Men of Excellence 2020 – Digital Ceremony is here!


Each year, the Chicago Defender takes great pride in recognizing African American men in our community who inspire others through excellence, vision, leadership, exceptional achievements, and a vast commitment to empowerment in multiple ways.  We are proud of the achievements of our men in Chicago and beyond who are doing many wonderful things across broad spectrums of society.

Please join us as we honor this year’s class of Men of Excellence.  The 2020 MOE Awards ceremony will be held on Friday, August 14 @ 6pm on the Chicago Defender’s Facebook Page.

2020 Men of Excellence Honorees

Freddie  Arnold  
Manager/Project Estimator
The George Sollitt Construction Company

Phillip Beckham III
Executive Director
Mid South Business Association & Resource Center

Burt Blanchard
Senior Director, Business Development
Mind Your Business

Ronald Branch
President/Managing Broker
RLB Realty Group Inc.

Blanton Canady
BTII Inc McDonald’s

Clarence Carson 
Chief Facilities Officer
Chicago Public Schools

Dr. Louis Carter II, PhD
Founder, President, CEO, Chairman
Environmental Engineering Org. Inc.

Stacey Chauncey
Secure Home and Automation LLC

Dr. Marlon Cummings
Director, Leadership Doctoral Programs
Governors State University

Nicholas Cummings
Deputy City Attorney
City of Evanston

Derrick  Davis
Account Manager
Lundbeck/Neuroscience Psychiatry

Dr. Dennis Deer, PhD
Commissioner – 2nd District
Cook County Government

Donald J. Dew
President/Chief Executive Officer
Habilitative Systems Inc.

Greg Faulkner
Vice President, Business Development
Trice Construction Company

Mark Ferguson
Deputy District Director
United States Small Business Administration

Daniel Franklin II
Essentional Home Healthcare Inc.

Wayne Grooms, Jr.
Chicago Fire Department

Mark Hall
Vice President
Avidity Technologies Inc.

Elgin Holt
Chief, Area 2 Patrol
Chicago Police Department

Daryl Hopkins
Independent Broker/Realtor
Hometown Real Estate Group LLC

Damien Howard
Director of Education Initiatives
Together Chicago

Fernando Jones
Blues Kids Foundation

Julian Kidd
Managing Partner
Krimson Technology Group

Eric Luster
St. Ethelreda Catholic School

Kenneth Mahone
Technical Solutions

Kevin McFall
Red Clay Digital Agency LLC

George Miller
The Loretto Hospital

Barry Mixon
The Gem Hunter

Bruce Montgomery
Founder/CEO/Executive Producer
Technology Access Television

Corey Oliver
Chief Operations Officer
Community Venture Investment Corporation

David Peterson
National A. Phillip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum

Melzie Porter
Tri Care

Roger J. Salter
Senior Vice President
Sanmar Financial Network

Christopher Scott
Opulent Credit Builders Inc.

Anthony Scott
Vice President
Wintrust Bank

Henry Spight
Patrol Commander
Illinois State Police

Alvin Starks
Chicago City Council

Dr. Jeffrey Sterling
President & CEO
Sterling Initiatives

Rev. Dr. Odel Sterling III
Assistant Pastor
New Nazareth M.B. Church

Early Walker
W & W Towing

Anthony Waller
Catering Out The Box

Hon. Tyrone Ward
Village of Robbins

Jeffrey White
Legacy Rail Operations

Damon  Williams
Assistant Dean of Diversity & Inclusion
Northwestern University

Erick Williams
Virtue Restaurant

Hon. Eugene Wiliams
Village of Lynwood

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