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Top 50 Black Professionals and Entrepreneurs to be recognized by Business Journal
Press Release
Thursday, February 22, 2018

HOUSTON (February 21, 2018): Famed educator and civil rights activist Booker T. Washington said, “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed." In celebration of Black History Month, a local African-American advertising, marketing, media and communications company is honoring the achievements of legendary African-Americans. Business Journal is hosting the 6th Annual Top 50 Black Professionals and Entrepreneurs of Texas Awards Ceremony to recognize corporate, civic, and nonprofit leaders. The event will take place at The HESS Club, located at 5430 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77056, Thursday, Feb.22, 2018 at 6 pm. 

The list of those being honored includes Living Legend, Shawn Taylor, Super Trailblazers, Kenny E. Lloyd and Carl Anthony Payne, II; Trailblazers, Reggie Collier, Mary Griffin, Warren Broadnax, Ernest Walker, Amber Newman, Derrick Reed, Dr. Antonio D. Tillis, Dr. Michalyn Porter, Shawn McLemore, and Dr. Quentin Ashley Wright; Community Heroes, State Rep. Shawn Thierry, State Rep. Jarvis Johnson, DJ Mr. Rogers, Trae Tha Truth, Jacqueline D. Fortune, Jesse Muhammad, Xavier Samuels, Pastor JT Johnson, Paula Ware, Dwight Judge and Pastor E.A. Deckard.   

“At, it’s not only our duty, but also our privilege to highlight and celebrate the accomplishments of African American business professionals and entrepreneurs. We must continue to recognize and encourage them to help ensure their continued success,” says MR. D-MARS, President and CEO of  

Sponsors for the Top 50 Black Professionals and Entrepreneurs Awards Ceremony are: Texas Southern University, E-PIC Training Center, LaneStaffing, Law Office of Victor Walker, University of Houston HUB Program, GP Industrial Contractors, Inc., Anderson & Smith (A & S), Subcontractors USA, H-E-B, Brokers Grass, Troy B. Smith Professional Services, Bayway Lincoln, Accurate Security, LAMIK, Law Office of Kevin Murray, American Red Cross, The Honorable Joel Clouser, Sr., Regions Bank, She’s Happy Hair, Bee Fit Foods, Happy Me Tee, Boys & Girls Club of Brazoria County, Amazing Smiles, More Freedom Today, Farmers Insurance Zano Bailey, RC Fitness, Industrial Welding Academy, 90.9 KTSU, Save Your Property (SYP), Zaxby’s, Marshall Wealth Management, LLC, Benoit Law, the HESS Club, State Farm Ken Ross, The Donatto Group, GGB Trucking LLC, Soul Fit Grill, Optimum Security Professionals, and Dr. Shana D. Lewis. Tickets ($50) may be purchased online at For information on sponsorship or media access, contact MR. D-MARS at 713-272-9511 (office) or 281-748-8111 (direct).



Shawn Taylor – Zaxby’s Houston, LLC 


Kenny E. Lloyd —Total Life Changes

Carl Anthony Payne, II 


Reggie Collier — Reggie C. Fitness

Mary Griffin – Mahogany Entertainment, Corp (Global)

Warren Broadnax -- She’s Happy Hair/ Happy Me Tee/ GGB Trucking, LLC

Ernest Walker -- KTSU 90.9 FM

Amber Newman — Boys & Girls Club of Brazoria County

Derrick Reed -- Smith Reed & Armstrong, PLLC

Dr. Antonio D. Tillis – University of Houston

Dr. Michalyn Porter — Aleryn Incorporated

Shawn McLemore —The Vocal School

Dr. Quentin Ashley Wright – Lone Star College 


State Rep. Shawn Thierry — Texas House of Representatives, District 146

State Rep. Jarvis Johnson --Texas House of Representatives, District 139

DJ Mr. Roger — Relief Gang

Trae tha Truth — Angel By Nature

Jacqueline D. Fortune – Harris County Sheriff’s Office

Jesse Muhammad —The Nation of Islam

Xavier Samuels — Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals

Pastor JT Johnson — The Word Church/Increase ME

Paula Ware – Urban Schools Collaborative

Dwight Judge – Black Professional Cowboys & Cowgirls Association, Inc

Pastor E.A. Deckard – Green House International Church        


Ken Ross — State Farm Insurance

Carneta Hunte-Larkin — I Love My Children, Inc. & Be Your Selfie, Inc.

Kevin Murray — Kevin Murray, LLC

Dr. Margaret Allen – Amazing Smiles, PLLC

James Marshall – Marshall Wealth Management, LLC

Twiler Portis – More Freedom Today

Dr. J. Kenyatta Cavil – Texas Southern University & THG Agency, LLC

Cheryl Elliott Thornton- Harris County Attorney’s Office

Zano Bailey – Farmers Insurance Zano Bailey Agency

Dedra Davis — Dedra’s Entertainment Group

Dr..Anthony Sutton-MDI Prep           

LaTrice Martin – Save Your Properties, LLC 


Lorenza Butler, Sr. and Lorenza Butler, Jr – Freedmen’s Publishing Company 


Tricia D. Moten, RN, BSN — First Street Hospital

Hiram Smith – HiramStyle INC

Dr. Cwanza Pinckney –

Dr. Lisa Wines – L & A Professional Services, LLC

Teeba Rose – 

Al Benoit – Benoit Law, PLLC

Billyssia Pierce – Bee Fit Foods

Charles Collins – Office of the Attorney General of Texas - Child Support Division

Dr. Shana Lewis – Inspiring Change

J.D. Garnier – Attacking the Root, LLC

Marshall Isom – Optimum Security Professionals

James Donatto, II -- The Donatto Group

Steve Brown – Capital Assets Sustainable Energy Development, LLC

Derek Boles, M.Ed. – Generation Realty, LLC

Will Norwood, III – City of Houston Office of Business Opportunity

DeRonica Horn – Lasting eMpressions

Jason McLemore – Office of Business Opportunity Houston Airport System

Leo “LeMarcus” Newman, e.MPA – Texas Southern University

Rickie Chaffold – More Than A Rib

Christopher Adams – Brooklyn Sweeps, Inc 


Valesco Raymond – Kaliber Choice

Jimmy Burner — Jimmy Burner Showroom

Isaac Moore –- Isaac & Moore

Helen Ashegbeyeri — Ashegbeyeri Law Firm, PLLC

Chaz Hammonds Daughtry – Soul Fit Grill


Remembering Jim Guidry Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership

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