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Sustaining Leaders are found in the C-Suite and at the helm of highly successful entrepreneurial ventures. These leaders use their professional expertise to lead civic and community activities for the betterment of the African American community.
Established leaders have more than ten years experience and sought-after business acumen. These leaders aspire to enhance their professional relationships to build business, engage civically and participate in community leadership for the betterment of the African American community.
Emerging Leaders may be new or newly established business owners or corporate professionals who endeavor to excel and consistently strive to enhance his or her business professional acumen necessary to be a business leader engaged in activities for the betterment of the African-American community.
Civic/Community Leaders have a connection to business leaders through government agencies, elected positions, community-based organizations and related not-for-profits
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Each of us has a responsibility, indeed a duty to not only pursue personal, professional excellence, but the seemingly elusive communal excellence which cannot occur without direct and informed engagement. This further requires a purposeful existence with a clear set of objectives: focused, deliberate strategies which result in better opportunities in the legal and business professions, proper government services and improvements in the neighborhoods of Chicago. The aforementioned is where my interests can be found.
Success is not about how smart you are. It is about how much passion and determination you have to relentlessly pursue your dream. You must be self-confident. Some may call it an ego. But you must believe in yourself, because there will be many others that will not believe in you or your idea.
I am a history buff and humanist. Learning of the struggles and triumphs of my ancestors has helped me better understand my plight and responsibility. Everybody has a story and there is so much that we can learn about others through hearing their experience. Chicago is a big city but feels like a small town, and I enjoy every corner of it through its rich history, art, culture, architecture music and people that call it home.
I believe inherently that it’s a blessing to be able to look back at where you came from, but that it’s more important to reach back. It’s remarkable to me that some 230 years after DuSable settled in Chicago, it is- although a city of world renown- still the best kept secret in the universe; A collection of neighborhoods and languages and people. I feel completely committed and responsible to always making sure that she can be the best city possible.
I was nineteen years old, sitting in my dorm room, feverishly flipping through the pages of the autobiography of the late Reginald Lewis, founder of the private equity firm TLC Group. I was already fascinated by the fact that Lewis, a trained attorney, purchased an underperforming sewing pattern company for $22.5 million. But when I learned that he financed the transaction with only 16% equity, I was awestruck. And when I learned how in just three years he was able to increase efficiencies, improve sales, strengthen cash flow, and sell the company for $65 million, I was sold. At nineteen years old, I realized that I would one day acquire a company, improve it, sell it for a measurable gain, and repeat.
One of the most significant challenges facing the African American Community is the quality of education provided to our youth. It is important that all of us contribute to the improvement of education in our community. In my spare time, I enjoy golfing and traveling abroad.
My drive and commitment is founded on the belief that it is important to the health and well being of our community to have balance and collaboration between the business, civic, economic and social elements of the city of Chicago.
I get complete joy and delight- seeing a near abandoned Black Boy – go on to complete 4 years at Urban Prep, mature and be admitted to a 4 year college.
We are our brother’s keepers.
My personal path to success hasn’t been very personal, but a shared journey with a lot of help from many others (my wife, parents, mentors, colleagues and friends). Since I’ve had a lot of help along the way, I am passionate about mentorship and helping others achieve their goals and successes in life (particularly our youth).