Tag Archives: BE100s

Preston D. Pinkett III, President & CEO of City National Bank

Banking on a New Model

How City National’s new CEO is turning the institution around; using a rebranding campaign, and offering profitable, consumer-focused products and services

City National Bank (No. 8 on the BE BANKS list with $358.43 million in assets)…

By Alan Hughes

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Company: Cannon Industries
Rank: No. 83 on the BE100s Industrial/Service list
CEO: Jack Cannon
Business: Metal fabrication, metal stampings, machining
Location: Rochester, New York


Company: Leader Communications Inc.
Rank: No. 95 on the BE100s Industrial/Service list
CEO: Michael Lyles
Business: Technology
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

13 Most Successful Black Companies to Watch in 2012

Black Enterprise welcomes 13 new companies to our annual BE 100s list chronicling the largest…

By Sonja Mack

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B. Doyle Mitchell Jr., president and CEO, Industrial Bank and sister Patricia Mitchell, executive vice president, sales and operations, Industrial Bank (Photo by Kevin Allen)

Surviving the Meltdown

Mitchell, president and CEO of Washington, D.C.-based Industrial Bank (No. 8 on the BE banks…

By Alan Hughes

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Walton Isaacson founders Aaron Walton (l) and Cory Isaacson (Photo by Kevin Foley)

Mad Science

Walton Isaacson (No. 8 on the BE Advertising Agencies list with $12 million in revenues)…

By Alan Hughes

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Zycron founder Darrell S. Freeman (right) with CEO Steven Howard Smith (Photo by John Schweikert)

Firing the Boss

How Zycron CEO Darrell S. Freeman grew his company by replacing himself

As founder and executive chairman of Nashville-based Zycron Inc. (No. 86 on the BE Industrial/Service…

By Alan Hughes

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Jackmont Hospitality Takes Flight

A master plan to build a chain of restaurant franchises has this Atlanta-based food empire soaring

Though strong performers, even these bustling locations were affected by the economy as business travel…

By Alan Hughes

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RUSH COMMUNICATIONS: Russell Simmons, founder of Def Jam (1984) and Rush Communications (1991) (pictured). Def Jam is responsible for launching the career of LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys, and Rush Communications is the parent company for media, entertainment, apparel, financial and philanthropic companies.

Black Music Month: BE100s Companies That Made Their Mark with Music

14 legendary black-owned businesses that influenced the sound of Black Music

Check out the BE100s companies that found success in the business of music and radio.

By Sonja Mack

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Growth by Reinvention (2011 BE100s Ad Agency of the Year)

Through creative collaboration, research, and technology, Burrell Communications Group L.L.C. takes the lead

A company’s success and influence are defined by its leader’s ability to identify a need,…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Re:Thinking Business (2011 BE100s Overview)

BE100s CEOs revamp their companies to reap profits through global business strategies, emerging technology, and training a more competitive workforce.

Against a sluggish recovery, a rough-and-tumble business environment, and a ferocious battle for revenue growth…

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20 Most Successful Black Companies to Watch in 2011

Meet the freshman class: Black companies that weathered the recession, grew their businesses and landed on the BE 100s list

Each year, BLACK ENTERPRISE welcomes new companies to its BE100s lists, which chronicle the most…

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Trading Places: Undercover Bosses

Five B.E. 100s CEOs who bravely stepped into their employees' shoes

Everyone has dreams of calling the shots. But a company CEO does more than tell…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Navigating the Curves (2011 BE100s Auto Dealer of the Year)

Surviving tragic losses and industry turmoil, Jenell Ross repositions the family dealership to speed past the competition

Business is slowly picking up at Bob Ross Buick/GMC and Mercedes-Benz (No. 30 on the…

By Alan Hughes

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Bernard Beal

The Smartest Guy in the Room (Financial Services Company of the Year)

Bernard Beal leads investment banking firm M.R. Beal & Co. to bigger deals and becomes the 2011 BE100s Financial Services Company of the Year

In 1988, Bernard Beal put forward a rather outlandish proposal to his wife, Valerie Lancaster-Beal.…

By John Simons

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Driven By Diversification

To spur growth, CEO Leon Richardson is steering ChemicoMays from relying mainly on the auto industry

Richardson, CEO of ChemicoMays L.L.C. (No. 100 on the BE Industrial/Service list with $25 million…

By Alan Hughes

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Educating the Workforce

Government contractor SoBran Inc. invests in its employees to boost its bottom line

“Workforce readiness” has become a buzz phrase to describe the ability—or lack thereof—of America’s current…

By Alan Hughes

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Robert L. McNeil Jr., CEO of IMAGES ad agency (Photo: Lonnie C. Major)

IMAGES’ Digital Focus

CEO Robert McNeil leverages interactive media to build revenue and gain the competitive advantage

Robert L. McNeil Jr. was still living in a dormitory at Georgia Tech in 1989…

By Alan Hughes

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Steering Toward Profitability

Auto supplier Systems Electro Coating looks to accelerate business following industry slump

When the wOEs of the domestic auto manufacturers came to light in 2008, they sent…

By Alan Hughes

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The B.E. 100s: Bloodied, But Unbowed

A year ago, I told you that our most recent economic downturn, one of the…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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2010 Entrepreneurs Conference: Legendary Inspirations

The BE 100s Anniversary Celebration & Awards Dinner at the 2010 Entrepreneurs Conference

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It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to network with 1,200+ of…

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WATCH: 2010 BE 100s Award Winners

Avis Ford, Thompson Hospitality, GlobalHue, and Barden Cos. are honored this year.

The chief executives of Avis Ford, Thompson Hospitality, GlobalHue, and Barden Cos. share what it…

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BE Forum Explores Solutions for Economic Revival

African Americans, small business key for economic turnaround

Black Enterprise hosted a forum to explore strategies and solutions that will ensure that African…

By Joyce Jones

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BE, Walmart to Host Economic Forum

BE100s CEOs, government officials to develop policy recommendations for White House

As President Barack Obama unveils initiatives to bolster the middle class, create jobs and assist…

By Renita Burns

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Field of Dreams

Far from the NFL gridiron of his past, Eugene Profit still outsmarts—and outhustles—his competitors.

By James A. Anderson

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The King of Commercial Real Estate

Victor MacFarlane reigns supreme in America’s gateway cities.

By Alan Hughes

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