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Brenda F. Anderson

Angelique L. Rewers
Brenda Anderson has more than 30 years of leadership and organizational development experience working in and with Fortune 500 corporations. She has held key leadership roles in human resources, training and development, operations, accounting and financial management.

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D. Keith Pigues


D. Keith Pigues is the founder and CEO of Luminas Strategy. The marketing strategy consultancy, based in Research Triangle Park, NC, helps Fortune 1000 and middle-market companies develop winning value propositions to accelerate profitable growth with the use of its unique and proprietary Customer Value Xcelerator®. He serves as Chairman of the Board for P3T Group, Inc. – a performance management company that helps clients turn employee purpose and potential into greater business performance.

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Euleta Alston


Euleta Alston was named President of US&S in January 2018. She has nearly a decade of service and experience at the company, beginning her career as Assistant Program Manager for the company’s aerospace and procurement business unit, where she primarily focused on the unit’s market research, business development efforts, project administration and project management responsibilities. In 2010, Mrs. Alston became Manager of Business Development allowing her to broaden her knowledge base of the firm and began supporting all functional business lines of the company.

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Farad Ali


Farad Ali is the Vice President for Network Delivery Services at the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). The mission of the NMSDC is to advance business opportunities for certified minority business enterprises and connects them to corporate members.

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Halsey M. Cook, Jr.


Mr. Cook is President and Chief Executive Officer of Milliken & Company as of September 2018. Prior to joining Milliken, Halsey was President and CEO of Sonepar USA. His previous work experience includes President of Legrand Electrical as well as 17 years in Carrier, a division of United Technologies Corporation, where he held marketing, operations and general management roles in France, Italy, UK and the United States.

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Jerry Cheatham


Jerry is a native of Greenville, SC and a 1984 Graduate of South Carolina State University with a BA in Business Administration. Jerry is a Certified Public Accountant and holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University.

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Jerry Ellison


Jerry Ellison is president and CEO of JBE Inc., a family-owned, minority business enterprise, headquartered in Hartsville, South Carolina..

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Melissa J. Nixon


Melissa J. Nixon is a captivating keynote speaker, trainer, and leadership consultant. She is the founder of the Courageous Life Academy, a leadership and business development consulting firm where they prepare, position, and push leaders and organizations to make their next courageous move. She specializes in growing, developing and inspiring leaders and influencers to maximize their career, business and life potential. Referred to as a “Powerhouse of Positivity”, Melissa applies a unique “fire-starting” approach to igniting change with her corporate and private clients.

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Ricaye Harris


Ricaye Harris joined Milliken & Company in 2005 and is currently the Talent Acquisition Team Lead focusing on attracting and hiring the best talent for Milliken & Company. She began her career as a Process Improvement Specialist at Milliken’s Gayley Manufacturing Plant. Following that role, she held various roles within Milliken’s HR team, ranging from HR Employment Manager, Change Management Coordinator, HR Generalist to her current role as a Talent Acquisition Team Lead.

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S. Richard Hagins


After serving his country for 23 years as a U.S. Naval Officer and retiring in 2000 with the rank of Commander, Richard Hagins followed his entrepreneurial spirit and passion for service when founding US&S, Inc., previously Universal Supplies & Services, Inc., in 2003. US&S is a facility maintenance and support service provider specializing in operations and maintenance, repairs, renovation, janitorial, grounds maintenance and professional services. US&S, Inc. was accepted into the Savannah River Nuclear Site Mentor-Protégé Program in 2018.

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Sadie Catlett


Sadie Catlett is an Account Manager who works with Progressive Business Solutions. Throughout the years, she has helped grow their revenue by gaining new clients and increasing the value in their current clients such as Belk and BMW. Sadie’s knowledge and belief in loyalty, dependability, and exceptional service has contributed to her ever-growing success.

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Tim Catlett


Tim Catlett, President of Progressive Business Solutions, has been in the printing industry for over 40 years. Tim graduated from Johnson C. Smith University with a B.S. in accounting and started working with NCR Corporation as a district sales manager.

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Wade Nottingham


Wade Nottingham is Vice-President of Milliken & Company’s Corporate Sourcing and Logistics functions. Wade provides leadership and oversight of sourcing all nonraw material goods, Milliken Transportation, and Logistics.

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