2016 Black Business Leaders Hall of Fame Nominees


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Here is the list of our 94 Amazing Candidates for the Inaugural Hall of Fame Class!

Inductees Will be Announced at the Event on July 21!

Excellence in Community & Philanthropy Award

This business has demonstrated concern for the community above and beyond its own self-preservation. Other businesses or community members have benefitted from their good works; be it volunteerism, mentorship, training, advocacy, and/or financial support. This organization inspires others.

All City Management Services, Barron Farwell
Association of Black Women Physicians
Baron Jay Littleton Foundation
Black Business Association, Earl “Skip” Cooper
Business Resource Group. Sharon Evans
Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement, USC
Climb Inc.
Courts Corner LA
Crenshaw Subway Coalition, Damien Goodmon
Dr. Emmett D. Carson, Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Dr. Lemmon McMillan
Dream One Transportation
FCI Management, Pat Watts
G&C Equipment Corporation, Gene Hale
Healthwise Homecare Solutions., Suzanne Fussell, MD
Ramsey Jay, Jr.
LL Kennedy & Associates, Lena Kennedy
John M. Langston Bar Association
Lindsay Hughes – McDonald’s
Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper, Bakewell Family
My Two Cents Restaurant
Nonprofit Consortium, Richard Benbow, Sr. & Leo Cablayan
SMS Transportation Services, Delilah Lanoix Harris
Jewel Thais-Williams
The Bella Network, LLC, Alisha White Madison
Ultimate Transformations Training, Erich C. Nall
Urban Design Center, Sherri Franklin
Urban Philanthropy Institute, Kim Anthony
Usher Law Group
Virgil Roberts, African American Board Leadership Institute

Perseverance & Sustainability Award

This business has demonstrated tenacity, strength, and determination to continue moving forward in the face of life and business adversities. This company has maintained its spirit and purpose despite economic downturns globally and locally.

Black Business Association, Earl “Skip” Cooper
BRJ & Associates
Cedric L. Watkins, The Watkins Group
Chambers Shoes, Stephen Randolph, Jr.
Clifton Albright, Esquire
Dickerson Insurance Services
Harold and Belle’s Restaurant
Ivie, McNeil & Wyatt Law Firm
Lumas Air, Leonard Lumas
McDonald’s, Patricia Williams & Nicole Enearu
Rainbow Promotions
Silvestri California
The Los Angeles Wave, Pluria Marshall, Jr.
Vaughan Capital Advisors, Craig Vaughan

Biddy Mason Business of the Year

This business has demonstrated excellence in its exceptional financial returns, strong growth, innovative strategies, and market leadership in its sector. This business is known for ethical business practices, good community & employee relationships, and long term planning – evidenced by the delivery of consistent results in this dynamic market.

Benjamin Grae, Ben Walker
Collins Law Firm
Dickerson Insurance Services, Carl Dickerson
Information Management Resources, Inc., Martha Daniel
Jenkins, Gales & Martinez, Inc., Earl Gales
Martin Luther King Jr Community Hospital
Pride Staff, Colette Moore
The Baker Group
Urban Wealth Management
Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation

Ruby Bridges Pioneer in Education

This organization has promoted innovative strategies in education; consistent, high quality teaching, training and mentorship for youth or adults, resulting in significant contributions to personal development of youth, or the professional development of adults.

25 Dreams Educational Media, Megan “25 Dreams” Faux
Dorsey Academy of Entrepreneurs, Dr. Norris Dorsey
Dr. Joseph L. White, Professor Emeritus of Psychology & Psychiatry, UCI
Educating Young Minds
EsoWon Books, James Fugate & Thomas Hamilton
Executive Preparatory Academy
Ramsey Jay, Jr.
Jody David Armour, USC Law
LadyLike Foundation, Leah Walker Pump
Les Brown
On A Mission Inc.
Pasadena Playhouse, Sheldon Epps
The Kinsey Collection, Bernard & Shirley Kinsey
USC Black Alumni Association, Michele Turner, PhD
Virgil Roberts, African American Board Leadership Institute

Entertainment, Innovation & Technology Award

This entertainment and/or technology business is recognized for their excellence in providing services or products in innovative ways, utilizing technological tools for growth, advancement, efficiency and community engagement.

Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Debbie and Norman NIxon
Duke Media Foundation
Elite Auto Network Services, Todd Keith
Haskel Jackson Entertainment
Jadar Entertainment
KJLH Radio, Karen E. Slade
Manchester Community Technologies, Dr. Revlyn Williams
PS Media Talent, Francis Perdue
Smart Technologies Consulting, Marie Smith
Thomas TJ Loftin

Entrepreneurial Rising Stars Award

This award will be presented to young entrepreneurs who have demonstrated hard work and determination as they pursue success. They show a great potential for growth, think outside the box, and understand the need to make the world around us a better place, as demonstrated by their socially responsible actions. These recipients are the future leaders in the black community, and the world as a whole.

Baron Jay Littleton Foundation
Clear Gardens Yoga, Salena Collins
District 2, Cassie Betts
Festive Flair Events, Kristin Johnson
Green Art Landscape, Brent Michael Green
Millennial Government Affairs, Brent D. Page
Moments of Focus, BeNeca Griffin
Mommy Oasis, Tracey Hawkins Sydnor
Odest Riley, WLM
Johnathan Emmanuel Pierson
Real Money Answers, Patrice C. Washington
The Todd Group, Todd Hawkins
Urban Rising Group, Ivory Rose Chambeshi
White Room Global, Evolyn Brooks and Gary Mack

If you would like a copy of the full nominee packets, contact ehart@hartleadership.com. They will be emailed to you by July 13, 2016.