Minority Business Hall of Fame & Museum Inducts Five Diversity Pioneers

May 1, 2013 - The Minority Business Hall of Fame and Museum Inc. will recognize five individuals at an awards dinner on May 7, 2013, at the Chicago PepsiCo Building in Chicago, Ill. PepsiCo is the founding sponsor of the MBHF&M and will host the event.


"The MBHF&M is excited to bring our Ninth Annual Induction Ceremony to Chicago which represents a strong sector of minority business enterprises," said John F. Robinson, co-founder and president of MBHF&M. "Minority entrepreneurship and supplier diversity have a strong legacy in Chicago, which hosted the first major supplier diversity business fair more than 40 years ago." 


The ceremony will honor William D. Bradford, James S. Cabrera, Maye Foster-Thompson, Don Jackson and John W. Rogers, Jr.


J. Frederick Canady, chairman of MBHF&M, will host the awards program, which is sponsored by PepsiCo, AT&T, Northrop Grumman and Toyota.


About the Inductees:


William D. Bradford, Ph.D.

of Seattle is a professor of finance and the Endowed Professor of Business and Economic Development at the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.  He was the first African American dean of the business school and the author of numerous works on wealth creation, entrepreneurship and economic development with an emphasis on minority-owned businesses.


James S. Cabrera

is the chief executive officer of United Building Maintenance, Inc., a Chicago-based facility maintenance business. UBM began in 1979 as a carpet cleaning business and grew to become one of the largest Hispanic-owned businesses in the Midwest. Cabrera has held leadership positions in the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Chicago Minority Business Supplier Development Council.


Maye Foster-Thompson is the former executive director of the

Chicago Minority Business Supplier Development Council and a nationally recognized professional in designing, implementing and promoting successful business diversity initiatives. Michelle R. Obama chose her to lead the supplier diversity initiative at the University of Chicago Hospital and Medical Center. She has lectured on successful business strategies in the United Kingdom at the request of the Prince of Wales..


Don Jackson

is founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Central City Productions, Inc. CCP, which was founded in Chicago in 1970, develops, produces and markets television programming designed to communicate positive, uplifting images of Black people across the globe. Jackson is the founder of the Alliance of Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs, a network of Black business leaders providing a legacy for future entrepreneurs.


John W. Rogers, Jr.

is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Chicago-based Ariel Investments. Founded in 1983, the investment firm focuses on undervalued small and medium-sized companies. Sylvia Porter's Personal Finance Magazine named Rogers Co-Mutual Fund Manager of the Year. He is regularly featured and quoted in the media for his expertise and is a contributing columnist to Forbes. 


These honorees join more than forty individuals and organizations inducted since 2005. 


For additional information contact

Carol Daugherty Foster

Secretary of the MBHF&M Board





About The Minority Business Hall of Fame & Museum:

The Minority Business Hall of Fame & Museum was founded in April 2004 to spotlight the achievements of individuals and institutions deemed pioneers in enhancing equal access for business owners of color. The hall chronicles the vision, tenacity and courage of the inductees for future generations. The mission of the MBHF&M is to honor and show appreciation for those who blazed the trail for today's entrepreneurs. MBHF&M is a non-profit organization, established in Dallas.