Monday, January 23, 2012

CBC & Black Business Leaders Meet With President Obama

Chairman Cleaver and African American Business Leaders Meet with President Barack Obama on Job Creation

In December, Chairman Emanuel Cleaver led a discussion with African American business leaders and President Barack Obama. The first of its kind, the meeting served as an opportunity to discuss job creation recommendations and cultivate stronger working relationships within the African American business community, the Congressional Black Caucus and the Administration.

As legislators and as a Caucus, Members are working diligently to remedy the jobs crisis. The Members of the CBC have introduced over fifty job creation bills since the beginning of the 112th Congress, launched the For the People national jobs initiative, and provided nine job creation proposals that help our nation’s most
vulnerable. These proposals and initiatives are closely in line with the President’s Americans Jobs Act.

The African American business leaders met with the Congressional Black Caucus immediately following their meeting with President Obama.  A full list of participating business leaders is included below.
Participating African American Business Leaders:

• Robert L. Johnson — Founder & Chairman, The RLJ Companies

• Ollie Gates — President, Gates BBQ

• Warren Thompson — President & Chairman, Thompson Hospitality Corporation

• Weldon Latham — Sr. Partner, Chair, Corporate Diversity Counseling Practice, Jackson Lewis, LLP

• Ernest Green — Partner, Madison Asset Management Group LLC

• Melvin Clark — GW Peoples Contracting Company

• C. Michael Gooden — CEO, Integrated Systems Analysts

• Tom Moorehead — President, Moorehead Properties

• Janice Howroyd — CEO, Act 1

• Valerie Daniels - Carter — CEO, V&J Holdings Company

• Maurice Tose — CEO, TeleCommunication Systems

• Suzanne Shank — CEO, Siebert Brandford Shank

(Source: CBC Newsletter-December/January)

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