Chairman Cleaver and African American Business Leaders Meet with President Barack Obama on Job Creation

Washington, DC - Today, Chairman Emanuel Cleaver led a discussion with African American business leaders and President Barack Obama. The first of its kind, the meeting served as an opportunity to discuss job creation recommendations and cultivate stronger working relationships within the African American business community, the Congressional Black Caucus and the Administration.  As legislators and as a Caucus, Members are working diligently to remedy the jobs crisis. The Members of the CBC have introduced over fifty job creation bills since the beginning of the 112th Congress, launched the For the People national jobs initiative, and provided nine job creation proposals that help our nation’s most vulnerable.  These proposals and initiatives are closely in line with the President’s Americans Jobs Act. “With African American unemployment stubbornly resting in the double digits, Members of the Caucus believe that it is imperative to have everyone at the table to help find solutions to mend our economy and get Americans back to work,” added Chairman Emanuel Cleaver. The African American business leaders met with the Congressional Black Caucus immediately following their meeting with President Obama. A full list of participating business leaders is included below.


African American Business Leaders

Robert L. Johnson- Founder & Chairman, The RLJ Companies

Ollie Gates – President, Gates BBQ

Warren Thompson – President & Chairman, Thompson Hospitality Corporation

Weldon Latham – Sr. Partner, Chair, Corporate Diversity Counseling Practice, Jackson Lewis, LLP

Ernest Green – Partner, Madison Asset Management Group LLC

Melvin Clark – GW Peoples Contracting Company

C. Michael Gooden – CEO, Integrated Systems Analysts

Tom Moorehead – President, Moorehead Properties

Janice Howroyd – CEO, Act 1

Valerie Daniels-Carter – CEO, V&J Holdings Company

Maurice Tose – CEO, TeleCommunication Systems

Suzanne Shank – CEO, Siebert Brandford Shank

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