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USMCA - Our Team - Rev. Larry S. Bullock, MPA/MDiv

Rev. Larry S. Bullock, MPA/MDiv

Chief Executive Officer

Rev. Larry S. Bullock, MPA\MDiv, [‘73],  President and Founder of the US Minority Contractors Association [USMCA]. Former President, Roosevelt University Alumni Association [RUAA], Former member of the Roosevelt University Board of Trustees; Senior Pastor, Living Faith Cathedral Worship [LFCWC Church], and Owner and President, April Cobra Enterprises, Inc. [Construction Management, General Contracting,  and Real Estate Development firm], Barrington, Illinois.  

Rev. Larry S. Bullock served for eight years with distinction in the Illinois House of Representatives and continues to remain active in national - community affairs and Ecumenical work.  Reverend  Bullock founded and served as Chairman, Heartland Energy Technology [H.E.A.T LLC] which specialized in Construction Management, Environmental Engineering, General Contracting, Real Estate Development and global venture consulting. He is the recipient of scores of national and state awards for outstanding accomplishments and achievements in the public policy field, business innovations and economic development and Christian missionary endeavors.  

 He also served on the SISCO National Advisory Multi-Cultural Market Advisory Board. He received the 2006-2007, SuccessGuide Worldwide Magazine [www.fraser.net.com], “Top Achievers” award as a global leader in business networking. He is a nationally sought after motivational speaker and Gospel Preacher.

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USMCA - Our Team - Kenneth M. Webb, Sr., B.A., M.P.A.

Kenneth M. Webb, Sr., B.A., M.P.A.

Vice President, USMCA, Director, USMCA Veteran Affairs & Entrepreneurship

Kenneth M. Webb Sr. is a retired 32-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department. Co-founder, and President of Fact Finders Group, Inc., He served in the United States Marine Corps Air Reserve. In most of his Law Enforcement career, he has served in specialized units, which include (Internal Affairs, Organized Crime, and the Patrol Division). He is a licensed Private Detective and Private Security Contractor in the State of Illinois and Indiana. Current Positions: Vice President USMCA, President Echo Foundation. Member Business Leadership Council (BLC), Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC), Board of Directors of Chicago State University Alumni Association

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USMCA - Our Team - Dr. Gale B. Frazier, PhD

Dr. Gale B. Frazier, PhD

Dean of Entrepreneurial Training Institute (ETI)

Dr. Gale B. Frazier, President/Founder of Construction Management Consortium, has over twenty five years of experience in construction management and education.  Dr. Frazier has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Tennessee State University; a Master of Science in Project Management from DeVry University—Keller Graduate School of Management; and a Doctorate in Education from Roosevelt University. Dr. Frazier is the Dean of the USMCA Entrepreneurial Training Institute. 

Formerly, she has worked for such companies as, AT&T/Illinois Bell Telephone, Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Northrop Corporation DSD, Rush Medical Center in the capacity of Assistant Director of Construction Management, Truman College, Rush University and South Suburban College where she taught Project Supervision and Construction Estimating. She presently serves on the advisory board for Dawson Technical Institute’s Highway Construction Training Program and as Chairperson of the National Black Agenda Consortium.

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USMCA - Our Team - Brent Mounts

Brent Mounts

Associate Dean, ETI

Brent's analytical skills and supervision experience of both union and nonunion workers will make your company money. He has worked on bridge construction as well as steel mills, refineries, commercial projects, schools, hospitals and strip stores. He has also constructed lift and pumping stations along with drinking water, storm and sanitary sewer distribution. He has taught construction related classes at various institutions. 

Brent currently presides over Mounts & Associates Construction Services. Brent was a Senior Project Estimator for Powers & Son's Construction Company, he was a Division Manager for Young Plumbing, Inc., and an Estimator/Project Manager for McAllister General Contractors. 

Brent is currently the Chief Estimator for USMCA and the Associate Dean for the Entrepreneurial Training Institute 4.0. He is a faculty member on the HACIA/April Cobra/St. Augistine ISHTA Project working as a Technical Assistance Instructor.

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USMCA - Our Team - Atty. Robert Block, CPA

Atty. Robert Block, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Robert Block is a CPA and licensed attorney. He received his law degree from DePaul College of Law and his undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Illinois.  Along with working at Manning Silverman & Co as Principal, Rob is serving as CFO for USMCA and has been in business for over forty years. During that span, Rob has served numerous clients in real estate, manufacturing, professional service, not for profits and banking.

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USMCA - Our Team - Alan Miller

Alan Miller

Chief Technology Officer

Alan Miller, Founder and Principal of Understand-IT LLC, has more than 30 years of experience in many aspects of small business IT and software development, including full-stack IT support for small businesses and medical practices, software development for business and medical workflow and print solutions, course development for business professionals and developers and end-user training on many aspects of secure computer use.

Alan's current focus is in the areas of IT Security and Business Continuity - keeping bad things from happening and minimizing the impact when they do.

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USMCA - Our Team - Teresa Hollingbird-Jackson

Teresa Hollingbird-Jackson

National Board Assistant Secretary

Teresa Hollingbird-Jackson, President/CEO of Aseret Development Series LLC dba THJ Construction, has over nine years of experience in project management, construction management, and interior design. Teresa has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from DeVry Institute of Technology, a Master of Science in Business Administration from DeVry University Keller Graduate School of Management; and an Associate Degree in Kitchen/Bath Design from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Teresa is the USMCA Chairperson of the West Town Chapter, Chairperson of the Manpower Committee, and Task Force Committee.

Teresa is certified as a WBE, MBE, DBE, FBE, SBSP, Sec 3 Business, and RRP. She has worked on several construction projects with companies such as, Karry L Young Development, Breaking Ground Incorporated, Method Construction, KasiDesigns, and UJAMMA Construction. She presently serves on the Diversity Advisory Council for the Illinois Tollway.

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USMCA - Our Team - Ashley M. Washington

Ashley M. Washington

Executive Assistant to President/CEO

Ashley has over 10 years experience in administrative and clerical office support. Her specialties include strong communication skills, organization, superior customer service and creative innovations. Ashley is able to tailor her skills to meet the needs of various clients. Working directly under the President/CEO of the USMCA, she assists in office management, client outreach and direct interaction with existing and prospective USMCA members.

In addition to her duties as an Executive Assistant, Ashley is active in non-profit events with her church.  

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USMCA - Our Team - Tammye Peña, MBA

Tammye Peña, MBA

National Strategic Development Consultant

Tammye Peña has over 15 years of business development, events management, and corporate partnership experience, combined with more than 20 years of grant and proposal writing experience managing responses from pre-bid to award. As Founder and Chief Proposal Writer of Prime Proposal Group, Inc., she is well-known for formulating high profile territory/strategy plans and RFP responses with awards upwards of 8-figures with a 74% success rate. Tammye further lends her time to help non-profits achieve 501(C)(3) tax exemption, while also consulting with up and coming startups to help them incorporate and build sustainable development functions. Ms. Peña employs a consultative and needs-based approach to proposal consulting across various industries to support: MBEs, WBEs, DBEs, SBEs, VOSBs, corporations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), nonprofits, service providers, security firms, transportation companies, and general contractors throughout the Chicagoland, Miami, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, and Philadelphia areas. 

Working under the direction of Dr. Bullock, as National Strategic Development Consultant, she supports USMCA by conducting extensive strategic local and national research to identify, cultivate and solicit new grant and funding opportunities, while assisting with research, data collection, and the composition of response submittals. Tammye graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in international, resource, and consumer economics with a concentration in finance; achieved her MBA in public administration from Keller Graduate School of Management; and completed a six sigma green belt at Villanova University. She resides in the Miami, FL area and travels often to the Greater Chicago area to boost minority participation in the trades and to consult with firms to develop growth strategies and ways to expand business operations.

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USMCA - Our Team - Virgil Mathis

Virgil Mathis

Deputy Director, Veteran Affairs & Entrepreneurship

Virgil Mathis, Retired United States Army, Specialist E-5 Tech Sergeant Deputy Director, Veterans Affairs & Entrepreneurship [USMCA]

Virgil is  a long time member of the American Legion in the Chicago Area and  also a very active member of the Coalition of Veteran Service Organizations. He proudly served in the United States Army from April 1966 - April 1969 as a  Hawk Missile Air Defense Communications Electronics Technician with the Army Signal Support Group stationed at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe - location known as - Shape Belgium.    
Virgil is a researcher and advocate for a number of issues concerning veterans and is credited as the Inventor of two Homeland Security projects. His expertise in the field of National Security and information technology will be utilized by the USMCA membership in our capacity building for Minority Entrepreneurs. Virgil has expressed a profound desire as USMCA Deputy Director of Veteran Affairs and Entrepreneurship  to recruit Veterans and help them create businesses to acquire contracts in Digital Manufacturing and High Speed technology for public utilities. Virgil believes- " Our Bullet point it is to help end homelessness and suicide among Veterans and create opportunities more solutions for female veterans and our veterans with disabilities."
The USMCA Board of Directors and membership salutes Sergeant Mathis on his newest assignment and leadership role in the USMCA. We truly thank him for his service!.  

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