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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Entrepreneur

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Southern Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Europe, France
Favorite Quote:
God Bless You.

Birthplace

Born:
5/14/1948
Birth Location:
Mount Holly, New Jersey

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Entrepreneur

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Southern Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Europe, France
Favorite Quote:
God Bless You.

Birthplace

Born:
5/14/1948
Birth Location:
Mount Holly
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Biography

Philanthropist and business executive Earl W. Stafford was born in Mount Holly Township, New Jersey on May 14, 1948 to Mabel (née Willis) and Robert E. Stafford. After graduating from high school, Stafford enrolled in the United States Air Force to become an air traffic controller. He went on to have a distinguished twenty-year career in the U.S. military which included service as the assistant Air Force Liaison Officer to the Federal Aviation Administration. During his time in the Air Force, Stafford enrolled at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst and graduated with a B.S. degree in 1976. He then obtained his M.B.A. degree in business from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville in 1984. Stafford is also a graduate of the OPM Executive Program at Harvard Business School and holds several honorary doctorate degrees.

In 1988, Stafford founded Universal Systems & Technology, Inc. (UNITECH), a training and information technology company. During his twenty one years as UNITECH’s chairman and chief executive officer, the company accrued millions of dollars in revenue and was recognized as one of the top minority businesses in information technology. In 2009, Stafford sold the company to defense technology corporation Lockheed Martin. Additionally, Stafford founded The Stafford Foundation, a faith-based, philanthropic organization in 2002. The foundation is credited for “The People’s Inaugural Project” initiative, which brought more than 400 disadvantaged and underserved individuals to Washington, D.C. for a three-day celebration of President Barack Obama’s historic inauguration. Two years later, Stafford teamed with actor and comedian Bill Cosby for the Doing Good campaign, a national philanthropic initiative. Stafford is also chief executive officer of The Wentworth Group, LLC, a Reston, Virginia-based holding company providing financial and business support services.

Stafford has garnered numerous honors for his accomplishments in business and the social service sector. He received the “Candle in the Dark” award from Morehouse College in 2012 and the Crystal Stair award at the Uncommon Heights Awards in 2011. In 2010, he was the recipient of the Horatio Alger Award. The Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP/DC) honored Stafford with the Outstanding Philanthropist Award during its National Capital Philanthropy Day celebration in 2009. The Salvation Army of Greater New York honored him with its first "Stand Together" Award during its 62nd Annual Luncheon. Stafford and his foundation were honored by the Tennessee State Legislature, which authored a joint resolution recognizing the efforts of The People’s Inaugural Project in January 2009.

Stafford serves on the Boards of the Horatio Alger Association, the Wesley Theological Seminary, the Apollo Theater Foundation, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Morehouse College Board of Trustees, and the Morehouse College – Andrew Young Center for Global Leadership and Africare. He also received a Presidential appointment to the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Stafford and his wife Amanda reside in McLean, Virginia.

Earl W. Stafford was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 30, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Earl Stafford describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Earl Stafford describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Earl Stafford describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Earl Stafford talks about his father's career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Earl Stafford describes his parent's personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Earl Stafford talks about his father's experiences at the Campbell Soup Company
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Earl Stafford lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Earl Stafford talks about his large family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Earl Stafford describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Earl Stafford describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Earl Stafford remembers his early interest in magazines
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Earl Stafford talks about his mother's career in domestic service
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Earl Stafford remembers the African American community in Mount Holly, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Earl Stafford remembers the discriminatory school bus policy in Mount Holly, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Earl Stafford talks about the Second Baptist Church in Mount Holly, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Earl Stafford describes the role of religion in his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Earl Stafford remembers his family's first television set
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Earl Stafford recalls his entrepreneurial influences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Earl Stafford remembers working at Carter's Grocery Store in Mount Holly, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Earl Stafford talks about the demographics in school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Earl Stafford talks about the housing in Mount Holly, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Earl Stafford remembers helping his father install indoor plumbing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Earl Stafford remembers his mentor at Rancocas Valley Regional High School in Mount Holly, New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Earl Stafford talks about his early work experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Earl Stafford remembers his sports activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Earl Stafford recalls his extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Earl Stafford talks about his older brother, Eugene Stafford
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Earl Stafford recalls graduating from high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Earl Stafford describes his decision to join the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Earl Stafford remembers being sent to the Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Earl Stafford talks about his early understanding of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Earl Stafford remembers the air traffic controllers strike of 1981
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Earl Stafford recalls the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Earl Stafford talks about black pride in the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Earl Stafford remembers his experiences in Thailand
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Earl Stafford remembers his educational opportunities in the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Earl Stafford recalls his scholarship to the University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Earl Stafford recalls his experiences as an officer in the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Earl Stafford remembers his influences in the U.S. military
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Earl Stafford recalls balancing his career and family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Earl Stafford remembers a racist professor at Southern Illinois University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Earl Stafford recalls his retirement from the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Earl Stafford remembers founding Universal Systems and Technology Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Earl Stafford recalls his early contracts at Universal Systems and Technology Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Earl Stafford remembers his contract with the Resolution Trust Corporation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Earl Stafford talks about the value of hard work
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Earl Stafford remembers his firm's acquisition by Lockheed Martin
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Earl Stafford talks about his business model
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Earl Stafford reflects upon his decision to sell Universal Systems and Technology Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Earl Stafford talks about the establishment of The Stafford Foundation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Earl Stafford describes the mission of The Stafford Foundation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Earl Stafford talks about the importance of community engagement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Earl Stafford recalls the inspiration for the Peoples Inauguration Project
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Earl Stafford remembers the support for the Peoples Inauguration Project
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Earl Stafford describes the preparation for the Peoples Inauguration Project
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Earl Stafford talks about the impact of the Peoples Inauguration Project
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Earl Stafford remembers apprehending a distressed passenger on an airplane
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Earl Stafford remembers the Doing Good campaign with Bill Cosby
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Earl Stafford describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Earl Stafford reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Earl Stafford talks about the role of religion in his life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Earl Stafford reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Earl Stafford talks about his hopes for the United States
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Earl Stafford describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Earl Stafford narrates his photographs