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New Chairpersons Announced at AACCNJ

The African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) has announced that Gary Mann, CEO, Jasfel Analytics, and Viviana Lamm, CEO, Risk Strategies, will serve as chairman and chair of the AACCNJ Board of Directors and Foundation Board of Directors, respectively. Tammeisha Smith, CEO, Dunbar Center, will serve as vice chair of the board of directors. The appointments were effective Jan. 1.

“I am truly honored and humbled to step into the role of chairman. Stan Prater has been an exemplary steward and leader, and I extend my sincere gratitude to him”, said Mann. “As I assume this responsibility, I am mindful of the extraordinary work of John Harmon, founder and CEO. Standing on the shoulders of both Stan and John, I am committed to building on their incredible legacy.”

“Together, with the continued guidance of John, we will further advance and expand revenue generating opportunities and strategic relationships for African American businesses in New Jersey and beyond”, said Lamm.

“As we look ahead, I am inspired by the collective strength and diversity of talent within our membership. I firmly believe that our success is interlinked with the success of every member, said Smith. “Therefore, I encourage active participation, constructive feedback, and a shared commitment to our common goals. Together, we will chart a course that not only sustains our present momentum but also paves the way for a brighter, more prosperous future.”

“We are grateful to former Chairman Stan Prater for his leadership to excellence, growth and sustainability over his tenure, he definitely made an impact on our organization”, said Harmon. “And to our incoming chairman, foundation chair, and vice chair, there remains a tremendous amount of work to be done and each of you possess the commitment and unique skills necessary to get the job done with excellence.

“I look forward to working with each of you to design strategies that will derive value for our members and those that invest in the mission of AACCNJ while concurrently contributing to the competitiveness of New Jersey,” Harmon said.

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