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CCEOC August 2023 Newsletter

CCEOC Updates

We remain focused on the areas of funding, membership engagement and expansion, and activating as a convener.

  • Funding efforts have continued to go well. We received funding from the Crane Group and expect a positive response from the Columbus Foundation very soon. Franklin County is excited to fund and partner with us and we are exploring what a partnership with them will look like.

  • The city of Columbus, Franklin County, and the State of Ohio have expressed interest in collaborating and partnering in our ecosystem-building efforts. We are actively meeting and designing how this will be structured.

  • We expect to host another Deal Day in September or October this year. Stay tuned for updates.

  • Our new member class is official! Welcome to the Columbus CEO Collective, Theresa Harris, Jordan Miller, Dan Moncrief, and Donald Brown! We had a great welcome dinner with the new members and CCEOC board member Derrick Clay. We are excited about the opportunity for the entire CCEOC family to connect with and get to know them.


We've had several great events in the past few months.

  • We heard great feedback from members who attended the wealth-building seminar with the Boyd Group. We expect to continue this learning opportunity in the near future.

  • In partnership with member Doug McCollough, Mobility In Color was a huge success. This event focused on introducing Black business owners, investors, and other stakeholders to resources and opportunities in the smart mobility space, with participants from all over the state and throughout the country in attendance. We also received great news coverage.

  • The Columbus CEO Collective leadership team was present to celebrate the official opening of Aldephi Bank with new member Jordan Miller.

  • Along with Derrick Clay, Dr. Joy represented the Columbus CEO Collective at the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Foundation's annual meeting as an Economic Development panelist.

  • Sean Grant, Jonothan Moody, and Carrington Carter participated on a panel at Chase Bank's office of CAO event, discussing challenges and opportunities for minority businesses and how CCEOC is making an impact.


Upcoming Events

  • 9/1/23 - Membership Renewal - Member contributions and signed documents are due by September 1st. Please see your email for details.

  • 9/6/23 6 PM - CCEOC member social - You have received a calendar invite. Additional details are forthcoming.

CCEOC Member Highlight - Sandra Moody-Gresham, Principal, Dehan Enterprises

Since 1981, Sandra Moody-Gresham has worked as a professional insurance and financial services representative, marketing a myriad of products from mutual funds to bonding. Mrs. Moody-Gresham spent the first eight years of her career experiencing and mastering all facets of the financial services industry. Her professional development included mutual funds sales,

property and casualty insurance, both personal and commercial and total financial planning analysis. In 1998, she established Dehan Enterprises Insurance & Financial Services Agency, where she serves as Managing General Agent. Prior to forming this agency, she was co-founder and Executive Vice President of DiVerse Capital Corporation, a premier financial services agency for over twelve years. Mrs. Moody-Gresham is a native of Chicago, Illinois, and has an M.B.A. in Finance from Atlanta University School of Business Administration (now Clark Atlanta) and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Macalester College, located in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Member Wins

  • Derrick Clay - Derrick hosted the U.S. Conference of Mayors as well as a special event for Black Mayors, including an honoring of Mayor Coleman.

  • Jonothan Moody - Completed the International African American Museum in Charleston. Check out this article from the New York Times for more information.

  • Archie Williamson - Diversified Systems celebrated 30 years in business.

  • Kimberly Blackwell - Hosted 200 Black female corporate executives for a 4-day event in Partnership with Korn Ferry and Spencer Stuart to increase corporate board opportunities, facilitate wealth building, and other important growth and support areas.

  • Kevin Lloyd - MYLE is a semi-finalist for Pharell Williams' Black Ambition contest, eclipsed the 10,000 transaction milestone, hit their first 1 million in transactions, and is in the process of an AI acquisition. They have also secured the Kappa Conclave and 100 Black Men of DeKalb County events and their first major corporate client. MYLE investment opportunities are still available.

  • Kevin Lloyd, Doug McCollough, and Bruce & Branden Jones - Graduated their 4th cohort at Color Coded Labs and have started the 5th cohort. Color Coded Labs is also amid a raise and are seeking investment.

  • Christopher Jones and Yohannen Terrell - Continue to grow 614-day, hosting a record 4000 people. They also graduated their 3rd cohort of the Future of Fashion program with the Columbus Fashion Alliance. They are soon launching a 10M capital campaign to purchase the Mirolo Fine Arts building on CCAD's campus.

  • YOUR WIN HERE - Be sure you submit your wins here so that we can shout you out in our next newsletter.

Resources & Information

  • The Columbus CEO Collective received a special invitation to attend An Exclusive

Evening at COSI in honor of Black Philanthropy Month from Dr. Frederic Bertley. Attendance includes special access to 'Tutankhamun: His Tomb and His Treasures' Exhibit and cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres. The event is August 29th at 4:45PM at COSI. Registration is required by August 21st. Email kchamberlain@cosi.org to register.










  • The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, which met with us last year regarding board and committee opportunities, invited CCEOC members to apply to join the Community Advisory Council. The deadline to apply is August 31st. Please check your email for more information on this opportunity.

  • The 2023 OMSDC Supplier Diversity Exchange is September 21st in Cleveland.

  • The National Minority Supplier Development Council's annual conference is October 22-25 In Baltimore, MDwith early bird registration ending August 4th.

  • OMSDC's Annual Awards Gala is coming up on November 17th in Columbus. You can submit MBE and corporate nominations through August 25th. Early bird tickets are available through August 31st.

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