Known as “The Godfather of Black Radio,” Sutton is most widely known for the landmark purchase of a single New York City radio station and turning it into a media conglomerate known as Inner City Broadcasting. But before entering business and politics, Sutton served as an intelligence officer with the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, flying with the 332nd Fighter Group in the U.S. Army Air Forces.
Mark “Ranger” Jones – The Ranger
A former Army Ranger, Jones joined the service in 1987. He become a master sergeant before retiring and starting his own business, Ranger Group, an engineering and construction company. Ranger Group is also a certified 8(a) business and a Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).
Earl G. Graves Sr. – The Green Beret
Before his involvement in politics and founding BLACK ENTERPRISE, Earl G. Graves served as a member of the 19th Special Forces Group, the Green Berets, in the United States Army. Graves is also an ROTC graduate, having attended Airborne and Ranger School.
J. Bruce Llewellyn – The Lieutenant
There wasn’t a failing business J. Bruce Llewellyn couldn’t turn into a thriving enterprise. After purchasing Fedco Food Corp., a chain of food stores in the South Bronx, for $3 million, Llewellyn eventually grew the company from 10 stores to 27 by 1983, generating $85 million in gross revenue. Prior to establishing himself as a savvy businessman, Llewellyn served four years in the United States Army and was honorably discharged after obtaining the rank of second lieutenant.
Berry Gordy – Korean War Vet
Before creating the Motown Sound that became the soundtrack of the 60s and 70s, Gordy was drafted into the U.S. Army. He fought in the Korean War between 1950 and 1953.