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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.

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

Patricia Miller Zollar

Investment banker 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.

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, which 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 was 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

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

Favorite Color

Green

Brian E. Hall

Entrepreneur Brian Hall was born on May 5, 1958 in Cleveland, Ohio to Virginia and William Hall. He attended John F. Kennedy High School, graduating from there in 1976. Hall went on to obtain his B.B.A. degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1980. He then earned his M.B.A. degree from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio in 1987, and later attended the executive management program at the Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business.

Hall began working part-time for his family’s company, Industrial Transport, Inc. in 1977, where he eventually became president and CEO in 1984. In 1987, Hall founded the Tremont Elementary School Advisory group. 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. Four years later, Industrial Transport, Inc. restructured under the name Innogistics, LLC. The same year, Hall created JIT Services, LLC. Hall also served as the interim executive director of the Commission on Economic Inclusion in 2012, where he served multiple subsequent terms as co-chair. In 2014, Hall joined the senior leadership team at the Greater Cleveland Partnership as the senior vice president. The same year, he opened an All About People recruiting franchise. Hall went on to form 2NorthStar Capital, LLC in 2016.

Hall has served on various boards throughout his career, including with University Hospitals Health System Inc., the Cleveland Cuyahoga Port Authority, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, the University of Cincinnati Foundation, the Cleveland Water Alliance, the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Board. 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 2013. He later also founded the President’s Council, LLC.

In 1990, Hall was featured on Crain’s Forty under 40 list. He was first named as a part of the Power Pack list in 2003 and was featured intermittently through 2012. In 2007, Hall was awarded the Bridge Builder Award by the American Jewish Committee and the Pacesetter Award by the Christian Business League. He also received the Volunteer of the Year by Leadership Cleveland and the Supplier of the Year Award for Community Service by Ford Motor Company.

Brian Hall has three children and resides in Cleveland, Ohio.

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.

Organizations
First Name

Brian

Birth City, State, Country

Cleveland

HM ID

HAL17

Favorite Season

Summer

State

Ohio

Favorite Vacation Destination

Zihuatanejo, Mexico

Favorite Quote

Work Hard And Play Harder.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Ohio

Birth Date

5/5/1958

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Cleveland

Favorite Food

Spaghetti, Pizza

Short Description

Entrepreneur Brian Hall (1958 - ) was president and CEO of Innogistics, LLC/ JIT Services, LLC before becoming senior vice president of the Greater Cleveland Partnership in 2014.

Favorite Color

Gray

Benjamin F. Davis, Jr.

Football player and entrepreneur Ben Davis was born on October 30, 1945 in Birmingham, Alabama to B. Frank and Sallye B. Davis. His sister is activist, author, and professor Angela 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 seventeenth round. In his rookie season with the Browns, Davis led the league in punt returns, averaging 12.7 yards per return, including one fifty-two yard return for a touchdown. Davis also led the Browns in kickoff returns, with twenty-seven returns totaling 708 yards, including one sixty-three yard return in 1967. In 1968, he started as a cornerback, and led the team with eight 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 fifth-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.
 
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, before owning and operating 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