R. Donahue Peebles Confirmed as Speaker
R. Donahue Peebles, one of the wealthiest African Americans in the country with an estimated net worth of more than $700 million, has been confirmed to speak at Black Enterprise’s 2015 Entrepreneurs Summit, May 13–16 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.
Building a legacy etched in community development, the real estate guru’s estimated $4 billion, 6-million-square-foot portfolio includes developments of luxury hotels and commercial properties in New York, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Miami Beach, and the Florida Keys. Earlier this year, Peebles Corp., No. 46 on Black Enterprise’s 2014 Industrial/Service list with $82.5 million in revenue, announced its second largest deal in the company’s history after securing a bid for a $300 million Boston contract to build a retail area, hotel and condos.
Pushing forward, Peebles’ goals are based in the denial of limitations. “As black Americans in this country, American society imposes significant impediments and limitations on opportunities to us, and we just can’t accept those,” says the 55-year-old. “We have to have the mindset first that there are no limitations and we’re not going to allow anybody to limit us or impede our ability. Then we can use that sense of focus and determination to guide us as a company.”