Shirley FieldBoard Member
Shirley is a real estate Agent and well as a real estate investor.
Rev. Steve EptingBoard Member
Rev. Steve Epting
Rev. Epting is the Senior Pastor of Hope Community Church here in the Austin Neighborhood.
Malcolm CrawfordExecutive Director
Malcolm Crawford is a longtime community activist and is businessman in the City of Chicago’s largest Community of Austin. He is, most notably, the founder and director of the Austin African American Business Networking Association Inc., a grassroots business to business networking organization.
Ade OnayemiBoard Chairman-Emeritus
Adekunle Onayemi is the principle architect at Urban Resource Architects and Planners serving such clients as Chicago’s Field Museum. Mr. Onayemi is also a current Oak Park IL Village Township Trustee.
Charmaine V. RicketteChairperson
Charmaine V. Rickette
Charmaine Rickette is the principal behind the Uncle Remus Saucy Fried Chicken Brand. She believes strongly in business advocacy as well as mentoring start up and existing business in building their business to greatness.
Bernard HeadleyBoard Member
Bernard Headley has a long history in the field of banking. He has helped many banks become CRA compliant. He currently is a member of the BMO Harris bank team.
John BitoyBoard Member
John Bitoy is the owner of Bitoy Enterprise. Mr. Bitoy has a heart for inner city youth. Mr Bitoy uses his experience as a former boxer and sparing partner for Sugar ray Leonard as a tool to train youth in the sport of boxing. Teaching youth that you have to fight for what is right in this life. He is a pioneer in the vision of The Soul City Corridor being the first person to own and operate two businesses on Chicago Avenue.