venture Capital management, Contract Logistics and Contract Electronics Manufacturing. He began his career in the banking industry, rising to Vice President and Manager of Seattle-First National Bank’s New York Office and later as a Vice President in Bank of Boston’s Specialized Industries Group. In addition to the academic degrees mentioned below, John has been a faculty member in the Finance department at the University of Phoenix’s Troy Michigan campus; he is a graduate of Andersen Consulting Venture Capital School, The Tuck School of Management’s (Dartmouth College) Executive Management Programs and is a former United States Marine.


Bill Kincaid

Bill Kincaid President at Momentum Interiors Education Dartmouth College The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth Location Detroit Tags Automotive Industry

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Experienced President with a demonstrated history of working in the construction industry. Skilled in Hardwood Flooring, Process Scheduler, Negotiation, Sales, and Carpet. Strong business development professional graduated from Dartmouth College The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.


Manny Flores

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Founded in 1998 by Manny Flores and Alejandro Ruelas, LatinWorks is based in Austin, TX and is a cross-cultural agency that believes brands live by their connection with culture. And today, culture is evolving faster than ever before. Culture is created through a natural tension – between diverse people, ideas and values. We believe that brands thrive not by simply reflecting this culture, but by affecting it. Using an approach we call Positive Friction, we harness the tension in today’s society and inject the energy it creates into our work, affectively getting to great ideas that begin to change culture itself. Manny Flores CEO LatinWorks Marketing Education The University of Texas – San Antonio Location Austin

Tags Advertising Industry, Hispanic

Recognized on a global scale as one of the most awarded multicultural agencies, LatinWorks is a three-time Ad Age “Multicultural Agency of the Year”, a two-time recipient of Ad Age’s “Agency A-List” award and one of Forbes’ “Most Influential Agencies.”


Lisa Torres

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Gonzalo Del Fa

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Responsible of all GroupM Multicultural activity across Mediacom, Mindshare, MEC and Maxus

Gonzalo Del Fa President GroupM Multicultural Education Universidad de Palermo Location New York City Tags Advertising Industry, female, Hispanic


Amelia Rodriquez Imagine moving to a foreign country as a child, unable to speak or understand a word of the local language, and no one in your family could either! That’s what happened to Amelia, a native Peruvian, suddenly transplanted to the US. Wading through the waters of language learning, within a very short period, she became the official voice for the family, learning legalese, healthcare lingo and all things interpreter by the age of 13! After studying language at Michigan State and Wayne State Universities, Amelia formally began her career as a freelance interpreter. Her personal experience and affinity for languages led her to found Vocalink in 1995, “making communication with the world easy in any language.” This passion for clear communication – being not just heard but understood – is what fuels the flame burning deep in the heart of her entire organization. As founder and chief innovator at Vocalink Language Services, Amelia considers it her mission to inspire her team to drive this “be heard—be understood” message. It’s simple but profound. She believes that true communication happens only when this dynamic occurs. The focus is not on the services Vocalink “sells” but what they believe, which inspires the entire organization to come to work each day— turning this belief into a working reality.

Vocalink earned membership in the National Minority Supplier Development Council’s Corporate Plus® program in 2014; a coveted designation among minority businesses that have demonstrated their capacity to successfully execute national contracts for major corporations. Amelia also lead her company to winning the title of NMSDC Class II Supplier of the Year in 2012. Vocalink continues serve an impressive roster of business-to-business clients and Amelia has her sights set for aggressive future growth. .

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Ron Shahani

Vision to INSPIRE. Mission to CHANGE.

Mr. Shahani is President and CEO of Acro Service Corp. with headquarters in Livonia, Michigan. As a young undergraduate student living in India, Shahani made the bold and life changing decision to leave family and friends behind and pursue an MBA degree in the United States. Ron received his MBA from the University of Detroit in 1977 after which he went to work for Ford Motor Company as a financial analyst until 1982.

Ron Shahani President at Acro Service Corporation Education University of Detroit Mercy Location Detroit Tags Automotive Industry

What started out as one man's opportunistic idea has now blossomed into a large and diverse corporation with over 30 offices in the United States and additional offices in England and India. Acro provides staff augmentation, outsourcing, and consulting services in information technology, engineering and design, and professional and office administration services to the world's leading organizations. Acro has received numerous awards and commendations. In addition to serving on APACC's Board, Ron is on the board of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce. He is involved in fundraising activities for Henry Ford Health System's new Multicultural Dermatology Center as well as other civic and charitable organizations, such as the Covenant House of Michigan and Zoe Foundation.


Cristina Martinez Cristina Martinez VP Connections Director at MediaVest Multicultural (MV42) MediaCom Cornell University Advertising Industry

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Alfred Hollingsworth

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Aldelano Packaging Corporation, now known as Aldelano Corporation, has been developed by Al into a successful contract packaging corporation with plants that service well known clients.

Alfred Hollingsworth President/CEO Aldelano Corporation Education University of Colorado Boulder Location Ontario, California Tags Packaging industry, diversity

Aldelano Corporation is known for exceptional service and value. Aldelano has built a reputation of trust and dependability, and has received numerous awards and accolades, including NMSDC’s Corporate Plus distinction.


Raj Vattikuti

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Raj B. Vattikuti, Founder of Altimetrik, is a philanthropist and serial entrepreneur who has seeded a string of successful enterprises, including Altimetrik, Covansys, Synova, Vattikuti Ventures, Vattikuti Technologies, and Davinta Technologies.

Raj Vattikuti Co-Chairman & Founder Covansys Corporation Education College of Engineering Guindy, India Location Detroit Tags Automotive industry, technology, engineering

Headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, USA, Altimetrik, his present venture, is a rapidly growing technology enterprise with more than 2,500 associates across development centers in San Francisco and New York City (USA), Bangalore and Chennai (India) and Montevideo (Uruguay). Altimetrik is committed to driving noticeable change to client businesses, leveraging a world-class workforce. Raj is a graduate in Electrical Engineering from the College of Engineering, Guindy, India. He is a post-graduate in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Wayne State University, USA. Furthermore, Raj was conferred an honorary doctorate for Business Administration [SS1] by Bryant University, [SS2] USA. He was also conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to the IT industry by Dykema Gossett [SS3] at the third annual Michigan IT Summit in 2001.


Scott Vowels SUMMARY • 20+ years of Supplier Diversity, Diversity & Inclusion and Procurement experience • Develop, implement, and share best practices in project management, risk management and change management. • Manage key internal and external relationships with community partners, Fortune 500 corporations, government and elected officials and minority business owners. • Develop team members and provide ongoing professional guidance and direction. • Identify and resolve project issues, interdependencies, and conflicts to ensure positive outcomes. • Manage procurement/sourcing processes for manufacturing environments. • Non-Profit and Manufacturing experience with developing budgets, forecasting and inventory management. • Provided reports to NCMSDC Board of Directors and US Dept of Commerce, MBDA for MBOC grant. • Former World Ranked Professional Tennis Player. MBA with Finance concentration; MA in Economics • Doctorate in Business Administration Top 100 Most Influential in Supplier Diversity by MBNUSA Magazine, 2006, 2010. Meet me at www.scottvowelsphd.com

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TAGS Supplier diversity, procurement, thought leadership, Apple, speaker, diversity, economics, supply chain, technology


Kevin Stark

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The Puyallup Tribe of Indians have lived along the shores of the Puget Sound in Washington State for thousands of years.

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The people of the Puyallup Tribe have been know for "generous and welcoming behavior to all people who enter our lands.“ Living off the waters of the Puyallup River fed by Mount Rainier, the Puyallup People fished, hunted, and traveled by these waters. Using the Western red cedar to make many things like homes, utensils, and canoes.

Kevin Stark Director of Grants at Puyallup Tribe Puyallup Tribe of Indians Education University of Sydney Tags: grants, business development, Native American


Sylvestor Hester

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GAA is the marketing entity for five manufacturing and logistics companies with eleven U.S. operations. GAA companies are: ARD Logistics, Global SQ, Grupo Antolin Wayne, Key Logistics and Vitec. Global Automotive Alliance began in 1999 as an automotive supplier and today has the reputation for providing quality manufacturing and exceptional logistics management to aerospace, automotive, food & beverage, government and retail clients. GAA is one of the country’s largest African American-owned businesses with 1,600 national and international employees. GAA is a global provider of contract logistics, procurement, quality containment, warehousing, freight forwarding and contract assembly services. Sylvester Hester President & CEO Global Automotive Alliance Education: Central Michigan University Tags: Automotive industry, manufacturing, logistics

For more information, visit www.GAAsolutions.com


Clarence Robie

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B&S Electric Supply Co., a Georgia corporation, was founded on January 31, 1977. John Blessinger and Steve Summers founded and controlled the company until Clarence W. Robie acquired his initial interest in the company in 1980. Mr. Robie is now the president and sole stockholder of the company. We offer a complete line of high quality products and value-added services to our customers. This broad line of products helps us to find the right product quickly and cost effectively for our valued customers. For product accessibility we offer electronic data interchange (EDI) capabilities, which include requisition response, purchase order, purchase order release, order acknowledgement, and invoicing. Clarence Robie B&S Electric Supply Co

As a minority distributor, B & S has been an intricate part of several major projects.


Eric G. Johnson

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Eric G. Johnson is president and chief executive officer of Baldwin Richardson Foods Company, one of the largest African-American-owned businesses in the food industry. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois with manufacturing facilities located outside of Rochester, New York., Baldwin Richardson Foods is a leading manufacturer of custom ingredients for the food and beverage. Serving the industrial, food service, retail and private label market segments, the company combines its formulation expertise, unique packaging options and flexibility in custom product development with state-of-the-art processing capabilities to meet the needs of its customers within consumer packaged goods and quick service restaurants channels.

Eric G. Johnson President and CEO Baldwin Richardson Foods

Education Babson College Location Chicago Tags: food industry, leadership, corporate citizenship

A second generation entrepreneur, in 1992 he purchased Baldwin Ice Cream Co., a small ice cream company with a fine history, established in Chicago in 1921. Mr. Johnson expanded the distribution and sales of the company and in 1997 completed the acquisition of Richardson Foods from the Quaker Oats Company to form Baldwin Richardson Foods Co.

Mr. Johnson serves as a member of the board of directors for Supervalu and Lincoln National Corporation where he is the chairman of its Finance Committee. He also sits on the board of trustees for Babson College and serves on the Board of the Urban League of Rochester. Under Mr. Johnson's leadership, Baldwin Richardson Foods has a strong commitment to supporting the community in Chicago, Rochester, and elsewhere. The company has won the “Loving Hands� award from Ronald McDonald House Charities in Rochester in 2008 and the Crystal Heart Award in 2011. In 2010 the company built a primary school in Haiti in response to the 5000 schools destroyed in the earthquake. Good corporate citizenship is a core value of the company.


Tillie Hidalgo Lima

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Tillie leads Best Upon Request, an on-site concierge service serving organizations nationwide. Best Upon Request gives employees the freedom to focus on what's important to them by taking care of their to-do lists and alleviating distractions. In healthcare, the services give patients the freedom to focus on healing by addressing their non-clinical needs. Born in Cuba, Tillie and her parents escaped to find freedom in the United States. Coming with only 10 pesos, her parents, Matilde and Alberto Hidalgo, taught her resourcefulness and determination.

Tillie Hidalgo Lima President & CEO Best Upon Request Education University of Cincinnati Location Cincinnati Tags: Automotive industry, manufacturing, logistics

After graduating from the University of Cincinnati, Tillie was a pharmacist for 13 years before coming to Best Upon Request as vice president of operations. She became president/CEO in 2003. Since then, the company has grown more than 600 percent in revenue. She frequently speaks at events and has published dozens of industry articles. Her personal values are the Seven F's: faith, family, friends, fitness, financial strength, freedom and fun. Tillie and her husband Dave reside in Loveland and have three daughters, Jessi, Natalie and Sofia, two sons-in-law, Josh and Mike and five grandchildren, Grace, Samuel, Francesca, Teddy and Lucas.


Joe Blackstone

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A successful minority business entrepreneur and a new member of SCMSDC’s board of directors, Joe Blackstone is in a unique position to help guide the council’s activities to ensure its place as the preeminent minority business advocacy organization in Southern California. In 1991, Blackstone founded Blackstone Consulting Inc. (BCI), which has grown into a multi-million dollar service company in various service sectors. The Los Angeles-based company provides food, janitorial, facilities maintenance, security, staffing, and grounds and maintenance services. BCI employs people in 16 states and Germany, and has contracts with Sodexo USA, Northrop Grumman Corporation, government agencies, and more. In addition, BCI is a Corporate Plus member of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), a membership program for minority businesses with proven capability for national contracts.

Joe Blackstone CEO Blackstone Consulting Education: Southern Methodist University

Location Los Angeles

Blackstone received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from USC and an MBA from Southern Methodist University. He completed the Board of Directors Training with a certificate from the UCLA Anderson Business School and previously served on several boards, including USC Board of Governors, Los Angeles County Private Industry Council Board and was a member of Big Brothers of Greater Los Angeles. Tags: food industry, janitorial, facilities maintenance, security


Gene C. Waddy

Gene C. Waddy CEO DIVERSANT Education: Fairleigh Dickinson University Location New York

Vision to INSPIRE. Mission to CHANGE.

Gene C. Waddy is a visionary entrepreneur and owner of DIVERSANT LLC, the nation’s largest African-American owned IT staffing and solutions firm. In many ways, DIVERSANT is a reflection of Gene’s professional expertise, personal drive, and his commitment to helping others. The company has enjoyed dramatic growth, even during the economic downturn, and has developed a reputation for excellence among numerous Fortune 500 companies. The son of two Harlemites, Gene was raised in New Jersey. Gene attended Fairleigh Dickinson University where he earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. A “Jersey Guy” at heart, Gene chose to stay in his home state where he now resides with his wife and children. Prior to founding DIVERSANT, Gene was the National Practice Director for Infrastructure Services at Spherion Technology where he managed the provision of IT staffing and solutions for large clients nationwide. With an extensive background in the staffing and technology services industry, Gene now combines his business acumen with his desire to help others by developing transformative programs that promote diversity in the workforce and supply chain. In his local community, Gene coaches minority youth about how they can get involved with technology and use it to advance their careers and lives. A member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the country’s first African-American fraternity, Gene is very active in many of their community service programs. Gene believes that each person should set his or her own destiny, and does what he can to help them on their path. “No one can stop you from reaching the stars,” he says. “It’s up to you. How badly do you want it?” Tags: entrepreneur, leader


Dorene Dominguez Chairman of Vanir Group Dorene C. Dominguez is the Chairman of the Vanir Group of Companies. Ms. Dominguez succeeded her beloved late father, H. Frank Dominguez, overseeing 15 offices throughout the United States. The Vanir companies employ a growing staff of more than 300 talented executives, architects, engineers, construction managers, developers, contractors and support staff. The Vanir Companies including Vanir Development Company, Inc., Vanir Construction Management, Inc. and Vanir Construction Company, Inc. have successfully completed over $8.5 billion in real estate developments, design-build lease, and construction services. Vanir Construction Management has been consistently ranked by Engineering News Record Magazine as one of the top construction managment firms in the nation. Ms. Dominguez also created Vanir Financial Services, which owns Vanir Securities, and recently launched Vanir Energy, LLC, a green initiative specializing in solar thermal energy. Vanir Energy is known for the largest solar thermal energy facility in the world and is located in North Carolina.

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James Reynolds Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Loop Capital Mr. Reynolds, along with Albert R. Grace, Jr., founded Loop Capital in 1997 with a simple motto as a guide: "To provide client service beyond expectations." The motto still serves as the foundational driving force of the firm. Mr. Reynolds currently oversees all aspects of Loop Capital, including investment banking, brokerage and financial advisory services. A 30-year veteran of the financial services industry, Mr. Reynolds held senior-level positions at several global Wall Street firms prior to founding Loop Capital—then a municipal bond firm. Since, Loop Capital has grown into one of the most dynamic and diversified investment banking firms in the country, expanding into corporate finance, global equity trading, taxable fixed income trading, tax-exempt fixed income trading, mergers and acquisitions, public finance, infrastructure investment and financial consulting. As Chairman and CEO, Mr. Reynolds spearheaded the accelerated growth and diversification of the firm, which is now one of the largest privately-held investment banks in the United States.

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Tera Vazquez

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Hispanic Female Becomes CEO of $200 Million Business Supply Company

Tera Vazquez President &CEO Guy Brown Location Nashville Tags Hispanic, Female, Entrepreneur

TERA VAZQUEZ President & Chief Executive Officer Tera Vazquez is a co-founder of Guy Brown and now serves as the company's President and CEO. She attended Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y., where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics. She then pursued her Master of Business Administration from American University in Washington, D.C. Tera began her career as a brand manager at Pelikan, Inc. in Franklin, Tennessee, an affiliate of Pelikan AG in Hanover, Germany. In 1994, she joined NuKote International in Dallas, Texas as the Director of Product Marketing and was later promoted to Director of Sales and Marketing for Latin America. Tera was elected as the Chairperson of the Minority Business Enterprise Input Committee (MBEIC) for the TSMSDC in December 2012 and also serves on the executive board of the TSMSDC. Elected to the Presidency of the Tennessee Latin American Chamber of Commerce in November 2008, Tera assumed office in January 2009 and held the position until January 2012. She is the first female to hold this position.


Howard Woolley President, Howard Woolley Group LLC/Former Fortune 16 SVP Wireless Policy & Strategic Alliances/Board Director/Philanthropist Former Senior Vice President for Verizon Communications a Fortune 16 company. Public Policy Advisor to Founding CEO of Verizon Wireless and all successors. Member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and the Executive Leadership Council (ELC). Led effective Washington government relations office for Verizon Wireless. Achieved strategic goals on multibillion dollar matters. Worked closely with General Counsel on all political risk managment issues. Expertise in governance matters. Philanthropist with sustained commitments to medicine, education, and the performing arts.

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Tim Harris

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Established in 1994 by Tim Harris (pictured), Joe Ford and Chris LaMothe, Harris & Ford, LLC is a major distributor of chemicals, ingredients and related products and services to food, personal care, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, water treatment and industrial customers. The company's consistent growth and success is testimony to the experience and commitment of its founders. With more than 55 years of combined experience in chemicals, Harris & Ford is well respected for the vision, integrity and proficiency it brings to the distribution business. We believe in adding measurable value, providing result-oriented solutions and exceeding customer expectations. Harris & Ford is a company founded upon and focused on providing our customers the highest standard of service in our industry.

Tim Harris CEO Harris & Ford Tags Chemical Distribution Industry Food Industry Industrial Automotive Entrepreneur

Location, Location, Location Harris & Ford is geographically well-positioned to deliver your product mix at significant cost savings. We are located in Indianapolis, Indiana, the Crossroads of America, which is ideal for warehousing and shipping nationwide. Six major highways converge in Indianapolis. The city also offers heavy concentrations of rail with readily available container and intermodal rail car services, plus an international airport with customized commercial and industrial cargo handling services. The proximity of suppliers and manufacturers, combined with the balance of transportation systems, reduces inventory and transportation costs.


George P. Barnes

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Heritage Vision Plans began in 1991 as a second line of business within Heritage Optical, a full service retail optical dispensary, founded by George P. Barnes, Jr. As the vision benefits plan business began to expand, a decision was made to spin-off the vision benefits plan business as a separate entity, which was officially launched in 2006. Today, the retail business, Heritage Optical, continues to operate three retail centers, and Heritage Vision Plans is a benefits underwriting and management company with a national network of providers that covers all 50 States.

George P. Barnes, Jr. CEO Blackstone Consulting Tags Entrepreneur Vision Industry


Thai Lee

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Thai Lee has been the CEO and President of SHI International Corp. since 1989. Under her leadership, SHI transformed from a $1 million reseller into a $7.5 billion global provider of information technology products and solutions with 25 offices around the world. SHI's growth has been achieved completely organically. Dynamic, scalable, innovative solutions delivered with world-class customer support have made SHI the complete IT solution provider it is today. According to Businessweek, SHI is one of the top ten privately held companies in the Information Technology field in the United States. Education •Bachelor of Arts, Biology and Economics, Amherst College •MBA, Harvard Business School In Addition: •Life Trustee, Amherst College •Former President, Amherst College Alumni Society •Harvard University, Dean of Advisory Board •Distinguished Alumni Award, Harvard Business School


Carmen Castillo

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President and CEO SDI provides its clients with fully scalable global indirect procurement solutions (tail-end) centered on Procure-to-Pay and Source-to-Pay. These programs are designed to manage large numbers of small suppliers handling non-critical/noncatalogue transactions that are often untracked, resulting in inefficiencies in process times, compliance and costs. Our service portfolio also includes payrolling, independent contractor compliance programs and other indirect procurement deliverables. As part of my responsibilities as President/CEO, I am hands-on with the overall coordination of company operations, global advertising, business development and marketing programs, along with proposal strategies and preparation. I evaluate new markets for SDI’s service offerings and monitor compliance with contract administration and corporate agreements. I am also in charge of SDI’s branding and corporate identity, acting as the face of the company in industry events, corporate networking and in speaking opportunities throughout the world. From the advocacy perspective, I act as a Board Member of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) and lead their Audit and International Committees. I am also Vice Chair of the International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC), and collaborate with the boards of many other Minority- and Woman-owned business organizations. I am very active in community affairs, direct mentorship programs and business development organizations that further the entrepreneurial efforts of minorities and women worldwide.


Ron Alvarado

Vision to INSPIRE. Mission to CHANGE.

RON ALVARADO CAO/ Partner With more than 20 years of experience within the facilities and real estate service industry, Ron Alvarado has been instrumental in establishing SBM's reputation as a premiere minority-owned business and actively supports the company's diversity initiatives. He became partner in 1993 and supported the organization as it embarked on national expansion initiatives. An innovative thinker, Ron focuses on collaboration with his two partners to help provide the Senior Leadership Team with strategic oversight and planning. Ron enjoys time traveling with his family, including cozy weekends at the North Central California Coast.

SBM is a soft service provider focused on developing empowered associates, standardized processes, management systems, and reporting tools that make your life easier.


Steve Hightower

Vision to INSPIRE. Mission to CHANGE.

One the the premier wholesale distribrutors in the petroleum industry. Hightowers Petroleum Co, continues to out perform the industry with technology , iSO quality standard, a national distribution supply chain to include Mexico and Canada. And most importantly satisfied blue chip fortune 100 customers throughout the USA. Increased focus on upstream and mid stream expansion in the US Africa and the Middle East. Currently with offices in Nigeria and S Africa.

Steve Hightower President Hightowers HP Energy Education: Wright State University Location Middletown, Ohio

Steve serves on two boards appointed by the President Obama, " The National Petroleum Council, through the Department of Energy, and the National Parks Foundation Board, through the Department of interior, in addition to State of Ohio Governor appointment, and board member and membership chair for SIGMA, Society of Independent Gasoline Marketeers Association. And a host of boards and commissions and organizations throughout the country. See; www.hightowerspetroleum.com www.HPEnergyco.com www.himarkcg.com


Ron Harland

Ron Harland CEO Evolv Solutions Education: Sumner Academy Location Kansas Tags Entrepreneur

Vision to INSPIRE. Mission to CHANGE.

Widely considered to be one of the most professional businessmen around, Ron Harland Sr. serves as President and CEO of Evolv Solutions. A salesman by trade, Ron developed a diverse background in technology from his first years at Bendix Corporation as an electrician, to Xerox Corporation where he then began working as a field service technician. A few years into his career with Xerox, Ron took a new direction with the company in sales and marketing. Ron spent 26 years with Xerox and held the position of Global Account Manager handling some of Xerox's largest corporate clients, plus manufacturing assignments in Shanghai, China and New York as a Product Development Manager. Collectively, these opportunities provided Ron with invaluable experiences and a broad industry knowledge which he would eventually transfer into his own entrepreneurial efforts. In 2001, Ron retired from Xerox and started Evolv Solutions based on long-term opportunities he saw in the office technology marketplace. Today, Evolv Solutions has become one of the leading minority-owned enterprises in the country providing document management and information technology services. Ron and his wife Pat, have two sons Ron Jr. and Eric; both who are full-time partners in the day-to-day management of the business. A Kansas City native and graduate from Sumner Academy in Kansas City, Kansas, Ron holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sales and Marketing from Avila University and attended the small business management and entrepreneurial program at Kellogg Advance Management School of Business. Ron has served on various local boards including the Kansas City, Kansas School Board and MidAmerica Minority Supplier Council.


Raj Sardana

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Raj Sardana is Chairman, CEO and founder of American CyberSystems (ACS). He is a successful entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience working with multinational companies in several industries includingTechnology, Aerospace, Defense, Venture Investment and Financial industries. Raj founded American CyberSystems in 1998 and has grown it to a multinational organization with over 10,000 employees in 25 different countries worldwide. Prior to founding ACS, Raj served as President and CEO of Applied Communications, Inc., a multi media and Technology company in Atlanta, GA. He also served as the President and CEO of a multi-million dollar private equity company with a diverse and extensive investment portfolio in real estate, retail and service industries. Raj has held Technical and Operations Management positions at Teledyne CAE, a multi billion dollar US Department of Defense Contractor and at a Pratt and Whitney supplier in Connecticut. Raj has an Advanced Management Degree from The Wharton School of Business (U Penn), a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech and a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering, New Delhi, India. He currently resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife and three children. He is actively involved with and sponsors Atlanta YWCA’s Teen Girls in Technology (TGI Tech) program.

Raj brings a strategic vision and extensive experience in both the US and offshore markets. TAGS: Entrepreneur

Raj Sardana CEO and Chairman American Cybersystems Education University of Pennsylvania The Wharton School Location Atlanta


Manoj Sachdeva

Manoj Sachdeva CEO EWIE Tag Entrepreneur

Vision to INSPIRE. Mission to CHANGE.

EWIE Company is a global leader in commodity management services spanning cutting tools, abrasives, special tools and industrial supplies with over 30 years of experience. Our specialty is in total tool management. At EWIE, we strive to lead in implementation and management of solutions focused on supply chain optimization for metalworking and industrial supply commodities. The objective of these solutions is to reduce customers “Total Cost� while increasing customer satisfaction. Our team of procurement specialists, analysts, engineers and information technology personnel has a passion for continuous improvement. EWIE currently manages over 70,000 parts comprising millions of dollars of inventory at over 94 contracts globally. Our unique approach of maintaining manufacturer neutrality through managed competition and focus on best-in-class solutions creates an environment of innovations where good ideas become embedded in the process. This approach has delivered over $100 million dollars in engineered cost savings for our customers.


Patricia Watts

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Established in 1998, FCI Management, Inc. (FCI) develops and implements energy and water efficiency solutions for corporate, residential, commercial and industrial clients, public and private school, universities, and government and municipal agencies. FCI is a privately-held, California “C� Corporation. Our focus is on marketing innovative technologies and energy efficiency strategies that lower energy costs for consumers, heighten the security of energy and water supply and improve the quality of the environment by reducing the carbon footprint.

Patricia Watts CEO FCI Management Location Los Angeles Tags: Female, entrepreneur

FCI is distinguished by the expertise of its principal owners and professional staff, together representing over 150 years of experience in all aspects of the utility service industry-from technical operations to regulatory affairs to customer services. FCI is working to become a nationally-recognized company in providing comprehensive energy solutions. We intend to do this by continuing to earn new and repeat customers by providing exemplary service and by helping them achieve their resource savings goals.


Drew Hawkins

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Drew Hawkins is currently the Managing Director and Head of Morgan Stanley Global Sports & Entertainment (GSE), a division of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management dedicated to serving the unique and sophisticated needs of professional athletes and entertainers. Talent creates opportunity, along with a set of complex interconnected financial challenges that not all Financial Advisors are equipped or trained to handle. Because of this, we chose a select group of Financial Advisors with significant experience working with sports and entertainment professionals and a deep understanding of career and industry practices. The Financial Advisors in this group have been designated as Morgan Stanley Sports and Entertainment Directors and participate in advanced education on financial topics affecting veteran and emerging talent. These Directors often collaborate with other trusted advisors to guide financial decision making, helping clients make smart choices about how they save, spend, invest, borrow and give. Drew began his financial services career in 1989 as a Financial Advisor working with sports and entertainment clients. After 26 years of progressive leadership roles at Morgan Stanley, he appreciated the opportunity to retrace my early days as an Financial Advisor and combine two industries. He is most passionate about, while making a positive difference through Financial Education and Customized Solutions for this dynamic group of people.

Drew Hawkins Managing Director Head of Global Sports & Entertainment Morgan Stanley Morgan Stanley Wealth Management University of Delaware TAGS: Finance, business, sports, management, leadership


Jo Ann Kauffman

Jo Ann Kauffman is a member of the Nez Perce Indian Tribe who grew up in Seattle, WA, and on the Nez Perce Reservation in Kamiah, ID. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of California at Berkeley. After working in the field of Indian health care for many years, including serving as executive director of the Seattle Indian Health Board, she founded Kauffman & Associates, Inc., (KAI) in 1990.

Jo Ann Kauffman Kauffman & Associates President

TAGS: Native American, woman, health, education, leadership

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As the President and CEO of KAI, she has grown the company, remained actively involved in its development, and ensured highquality management support for KAI clients. She has served on national boards and was honored with the "Free Spirit Award" by the Freedom Forum in 1998 for her longtime work as a community activist and advocate for First Amendment issues. Jo Ann was appointed by the governor of the state of Washington to the Board of Trustees of Eastern Washington University, where she recently completed 12 years of service.


Leon Richardson

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Metro Detroit native Leon C. Richardson is the founder and president of The Chemico Group, LLC, and (Chemico) one of the largest minority-owned chemical management and distribution companies in the United States. For 27 years, Richardson has guided what was originally Chemico Systems, Inc., from a single employee start-up to an internationally recognized player in the chemical and environmental services space. Today, Chemico employs more than 300 people across 22 states and three countries, and in 2015, saw sales of more than $100 million. Chemico is a highly regarded Tier 1 supplier to automotive original equipment manufacturers and has been recognized as a General Motors “Supplier of the Year� for the past seven consecutive years. The company has received similar recognition from Toyota and Chrysler Capital. Beyond automotive, Chemico has made a name for itself in other industries, including aerospace and biopharmaceuticals. Richardson is a passionate champion for Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) development. He is a long-time supporter of the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) and currently serves on the organization’s Board of Directors. Richardson is a devoted mentor working formally and informally with up to 10 students or young professionals at any given time. Richardson holds a business degree from the University of Maryland and is a United States Marine Corps veteran having served his country for eight years as a noncommissioned officer.

Leon C. Richardson President/CEO The Chemico Group, LLC TAGS: Automotive industry, mentor, science, technology, engineering, math, speaker, leader


Walter C. Elliott, Jr.

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Walter C. Elliott Jr. Vice President Commercial Banking Level One Bank

Tags: finance, financial, business

Level One is a full service commercial and consumer bank inspired to strengthen the communities we serve and establish tangible relationships with our clients. Level One Bankers are experienced, enthusiastic, and entrepreneurial. Most of our bankers escaped the constraints of a larger bank in search of a better way to serve their clients. They have developed a customized, innovative approach to banking rarely seen at other financial institutions. With the heart of a community bank, the sophistication of a big bank and the spirit of an entrepreneur, Level One decisions are made locally by people who understand your banking needs. These creative bankers are supported by a bank that is highly rated by institutions such as BauerFinancial, the nation’s leading bank rating and research firm, which has given Level One Bank a 5-star rating. This high accolade from BauerFinancial indicates our bank’s stability, contributing to our ability to provide superior banking services to our customers. We take great pride in our dedicated bankers and our consultative approach to delivering financial services to our clients. We are confident in our ability to provide a better way to bank for each customer, one by one. We welcome you to visit with us and enjoy the experience of banking with Level One.


Lawrence SpottedBird

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Lifetime in business development, community development, and economic development primarily with small tribes, organizations and remote communities. I also have substantial executive management experience with for- profit corporations, non-profit organizations, and American Indian tribal governments. I also have interests in developing international trade since 21st Century economy and business development reaches the globe and can be an essential focus for any business for its long-term sustainability. Experience: TRIBE President International Trade Business Development Consulting Executive Management

President SpotttedBird Development, LLC Tribal Economic Development Tribal Corporate Planning Business Development Business Consulting Executive Management International Trade Development Sustainable Energy Development Business Financing Resources Federal Contracting Development Strategic Planning Facilitation

Lawrence SpottedBird President at SpottedBird Development, LLC SpottedBird Publishing: Novels, business, childrens books, photography Education: University of Central Oklahoma BA: Business Administration

Tags: Native American, publisher, business development, tribal economic development, consulting, strategic


Danny Morris

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Experienced owner with a demonstrated history of working in the telecommunications construction industry. Skilled in U.S. Department of Defense, Customer Service, Government, Strategic Planning, and Business Development. Strong business development professional with a Bachelor of Science focused in Economics from Oklahoma State University Danny Morris President, City Service DataCom, Inc. 8a/DBE/MBE/Native American City Service DataCom, Inc. Education Oklahoma State University Tags: Native American, business development, entrepreneur


Megan Minoka Hill

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Megan Minoka Hill Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development Harvard University Education Armand Hammer United World College

Location Greater Boston Area Tags: Native American, Economic Development


Robin Minthorn Robin Minthorn Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership and Native American Studies at University of New Mexico Education Oklahoma State University Location Albuquerque, New Mexico Tags: Native American Studies, education

To be an impactful professor, professional and mentor to students in the area of higher education, educational leadership, Native American Studies, and for the community; to ensure continual growth and development for the advancement of Indigenous education.

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Jayson Braveheart Jayson Braveheart CEO and Founder at Brave Heart Group LLC American Indian Cancer Foundation Location Porcupine, South Dakota

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Tags Native American, forensic accounting, insurance, marketing industry

The BraveHeart Group improves the business practices of Tribal governments and Tribal casinos by improving their accounting practices, providing forensic accounting services, precisely targeting marketing strategies, lowering insurance rates, and providing a wider variety of financing options. Brave Heart is widely recognized for changing the paradigm for Indian businesses; focusing on empowering Tribes with improved business knowledge, rather than simply obtaining long-term contracts for his own company. He is a first generation Indian entrepreneur, and is a nationally recognized speaker on empowering young native entrepreneurs. After graduating from Little Wound High School on Pine Ridge, Brave Heart joined the United States Marine Corps where he traveled the globe, strengthened his character and determination, and opened his world. Since proudly serving his country, Brave Heart has been engaged in all aspects of business and entrepreneurism. For four years he owned his own successful medical services company. Brave Heart then took the knowledge and experience he acquired running his own company back home to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation where he served his Tribal nation as small-business success coach. Eventually Brave Heart was recruited to join one of his most successful clients, Native American Natural Foods. At Native American Natural Foods, Brave Heart became one of the most prominent faces and voices behind the marketing success of the traditional native food the “Tanka Bar.” Known nationwide in Indian Country as the “Tanka Bar guy,” Brave Heart mastered marketing Indian Country businesses. Recognized for his excellence in business and marketing, Brave Heart was recruited to run the marketing department for the Cheyenne Arapaho Tribe’s casinos.


Theron Thompson

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CEO and founder of TribalHotels.com, the first booking engine for Native American casino hotels and a full directory of all Tribal casinos in the United States. A visionary Business and Marketing Professional with over two decades of success in the Tribal Business Market, Casino Enterprise Market, Non-Profit Organization, Digital Marketing and Media Agency business. • Executive Management • Marketing • Non-Profit Creation/Management • Renewable Energy Development • iGaming Consulting and Project Management • iPayment Consulting and Project Management • Tribal – State Compact Development, Negotiation and Implementation • Casino Management • “Visionary” Consultant • “Rain-Maker” Tags: Native American, hospitality industry, Planning, Development, Funding, Training, Negotiation Fund Raising, Capital Raising, Marketing Planning, Digital Marketing “guru

Theron Thompson CEO and Founder at TribalHotels.com TribalHotels.com Education University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Location Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area


Pat Crofts

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Pat Crofts is an executive with over thirty seven (37) years of management and ownership experience in the gaming and hospitality industry, having held executive positions in multiple jurisdictions with several major private and public gaming companies with domestic, international, Tribal and nonTribal operations. Currently CEO of Muscogee (Creek) Nation Casinos, responsible for the daily operations as well as strategic direction and development of eleven (11) gaming facilities located in northeast Oklahoma. Operations include over 6,500 electronic gaming machines and table games, multiple food and beverage outlets, entertainment venues and retail outlets with approximately 2000 employees. In addition duties as CEO duties, Pat serves as a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Economic Development Committee responsible for Tribal economic development / diversification.

Pat Crofts CEO Muscogee (Creek) Nation Casinos Education Weber State University

Location Tulsa, Oklahoma Area Tags: Native American, business development, entrepreneur


Jorge Gomez Established in 1952, Colonial Press International has grown to become the largest Minority Owned and Operated commercial printing company in the United States. We are headquartered in Miami, FL and provide a single source solution opportunity for our clients for their print category spend. Over the years we have grown beyond the "ink on paper'​ approach to the industry, focusing on direct mail, lettershop, fulfillment and distribution as added value areas of growth and service. Our production platforms contain Sheetfed and Web offset printing, inclusive of inline finishing on our web presses. Colonial houses the largest in-house bindery in the Eastern United States, allowing our clients with flexibility in production and excess capacity by design.

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Jorge Gomex CEO Tag Miami, entrepreneurs


Hiten Patel

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Hiten Patel is the Founder and Chairman of Collabera, Inc.a leading global IT services and solutions provider. Founded in 1996, Collabera is considered one of the fastest growing companies in the US with more than 9,000 professionals in more than 30 offices and four world-class delivery centers in the U.S., UK, India, Singapore and Philippines. Hiten’s commitment to “building client value for life” has been the guiding tenant of Collabera and each endeavor he has taken on over the years. He has instilled in his workforce culture the notion that success can only be built and maintained if values are shared and aligned with that of the client’s. Hiten’s relentless focus on the vision for Collabera since the company’s inception has resulted in several global recognitions for both Collabera business units – Professional Services and IT Solutions. And, personally, Hiten has been routinely recognized as one of the country’s most interesting and successful entrepreneurs and received accolades including Ernst & Young’s prestigious “Entrepreneur of the Year” award. Under his leadership, the company has consistently been recognized for its excellence by industryleading organizations such as International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP), Fintech100, https://www.linkedin.com/redir/invalid-linkpage?url=DiversityBusiness%2ecom, InformationWeek, Software Magazine, New York/New Jersey Business Council, USPAACC, National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), United States Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC) and others.

Hiten Patel Founder & Chairman of Collabera Education Stevens Institute of Technology Location New York City Tag Entrepreneur


Marco Campos

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WHO IS CAMPOS EPC? Campos EPC (CEPC) employs a staff of highly-qualified engineering, procurement and construction professionals specializing in providing services for oil and gas pipeline/facility organizations. We provide efficient and cost effective EPC services that keep our clients compliant with industry standards and requirements. We maintain fairly priced services while striving toward a profitable business model. This allows us to hire and retain the most talented employees who can share in the success of the company. Our people are our success. MARCO CAMPOS Founder and Managing Principal Marco Campos is the Founder and Managing Principal of Campos EPC. He has 20 years of experience working in a variety of engineering, operations, project management, and management capacities for oil and gas pipeline/terminal and consulting companies, with an emphasis on pipeline integrity management. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder and is a Certified Project Management Professional and licensed Civil Engineer.

Marco Campos Founder and Managing Principal Campos EPC Tag Entrepreneur


Dr. Jesus J. Saurez

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Dr. Suárez is Chairman & CEO of CSA Group, a full services project delivery, consulting, and asset optimization firm serving the Transportation, Energy, Water, Environmental and Building markets. With over 500 employees, CSA Group is the largest Hispanic owned professional service firm of its kind in the United States – its multidisciplinary capabilities include, program management, management consulting, architecture, engineering, environmental, sustainability, project management, construction management, operations and maintenance services to public and private sector clients throughout sever-al regions in the United States, the Caribbean, Central and South America. Fresh out of graduate school, Dr. Suárez was recruited by Structural Dynamics Research Corporation (SDRC), based in Cincinnati, Ohio. SDRC was then a fledgling company focused in solving complex structural and mechanical problems in the automotive, aero-space, and manufacturing industries applying novel Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) technologies. His expertise in Finite Element Analysis (gained through his research at Cornell) helped SDRC become a world leader in CAE technology over the following 5 years. During his ten years at SDRC, the company grew from a single office of 70 employees to an international company with over 500 employees. In 1986 SDRC went public, and Dr. Suarez joined Belcan Engineering, also based in Cincinnati. As President of Belcan Engineering, Dr. Suárez led the planning, implementation and supervision of several strategic alliances and long-term programs with public and private sector organizations. A few of the companies included Procter and Gamble, Eli Lilly, General Electric, DuPont, and General Motors. During his tenure at Belcan, the company grew from about 400 employees to over 1200. In 1996 Dr. Suárez founded CSA Group. Starting as a 40 person operation in Puerto Rico, CSA implemented an aggressive growth strategy, expanding rapidly into what it is today.

Dr. Jesus J. Suarez Chairman & CEO of CSA Group Education Location Cincinnati Tags Entrepreneur, leadership


Sanjay Govil

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Sanjay, Chairman of the Board of Directors, founded Infinite Computer Solutions in 1999 with $1000 of his own money. Under his leadership, Infinite grew with minimal outside funding to become one of the most successful IPOs a decade later. The company’s 2010 IPO became one of the biggest successes on NSE/BSE for the year. It was 43 times oversubscribed, garnering upwards of $1.8 billion. Infinite currently has a global group strength of over 5,000 employees located in India, US, UK, Germany, China, and Singapore and many premier clients that include several leading Fortune 100 companies. In 2011, Forbes rated Infinite as Asia's 200 Best Under a Billion and the organization was also recognized as the 5th best employer by IDC in India. Most recently, Nasscom ranked Infinite Computer Solutions amongst top 20 players in its services. Infinite continues to be recognized as technology thought leaders for many of the markets they serve. In 2012 alone, they were finalists in several awards including CTIA Emerging Technology, Mobile Merit Awards, Hot Companies, and Technologies Award and the World Communication Awards

Sanjay Govil Chairman Infinite Computer Solutions

Education University of Pennsylvania The Wharton School Location Washington, DC


Kedar Morarka

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Manufacturer of advanced technology highest reliability monochrome and color toner cartridges for use in desk top laser printers, fax machines and for MICR printing of financial documents. IPW has two manufacturing facilities in the United Sates with over 130,000 sq. ft manufacturing and wahrehouse space. WWW.ipwusa.com Kedar Morarka CEO Image Projections West, Inc. Education Texas Tech University Rawls College of Business Location Denver


Cora Williams

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Ideal Electrical Supply Corporation, T/A Ideal Electric, is a full-service wholesale distributor of electrical, industrial and telecommunications infrastructure products. Ideal also serves its diverse clientele by providing commodities such as street pavement marking tape, pedestrian street signs, safety products and water works products, which includes water meters, water meter parts and pumps. Founded in 1991, Ideal Electric is an authorized distributor for more than 200 major manufacturers. The company has a full-time staff of more than 20 employees; a 25,000-square-foot secured and bonded warehouse at its headquarters in located in Washington, D.C.; a satellite facility in Lanham, Md.; a state-of-the-art, integrated accounting and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system and a company-owned fleet of delivery vehicles. Ideal Electric has strong business relationships in the manufacturing community; a talented, management team with decades of business and industry experience; and a well-earned reputation for quality service and reliability among its growing clientele. At Ideal Electric, the strong work ethic, pride in industry expertise, and high standards of customer satisfaction all flow from the top. CEO Cora Williams and current board member Ken Rogers founded Ideal and merged their government and corporate experience to grow the company, with hard work, commitment and a solid business plan that has brought success to Ideal and its clients for more than 20 years. TAGS: female, entrepreneurship, electrical industry, industrial industry, telecommunications industry

Cora Williams CEO Idea Electrical Supply Corporation Location Florida, Ohio, Georgia


Christopher Che

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The Che International Group, LLC (CIG) is a multinational holding company that targets and acquires established, high-performing subsidiary companies with experienced management teams and a proven ability to serve large, multinational corporations. CIG identifies and helps develop strategic alliances and joint ventures with Tier 1 suppliers and/or our large customers. The objective of CIG is to create large, scalable and high-performing subsidiary companies across industry lines in an effort to provide “total solutions” to our common customer base of multinational corporations while also promoting supply chain excellence. The end result is we help our customers maximize their supply chain diversity goals with stable, sustainable and wealth creating minority companies. CIG focuses on developing a win-win strategy for corporate objectives regardless of the company size or operation. CIG is more than just a holding company. We are committed to optimizing well-managed opportunities and work to stay close to our client’s operation with a focus on promoting supply chain excellence. As of 2014, CIG has three subsidiary companies: Hooven-Dayton Corporation (HDC), Cog, LLC, and TrueChoicePack Corporation(TCP).

These three companies combined have more than 120 employees in three state-ofthe-art facilities across two states, with more than 160,000 sq. ft. total facility space. We are always actively seeking new acquisition and joint Venture opportunities to expand existing subsidiaries and/or acquire new ones.

Christopher CHe CEO The Che International Group Location Ohio


Himanshu Bhatia

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CEO at Rose International School of Planning and Architecture Irvine, California Under Himanshu Bhatia’s leadership, Rose International became the largest woman-owned business in St. Louis, MO, and has received numerous honors and other acknowledgments. Rose has been recognized by Staffing Industry Analysts and was named to these distinguished lists: Largest U.S. Staffing Firms and Largest U.S. IT Staffing Firms. These lists are made up of all publicly traded and private firms that participate. The company has also been recognized as the largest temporary staffing firm in St. Louis and named one of the 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned Companies in North America by the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO). The company was also awarded the National Minority Supplier Development Council’s (NMSDC) Regional Supplier of the Year award. Himanshu Bhatia herself has received many awards, including the NMSDC’s Minority Business Leadership Award, and was also ranked 13th on Fast Company’s list of the Top 25 Women Business Builders in North America. She was also awarded an Enterprising Women of the Year Award by Enterprising Women magazine. Mrs. Bhatia has also received the U.S. Small Business Administration's National Entrepreneurial Success Award, and the Missouri Small Business Person of the Year award. Himanshu Bhatia also works to develop and promote women entrepreneurs around the world. Furthering global women’s business development is an important area of focus for her. Mrs. Bhatia spoke at the WEDF in Switzerland on the vast contribution that women business owners can make to the growth of the global economy. She currently serves on the NMSDC’s Board of Directors and as Vice-chair of the Board of Managers of the St. Louis Minority Business Council. Other involvement includes; serving on the President's Initiative on Race, acting as a mentor for Women in Technology International (WITI), previous member of the Enterprising Women Advisory Board and previous service as a board of director for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBEN


Jorge Plasencia

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Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO Republica Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management Miami, Florida Jorge A. Plasencia is co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Miami-based Republica, one of America’s leading and fastest-growing independent marketing and communications agencies. A member of MAGNET, the world's leading network of independent agencies, Republica has received numerous industry awards and accolades, including an Ad Age Small Agency of the Year Award, and PR News' Top Places to Work distinction. Before Estefan, Plasencia was the first director of Hispanic marketing for the Florida Marlins. During his tenure, the team won its first World Series and received the Hispanic Marketer of the Year Award. Plasencia has served as chairman of the board of UnidosUS, the nation's largest Hispanic organization. He is the first CubanAmerican, first Floridian and youngest person to hold the post. In 1991, at age 17, Plasencia co-founded Amigos For Kids, a non-profit that advocates for child abuse prevention, and works with underprivileged children and families. In 2003, he also co-founded DC-based Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI). A former Board Director of TotalBank, he has been recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce CEO of the Year Award, among others. Plasencia has been included in PRWeek's Global Power Book and has been named one of America's most influential Latinos by Poder.


Carl Satterwhite CARL SATTERWHITE, PRESIDENT AND OWNER Carl is a member of the Board of Trustees for numerous professional organizations including: Chair of the United Way of Cincinnati, 5th 3rd Bank Regional Advisory Board, Lindner School of Business Board of Advisors, BEARE Board of Advisors, Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council Board Trustee, BEARE Board Member, Cincinnati Reds Diversity & Inclusion Board of Advisors, Munoz Foundation Board of Directors. He a member of the Cincinnati Leadership Advisory Committee, Minority Business Enterprise Input Committee VP for Cincinnati and Founder and host of Executive Straight Talk, a minority CEO roundtable for established corporations in Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus and Cleveland.

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Alfred Liggins Alfred C. Liggins, III is Chairman of TV One and has been the Chief Executive Officer & President of Radio One Inc since January 1997. Radio One owns and/or operates 67 radio stations located in 22 urban markets in the United States and reaches approximately 13 million listeners every week. He took over day-to-day operations of Radio One in 1994, accelerating Radio One’s growth with the acquisitions of WKYS-FM Washington in 1994 and two FMstations in Atlanta in 1995 and 1997. By the time the company filed its application to go public in May 1999, Mr. Liggins had negotiated deals to acquire another 17 stations,making Radio One the largest urban broadcaster in the nation. Previously, he had served as General Manager for Radio One’s WOL/WMMJ stations in Washington,D.C. Before joining the management team of Radio One, he was active in marketing in California. In 1984, he served as a Sales Executive for Light Records, a gospel recording company in Newberry Park, California and was responsible for Western regional sales, which included telemarketing and retail promotion. He holds an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Sanjeev Tirath Sanjeev Tirath Co-founder and CEO

Sanjeev’s insights and day-to-day involvement enable Pyramid Consulting to provide value-added IT solutions to numerous Global 1000 companies, as well as many growing, mid-tier firms. Sanjeev co-founded Pyramid in 1996 after garnering more than 15 years of software development and marketing experience, serving in senior management roles for several leading software consulting firms, including Wipro, TCS, and Unisys. While managing large software development and integration projects for clients operating in a number of vertical markets, he honed his technology expertise and consistently delivered to his clients targeted, cost-effective IT solutions. Sanjeev earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering at the Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS) in Pilani, India. He currently serves on the board of TAG, the Technology Association of Georgia; and GMSDC, the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council.

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Leslie Prystup Emory Leslie Prystup Emory CEO/BOD at Prystup Packaging Products, Inc. University of West Alabama Livingston, Alabama

Our mission at PRYSTUP PACKAGING PRODUCTS, INC. is to perpetuate the accomplishment of our founders, J. Leslie Prystup & Kathryn C. Prystup, to build an exceptional family business of distinction that manufactures quality paperboard packaging. As our third generation begins to assume responsibility we will continue to merit opportunities for success guided by Les and Kathryn's principles of FAMILY, EXCELLENCE & INTEGRITY

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Donald L. Chu Tronex International, Inc., is a multiple award-winning enterprise and leading global brand of over 650 SKUs of innovative disposable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). As a medical-based company, Tronex offers nearly three decades of focused expertise in providing cross-contamination control and infection-prevention solutions to major healthcare, foodservice/food processing, hospitality, manufacturing, janitorial/sanitation, retail, and government businesses worldwide. Driven by the company’s incomparable quality standards, customer service excellence, extraordinary team, and steadfast dedication to innovation, Tronex is continually ranked as one of the top privately held and diverse businesses in the United States, and has earned numerous Supplier of the Year and Business Leadership awards from leading Fortune 100 brands and industry associations. An Asian-American-owned Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and elite Corporate Plus® member of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), Tronex’s unwavering commitment to honoring the best interests of both customers and the communities we affect around the world has been recognized through Diversity and Philanthropic awards, further affirming Tronex’s commitment to “Making a Positive Difference and the World a Better Place®.”

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Ralph E. Brown Incorporated in August 2001, Trillion Corporation (Trillion), a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), has been recognized as a strategic and reliable service provider to the telecommunications marketplace. Headquartered in Bessemer, Alabama, Trillion’s core competencies include: •Procurement •Warehousing •Just-In-Time Inventory Management •Advanced Kitting/Staging •Project Management

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Sean Cogdell Sean Cogdell Chief Executive Officer The-Panther-Group Iona College Greater Boston Area

Sourcing Human Capital for companies throughout the U.S. and Latin America in Accounting/Finance, Information Technology, Engineering, Administrative/Clerical, Healthcare, Information Technology, Management/Operations in a wide variety of industries. Our consultative approach enables Panther to identify the specific skills and backgrounds required for company needs on a contract and permanent basis, and to provide top talent to our clients

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Jeff Davis

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Jeff Davis is president and chief executive officer of Carter Brothers Technology Group, Inc. CB Tech is a market-driven managed services firm specializing in facility maintenance management offering its expertise in program, project and account management. Jeff oversees the strategic direction of the Ohio-based facility maintenance management company. With a combined workforce of over 75,000 selfperformed and certified affiliate service providers across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, CB Tech is a leading provider of managed services. In addition, Jeff has received the following honors and recognition: • Diverse Supplier of the Year Award from Limited Brands • Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University – “Advanced Management Education Program” scholarship awarded • Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council (OMSDC) - Supplier of the Year 2014 • National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), Regional Supplier of the Year 2015 A native of Ohio, Jeff earned his B.A. from the University of Miami. He is also a combat veteran of the United States Army Airborne Ranger. Jeff has five children and one grandchild. Jeff enjoys golf, fishing, travel, and all water sports.

Jeff Davis CEO Carter Brothers Technology Group Education BA – University of Miami Location Florida, Ohio, Georgia


Andre Iguodala

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Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist, NBA Athlete National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) University of Arizona San Francisco Bay Area

On the court I have achieved great success with the Golden State Warriors, winning an NBA championship in 2015. Off the court I am part of a new wave of athletes who are actively participating in investing in businesses and generating their own wealth. In my case, I have been involved with numerous entrepreneurial ventures in technology and e-commerce. I am most interested in companies that address a need in an untapped market or can disrupt and operate more efficiently in a market. Inspired by the need for fashion-forward clothing for tall men, I invested in Twice, an online clothing resale store. In 2015 Twice as acquired by e-Bay.

Since joining the Warriors in 2013, I have become deeply engaged with the Bay Area media and technology community. I've been advised and received guidance from leading venture capitalists and to date have invested in several companies including Maven, Walker & Company, Stance and TeeSpring. Most recently, I was one of the organizers of the National Basketball Players Assocaitons's first NBPA Technology Summit, which was held in July 2016. The summit provided current and former players with valuable information about the media and technology space and how to identify opportunities to pursue during and after their NBA careers. During my 13-year basketball career, I have received numerous awards and honors. Winning the NBA Championship in 2015 with the Warriors and being named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player was a great achievement. I was also an NBA All-Star in 2012 and was named to the NBA All-Defensive Team twice. It was a real honor to be a member of the United States national team at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and 2012 Summer Olympics, winning the gold medal both times.


Danny Green Danny Green President/CEO of GAP14 GAP14 University of North Carolina San Antonio, Texas

Sports and Business Development

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Marshawn Lynch Marshawn Lynch Boss at Foundation Foundation University of California, Berkeley Richmond, California Sports and Community Service

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Rashad Jennings Rashad Jennings NFL Running Back | Entrepreneur | Founder at The Rashad Jennings Foundation New York Football Giants Liberty University United States

Sports and Community Service

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David Robinson David Robinson Founder of The Carver Academy Admiral Capital Group University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio, Texas Area Sports and Venture Capital

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