James W. Hamlin, President; Vice President, Joey Richards, Charm City Signs; Secretary, Alice Cole, Baltimore City Office of Employment Development; Treasurer, Art Varnado, Vice Prseident T. Rowe Price; Adrian Johnson. Vice President/Treasurer Municipal Employees Credit Union of Baltimore (MECU); Edwin Avent, President Heart & Soul Magazine; George Gilliam, Executive Director Pennsylvania Avenue Redevelopment Collaborative; Charles Harrison, Harrison Associates, LLC; Ray Haysbert, Baltimore Urban League; Thomas A. Kiefaber, The Senator Theater; Charles Sydnor III, Attorney,
Board Members Biography
James W. Hamlin, President
During a 35-year tenure with United Parcel Service, James W. Hamlin, founder of BriaBran, LLC, has gained extensive experience and mastered all phases of business administration, including Human Resources, Sales and Marketing, Operations Management, Workforce Planning, Training and Development and Corporate Communications.
He served as the District Community Relations and Congressional Awareness Manager. His geographic area of responsibility consisted of the Baltimore metropolitan area as well as Frederick and Washington Counties, the Maryland Eastern Shore and Delaware. His responsibilities included developing relationships and forming partnerships with many organizations and implementing numerous initiatives to fulfill UPS' Community Mission. Through his commitment to the community and the organization, Mr. Hamlin has made strides in improving local communities in enhancing the UPS brand. Mr. Hamlin has played a major role in a host of community organizations representing UPS and his personal commitment.
Mr. Hamlin voluntarily served as the Second Vice President and Economic Development Committee chair for the Baltimore City Branch NAACP. Under his leadership, the committee redefined its role in bringing about economic empowerment in the Baltimore community. Mr. Hamlin also made significant contributions to the 2000 NAACP convention here in Baltimore. Representing United Parcel Service, Mr. Hamlin was able to bring significant funding and support to the branch and to the convention.
Mr. Hamlin is an advocate for economic empowerment in the Baltimore/African-American community through education and access to resources. He is active in educational programs and initiatives that empower middle and elementary school-aged youth. He has been instrumental in getting more than 2,500 students involved with the business community, enabling them to experience the work world through Colin Powell's Job Shadow Day initiative.
As a result of his relationship with the educational system, UPS was the first company to participate in Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley's initiative"Wired Schools for a Wired World."The goal of this initiative was to provide one computer for every five students. UPS donated 189 computers and related equipment to Cherry Hill Elementary, Hampstead Hill and Thomas Johnson Elementary Schools. Training was also provided for teachers.
Mr. Hamlin helped develop a training curriculum for non-profit organizations that provide services for youth. For two years he served as a trainer at The Youth Opportunity Grants Leadership Institute sponsored by The Department of Labor, The Ford Foundation, The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation.
He agreed to Chair Youthworks 2001 Summer Jobs Campaign for Baltimore City. This initiative's goal was to provide 4,500 jobs for Baltimore's youth between the ages of 14 through 22. Under his leadership 5,000 youth had an opportunity to have jobs during that summer. His seven year commitment has generated $25,000 to support the program and each year more than 5,000 young people get the opportunity to earn money and gain valuable work experience.
In August of 2002 he answered a call from Baltimore Ravens # 38 James Trapp, who wanted to formulate a community initiative in Baltimore similar to his program in Oakland. As a result of this relationship, Trapp's LORDS (Ledership, Order, Respect, Discipline, Success) at Booker T. Washington Middle School was established. Students had an opportunity to attend Sunday games based on their scholastic achievement and behavior. James Trapp became a free agent and moved on to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Due to the success of the program that year and his relationship with the Ravens organization, #20 Ed Reed assumed the program for the 2003 and 2004 season. The program is still in place today.
Under his four-year leadership as the Economic Development Committee Chair for the Baltimore City Branch of the NAACP, the attendance at its' annual business breakfast increased from a small group to well over 600. Over a three year period he tripled the funds raised by this event. Business leaders, entrepreneurs, government agencies, political leaders and various media sources such as the Baltimore Business Journal, The Daily Record and WJZ TV supported this annual event. He has attracted keynote speakers such as Allen Stephenson, Director of the Small Business Administration (SBA), Joseph Haskins President and CEO of Harbor Bankshares, and The Honorable Congressman Elijah Cummings. In 2003, he was able to attract Black Entertainment Television's Founder and CEO Robert L. Johnson to address the Baltimore business community.
He most recently volunteered his time to Chair the Economic Development Committee of PARC, "Pennsylvania Avenue Redevelopment Collaborative" (PARC). As a team he and George Gilliam the Executive Director are setting an example of "Taking Ownership of Our Community". Presently he is presidentof PARC and continues to raise the bar.
Alice D.M. Cole, Secretary
Ms. Cole is an Educator and Employment and Training Professional. She taught for six years in the Baltimore City Public School System before moving on to an administrative position. She has worked for the past twenty-three years supervising and managing collaborative programs and projects between the Baltimore City Public School System and the Mayor's Office of Employment Development designed to help youth make a successful transition from school to career.
Alice Cole is dedicated to the youth she serves making sure that she always finds time to have hands on involvement with the day to day operations of at least two youth initiatives. She maintains a working relationship with many local businesses that support and participate in the youth programs that she supervises. Alice has experience in grant, proposal and curriculum writing and program development and implementation. She has supervised a staff ranging from 12 to 60 members.
Alice Cole has served as a consultant across the country helping other youth program enhance their service delivery. She has been a presenter at numerous local and national conferences on a broad range of topics such as program performance, Advisory Board development, collaboration, youth development and workforce development strategies.
Alice Cole received her Bachelor of Science degree from Morgan State University, Baltimore Maryland and her Masters of Education degree from Towson University, Towson, Maryland. Alice has completed postgraduate courses at both Morgan and Towson Universities. Additionally, she also holds a Maryland State Advanced Professional Certificate in Administration and Supervision and Administrator II certification. Alice has also completed many professional training programs including the Dale Carnegie Sales and Marketing Course. Alice is a member of numerous professional and civic organizations.
Alice is currently the Director of Career Development Services with the Baltimore City Public School System and the Mayor's Office of Employment Development.
Art Varnado, Treasurer
Arthur S. Varnado is a Vice President of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., and Senior Administrative Officer for the Fixed Income Group. He is responsible for the following areas: budget, compliance, trading administration and technology. He represents the Fixed Income Group on numerous committees and also leads special projects teams.
Prior to joining the firm in 1996, he worked in municipal finance investment banking as a Director of O'Brien Partners and, prior to that, as a Vice President at Lazard Freres and Prudential Securities. Art earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. He has also achieved the Chartered Financial Analyst accreditation. Art serves on the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Central Maryland, is a member of the GBC Leadership Class of 2004 and is the Cub Master for his son's Cub Scout Pack.
Adrian S. Johnson
Adrian is the Vice President & Treasurer for the Municipal Employees Credit Union of Baltimore, Inc. (MECU). Adrian oversees Asset/Liability Management (Balance Sheet Management), the Investment Portfolio, and Liquidity Management and is member of the Management Team. While Adrian has been with MECU for ten years, he has been in the financial industry over 29 years, of which, the last 24 years have been in the Accounting/Finance arena.
Foundation of Banking Diploma, American Institute of Banking (now CFT)
AA, Business Administration, Catonsville Community College
BS, Accounting, University of Baltimore
Maryland School of Banking Diploma, University of Maryland College Park
MBA, Business Administration, Loyola College in Maryland
CUES CEO Institute, Executive Management Program, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, University of Virginia
Center for Financial Training (CFT) (formerly American Institute of Banking), and University of Phoenix Maryland Campus
- Urban Financial Services Coalition (UFSC) Central MD, Past Dir-At-Large & Past Pres.
- UFSC National Women In Leadership Initiative (WILI) Committee
- African American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC), Internship Committee
- Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore (WEB), Loan Fund Committee
- Financial Manager's Society (FMS) Maryland Chapter
- Credit Union National Association (CUNA) CFO Council
- Credit Union Executive Society (CUES)
- Maryland DC Credit Union Association (MDDCCUA) Finance Committee
- The Royal Theater and Community Heritage Corporation
- Board Member
- St. Elizabeth School Foundation Board Member
- Baltimore Freedom Academy (BFA) Finance Committee
- Bluford, Drew, Jemison STEM Middle School Board Member, Finance Committee
- Baltimore Rising Board Member
- 2007 Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) Leadership Class
Adrian resides in Southern Pennsylvania. He has a wife and two adult children.
Edwin V. Avent, President/CEO/Publisher
Edwin V. Avent is the President, CEO and Publisher of Heart & Soul Magazine
the nation's leading health, fitness and life solutions magazine targeting the
African-American Women. In the fall of 2004 Mr. Avent bought Heart & Soul
from Vanguarde Media in New York City and relocated the publication to
A driven, motivated and visionary entrepreneur, Mr. Avent has over 20 years of experience in magazine publishing, advertising, marketing and sales. He also has over 12 years of health related marketing experience.
Immediately prior to acquiring Heart & Soul, Mr. Avent served as Co-owner, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Twenty First Century Group (TFCG), a Baltimore, MD based advertising, public relations and strategic planning firm. He directed all day-to-day management, account services and new business development efforts.
Prior to joining TFCG, Mr. Avent founded and served as President/CEO of U.S. Prevention Marketing Group (USPMG) producers of the first brand of condoms targeting African Americans called Umoja Sasa condoms. Established in 1991, Mr. Avent was the driving force behind USPMG's success in launching national HIV/AIDS prevention campaigns and realizing their health education and prevention marketing mission.
His magazine publishing career began at Cornell University in 1981 when he founded and served as publisher and sales manager of Equity Magazine, a campus based magazine for Cornell's minority student population. He followed that experience by helping to launch The Ithaca Times Weekly Newsmagazine where he served as the Advertising Sales Manager. In 1985 he joined Career Communications Group, Inc., publishers of U.S. Black Engineer Magazine and Hispanic Engineer Magazine. There he held various positions of increasing responsibilities including advertising account executive, marketing director and director of sales and promotions.
Mr. Avent is an active participant in the Baltimore community; co-founder and board member of Black Professional Men, Inc.; he has also served on the board of directors of Associated Black Charities, Inc. He is a graduate of The Leadership Program and has been recognized by the Baltimore Business Journal as one of its "40 under 40" future business leaders. He holds a Baccalaureate Degree in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University. Mr. Avent is married to his wife, Tracey, has a son named Austin and they reside in Hanover, Md.
George Gilliam, Pennsylvania Avenue Committee, Inc., Chairman/CEO
Community based non-profit organization: rebuild, restore, recreate community. emphasizing historic contributions and legacy of the people. Active community
liaison between residents, and businesses for renovation of structural, family and community life.
George is an active participant in Main Street proposal, application, preparation and presentations. Re-education of corporate community to secure investment in the area. Annual festival: "Fathers Day Parade". Formed the "New Royal theater House Buisness", utilizing area artists, honoring legacy of the legendary "Royal Theater and Pennsylvania Avenue" jazz circuit. Finalized the bulding of the monument to the Royal Theater, a new tourist attraction for the state, providing teaching tool for grade school to college students of historic contribution Working with Maryland Inst. of Art engineer students: buisness front restoration: Pennsylvania Ave. Also working with concerned citizens to restore oldest resting site for African Americans. Mt. Mburn Cemetary.
Produced/ promoted) marketed musiciansl productions Negotiate/secured contracts for national talent: the late Phyliss -J Hyman, The Whispers, Chris Rock, Gladys Knight, Queen Lattefa and O'Jays.
Managed local musicians/singers developing stage presence in US markets: East Coast shore towns from New Jersey, to Boston. International markets: Japan, China, and Indonesian. Venues: Symphony Haib, Arena's. Five star Hotels, nightclubs Open parks, and Ocean Front Canopy's. Helicopter, Limousine, Yacht Charter tour service. Worked with the Convention Bureau, planned & coordinated incoming convention touring historic neighborhoods by limousine and van Toured local attractions by air: jet ranger helicopters. Hosted seminars, meetings, workshops and private parties aboard yachts: 35 to 125 ft. touring Annapolis. Kent island, Ocean City, MD Public elementary? secondary schools donation reward program: underprivileged students receive helicopter tour.
Charles E. Harrison
Charles E. Harrison, founder and CEO of HARRISON & ASSOCIATES, LLC. has an extensive and varied 28-year law enforcement career. Mr. Harrison initially served as a Supervisory Special Agent prior to retiring in 2000 and subsequently as owner of HARRISON & ASSOCIATES, LLC. a company offering investigative and security consulting services and executive protection for VIP and corporate officials. During his FBI career, Mr. Harrison supervised the Presidents Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Taskforce for the Mid-Atlantic Region, as Special Advisor for the Assistant Secretary of State for Law Enforcement Affairs, and as an FBI Assistant Inspector.
HARRISON & ASSOCIATES, LLC. , under Mr. Harrison's leadership is focused on providing professional security and executive protection, tailored to the needs of individual clients. HARRISON & ASSOCIATES, LLC. Has developed and coordinated the security programs for the National Professional Network Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, "Leadership Summit at Sea" and the Baltimore African American Heritage Festival. Mr. Harrison is also a Consultant and Independent Contractor servicing the U.S. Intelligence Community. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor in the Criminal Justice Department at Coppin State College, Baltimore, Maryland.
Mr. Harrison has a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Science Degree, specializing in Criminal Justice Administration. He is also certified as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) by the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS, International). Mr. Harrison is 1st Vice President of the Carroll County Branch # 7014 of the NAACP and is Vice President of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, Maryland Chapter (NOBLE). He holds active membership in ASIS Baltimore Chapter, the International Organization of Black Security Executives, Washington, D.C. Chapter and the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, Inc.
Mr. Harrison will provide a practical, multi-disciplinary approach security solutions, specializing in deterrence measures, risk analysis, security management. He offers tailored security support, coordinating the efforts of trained, experienced security professionals, to meet individual security needs.
Charles E. Sydnor III
Charles E. Sydnor III works as a staff attorney with The Enterprise Foundation, Inc., which is a Maryland 501(c)(3) public charity that works with community organizations nationwide to rebuild communities. Charles has worked with numerous public charities through his formal employment and volunteering; including, as a director of Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc. and his lecturing at the Institute for Nonprofit Organizations.
He views his volunteering as a director for TRTHC as an extension of the type of activity he enjoys; community building. Charles is a graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Johns Hopkins University with Bachelor of Arts and the University of Maryland School of Law and the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a Juris Doctor and Master of Policy Sciences, respectively.
Ray V. Haysbert, Sr., Chairman, President and CEO Forum Caterers Inc.
Clients include: Money Manager/Investor, St. Paul at Chase Condo, Schwab & Co. Accounts, First Southeastern Securities, Harbor Bank Accounts, Advance Federal Accounts, Ideal Federal Account, NationsBank Account, Signet Bank Account
Ray is also the President and CEO Port, Inc., Chairman of Sojourner Douglass College Foundation, Director Forum Caterers, Inc Baltimore and Washington
Thomas A. Kiefaber
Thomas A Kiefaber, age 53, is a third-generation owner of Baltimore's Senator Theatre. He is the maternal grandson of film exhibition pioneer Frank H. Durkee, founder of the Durkee Enterprises chain of motion-picture theatres that began exhibiting films in Baltimore City in 1909. At one time the Durkee circuit owned and operated over 40 community-based single screen neighborhood moviehouses within the city limits.
Growing up in Baltimore City as part of a family that operated many of the city's community-based moviehouses, Mr. Kiefaber spent a great deal of his youth in his family's theatres learning all facets of the motion picture exhibition industry. The Durkee moviehouses in which he served his apprenticeship were the economic and cultural anchors of the commercial and residential districts in the Baltimore City communities in which they were located.
After earning a degree in philosophy from Washington College Mr. Kiefaber joined the Durkee Enterprises organization in 1977, the same auspicious year "Star Wars" was released. Since that time he has been active in community endeavors and in the ownership and operation of motion picture theatres in the Baltimore region. In 1988, he became the independent owner of the historic Senator Theatre and began promoting his theatre and producing a series of benefit film premieres and special events that have raised millions of dollars for area non-profits.
In 1988, the year that Mr. Kiefaber became the owner/operator of The Senator Theatre, he was successful in his effort to list the theatre on the prestigious National Register of Historic Places. He has worked diligently, along with his dedicated staff, to elevate Baltimore's beloved landmark moviehouse to a revered national status as one of the America's most renowned "showcase" motion picture theatres and as a guiding light for historic main street moviehouses nationwide.