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BusinessMakers have been recognized for their accomplishments in leading, managing, and developing the business operations of corporations and financial organizations. Small business owners, entrepreneurs, corporate officers and executives, and business, management, and financial consultants are also included in this category as are those serving on corporate boards.

JoAnn Price

Investment executive JoAnn Price was born on January 7, 1950 in North Wales, Pennsylvania. She received her B.A. degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1971.

After graduation, Price worked as a legislative assistant to Pennsylvania Senator Richard Schweiker for seven years. In 1978, she became vice president of the American Association of Minority Enterprise Small Business Investment Companies, later becoming the National Association of Investment Companies (NAIC). In 1983, she was appointed its president, where she led state and national policy initiatives in support of member investment companies.

In 1992, Price led the formation of a strategic partnership between the NAIC and Bigler Crossroads Investment Management Corp., a nationally recognized private equity fund-of-funds based in Farmington, Connecticut. The purpose of this partnership was to create a vehicle that could successfully intermediate capital between institutional investors and underserved markets. In 1994, after two and a half years, the partnership was formed and funded as Fairview Capital Partners, with Price, and Laurence C. Morse, as its founders. Fairview initially closed with $100 million of capital under management. Fairview manages nearly $10 billion in committed capital with expanded investment strategies that include mainstream and customized venture programs, private equity, co-investment, and secondary portfolios.
 
Price has served on the advisory boards of several private equity funds in which Fairview has invested, including Robert L. Johnson (RLJ) Equity Partners, Syncom, Inc., and Black Enterprise/Greenwich Street Corporate Growth Partners. An active philanthropist and supporter of community service organization, Price chairs the board of directors of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and also serves as director of the Apollo Theater Foundation and the Howard University School of Business Board of Visitors. She also served as chairperson for the Amistad Center for Art & Culture in Hartford, Connecticut, and was appointed director of the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education by Governor Dannel P. Mallory. In 2012, she was honored by the YMCA of Greater Hartford with the R.C. Knox Award for Distinguished Leadership.

Price is an active member of Union Baptist Church in Hartford, Connecticut. She served in a number of capacities, leading to her ordination as deacon in 2012. Price and her husband, James Price, a retired attorney, have three children.
 
JoAnn Price was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 20, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.217

Sex

Female

Interview Date

11/20/2018

Last Name

Price

Maker Category
Organizations
First Name

JoAnn

Birth City, State, Country

North Wales

HM ID

PRI11

Favorite Season

Spring

State

Pennsylvania

Favorite Vacation Destination

Everywhere

Favorite Quote

N/A

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Connecticut

Birth Date

12/7/1950

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Hartford

Favorite Food

N/A

Short Description

Investment executive JoAnn Price (1950 - ) was the co-founder of Fairview Capital Partners, Inc., prior to serving as president of the American Association of Minority Enterprise Small Business Investment Companies (AAMESBIC).

Favorite Color

Red

Laurence Morse

Investment executive Laurence Morse was born on July 2, 1951. He attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he was awarded the Luard Scholarship and spent his junior year at the London School of Economics (LSE). After obtaining his B.A. degree in economics from Howard University in 1973, Morse earned his M.A. degree in 1978 and his Ph.D. degree in economics in 1980, both from Princeton University. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University in 1983.

Morse began his career as an analyst at the venture capital investment firm, UNC Ventures, based in Boston, Massachusetts, where he was eventually promoted to associate and investment officer positions. Morse became a vice president of Equico Capital Corporation, a subsidiary of The Equitable Life Insurance Company of America in 1988. In May of 1992, president Duane Hill and vice presidents Divakar Kamath, Cleveland Christophe and Morse purchased the subsidiary from its parent company and renamed the entity TSG Ventures. In January of 1994, Morse was retained as a senior venture capital advisor for Coopers & Lybrand International Consulting Services, to advise on the establishment of a proposed $100 million USAID-sponsored Africa Enterprise Development Fund to be based in South Africa. Morse and JoAnn H. Price then founded Fairview Capital Partners, Inc. in September of 1994, where Morse oversaw the investment of over $3 billion in more than one hundred traditional and specialized venture capital and private equity limited partnerships. In 2004, Morse was appointed director of Webster Financial Corp. and Webster Bank, N.A.

In 2000, Morse began serving on the board of directors of the English-Speaking Union. He also served three terms on the board of trustees of the Princeton University Investment Company, and joined the Princeton University Board of Trustees in 2012. Morse has also served on the advisory boards of venture capital partnerships, including U.S. Venture Partners (USVP), Battery Ventures, Sierra Ventures, ICV Capital Partners and Trinity Ventures. In 2013, Morse became a trustee of Harris Associates Investment Trust, which oversees the Oakmark Family of Mutual Funds. In 2014, Morse became a trustee of Howard University.

In 2003, Morse was named one of “The Top Ten Minds in Small Business” by Fortune Small Business magazine. Morse also authored the novel, Sundial, while attending Princeton University. The book, inspired by Morse’s experiences at Howard University in the 1970s, was published in 1986.

Laurence Morse was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 20, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.216

Sex

Male

Interview Date

11/20/2018

Last Name

Morse

Maker Category
Middle Name

C.

Organizations
First Name

Laurence

Birth City, State, Country

Birmingham

HM ID

MOR20

Favorite Season

Fall

State

Alabama

Favorite Vacation Destination

Martha's Vineyard

Favorite Quote

Never Give Up.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Connecticut

Birth Date

7/2/1951

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Hartford

Favorite Food

Crab Cakes

Short Description

Investment executive Laurence Morse (1951 - ) was the founding principal of the TSG Ventures investment fund under the TSG Capital Group. He also co-founded Fairview Capital Partners, Inc., a venture capital investment firm.

Favorite Color

Blue

Steven Rogers

Professor Steven Rogers was born on June 14, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois to J.P. Rogers and Ollie Mae Rogers. He was accepted into A Better Change program and attended Radnor High School in Radnor, Pennsylvania and graduated from there in 1975. He went on to receive his B.A. degree from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts in 1979, and his M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School in 1985.

After graduation from Williams College, Rogers worked at Cummins Engine Company and later moved to Rocky Mount, North Carolina to work for Consolidated Diesel in 1981. He went to work for Bain and Company and then in 1989, Rogers and his wife Michele Rogers purchased their first company, Fenchel Lampshade Company in Chicago, Illinois. The following years, the couple purchased another lampshade company and a retail store. In 1995, Rogers sold his ventures and joined the faculty at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. During his tenure, Rogers became the director of the Larry and Carol Levy Institute for Entrepreneurial Practice. After seventeen years at the Kellogg School of Management, Rogers joined the faculty at Harvard Business School in 2012. The following year, Rogers became the faculty director for the Inner City Initiative for Competition. In 2016, he was a volunteer Visiting Professor at the United States Military Academy for the Army at West Point. Rogers also served as strategic advisor at OCA Ventures.

Rogers joined the board of directors of SuperValu, Inc. as director in 1998. He also joined the board at S.C. Johnson & Wax and Oakmark Mutual Funds. Rogers was named one of the top twelve entrepreneurship professors at graduate business schools in the U.S. by BusinessWeek in 1996. The following year, he was named one of the 14 “New Stars of Finance” by BusinessWeek. In 1998, he was selected as Entrepreneur of The Year by Ernst & Young and received the Bicentennial Medal for Distinguished Achievement from Williams College in 2000. In 2005, Rogers received the Bert King Award for Service from the African American Student Union at Harvard Business School. Rogers was also named one of the top 150 influential people in America by Ebony Magazine. Rogers was also the most decorated professor in the Kellogg School of Management’s history and received the Outstanding Professor Award for the Executive Program 26 times and the M.B.A. Lawrence Levengood Outstanding Professor of the Year award twice.

Rogers has two daughters, Akilah and Ariel.

Steven Rogers was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 16, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.212

Sex

Male

Interview Date

11/14/2018

Last Name

Rogers

Maker Category
Occupation
Organizations
First Name

Steven

Birth City, State, Country

Chicago

HM ID

ROG10

Favorite Season

Summer

State

Illinois

Favorite Vacation Destination

Bahamas

Favorite Quote

Pigs get fat and hogs get slaughtered.

Bio Photo
Birth Date

6/14/1957

Birth Place Term
Favorite Food

Grits

Short Description

Professor Steven Rogers (1959 - ) is on faculty at Harvard Business School and prior to that served as the director of the Larry and Carol Levy Institute for Entrepreneurial Practice where he was on faculty for seventeen years at the Kellogg School of Management.

Favorite Color

Brown

Roslyn Watson

Investment executive Roslyn Watson was born on October 29, 1949 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Charles and Christine Watson. She attended Joseph Pennell Elementary School and General Louis Wagner Junior High School. Watson graduated from The Philadelphia High School for Girls in 1967 and received her B.A. degree in political science and government from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts in 1971. She attended Boston University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts from 1972 to 1973, and later became an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow and received her M.B.A. degree from MIT-Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1986.

After her first year of law school, Watson worked at the law firm of Hale & Dorr in Boston in 1973. She was then hired by the Massachusetts Port Authority in 1979 and was promoted to general manager in 1982, where she was responsible for leasing commercial properties held by Massport, the construction and leasing of the Park Plaza Massachusetts Transportation Building, and the redevelopment of the historic Commonwealth Pier Five, which became the World Trade Center Boston. In 1982, she was a co-founder of CREW Boston, the region’s leading professional organization for women in commercial real estate. Watson served as vice president at Gunwyn Company in Cambridge from 1986 to 1992 and was named trustee of mutual funds at Dreyfus in New York City in 1990. She established Watson Ventures and served as its founder and president in 1992.

Watson served as Hyams Foundation trustee from 1981 to 2015 and as an independent corporate director of American Express Bank, FSB and vice chair of the board of directors at Pathfinder International. She was named to the board of directors for Dreyfus Alcentra Global Credit Income 2024 Target Term Fund, Inc in 2017. She has also served as member of the board of directors at Hydro One Inc., and as director of SBLI USA Mutual Life Insurance Company, Inc.

Watson received the Boston Big Sister Association Woman of Achievement Award, Boston YMCA Boston Black Achiever and Working Woman Magazine’s Working Woman of the Year.

Roslyn Watson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 24, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.201

Sex

Female

Interview Date

10/24/2018

Last Name

Watson

Maker Category
Organizations
First Name

Roslyn

Birth City, State, Country

Philadelphia

HM ID

WAT20

Favorite Season

Fall

State

Pennsylvania

Favorite Vacation Destination

Venice, Italy

Favorite Quote

N/A

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Massachusetts

Birth Date

10/29/1949

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Boston

Favorite Food

Food that I Cook

Short Description

Investment executive Roslyn Watson (1949- ) was founder and president at Watson Ventures. She was a co-founder of CREW Boston and served as vice president of Gunwyn Company.

Favorite Color

Black

Patricia Miller Zollar

Management executive Patricia Miller Zollar was born on January 25, 1963 in Rockingham, North Carolina to Queen Esther Miller. She attended the T.W. Bennett Elementary School and Lilesville Middle School, before graduating from Anson Senior High School in Wadesboro, North Carolina. Zollar went on to earn her B.S. degree in accounting in 1984 from North Carolina A&T State University, and her M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School in 1989.

In 1975, Zollar got her first job picking peaches with Pee Dee Orchards in Lilesville, North Carolina, and was promoted to whole peach processing the following summer. After graduating from college in 1984, Zollar worked as a certified public accountant in Deloitte & Touche’s audit division in Dallas, Texas. In 1993, she joined Lehman Brothers as a trader in the fixed income division in New York City. Three years later, Zollar joined Goldman Sachs as vice president of the asset management division, before returning to Lehman Brothers as the co-head and cofounder of the Partnership Solutions Group in 2004. Zollar became a managing director of Lehman Brothers in 2007 and started the NorthBound Private Equity Partners platform. NorthBound Equity Partners’ private equity investments are focused on minority and female investors and their portfolio companies. In 2008, as a Founding Shareholder, Zollar helped Neuberger Berman, who was previously acquired by Lehman Brothers, to spin-off as an independent company. She is currently a leader in Neuberger Berman’s Private Equity business and serves as a member of its Global Investment Committee.

In 2004, Zollar became a member of the Executive Leadership Council in New York City. She served on the board of trustees of North Carolina A&T State University from 2007 to 2015, where she served a term as board vice-chair in 2011 and as chair in 2013. In 2010, Zollar joined the board of the National Association of Investment Companies, and the following year joined the board of The Apollo Theater. Zollar began to host the Big Ideas Conference at North Carolina A&T State University in 2016. In 2018, Zollar joined the Harvard Business School Alumni board. She is also a member of the Economic Club of New York and the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City.

Zollar and her husband, Al Zollar, have one child: Diana.

Patricia Zollar was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 23, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.199

Sex

Female

Interview Date

10/23/2018

Last Name

Zollar

Maker Category
Middle Name

M.

Organizations
First Name

Patricia

Birth City, State, Country

Rockingham

HM ID

ZOL04

Favorite Season

Fall

State

North Carolina

Favorite Vacation Destination

Vietnam

Favorite Quote

Never Let Others Define Who You Are.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

New York

Birth Date

1/25/1963

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

New York

Favorite Food

Meatloaf

Short Description

Management executive Patricia Miller Zollar (1963- ) served as managing director of Neuberger Berman’s NorthBound Equity Partners platform.

Favorite Color

Green

John M. Hairston, Jr.

Corporate executive John M. Hairston, Jr. was born on January 16, 1943 in Johnson City, Tennessee. His family later settled in Gary, West Virginia, where Hairston attended Wilcoe Grade School in nearby Wilcoe, West Virginia. Hairston graduated from Gary District High School at age seventeen, and went on to receive his B.A. degree in English from Bluefield State College in 1964. He then earned his M.A. degree in education administration from Cleveland State University in 1971.

Hairston began his teaching career in 1964 at Kennard Junior High school in Cleveland, Ohio. He also taught at East High School. During his twenty-seven year career with the Cleveland Public School District, Hairston held various positions such as project manager in the Compensatory Education Department, staff development director and chief of Community Relations. In 1991, he was hired as the director of external programs at the NASA Lewis Research Center (NASA Glenn) in Cleveland. In this role, he worked closely with individuals like Congressman Louis Stokes and Dr. Julian Earls, director of NASA Glenn Research Center, to facilitate a relationship between the Center and the Cleveland community. Hairston promoted scientific literacy and developed outreach programs to support the community and local businesses. Hairston was appointed by State Schools Superintendent John M. Goff and Governor George Voinovich to serve on the Cleveland School Board. He was elected and became president to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in 1998. In 2006, Hairston became the assistant administrator for the Office of Education at NASA Headquarters. He returned to the NASA Glenn Research Center as external programs coordinator, before retiring in 2008 as senior executive, after seventeen years of service. From 2008 to 2011, Hairston acted as the chief of communications for Cleveland Public Schools, after being recruited by then CEO Dr. Eugene T.W. Sanders. He also joined the board of trustees of the Cleveland Public Library. In 2012, Hairston became the district director for the 11th District Congressional office in Warrensville Heights, under Congresswoman Marcia Fudge.

Hairston received numerous awards for his work, including the Ohio Continuing Higher Education Association Program Innovation Award; NASA’s Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive and Exceptional Achievement awards; and the key to the city of Cleveland from Mayor R. Michael. He served as trustee of the Cleveland Public Library, as co-chair of Cleveland Empowerment, collaboration chair of the United Way of Greater Cleveland, president of the board of Glenville Development Corporation, and chair of the deacon board at Imani Temple.

Hairston lives in Cleveland, Ohio and has four children.

John M. Hairston, Jr. was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 28, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.196

Sex

Male

Interview Date

9/28/2018

Last Name

Hairston

Maker Category
Middle Name

M.

Occupation
Organizations
First Name

John

HM ID

HAI05

Favorite Season

Fall

Favorite Vacation Destination

Oak Island, North Carolina

Favorite Quote

In All Thy Ways Acknowledge Him, And He Will Direct Your Path, But Trust In The Lord With All Thy Heart, And Lean Not On Your Own Understanding.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Ohio

Birth Date

1/16/1943

Speakers Bureau Region City

Cleveland

Favorite Food

Pork Chops, Greens, Mashed Potatoes, And Mother's Famous Hot Rolls

Short Description

Corporate executive John M. Hairston, Jr. (1943 - ) taught in Cleveland Public Schools for twenty-seven years, and served as the director of external programs at NASA’s John H. Glenn Research Center for seventeen years.

Favorite Color

Blue And Gold

Brian E. Hall

Corporate executive Brian E. Hall was born on May 5, 1956 in Cleveland, Ohio to Virginia Hall and William Hall. Hall attended Clara Tagg Brewer Elementary School and Charles W. Elliott Junior High School, before graduating from John F. Kennedy High School in 1976. Hall went on to obtain his B.B.A. degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1980. He then earned his executive M.B.A. degree from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio in 1987, and completed four annual executive tracks in business management at the Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business.

While home from college in 1977, Hall worked part-time for his family’s company, Industrial Transport, Inc., and eventually became president and CEO in 1984. He then purchased Industrial Transport Inc. in 1999. In 2001, Hall led a joint venture between Industrial Transport Inc. and Applied Industrial Technologies Inc. to form iSource Performance Materials. In 2005 he bought a controlling interest in Innogistics, LLC. Hall served as the interim executive director of the Commission on Economic Inclusion in 2012, where he had served previously as co-chair. In 2014, Hall joined the senior leadership team at the Greater Cleveland Partnership as the senior vice president. That same year he opened an “All About People” recruiting franchise. Hall went on to form 2NorthStar Capital, LLC in 2016.

In 1987, Hall founded the Tremont Elementary School Advisory group. He served as the director of the board of University Hospitals Health System Inc. in 2005, on the board of the Cleveland Cuyahoga Port Authority in 2007, and joined the board of the University of Cincinnati Foundation the following year. In 2011, Hall was named to the Cuyahoga County Economic Development Commission and served as secretary of the Cleveland Rock and Roll Inc. board. In 2014, he served on the board of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District. He founded the President’s Council, LLC, and served on the boards of the Cleveland Water Alliance, Rhythm and Blues Foundation, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Board. In 1990, Hall was featured on Crain’s ‘Forty under 40’ list. Hall was first named as a part of the ‘Power Pack’ list in 2003 and was featured intermittently through 2018 . In 2007, Hall was awarded the Bridge Builder Award by the American Jewish Committee and the Pacesetter Award by the Christian Business League. He was additionally awarded the Volunteer of the Year by Leadership Cleveland and Supplier of the Year for Community Service by Ford Motor Company.

Brian Hall resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his Great Dane Hugo. He has three adult children – Monika, Jordan and Tristen.

Brian Hall was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 26, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.192

Sex

Male

Interview Date

9/26/2018

Last Name

Hall

Maker Category
Middle Name

E.

Occupation
Organizations
First Name

Brian

HM ID

HAL17

Favorite Season

Summer

Favorite Vacation Destination

Zihuatanejo, Mexico

Favorite Quote

Work Hard And Play Harder.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Ohio

Birth Date

5/5/1958

Speakers Bureau Region City

Cleveland

Favorite Food

Spaghetti, Pizza

Short Description

Corporate executive Brian E. Hall (1956- ) was the president and CEO of Innogistics, LLC, served as executive director of the Commission on Economic Inclusion, and as senior vice president of the Greater Cleveland Partnership.

Favorite Color

Gray

Ben Davis

Football player and entrepreneur Ben Davis was born on October 30, 1945 in Birmingham, Alabama to B. Frank and Sallye B. Davis. He graduated at age fifteen, from Fair Lawn High School in Fair Lawn, New Jersey in 1961, and attended Bridgton Academy in North Bridgton, Maine from 1961 to 1963. He received his B.A. degree in business education from Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio and was a running back and wide receiver for the Yellow Jackets football team. He led the team to an undefeated season (9-0) during his senior year and received honors as a Little All-American.

Davis was the 439th overall draft pick in the 1967 NFL Draft, selected by the Cleveland Browns, as a defensive back in the 17th round. In his rookie season with the Browns, Davis led the league in punt returns, averaging 12.7 yards per return, including one 52 yard return for a touchdown. Davis also led the Browns in kickoff returns, with 27 returns totaling 708 yards, including one 63 yard return in 1967. In 1968, he started as a cornerback, and led the team with 8 interceptions. In 1968, he also led the NFL in interception return yards with 162, the third best in Browns’ history and he holds the record for seven consecutive games with an interception. That same year, he was named All Pro Defense Back by Sporting News. A torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) benched Davis for one and a half seasons from 1969 to 1970, but he started for the Browns for three more seasons from 1971 to 1973. He was traded to the Detroit Lions for a 5th-round draft pick in 1974, and played three more seasons for the Lions before retiring in 1977.

After retiring from a ten year NFL career, Davis joined the Xerox Corporation as a sales representative. In 1982, Davis co-founded and served as president of Telecable Broadcasting of America (TBA), a cable TV provider in the greater Cleveland area. TBA was one of the first African-American owned and operated cable TV companies in the U.S. Davis started another cable TV company in Jefferson Township, a suburb of Dayton, Ohio in 1986 which he later sold to the Centel Corporation. In 1989, Davis started a radio station in Tulsa, Oklahoma (94.1 FM) that he ran for five years, eventually selling the station to Shamrock Communications. In 1990, Davis created Britt Business Systems in Cleveland, Ohio which sold and serviced Xerox office equipment in Cleveland and surrounding suburbs. Davis operated Britt for seventeen years until his retirement in 2007.
 
He is also the brother of activist, author and professor Angela Davis.

Davis and his wife Sylvia have two adult children, Cecilie and Benjamin, III, and three grandchildren.

Ben Davis was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 26, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.191

Sex

Male

Interview Date

9/25/2018

Last Name

Davis

Maker Category
Organizations
First Name

Ben

Birth City, State, Country

Birmingham

HM ID

DAV43

Favorite Season

Spring, Early Summer

State

Alabama

Favorite Vacation Destination

Martha's Vineyard, Cape Cod

Favorite Quote

N/A

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Ohio

Birth Date

10/30/1945

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Cleveland

Favorite Food

Salmon over Lettuce

Short Description

Football player and entrepreneur Ben Davis (1945- ) played for the Cleveland Browns from 1967 to 1973 and the Detroit Lions from 1975 to 1976. He also owned and operated Britt Business Systems a retailer for the Xerox Corporation.

Favorite Color

Blue and Brown

Priscilla Sims Brown

Insurance executive Priscilla Sims Brown was born on August 14, 1957 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Marta Gabre-Tsadick. Her mother was the first woman to serve as a senator in Ethiopia until her family was forced to flee the country after the overthrow of Emperor Haile Selassie. Brown was later adopted and reared by Hattie Sims Roberts and attended the U.S. International School in Birkenfeld, Germany; Navajo High School in Many Farms, Arizona; and Richmond High School in Richmond, California. She went on to attend the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco State University.

In 1980, Brown worked as an intern and then business reporter at KQED-TV in San Francisco. After briefly working as a stockbroker at Sutro and Co. and PaineWebber and Company, Brown joined the staff of the Equitable Life Assurance Society in Northbrook, Illinois in 1986. She remained there until 1991 when she became the vice president of Lincoln National Investment Management, a subsidiary of Lincoln National Corporation. Brown was promoted to chairperson of the Lincoln Advisor Funds in 1992 and then president of their broker dealer in 1994. In 1999, she was named vice president of the company’s investor relations group. Brown served as vice president of corporate and public affairs at the Lincoln Financial Group from 2003 to 2006 until her appointment as chief marketing and brand officer of the entire company. She raised the company’s consumer awareness, led the integration of key acquisitions and managed the company’s partnership with Lincoln Financial Field, the home of the Eagles. Brown left Lincoln Financial Group in 2009 to become the head of marketing at Sun Life Financial. There, she secured naming rights to Sun Life Stadium. After briefly serving as the chief marketing and development officer at AmeriHealth Caritas, Brown became the senior executive vice president and chief marketing officer for AXA US in New York City in 2014. She left AXA US in 2016 to pursue philanthropy and entrepreneurship and  become the CEO of Emerge.me in 2017.

Brown serves on the board of directors for her family’s nonprofit organization, Project Mercy, which provides comprehensive development in Ethiopia. She also serves on the board of directors of the Eagles Charities in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and the Board of Trustees of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the TIAA. Brown is a member of the International Women’s Forum and Executive Leadership Council. Brown has received several awards and honors for her work including the CMO Content Engagement Award in 2017. 

Brown has two children, Cole and Faith.

Priscilla Sims Brown was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 22, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.174

Sex

Female

Interview Date

8/22/2018

Last Name

Brown

Maker Category
Middle Name

Sims

Occupation
Organizations
First Name

Priscilla

Birth City, State, Country

Albuquerque

HM ID

BRO67

Favorite Season

Spring

State

New Mexico

Favorite Vacation Destination

Lalibela, Ethiopia

Favorite Quote

None

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

New York

Birth Date

8/14/1957

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

New York

Country

United States of America

Favorite Food

Seafood

Short Description

Insurance executive Priscilla Sims Brown (1957 - ) served as chief marketing and brand officer for Lincoln National Corporation and was senior executive vice president and chief marketing officer for AVA U.S.

Favorite Color

Purple, Blue

Craig Welburn

Restaurateur Craig Welburn was born on May 27, 1949 in Berwyn, Pennsylvania to Ruth Ann and Harold Ira Welburn. He graduated from Conestoga High School in Berwyn, Pennsylvania in 1967. Welburn went on to receive his B.A. degree in secondary education and social science from Cheyney State College in Cheyney, Pennsylvania in 1971, and his M.A. degree in management from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

From 1972 to 1983, Welburn worked in middle management at the New Jersey Bell Telephone Company. While there, Welburn began a four year part-time training program with the McDonald’s Corporation in 1979 that would prepare him to purchase and run his own McDonald’s franchise. He and his wife, Diane Welburn, purchased his first McDonald’s location in the West Kensington neighborhood of North Philadelphia in 1983. That same year, Welburn and his wife founded their own company, Welburn Management. Through Welburn Management, the couple would acquire eight restaurants in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Delaware. They expanded into the Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia areas in 2001, adding another twenty five restaurants. In 1999, Welburn was named chairman and CEO of the National Black McDonald’s Operators Association. During his tenure, Welburn helped to increase the number of African American owned restaurants in the McDonald’s system by forty percent.

Welburn served on the board of directors of the Phil Ad Mac organization; as chairman of the McDonald’s African American Consumer Market Advertising Committee; and as a member of the McDonald’s Operators National Advertising Committee. He was also a member of the McDonald’s National Leadership Council and served on the Library of Congress’ James Madison Council. In 2002, Welburn established the Craig Welburn Endowed Scholarship Fund his alma mater, Cheyney University, to improve support of financial need for students. He has also received many awards and honors for his work. In 2013, Welburn and his wife were honored with the People Leadership Award by the Baltimore Washington Region ROA and he was inducted into the Boule in 2015.

Welburn and his wife, Diane E. Welburn, have four children.

Craig Welburn was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 19, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.172

Sex

Male

Interview Date

8/19/2018

Last Name

Welburn

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Occupation
Organizations
First Name

Craig

Birth City, State, Country

Berwyn

HM ID

WEL08

Favorite Season

Summer

State

Pennsylvania

Favorite Vacation Destination

Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

Favorite Quote

From Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Required.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

District of Columbia

Birth Date

5/27/1949

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Washington

Country

United States of America

Favorite Food

Milkshakes

Short Description

Restaurateur Craig Welburn (1949- ) and his wife, Diane Welburn, were the world’s largest African American McDonald’s franchise owners, with twenty-nine locations throughout the Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. areas.

Favorite Color

Blue, Brown