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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.

Reservations are $75 and may be made by contacting Save The Date Creative Services at eithersavethedate_pgh@yahoo.com or 412-781-3486.


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


RICARDO J. WILLIAMS – Executive Director – Homewood-Brushton YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh

DAVID A. YOUNG- Associate Dean of Academic Affairs – CCAC

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