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Real Estate Developer at Majora Carter Grouphttp://www.majoracartergroup.com/
MAJORA CARTER is a real estate developer, urban revitalization strategy consultant, MacArthur Fellow, and Peabody Award-winning broadcaster. She is the author of the new book RECLAIMING YOUR COMMUNITY:
YOU DON’T HAVE TO MOVE OUT OF YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD TO LIVE IN A BETTER ONE." Carter offers up
a powerful rethinking of poverty, economic development, and the meaning of
success in hopes of creating an enduring legacy of community wealth, pride, and power.
She is responsible for the creation and successful implementation of numerous economic developments,
technology & green infrastructure projects, policies, and job training & placement systems. Carter applies
her corporate consulting practice focused on talent retention to reduce Brain Drain in American low-status communities. She has first hand experience pioneering sustainable economic development in one of America's most storied low-status communities: the South Bronx. Majora is quoted on the walls of the Smithsonian Museum of African-American History and Culture in DC: "Nobody should have to move out
of their neighborhood to live in a better one”. She has served on the boards of the US Green Building
Council, Ceres, The Wilderness Society, and the Andrew Goodman Foundation. Carter has helped
connect tech industry pioneers such as Etsy, Gust, FreshDirect, Google, and Cisco to diverse
communities at all levels.
President & Co-Founder of Black BRANDhttps://www.blackbrand.biz
Blair Durham is Co-Founder/President and current B-Force Program Director at Black BRAND.
Blair Durham is Co-Founder and President of Black BRAND, a 501c3 organization founded in 2016, whose acronym encompasses business, research and analytics, networking, and the development of black commerce. Beginning in Hampton Roads and now also operating in the Dan River Region, Black BRAND serves as a regional black chamber of commerce organizing programming to support emerging and existing black business owners. Blair is a Hampton Roads native, a graduate of Virginia Tech, the host of Black Wall Street Today, and a proud board member of The Virginia Zoological Park and Volunteer Hampton Roads. Most proudly, Blair resides in Portsmouth with her husband and three children.
Owner at ACG Financial
Clarence earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting at NSU and a Master of Science in Accounting from ODU. His expertise includes providing financial and tax strategies to Business Startups, Home Based Businesses, and MLM Businesses. He also provides
financial management strategies for Real Estate Professionals, music professionals, and entertainment firms. Clarence also holds the following professional designations which include CPA (Certified Public Accountant), EA (Enrolled Agent),
CTRS (Certified Tax Resolution Specialist), CMA (Certified Management Accountant), CFM (Certified Financial Manager), and CIA (Certified Internal Auditor).
Clarence grew up in Chesapeake, VA and graduated from Indian River High School and attended Norfolk State University w
where he was a member of the Marching “Spartan
Legion” Band. Clarence is a co-founder at both ACG Financial Group, a local CPA firm
operated out of Chesapeake, VA and Hampton Roads Tax & Accounting. He is a member
of several other groups including the Insti
tute of Management Accountants, Business
Network International (BNI) and the Alumni Band Chapter of the Norfolk State Alumni
Association. He is an adjunct faculty member for Strayer University where he teaches
accounting to undergraduate and graduate stude
nts. He also teaches various accounting
classes for NSU and often holds training seminars for Hampton Roads Small Business
With all of his accomplishments, nothing gives him more joy than spending time with his
lovely and talented daugh
ter Maddison who is an aspiring gymnast.
Clarence works with the Board at the Jazz Legacy Foundation, a non profit organization
that assists in providing scholarships and funding for High School student musicians and
Music programs within the Hampton Roads
Oh Charlie LLC, ENOLAM Investments
Charleese Malone-Hasan has 7 years of commercial real estate and vacation rental investing experience. Through her companies OH Charlie LLC and ENOLAM Investments, she acquires, leases, and manages a multimillion-dollar investment portfolio that includes commercial retail strip malls and vacation rental homes across 5 states. Additionally, she founded and manages a nonprofit foundation, Eboni Eyes Education Foundation that provides financial literacy, entrepreneurship programs, and college scholarships to eligible high school students.
Charleese was raised in St. Louis, MO. She holds a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from St. Louis University, and a MBA from Webster University. She has over 26 years of leadership, organization, and management experience as a US Navy Officer. She is currently a Navy Captain and Commanding Officer.
Co-Owner at Victory Allegiance Realty / Wall Street Cafehttps://victoryallegiancerealty.com/
Dr. Danita Hayes is the wife of Chris Hayes Sr. and mother of three
children, Nadia, Nia and Chris Hayes, Jr.. She is a Kingdom
Entrepreneur and owns a diverse portfolio of businesses. Danita
began her entrepreneurship journey as a real estate broker and
today co-owns a real estate firm that has two branches. She
also co-owns Wall Street cafe and several real estate investment companies. Danita recently started a movement called
"Women Flip Houses, Too" which was created to teach women all
over the world how to invest in real estate and build wealth for their families. The Women Flip Houses Too movement has allowed
Danita to pour into thousands of women and give them the tools
to be successful real estate investors.
Dr. Danita Hayes is the author of The Kingdom Entrepreneur which reached the #1 Best selling list on amazon.
Danita is passionate about
inspiring women to execute their vision through focusing on God
first and allowing Him to work through them to accomplish their
goals. She also created the 21 Days of Encouragement interactive
journal for women entrepreneurs to encourage and guide women
to reach their entrepreneurial goals. Danita uses Matthew 6:33 as
the blueprint on how she lives her life: "Seek Ye first the Kingdom
of God and all of His righteousness and all these things will be
added unto you.
CEO, Real Estate Agent, Investor of Opulent Realty, Anchored Settlement & Title
Kit Lockett provides expertise and experience for her clients. She has personally purchased and sold over 20 of her own properties. This gives her a deep understanding of the real estate process inside and out This knowledge distinguishes her from others in the field. She is committed to providing excellence and transparency throughout the buying and selling process. Due to her knowledge of the Hampton Roads real estate market and her integrity Kit is sought out by exclusive professionals for representation.
Realtor + Entrepreneur
Dr. Eric L. Majette is a entrepreneur, minister, and realtor amongst many other leading titles in
the Hampton Roads area of Virginia and globally. A graduate of Virginia University of
Lynchburg, holding a MDiv Degree and alumnus of Norfolk State University where he studied
during his undergrad years and received a B.S. Degree in Marketing. Majette wears many hats
in his day-to-day life from helping lead the NAACP’s Virginia Beach branch as the newly elected
President to serving as Senior Pastor at New Life Church Global in Franklin, VA. It would take
an entire novel to share his many accomplishments and the many obstacles that Pastor Majette
has overcome in his journey, considering his 35-plus years of proven senior business
development, executive sales, marketing, fundraising and corporate relations experience. Some
of his greatest accomplishments include the opportunity to serve as a Marketplace Ministy
leader and instructor under the T.D. Jakes School of Leadership, and Instructor at Regent
University. Most recently, Dr. Majette was elected to participate in the Hampton Roads Realtor’s
Association Candidate Institute. He’s launched several successful businesses and led faith-
based initiatives within the marketplace, both locally and nationally. Majette’s latest project
amongst the mountain of other works is his new book titled, “Unconventional Pulpit,” though a
release date has not been shared at this time. His mission is to continue advocating for peace
and kindness, and he seeks to become a major contributor in helping to change the world
through his multi-facet leadership experience.
CEO of Grace Realty Group
William Randolph is the founder of THINK Acquisition – an independent acquisition consulting, training, and development firm focused on increasing the individual effectiveness, preparation, and competitiveness of all participants in the federal government leadership, acquisition, and procurement arena.
Chantel Ray is quickly becoming a household name in the real estate industry. Led by her faith to spread knowledge and ambition to up and coming business and real estate professionals she continues to thrive.
Before Chantel became a real estate professional, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Virginia Wesleyan College and proceeded to teach at Cox High School for several years as well as serving as a children’s minister. However, when she went to buy her first home, she called 3 different real estate agents and no one called her back. Finally one agent called her back 2 weeks later. She thought, there has to be a better way to do real estate and started to change the way real estate is done.
“I wanted to build a company of professionals where we could all work together and use our strengths more effectively,” said Chantel. I focused on four things that I wanted to do differently:
Her vision is to create a global real estate company providing agents with technology, training, support, and leadership so that they can provide a wow-ing experience to their clients.
Chantel is married to her husband, Rhyan, has a daughter, Shayla, and a son, Kyle.
CRA Mortgage Loan Officer at Fulton Mortgage Company
Marion has been in the mortgage industry for 19 years. She joined Fulton Mortgage Company, in 2019. As a CRA (Community Reinvestment Act) Mortgage Loan Officer, Marion provides mortgage services throughout Virginia and specializes in various city grant programs in the Hampton Roads area. She genuinely cares about her clients’ needs and ensures they follow the do’s and don’ts of buying a home. She has facilitated homebuyer education classes for the past 12 years for VA Housing - VHDA and is called upon by numerous Realtors on the southside and the Peninsula to continue educating the public. She enjoys being in the community sharing homeownership education information.
Leader at Positive Vibes Inc. / Positive Vibes Consulting LLC
Brooklyn born, Ohio Raised, and with a heart for Virginia since 1990, Seko Varner describes himself as an Edu-Tainer, which blends the terms, Educator and Entertainer. Seko follows the mission of improving the lives of others. Seko’s bachelor’s degree is from Hampton University, he completed coursework at Old Dominion University, earned a Master’s degree from Regent University, and Endorsement in Educational Leadership from George Washington University.
While Seko is best known in Hampton Roads, Virginia as a Disc-Jockey, founding and running a male mentorship program, and a community activist; he recently pandemic-pivoted back into an earlier career in Real Estate. However, instead of returning a real estate agent, Seko now provides private funds for real estate investors and business loans to business owners. Additionally Seko is the Economic Improvement Chairperson of the Hampton Roads Committee of 200+ Men, volunteers with Green Run High School, and ran an unsuccessful bid for Virginia Beach’s School Board.
Seko worked as a school counselor/liaison and later as a special education teacher in Portsmouth, Virginia. In Virginia Beach City Public Schools Seko has worked as a Special Education Auditor and a special Educator Teacher’s Assistant. As a college and career counselor with the ACCESS College Foundation, Seko provided support and guidance to families in Norfolk’s Historic Booker T. Washington High School and Virginia Beach’s Green Run High School. Seko also worked for Tidewater Community College as the One-Stop Operator contractor for the Hampton Roads Workforce Council, and reopened the Parent Resource Center for Norfolk Public Schools. Seko has a business background as a Real Estate agent, and Financial Services provider, a construction project manager, an assistant program director for a Norfolk State technology-mentoring grant, and has owned a consulting and special events entertainment firm named Positive Vibes Inc. since 1991. Seko jokingly says that he has put his condition of ADHD to good use.
Owner/ Broker at Tina L. Vick Realty & Dev. LLC
Tina L. Vick was born and raised in Newport News, Virginia in the southeast community. She was educated in the public school system and graduated from Homer L. Ferguson High School in 1980 and went on to receive her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications in 1984 from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. In 2001 she attended the Alpha College of Real Estate and became a licensed real estate agent. She is currently Owner and Principal Real Estate Broker of Tina L. Vick Realty, LLC. Ms. Vick has a daughter and a son, Teunsha and Terrance Vick and grandsons Shamar, Brandon and Tyson.
Since being elected to office in July 2008, she has led the efforts to obtain two new housing complexes in the South District; the Noland Green Apartments, 60 adaptive reuse units for mixed income families, and also the Heritage Forest, 248 newly constructed apartments. In 2008, she pushed to form a committee to employ 150 youth in Newport News with the summer youth employment funding from President Obama. She was tired of the future site of MLK Plaza sign in her district, and encouraged council to build the plaza. It was completed in 2010. Also in 2010, Vick was the lead advocate for summer jobs for low income youth in her district. Currently 1500 youth ages 16-24 are employed through the Summer Training & Employment Program. She has truly worked to serve the citizens in her district. Ms. Vick has worked to bring the first Walmart to her district, a district that has for years been underserved and most recently, a newly-built full grocery store to a food desert in her district. Her advocacy for investment in an underserved area has led to millions of city revenue for retail and co-working space, infrastructure improvements, including underground utilities and new streetscape designs, as well as increased economic development.
Ms. Vick is featured in publications such as “Virginia’s Resource Journal,” “Daily Press,” “MyTime Magazine for Women,” the “New Journal & Guide” and the “Hampton Roads Voice.” She recently became the founder and CEO of “Girls Camp” for teenage girls ages 13 to 18 in Newport News to assist young girls in low- income neighborhoods with decision making and teen pregnancy and drug prevention, under her non-profit, Women’s Empowerment Development, Inc.
The Honorable Councilwoman Vick was re-elected for her fourth term in office in 2020, and was voted by her colleagues to serve as the Vice Mayor for two terms (2016-2020.) She is the author of her first book, “Growing Up Vick, The Strength and Resilience of the Vick Family.” Vick was recently featured on the national television show, “ESPN 30 for 30, Vick,” A Documentary about former NFL Superstar Quarterback Michael Vick, who is Ms. Vick’s nephew.
Contriver Group LLC, Learn To Build
Mr. Trenton L. Walker is the Founder, CEO, Owner and President of Glascow Health Services, LLC,
Pyramid Enterprise, LLC, The Contriver Group, LLC, and Learn 2 Build, Inc. All organizations work to
improve and further human relations that span above and beyond the mission, vision, or strategic plan.
Mr. Walker’s mobilization of resources to help others spans throughout Hampton Roads and statewide.
His courageous, determined, hardworking, and passionate demeanor is why he has achieved ultimate
success. His advanced and creative problem-solving strategies through his companies helps
communities battle community issues such as affordable housing, access to essential services (especially
in mental health, which is often underrepresented), equal opportunity, workforce training, and business
development. His care for his community is astounding to say the least. He volunteers extensively
through his fraternity Omega Psi Phi, owns and volunteers with his family’s “Adopt-a-Street” program in
Norfolk on Park Rd, and established Learn 2 Build, Inc. non-profit for youth throughout Hampton Roads.
Learn 2 Build, Inc. is a program throughout park and recreation centers to provide a curriculum to help
students learn construction of both houses, buildings, and boats. The organization also helps place
students into jobs once prepared and ready. Whatever Mr. Walker intends for good ultimately happens.
He is contagious in offering greatness to his community.
Mr. Trenton Walker finds impressive, innovative and beneficial ways to help the community become
more inclusive, stronger and creates a better Hampton Roads for all. Mr. Walker has achieved absolute
success and has been highlighted and recognized on WAVY 10 News for his promotion of inclusiveness
and contributions to the community. Mr. Walker and his team transforms communities throughout
Hampton Roads into areas in which are diverse and rich in excellence. Mr. Walker is a BA graduate of
Norfolk State University and MA graduate of the University of Phoenix. He resides in Hampton Roads
with his amazing family and enjoys giving back with them as a family unit.
Contriver Group, LLC, Penelope Interiors
Dr. Eiesha M. Williamson is the CEO, Owner and Director of MADE Today, Inc., “Making a
Difference Everywhere,” Penelope Interiors, Micah-Lynn Productions and partner of The
Contriver Group, LLC commercial and residential builders. She is a PhD scholar and Professor,
renowned dance choreographer, pageant consultant, life coach, volunteer, mentor, and
philanthropist. Eiesha is formerly 2018 Mrs. North Carolina International and 2014 Mrs. Georgia
America and choreographer for nine other US states. She is the Show Producer for Queen of the
World Pageant. As a life coach, Eiesha has a passion for helping others and guiding them to
achieve goals and aspirations and does so as a motivational and public speaker for several major
A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Eiesha has expanded as an entrepreneur throughout Charlotte, North
Carolina as a business owner, Georgia as a public figure, and Virginia as a philanthropist. She
was delighted to become a NFL professional cheerleader and Captain for the Carolina
Panthers in the 2005, 2010, 2011, and 2012 seasons as well as the Atlanta Falcons 2015,
2016, 2017 and 2018 seasons granting her to cheer at the NFL Superbowl 2017.
Affectionately known as “Coach Eiesha” she has led her former dance studio
MADE Cheerleading, Dance & Gymnastics in their successes by grasping over 2000 regional
titles, 300 state titles, and 700 national titles in both cheerleading and dance in just the
past 10 years. She is a national judge for several major dance competitions and convention
During her spare time she enjoys traveling around the world, fine dining, and spending time with
her love Trent, adorable daughters Micah-Lynn Penelope and Ana-Marie Genevieve, and puppy
Lifestyle Creator at R.Wynn Collectivehttps://rwynncollective.com
Growing up in the heart of Hampton Roads area of Virginia - Ryan Wynn, middle child of three boys, always knew he had a passion for being creative. From playing with LEGOS to painting to even helping with birthday parties; creativity came second nature for him. Upon completing his education in Chesapeake, he set plans for college at the University of Virginia, to pursue architecture.
During his time at UVA, he realized that architecture was not his path and sought out to find a new one. Always remembering Matthew 6:33, he sought God for guidance and put him first in life to figure out what to do next. Joining organizations and volunteering, it became very evident that his creativeness was more fine tuned for other areas.
After a few suggestions from multiple people about pursuing Event Planning, Ryan decided to look into it for himself. His initial thought of Event Planning was that it was a profession for women and that it only meant being a “Wedding Planner”; something he felt was not for him. Upon research, he learned that Event Planning was so much more than that and currently though he does many different types of events, Weddings happen to be his favorite one.
Though Ryan decided not to pursue architecture full time, the love for it never stopped and he decided to take a different route; into the world of Interior Design! Coupled with his creative background, sense of style, and love for architecture, this too became second nature for Ryan. He now has the pleasure of designing amazing spaces for client's homes and commercial properties! The love and momentum grew for this more during the pandemic where he was able to help client's that wanted to change their spaces.
Choosing Ryan Wynn is not only choosing a professional but it is also choosing a lifelong friend as he is very personable and you can feel the passion that he puts into his work.
Broker/Owner at Onyx Realty Pros
Founder of Mini Millionaire Moguls LLC
Principal Broker/ Owner at Walker One Property Group LLC
Strategic Housing Officer of Equitable Development at Virginia Housing