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920thevoice.com - "The Empowerment Hour" - Hosted By John E. Harmon, Sr.
Our primary focus each week, is on business, education, and issues relating to factors that either impede or contribute to the prosperity of the black community.
Monday, December 8th, Today's Guest:
Veronica Creech, Senior Director,
Global Outreach Engagement
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Health Republic Insurance of New Jersey (HRINJ)
Bailey Success Group, LLC.
Credit Union of New Jersey
AACCNJ, Chairman of the Board
Johnson Associates Systems
Lewis Consulting Group
Dr. Beverly Richardson,
Burlington County College
National Organization on Disability
Tracey D. Syphax
Author & Entrepreneur
Phax Construction & Design
Herbert Law Group
MZM Management Constructions, Co.
Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler
James B. Golden, Jr.
The Big Green Group
Financial Services Talent Network
Financial Services Talent Network
Geeks on Call
Alamo Insurance Group, Inc.
Business One Stop Service (BOSS)
John E. Harmon, Sr., IOM,
The Whitesboro Annual Reunion Festival
August 30, 2014
Stedman Graham, Executive Director
Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro
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John E. Harmon, Sr. and The Honorable Eric Jackson of Mayor, Trenton, NJ Discussing partnerships & the Financial Services Talent Network.
As Chairman of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, I am pleased to announce, in conjunction with our affiliates, Pan African
John E. Harmon, Sr. " Herman Russell and Maynard Jackson not only created the model for economic empowerment for blacks in their community, but their legacy has been perpetuated by what is occurring in Atlanta today."
Herman J. Russell, one of Atlanta's most important business figures, known best for his role in starting one of the country's largest minority-owned companies, passed away Saturday, November 15th, following a brief illness at the age of 83.
The Summerhill native owned several businesses throughout his career, starting at age 16 when he purchased a dilapidated home for $125. He most notably founded H.J. Russell & Company, a local construction firm that helped build many of the city's most important structures, in 1953. He also was a key member of the Civil Rights movement and broke down barriers for minority entrepreneurs.
"As the founder of one of America's most successful construction and real estate businesses, Mr. Russell shattered countless barriers and created greater opportunities for all, but especially for African-Americans," Mayor Kasim Reed said in a statement. "When history catches its breath, Mr. Russell's life work will place him among the most significant heroes of the Civil Rights Movement because of his unwavering contributions and commitment to the progress of this city and nation. Few men have done more to make Atlanta a place where people of all races and backgrounds can bring and build their dreams."
Acting Governor Kim Guadagno Promotes State Business Incentives At African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey Luncheon Englewood Meeting and Job Fair Support Economic Development Opportunities.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Trenton, NJ - Reaffirming the Administration's commitment to economic development, Acting Governor Kim Guadagno today addressed the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) at the Chamber's "Access to Capital" luncheon in Englewood to present the resources and business incentives offered by the state. "We are so proud of the work the Administration has done throughout the State to make New Jersey an attractive place to do business," said Acting Governor Guadagno. "The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey has been our partner for many years, and I appreciate the opportunity to share information that will help their businesses - and businesses across New Jersey - find new ways to develop."
"The Acting Governor's presence and participation at today's event underscores our strategic alliance, solidifies our partnership, and enhances the credibility of the mission of the AACCNJ, while strengthening our viability in the marketplace," said John E. Harmon, Sr., President and CEO of the AACCNJ. Mr. Harmon was also installed as the Chairman of the Board for the National Black Chamber of Commerce in March.
"We have always worked well with the African American Chamber, and having them take charge of our Financial Services Talent Network is a natural extension of that strong partnership," said Harold J. Wirths, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. "This is a particularly important industry cluster for New Jersey, and we are confident our Talent Network under the Chamber's stewardship will continue to connect employers with the talented employees they need to grow."
The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey has been incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in accordance with the
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THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY
CIRCLE OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS GALA
CIRCLE OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS GALA
Each year at the Annual Gala, the AACCNJ recognizes a distinguished group of African American individuals who have attained a significant level of accomplishment in business, politics, education, sports and/or entertainment. This is a black-tie affair and we encourage all to attend.
April Ryan, a 26-year journalism veteran, has been the White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks (AURN) since January of 1997, covering three Presidents. Along with daily responsibilities at the White House, Ryan hosts the daily feature, The White House Report, which is broadcast to AURN’s nearly 475 affiliated stations nationwide. Ryan also hosts a new Digital television program for Colours TV called the White House Report with April Ryan where minority America is given the White House perspective on matters specific to their community. Ryan is also a regular panelist on Washington Watch with Roland Martin for TV ONE.
Prior to working for AURN, Ryan worked for several radio stations in Baltimore, including WXYV-FM, where she was news director. Over the past 14 years, Ryan has conducted one-on-one interviews with then Presidential candidate Barak Obama and Michelle Obama, President George W. Bush, First Lady Laura Bush, President Bill Clinton, Senator Hillary Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, South African President Thabo Mbeki, Senator John Kerry and a host of others. Ryan has been credited by a White House historian as having the most radio interviews with then President Bill Clinton during his White House years. In January 2009, Ryan provided presidential perspectives and insights on the inauguration of Barack Obama for TV One and it’s historic coverage of the ceremony. In February 2008 Ryan conducted an exclusive interview on Africa with President Bush in the Oval Office. Ryan traveled to Mexico and Trinidad with President Obama in May 2009.
Ryan also traveled aboard Air Force One and interviewed President and Mrs. Bush while flying to the Gulf Coast for the Hurricane Katrina one year anniversary. In 2006, Ryan also traveled with First Lady Laura Bush to Mississippi to meet with New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina survivors. In September 2005, Ryan flew to Haiti with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. While under the protection of the United Nations Blue Helmet Security forces, Ryan reported on America’s support for democratic elections in Haiti.
April Ryan has also traveled to Africa on presidential missions with President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore and President George W. Bush. Ryan provided exclusive coverage of the Presidential activities in Africa, and gathered newsworthy information for a 10-part series AURN broadcast in June, 1998 for the Clinton historic six nation African tour. An exclusive interview with Hillary Clinton followed and was not only broadcast by AURN, but was featured on the CBS evening news, among other national television and radio broadcast networks.
April Ryan was elected July 14, 2011 to serve on the board of the prestigious White House Correspondents Association for a three year term. She is one of only three African Americans in the association’s 97-year history to serve on the WHCA board. Ryan is one of the esteemed members of the National Press Club. Ryan participated in the 8th annual Black Policy Conference at the Harvard Kennedy School, March 2012.
Ryan has appeared as a roundtable panelist on ABC’s This week with George Stephanopoulos. Ryan also analyzed the changing political Climate with the Obama Era on NBC’s Today show. Ryan has been a regular contributor Sunday nights with Don Lemon on CNN. Ryan was a finalist for the National Association of Black Journalists – Salute to Excellence Award for Radio-Public Affairs: Interview/Discussion – April Ryan, American Urban Radio Networks “Interview with Minister Louis Farrakhan”. POLITICO named Ryan, one of the top 50 in Washington to watch for 2011-2012.
The Baltimore native is a second generation Morgan State University graduate (following in her mother’s footsteps). She is the daughter of Robert C. Ryan Sr. and the late Vivian Ryan. April Ryan is also a proud mother of two daughters.
Joining Ms. Ryan among this year’s Fifth Anniversary Circle of Achievement Awards Gala Honorees (Pictured below left to right) are: The Community Award Recipient, Paulette Brown, is president-elect of the American Bar Association, 2014 – 2015, and a labor and employment law partner and chief diversity officer with the Morristown, N.J., office of Edwards Wildman Palmer.
The Education Award Honoree is New Jersey’s first secretary of higher education, Rochelle Hendricks. Secretary Hendricks was appointed to the Cabinet-level post by Governor Chris Christie in May 2011 and has more than 20 years of experience working on education issues in the Garden State. “I am proud to work in partnership with the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey. One of our early collaborations with First Book, the Chamber and Burlington County College helped distribute 40,000 books that will open new worlds of ideas for children in challenged communities. I am very pleased to be part of an evening that celebrates our common ground and our shared goals to enhance the quality of life and improve education, at all levels, for people throughout our state.” -- Rochelle Hendricks, Secretary of Higher Education
The Business Award Honoree Janus C. Holder, CEO and Owner of EJE Travel Retail– a company that was founded by his Uncle, Ed Holder, more than 25 years ago
Dignitaries including New Jersey Lt. Gov. and Secretary of State Kim Guadagno were among more than 100 people that recently attended the year-end holiday celebration by the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) in Trenton.In a brief speech to the crowd, Guadagno lauded the AACCNJ for being a mentor and vocal advocacy group to thousands of business owners across the state. Additionally, Guadagno encouraged entrepreneurs to pursue contracting opportunities with the state. government. “We have awarded hundreds of thousands of contracts to minority and women owned businesses across New Jersey,” she said. “We continue to recognize the importance of small businesses to our economy.”
In the keynote address, John Harmon, president and CEO of the AACCNJ, said major initiatives are on tap for his organization in 2015, including round table discussions with government officials and heads of major corporations in an effort to bring more minority and women owned business enterprises (M/WBE's) on board as suppliers and vendors. “We are not a social or marketing organization,” Harmon said. “We are an advocate for the small minority business owner and provide a platform for entrepreneurs to share and express themselves.” He added that a greater level of reciprocity from local mayors and county leadership across the Garden State is essential for the continued growth and sustainability for minority-owned businesses.
Harmon said one of the first major events of the AACCNJ in the new year will be the Martin Luther King Luncheon in mid-January. The event will spotlight education. Phoebe Haddon, Chancellor of Rutgers University and Rochelle Hendricks, Secretary of Higher Education will highlight the program. To register for the event, please visit the organization web site at www.aaccnj.com.
Secretary of Higher Education
Janus C. Holder, CEO
EJE Travel Retail
President-Elect of the American Bar Association
Christen Rochon, Mistress of Ceremonies
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The Community Award Recipient, Paulette Brown, is president-elect of the American Bar Association, 2014 – 2015, and a labor and employment law partner and chief diversity officer with the Morristown, N.J., office of Edwards Wildman Palmer. Brown has held many positions throughout her career, including as in-house counsel to a number of Fortune 500 companies and as a municipal court judge. In private practice, she has focused on all facets of labor and employment and commercial litigation. Brown has been recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of the prominent women and minority attorneys in the State of New Jersey and by the National Law Journal as one of "The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America." She has received the New Jersey Medal from the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and currently serves on its Board of Trustees.
Brown has repeatedly been named as a New Jersey Super Lawyer and by US News as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of commercial litigation. In 2009, Brown was a recipient of the Spirit of Excellence Award from the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity. In 2011, she was honored with the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession. Brown earned her J.D. at Seton Hall University School of Law and her B.A. at Howard University.
The Education Award Honoree is New Jersey’s first secretary of higher education, Rochelle Hendricks. Secretary Hendricks was appointed to the Cabinet-level post by Governor Chris Christie in May 2011 and has more than 20 years of experience working on education issues in the Garden State. “I am proud to work in partnership with the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey. One of our early collaborations with First Book, the Chamber and Burlington County College helped distribute 40,000 books that will open new worlds of ideas for children in challenged communities. I am very pleased to be part of an evening that celebrates our common ground and our shared goals to enhance the quality of life and improve education, at all levels, for people throughout our state.” -- Rochelle Hendricks, Secretary of Higher Education. Secretary Hendricks had served previously as acting commissioner of New Jersey’s Department of Education, having been named to that post in August 2010. Prior to that assignment, Secretary Hendricks had served in the Department of Education as Assistant Commissioner for the Division of School Effectiveness and Choice, overseeing key reform initiatives and areas, including the Offices of Board Development, Small Learning Communities and School Culture, District Schools, Turnaround Partnerships, Inter-District Choice and Opportunity Scholarships, Charter Schools, Career and Technical Education, and Online Education.
Secretary Hendricks, also served in the Department of Education in various other capacities, working as director of the Professional Development Office, manager of the Office of Policy and Planning in the Administration Division, assistant to the deputy education commissioner, and director of the Office of Vocational-Technical, Career and Innovative Programs.
Prior to joining the staff of the Department of Education, she worked for over 15 years at Princeton University in numerous capacities, including assistant dean of students, director of the Educational Opportunities Program, and interim director of the Women’s Program.
The Business Award Honoree Janus C. Holder, CEO and Owner of EJE Travel Retail– a company that was founded by his Uncle, Ed Holder, more than 25 years ago. Janus C. Holder has been instrumental in growing his duty-free business that started with three employees and a pushcart full of liquor, tobacco and perfume. Prior to joining his Uncle’s business in 1991, Holder was a US Customs Tariff System Designer for Mitsui OSK Lines and a Software Engineer for AT&T Bell Laboratories. Holder received a BS/BA in Computer Science from Seton Hall University.
The Keynote Speaker for the Black-Tie Gala will be Desiree Rogers, CEO of Johnson Publishing Company, LLC, is known as one of America’s most successful businesswomen. The Harvard Business School alumna redefines her leadership positions while playing a major philanthropic role in the community.
At Johnson Publishing, Ms. Rogers is repositioning the firm as the curator of the African American experience - past, present and future. Johnson Publishing owns Ebony, JET and Fashion Fair Cosmetics.
An innovative leader with a proven track record, she turned the Illinois Lottery into a revenue producer through promotional partnerships and doubling ticket sales. As the President of the Peoples Energy natural gas utilities, she facilitated the transition from a traditional entity to a responsive customer centric organization.
In 2008, President Obama named Ms. Rogers as the first African American Social Secretary, to implement the Obama’s nontraditional vision of the White House as the “People’s House.” Her office produced 350 events in 14 months, turning the White House into a showcase for American art and culture.
The meeting was convened to establish a dialogue between all participants and will serve as vehicle to produce an outcome that will favorably impact the 1.2 million African American residents, and their respective 66,000 Business Owners state-wide. The thirty, AACCNJ Members in attendance represented some of the following industries: Engineering, Consulting, Environmental Services, Hospitality, Risk Management, Bonding, Construction, Financial Services, Real Estate, Law, Advertising, Technology, Medical Devices and Services, Behavioral Health, Telecommunications, Restaurant & Food Industry, Dental and Transportation.
“False perceptions are simply destroyed through open and candid dialogue, which fosters a smooth transition to developing strategies of mutual benefit and a path to a stronger more competitive New Jersey”, stated John E. Harmon, Sr., IOM. AACCNJ, President and CEO.
Senator Thomas H. Kean, Jr., Sr. Joseph Pennacchio, Senator Robert W. Singer, Senator Diane B. Allen, Senator Jennifer Beck, and Senator Anthony R. Bucco., comprised the Legislators in attendance at the Breakfast. “The Senate Republican leadership team was thrilled to meet with AACCNJ members and learn more about the Association’s important role in promoting business in New Jersey. The success of African American businesses owners is critical to the economic viability of our communities and state as a whole. Senate Republicans look forward to a continued partnership with the Association to further the shared goal of helping African American business owners succeed”, stated Senator Joe Pennacchio.
"It was very encouraging to participate in the meeting between the New Jersey Senate Republican Leadership and members of the African American Chamber of Commerce. The discussions provided an opportunity for an understanding of issues and concern that impact growth and economic development in New Jersey. I look forward to continued dialogue and positive actions toward a shared vision of growth for all sectors of the New Jersey economy", stated Hosea Johnson, AACCNJ, Chairman of the Board.
“Today I am happy to report that through our relationship with the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, I participated in an open dialogue in a private meeting with several State Senate Republican leaders at the State House in Trenton together with a room of African American business owners and entrepreneurs representing multiple industries. As a result of this meeting, I believe that we have taken a significant step to presenting an alternative to the way things are normally done in New Jersey”, John Kahn, Garden State Bar Association.
The Civil Rights movement was gaining momentum during the early 1960′s when African Americans were reflecting upon both their individual and collective situations, and evaluating their current status and future goals. Locally, African American attorneys were slowly gaining stature primarily in North Jersey. Representation on the bench was sparse, with Judge Hazelwood sitting on the Newark Municipal Court bench, Judge Yancey sitting on the Essex County Superior Court bench and Judge Wood sitting on the Union County Superior Court bench.
JOHN E. HARMON, SR., IOM of THE AACCNJ
Graduates from Institute for Organization Management
A Leadership Training Program Produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that John E. Harmon, Sr., IOM, President & CEO, of The African American Chamber of Commerce (AACCNJ), has graduated from the program and has received the recognition of IOM. Awarded to all graduates of the Institute program, the IOM Graduate Recognition signifies the individual’s completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management. In addition, participants can earn credit hours toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) certifications. Nearly 1,000 individuals attend Institute annually.
“ It’s important that as the President and CEO of the AACCNJ and the Chairman of the Board, of the National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC), that I obtain the industry recognized credentials that validate my professional achievements. I am humbled by my most recent accomplishments and honored to join an elite group of Chamber executives to promote free enterprise everyday”, said Harmon.
“Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their industries and organizations,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.”
“Great leaders continue to grow and strive for excellence. John Harmon's actions reflect that effectiveness is the foundation for success. Congratulations John, on your successful completion of your IOM Graduate Program”, said AACCNJ Chairman, Hosea Johnson.
Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute program has been educating tens of thousands of association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members and become strong business advocates. Institute’s curriculum consists of four weeklong sessions at five different university locations throughout the country. Through a combination of required courses and electives in areas such as leadership, advocacy, marketing, finance, and membership, Institute participants are able to enhance their own organizational management skills and add new fuel to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively.
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WASHINGTON, April 30 - John E. Harmon, Sr., chairman of the National Black Chamber of Commerce and president and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, has joined First Book's Board of Directors. A nonprofit social enterprise, First Book tackles the profound lack of high quality books and educational resources for children in need, which contributes to the achievement gap for children in low-income communities.
"Having worked with First Book on pilot projects in New Jersey and nationally, I have seen the power of First Book's model and collaborative approach to energize communities and elevate the quality of education for our children," said Harmon. "In order to have a strong workforce for tomorrow, it is imperative that all of our children have the resources they need to be fully literate and engaged. First Book's initiatives, from the First Book Marketplace to the Stories for All Project, are making books accessible and relevant to children in need and the educators and programs that serve them. I look forward to utilizing my knowledge, experience and network to support First Book's important work."
"John is an astute business and community leader who shares our belief in the power of education and our commitment to bring critical resources to help all children succeed in school and in life," said Peter Gold, First Book Board Chairman. "We look forward to working with John to further First Book's mission."
The luncheon provided the perfect backdrop to begin a state-wide dialogue with leaders from the financial industry sector to forge partnerships and develop innovative ways to train, prepare, and hire New Jersey residents for careers in the financial services industry. Charles Wallace, Project Director shared with an audience of over 80 attendees several incentives for employers to hire New Jersey jobseekers ranging from training grants, employer retention assistance, to employer tax incentives.
Today’s featured speaker, Mr. Kenneth Kobylowski, Commissioner New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance was dynamic in his delivery with information on banking industry trends to information on insurance practices and emerging markets. The Commissioner encouraged the financial services sector to “get on board”.
“We were pleased to have the Commissioner as today’s Speaker and his recognition of the necessity of positioning New Jersey to be a player in the financial services sector, by having business policies that are embraced by the industry and through the leveraging of the talent that exists in New Jersey producing a win-win for all”, said John E. Harmon, Sr., President and CEO, AACCNJ.
The Financial Services Talent Network is managed by the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey. For information, please telephone 609-571-1607.