Black Enterprise and Porsche joined forces to celebrate something they have in common–intelligent performance. For BE it’s the way African American businessmen and women and our BE 100s CEOs have strategically maneuvered their companies to the top of their industry. For Porsche it’s the way their new and improved, ultra-high-performance sports cars maneuver the road. What happened when these two companies came together at the Porsche Sport Driving School in Leeds, AL? Speed, fun, and of course, unparalleled performance.
Photo, Butch Graves, Jr., Black Enterprise President & CEO, and David Pryor, VP of Marketing, Porsche Cars North America.
Part of the BE/Porsche event included recognizing BE 100s CEOs and other businessmen and women who have achieved success in business. JeFreda R. Brown, a real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty, is one such intelligent performer. She logged on to BlackEnterprise.com, told us why she was an intelligent performer and won an all-expense paid weekend trip to Porsche’s exclusive facility.
Pop/R&B sensation Shaffer “Ne-Yo” Smith and DJ Derrick “D-Nice” Jones were also celebrated as Intelligent Performers. Successful singer and songwriter Ne-Yo founded his own production company, Compound Entertainment, and co-founded philanthropic organization The Compound Foundation Inc. to increase awareness about children in the child welfare system in the U.S. Hip-hop veteran D-Nice also works as a freelance photographer.
Pictured left to right: Pryor, Ne-Yo, D-Nice and Graves, Jr. take a moment for a photo op.
Members of Black Enterprise and select Intelligent Performers at the Porsche Sport Driving School. A team of professional race car drivers coached and supervised those who took a spin around the track.
Terry L. Jones, Managing Partner, SYNCOM Venture Partners tries a Porsche on for size.
Ne-Yo gets ready for his trip around the racetrack.
Bart Williams, Partner, Munger, Tolles, & Olson LLP (seated) and Charles H. James III, CEO, C.H. James Restaurant Holding L.L.C. (standing) enjoy themselves at the Barber Motorsport Park, home to the Porsche Sport Driving School
Black Enterprise CFO Jacques Jiha is ready for his drive.
Dr. Christopher Leggett, interventional cardiologist and Director of Cardiology for Medical Associates of North Georgia, is one of Black Enterprise‘s Top Doctors. He took some time out to join Black Enterprise and Porsche on the racetrack.
Sonia Alleyne, Black Enterprise Editorial Director, adds style and grace to the day’s activities.
The Porsche 911 Carrera is as impressive standing still as it is in motion.
Black Enterprise Senior Director, Multimedia Sales, Gerard Simmons stretches his legs after a spin.
Brown; Kelly Noren, Advertising & POS Manager, Porsche Cars North America; and Larry Barkley, Senior Vice President of Retail, Tourneau LLC smile for the camera.