AWARDS GALA

BLACK BUSINESS INK’S

“50 Most Influential African Americans in the Piedmont Triad”

AWARDS GALA

May 9, 2018  7 p.m.
The Stevens Center
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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National Comedian THE REAL MICHAEL COLYAR
Grammy Nominee Anthony Hamilton’s THE HAMILTONES
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“50 Most Influential African Americans in the Piedmont Triad”

Nigel D. Alston

Executive Director

N.C. Black Repertory Company

James A. Beaty Jr.

Sr. U.S. District Judge (Ret.)

Middle District of North Carolina

Rev. Dennis Bishop

Senior Pastor

First Waughtown Baptist Church

Vivian H. Burke

Mayor Pro Tempore

Winston-Salem City Council

Lisa Caldwell

EVP & Chief HR Officer (Ret.)

Reynolds American

Carol Davis

Executive Director

S.G. Atkins CDC

Eric S. Ellison

Chairman

Forsyth County Democratic Party

Michael A. Grace

Attorney

Grace, Tisdale & Clifton P.A.

Maurice “Mo” Green

Executive Director

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

Edward Hanes Jr.

Senator

N.C. General Assembly

Denise S. Hartsfield

District Court Judge

Forsyth County, North Carolina

Bishop James C. Hash Sr.

Senior Pastor & CEO

St. Peter’s Church & World Outreach Center

Rev. Donald Jenkins

Senior Pastor

St. Paul United Methodist Church

Porsche Jones

Director

Building on New Development (B.O.N.D.)

Cheryl Lindsay

Director of HR & Inclusion/Diversity

Hanesbrands

Rev. Paul A. Lowe Jr.

Senator

N.C. General Assembly

Bishop Sir Walter Mack Jr.

Pastor

Union Baptist Church

Davida W. Martin

County Attorney

County of Forsyth

Rev. John Mendez

Senior Minister

Emmanuel Baptist Church

Rev. Derwin Montgomery

Councilman

Winston-Salem City Council

Dr. Elwood L. Robinson

Chancellor

Winston-Salem State University

Twana Wellman Roebuck

Executive Director

Experiment in Self-Reliance

Cedric L. Russell

GM/Funeral Director

Russell Funeral Home

Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin

Executive Director

National Black Theatre Festival

Catrina A. Thompson

Chief of Police

City of Winston-Salem

Melvin “Skip” Alston

Co-Founder

Int’l Civil Rights Center & Museum

Charles Blackmon

Attorney

Tuggle Duggins P.A.

R. Steve Bowden

Attorney

R. Steve Bowden & Associates

Bishop George W. Brooks

Pastor Emeritus

Mount Zion Baptist Church

Rev. Cardes Brown

Senior Pastor

New Light Missionary Baptist Church

Robert “Bob” Brown

Founder and CEO

B&C International

Larry Burnett

Executive Director

Hayes-Taylor Memorial YMCA

Michelle Gethers-Clark

President and CEO

United Way of Greater Greensboro

Dr. Sharon Contreras

Superintendent

Guilford County Schools

Dr. Phyllis Worthy Dawkins

President

Bennett College

Henry E. Frye

Chief Justice (Ret.)

North Carolina Supreme Court

Shirley T. Frye

Chairwoman

N.C. A&T Real Estate Foundation

Dr. Franklin D. Gilliam Jr.

Chancellor

UNC Greensboro

Rev. Nelson Johnson

Executive Director

Beloved Community Center

Yvonne Johnson

Mayor Pro Tempore

Greensboro City Council

Dr. Harold L. Martin Sr.

Chancellor

N.C. A&T State University

Amos L. Quick III

Congressman

N.C. House of Representatives

Gladys Robinson

Senator

N.C. General Assembly

W.B. “Hank” Smith III, MD

Cardiologist

Cone Health Medical Group

James “Smitty” Smith

President

DEJAS Enterprises

Rev. Michael Thomas

Senior Pastor

Love & Faith Christian Fellowship

James H. Upchurch

Deputy for the Orient

N.C. Council of Deliberation

Gerald L. Walden Jr.

Assistant General Counsel

The Fresh Market

Goldie Wells

Councilwoman

Greensboro City Council

Joe Williams

Attorney

Joe Williams & Associates

 Richard L. Williams
Publisher & Editor-In-Chief
Black Business Ink

“50 Most Influential African Americans in the Piedmont Triad”

I congratulate the inaugural Black Business Ink “50 Most Influential African Americans in the Piedmont Triad.” Each of these honorees were nominated by someone impressed by their leadership, professionalism, courage and many other qualities. Two selection committees – one in Guilford and one in Forsyth – for weeks poured over dozens of names of candidates. They easily could have named 50 winners from each county instead of the 25 with which they were tasked. The consensus, however, is that selecting from such a stellar list of contenders illustrates that the Piedmont Triad and the entire state of North Carolina have tremendous African American leadership in any number of industries. Black Business Ink is delighted that these individuals are charter members of the magazine’s inaugural “50” club. Their temperance, wisdom, and overall humanity toward their fellow citizens in the Piedmont Triad and beyond should serve as a model for all to emulate. To celebrate this occasion, an awards ceremony in their honor will be held Wednesday, May 9, at 7 p.m. at the Stevens Center in downtown Winston-Salem – an event that promises to be full of revelry and purpose. We hope to see the entire Piedmont Triad represented at this event to honor these outstanding leaders of our community.