Member Highlights

Walter Hill, Jr.

GLAAACC BOARD MEMBER HIGHLIGHT

GLAAACC Chairman Gene Hale and the GLAAACC Board of Directors congratulates Walter Hill, Jr., President of Icon Blue, Inc on recently being awarded the Marvin Spike Lifetime Achievement Award from the Advertising Specialty Institute.

We are very proud of our board member.   To view the full Counselor Magazine article regarding his award and a photo from the event visit: www.asicentral.com/magazines/counselor/Awards/content.aspx?id=2072.

Again we are pleased to congratulate our deserving GLAAACC Board Member Walter Hill, Jr.

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Colette Moore

GLAAACC MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

GLAAACC members are known for being movers and shakers in t he business community, and Colette Moore, Owner and Strategic Partner of Pride Staff L.A./Culver City is no exception.  Since joining GLAAACC in 2012, she has been an active member and supporter of GLAAACC and its programs.  “I’ve benefited from my GLAAACC membership in so many ways, particularly the access to opportunities and networking that I wouldn’t have had otherwise.”

Moore’s elevated visibility through GLAAACC led to PrideStaff L.A. /Culver City to be ranked in Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2014 list of 100 Top Minority-Owned Businesses. The list recognizes minority-owned Los Angeles County-based companies and is ranked by 2013 revenue. The Los Angeles Business Journal specifically sought out GLAAACC members to qualify for this annual ranking.

Also in 2014, Inavero, an independent survey company, recognized PrideStaff as the Best of Staffing provider.  This recognition is reserved for only the top 2% of staffing firms in North America.

In June 2015, PrideStaff L.A./Culver City will receive the Small Business of the Year Award from the Leadership of the California Legislature.  During California Small Business Day, each legislative district is invited to honor a small business owner that is deemed the Small Business of the Year from that district. Assembly Member Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, representing the 54th Assembly District, hand-picked PrideStaff L.A./Culver City for this honor.

Moore has words of wisdom for small business owners just starting out, “Follow the money.  Cash flow is not the same as revenue,” Moore states. “Know where your money is going at all times.  Focus on sales, consistency and follow-up.”

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Vice Chairman Karim Webb

GLAAACC BOARD MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Coming from a family that owned 14 McDonald’s restaurants, the franchise business is nothing new to GLAAACC Vice Chairman Karim Webb.  After graduating from Morehouse College, he went to work for the McDonald Corporation and completed its training programs.  He opened his first Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar located in Torrance in 2009, followed by a second location in Baldwin Hills in 2011.  In late 2014, a third location in Carson was added.  Webb and his team have secured the rights to open three more Wild Wings restaurants. Tentative locations for future restaurants are Koreatown, Inglewood and North Long Beach.

According to Webb, plans for expansion in a variety of locations are based on simple economics.  “African Americans are 6% of the population of L.A.  If you have a business that only caters to 6% of the population, your chances of success is significantly limited versus having a business that caters to everyone, but just happens to be owned by African Americans,” says Webb.  “I think we ought to do business wherever we can.”

Webb’s accomplishments and business savvy earned him the Annual Small Business Award for Franchise Company of the Year at Black Enterprise Entrepreneur’s Summit in 2014.  Webb joined GLAAACC after attending the 2013 Annual Economic Awards Dinner.  “It was a very prestigious event. A lot of networking with influential African Americans.  Immediately, I knew that was the group I wanted to be among.”

Webb was installed as Vice Chairman of GLAAACC’s Board of Directors on February 10, 2015.  “One of the benefits of being involved with GLAAACC is developing a relationship with Gene Hale.  I would suggest that for all GLAAACC members.  He is such a tremendous resource.  I’ve been able to make a lot of valuable connections through him.”  Webb noted another benefit of GLAAACC membership: political connections.  “A lot of politicians engage GLAAACC.  You have an opportunity through GLAAACC to develop one-on-one relationships with folks that have the ability to impact your business.”

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Are you a GLAAACC Member who has recently been recognized for an accomplishment? Have you recently been awarded a sub-contracting project? If so, email the Chamber staff to be recognized on the GLAAACC Member Highlights page.