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CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
HOSEA JOHNSON

Hosea Johnson is the Founder and President of Johnson Associates Systems Inc., located at 900 Route 168, Turnersville, New Jersey.  Johnson Associates Systems is an Orthotic and Prosthetic Company that provides support to our nations' military veterans within the Department of Veterans Affairs.
 
Mr. Johnson is also the owner of WSI - We Simplify the Internet, a professional and innovative information technology company dedicated to providing quality products and services in internet marketing, systems design and development, systems engineering, network and data communications and project management.
 
Mr. Johnson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehead State University, Morehead, Kentucky.  Mr. Johnson began employment with International Business Machines as a computer programmer and worked as a systems engineer.  Mr. Johnson then joined TRES Systems of Dallas Texas as a consultant and project manager.  In 1983 Mr. Johnson joined Control Data Corporation and served as a regional project manager until 1988 at which time Mr. Johnson became an independent consultant.  Johnson Associates Systems was founded in 1990.
 
 Johnson Associates Systems and the Department of Veterans Affairs, has developed a partnership for the recruitment and provision of professional staff (certified Orthotists and Prosthetists) to operate the Automated Fabrication of Mobility Aids. This initiative allows the VA to; facilitate accessibility; improve timeliness of service; reduce travel and production time; decrease cost; and serve to facilitate revenue generation for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
 
 WSI provides an affordable website technology by utilizing a modular development technology for quick assembly of website solutions using any combination of pre-built feature modules. WSI also builds targeted online traffic with Search Engine Optimization and Pay Per Click campaigns. These tools allow clients to target, reach and convert more sales with internet marketing.
 

PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
CHAIRMAN, NATIONAL BLACK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
JOHN E. HARMON, SR., IOM

John E. Harmon, Sr., IOM has served as the Founder, President and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, since 2007. Prior to his sixteen year career as a chamber executive , Mr. Harmon was previously employed at The Bowery Savings Bank in New York City where he managed the bank's Residential Real Estate Department overlooking major mortgage loan transactions; and Chemical Bank where he managed third party loan originations for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. While working at Chemical Bank, Mr. Harmon established The Affordable Housing Loan Program. Following his banking career, Mr. Harmon founded a transportation company in 1989, called Harmon Transfer, Corp. The company transported food stuff, perishable commodities, and produce throughout the Northeast United States and Canada. Harmon first acquired an interest in Business and entrepreneurship firsthand, while watching his father run Harmon Trucking, Inc. in Trenton, NJ.
John Harmon is the former President and CEO of the Metropolitan Trenton African American Chamber of Commerce (MTAACC) 1999-2009. Under his guidance, MTAACC grew its membership substantially, established affiliations with the Mercer County Regional Chamber of Commerce, the National Black Chamber of Commerce, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and forged strategic partnerships in the public and private sectors to benefit African American businesses throughout New Jersey.

John Harmon also serves as the Regional Vice President of New York and New Jersey for the National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) (2008), and is the Founder and Chairman of the New York State Black Chamber of Commerce (2011). Additionally, Mr. Harmon is a Board member of The National Black Chamber of Commerce (2001), the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce (2013), and a former Board Member of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. Lastly, he is a member of The US Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100 (2002). There are 150 Affiliate Chapters of the NBCC and over fifteen international affiliates.

 Under the Former New Jersey, Governor , The Honorable Jon Corzine, Mr. Harmon served as Co-Chairman for his Blue Ribbon Panel for Women and Minority firms participation in state contracting.
 Named one of “The 50 Most Influential African Americans in the state of New Jersey”, by Black Villages Magazine, January 2012 inaugural edition.
 Nominated and selected as one of 100 community leaders across the nation invited to attend the 2012, 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl festivities in San Antonio, Texas.
 John Harmon, Harry Alford, President of the National Black Chamber (NBCC) and an assembly of Black Business Leaders from across the United States attended the Ninth Biennial Leon H. Sullivan Summit in Equatorial Guinea, in August 2012.
 Appointed to the Board of Directors for the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce (2013)
 A Member of the NY/NJ 2014 Super bowl Business Connect Host Committee, 2013.
 Panelist at the Rainbow Push Coalition 16th Annual Wall Street Project, Public Parity Session; in NYC, January 2013.
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 Speaker at the 50th Anniversary Birmingham, AL “City Council Annual Neighborhood Small Business Economic Development Summit”, April, 2013.
 Formed alliance with Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, through formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), May 2013.
 Presented with the 2013 Community Service Award by the Improved Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks of the World, June 2013. 
 Recognized with “The Trailblazer Award” at the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce 2013 Convention.
 Took a seven day trip to Cuba with the Mid Jersey Chamber of Commerce as part of Chamber Explorations, September, 2013
 Presented with “Pioneer Award for Business Leadership” by Knights of the Round Table, October 2013.
 Presented with the “Professional Achievement Award” by Southern Burlington County Chapter of NAACP, at their Gala, November 2013.
 Presented with the “Tracey D. Syphax” Award, at Minding Our Business Annual Appeal Leadership Awards Gala, November 2013.
 Installed as Chairman of the National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC), March 2014
 Joined the First Book’s Board of Directors, April 2014.
 Served as Commencement Speaker, Burlington County College Commencement, May 2014
 Received an Honorary Associates Degree in Business Administration from Burlington County College, May 2014.
 Traveled to Colombia, South America, on a trade mission, as part of the National Black Chamber of Commerce Delegation, in conjunction with affiliates, Pan African Entrepreneur Conference and the Afro Colombian Chamber of Commerce, May 2014.

Mr. Harmon earned his Associate Degree in Business Administration from Mercer County Community College in 1981, and then transferred to Fairleigh Dickinson University where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business Management in 1983. Mr. Harmon also successfully completed a one year Fellowship on Regionalism and Sustainability sponsored by The Ford Foundation and a Minority Business Management Seminar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in 2009. Mr. Harmon completed a four year Chamber Executive Management Program , at Villanova University, sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in 2014. Mr. Harmon has three sons, John Jr., Joshua, and Justin.

TREASURER ​Desmond Blaine, Retired
Mike Martin Munich Reinsurance
Full Circle CMS Management Co.
 
Toni Proffitt-Brown, Esq. ​Arthur A. Davis, Jr.
Delaware River Port Authority Retired - Richard Stockton College
  
Jaime R. Escarpeta ​John Herbert, Esq.
Escarpeta Photographics Herbert Law Group, LLC
 
Kay L. Lucas,  ​Edwin  Hill, Retired
Media Sense, Inc. Worldwide Pharmaceutical Group
 
Robert Warrington, Esq. ​Michelle N. Jackson
The Waring Group Morgan Stanley
 
Angela Jenkins-Lester
Spectrum Partners LLC
 

AACCNJ  FOUNDATION BOARD

​Bishop David Evans,                                                                                             Hosea Johnson, Chairman, AACCNJ
Chairman of the Foundation Board                                                                  President, Johnson Associate Systems
Pastor, Bethany Baptist Church
 
John E. Harmon, President & CEO, IOM, AACCNJ                                         Tim Farrell
Chairman, National Black Chamber of Commerce                                         Universal Subscription Services
 
David Diebert                                                                                                      Adrian Hughes
Enterprise Rental Car                                                                                          Hyatt Regency New Brunswick
 
Christopher Hartfield                                                                                         Tammeisha Smith
Brandywine Realty Trust                                                                                    Alamo Insurance
 
Erik Larsen
Investors Bank