Alfred C. Liggins III – Radio One, TV One
Liggins took over as CEO of Radio One in 1997; under his leadership, he took the company public in 1999. The company has since expanded into 22 markets, with 18 million listeners, making it the nation’s largest African American owned and operated urban-market radio broadcasting company in the United States.
Ulysses Bridgeman Jr. – Quick Service Restaurants
12 Year NBA veteran turned businessman, Bridgeman is CEO and founder of Quick Service Restaurants. He employs over 14,000 employees nationwide, and has an estimated net worth of $400 million thanks to his franchising of over 100 Wendy’s restaurants.
Janice Bryant Howroyd – ACT-1 Group
She is founder and chief executive officer of ACT-1 Group, the largest minority woman-owned employment agency in the United States, doing over $2B in revenues.. She began ACT-1 in a small Beverly Hills office in 1978, with Billboard as her first client. Today, the company has offices in 75 U.S. cities and its clients include Ford Motor Company, Cingular, and Sempra Energy.
Stephen L. Hightower – Hightowers Petroleum Co.
President of Hightowers Petroleum Co (HPC). of Middletown Ohio; HPC operates across the globe, with revenues approaching half a billion dollars. Stephen is an avid philanthropist, and sits on several Non-Profit boards, one of which is the Appointment from President Obama to the National Park Foundation. In conjunction with Every Kid In A Park, Steve’s work on his program, One Million African American Kids in the Park has spread across the country and provides urban youth the opportunity to experience the great outdoors.
David L. Steward – World Wide Technology, Inc
Steward was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Dorothy, a homemaker, and Harold Steward, a mechanic.6 As a child growing up in Clinton, Missouri, Steward faced poverty and discrimination.
In 1990, Steward, Jim Kavanaugh and others founded World Wide Technology, a leading systems integrator that provides technology products, services and supply chain solutions to customers around the globe.
World Wide Technology’s annual revenue are estimated to be greater than $3.2 billion, ranking it as one of St. Louis’ largest private companies.
By: Jacky Castle