John E. Harmon, Sr.
Founder, President and CEO

John E. Harmon, Sr. serves as the President and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey. The AACCNJ performs an essential role in the economic viability
of New Jersey. As affirmed in its mission statement, the Chamber seeks to economically empower and sustain African American communities, and businesses with direct outreach programs, thereby facilitating entrepreneurship and free enterprise activity, not serving as mainly an association of allied businesses, the Chamber serves as a proactive advocacy group with a 501(c) 3 tax exemption, which is shared by the National Black Chamber of Commerce.

While providing a platform for New Jersey’s African American businesses to
speak with a collective voice, the AACCNJ advocates and promotes economic diversity
while fostering a climate of business growth through major initiatives centering on
education and public policy.

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. Prior to his banking background, Mr. Harmon founded a transportation company in 1989, called Harmon Transfer, Corp. The company transported food stuff, perishables 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). 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 has been featured on television and radio and in several publications including the covers of Mercer Business and NJ Biz Magazines. He is the recipient of the New Jersey Transit Outstanding Service Award, the Regional Alliance for Small Contractors "Partnerships That Work" Award, the NAACP Freedom Award for Business, a Humanitarian Award from the National Conference for Community and Justice, and The Leadership Award from 100 Black Men of New Jersey.

John Harmon also serves as the Regional Vice President of New York and New Jersey for the National Black Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, Mr. Harmon is a Board member of The National Black Chamber of Commerce, and The American Chamber of Commerce Executives. Lastly, he is a member of The US Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100. He 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. Mr. Harmon has three sons, John Jr., Josh, and Justin.
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2012 Recognitions

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 U.S. Army All-American Bowl festivities in San Antonio, Texas.

Keynote Speaker at the
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration on Monday, January 16, 2012 at Mercer County Community College on the James Kerney Campus.