Twelve Local Entrepreneurs to be Recognized by 100 Black Men of Atlanta

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Twelve Local Entrepreneurs to be Recognized by 100 Black Men of Atlanta

Atlanta area WPO members and entrepreneurs to be honored at event sponsored by

IBM and PNC Bank
Atlanta, GA- Twelve women entrepreneurs from the Atlanta area will be honored by 100 Black Men of America with the Marilyn Johnson Women of Color Achievement Award on June 12th, at an event sponsored by IBM and PNC. The inaugural event was hosted in Baltimore in 2010 through a partnership between the Women Presidents’ Organization and 100 Black Men of America. The women will be acknowledged for their commitment to economic empowerment within the community.
“The WPO is proud that the prestigious organization of 100 Black Men of America has seen fit to recognize this powerful group of women business owners,” said Marsha Firestone, Ph.D., President & Founder of the WPO. “Each one demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities while running multi-million dollar businesses that promote economic security while also lending their time and energy to local projects. They are truly role models for women and girls everywhere. ”
"We are honored to recognize some of the extraordinary women in Atlanta who are doing great things, not only as employers contributing to our region's economic vitality, but also as individuals involved in so many vital community organizations," said Eddie Meyers, PNC regional president, Greater Atlanta. "Our support of the Women of Color Achievement Awards reflects our dual commitment to diversity and inclusion and to the achievement of women entrepreneurs.”

"IBM is proud to partner with the WPO to recognize the accomplishments of women business owners. We congratulate these outstanding award winners on setting the pace for excellence in business. We're extremely proud to have this award named in honor of our retired Vice President, Ms. Marilyn Johnson, an architect with WPO of their focus on women of color business owners."

“The 100 Black Men of Atlanta applauds the great contributions and achievements of the Women Presidents' Organization.  We at the 100 focus on improving conditions in which the youth we mentor can thrive personally, educationally, and professionally.  Organizations like the WPO serve to continue the work of the 100 by promoting advancement of underrepresented entrepreneurs in all industries,” said Greg Hawkins, Chairman of Board, 100 Black Men of Atlanta.
The following women will be honored:

  • Phyllis Newhouse, Extreme Solutions Inc.;

  • Pamela Robinson, Financial Voyages LLC;

  • Stacey Scott, Elgia, Inc.;

  • Vela McClam Mitchell, Georgia International Travel;

  • Mary Parker, ALL n 1 Security Services, Inc.

  • Brooke Jackson Edmond, Jackmont Hospitality;

  • Sharmeen Hawkins, SOAR Hospitality Group LLC;

  • Loretta Washington, LCW Engineering;

  • Monica Maldonado, Interprint;

  • Juanita Baranco, Baranco Automotive Inc.;

  • Carolyn Hogan Byrd, Global Tech Financial;

  • Pat Lottier, Atlanta Tribune- The Magazine;

The event will take place June 12, 6pm-8pm at the Commerce Club Atlanta. For press attendance please contact

About 100 Black Men of Atlanta Inc.: The mission of 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc. is to provide support and improve the quality of life for African Americans, particularly African American youth in the Atlanta community. The 100 is one of the city's strongest African American volunteer organizations focused on education, enrichment and empowerment. The organization's community work is performed through its flagship program, Project Success, a mentoring and academic support initiative with the following components: The 100 Academy (Saturday School), Mentoring, 100 Resource Learning Center (100 RLC), Collegiate 100, The B.E.S.T. Academy at Benjamin S. Carson, Project Success Robotics Alliance, Family & Youth Empowerment Programs and Health & Wellness Initiatives. To learn more about Project Success, to volunteer, become a sponsor or make a donation visit

About the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO):

The WPO is the premier peer advisory organization connecting women who own multi-million dollar companies. In monthly meetings across four continents (North America, South America, Europe, and South Africa) chapters of 20 women presidents – from diverse industries– invest time and energy in themselves and their businesses to drive their corporations to the next level. Local WPO chapters are coordinated by a professional facilitator and meet monthly to share business expertise and experience in a confidential setting. For more information, call 212-688-4114 or visit

Average Revenue of WPO members: $13 Million

- Aggregate Revenue: $17 Billion

- Aggregate Number of Employees: 113,500

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