Leona Locke Dotson 29
Microsoft Corp.â€ƒRedmond, 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 Microsoftâ€™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 LarkinsÂ 26
Ascension Aircraftâ€ƒAugusta, 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.
Director/Senior Project Manager
Bank of America-Global Wealth & Investment Managementâ€ƒNew York
Marapachi plays a key role in BofAâ€™s product and portfolio development related to alternative investments. Managing a 10-member team, the Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, native leads the bankâ€™s Hedge Fund Origination. Her unit is charged with sourcing, structuring, negotiating, and managing the Merrill Lynch Hedge Fund $20 billion platform.
Marchand saw a demand for IT products and services in Africa and set up shop in Zambia, where he directly oversees Gizmosâ€™ 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.