PITTSBURGH, Pa.—The New Pittsburgh Courier will host its 2012 Men of Excellence Awards Reception Oct. 25 in the Main Ballroom of the Fairmont Pittsburgh Hotel.
This year, the New Pittsburgh Courier is also pleased to be honoring Aaron Walton as the 2012 Legacy Award Honoree. The Legacy Award is reserved for individuals who have reached achievements above and beyond others, while also dedicating themselves to giving back to those less fortunate.
Mr. Walton retired as the senior vice president of corporate affairs after 40 years with Highmark.
He currently serves as the interim co-director of the August Wilson Center for African American Culture as well as the chairman of its board of directors. During his active business career, Walton has served on approximately 35-40 boards. He commented, "There are so many organizations that are trying to do important work in the community and I just wanted to do the best I could do with those organizations."
Walton currently serves on the boards of PA State System of Higher Education, California University of PA, Bethlehem Haven Homeless Women's Shelter, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 100 Black Men of Western PA, Kappa Endowment Scholarship Fund, Ebenezer Baptist Church, and Sire Archon, Rho Boule, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity.
The reception will begin promptly at 6 p.m. and will end by 8:30 p.m. at the latest. Doris Carson Williams, president of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western PA, will serve as this year's mistress of ceremonies.
Sheila Beasley, an inspirational vocalist and motivational speaker, will perform a song dedicated to the honorees. Beasley is a lead vocalist with the gospel group, Spirit Filled Music Ministries. In addition, she is also a public relations and outreach director at the University of Pittsburgh.
Corporate sponsors for the awards luncheon are Highmark, UPMC, United Steel Workers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Slippery Rock University, Visit Pittsburgh and Winchester Thurston.
2012 MEN OF EXCELLENCE HONOREES
LOUIS T. ALEXANDER - Principal - Byars & Alexander Financial Group
LARRY D. ANDERSON, Sr. - Retired Basketball Coach & Volunteer at Soldiers & Sailors Hall & Museum
DAVID J. ATKINS - Director, Digital Marketing - Visit Pittsburgh
KEVIN BOLDING - Urban District Vice President, Membership - YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh
TYRONE BROOKS - Director, Baseball Operations - Pittsburgh Pirates
ARCHIE L. BROWN - Staff Accountant - Urban Lending Solutions
COACH WILLIAM BROWN - Head Men's Basketball Coach - California University of PA
TONY BYERS, PH.D. - Leader, Global Diversity & Inclusion - H.J. Heinz Company
WILLIAM M. CARTER, JR. - Dean, School of Law - University of Pittsburgh
JONAS CHANEY - Public Affairs Director - WPXI-TV and Owner - JjC Productions
CHARLES COOK - Personal Trainer
FREDERICK B. CRAWFORD - President - Highland Park Tennis Club
WAVERLY DUCK - Professor of Sociology - University of Pittsburgh
ERVIN DYER - Senior Editor, Pitt Magazine - University of Pittsburgh
ERIC EWELL - Parent Coordinator - Hill District Education Council
BISHOP JOSEPH L. GARLINGTON, SR., PH.D. - Senior Pastor - Covenant Church of Pittsburgh
JUAN GARRETT - Deputy Director - Riverside Center for Innovation
PASTOR GREGORY GREENE - Supervisor - Allegheny County Juvenile Courts; and Pastor -ZION C.O.G.I.C.
STEVEN GRIFFIN - Vice President – FedExGround
STANLEY HOLBROOK - President - Three Rivers Center for Independent Living
CDR. ERIC HOLMES - Head of the Hill District Station - Pittsburgh Police
RODNEY K. HOPSON, Ph.D. - Hillman Distinguished Professor - School of Education's Department of Foundations and Leadership - Duquesne University
ELLIOT HOWSIE, ESQ. - Chief Public Defender - Allegheny County Public Defenders
CALVIN L. JACKSON, JR. - Councilman, Borough of Coraopolis
BRANDON R. JENNINGS - Graphic Design Teacher - Pittsburgh Technical Institute
VINCENT O. JOHNSON - Contractor - Belcan Technical Services
CHIEF CHARLES R. JONES, JR. - Chief of Police - Beaver Falls
FREDRICK O. KENDRICK, PH.D. - International Director of Human Resources - K & L
JOHN R. LAYMON, JR. - President/Owner - JRL Enterprises, Inc.
REV. DR. LAMAR D. LEE, JR. - Pastor/Teacher/Principal - Saint Mark A.M.E. Zion Church
BRACE S. LOWE - Sr. Executive Vice President - A Second Chance, Inc.
FREDERICK A. MASSEY, JR. - Chief Executive Officer – Familylinks
DARREN MCCORMICK - Transition Manager - City Charter High School
JESSE JAMES MCLEAN, JR. - Executive Director - Every Child, Inc.
LINWOOD MITCHELL - Vice President & Market Manager - PNC Bank
LARRY C. PICKETT - Senior Project Manager, Emerging Alliances and Shared Business Services - Highmark, Inc.
CHARLES M. POWELL , SR. - Director of Diversity and Community Affairs - URA of Pittsburgh
JULIUS LEE REDD - Retired - Pittsburgh Elementary School Administrator
FREDERICK REDMOND - International VP of Human Affairs - USW
LARRY S. SMEDLEY - Technical Specialist - BayerMaterialScience LLC
HARVEY JAMES SMITH, JR. - Athletic Director & Head Football Coach - Imani Christian Academy
KERRY A. STITH - Sr. Vice President & Operations Director, Account Servicing - PNC's Consumer Loan Services Group
WILL THOMPKINS - Director of Community Outreach - The Pittsburgh Project
ROBERT L. THOMPSON, MD - Physician - University of Pittsburgh Physicians
MORRIS E. TURNER, MD - Physician - University of Pittsburgh Physicians
EUSTACE UKU - President and Chief Executive Officer – Exico
CHRISTOPHAS WALKER - Professor of Public Health & Social Work - University of Pittsburgh
AARON A. WALTON - LEGACY 2012
RICARDO J. WILLIAMS - Executive Director - Homewood-Brushton YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh
DAVID A. YOUNG- Associate Dean of Academic Affairs – CCAC