2017 Virginia DBE Transportation Training Symposium  -  March 8-9, 2017 - Greater Richmond Convention Center - Richmond, VA
2017 Virginia DBE Transportation Training Symposium  -  March 8-9, 2017 - Greater Richmond Convention Center - Richmond, VA

Speakers

photo of speaker Ron Busby, is President/CEO of the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC), Ron Busby, Sr. brings business management skills as well as a lifetime of community development experience to the organization. Mr. Busby is a former successful business owner himself, and he has been recognized as one of the nation’s best CEOs. Ron grew his first company, USA Superclean, from $150,000 annualized revenue, to over $15 million in only 10 years. Early on in his career, USA Superclean was recognized as the largest Black-owned janitorial firm in the country. Mr. Busby has also started and grown two other janitorial firms, both resulting in over $4 million in annualized revenue. Trained by some of the country’s leading corporate executives, Ron developed his skills at some of the nation’s largest corporations including; Exxon, Xerox, IBM, and Coca-Cola USA. While in corporate America, he was recognized as National Sales Person of the Year.

photo of speaker Dr. Melvin Gravely II is the President and CEO of TriVersity Construction and the founder of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Thinking, a think tank focused on improving the results of minority business development efforts. The Institute is nationally known for providing thought leadership, and industry changing research on issues at the intersection of business and race. The Institute is a trusted advisor to Chambers of Commerce, major corporations and community leaders across the nation. Gravely is the author of seven books including The Lost Art of Entrepreneurship, When Black and White Make Green, Getting To The Next Level, and Capacity to Succeed. Dr. Gravely is a frequent guest radio stations from Los Angeles to New York and has been featured in many national publications including Black Enterprise Magazine, Minorities and Women In Business, Ebony Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, and American City Business Journals. After ten successful years working for a large corporation, he co-founded a civil engineering firm and grew it into a multimillion dollar company. He is also an author, speaker, and entrepreneur. Dr. Gravely speaks and writes on various topics related to entrepreneurial thinking and minority business development. Mel has a B.S. in computer science and business finance from Mount Union College and an MBA from Kent State University. Dr. Gravely's Ph.D. is in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship from The Union Institute and University.

photo of speaker Art Jackson is a professional speaker and executive coach. He is a recognized expert in the areas of leadership, performance improvement and interpersonal skills. Art is the originator of the Purpose Centered Leadership™ system that has been used to improve performance in many facets of public and private life. Art is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, a Master of Science degree in Management and a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Counseling. Art is currently an adjunct professor at the Graduate School USA and has helped maximize performance for various federal agencies and Fortune 500 companies. Art is the author of ‘Hangin Round the Barrel’ and ‘Lions and Tigers and Bears – Oh My.’



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