- Olukayode Malomo, Chief Marketing Officer, Atlas Communications (Son of Africa)
- Anthony Nwokeukwu, CPA, Chief Executive Officer, Atlas Communications (Sons of Africa)
In recognition of their entrepreneurship accomplishments in launching Atlas Communications PCS Inc., a voice and data company based in Sierra-Leone and the United States.
- Lawrence Eburouh, Nova Realty (Son of Africa)
- We recognize Mr. Eburouh’s entrepreneurial accomplishments as a successful Philadelphia-based realtor. An effort through which has provides assistance to over 3000 individuals per year within the African and Caribbean communities.
- Tina Byles Williams, CEO & CIO, FIS Group, Inc. (Daughter of Caribbean)
In recognition of her entrepreneurial accomplishments as CEO & CIO of FIS Group, Inc, a Philadelphia based asset management and investment advisory firm. It is foundation in 1996, FIS Group was one of the earliest minority-owned full service financial service consulting firms in the United States. We also recognize Ms. Williams for founding the A Good Measure Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to support organizations and individuals that educate youth as well as organizations and individuals that improve the lives of impoverished or marginalized women or children in the United States and internationally. Therefore, the foundation partners with the local community to offer:
- Financial literacy program for approximately 40 to 120 middle school students per year at the Russell Byers Charter School.
- Leadership training for girls through Girls Inc.,
- Life and financial skills training for teen mothers, through its partnership with Communities in Schools.
Christopher Chaplin, Independent Financial Consultant
Director/Co-Owner, Hard Beat Communications (Son of Caribbean)
Although also an entrepreneur, this award is in recognition of his impacable commitment to excellence in serving the Caribbean Community. Mr. Chaplin recently served as Chair of the Caribbean Complete Count Committee. He is also an active member of the Mayor’s Commission on African and Caribbean Affairs.
- Kahiga Tiagha, Managing Partner, Gonzales Tiagha, LLC (Son of Africa)
- We recognize Mr. Kahiga for his being voted by Pennsylvania Superlawyer Magazine as a 2010 Rising Star in the area of Business Law. Only 2.5% of lawyers practicing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under the age of 40 received such recognition.
- Dr. Azuka Aniyam, President & CEO, VICA Technologies (Son of Africa)
- In recognition of his innovativeness in creating the first waste to energy project in Africa, which has current operations in Mali.
- Giordani Jean Baptiste, Founder & Chief Executive Officer
EZ Language Translation/interpretation (Son of Caribbean)
We recognize Mr. Jean Baptise for his outstanding service to the African and Haitian community as former president of the Board of Directors of AFRICOM and current vice president of the Hatian Coaltion of Philadelphia , respectively.
- Bolaji Johnson, BJ Resources Ventures (Daughter of Africa)
In recognition of her outstanding public service in promoting the objectives of the Mayor’s Commission on African an Immigrant Affairs and a number of other community organizations locally and internationally.
Chief Marketing Officer
Atlas Communications PCS Inc.
Olukayode has over 12 years experience in accounting, business development and marketing. Kayode is a co-founder and chief marketing officer of Atlas Communications PCS Inc., a voice and data company based in Sierra-Leone and the United States. Prior to his appointment at Atlas, he served as vice president of marketing & sales at National Business Service Center Inc., a Philadelphia based Accounting & Business Consulting firm where he provided business support functions in finance, marketing and accounting to small and mid-sized businesses, non profits and quasi-government agencies with revenues of $1M to $500M.He also worked with Leadership & Vision Consulting where he offered Business Strategy and Management Training services to multi-million dollar banks, insurance and oil companies. Mr. Malomo serves as the international business director for the African & Caribbean Business Council and as a Board member of the Mayor of Philadelphia’s Business and Trade Commission for African & Caribbean Affairs. He recently bagged 2nd place in the 2009 Wharton Africa’s Business Plan Competition.
Kayode resides in Philadelphia with his wife Monisola and their son, Ooreofe. An avid painter, he is the Co-founder of Malomsy Art Gallery, a Philadelphia based online art gallery. His artworks have been recognized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art during the African Art African Voices Exhibit and African American Museum of Art respectively.
Anthony NWOKEUKWU, CPA
President & Chief Executive Officer
Atlas Communications PCS Inc.
Anthony Nwokeukwu is the president and chief executive officer of Atlas Communications PCS Inc. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Nwokeukwu served as president of the Philadelphia based NBSC Accounting & Business Consulting Services Inc. A Certified Public Accountant with over 20 years consulting experience, Anthony served as chief financial officer to several non profit and for profit organizations.
Anthony Nwokeukwu has served as the first president of the African & Caribbean Business Council (ACBC), which seeks to preserve and promote the interest of African & Caribbean businesses in Philadelphia, New Jersey & Delaware USA, the Co-Chair of the Business & Trade Committee, Mayor of Philadelphia’s Commission on African & Caribbean Immigrant Affairs. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in accounting & business administration and a Masters of Science Degree in accounting & economics both from the University of Nebraska, Omaha.
Lawrence M. EBURUOH
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Nova Realty, LLC
Lawrence graduated from Cheyney University of PA , with a Bachelor of Science Degree in industrial management. Attended Philadelphia University (formerly college of Textile and Science) graduated with an MBA degree in Finance. Started his career with First Investors Corporation a wall street fund and investment management. Later in 1988, he made his humble beginning in the real estate industry after purchasing his first home and later that same year obtained his Real Estate License as a Pennsylvania Real estate sales agent. Mr. Eburuoh made remarkable headway in the real estate business over the years. He founded the now Famous Nova Realty LLC as well as a number of others. He has been on the fore-front of many real estate deals in the community and in the process has helped many people in the community realized their real estate dream. He has introduced a number of members in his community into the real estate industry as agents. As a result, a number of successful brokers came into the business under his tutelage. Mr Eburuoh is on board of a number of organizations and has lead and continues to serve in the presidential capacity of a number of organizations in his community. Lawrence has been decorated with many awards and certificates from various organizations over the years.
Tina BYLES WILLIAMS
FIS Group, Inc.
1818 Market Street, Suite 3205
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Tel: (215) 567-1100, Fax: (215) 567-1810
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Investment Officer
FIS Group, Inc
Tina Byles Williams, chief executive officer and chief investment officer has approximately 26 years of investment experience and a 14 year tenure with FIS Group. Ms. Byles Williams chairs the firm’s Investment Committee, overseeing all investment strategy, manager search and disposition decisions. As an African-American female entrepreneur who has endeavored to be a trailblazer in the investment management business, Ms. Byles Williams founded FIS Funds Management Inc. and Fiduciary Investment Solutions Inc. (now FIS Group, Inc.) in 1996. Prior to founding FIS Group, Ms. Byles Williams was a principal and senior consultant at WHP, Inc. then the nation’s first and only full-service minority pension investment consulting firm.
Before joining WHP in 1994, Ms. Byles Williams served as chief investment officer of the $2.5 billion City of Philadelphia Board of Pensions and Retirement. During her tenure at the Board, the Philadelphia Pension Fund had an annualized performance of more than 15%, saved more than $1 million per annum in fees paid to financial service providers by internalizing several investment management functions, and increased the amount managed by minority firms by 337%. Previously, Ms. Byles Williams was chief investment officer for the $300 million Philadelphia Gas Works Pension Fund, developing and overseeing one of the earliest minority manager “farm-team” programs in the nation. She worked as a financial analyst at the Prudential Insurance Company, the New York City Finance Department and for US Senator Don Reigle in his capacity as a senior member of the US Senate Finance Committee.
Ms. Byles Williams is a recipient of the Thurgood Marshall Award for Excellence in Business and sits on several boards, including the State of Pennsylvania’s $50 billion Public Schools Employees’ Retirement System and the Methodist Home for Children Foundation. She has lectured on a number of research topics related to pension investment, testified for the ERISA Advisory Commission, spoken at the Institute for Chartered Financial Analyst luncheons and lectured at the Institute of Fiduciary Education’s Annual Trustee Education Seminars at Yale University. She is a former board member of the National Association of Securities Professionals (“NASP”) and is the former chairperson of the Annual Pension Conference sponsored by NASP. Ms. Byles Williams was inducted into the New York City NASP Wall Street Hall of Fame in February 2007 and is the 2008 recipient of the NASP Maynard Jackson Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Ms. Byles Williams is the driving force behind FIS Group’s active civic involvement in the Philadelphia community as well as the formation of the firm’s charitable entity, A Good Measure Foundation. Through this foundation the firm provides financial literacy education to elementary school students at a local charter school.
Ms. Byles Williams completed her undergraduate work at New York University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and earned her master’s degree in public policy with an emphasis in finance from Harvard University.
627 Chelten Hills Dr. Elkins Park PA 19027
Independent Financial Consultant
Hard Beat Communications
Christopher Chaplin is a financial consultant to the Urban League Entrepreneurship Center in Philadelphia, PA; First State Community Loan Fund in Wilmington, Delaware, Partners for The Common Good in Washington, DC and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation’s Emerging Loan Program in Philadelphia. He has over 20 years of banking/business lending experience in the Caribbean and the United States and has worked for the Bank of Jamaica/Ex-IM Bank and Trafalgar Development Bank in Jamaica and PNC Bank and the Economic Opportunities Fund in the United States.
Mr. Chaplin is a Director/Co-Owner of Hard Beat Communications (www.hardbeatcommunications.com and www.caribpr.com ), a minority certified pr and marketing agency based in New York City.The company also publishes Caribbean World News (www.caribbeanworldnews.com), a daily electronic newspaper covering the Caribbean diaspora.
He is Co-Chairman of the Philadelphia Organizing Committee of Team Jamaica Bickle, Co-Chairman of the Philadelphia Caribbean Complete Count Committee of the US Census and a member of the Mayor’s Commission on African and Caribbean Immigrant Affairs for the City of Philadelphia. He is also a former member of the Board of The Business Center for Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise, a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania based business incubator and now serves as a consultant to the organization. Mr. Chaplin earned a BSc. in Industrial Engineering from the University of The West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and a MBA from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Kahiga A. TIAGHA
Gonzales & Tiagha
Kahiga A. Tiagha co-founded Gonzales & Tiagha, LLC in the spring of 2009 and manages the firm. In addition to developing the firm’s immigration practice, Mr. Tiagha will lend his corporate expertise to the business, investment and real estate transactions matters arising from our representation. In addition, Mr. Tiagha serves as general counsel to several small businesses in the Greater Delaware Valley. In June 2010, Mr. Tiagha was selected by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Magazine as a Rising Star for his work as a corporate lawyer.
Prior to forming Gonzales Tiagha, Mr. Tiagha ran TKC Group, a business consulting firm that advised clients on risk management, developing and executing business growth strategies and securing financing for various corporate and real estate transactions. Mr. Tiagha was an associate in the Business and Finance departments of Ballard Spahr, LLP and Kleinbard Bell & Brecker, LLP. His practice included representation of businesses in connection with formation issues, the negotiation and preparation of commercial agreements, in the sale and purchase of businesses, structuring of joint ventures and other strategic alliances, and in the private placement of securities. He also has experience in gaming industry law.
Mr. Tiagha earned his law degree from the George Washington University Law School where he received the J.B. and Maurice Shapiro Public Service Internship Award. He graduated from the University of Kent at Canterbury with a degree in International Relations and Politics with French (BA Hons.). He spent a year at L’Université Pierre Mendès-France in Grenoble, France where he received le Diplôme D’Administration et Politique Internationale (Diplôme API). He is admitted to the Bar of Pennsylvania.
Most recently, Mr. Tiagha was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Center of Black Culture and International Understanding. Also, he served on the board for Digital Impact Group, a non profit organization that makes high-speed Internet access more available and affordable through digital inclusion – the initiative that helps people who are not online gain access with hardware, software, tech support/information, and broadband Internet service, so they can begin to use this technology to improve their educational, employment, health, and life opportunities. Also, he serves as Secretary for the African and Caribbean Business Council of the Greater Delaware Valley.
Formerly, Mr. Tiagha served as President of the Board of Directors of the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, a non-profit, public interest law firm providing free legal services statewide to people with HIV/AIDS. He served as Treasurer to Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter’s mayoral campaign in 2006-2007.