Founders

 

Michael Boston, CEO

Michael Anthony Boston Sr. is the Owner and CEO of Boston's House of Jazz, LLC, Boston Realty Group, and Mike Boston Entertainment. In addition, Mr. Boston acts as Chairman of the Board of Boston Dynasty, LLC and is the Co-Founder of the Mike & Anita Boston Foundation and the Greater Greensboro Black Chamber of Commerce. He is also Senior Vice President of Boston Investments,Inc., Boston's Mortuary, Cremation Society of Charlotte, Inc., Cremation Services of Atlanta, Inc., The Firehouse Lounge, Secret Society Cigar Bar, and former board member of Downtown Greensboro, Inc.


Mr. Boston was raised in the small town of Reidsville, NC, with great influence from his maternal and paternal grandparents as well as his parents, all of which were entrepreneurs in their own right. Boston at the ripe old age of 18 opened the first African American business on the main street in Reidsville, which was only a few steps away from "The Block," a two-block section of all African American business. This was a significant milestone for the community in a very new age of integration.


Boston is married to Anita Chambers Boston and has three children: Michael Anthony Boston, Jr., Clarence Boston, and Aisha Melvine Boston, all highly successful entrepreneurs; in addition to six grandchildren. The entire Boston family, including the grandchildren, sit on each other’s Board of Directors. A family of entrepreneurs registered with the North Carolina Secretary of State as The Boston Dynasty, LLC.


Mr. Boston just celebrated the Tenth Anniversary of Boston's House of Jazz and the commercial payoff of that property in January 2019. The Bostons are not just a family, but a Dynasty!


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Kim Harris, COO
 

Kim Harris

Founder and Presenter of the Career Empowerment Events, a serial entrepreneur and career expert who partners with Fortune 500 Companies, executives, solopreneurs, and career seekers to grow their personal and professional brands. After spending nearly a decade working in staffing, workforce development, and marketing for multimillion-dollar brands.

Kim founded the Career Center of the Carolinas, LLC, a career service event company that produces career fairs and hiring events for multiple employers


Since its opening in 2015, the company has held more than 250 career-related events and placed over 1900 people back to work. Kim is also the owner of Carolina Career Guide, LLC, a monthly career guide that focuses on career-related topics.


Kim's dedication to the community through her career and service events has landed coverage in print and broadcast outlets around the United States. A recent event gained the attention of Diane Sawyer's production team who interviewed Kim in November of 2018 about the career fair process after learning about a career fair she hosted in Washington, D.C.  In 2019, Kim expanded her brand to Radio. She hosted a career-related talk show, Career Corner on FUBU and iHeartRadio. FUBU Radio is an extension of the Daymond John brand, FUBU.


In 2019, after a conversation with another female entrepreneur and remembering her own challenges when starting the career center, Kim decided to create Develop Coworking, a professional Coworking and Collaboration environment, to grow and foster collaboration with others. Develop Coworking is the 1st of 4 coworking locations that she plans to open in the next thirteen months.


Kim is a Founder and COO of the Greater Greensboro Black Chamber of Commerce, Founder of RE-EMERGE, a non profit that provides employment opportunities for former offenders, and President of the Kaitlyn Carter Scholarship Foundation. Kim is also a member of several organizations including National Association of Black Journalists, National Association of Workforce Development Professionals, The Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists, NCWorks-Guilford County Partners Board, and volunteers for several local non-profits.


Kim has been a featured guest on Radio One, Entercom Radio Fox, NBC, CBS and ABC affiliates as well as Bravo Television.


Her favorite quote is by Madame CJ Walker. I had to make my own living and my own opportunity. But I made it! Don't sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.  


Contact Ms. Harris kharris@carolinacareercenters.com

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Valerie Benton Smith, CFO

Valerie Benton Smith is an award-winning Sales and Leasing Professional with Flow Cadillac. As part of Flow GM Auto Center, she also is a Commercial Sales and Leasing Consultant and has the ability to assist her clients with all General Motors Brands, including Chevrolet, Buick, and GMC. Her customer-focused approach has established her as a Top Performer both locally, nationally, and internationally.


Her diverse background includes service to Crisis Unit at Monarch Behavior Health, Community Coordinator for the YMCA, Field Director for Girl Scouts, Teacher and Manager in Zimbabwe, Africa at Girls High School and National Theatre Organization, Teacher/Counselor in Westchester County, NY and Advertising, Promotions, and Retail Sales. Formally, had a career base established with Dudley Products, Inc. and was named the "Educational Consultant of the Year" and maintained #1 status for RECRUITING the most students while in the position.


Member associations have included: Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.-Executive Board & National Pan Hellenic Council of Winston Salem/Forsyth County-Social Media Chairperson, Winston Salem Chamber of Commerce (Ambassador) (Government Affairs Board), Winston Salem Black Chamber of Commerce (Membership Chairperson), and National Association of Pharmaceutical Sales Representatives.


Education includes Carver High School, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, New York University, and Colorado Technical University.


Valerie's life partner of over two decades is Michael B. Smith, and they have 2 Adult Children: Xavier & Asante', one still residing at home, Elisha, and one grandson, Nigel. 

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OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

On behalf of our membership, Board of Directors, and staff, it is with great pleasure that I thank you for your interest in membership with the Greater Greensboro Black Chamber of Commerce .