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Quality Packaging Specialists International​
Phil Woolfolk
Mainstreet  
Shaream Moneak
Kim Lemon

The Lemon Group
Lance Lopez
PBA Local 105
The Honorable Raymond J. Lesniak
State Senator, New Jersey Legislature
20th Legislative District 

James Eley
Eley Electrical Contractors
Angela Jenkins Lester
Spectrum Partners, LLC
Richard Williams
Kappa Development Center
Leroy Brown
LCB  Trucking​
Chiara Morrison
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
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Carl Lucas & Associates
Christian Powe
Holistic Urban Building
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Perfect Choice Auto
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Johnson Publishing Company
Chelsea Dixon
GamePhox
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Gigantic Cleanups & Construction
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Cognis IT Advisors, LLC
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Stephanie Speaking
April Ryan, White House Correspondent for the American Urban Radio Network and author of The Presidency in Black and White: My Up-Close View of Three Presidents and Race in America. They discuss her book, her personal journey covering Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barrack Obama, racial issues in this country, and so much more!

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First Book

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Health Republic Insurance of New Jersey (HRINJ)
Skip Bailey
Bailey Success Group, LLC.
Christine Nichols
People-Science

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Mercedes Benz
Josh Suggs
Deltas

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Sheria Andrews

Foundation Academies
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AACCNJ, Chairman of the Board
Johnson Associates Systems
John P.Kahn
Duane Morris,LLP
Zach Lewis,
Lewis Consulting Group
Vonda McPherson,
Vonda's Kitchen
Dr. Beverly Richardson,
Burlington County College

Joanne Kaiser
National Organization on Disability
Tracey D. Syphax
Author & Entrepreneur
Phax Group Construction & Design
Chris Fitzpatrick
Enterprise Holdings
John Herbert 
Herbert Law Group
Marjorie Perry,
MZM Management Constructions, Co.

Tracey Thompson,
Peter Harvey
Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler
James B. Golden, Jr.  
Michael Dennis
The  Big Green Group
Charles Wallace
Financial Services  Talent Network
James Logan
Financial Services Talent Network
Guy Dunn
Geeks on Call
Tammeisha Smith
Alamo Insurance Group, Inc. 
Jeffery Dunn
Business One Stop Service (BOSS)
Members of the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce
and John E. Harmon. Sr. Keynote Speaker
Topic:  50th Anniversary of the Signing of the  Civil Rights Act of 1964

 June 26, 2014  
AACCNJ Chairman of the Board, Hosea Johnson. John Lewis, and John Harmon
June 2014
John E. Harmon, Sr. 
Commencement Speaker at

Burlington County College , May 2014.

The AACCNJ Partners With
Add Us In - NJ

The AACCNJ is a member of The Add Us In - NJ/NY Consortium

Small Business

John E. Harmon, Sr. and The Honorable Eric Jackson of Mayor, Trenton, NJ Discussing partnerships & the Financial Services Talent Network.  


See more: http://www.firstbook.org/first-book-story/media-center/press-room/348-john-e-harmon-sr-national-black-chamber-of-commerce-chairman-joins-first-book-board-of-directors#sthash.HhKvquJT.dpuf

WASHINGTON, April 30 - John E. Harmon, Sr., chairman of the National Black Chamber of Commerce and president and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, has joined First Book's Board of Directors.  A nonprofit social enterprise, First Book tackles the profound lack of high quality books and educational resources for children in need, which contributes to the achievement gap for children in low-income communities.

"Having worked with First Book on pilot projects in New Jersey and nationally, I have seen the power of First Book's model and collaborative approach to energize communities and elevate the quality of education for our children," said Harmon. "In order to have a strong workforce for tomorrow, it is imperative that all of our children have the resources they need to be fully literate and engaged.  First Book's initiatives, from the First Book Marketplace to the Stories for All Project, are making books accessible and relevant to children in need and the educators and programs that serve them.  I look forward to utilizing my knowledge, experience and network to support First Book's important work."

"John is an astute business and community leader who shares our belief in the power of education and our commitment to bring critical resources to help all children succeed in school and in life," said Peter Gold, First Book Board Chairman. "We look forward to working with John to further First Book's mission."

PRESS ADVISORY - MAY 16, 2014

As Chairman of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, I am pleased to announce, in conjunction with our affiliates, Pan African Entrepreneur Conference and the Afro Colombian Chamber of Commerce, the National Black Chamber of Commerce will lead a trade mission to the nation of Colombia during May 18 – 22, 2014.  We seek to take advantage of the recent Free Trade Agreement (exempts duties or tariffs) between our two nations.  “The recent trade agreement affords an excellent opportunity for our members to engage in commerce with our partners in Columbia”, stated Harmon.


Colombia is the third largest Latin American nation with a population of 46 million people – 40% of whom are of African heritage.  That’s 18.4 million Afro Colombian ready to interact with Afro Americans.  We will be introducing our participants to members of our affiliated chapter for the purpose of matchmaking and recognizing new opportunities for business growth.
 
John Harmon Addresses the Garden State Bar Association - Installation of Officers -
The Civil Rights movement was gaining momentum during the early 1960′s when African Americans were reflecting upon both their individual and collective situations, and evaluating their current status and future goals. Locally, African American attorneys were slowly gaining stature primarily in North Jersey. Representation on the bench was sparse, with Judge Hazelwood sitting on the Newark Municipal Court bench, Judge Yancey sitting on the Essex County Superior Court bench and Judge Wood sitting on the Union County Superior Court bench.









Acting Governor Kim Guadagno Promotes State Business Incentives At African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey Luncheon  Englewood Meeting and Job Fair Support Economic Development Opportunities.

Thursday, July 24, 2014                

Trenton, NJ - Reaffirming the Administration's commitment to economic development, Acting Governor Kim Guadagno today addressed the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) at the Chamber's "Access to Capital" luncheon in Englewood to present the resources and business incentives offered by the state.   "We are so proud of the work the Administration has done throughout the State to make New Jersey an attractive place to do business," said Acting Governor Guadagno. "The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey has been our partner for many years, and I appreciate the opportunity to share information that will help their businesses - and businesses across New Jersey - find new ways to develop."

"The Acting Governor's presence and participation at today's event underscores our strategic alliance, solidifies our partnership, and enhances the credibility of the mission of the AACCNJ, while strengthening our viability in the marketplace," said John E. Harmon, Sr., President and CEO of the AACCNJ.  Mr. Harmon was also installed as the Chairman of the Board for the National Black Chamber of Commerce in March.

"We have always worked well with the African American Chamber, and having them take charge of our Financial Services Talent Network is a natural extension of that strong partnership," said Harold J. Wirths, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. "This is a particularly important industry cluster for New Jersey, and we are confident our Talent Network under the Chamber's stewardship will continue to connect employers with the talented employees they need to grow."

MISSION STATEMENT!
The African-American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, Inc., (AACCNJ) is dedicated to economically empowering and sustaining African American communities through entrepreneurship and capitalistic activities within the State of New Jersey and via interaction with the National Black Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (NBCC).


The African-American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey has been incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in accordance with the Internal and provides advocacy and support for businesses throughout the State of New Jersey.

MEMBER EVENTS


SECOND IN THE 2015 SPEAKER SERIES &
"Women Who Empower" Awards Luncheon
  August 26, 2015   11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Wyndham Philadelphia-Mount Laurel Hotel
Keynote Speaker - TBA
 

Opening Remarks from Kim Guadagno, Lt. Governor & Secretary of State

The AACCNJ will recognize the following Honorees for their partnership and their accomplishments as "Leading Women in Business"

El-Rhonda Williams Alston, Esq.

Former President, Association of Black Women Lawyers
Attorney, Regulatory Officer, Legislative Analyst, 
at NJ Division of Taxation, NJ Department of the Treasury
Carolyn V. Chang, Esq.
Attorney, Mayor, Westampton Township, NJ
  BetteLou DeCroce
Assemblywoman, NJ - District: 26 - Morris, Essex & Passaic Counties 
 

Featured Panelist at the August 26th Luncheon
Founder and CEO  at OMBI Group LLC, Kimberly K. Haynes is among Atlanta's elite civically engaged leaders within the community. Haynes has nurtured her company into a successful full-service nonprofit consulting group, with an expertise in managing professional athletes and entertainers' nonprofit organizations.

 2016 will mark the year that Haynes will expand OMBI Group into a full-service sports and entertainment agency, servicing clients in the NFL, NBA, WNBA, MLB, Major League Soccer, and Boxing, and the entertainment industry.
 
Haynes is also Principal of Haynes Johnson[BH3] & Caldwell, LLC, a boutique entertainment law firm handling music, film, television, and literary matters ; civil litigation; estate planning and small business needs.

 A member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Junior League of Atlanta, Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association, National Alumnae Association of Spelman College, and Georgia and Louisiana Bar Associations, Haynes continues to uphold the foundation in which she was raised. Born into a family of entrepreneurs, raised by philanthropic parents, Haynes developed a natural passion for giving back, she coins "Giving Gracefully."
 
Haynes received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Spelman College and graduated with a Juris Doctor from Tulane University School of Law.
 
Featured Panelist at the August 26th Luncheon
Rushia Brown, former WNBA Player & President/Founder of the Women's Professional Basketball Alumnae,  was born in Bronx, NY and raised in South Carolina.  Through hard work and dedication, she was one of the top student-athlete recruits in the state of South Carolina  as a senior; being courted by esteemed universities such as Harvard, Duke University and her then dream school, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. With the recent loss of her father, Rushia chose to stay close to home and attend Furman University.

Rushia's collegiate years lead to a 10 year professional career overseas, which spanned 5 countries; Spain, France, Italy, Greece and Korea and 7 years in the WNBA; 6 years in Cleveland and 1 year in Charlotte. Winning a number of International Championships and 4 European Championships, her work ethic and 3 years playing professionally in Europe prepared her for the WNBA.  During her 7 years in the WNBA, Rushia was a part of the Eastern Conference Championship team but never captured a WNBA title. The experience and relationships built during her tenure assisted in forming her post career aspirations.

Rushia decided to transition into her life after basketball. To date, she has founded multiple companies including President and CEO of OverTime Basketball Academy and development of the Women's Professional Basketball Alumni Association (WPBAA).   Based in Atlanta, GA is where she continues to be a vessel of growth for the very game that changed her life. She humbly uses her experiences and influence to move everyone she comes in contact with to transform their lives.
August 26, 2015 SPEAKER SERIES  & AWARDS LUNCHEON
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VENDOR TABLE  $750.00
 Vendor Table
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The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) will host two evening Town Hall Meetings on June 18th and June 25, 2015 at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton, New Jersey.  This is a follow-up to our recent 2015 State of Black New Jersey Conference.
 
The Town Hall Meetings will consist of two nights of Community engagement focusing on Economic Empowerment, Housing, Media, Education and Public Safety.   The meetings are being convened as a continuation to the State of Black New Jersey Conference, which was held on April 16, 2015, in Princeton, NJ, and as a result of the Post Baltimore uprising, and the aftermath of the death of Freddy Gray, a 25 year old African American man.

 
Confirmed panelists for the June 18th Town Hall Meeting are Reverend Eric Dobson, Fair Share Housing, Glenn Townes, Black Enterprise Magazine, Chuck Creekmur, All Hip Hop.com, and Yvette Donado, Educational Testing Service.  Panelists will discuss the ramifications, outcomes and response to the topics as they pertain to the black community, with a focus on solutions to the devastating statistics highlighted at the State of Black New Jersey Conference.
 
On April 12, 2015, Freddie Gray, Jr., a 25-year old African American man, was arrested by the Baltimore Police Department for possessing what the police alleged was an illegal switchblade.   While being transported in a police van, Gray fell into a comma and was taken to a trauma center.  Grey died on April 19th, 2015; his death was ascribed to injuries to his spinal cord.  On April 21, 2015, pending an investigation of the incident, six Baltimore police officers were temporarily suspended with pay.
 
The June 25th Town Hall Meeting, will focus on Public Safety, Invited Panelists Include PBA Local 105, Office of the Attorney General, NJ State Parole Board , Mercer County Sherriff’s Office, Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, the Warden of Corrections from Mercer County, and Archer & Greiner.  The Keynote Speaker will be Ricky Donnell Ross, known as “Freeway” Rick Ross, an American author and convicted drug trafficker best known for the drug empire he established in Los Angeles, California, in the early to mid-1980s.
 
“As part of our mission, we seek to position the African American community as an integral part of New Jersey’s economy, therefore, we too must be accountable for providing solutions to the systemic challenges which adversely impact our value proposition to the overall competitiveness of New Jersey.”, John E. Harmon, Sr., President & CEO, AACCNJ, Chairman, NBCC.
John E. Harmon, Sr., President & CEO, 
A. Bruce Crawley, APR, Founder of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Philadelphia, President/CEO, Millennium
 Hosea Johnson, Chairman, AACCNJ
Comments from Attendees at the 2015 State of Black New Jersey Conference
"The conference provided invaluable information and topics for more discussion for resolution. I intend on taking the knowledge gained back to my community in an attempt to improve the state of our African American owned businesses."  
Pat Lindsay-Harvey, Co-Founder / PresidentPro Elite Athletic Kooperative, Inc.Executive Director, Swing 2 Tee Golfwww.proeliteathletickooperative.org
                             
"I found this conference to be rich in substance. The dialogue that took place exposed certain unprofitable and unproductive practices that NJ still subscribes to which prevents the state from becoming the major worldwide competitor it's capable of being. The conference left me with a lot of food for thought.

Your execution of this event was flawless. You are to be commended for leading the AACCNJ, and your staff to deliver such a high caliber and substantive event.  I was indeed proud to be in attendance at this probative seminar. " 
  
Terence H. Biggs II 
Executive Director
Monmouth County Chamber of Commerce
"Bringing Business and Community Together"
http://www.monmouthcountychamber.com/ 
Pictured:  John E. Harmon, Sr., President & CEO, AACCNJLloyd Freeman,  Associate, Archer & Greiner, Member, Garden State Bar AssociationJamie Fox, Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT)
Brenda Edmondson, Chief, Program Compliance Branch, Newark Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Center, US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)Don Newman, Director of Small Business Advocacy, NJ Business Action Center (BAC)
Michele E. Boronkas, Executive Director, State Employment & Training Commission (SETC)Barbara George Johnson, Exec. Dir., John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy, Thomas Edison State College (JSWIPP)Hosea Johnson, Chairman, AACCNJ, President, Johnson Associates Systems 
Pictured:  Hosea Johnson, AACCNJ
 AT&T Sponsors Alithia Bruinton &  Yvette Mouton
John E. Harmon, Sr. AACCNJ
​Pictured:  John E. Harmon, Sr., AACCNJAkinyemi Akiwowo, President-Elect, Garden State Bar AssociationReverend Eric Dobson, Fair Share HousingThe Honorable BettyLou DeCroce, State Assemblywoman
The Honorable Joe Pennacchio, State Senator 
The Honorable Thomas H. Kean, Jr., State Senator
The Honorable Stephen M. Sweeney, State Senate PresidentHosea Johnson, AACCNJ

SPEAKERS FORUM - MARCH 31, 2015  NEWARK, NJ

Carlos A.  Medina, Esq.,  Chairman, SHCCNJ    -  The Honorable Vincent Prieto,  New Jersey Legislature
​ The Honorable Ronald L. Rice, State Senator New Jersey Legislature, Richard Thigpen, PSEG, 
Hosea Johnson, AACCNJ Chairman, and John Harmon, AACCNJ,  President & CEO

​SLIDE SHOW FROM THE FEBRUARY 19, 2015
FIFTH annual CIRCLE OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS GALA

December 17, 2014
Dignitaries including New Jersey Lt. Gov. and Secretary of State Kim Guadagno were among more than 100 people that recently attended the year-end holiday celebration by the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) in Trenton.In a brief speech to the crowd, Guadagno lauded the AACCNJ for being a mentor and vocal advocacy group to thousands of business owners across the state. Additionally, Guadagno encouraged entrepreneurs to pursue contracting opportunities with the state. government. “We have awarded hundreds of thousands of contracts to minority and women owned businesses across New Jersey,” she said. “We continue to recognize the importance of small businesses to our economy.”

In the keynote address, John Harmon, president and CEO of the AACCNJ, said major initiatives are on tap for his organization in 2015, including round table discussions with government officials and heads of major corporations in an effort to bring more minority and women owned business enterprises (M/WBE's) on board as suppliers and vendors. “We are not a social or marketing organization,” Harmon said. “We are an advocate for the small minority business owner and provide a platform for entrepreneurs to share and express themselves.” He added that a greater level of reciprocity from local mayors and county leadership across the Garden State is essential for the continued growth and sustainability for minority-owned businesses.
Harmon said one of the first major events of the AACCNJ in the new year will be the Martin Luther King Luncheon in mid-January. The event will spotlight education. Phoebe Haddon, Chancellor of Rutgers University and Rochelle Hendricks, Secretary of Higher Education will highlight the program. To register for the event, please visit the organization web site at www.aaccnj.com.
The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) announced that the AACCNJ and New Jersey Senate Republicans hosted a meeting with Directors of the AACCNJ and thirty of its members on October 23, 2014 in the Senate Caucus Room of the State Capitol Building, in Trenton, NJ. 
The meeting was convened to establish a dialogue between all participants and will serve as vehicle to produce an outcome that will favorably impact the 1.2 million African American residents, and their respective 66,000 Business Owners state-wide.    The thirty, AACCNJ Members in attendance represented some of the following industries:  Engineering, Consulting, Environmental Services, Hospitality, Risk Management, Bonding, Construction, Financial Services, Real Estate, Law, Advertising, Technology,  Medical Devices and Services, Behavioral Health, Telecommunications, Restaurant & Food Industry, Dental and Transportation.
 
False perceptions are simply destroyed through open and candid dialogue, which fosters a smooth transition to developing strategies of mutual benefit and a path to a stronger more competitive New Jersey”, stated John E. Harmon, Sr., IOM. AACCNJ, President and CEO.

Senator Thomas H. Kean, Jr., Sr. Joseph Pennacchio, Senator Robert W. Singer, Senator Diane B. Allen, Senator Jennifer Beck, and Senator Anthony R. Bucco., comprised the Legislators in attendance at the Breakfast.  “The Senate Republican leadership team was thrilled to meet with AACCNJ members and learn more about the Association’s important role in promoting business in New Jersey. The success of African American businesses owners is critical to the economic viability of our communities and state as a whole. Senate Republicans look forward to a continued partnership with the Association to further the shared goal of helping African American business owners succeed”, stated Senator Joe Pennacchio.

"It was very encouraging to participate in the meeting between the New Jersey Senate Republican Leadership and members of the African American Chamber of Commerce. The discussions provided an opportunity for an understanding of issues and concern that impact growth and economic development in New Jersey. I look forward to continued dialogue and positive actions toward a shared vision of growth for all sectors of the New Jersey economy", stated Hosea Johnson, AACCNJ, Chairman of the Board.
  
“Today I am happy to report that through our relationship with the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, I participated in an open dialogue in a private meeting with several State Senate Republican leaders at the State House in Trenton together with a room of African American business owners and entrepreneurs representing multiple industries.  As a result of this meeting, I believe that we have taken a significant step to presenting an alternative to the way things are normally done in New Jersey”, John Kahn, Garden State Bar Association.
 
 
November 17, 2014

John E. Harmon, Sr.  " Herman Russell and Maynard Jackson not only created the model for economic empowerment for blacks in their community, but their legacy has been perpetuated by what is occurring in Atlanta today."


Herman J. Russell, one of Atlanta's most important business figures, known best for his role in starting one of the country's largest minority-owned companies, passed away Saturday, November 15th,  following a brief illness at the age of 83.

The Summerhill native owned several businesses throughout his career, starting at age 16 when he purchased a dilapidated home for $125. He most notably founded H.J. Russell & Company, a local construction firm that helped build many of the city's most important structures, in 1953. He also was a key member of the Civil Rights movement and broke down barriers for minority entrepreneurs.

"As the founder of one of America's most successful construction and real estate businesses, Mr. Russell shattered countless barriers and created greater opportunities for all, but especially for African-Americans," Mayor Kasim Reed said in a statement. "When history catches its breath, Mr. Russell's life work will place him among the most significant heroes of the Civil Rights Movement because of his unwavering contributions and commitment to the progress of this city and nation. Few men have done more to make Atlanta a place where people of all races and backgrounds can bring and build their dreams."
​On Monday, September 29, 2014 the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey co-hosted the Financial Services Talent Network (FSTN) Luncheon. FSTN is one of seven Talent Networks in the state of New Jersey created to serve as a vital conduit and resource for New Jersey employers and jobseekers. The luncheon was held at The Conference Center at Mercer County Community College and was sponsored by Wells Fargo and New York Life. The theme of the luncheon was “Access to Talent” led by comments from the Talent Networks staff, Catherine Starghill, Director of Workforce Field Services for the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development, featured speaker, Kenneth Kobylowski, Commissioner, NJ Department of Banking and Industry, and John E. McWeeney, Jr., President & CEO, New Jersey Bankers Association. Attendees included representatives from the Banking, Insurance, Accounting, Commercial Lending, IT, and Investment Banking sectors. 

The luncheon provided the perfect backdrop to begin a state-wide dialogue with leaders from the financial industry sector to forge partnerships and develop innovative ways to train, prepare, and hire New Jersey residents for careers in the financial services industry.  Charles Wallace, Project Director shared with an audience of over 80 attendees several incentives for employers to hire New Jersey jobseekers ranging from training grants, employer retention assistance, to employer tax incentives.
Today’s featured speaker, Mr. Kenneth Kobylowski, Commissioner New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance was dynamic in his delivery with information on banking industry trends to information on insurance practices and emerging markets. The Commissioner encouraged the financial services sector to “get on board”.

“We were pleased to have the Commissioner as today’s Speaker and his recognition of the necessity of positioning New Jersey to be a player in the financial services sector, by having business policies that are embraced by the industry and through the leveraging of the talent that exists in New Jersey producing a win-win for all”, said John E. Harmon, Sr., President and CEO, AACCNJ.
The Financial Services Talent Network is managed by the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey.  For information, please telephone 609-571-1607.
​FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 13, 2014    
Contact: Andrew Weller 202-463-5802
JOHN E. HARMON, SR., IOM of
THE AACCNJ Graduates from Institute for Organization Management
A Leadership Training Program Produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that John E. Harmon, Sr., IOM, President & CEO, of The African American Chamber of Commerce (AACCNJ), has graduated from the program and has received the recognition of IOM. Awarded to all graduates of the Institute program, the IOM Graduate Recognition signifies the individual’s completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management. In addition, participants can earn credit hours toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) certifications. Nearly 1,000 individuals attend Institute annually. 

“ It’s important that as the President and CEO of the AACCNJ and the Chairman of the Board, of the National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC), that I obtain the industry recognized credentials that validate my professional achievements.   I am humbled by my most recent accomplishments and honored to join an elite group of Chamber executives to promote free enterprise everyday”, said Harmon.

“Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their industries and organizations,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.”

“Great leaders continue to grow and strive for excellence. ​John Harmon's actions reflect that effectiveness is the foundation for success. Congratulations John, on your successful completion of your IOM Graduate Program”, said AACCNJ Chairman, Hosea Johnson.

Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute program has been educating tens of thousands of association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members and become strong business advocates. Institute’s curriculum consists of four weeklong sessions at five different university locations throughout the country. Through a combination of required courses and electives in areas such as leadership, advocacy, marketing, finance, and membership, Institute participants are able to enhance their own organizational management skills and add new fuel to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively.
November 17, 2014

John E. Harmon, Sr.  " Herman Russell and Maynard Jackson not only created the model for economic empowerment for blacks in their community, but their legacy has been perpetuated by what is occurring in Atlanta today."


Herman J. Russell, one of Atlanta's most important business figures, known best for his role in starting one of the country's largest minority-owned companies, passed away Saturday, November 15th,  following a brief illness at the age of 83.

The Summerhill native owned several businesses throughout his career, starting at age 16 when he purchased a dilapidated home for $125. He most notably founded H.J. Russell & Company, a local construction firm that helped build many of the city's most important structures, in 1953. He also was a key member of the Civil Rights movement and broke down barriers for minority entrepreneurs.

"As the founder of one of America's most successful construction and real estate businesses, Mr. Russell shattered countless barriers and created greater opportunities for all, but especially for African-Americans," Mayor Kasim Reed said in a statement. "When history catches its breath, Mr. Russell's life work will place him among the most significant heroes of the Civil Rights Movement because of his unwavering contributions and commitment to the progress of this city and nation. Few men have done more to make Atlanta a place where people of all races and backgrounds can bring and build their dreams."