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Emerging business leaders who are shaping our future

Subject: Jason Smikle

Jason Smikle

Jason Smikle  24
Co-Founder/Managing Director
TUV Online/TUV Media Networks  Chicago

Smikle recognized a void in cool, authentic media produced by young people during his sophomore year of college and teamed up with his friends Ebele Mora and Fabricio Sousa to launch Truly Unique Vision (TUV). The venture has evolved into a new media company that helps brands connect directly with young people (age 18–24). “There’s a huge disconnect between the mindset of young people and the companies trying to create products that young people buy,” says Smikle. With a growing client list including Foot Locker, BET, Toyota, and McDonald’s, the company expects 100% growth in year-over-year revenues.

—Renita Burns

Glenn Lamont McMillan 29
Director in Global Markets
Fixed Income Division
Deutsche Bank New York

McMillan got his start on Wall Street at an early age, making frequent visits to his uncle’s office at Goldman Sachs’s fixed-income trading desk. His growing math skills impressed seasoned traders who mentored and guided him. Today, McMillan, one of the youngest directors at Deutsche Bank, manages a $3.5 billion portfolio of seven and 10-year U.S. Treasury Bonds.

Sirena Moore 28
Founder/CEO
Elohim Cleaning
Contractors Inc. Bristol, PA

Moore’s industrial and commercial construction site cleaning firm continues an upward revenue trajectory earning $2.7 million in 2009 and projecting $3 million in 2010. The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s 2010 Small Business Person of the Year,  Moore helps others learn the ropes through workshops and a radio program.

Leea Nash 32
Director, Business Development,
Digital Media Group
Twentieth Century Fox Los Angeles

From mobile devices and tablets to social media and video clips, Nash evaluates opportunities to monetize Fox’s content on emerging digital platforms. She plays a pivotal role in developing the digital strategy for Fox’s film and TV properties and supports key initiatives, including the distribution of video through partners such as Hulu and Netflix.

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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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