A 14 year military veteran, Ruben is the founder of the Wisconsin Black Chamber of Commerce. Concerned with the lack of business engagement and concerned for the future of the black community. For more than 10 years he as been positioning the Wisconsin Black Chamber of Commerce to take a more active leadership role in improving quality of life in black communities throughout the State of Wisconsin.
Charese A. Gardner brings over 12 years of Real-Estate and Investment experience to the table & Including but not limited to her business experience in from elite positions held throughout wisconsin for over past 15 years. In 2010 She established Gardner & Associates LLC where she has strived to create, maintain and sustain Black Business throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. She is a community activist who enjoys helping others to achieve their goals of greatness. "You would have to really understand my story, to understand my drive" ~C.G.
Fortunate Futures is a nonprofit organization that works in conjunction with the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board to assist job seekers in securing employment. Fortunate Futures is located in the Milwaukee Enterprise Center North. Fortunate Futures is a state approved training provider and has an individualized training account with the State of Wisconsin Job Center. Fortunate Futures has a mission of combating poverty from three angles. Fortunate Futures approaches this complex issue from the aspects of providing job training, employment, and providing affordable housing to Milwaukee County Residents.
As President/Chief Executive Officer of C. Renee Consulting and Management Group LLC, Cynthia (CeCe) Brown leads a workforce/business development and consulting group based in Milwaukee WI. (Also has an office in Dane County) that provides an array of services such as pre-vocational, supported employment and supportive services. She has over 25 plus years of professional experience in accounting, business administration, case and human resources management with various corporate firms. CeCe is also the Executive Director of CRC Employment and Entrepreneurial Services, Inc. (A 501 C 3 organization). She brings 15 years of significant consulting and community leadership expertise in both non-profit and governmental agencies. She is dedicated to nurturing, developing and empowering job-seekers, people with disabilities, entrepreneurs, and businesses to see their dreams become reality.
This devoted husband, father, entrepreneur, war veteran, former police officer, former MPS teacher and board member of the Wisconsin Black Chamber of Commerce was born and raised in Milwaukee. Upon successfully graduating from Custer high school, he enlisted into the United States Army where he served in several combat tours in support of Operation Desert storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. After completing 8 years on active duty he transitioned back to Milwaukee and joined the Wisconsin National Guard and spent the next 14 years as a Military Police Officer. He then applied for and was accepted into Milwaukee Police Academy and was promoted to the position of Police Office. Serving his community for over the 15 years as a police officer and as a Sergeant of Police. Possessing the passion to become an entrepreneur, he partnered with his childhood friends to open Skybox Sports Bar located in the historic Bronzeville neighborhood. Committed to building a stronger community through mentorship, education, and leadership.
Offering an award winning track record of leadership, financial acumen, diverse business strategies, and financial analytical expertise.
Goal: To provide key leadership qualities and access for businesses to interact with governmental bodies throughout the US. To also be in a key management role for a major organization. Finally to bridge the gap between American businesses and the International community.
Experienced Executive Director with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization management industry. Skilled in Business Planning, Philanthropy, Management, Healthcare, and Nonprofit Management. Strong business development professional with a Master of Science (M.S.) focused in Non-Profit Management and Leadership from UW-Milwaukee.