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Emerging business leaders who are shaping our future

Leona Locke Dotson 29
Finance Manager
Microsoft Corp. Redmond, WA

Locke Dotson manages $1 billion in revenues and creates long- and short-term strategies for current and future product launches and specific marketing initiatives. She expanded Microsoft’s finance-driven tool for field salespeople worldwide to include more products, customer intelligence, and envelop more customers to drive profits. She also structured a model $1 million donation from Microsoft to the National Association of Black Accountants.

Jamail Larkins

Jamail Larkins  26
Founder/CEO
Ascension Aircraft Augusta, GA

Larkins has been flying high since the tender age of 16. In 2006, he started his company with just $5,000. Since then Ascension has taken off, with services such as aircraft leasing, management, acquisition, and brokering. Last year, the revenues of this 2010 BE Next Company of the Year grew to $8.4 million.

Ninon Marapachi 32
Director/Senior Project Manager
Bank of America-Global Wealth & Investment Management New York

Marapachi plays a key role in BofA’s product and portfolio development related to alternative investments. Managing a 10-member team, the Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, native leads the bank’s Hedge Fund Origination. Her unit is charged with sourcing, structuring, negotiating, and managing the Merrill Lynch Hedge Fund $20 billion platform.

Greg Marchand 35
Founder/Managing Director
Gizmos L.L.C. Chicago

Marchand saw a demand for IT products and services in Africa and set up shop in Zambia, where he directly oversees Gizmos’ African division, Gizmos Ltd., providing business solutions to the Sub-Saharan African business community. With nearly $1 million in revenues, Gizmos’ clients include the MTN Group, a multinational mobile telecom company, and UNICEF.

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  1. moven says:

    im a young Zimbabwean involved in general metal fabrication and this section is growing very fast but with the poor financing in my nation blacks in business will always be small.what methods can i put in place to make it

  2. Yvette Duncan says:

    I would like to say congratulations to all the NEXT FORTY BUSINESS LEADERS !! it is extremely exciting to read of all their achievements. Special congratulations to my niece Leona Locke Dotson.

  3. Ongel Duncan says:

    Congratulations to all of these Intelligent, Innovative and BRILLANT Future Leaders. I am especially Proud of my Daughter Leona Locke Dotson. Continue to strive to be the best of the Future.

    • Alice Daves says:

      Leona, I am truly proud of you and the way you have “moved up” in your career.  
      To watch you grow from a baby to a beautiful, smart young woman is quite moving
      to me.  CONGRATULATIONS.

  4. Bethlyn says:

    Congratulations everyone! Chisa Brookes keep up the great work for now and our future!

  5. Way to go Chisa! They could use you at BP.

  6. A. P Smikle-Sterling says:

    Congratulations to all the winners. A big congrats to my son’s name sake -Jayson Smikle. Friends contacted me is this the same Jason Smikle. It’s interesting – names such as these are very different. Young man, keep going, the sky is the limit.

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