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By Sentinel News Service
Published April 12, 2018

Banking & Financial Institution of the Year: CIT/OneWest Bank L – R: Chairman Gene Hale, Tavio Hobson of Trufl Inc., Byron Mobley, Phillip Wilson, Byron Reed of CIT/ OneWest Bank , Sydney Davis of AEG and GLAAACC President Angela Gibson-Shaw

At the 25thAnnual Economic Awards Dinner, the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce (GLAAACC) celebrated business pioneers whose efforts have contributed to the economic growth and development of the African American Community. The event was held at the JW Marriott LA Live Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on March 30.  Since 1994, GLAAACC’s Annual Economic Awards Dinner has been an occasion where individuals and corporations are recognized before their peers and the business community.

GLAAACC Member of the Year: Elite Auto Network L-R: GLAAACC President Angela Gibson-Shaw, Christine Keith of Elite Auto Network, GLAAACC Chairman Gene Hale, GLAAACC Managers Chanel Frampton and Naomi Mbanefo

“A lot of progress has been made in the last 25 years, but no one does it alone,” said GLAAACC Chairman Gene Hale.   “It’s only right that GLAAACC, as a representative of the African American business community, takes an opportunity annually to stop and recognize individuals and corporations that have helped us move forward.”

Master of Ceremony: Herb Wesson L – R: 41st Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa, LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, LA City Council President Herb Wesson and California State Senator, 35th District Steven Bradford

Awards were given in nineteen categories including a special legacy award presented to Los Angeles World Airport (LAWA) Chief Development Officer Bob Gilbert for his four decades of service to the aviation industry.  GLAAACC’s Special Recognition Awards went to Jeffrey Brunswig, Operations Manager, Hensel Phelps Construction; Louis Carr, Chief Information Technology Officer at Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP); and John Harriel, Project Superintendent, Morrow-Meadows.

VIP Reception Guest Speaker: Mayor of Inglewood James Butts and GLAAACC Chairman Gene Hale

Other awards categories included Minority Business Advocate, Community Service, Small Business Advocate, Corporation of the Year, Healthcare Company of the Year and Commercial Construction Company of the Year.

Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson was the evening’s Master of Ceremonies. Entertainment was provided by jazz saxophonist J. Boykin.

For a full list of award categories and honorees from GLAAACC’s 25thAnnual Economic Awards Dinner, visit at


See full GLAAACC 25th Annual Economic Awards Dinner gallery here.

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