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Notable Minority Executives

BizTimes Milwaukee is proud to present the inaugural showcase of Notable Minority Executives spotlighting accomplished professionals across the region. The leaders profiled in the following pages were nominated by our editorial team or by their peers at work and in the community and showcase the diversity of talent in our market.
The leadership shown by the individuals profiled here is setting an example to shape a better future for our region.

METHODOLOGY: The honorees did not pay to be included. Their profiles were drawn from nomination materials. This list features only individuals for whom nominations were submitted and accepted after a review by our editorial team. To qualify for the list, nominees must be based in southeast Wisconsin. They must be currently serving in a senior level role at their firm, must hold a leadership position in their industry outside of their own organization, have made a significant contribution to advancing workplace equality at their own workplace or beyond, and act as a role model or mentor.

Valerie Daniels-Carter

Notable Minority Executives: Valerie Daniels-Carter

Valerie Daniels-Carter, the president and chief executive officer of Milwaukee-based V&J Holding Companies Inc., began her career at First Wisconsin National Bank as a...

Notable Minority Executives: Ulice Payne, Jr.

Ulice Payne, Jr. is the president and founder of Brookfield-based Addison-Clifton, LLC, a global trade compliance firm. Payne launched the company in 2004. Addison-Clifton assists...

Notable Minority Executives: Willie Smith

Willie Smith, executive director of the Northwest Side Community Development Corp. (NWSCDC), has led the resurgence of business interest in Milwaukee’s northwest side. As executive...

Notable Minority Executives: Ugo Nwagbaraocha

Ugo Nwagbaraocha, president of Milwaukee-based Diamond Discs International, grew his company during the COVID-19 pandemic while continuing to serve as a leader for Milwaukee’s...

Notable Minority Executives: Tina Chang

Tina Chang, chairman and chief executive officer of Brookfield-based SysLogic, Inc., an information systems consulting and services firm, became the company’s first employee in...

Notable Minority Executives: Shanee’ Jenkins

As vice president of social responsibility for the YMCA, Shanee’ Jenkins’ responsibilities include mission advancement, fundraising and diversity/equity/inclusion. In 2018, her contributions helped the...

Notable Minority Executives: Ronald Adams

This past year, Ronald J. Adams, vice president of field diversity and inclusion of Milwaukee-based Northwestern Mutual, led his team and advised executive leadership...

Notable Minority Executives: Randall Harlan

Randall Harlan is senior vice president of Panther Workforce Solutions, a managed service provider (MSP) that helps companies and organizations more efficiently acquire and...

Notable Minority Executives: Rafael Garcia

Rafael Garcia is a real estate developer and executive director of Milwaukee-based Community First, a non-profit organization that fosters affordable housing. Community First began as...

Notable Minority Executives: Rachaad Howard

Rachaad Howard started his business more than 10 years ago, making shirts in a little two-bedroom apartment and selling the shirts out of a...

Notable Minority Executives: Otis Winstead

Otis Winstead serves as the executive director for Milwaukee-based Great Lakes Dryhootch, a veteran-led, veteran-serving organization. Winstead has guided the organization toward a more...

Notable Minority Executives: Ossie Kendrix

As president and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin, Ossie Kendrix works to advance equality in the public, private and...

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