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The 2014 Odyssey International Productions Honorees

Vernest C. Moore

A native of Philadelphia, who now resides in Newark, New Jersey, is affectionately known for his creativity in the field of Men’s and Women’s apparel.

A graduate of Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md., Mr. Moore began designing during his junior year of college.

Throughout the years Moore has directed his energies honing his craft and designing for private clientele, such as Patti La Belle, Aretha Franklin, Joycelyn Brown, Dru Hill, and actor Carl Payne just to name a few.

Ve’Moore has also been featured as guest designer for: Harlem Institute of Fashion, Black Journalist Convention,
(NY) Parson School of Design “Salute to Black Designers “ City of Newark, City of NY, Bermuda Fashion Explosion, McDonalds Corp. Bronner Brothers Hair Show 1990 - 1998 ( Atlanta, GA). Highlights of productions in Ve’Moore’s repertoire are the Congressional Black Caucus 1994 and 1998.

Ve’Moore has also been featured in Black Elegance, Essence, Hype Hair and UPSCALE Magazines. It is very likely to see Ve’Moore in many different venues throughout the NY, NJ & Philadelphia area, as a featured designer.

 

Anthony Miller

Anthony Miller has seventeen years of experience as a Supplier Diversity Professional, Certification Officer, and Compliance Manager within several industries in the Tri-state area.

Transportation, General Construction, and Construction Management are the key industries where Anthony has entrenched himself and emerged as the leader he has become today.

Anthony began his ascent within the industry as a knowledgeable, honest, and dependable ally to the small business community he served.

He championed various initiations that benefited the small business community, as well as the local residents within those communities such as Pre-Apprenticeship Training Programs that graduated two classes of twenty-five plus local residents and provided jobs on the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Project upon their graduation. 

To date, Anthony has managed over two billion dollars of public and private commercial assets and transportation infrastructure for such entities as NJ Transit and Lend Lease (formerly Bovis Lend Lease).

Councilman Ted R. Green

Councilman Green has been active in East Orange political and civic affairs for over two decades.

He is a member of the Third Ward Democratic Municipal County Committee and is active in his Wards’ block associations and civic groups.

He is currently serving his second term as a member of the East Orange City Council, representing the Third Ward.

He currently serves as the Council’s Chairman of the Business Development and Zoning Committee.

He devotes a great deal of his time serving as a volunteer in a variety of youth oriented activities which includes, the East Orange School District’s Black Male Institute and the Rites of Passage Youth Program.

He has also implemented community outreach initiatives designed especially for senior citizens.

Councilman Green has received numerous citations for his exemplary commitment and dedication to community service.

 


Hester Agudosi, Esq.

Hester Agudosi is the Deputy Director of the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity. 

Her office is responsible for administering and enforcing the State Anti-Discrimination Policy, and conducting confidential investigations concerning complaints of discrimination and retaliation in the workplace.

Ms. Agudosi presently serves as the Attorney General’s designee on the New Jersey Supreme Court Minority Concerns Committee. From 2002 to 2007, Ms. Agudosi served as Chief of the Office of Bias Crimes and Community Relations. 

Under her supervision, the Office of Bias Crime and Community Relations worked with county and municipal human relations commissions to coordinate efforts to promote understanding among members of New Jersey’s diverse state community. 

The office also assisted law enforcement throughout the state in the investigation and prosecution of bias crimes and provided training for police in bias crime investigation, cultural diversity awareness and conflict resolution.

 


Kyle Abercrombie

Kyle Abercrombie is an "Award Winning Commentor" and Ambassador of the Gospel.

Along with his  passion for the community, Kyle has developed and fine-tuned the artistry involved in fashion.

Known as “the 1 voice 4 all” he has received numerous awards worldwide as an Award Winning Fashion Commentator.

He has appeared on stage with the likes of Brian McKnight, Freddie Jackson, Jaheim, Dottie Peoples, Dorothy Norwood, Stephanie Mills, and Kenny Bobien and appeared in the movie “The Turtleneck Gang”, released in 2008.

With an array of talent, and a consistent flow of inspiration, it is no surprise that Kyle Abercrombie sought to continue in his father’s path, uniting with the FP YOUTHOUTCRY Foundation.

As the Director of Community Affairs, one would have to have knowledge of the community, but most of all, a passion and love for the people of the community.

        


Lora Trimingham

Lora Trimingham has been an advocate for minority and woman owned businesses for over twenty five years.

As a MWBE, she served as the Minority Business Enterprise Input Committee (MBEIC) chairperson for the New York New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council for over six years representing over 1,500 Minority own firms and sat on their corporate board of directors with decision makers in the corporate world such as; PSEG, IBM, Pepsi, UPS, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Colgate, Avis and an endless amount of others.

Lora Currently works for Empire State Development Corporation, Division of Minority & Woman Business Development.

She is a regulator, monitoring and evaluating the M/WBE spend of 23 NY State Agencies and Authorities.

 

Nadir Jones

Nadir is currently the Manager for the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Small Business Mentoring Program.

He is currently responsible for managing the recruitment efforts for the MTA’s Small Business Mentoring Program as a way of increasing prime contract awards to New York State certified Minority, Women-owned and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in addition to managing the day-to-day functions of the   MTA’s Contractor Construction Training Program, Small Business Loan Program, and Surety Bonding Program.

He has had a distinguished career as a Business Consultant for the U.S. Department of Commerce/ National Community Reinvestment Coalition, DBE Compliance Specialist for Washington D.C. Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Business Analyst for Port Authority of NY/NJ, Supplier Diversity Coordinator for Bovis Lend Lease LMB, Inc., and Senior Business Development Specialist for NJ Transit. 

 

Sonia M. Walkes

Sonia Walkes has been a valued employee with Con Edison for the past three decades, in various positions.

As Sr. Analyst for the Supplier Diversity Program, she oversees and monitors the Program’s budget, the M/WBE expenditure and 2nd tier subcontractor reports and payments to the suppliers.

Ms. Walkes works with various organizations and planning committees for the Program, such as Association of Minority Enterprises of New York, (AMENY), Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), New York/New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council and the Regional Alliance for Small Contractors and actively participates with others.

Receiving Con Edison’s highest award “Living Our Values” in 2006 from among 13,000+ employees for her service, honesty, concern, courtesy, excellence and teamwork, is among several awards Ms. Walkes has received.

Ms. Walkes is a people person, always willing to help others. In addition to her job responsibilities, she is active in Con Edison’s volunteer program “the Power of Giving” working with the following organizations: God’s Love We Deliver, NYC Meals on Wheels Program, Channel Thirteen Corporate Challenge Pledge Drive, St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters and Bottomless Closet Clothing Inventory, to name a few.

 

Timotheus Smart

Timotheus Smart a multi-talented, lifelong resident of Jersey City, NJ is a celebrated Makeup Artist, Model Coach, and Creative Director for motivating and inspiring the young and young heart in Fashion & the performing arts.

As a makeup artist Timotheus has been in the industry for the past 13 years.

His work has appeared in such publications as: Today's Black Woman, Blackmen, Mix Tape Magazine, Hype Hair, and Honey & Sheen Magazine. Such Television work as: Love & Hip Hop New York, MTV Docu-series "Made", The Montell Williams Show, MAURY & The Tyra Banks Show (appearing on The Tyra Banks Show), Channel 4 NBC and Channel 9 WWOR.

He has used makeup as not only a cosmetic, but a tool for healing.

Timotheus has taken all past experiences and opportunities to produce his brainchild: Timotheus Smart & Company presents THE LIVING DOLLS PROJECT.

The Living Dolls Project is an annual production that teaches young ladies & gentlemen the importance of confidence, building self-esteem, stage presence, runway, dance and song in a program that allows them the freedom and room to grow and prepare for life in the real world.

 

Vesta Godwin Clark

Since1999, Vesta has been the Executive Director of St. James Social Service Corporation.

As Executive Director, she oversees a $600,000 budget for the agency which is an affiliate of St. James A.M.E. Church in Newark.

She is responsible for the administration, fundraising and development of programs which include: an after school program, a summer camp, an emergency food pantry and daily feeding program, where they are the largest providers of food in Essex County, HIV counseling, testing and supportive services, home health aide certification, workforce literacy training, amongst other emergency and homeless prevention services.

Most recently, her agency was featured on the Food Network’s Restaurant Impossible, where their soup kitchen received a total makeover by Chef Robert Irvin.

In her spare time under the auspices of her company GFS Consultants, she provides consulting services to non-profit organizations, city government, and for profit entities.

In addition to her consulting services she travels throughout the tri-state area as a motivational speaker for college students, churches and youth oriented organizations.

 


Vonda McPherson

From the corridors of Corporate America, to the pantries of the most elite commercial kitchens, Vonda McPherson has mastered it all...and she's just getting started.

During a career transitional period while working as a Sales Executive with digital communications giants Prime Media, Vonda experienced an epiphany of sorts and a restaurateur was born.

With a leap of faith, McPherson left the security of her successful corporate career for the uncertainty of entrepreneurship in the risky and sometimes volatile arena of restaurant ownership to pursue her own dreams and not those of others.

Her reputation for ground-breaking cuisine quickly spread throughout Newark and its surrounding area and landed her an opportunity to cater for the 2014 Super Bowl, where she had the opportunity to provide two classic dishes for the VIP Tailgate Party on Super Bowl Sunday.

She has been featured in the Star Ledger, in Black Entrepreneurs, The Super Bowl Committee Business Connect Newsletter, Radius Magazine, as well as countless other media outlets.

 

Chicqueta Britton-Nutt

In 2002, Chicqueta was hired by the NJ Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) as the Director of Administration. 

She currently manages a staff of human resources, facilities operations, procurement, training, labor relations and equal employment opportunity professionals.

In addition, she is the liaison for NJBPU and the NJ Supplier Diversity Development Council (NJ SDDC). As the liaison, Ms. Britton-Nutt ensures compliance with the mission of this unique organization.

It is the only organization in the State which organizes and encourages business relations between M/W/SDVOBEs and regulated utilities. 

 

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