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Julius Jackson - President
Mr. Jackson has been president of People Helping Each Other, Inc. since May 2010. He has been the company’s key business development person. Mr. Jackson became an activist in 1964 as a 17 year old, marching with Dr. King in Saint Augustine, FL. As an activist with a vision, Mr. Jackson has parlayed the benefits of a non-profit enterprise with the free market philosophy of a for-profit business. His activism led to his co-founding of Ryan Millennium Group Inc. in November of 2014. Ryan Millennium Group, Inc. has multi-racial ownership and was created to bring about racial harmony in North America and Africa through multiple economic strategies. The histories of Millennium Group worldwide, Inc., www.mgroupww.com and Ryan Inc., www.ryanfl.com, were perceived by their owners to be a perfect match for the task, and thus, Ryan Millennium Group, Inc., was formed. Most recently, Mr. Jackson encouraged a group of like-minded individuals to establish a new business, Social Investment Holdings, Inc., www.soinholdings.com to capitalize on one of the newest tools for helping small businesses from the Securities and Exchange Commission, Regulation A.
Mr. Jackson’s professional career began at General Motors Corporation in 1968 as assistant to the plant chemist for two years. Between 1971 and 1974, he served with the Metro Dade Police department. He earned a degree in criminal justice administration at Florida International University. After the police department, he worked in the county manager’s office. Mr. Jackson left Miami-Dade County in 1976 to join a private Washington D.C. consulting firm, providing technical support to Florida, Mississippi and Alabama, under a contract with the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Thereafter, Mr. Jackson founded a consulting firm that ultimately had offices in London, Kinshasa, Zaire, Washington D.C., New Haven (Connecticut), and Miami, FL. The firm procured national and international contracts with various U.S. government agencies, including the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Department of Defense. He managed the development of more than 10 training courses and course revisions published by the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO). From 1985 to 1989, Mr. Jackson served on the Miami-Dade County Housing Finance Authority, with an emphasis on financing affordable housing. He left the authority and ultimately built housing for agencies as well as his own account. Mr. Jackson has developed sub-divisions in Atlanta, Georgia, and Miami, FL. Mr. Jackson’s International exposure led him to conduct housing development and business development workshops, to assist black businesses in South Africa in planning for collaboration to expand their capacity. He was engaged by the archbishop of Cape Town to bring blacks in America to sub-Saharan Africa, to join forces and mutually benefit from the combined intellectual property and natural resource assets possessed by the two groups. This led to the establishment of the “Winds of Change” initiative, launched in 2012 in Addis Ababa at the World Economic Forum. He created a solar water heater project to reduce the consumption of electricity in South Africa, a country currently experiencing a shortage of electricity. Today, Mr. Jackson is focused on providing leadership for the establishment of a faith-based economic initiative, Interfaith Americans for a Better America, and Social Investment Holdings, Inc., to support the creation and establishment of businesses majority owned by previously disadvantaged groups and individuals in America, sub-Saharan Africa, and Brazil.
Under Mr. Jackson’s leadership, Millennium Group Worldwide, Inc. became a reporting company, going through the registration process with the Securities and Exchange Commission, being declared effective in January of 2009. He managed a contract for the world’s fourth largest diamond mine in Angola, and is currently, on behalf of PHEO, overseeing more than 1 million acres of timber for harvesting in Africa and more than 6 million acres for conservation.
Mr. Jackson has been a board member of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce, Salvation Army, and many civic and business organizations. He also served as President of the Northeast Florida Chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors.
John E. Oxendine - Director
Mr. Oxendine has been an entrepreneur, operator, investor, and lender in the communications industry for over 30 years. In these positions, he has been responsible for selecting, investigating, performing due diligence, analyzing, structuring, negotiating, and closing on potential investments for the companies he has owned, operated, and served. Mr. Oxendine has provided portfolio management and administrative services to these companies, including monitoring the performance of their portfolio companies, developing exit strategies, and advising them regarding the disposition of investments. He is currently the chairman, president, and CEO of Blackstar, LLC and Blackstar LP, both management companies which provide consulting and management services to the communications industry. Mr. Oxendine served as interim CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of Equity Media Holdings Corporation (“EM”) from June 2008 through January 2009. EM was a publicly held media company that divested its assets in April 2009. Mr. Oxendine served as chairman, president, and CEO of Blackstar Communications, Inc. (“BCI”), a company he formed in 1987 that acquired, owned, and successfully operated commercial television stations in the U.S. He formed BCI with an original investment of $100,000 in common equity and $5 million in preferred equity, and eventually bought 5 television stations at a cost of nearly $30 million. When the sale of all the stations was completed to USA Broadcasting, Inc., in 1998, the total sale value was $96 million, yielding a significant return on investment of over $35 million to Mr. Oxendine and his investors, which included Fox Television Stations Inc. (“FOX”), and Home Shopping Network, Inc. (“HSN”). From 1981-1995, Mr. Oxendine served as President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Broadcap Capital, Inc. (“Broadcap”) and it’s then parent company, Broadcast Capital Fund, Inc. (“BCFI”). Broadcap and BCFI were companies that were mandated by their investors, large publicly held broadcast companies, to invest in minority controlled communications businesses. Broadcap was essentially a lender of last resort to new minority entrepreneurs in the media industry. Additionally, as part of the mandate, Broadcap and BCFI provided managerial and financial training to over 3,000 radio and television industry professionals. As chairman and president of Broadcap and BCFI, Mr. Oxendine oversaw the companies’ strategic development, management, capital raising efforts, portfolio-company monitoring, and all investment decisions. Under Mr. Oxendine’s leadership, Broadcap and BCFI committed approximately $17 million to over 47 companies to acquire or construct broadcast properties, leveraging total capitalization in these companies to an amount of nearly $80 million. Included in the companies receiving funding and other support from Broadcap were eight Hispanic-owned and -operated entities, several of which were seeded by Broadcap’s investments and subsequently became significant companies in the Hispanic media industry. Mr. Oxendine served on the boards of directors of Paxson Communications Corporation, a large publicly held media company, and Lockhart Companies Incorporated, primarily a real estate company. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps on active duty from July 1967 to December 1968 and in the active reserve from December 1968 to July 1973. Mr. Oxendine earned an M.B.A. from Harvard University, Graduate School of Business in 1971. He received a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from Hunter College in 1965. He has a working knowledge of Spanish and French, and some familiarity with Russian. Mr. Oxendine has written several articles on venture capital and media investing that have been published in the Bar Association Law Journal, Duke University Law Review, Journal of Minority Business Finance, and Sound Management.
Michael Cooper - Director
Michael Cooper currently serves as a director and as the veteran business and community outreach coordinator for People Helping Each Other. Mr. Cooper is also a guardian for Southeast Honor Flight for senior veterans and has flown seven very successful flights to Washington DC with two Army and five Navy World War II and Korean veterans. From 1987 till 1994, Mr. Cooper traveled the globe while serving his country in the United States Navy (USN). In 1995 Mr. Cooper received his CDL class A for commercial driving and in 2001 became a Certified General Contractor in the State of Florida. Mr. Cooper has built residential homes and commercial buildings around the state and used his construction experience to oversee a construction project for a large diamond mine in Angola Africa. Mr. Cooper’s spiritual faith and his heart for people in need has been the catalyst for his volunteering many hours for Missionary Flights International and lead him to distributing Operation Christmas Child boxes for Samaritan Purse in Bolivia. While in Bolivia, Mr. Cooper also utilized his construction experience to help to construct a church with the locals.
Bernard Lewis - Director
Bernard Lewis serves as a Director and a representative for Calvary Missionary Baptist Church and the local community. Mr. Lewis was born in Palatka, FL where he grew up and graduated from Palatka High School in 1980. Upon receiving his high school diploma he entered the work industry under employment at Georgia Pacific Corporation in Palatka, FL from July 1980 – September 1986. Following the six years of service at Georgia Pacific Corporation, Lewis became employed at The ARC of Putnam County, Inc. where he made a positive impact and helped individuals with intellectual disabilities. During his tenure, he managed the Westover Workshop for 13 years, the Tyrrell Oaks Assisted Living Facility for 5 years, and a million-dollar budget. Lewis supervised 23 staff members and 109 clients while also distributing programs and assigning outings to staff, maintaining and monitoring reports, and negotiating with organizations/businesses to find production work for clients. Mr. Lewis is currently the Site Manager at Forest Glen Apartments and a Front Desk Clerk and Janitor at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church (CMBC) Family Life Center, both in Palatka, FL. As manager, Bernard has received the S.T.A.R. (Spectrum Training Award Recipient) Rural Development Certification. He also has helped achieve the Property of the Year Award in 2007 and 2009.
Andrew East - Director
Andrew East currently serves as Director and is currently the Vice President of Alternate Energy Technologies (AET). Mr. East is a visionary and strategic leader that translates business strategies into maximum profits commensurate with the best interest of shareholders, customers, employees, and the community that he does business. He is an expert in enhancing profitability; developing strategic marketing initiatives; and growing each segment of a company’s portfolio. Proven renewable energy legislative policy and regulation development and a demonstrated track record of implementing the business models that maximize revenue in those markets. Dedicated to maintaining a reputation built on quality, service, and uncompromising ethics. Mr. East brings these important business skills to PHEO to help us reach our goals in community economic development.
Allie Timbrook - Manager of Social Media/Marketing and Director
Allie Timbrook currently serves as a Director and as the Social Media Manager for our non-profit. As a young woman with a kind heart for people and an understanding of today’s social media platform, she is a perfect fit for getting our mission message out. Ms. Timbrook has been on both sides of the camera, first as a model and then as a photographer in her company Allie Marie Photography. Ms. Timbrook graduated from the Little Prodigy School of the Arts and utilizes her creative expertise in video marketing development and web design.