Our Chamber Leadership
Linda S Gray
Board Mission Statement: Work together as one unit to empower the business community and our membership toward business growth.
Board Purpose Statement: The Board of Directors is responsible for the overall governance of the organization. This includes a critical role in advancing the mission, impacting organizational financial performance and strategic growth, and shaping a sustainable and relevant future for the Chamber.
When you are on a special mission, it is not always easy to accomplish your goals. Here at the Greater Southwest Black Chamber of Commerce we are extremely grateful to have a loyal and dedicated Board of Directors that are active in the organizational planning and decision-making of its Chamber of Commerce.
Our Board is not reluctant to making sure that our organization remains financially sound. Our finances are not just about overseeing the budget. It is about understanding how the organization is funded, how fundraising works and participating in that fundraising. The public trusts the board to manage donated funds to fulfill the organization's mission.
Our Board Members realizes the seriousness of their duties when they agreed to serve on the Board. Again, we are incredibly grateful to have a loyal and dedicated TEAM
Linda S GrayPresident
President of the Greater Southwest Black Chamber of Commerce. My business objective is to operate in a responsible leadership position where my focus is definitely on business as a visionary with strong leadership skills. My role as a community leader must help solve problems that can make a difference in the lives of business owners. On a professional and business level, many have found her to have a pleasant and positive attitude as well as being a great Woman of God. www.gswbcc.com
Abdul El BeyBoard Chairman
I'm excited to be the contact point for every board member regarding board issues. My biggest responsibility is setting goals and objectives for the board to ensure that they are met and that all board members are involved in committee activities.
Owner of Shark Brite LLC a company specialized in janitorial implementation, offering a wide range of services that cover anything from office, commercial and residential service work. Access to capital is what businesses need.
W. G. JonesVice Chairman
Triple J is one of the leading hospitality renovation general contractors licensed with over 26 years in the construction industry, we take great pride in the partnerships we build with our hospitality clients. Triple J consistently delivers great results for our partners’ projects and unparalleled value for their businesses. www.jjjconst.com
Claudia FergusonBoard Secretary
Co-Owner of Shark Brite, LLC. I've learned being a board secretary you have to be on top of your A Game. Which also means that you need a varity set of skills along with strong communication skills and the ability to organize and prioritize tasks and you need to be well-versed in administrative work.
Tawanna Heyward-BeyBoard Member
Coach Tawanna believes that building and growing your business into millions “can be done” and is often quoted as she shares this message as a keynote speaker and in her recent book she co-authored called “Get Certified” Learn the Basics and Benefits of Becoming a “Certified” business owner.
Larry HallParliamentarian Chair
QNET INFORMATION SERVICES (Qnet) is a full service technology solutions and managed services provider. Founded in 1999, Qnet is a privately held corporation with headquarters in Dallas Texas and customers serviced in Oklahoma, Louisiana, Floriada, Georgia and Texas.
Margaret StricklandBoard Treasurer
Thomas DeasonMember Services Chair
Cozy D Air Heating and AC
Our mission is to serve the DFW Metroplex with quality service at a competitive pricing with integrity, and in a timely manner.
Darren SmithAdvisory Board Member
Throughout my career, I have been successful in executing more than $1 Billion in total development cost of multi-family housing projects throughout the country. Every development built must be of the highest quality. It is a living operational representation. www.auxanodevelopment.com
Jollyn MwsingoBoard Member
ACARI Management Group, Inc. headquartered in Arlington, TX, was founded in 2009 by Jollyn Mwisongo, a driven entrepreneur committed to bringing her clients’ visions to reality. At ACARI we understand that the success of our company is grounded in the success of our clients.
Dr. Shirley HiggsBoard Member
Experienced District Director, Student Success Dallas College. A demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Conflict Resolution, and Lesson Planning. Strong education professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) focused in Higher Education Leadership from Capella University.
Jerome BrownBoard Member
Retiring from the Navy after 22 years of service, and being victim and a survivor of COVID-19, it didn’t take much for the ActivePure Air Purifier to convince me of its quality. I know its methods are as clean as the air it creates. I am an authorized dealer for ActivePure. www.jbenterprisetechnology.com
Jason Mashell. P.E.Board Member
Texas Construction Services Manager with Michael Baker International. A leading provider of engineering and consulting services, including design, planning, architectural, environmental, construction and program management. I help lead expansion of roadway and bridge projects throughout the state. During my 18 yrs at TXDOT, I was responsible for 90 construction projects valued at over $1 billion.