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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
AACC 2014 AWARD RECIPIENTS - Meet Our Honorees
2014 Young Professional of the Year Recipient
"Visionary, tenacious, and creative" are just a few words that have been used to describe Ms. Danielle Paige Jeter. Jeter moved to Atlanta, GA in 2006 to attend Spelman College, where she would go on to earn a Bachelor's Degree in History. While at Spelman College, Danielle flourished on campus and quickly participated in numerous productions. She served on staff as production leader for several stage shows including Morehouse College Homecoming Coronation, "Going to See the King" a play about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Miss Kappa Alpha Psi pageant, and numerous lifestyle events.
Jeter founded Affairs of Isis Events, LLC in 2009, a full service event production and public relations firm based out of Philadelphia, PA. Services rendered include full service production, event planning, project management, staffing, public relations, marketing, and business consulting. At Affairs of Isis, we take the event ideas of our clients, give them life, and "Turn visions into unforgettable memories."
Danielle currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College Philadelphia Chapter and was accepted into the National Coalition of 100 Black Women during summer 2013. Jeter is currently enrolled in the Event Executive Leadership certificate program at Temple University to become a certified event planner. Jeter plans to continue building the Affairs of Isis brand as a national lifestyle and mission marketing firm, passionate about community relations and service.
2014 Start-up of the Year Recipient
Jennifer Carter was one of the winners and grant recipient of the AACC's Entrepreneur Academy, business plan development program. Carter is not just eager to open her business, J. Carter Photography, but to also overcome the stigma attached to being a returning citizen. Her goal is to grow her business, support other returning citizens and contribute to the economic development of her community.
Joel Wilson, JCW Computer Consultants, LLC
2014 Small Business of the Year Recipient
Joel Wilson is President & CEO of JCW COMPUTER CONSULTING, LLC (www.JCWCC.com) a computer consulting firm originally established as a sole proprietorship in 1992 but re-launched as an LLC in 2002.
JCWCC offers a full spectrum of services customized to meet the specific IT needs of Nonprofits, K-12 Schools, and Small-to-Medium Business (SMB) markets and has distinguished itself by providing quality computer solutions , as well as computer systems, software and hardware.
JCWCC has just launched a service brand OnSiteOnPoint.com which specializes City Wide Laptop and Computer Pickups or On-Site Expert Computer Help to combat the viruses, spyware, trojans and the pending Windows XP Expiration in April 2014!
Ken Scott, Beech Companies
2014 Non-Profit of the Year Recipient
Kenneth Scott is well known throughout the Philadelphia region for his support and commitment to community service. His work has produced comprehensive development in the areas of Business, Education, Finance, Media, Housing, Philanthropy and Commercial Real Estate Development.
Mr. Scott currently serves as the President of the Beech Companies (Beech Interplex, Inc., Beech Business Bank, Beech International, The Alston/Beech Foundation, Beech Community Services Corporation, Beech LLC, Beech Technologies and the Beech Network - (Publisher of The Cecil B. Moore Community Times Newspaper and Radio/Television Studio).
Over the past 20 years The Beech Companies has build over 1,000 units of low and moderate income housing and has leveraged over one billion dollars in Economic Development in North Central Philadelphia.
Gerald H. Sweeney, Brandywine Realty
2014 Corporate Advocate of the Year
Mr. Sweeney has served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Trustee of the Company since the Company's founding in 1994. Mr. Sweeney has overseen the growth of Brandywine from four properties and a total market capitalization of less than $5 million to over 33 million square feet and a total market capitalization of approximately $5.0 billion.
Prior to 1994, in addition to serving as President of Brandywine's predecessor, Mr. Sweeney also served as Vice President of LCOR, Incorporated ("LCOR"), a real estate development firm. Mr. Sweeney was employed by the Linpro Company (a predecessor of LCOR) from 1983 to 1994 and served in several capacities, including Financial Vice President and General Partner. During this time, Mr. Sweeney was responsible for the marketing, management, construction, asset management and financial oversight of a diversified portfolio consisting of urban high-rise, mid-rise, flex, warehouse and distribution facilities, retail and apartment complexes.
Mr. Sweeney holds a BS degree in Economics from West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Pat Coulter, Urban League of Philadelphia
2014 Vanguard Award Recipient
Patricia A. Coulter is a committed community leader and business executive whose career spans public and private sector roles. She is a collaborative and strategic leader who creates vision, develops strategic direction, builds relationships, and drives fundraising.
Her entrepreneurial style has led her to reinvent herself as a leader in various industries with a proven track record in career management and leadership development, diversity and inclusion, education and economic community empowerment. She has devoted much of her career to the leadership development of African Americans, and to being an advocate for civil rights, economic and education equality.
She was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of The Urban League of Philadelphia in 2002, becoming the first woman to lead the National Urban League affiliate in its 96 year history. She is focused on leading the organization's strategic initiatives that defend civil rights and economically empower urban communities. Serving more than 25,000 adults and youth each year through direct service and advocacy programs that empower and improve communities, she manages a $40 million budget and 65 employees.