Roy Clay, Sr., Ken Coleman, Jerry Lawson, Wayne Sutton
|SAN JOSE, CA â€“ The Silicon Valley Black Chamber of Commerce (SVBCC) announced that it will host its first annual gala affair to recognize and honor the significant achievements of African Americans in the fields of business and technology in Silicon Valley, the leading hub for high-tech innovation and development. The Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurial Development will join the SVBCC to present theÂ already sold-outÂ event on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara located at 5101 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, California.
SVBCC honorsÂ African American Silicon Valley pioneers in business and technology:
â€œSpirit of Excellence Award in Technologyâ€
Roy Clay Sr., Silicon Valley computer engineering pioneer
â€œSpirit of Excellence Award in Businessâ€
Ken Coleman, Chairman of the Board, Saama Technologies
â€œBusiness & Technology Legacy Awardâ€
Jerry Lawson, Co-inventor of modern video game console (posthumous)
â€œNext Generation of Excellence, Achievement Awardâ€
Wayne Sutton, General Partner, BUILDUP.vc
Known as â€œThe High Tech Motivator,â€ Marlon Smithâ€”president of Success by Choice, Inc. and award-winningÂ author of â€œ7 Winning Speaker Strategiesâ€â€”will emcee the celebratory affair. Appropriately, notable Bay Area entrepreneur Carol H. Williams will be the stellar eventâ€™s keynote speaker. Williams is president and CEO of Carol H. Williams Advertising Agencyâ€”the largest, independent and female owned, African American communications agency in the U.S.
â€œThe Chamber is thrilled to acknowledge African American pioneers and achievers, and their respective contributions and impacts on Silicon Valley,â€ remarked Carl Davis Jr., president and Executive DirectorÂ of The Black Chamber of Silicon Valley. â€œWe will recognize a few of the many often-unrecognized engineers, inventors, executives and business developers who have contributed to Silicon Valley becoming the internationally recognized business and technology mecca that it is.
The Silicon Valley Black Chamber of Commerce is grateful to its generous corporate and community sponsors and supporters: Morgan Stanley, Cisco Systems, Hewlett Packard, Saama Technologies, Silicon Valley Water District, Union Bank, US Bank, Wells Fargo,Â Comcast, The New R&B 102.9 KBLX and Comerica Bank.
About The Silicon Valley/Santa Clara County Black Chamber
The Silicon Valley/Santa Clara County Black Chamber was incorporated as a 501(c)(6) in 1988 by founding president and local business person Mr. Ron McPherson, who served as its president for ten years. In 2000, the Chamber created a 501(c)(3), The Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurial Development to act as a foundation for its educational projects and itâ€™s Incubator Program.
The Silicon Valley Black Chamber of Commerceâ€™s mission is to create, identify and/or expand economic development opportunities for African Americans and minorities in Silicon Valley. Â The SVBCC is an equal opportunity, community service provider to all persons regardless of race, sex, color, age, religion, actual or perceived gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, ethnic or national origin, or familial status.