Harry L. Staley is the owner and operator of McDonald’s, Anna’D. Foods, Inc.
With an interest in technology, which was spurred by the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996—allowing small business market entry, Harry Staley established Prime Business Solutions to build sales in local and long-distance telephone services and Internet access to small and mid-sized businesses. Mr. Staley was also chairman and chief information officer for Omega Technologies, Inc., where he positioned Omega as a prime contractor and industry partner for the U.S. General Services Administration on four government-wide acquisition contracts. In addition to his work in telecommunications, he and his wife are owner/operators of seven McDonald’s franchises in New Jersey and members of the National Black McDonald’s Operators Association (NBMOA). He is also active in the McDonald’s Children’s Charities programs.
Mr. Staley is a 1988 graduate of Excelsior College with a major in political science. He earned a Master of Arts from Webster University in1998 in computer resources and information management. He also earned a post-graduate Executive Master’s Certificate from the University of Maryland University College and professional certification from the U.S. General Services Administration, GSA CIO University for the designation of Chief Information Officer (CIO).
Mr. Staley is an expert member of the Business Technology Management Institute, a member of Leadership Greater Washington, and member Board of Trustees at Excelsior College.
Wayne Ferguson is a native of Prince George’s County Maryland. He currently attends Excelsior College in pursuit of a Bachelor’s Degree. He has two children, Janelle, who attends Morgan State University; and Chester, who attends Bowie State University. He started his career at the United Parcel Service in 1988 and currently serves as a Division Manager.
“UPS encourages us to get out into the communities and make a difference, therefore I have an extensive history in volunteering my time but an even longer history encouraging employees to support United Way sponsored organizations”.
Cecelia is a Procurement Analyst in the Office of the Chief Acquisition Officer at the General Services Administration (GSA), where she is responsible for writing/revising Government-wide and agency contract policy and serves as an analyst on the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council.
Before becoming a Procurement Analyst in the Office of the Chief Acquisition Officer, she served as a Contracting Officer/Procurement Analyst in the Public Buildings Service in Central Office and a Contract Specialist in GSA’s National Capital Region.
She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the College of Charleston, Charleston, SC and a Master of Public Administration from American University, Washington, DC. Over the years, Cecelia has received various awards recognizing her outstanding performance within the General Services Administration and for her public service contributions. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, Federally Employed Women, Blacks in Government, National Association for Executive Females, National Contract Management Association, where she received the Washington, DC chapter’s 2004 Outstanding Academic Achievement Scholarship Award and American University’s Executive Education Advisory Board.
Ms. Ferguson has over 25 years working with non-profits in the areas of management and resource development. She worked for 18 years in various capacities with the United Way of the National Capital Area. Her most recent position was Regional Director for Prince George’s County where she raised some $2 million for area non-profits.
Ms. Ferguson is a strong advocate for the vulnerable, at-risk populations, specifically those in need of food, employment, shelter, financial assistance, etc. She currently serves on the Homeless Services Partnership Committee, Emergency Food & Shelter Board for Prince George’s County, Human Services Coalition Board and the Board of the Center for Non-profit Advancement. Through these efforts, Ms. Ferguson works to advance the mission of non-profits throughout the Washington metropolitan region.
In 2008, Ms. Ferguson was presented a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for outstanding and invaluable service to the community and was also recognized as a Woman of Achievement, an award presented by the Southern Prince George’s Business & Professional Women’s Association. This award was presented to her distinguished achievements in striving to empower working women within the community.
Ms. Ferguson is married to James Ferguson and has two sons Jonathon and Morgan Ferguson. She graduated from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University with a B.A. in Speech & Theatre Arts and Howard University with a M.S. in Communications Science
Entering his sixteenth year as the President and Senior Partner of Sage Marketing Partners, a firm dedicated to real estate marketing, investment, and real estate asset management, Tyrone acquires investment properties utilizing a web-based business model designed to streamline the process of location, negotiation and property acquisition. Creative use of a profitability template is a key component developed to compile and maintain investment portfolios.
Tyrone brings more than 30 years sales and marketing experience ranging from sole proprietor to major Corporations. He began his first business venture as owner/operator of Paperchase, a wallpaper and painting company, to help pay College expenses. Tyrone continues his career thru various business levels including Consumer Products at Lehn and Fink (Lysol products) where he excelled in product placement in Key accounts and the U.S. Military in Southern California and Arizona.
During a twelve year career at his previous position at Sun Oil Company (Sunoco) Tyrone earned distinction receiving annual site image awards and goal achievement awards by increasing business sales and business relations thru innovative pricing strategies and effective supply contract negotiations.
He was the top manager in the Boston, Massachusetts division developing new business through land and site acquisition. During his tenure as Vice President of Human Relations at SongPro, a dotcom startup company, Tyrone successfully built relations that helped secure 2 rounds of VC funding and was instrumental in all business segments required to productively navigate the company’s mp3 product from conception to the retail market.
Tyrone received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, from John Carroll University, in Marketing, and received Certification in the Dale Carnegie Sales Curriculum. He also holds a certification for Small Business Development from the Boston University School of Management.
He is a member of the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors and a 5 term member and current Vice President for Mallards Landing Cluster Board. Tyrone recently accepted a Member appointment for the Reston Association Tennis Advisory Committee. He resides in Reston, Virginia with his wife and 5 boys.
Karen S. Jackson
John the joined the U .S. General Services Administration (GSA) in February 1974 where served with the Requirements Coordination Branch in the then Automated Data and Telecommunications Service. He was promoted in August 1977 and became program manager of the GSA Teleprocessing Services Program (TSP) which was a govenmentwide program for acquiring computing services and support services (now known as Cloud services) using TSP multiple award schedule contracts and basic agreements for negotiated procurements. In the mid-1980s significant enhancements were added to TSP schedule contracts including the net discount which allowed schedule contractors to offer discounts for individual procurements without triggering the schedule contract price reduction clause.
John managed the TSP until early 1989 when he transferred back to what is now the Office of Technology Strategy in the GSA Office of Governmentwide Policy where he is currently serving as Deputy Director, Interagency Policy and Management Division. His responsibilities include maintaining a continuous awareness of planned legislation in the overall information technology, cybersecurity and acquisition program area including attending Congressional hearings.
Prior to joining GSA John served with companies in the aerospace industry in the Washington, D.C. area where he was responsible for marketing tactical control systems; tactical command control, communications and intelligence systems; computer systems and studies to the Department of Defense, primarily the Army and Air Force.
He was on active duty for two years as a communications officer with the U.S Air Force Security Service after attending Officers Communications School. He served as Operations Officer (Captain) of a Communications Squadron in the California Air National Guard before being promoted to the Washington, D.C. Office, Litton Industries (now part of Northrop Grumman). After moving to Washington, D.C., he joined the Headquarters Air Force Intelligence Reserve as an intelligence staff officer (Major) assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency Counterintelligence Office.
John graduated from Washington State University with a B.A. in Business Administration and attended the Washington State Graduate School of Economics before going active duty with the Air Force. He attended the U.C.L.A. Graduate School of Business.
Sam Hutchinson has a distinguished national reputation and has had an outstanding career in federal service. He was a member of the government’s Senior Executive Service (SES) at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) from August 1994 through January 2010. During this period he was the highest ranking African-American career executive in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) nationwide. He served as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of HUD; Deputy General Counsel for Operations (Acting); and Associate General Counsel for Human Resources Law. As Deputy General Counsel, he oversaw a $93 million annual budget and directed operations covering over 700 employees in HUD’s Washington, DC and ten (10) Regional Offices across the country. During his tenure at HUD, Mr. Hutchinson was also a key legal advisor to several former HUD Secretaries, including Jack Kemp, Henry Cisneros, Andrew Cuomo, Mel Martinez and Alphonso Jackson. As the Associate General Counsel, he supervised three highly specialized legal divisions in ethics law, public integrity, compliance with federal criminal statutes, employment law, and federal procurement and contracts law. He was also an advisor to a number of Presidentially appointed sub-cabinet level officials in preparation for Senate confirmation on housing and community development issues, HUD policy matters, conflicts of interest, transition issues, divestitures, and financial disclosure requirements. He served as Director of Personnel overseeing a national workforce of 10,000 employees. He supervised payroll and budget operations, collective bargaining and, he managed a successful nationwide downsizing initiative that resulted in substantial savings to HUD and incorporated program consolidation, buyouts, and employee re-training.
Mr. Hutchinson has considerable expertise in managing large organizations, directing legal and administrative operations, establishing public policy and addressing major issues related to housing, public housing, fair housing and community planning and development. He was also legal counsel to the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization. Throughout his career at HUD, he counseled Assistant Secretaries in a number of Administrations and high level Regional Officials having oversight of HUD’s (10) Regional Offices and (61) Field Offices across the nation. Mr. Hutchinson was HUD’s key senior legal official on matters pertaining to intergovernmental relations, contract awards, procurement integrity and the Agency’s initiatives for restoring accountability and transparency in the annual disbursement of over $42 billion dollars in federal programs and housing assistance.
In August of 2000, Mr. Hutchinson was awarded the coveted Presidential Rank Award for outstanding leadership and achievement from former President Bill Clinton. This award is among the highest bestowed for civilian government service. During the administration of President Barack Obama, Mr. Hutchinson served as Senior Advisor to Ron Sims, current Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. He was also an advisor to the interim Provost at Howard University and a lecturer on fair housing and fair lending at the Howard University School of Law. Mr. Hutchinson holds a Bachelor of Science and a Juris Doctorate from Howard and completed the Senior Managers in Government (SMG) program at Harvard. He is a member of the bar in the state of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Hutchinson was also Deputy Executive Director of the National African American Drug Policy Coalition (NAADPC) in Washington, D.C. NAADPC is a collaborative of twenty five of the Nation’s most preeminent national organizations involved in promoting health and justice policies affecting African-American families and youth. Member organizations include the National Bar Association, National Medical Association, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Black Psychiatrists of America, National Police Chiefs Association, and the substance abuse consortium of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. NAADPC organizations are represented in 50 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Mr. Hutchinson is currently in private practice and active in a number of civic and community organizations.
Reg Weaver is the immediate past president of the National Education Association, the largest professional association and one of the most influential educator groups in the United States. Reginald Lee Weaver was born on August 13, 1939 in Danville, Illinois to Mary Alice Buchanan and Carl Weaver. Weaver graduated from Danville High School in 1957 and earned his B.A. degree in special education for the physically challenged at Illinois State University in 1961. He received his Masters degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois in 1971.
Weaver currently serves as vice president of Education International, a 394-member organization representing nearly 30 million teachers and education workers in 171 countries. He travels nationally and internationally, working tirelessly as an ambassador for public education and advocating for the basic right of every student to attend a great public school.
He previously served as president of the NEA affiliate in Illinois—the Illinois Education Association—and president of his local in Harvey, Illinois—the Harvey Education Association.
In 2006, Weaver delivered a landmark speech while visiting the Lincoln Cathedral in England – home to a very rare copy of the Magna Carta – that was met with widespread acclaim. In recognition of his commitment to democracy and fundamental freedoms, the Cathedral unveiled a stone column in Weaver’s name.
He is the recipient of three honorary doctorates recognizing his “world-class leadership in the efforts to educate children,” the most recent from Lincoln University in the United Kingdom.
North Carolina’s Shaw University awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to Weaver in 2006. He was also conferred with an honorary Doctor of Public Service by South Carolina State University at its 2007 Spring Commencement.
Weaver is a recognized expert on public education issues, serves on numerous Boards, has testified before Congress on federal education policy and frequently provides a critical voice on public education for national publications, including The New York Times, USA Today and The Washington Post, along with decision-maker publications, such as Congressional Quarterly, Education Week, and Education Daily. Weaver regularly appears on such news programs as CNN “Headline News,” C-Span’s “Washington Journal,” and ABC “World News Tonight.” He has been invited to discuss pressing education issues on National Public Radio’s “News & Notes with Ed Gordon,” CNN Radio Network, AP Radio Network, and on the radio programs of Michael Baisden, Steve Harvey, Joe Madison, and the Tom Joyner Morning Show, to name a few.
His commitment and contributions to public education haven’t gone unnoticed. He has been named one of Ebony magazine’s 100 Most Influential Black Americans for his national influence.
Gregory K. Wells earned his J.D. in 1984 from the University of Maryland School of Law. His practice focuses on Plaintiff’s medical malpractice, serious personal injury and wrongful death cases, as well as commercial and business litigation. He is also a highly sought-after Mediator. Greg has been listed in Best Lawyers in America in the specialties of Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Product Liability and Professional Malpractice Law, and in both the “Maryland Lawyers” published by Baltimore Magazine, and “Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers” published by Law & Politics since 2007. He is also listed in Washingtonian Magazine’s “Washington D.C.’s Top Lawyers” (2011 and 2013). Best Lawyers in America named Greg as “Lawyer of the Year” for 2013 in the area of Professional Malpractice.
Greg is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, which is widely considered to be the premier professional trial lawyers’ organization in America, and is a Past Chair of its Maryland State Committee. Greg is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates; the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum; and the Academy of Trial Advocacy. He has maintained the coveted “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell since initially being rated by his peers 15 years ago.
Greg is a Past Chair of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Pattern Civil Jury Instructions, as well as Past Chair of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Litigation Section. He is also Chair of the Trial Courts Nominating Commission for Prince George’s County, a position he has occupied since 20078.
A. Toni Lewis is Founder and Executive Director of The Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education, Inc. (FAME). FAME, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, was organized in June 2004 to advance the value of music, music making and educational study and to create opportunities for youth to experience the joys of music and provide them gifts that last a lifetime. FAME provides support primarily through training, workshops, scholarships and instrument donations. FAME was established on the principal that all children, teens, and young adults, regardless of social and economic need, should have access to quality education as part of their lifelong journey to adulthood.
Before joining FAME, Toni held a number of key executive level positions at the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). As Deputy Chief of Staff, Toni served as a principal in the day to day operation of the nationwide agency. She also served as Chief of Staff for the offices of Electronic Government and Government-wide Policy, and held several other key leadership positions in acquisition, management policy, and human resources. GSA coordinates federal policy and provides services to other Federal agencies in the areas of real estate and construction, supply and service procurement, telecommunications and information technology and motor vehicle and travel management.
Another key assignment was serving as Chief Operating Officer of the GSA Presidential Inaugural Committee. This involved the management, direction and support to The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) and Transition Team. She led a staff of professionals from the various functional areas, including acquisition, information technology, telecommunications, physical and personnel security, construction, facilities management, and budget. She provided overall coordination with the PIC and other support arms to the inaugural committee: Armed Forces, District of Columbia, and National Park Service. This assignment was completed in the shortest timeframe (33 days) in the history of presidential inaugurals due to the contested election.
Toni Lewis is an experienced events manager with more than 20 years of experience in special events, public relations, marketing and fundraising. She serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Perfect Plan of Greater Washington, a special events and entertainment company.
Toni received a Bachelor of Science in Education from the District of Columbia Teachers College and Masters studies at George Washington University.
She has been presented with awards and recognition from numerous Federal, humanitarian and philanthropic entities.