DAYTON — For William Gillispie, the 20th annual Top 10 African American Male Luncheon hosted by Parity Inc. is more than a recognition program.
“This is one opportunity for media, our citizens, our young people to see the great things that our folks do and our (black) males do,” said Gillispie, co-chairman of Parity’s steering committee.
Each year the nonprofit organization honors men who have distinguished themselves in business and have helped change the community by serving as role models and philanthropists.
The event was Thursday at the Ponitz Center on the campus of Sinclair Community College. Each honoree received an award along with a Kente cloth cap and shawl.
The winners were:
• Michael Brown, owner and chief executive of Friday Brown Enterprise.
• Michael Carter, interim senior vice president at Sinclair Community College.
• Maceo E. Cofield, senior development and recruitment officer in the school of engineering at the University of Dayton.
• Dwayne M. Daniel, visual artist and associate professor of fine arts at Central State University.
• Larry C. James, dean in the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University.
• Thomas L. Jennings, director of Webster Street Academy.
• Thomas E. Kelley Sr., Central State University retiree.
• Dr. Alonzo Patterson III, pediatrician with PriMed Physicians.
• Father Benjamin E. K. Speare-Hardy II, rector at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church.
• Al Wolford, founder, president and chief executive of CDO Technologies Inc. and VT-Designs Inc.
For more information about Parity Inc. and its recognition program, visit www.parity-inc.org.