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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.

George Murray

Entrepreneur George Murray was born on November 24, 1942 in Kansas City, Kansas to Luretta Fielder and Harold Murray. After graduating from Bonner Springs High School in 1960, Murray joined the Air Force, completing his basic training in San Antonio, Texas. He was discharged in 1964 after completing three years’ service in France. Murray received his B.A. degree in business and accounting from Central Missouri State University in 1970, and his M.B.A. degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC) in 1972.

Prior to attending Central Missouri State University, Murray worked at the Kansas City Missouri post office from 1964 to 1967. During his two years at UMKC, he worked part time for the Black Economic Union helping minority businesses develop their accounting systems, marketing strategies, internal controls and management skills. In 1972, Murray joined the accounting firm of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. in Minneapolis, Minnesota as an accountant on the audit team. Three years later, he moved to Washington, D.C. to work for the Booker T. Washington Foundation where he helped minority local elected officials bring the benefits of cable television franchising to their communities. In 1980, Murray went to work for Curtis McClinton, head of Economic Development Administration's Office of Special Projects in the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he provided loans and loan guarantees to minority businesses including automobile dealerships, restaurant franchises and small manufacturing businesses. Murray was appointed acting assistant secretary for finance for the U.S. Department of Commerce in 1981, controlling over $3 billion in loans and loan guarantees. Murray also founded and operated Majestic Enterprises, a parking management company located in Washington, D.C. In 1985, Murray left the government, sold his parking company and formed G.E. Murray & Associates which became a Midas muffler franchisee in Capitol Heights, Maryland. During the next five years, Murray built two additional franchises, one in Clinton, Maryland and the other in Camp Springs, Maryland. In 1986, Murray founded GE Cellular and began to apply for cellular licenses in selected areas of the country, and was successful in owning two licenses and participating in the ownership of several others. Murray sold the licenses in 1989 and 1990. In the early 1990s, Murray began to purchase buildings alone the H. Street Corridor N.E. in Washington, D.C. He went on to form the real estate development company East Chop, LLC. In 2007, Murray sold his Midas franchises and leased the land and buildings to Midas International.

In 1989, Murray and his wife, Stephanie Phillipps formed the Phillipps-Murray Foundation. The Foundation provides scholarships to minority students in the D.C. metropolitan area. In the 2000s Murray served on the board of City First Bank, which provided credit and financial services to Washington, D.C.'s low and moderate income neighborhoods. Murray was also a member of the National Association of Guardsmen.

George Murray and his wife reside in Washington, D.C. and have two adult children: Sydney Murray and Michael Murray.

George Murray was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 25, 2019.

Accession Number

A2019.089

Sex

Male

Interview Date

8/25/2019

Last Name

Murray

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Schools

University of Central Missouri

University of Missouri, Kansas City

First Name

George

Birth City, State, Country

Kansas City

HM ID

GEO04

Favorite Season

Spring

State

Missouri

Favorite Vacation Destination

St. Barts

Favorite Quote

None

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

District of Columbia

Birth Date

11/24/1942

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Washington

Favorite Food

Pasta and Clams

Short Description

Entrepreneur George Murray (1942- ) was an independent investor in cellular service licenses and developed properties on H Street in Washington, D.C.

Employment

G.E. Murray & Associates, Inc.

Gemco

Favorite Color

Blue

Dmitri Stockton

Chief executive officer Dmitri L. Stockton was born on March 30, 1964 in Martinsville, Virginia to Peggy Reynolds and Roosevelt Stockton, Jr. He earned his B.S. degree in accounting from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 1986.

Upon graduation, Stockton began his career at Arthur Andersen in Atlanta, Georgia and subsequently joined GE Company in 1987, serving on its financial management program. After graduating from the program in 1989, he joined the corporate audit staff until he moved to GE Capital Commercial Real Estate in 1991. He remained in the real estate division for six years, ultimately rising to the level of managing director. In 1997, Stockton assumed the position of chief risk officer for GE Capital Mortgage Corporation. After two years in this role, he was promoted to chief marketing officer for GE’s $100 billion mortgage insurance operation, assuming responsibility globally for marketing, business development, government and public relations. In 2001, he moved to Switzerland to become chief executive officer for GE Capital Bank; and, in 2004, Stockton was promoted to lead GE Consumer Finance’s expansion in banking across Eastern Europe, as president and CEO. During the assignment, Stockton orchestrated the platform’s expansion into Turkey, Romania and Russia. He was then appointed a vice president of GE Company in 2005 by GE’s Board of Directors. In 2011, after a decade abroad, Stockton returned to the United States to lead the restructuring and sale of GE’s $120 billion asset management department as chairman, president and CEO. He led this business until it was sold to State Street Corporation in 2016. Stockton remained at GE as a special advisor to the chairman of GE until his retirement in 2017. That year, Stockton formed Global Investor Catalyst, LLC, serving an advisor and investor.

Stockton held positions on several corporate boards including Deere & Company, American Family Insurance, Ryder System, Inc., Target Corporation, and Stanley Black and Decker, Inc. He also served on the boards of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, A Better Chance, and the Executive Advisory Council of the College of Business and Economics at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and been recognized by the National Association of Black Accountants and the National Association of Securities Professionals.

Stockton lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife, Renee Allain-Stockton. They have two daughters: Nicole Allain-Stockton and Sydney Allain-Stockton.

Dmitri L. Stockton was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 14, 2018 and August 21, 2019.

Accession Number

A2019.084

Sex

Male

Interview Date

8/21/2019

Last Name

Stockton

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Schools

North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University

First Name

Dmitri

Birth City, State, Country

Martinsville

HM ID

STO09

Favorite Season

Spring

State

Virginia

Favorite Vacation Destination

Martha's Vineyard

Favorite Quote

Sometimes you have to to take the leap of faith to catch yourself going down.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

North Carolina

Birth Date

3/30/1964

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Raleigh

Favorite Food

Pizza

Short Description

Chief executive officer Dmitri L. Stockton (1964 - ) served as chief executive officer of GE Capital Global Banking and chief executive officer of GE Asset Management, before founding his financial advisory firm, Global Investor Catalyst, LLC, in 2017.

Employment

Global Investors Catalyst, LLC

GE Company

GE Asset Management

GE Capital Global Banking

GE Consumer Finance Central and Eastern Europe

GE Capital Bank Switzerland

GE Capital Corporation

Arthur Andersen

Favorite Color

Black

Terri Gardner

Hair care manufacturer and advertising executive Terri Gardner was born on February 21, 1956 in Chicago, Illinois, to Edward and Bettiann Gardner. She attended and graduated from the University of Illinois, Chicago where she received her B.A. degree in photography and film in 1979. She later earned her M.S.W. degree in social work from Loyola University of Chicago in 2007.

Gardner started working with the family business, Soft Sheen Products, Inc., in 1965, packaging hair care products in her family’s Chicago home. She continued working at the company through college, and after graduating, she launched an advertising firm called Brainstorm Communications in 1981, which served as Soft Sheen Products, Inc.’s in-house advertising and publishing company. Brainstorm Communications’ clients also included the American Health and Beauty Aids Institute, Advance Parking Technologies, Inc., Chicago’s 1992 “Project Vote!”, and Chicago’s New Regal Theatre Foundation. Brainstorm was also the lead agency that created “Come Alive Oct, 5” campaign that registered hundreds of thousands of voters in Chicago. In 1996, Gardner stepped down from her position as president of Brainstorm Communications when she was appointed president of Soft Sheen Products, Inc., succeeding her older brother, Gary E. Gardner, who resigned to start his own ethnic hair care company, Namaste Laboratories. L’Oreal bought Soft Sheen Products, Inc. two years later in 1998, and Gardner remained there as its president. In 2000, she was hired to work with U.S. Representative Bobby Rush on his “Cease Fire” campaign, aimed at addressing violence and crimes against women on Chicago’s South Side. That same year, L’Oreal acquired hair care company, Carson Products, out of Georgia, which had previously acquired Chicago’s Johnson Products. Gardner led L’Oreal’s merger of Carson Products with Soft Sheen Products, Inc., creating a single brand, Soft Sheen-Carson, which she remained to serve as president of for one year. In 2001, after thirty-six years with the company, she retired from Soft Sheen-Carson.

Gardner has served on the board of directors for the Social Venture Network, the Jazz Institute of Chicago, Trinity Hospital Community Board, and was also part of the leadership at a spiritual center in Chicago.

In 1987, Soft Sheen Products, Inc. ranked number six in Black Enterprise magazine’s industrial/service sector top 100 companies; and, in 1989, they were named the Company of the Year. They were selected for the top 100 again, ranking number eleven in 1995.

Terri Gardner was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 8, 2019.

Accession Number

A2019.058

Sex

Female

Interview Date

7/8/2019

Last Name

Gardner

Maker Category
Marital Status

Single

Schools

University of Illinois at Chicago

First Name

Terri

Birth City, State, Country

Chicago

HM ID

GAR06

Favorite Season

Fall

State

Illinois

Favorite Vacation Destination

New Mexico or Alaska

Favorite Quote

Be Who You Is

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Illinois

Birth Date

2/21/1956

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Chicago

Favorite Food

French Fries

Short Description

Hair care manufacturer and advertising executive Terri Gardner (1957- ) founded her own advertising firm, Brainstorm Communications, which was the in-house advertising and publishing agency for her family’s hair care company, Soft Sheen Products, Inc., where she later served as president.

Employment

Brainstorm Communications

Soft Sheen Products. Inc.

Soft Sheen-Carson

Favorite Color

Green

David R. Jones

Investment banker David R. Jones was born on May 4, 1964 in Dayton, Ohio to David L. and Alease Caldwell Jones. His mother worked as an educator and his father was the first African American certified public accountant in Ohio and co-founded Unity State Bank, Ohio’s first African American owned bank. Jones graduated from the Miami Valley School in 1982 before receiving his B.S. degree from Boston University in 1986, and his M.B.A. degree from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 1993.

Before earning his M.B.A. degree, Jones was a trust officer at Fifth Third Bank and Wachovia Corporation. After graduating in 1993, he joined Merrill Lynch as a senior associate in the investment banking department. In 1998, he was hired by Blaylock & Partners as head of the investment banking and capital markets departments. In this role, Jones was involved in transactions that enabled the firm to become the nation’s largest Black-owned investment bank handling over $8 billion in deals. In 2006, he co-founded CastleOak Securities and served as CEO of the firm. In 2017, CastleOak partnered with Bloomberg to launch DirectPool, a platform for electronic corporate bond trading.

Jones was appointed to Boston University’s Board of Overseers in 2013, and to the Executive Graduate Board of The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 2014. The next year, he was elected to the Ohio National Financial Services board of directors.

In 2010, Jones received the distinguished alumni award from Boston University School of Management. The following year, he was named as one of the 75 Most Powerful Blacks on Wall Street by Black Enterprise Magazine. In 2012, Jones was named One of the Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs by Goldman Sachs. CastleOak Securities ranked number one by Black Enterprise as Top Minority-Owned Investment Bank in Taxable Securities in 2014; and, in 2017, they were named the Financial Company of the Year by Black Enterprise.

Jones and his wife, Tammye Tillman Jones, reside in New Jersey and have three children: Jillian, Harrison, and Kathryn.

David R. Jones was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 26, 2019.

Accession Number

A2019.018

Sex

Male

Interview Date

3/26/2019

Last Name

Jones

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Middle Name

R.

Occupation
Schools

Jefferson Elementary School

Miami Valley School

Boston University

Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

First Name

David

Birth City, State, Country

Dayton

HM ID

JON44

Favorite Season

Summer

State

Ohio

Favorite Vacation Destination

Hilton Head

Favorite Quote

We're In A Can-Do Business

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

New York

Birth Date

5/4/1964

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

New York

Favorite Food

Steak

Short Description

Investment banker David R. Jones (1964 - ) was head of investment banking and capital markets at Blaylock & Partners before co-founding CastleOak Securities where he was president and CEO.

Employment

Fifth Third Bank

Wachovia Corporation

Merrill Lynch

Blaylock & Partners

CastleOak Securities L.P.

Favorite Color

Blue

Greg Jones

Investment banker Greg Jones was born on July 1, 1957 in Orangeburg, South Carolina to Freddie Milton Jones and Nazry Davis Jones. He attended Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he received his B.S. degree in accounting in 1979. He later received his M.A. degree in public administration from Carnegie Mellon University and his M.B.A. degree in finance as a Cigna Foundation Fellow from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

In 1994, Jones was hired by JP Morgan in New York City to work as a division vice president. He left JP Morgan in 1997 when he was hired as the vice president of business development for the international joint venture partnership of Bechtel Construction and United Utilities. He served there until 2000, and subsequently joined the Pratt & Whitney division of United Technologies as director of business development. Pratt & Whitney was a subsidiary of United Technologies, primarily manufacturing aircraft and aerospace technologies. Jones directed strategy and value development and handled new investment evaluation and deal executions. He was promoted to division president and general manager of Pratt & Whitney Specialty Materials and Services in 2004, focusing on commercializing new technologies. From 2008 to 2001, Jones served as managing principal at the mergers and acquisitions advisory firm Corporate Development Group/Divesture Partners, where he specialized in strategy development and execution. In 2011, he joined Tyco Fire & Security as director of North American mergers and acquisition in Princeton, New Jersey. He left this role shortly after establishing his nonprofit, The Legacy Foundation of Hartford, Inc., in April of 2012. In April of 2017, Jones left Corporate Development Group/Divesture Partners and was appointed vice president of community health and engagement at Hartford Healthcare, working to build the bridge between healthcare and community members.

Jones serves as chairman of the board for The Legacy Foundation of Hartford, Inc. He has also served on the board of the Travelers Championship PGA Golf Tournament.

Jones and his wife, Lauren Allen-Jones, reside in Avon, Connecticut, and have one adult daughter, Erin Jones Geter.

Greg Jones was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 17, 2019.

Accession Number

A2019.093

Sex

Male

Interview Date

8/17/2019

Last Name

Jones

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Middle Name

M.

Schools

Morgan State University

Carnegie Mellon University

Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

First Name

Gregory

Birth City, State, Country

Orangeburg

HM ID

JON46

Favorite Season

Summer

State

South Carolina

Favorite Vacation Destination

Martha's Vineyard

Favorite Quote

Passion

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Connecticut

Birth Date

7/1/1957

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Hartford

Favorite Food

Kale, Chicken, and Oxtail

Short Description

Investment banker Greg Jones (1957- ) served in executive roles for JP Morgan, the partnership of Bechtel Construction and United Utilities, the Pratt & Whitney division of United Technologies, and Tyco Fire & Security before founding The Legacy Foundation of Hartford, Inc. and becoming vice president of community health and engagement at Hartford Healthcare.

Employment

JP Morgan

Bechtel Construction/ United Utilities

United Technologies

Tyco International, Inc.

Corporate Development Group/ Divestiture Partners

The Legacy Foundation of Hartford, Inc.

Hartford HealthCare

Favorite Color

Purple

Frank Cooper, III

Marketing executive Frank Cooper, III was born on May 8, 1964 in San Francisco, California. He received his B.S. degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1986 and his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1990.

After graduation, Cooper joined Motown Records and later served as senior vice president of business affairs for Def Jam Recordings in 1993. He then became senior executive for Tommy Boy Records in 1996, before co-founding Urban Box Office Networks, Inc. in 1999. In 2001, Cooper served as vice president of interactive marketing at America Online, Inc., where he managed the music sales and marketing programs. Cooper later joined Pepsi-Cola North America (PCNA) as vice president for multicultural marketing and strategic initiatives. The following year, he was named chief marketing officer for PepsiCo’s sparkling beverage division where he led the re-launch of trademark Pepsi. In 2010, he served as PepsiCo’s chief marketing officer of global consumer engagement and was charged with leading brand marketing strategy, brand development, and brand activation for global platforms across all beverages, including SoBe and Aquafina. In addition to leading the development of the consumer engagement model, Cooper led global media, global entertainment and digital engagement. In 2013, under Cooper’s direction, PepsiCo launched the record label-services division Green Label Sound. The following year, he served as executive producer of Beats of the Beautiful Game. In 2014, Cooper served as an independent director of Burlington Stores, Inc. and Burlington Coat Factory Investments Holdings, Inc. Later, in 2015, Cooper was hired as chief marketing officer and chief creative officer at Buzzfeed, Inc; and, in 2017, he became chief marketing officer at BlackRock, Inc.

Cooper won Gaming Partner of the Year by Mi-6 Gaming in 2007; and, in 2010, was recognized as one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business. He also received the Legend Award at the ADColor Awards. In 2014, Cooper was awarded the Raymond J. McGuire Harvard University Alumni Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement. Cooper also served as the chairman and director of the American Advertising Federation from 2009 to 2011.

Frank Cooper, III was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 28, 2019.

Accession Number

A2019.025

Sex

Male

Interview Date

3/28/2019

Last Name

Cooper

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Schools

University of California, Berkeley

Harvard Law School

First Name

Frank

HM ID

COO15

Favorite Season

Fall

Favorite Vacation Destination

St. Barts

Favorite Quote

The Privilege Of A Lifetime Is Being Who You Are

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

New York

Birth Date

?

Speakers Bureau Region City

New York

Favorite Food

Lobster

Short Description

Marketing executive Frank Cooper III (1964 - ) was senior vice president of business affairs at Def Jam Recordings and then senior executive for Tommy Boy Records before cofounding Urban Box Office Networks, Inc. in 1999.

Employment

Motown Record Corporation

Def Jam

Tommy Boy Records

Urban Box Office

America Online, Inc.

Pepsi-Cola North America

FlyBy Media, Inc.

Buzzfeed, Inc.

BlackRock, Inc.

Favorite Color

Blue

JoAnn Price

Investment banker JoAnn Price was born on January 7, 1950 in North Wales, Pennsylvania to Margaret Ethyl Harris and Joseph Harris. Price 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 that NAIC and Bigler Crossroads Investment Management Corporation, 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 managed 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 served as chair of the board of directors of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and 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 banker 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 banker 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 1991, he became the founding principal of the TSG Ventures investment fund under the TSG Capital Group. In 1992, Morse was hired as a senior venture capital advisor for Coopers & Lybrand International Consulting Services, where he advised 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 joined 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 banker Laurence Morse (1951 - ) was the founding principal of the TSG Ventures investment fund under the TSG Capital Group before founding 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, graduating 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, in 1989, Rogers and his wife Michele Rogers purchased their first company, Fenchel Lampshade Company in Chicago, Illinois. In 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 fourteen “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
Speakers Bureau Region State

Massachusetts

Birth Date

6/14/1957

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Boston

Favorite Food

Grits

Short Description

Professor Steven Rogers (1959 - ) taught at the Kellogg School of Management for seventeen years and at Harvard Business School for seven years.

Favorite Color

Brown

Roslyn Watson

Investment banker 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 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 spearheaded the leasing of commercial properties held by Massport, the construction and leasing of the Park Plaza Massachusetts Transportation Building, and the redevelopment of the 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 banker Roslyn Watson (1949- ) established Watson Ventures, where, from 1992, she served as founder and president.

Favorite Color

Black