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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.

Lydia Mallett

Corporate executive Lydia G. Mallett was born on August 22, 1954 in Detroit, Michigan to Conrad Mallett Sr. and Claudia Mallett. In 1976, Mallett received her B.A. degree in psychology from Michigan State University. She went on to receive her M.A. degree in labor and industrial relations in 1979 and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in social psychology in 1981, all from Michigan State University.

After serving as an assistant professor at the University of Michigan-Flint School of Management, Mallett moved to Chicago, Illinois to join James H. Lowry Associates as a consultant. She later served as director of human resources advisory at Coopers & Lybrand. Mallett went on to serve as vice president/chief diversity officer at General Mills, where she designed and implemented a co-mentoring strategy for women and people of color. In 1999, she served as director of human resources for the Snacks Unlimited division of General Mills. In 2004, Mallett was hired by Tyco International as vice president of staffing and vice president of diversity and inclusion. Eight years later, she joined DuPont as director of global talent acquisition, chief diversity officer, and employee engagement leader. In 2018, she attended Harvard Business School’s Executive Education program, “Women on Boards: Succeeding as a Corporate Director.” The same year, Mallett served as managing director of Mallett Consulting & Associates in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Mallett is a board member of the Feminist Press and a member of the American Psychological Association. Mallett served as chair of the Executive Leadership Council’s governance committee and as chair of the Conference Board’s Council on Global Diversity. She was elected president of the Minnesota Women’s Campaign Fund and served as the White House appointment for the National Women’s Business Council. Mallett served as president of the Chicago chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women before being elected national president in 1997. In 2011 and 2018, she was listed as a Top Executive in Corporate Diversity by Black Enterprise.

Mallett lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with her partner Stanley White. She has one daughter, Noel.

Lydia Mallett was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 13, 2019.

Accession Number

A2019.069

Sex

Female

Interview Date

8/13/2019

Last Name

Mallett

Maker Category
Middle Name

Gwendolyn

Occupation
Schools

Michigan State University

Saint Gregory School

First Name

Lydia

Birth City, State, Country

Detroit

HM ID

MAL11

Favorite Season

Summer

State

Michigan

Favorite Vacation Destination

Martha's Vineyard

Favorite Quote

Do you want to be heard, or do you want to have your say?

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Pennsylvania

Birth Date

8/22/1954

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Philadelphia

Country

USA

Favorite Food

King Crab Legs

Short Description

Corporate executive Lydia G. Mallett (1954- ) served in executive positions at General Mills, Tyco International, and DuPont.

Employment

The University of Michigan-Flint

James H. Lowry Associates

Coopers & Lybrand

General Mills

General Mills, Snacks Unlimited Division

Tyco International, Inc.

E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company

Mallett Consulting & Associates

Wayne County Government

Favorite Color

Red

Thomas Moorehead

Auto sales entrepreneur and real estate developer Thomas Moorehead was born on April 21, 1944 in Monroe, Louisiana to Minnie Mae Thomas. In 1962, he graduated with honors from the segregated Carroll High School; and, in 1966, he earned his B.A. degree in business administration from Grambling State University. Moorehead then received his master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan in 1971.

Moorehead was hired by Mobile Corporation in 1966, and then Chrysler Corporation in 1969, where he worked as a systems analyst. After participating in development programs at the Chrysler Management Institute and the United Auto Workers Training Institute, he accepted a job at the University of Michigan as director of community services. Here, he taught graduate students at the School of Social Work while working on his Ph.D. in urban and regional planning. He left the University in 1984 to work at Bradley Automotive Group in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Moorehead was accepted into the first in-house Dealer Training Program at General Motors, and graduated in 1985. He opened his first dealership, Moorehead Sentry Buick/Isuzu in 1987 in Omaha, Nebraska, and sold it in 1995 upon opening Moorehead Buick/GMC Trucks in Decatur, Illinois. In 1998, Moorehead was awarded one of the three sites for a new BMW dealership in Sterling, Virginia by the National Association of Minority Auto Dealers (NAMAD). He sold his dealership in Decatur in 2000 with the opening of Moorehead BMW/Mini of Sterling. The following year, he founded and became president of Moorehead Properties, Inc. In 2007, he became the first African American owner of the Marriott Residence Inn at the National Harbor Resort and Convention Center in Maryland. In 2013, Moorehead became the first African American awarded a full-service Rolls Royce franchise with the opening of Rolls Royce Motorcars of Sterling. He then purchased Harley-Davidson of Washington D.C. in Fort Washington, Maryland in 2014; and, in 2016, he became the first African American Lamborghini and McLaren dealer. Moorehead sold Harley-Davidson of Washington D.C. in 2018 and resigned as CEO in 2019, but remained as owner and chairman of the board.

Moorehead has received many awards for his work in the auto industry, and has served on numerous boards, including two terms on the Motor Vehicle Dealer Board in Virginia, and as chairman of NAMAD from 2013 to 2015. He is also a cofounder of the African American Network Against Alzheimer's; and, in 2004, he and his wife established the Joyce & Thomas Moorehead Foundation.

Moorehead resides in Virginia with his wife, Joyce. They have two adult children, Tony and Pam, and two grandchildren, Alexis and Alexander.

Thomas Moorehead was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 23, 2019.

Accession Number

A2019.102

Sex

Male

Interview Date

9/23/2019

Last Name

Moorehead

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Middle Name

Allen

Schools

Carroll High School

Grambling State University

University of Michigan

First Name

Thomas

Birth City, State, Country

Monroe

HM ID

MOO20

Favorite Season

Fall

State

Louisiana

Favorite Vacation Destination

Italy

Favorite Quote

May You Live As Long As You Want, And Never Want As Long As You Live

Speakers Bureau Region State

District of Columbia

Birth Date

4/21/1944

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Washington

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Braised Short Ribs with Mashed Potatoes and Cornbread

Short Description

Auto sales entrepreneur and real estate developer Thomas Moorehead (1944 - ) was the first African American awarded full-service franchises with Rolls Royce, Lamborghini, and McLaren.

Employment

Mobile Corporation

Chrysler Corporation

University of Michigan

Bradley Automotive Group

General Motors Dealer Training Program

Moorehead Sentry Buick / Isuzu

Moorehead Buick / GMC Trucks

BMW / Mini of Sterling

Moorehead Properties, Inc.

Rolls Royce Motorcars of Sterling

Harley Davidson of Washington DC

McLaren / Lamborghini of Sterling

Sterling Motorcars

Favorite Color

Blue and Gray

Jory Luster

Hair care manufacturer Jory Luster was born on August 20, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois to Blondell and Fred Luster, Sr. After graduating from Mendel Catholic Preparatory High School in 1971, Luster received his B.S. degree in business administration from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, in 1975. Luster went on to attend Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, where he received his M.B.A. degree in 2000.

In 1978, Luster was appointed vice president of his family’s hair care company, Luster Products, Inc., founded in 1957, with his father, Fred Luster, serving as president and his mother, Blondell Luster, working as chairman of the board. In 1989, he helped create Luster Products, Inc.’s philanthropic branch, the Luster Foundation, dedicated to supporting community-based organizations that promote positive values and community service. That same year, he was voted chairman of the American Health and Beauty Aids Institute, a national trade organization representing the leading Black manufacturers of ethnic hair care and cosmetic products. Luster was promoted to his role as president of Luster Products, Inc. following the passing of his father in 1991. His brother and sister were also directors in the company, with Fred Luster II serving as vice president and director of research and development, and Sonja Luster-Munis serving as vice president and director of systems administration. In 2012, Luster’s daughter, Resa B. Luster, joined the company as assistant brand manager; and, in 2018, she was promoted to brand manager at large. Under Luster’s leadership, Luster Products, Inc. expanded product sales to over seventy countries internationally.

Luster served as the founder of the Leadership Education Advancement Program, or Project L.E.A.P., and served on the boards of the Near South Planning Board Executive Committee, The Luster Foundation, and Seaway National Bank. Luster was also a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) from 1993 to 2004, and served on the City of Chicago Circulator Board.

In 2018, Luster received the WDB Marketing L.E.G.A.C.Y Award. Luster Products, Inc. was honored at Black United Fund of Illinois Inc.’s first annual "Living Legends/Passing the Torch" awards benefit in 2001. The company has been featured in Essence magazine, Allure Magazine, Elle Magazine, Ebony Magazine, Jet Magazine, Sophisticate’s Black Hair Magazine, the Chicago Sun-times, The Chicago Defender, as well as WLS-TV Channel 7, WTTW-PBS Channel 11, and on the T.L.C. show, “Beauty Spaces.”

Luster resides in Chicago, Illinois and has three adult children.

Jory Luster was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 10, 2019.

Accession Number

A2019.047

Sex

Male

Interview Date

7/10/2019

Last Name

Luster

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Middle Name

F.

Schools

St. Dorothy School

Mendel Catholic Preparatory High School

Bradley University

Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Business

First Name

Jory

Birth City, State, Country

Chicago

HM ID

LUS01

Favorite Season

Summer

State

Illinois

Favorite Vacation Destination

Hawaii

Favorite Quote

Always Inspect What You Expect

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Illinois

Birth Date

8/20/1953

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Chicago

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Soul Food

Short Description

Hair care manufacturer Jory Luster (1953- ) served as vice president of his family’s hair care company, Luster Products, Inc., since 1978, and as president since 1991.

Employment

Luster Products, Inc.

Favorite Color

Blue, Silver, and Black

Les Bond, Jr.

Investment banker Leslie Bond, Jr. was born on July 18, 1957 to Leslie Bond, Sr., a prominent surgeon, and Anita Lyons Bond, a civil rights activist, in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended and graduated from St. Louis Country Day School in 1963, and went on to attend Princeton University, where he earned his B.A. degree in public and international affairs as a Woodrow Wilson Scholar in 1979. He then received both his J.D. degree and M.M. degree in finance in marketing from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois in 1983.

Bond was hired by the King & Spalding law firm in Atlanta, Georgia in 1983, making the firm’s first African American partner. Their clients included The Coca-Cola Company, General Electric, and General Motors. In 1986, he was appointed deputy general counsel for the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority of Chicago where he was responsible for the development and financing for the expansion projects of both Navy Pier and McCormick Place. Bond was subsequently hired as general counsel to the Comptroller of St. Louis, Missouri, where he had additional responsibilities as fiscal manager of external finance. In 1996, he co-founded Columbia Capital Management, a firm that provided advisory services to municipal bond issuers and borrowers, as well as investment assistance to local governments. He served as senior managing director of their investment advisory group until 2001, when he co-founded another company, Attucks Asset Management in Chicago, where he served as CEO. Attucks Asset Management specialized in providing investment assistance for diverse and emerging managers. In 2011, he was appointed to serve on the Chicago Plan Commission, which was responsible for reviewing proposals involving planned developments and districts, as well as the Lakefront Protection Ordinance. He was reappointed to this position by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel in 2016.

Bond resides in Chicago, where he has served on the boards of the National Association of Securities Professionals, the Marshall Faulk Foundation, the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation, and MOBILE Care Foundation. He has also been a member of the Alliance of Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs and the New American Alliance.

Leslie Bond, Jr. was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 11, 2019.

Accession Number

A2019.063

Sex

Male

Interview Date

7/11/2019

Last Name

Bond

Maker Category
Marital Status

Single

Occupation
Schools

Princeton University

Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Business

Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School (MICDS)

First Name

Les

Birth City, State, Country

St. Louis

HM ID

BON04

Favorite Season

Fall

State

Missouri

Favorite Vacation Destination

Any Beach

Favorite Quote

Don't Quit

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Illinois

Birth Date

7/18/1957

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Chicago

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Soul Food, Collard Greens, Smoked Meats, Mac And Cheese

Short Description

Investment banker Leslie Bond, Jr. (1957 - ) was the first African American partner at the law firm King & Spalding before he co-founded two investment advisory firms: Columbia Capital Management and Attucks Asset Management.

Employment

King and Spalding

City of Chicago

Comptroller's Office; City of St. Louis

Columbia Capital Management

Attucks Asset Management

Favorite Color

Blue

Gary E. Gardner

Hair care manufacturer Gary Gardner was born on August 22, 1954 in Chicago, Illinois to Edward and Bettiann Gardner. He graduated from the University of Illinois, Chicago with his B.A. degree in pre-law in 1975, and then attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he earned both his J.D. and M.M. degrees in 1982.

In 1964, at age ten, Gardner began working for the family business, Soft Sheen Products, Inc., packaging hair care items with his younger sister in the family’s home in Chicago. After graduating from Northwestern in 1982, Gardner rejoined Soft Sheen Products, Inc. and transitioned to president in 1985, succeeding his father, Ed Gardner, who remained as chairman. He served as president until 1996, when he stepped down to pursue his own ethnic hair care company in Chicago called Namaste Laboratories, with his wife, Denise. In 1999, Gardner and his wife launched their own philanthropic organization, the Gary and Denise Family Foundation, which focused on youth participation in the arts. Namaste Laboratories was later bought by the Indian consumer goods producer, Dabur India Ltd., in 2010, and Gardner remained with his management team to continue running the laboratory. In 2014, Gardner co-founded a private equity firm based out of Chicago called P.F.G., LLC, where he also served as president. The following year, Gardner and his wife established the Denise and Gary Gardner Scholarship at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015 to assist undergraduate students’ education at the Art Institute, primarily those from the South Side.

Gardner has been a member of the American Health and Beauty Aids Institute, and during his time as president of Soft Sheen, the company received several awards, including being ranked sixth on Black Enterprise’s top 100 service industry companies in 1987 and, two years later, receiving the title of the Company of the Year by Black Enterprise.

Gardner and his wife reside in Chicago, Illinois, where they run the Gary and Denise Family Foundation and maintain a private art collection. The couple was awarded the Art Alliance of Illinois’ Citizen’s Advocate Award in 2018.

Gary Gardner was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 13, 2019.

Accession Number

A2019.060

Sex

Male

Interview Date

7/13/2019

Last Name

Gardner

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Middle Name

E.

Schools

Northwestern University

University of Illinois at Chicago

First Name

Gary

Birth City, State, Country

Chicago

HM ID

GAR07

Favorite Season

Fall

State

Illinois

Favorite Vacation Destination

Southern Florida

Favorite Quote

None

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Illinois

Birth Date

8/22/1954

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Chicago

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Chicken Wings

Short Description

Hair care manufacturer Gary Gardner (1954 - ) served as president of Soft Sheen Products, Inc from 1985 to 1996, before founding hair care company, Namaste Laboratories, in 1996 and private equity firm, P.F.G., LLC, in 2014.

Employment

Soft Sheen Products, Inc.

Namaste Laboratories

P.F.G., LLC

Favorite Color

Blue

Ann Fudge

Chief executive officer Ann M. Fudge was born on April 23, 1951, in Washington, D.C., to Malcolm and Bettye Lewis Brown. In 1973, she graduated from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts with her B.A. degree in management. She earned her M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School in 1977.

After graduating from Simmons College, Fudge was hired in the human resources department of General Electric. She joined General Mills in Minnesota as a marketing assistant after she earned her M.B.A. degree, and was part of the marketing team around Honey Nut Cheerios cereal. In 1983, she was promoted to marketing director at General Mills; and, in 1986, Fudge accepted a position with Kraft Foods. Then, in 1994, Kraft Foods appointed Fudge the president of the Maxwell House coffee brand, making her the first African American woman to head a major corporate division. As president, she went on to run a successful campaign to rebrand Maxwell House. In 2001, one year after becoming president of Kraft’s Beverages, Desserts, and Post division, Fudge retired from the company. After a two-year sabbatical, during which she deepened her involvement with the Boys and Girls Club of America, Fudge returned to the corporate world as the chairman and C.E.O. of Young & Rubicam Brands in 2003 as the head of its advertising network. She remained in this role until 2007.

Throughout her career, Fudge served on several organization’s board of directors. She was a trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation, museum council member of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, director of Novartis, chair of the advisory panel of the Gates Foundation, vice-chairman of Unilever, chair of the board of trustees of WGBH Public Media, and a director of Northrup Grumman. In 2008, Fudge joined President Barack Obama’s presidential campaign finance committee; and, in 2010, she became a member of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. In 2011, she was inducted into the National Association of Corporate Directors Hall of Fame. Fudge has received achievement awards from Ebony, the Executive Leadership Council, and the Harvard Alumni Association. She was also inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2019.

Fudge and her husband, Richard Fudge, Sr., live in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. They have two sons and five grandchildren.

Ann M. Fudge was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 18, 2019.

Accession Number

A2019.040

Sex

Female

Interview Date

6/18/2019

Last Name

Fudge

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Middle Name

Marie

Schools

Harvard Business School

Simmons College

First Name

Ann

Birth City, State, Country

Washington

HM ID

FUD02

Favorite Season

Fall

State

District of Columbia

Favorite Vacation Destination

Paris

Favorite Quote

You Are A Child Of The Universe

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Massachusetts

Birth Date

4/23/1951

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Boston

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Chocolate chip cookies

Short Description

Chief executive officer Ann M. Fudge (1951 - ) was part of the marketing team for Honey Nut Cheerios cereal and later served as president of Kraft Foods’ Maxwell House coffee brand, becoming the first African American woman to head a major corporate division.

Employment

Young & Rubicam

General Foods (Kraft Foods)

General Mills

General Electric

Kraft Foods, Maxwell House Coffee

Kraft Foods; Beverages, Desserts and Post Division

Favorite Color

Blue

Arnold Donald

Chief executive officer Arnold W. Donald was born on December 17, 1954 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He recieved his B.A. degree in economics from Carleton College in 1976 in Northfield, Minnesota, his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis in 1977, and his M.B.A. degree from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in 1980.

Donald began his career in 1976, while still a student at Washington University in St. Louis, working as a summer employee in market research at the agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation Monsanto. He would serve in various positions over his 23 year tenure with the company, entering management in 1986 when he became general manager. From 1988 to 1993, Donald headed the Monsanto Lawn and Garden business, where he was credited for a fivefold increase in unit revenues from $40 million to $200 million in retail dollars. In 1993, he was named group vice president for North America and expanded his responsibilities one year later to include Latin America. In 1995, Donald was appointed to head Monsanto’s Crop Protection Unit, where he directed the company’s worldwide crop business, led the development, production, and marketing of herbicides, and some of the company’s early biotech offerings. In 1997, he was named co-president of the Monsanto Company’s newly reorganized agriculture sector. Donald served as both corporate senior vice president of Monsanto Company and president of its nutrition and consumer sector from 1998 to 2000. He joined a group of investors in 2000 who bought the company's Equal sugar substitute division to form Merisant, where he served as company CEO from 2000 to 2003, and chairman of the board from 2000 to his retirement from Merisant in 2005. From 2006 to 2008, Donald served as president and chief executive officer of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International. He became president and chief executive officer of The Executive Leadership Council in 2010, serving until 2012. The following year, Donald was named president and chief executive officer of Carnival Corporation. He had served on the board of Carnival Plc. and Carnival Corporation since 2001.
Donald has served as an independent director of Crown Holdings, Inc. from 1999 until 2019. He was also a director of Oil-Dri Corporation of America from 1997 to 2013, and of the Laclede Group, Inc. from 2003 to 2014. Donald has served as an independent director at Russell Brands, LLC since 2004. Other board memberships include Bank of America Corporation, Bank of America California, National Association, Cruise Lines International Association, Inc. where he was global chair, director of BJC Health System, Inc., Global Velocity, Inc., DHR International, Inc., Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, and Dillard University.

In 1997, Donald was named Black Enterprise Magazine’s Executive of the Year.

Arnold W. Donald was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 15, 2019.

Accession Number

A2019.037

Sex

Male

Interview Date

5/15/2019

Last Name

Donald

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Middle Name

W.

Schools

University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Washington University in St. Louis

Carleton College

St. Augustine High School

First Name

Arnold

Birth City, State, Country

New Orleans

HM ID

DON04

Favorite Season

Spring

State

Louisiana

Favorite Vacation Destination

On A Cruise Ship

Favorite Quote

Prepare Yourself, You Are Going To Run The World

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Florida

Birth Date

12/17/1954

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Miami

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Soft Shell Crab

Short Description

Chief executive officer Arnold W. Donald (1954 - ) worked in various positions at Monsanto over a twenty-three year tenure before serving as president and CEO of Merisant, and later being named president and CEO of Carnival Corporation in 2013.

Employment

The Executive Council

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Merisant Company

Monsanto Company

Carnival Corporation

Favorite Color

Purple

Russell Goings

Investment banker Russell Goings was born on July 5, 1932 in Stamford, Connecticut to Rose and Russell Goings, Sr. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he became an instructor of specialized tactics of evasion and escape, serving from 1951 to 1955. He subsequently received his B.A. degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1959, and later attended Fairfield University where he studied writing in 1999.

In 1959, Goings joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders football team as a linebacker in the Canadian Football League and was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the American Football League the following season. A knee injury ended his football career and he was later hired at J.W. Kaufmann & Co. in 1960 as an over-the-counter trader. Goings also served as the first financial advisor to all players in the National Basketball Association Players Association. In 1964, he joined Bruns Nordeman & Co.; and, in 1968, he became the first African American branch manager for Shearson Hammill in Harlem. Two years later, Goings assisted in the founding of Essence magazine; and, in 1971, he purchased the Harlem branch of Shearson Hammill, renaming it First Harlem Securities. For a quarter of a million dollars, Goings purchased a seat on the New York Stock Exchange, making him the second African American-owned business to do so, and the first African American manager of a New York Stock Exchange firm. He also structured the company to include several principals with voting stock, which assisted with African Americans in joining the stock exchange. Goings later became the first African American to manage pension funds for a Fortune 500 company as well as the first to have a national contract from the Small Business Administration to bring more African Americans into franchise businesses. In 1976, Goings began working with artist Romare Bearden to help preserve Bearden’s legacy through videotaped interviews, and collecting an assortment of Bearden’s work. After Bearden’s death in 1988, Goings worked with various museums for retrospective exhibitions of Bearden’s work. In 2004, Goings showcased Bearden’s work in the exhibition, “Romare Bearden: From the Studio and Archive” at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. In 2009, Goings published The Children of Children Keep Coming: An Epic Griotsong, which featured drawings from Bearden depicting the black narrative.

Goings also served as chairman of the Studio Museum in Harlem and was inducted into the Wall Street Hall of Fame in 1999.

Russell Goings was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 12, 2019.

Accession Number

A2019.029

Sex

Male

Interview Date

4/12/2019

Last Name

Goings

Maker Category
Occupation
Schools

Xavier University

Fairfield University

First Name

Russell

Birth City, State, Country

Stamford

HM ID

GOI04

Favorite Season

Spring

State

Connecticut

Favorite Vacation Destination

None

Favorite Quote

Anyone Can Die Out Of Shape

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

New York

Birth Date

7/5/1932

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

New York

Country

USA

Favorite Food

None

Short Description

Investment banker Russell Goings (1932 - ) was the first financial advisor to all players in the National Basketball Association Players Association before co-founding First Harlem Securities where he became the second African American-owned business to purchase a seat on the New York Stock Exchange and the first African American manager of New York Stock Exchange Firm.

Employment

Saskatchewan Rough Riders

Buffalo Bills

J.W. Kaufmann & Co.

Shearson Hammill Inc.,

Harlem Home Securities

Private

U.S. Air Force

Favorite Color

None

Priscilla Hill-Ardoin

Corporate executive Priscilla Hill-Ardoin was born on June 21, 1951 in Houston, Texas to Newman and Inez Hill. She graduated from Evan E. Worthing Senior High School in Houston, Texas in 1969, received her B.A. degree from Drury College in Springfield, Missouri in 1972, and earned her M.A. degree from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana in 1973. She later obtained her M.B.A. degree from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1988, and her J.D. degree from the St. Louis University School of Law in Missouri.

In 1973, Hill-Ardoin was hired as assistant to president Dr. Alvin I. Thomas at Prairie View A&M University in Houston, Texas, where she established the university’s communications department and degree program. Two years later, she accepted a position at Southwestern Bell in Houston as a part of its management training program. In 1981, Hill-Ardoin was promoted to district level manager at Southwestern Bell Missouri where she worked for the Southwestern Bell Yellow Pages. During this period, she held positions in marketing and strategic planning and later moved to Washington, D.C. on an external assignment where she worked for the Foreign Affairs committee. In 1996, Hill-Ardoin became the first director of diversity at Southwestern Bell headquarters in San Antonio. The following year, she was named president of Southwestern Bell Missouri. In 1999, she became senior vice president of regulatory affairs in Washington, D.C. She was then named the regulatory compliance officer at Southwestern Bell headquarters in San Antonio in 2002, and later became the company’s first chief privacy officer at the senior vice president level. She retired from her position at AT&T Inc. in 2007.

Hill-Ardoin served as president of the Houston Area Urban League in 1981, and was later elected to the board of directors for the Hawthorn Foundation in 1997. In 2003, she was appointed by Federal Communications Commission chairman Michael Powell to the Chairman’s Advisory Commission on Diversity in Communications in the Digital Age. In 2005, after her son, Aaron, passed away from Sickle Cell Anemia, Hill-Ardoin and her husband established The Aaron Ardoin Foundation in Sickle Cell Research and Education. Hill-Ardoin was appointed to the board of trustees at Washington University in 2006, and served on the board of directors for Enterprise Holdings.

Hill-Ardoin is also the recipient of The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s Tribute to Women Business Leaders Legacy Award, the United Negro College Fund Excellence in Education Award, the Voices for Children Super Hero Award, the Girls Inc. Strong Smart and Bold Award, the Congressional Black Women Opening the Pipeline Award, the Purdue Distinguished Alumni Award, the Washington University Distinguished Alumni Award, and the Drury College Distinguished Alumni Award.

Hill-Ardoin and her husband, James Ardoin, had two sons, Aaron and Evan, and two grandchildren.

Priscilla Hill-Ardoin was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 22, 2019.

Accession Number

A2019.017

Sex

Female

Interview Date

2/22/2019

Last Name

Hill-Ardoin

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Occupation
Schools

Evan E. Worthing Senior High School

Drury University

Purdue University

Olin School of Business at Washington University

St. Louis University School of Law

James R. Reynolds Elementary School

Crispus Attucks Middle

First Name

Priscilla

Birth City, State, Country

Houston

HM ID

HIL20

Favorite Season

Fall

State

Texas

Favorite Vacation Destination

Anywhere My Children Are

Favorite Quote

Believe

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Missouri

Birth Date

6/21/1951

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

St. Louis

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Gumbo

Short Description

Corporate executive Priscilla Hill-Ardoin (1951 - ) served in telecommunications for thirty-two years, including as senior vice president and the first chief privacy officer of AT&T, Inc.

Employment

Prairie View A & M University

Southwestern Bell

Southwestern Bell Missouri

Southwestern Bell San Antonio

State F.C.C. Department

Favorite Color

Orange

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

Bonner Springs High School

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

Country

USA

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

Kansas City Missouri Post Office

Black Economic Union

Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co.

Booker T. Washington Foundation

Economic Development Administration's Office of Special Projects

U.S. Department of Commerce

Majestic Enterprises

GE Cellular

Eat Chop, LLC

Favorite Color

Blue