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From Basketball to Billions: Dave Bing

Dave Bing, former NBA All-StarDave Bing uses the same old-fashioned dedication to hard work that made him an NBA All-Star to become one of America's most successful Blacks in business. His steel company is likely to bring in a $1 billion a year by 2005.

Toronto Raptor Vince Carter just signed a six-year contract for $94.5 million dollars. That's just chump change. Yep, barely a jingle in the old piggy bank. Multiply that by a hundred and you'll get closer to the projected annual gross for former NBA All-Star Dave Bing's business. Bing is slowly and steadily moving closer to his goal of being the head of a billion dollar a year business. His automotive supplier companies, Bing Metals Group and Bing-Lear Manufacturing, working together as The Bing Group, already have annual sales of $375 million.

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Her Own Private Wall Street: Patricia Winans, Chairwoman and CEO of Magna Securities Corp.

Patricia Winans, Chairwoman and CEO of Magna Securities Corp.What does it take to own a part of Wall Street? Ask the highly esteemed Patricia Winans, Chairwoman and CEO of Magna Securities Corp., a New York City brokerage firm that is making a name in Wall Street history. Her career is unparalleled, and her business is bottom line focused, but this strong-willed financial magnate also manages her life and her firm with a softer side–one that is insightful, edifying, and generous to the core. Winans is a forerunner in a field where mostly men dominate, and admittedly she’s had to conform to certain industry conventions. Never losing sight of her identity, or letting opposition strike her down, she continues to focus on her goals, in addition to being a positive leader at work and at home.

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Education is Precious: A Profile of Dr. M. Lee Pelton

Dr. M. Lee PeltonBorn in Wichita, Kansas, M. Lee Pelton, the 22nd president of Willamette University, received his undergraduate education at Wichita State University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1974, with a double major in English and psychology. Following graduation from Wichita State, Dr. Pelton entered the graduate program in English and American Literature and Languages at Harvard University where he earned his doctorate in 1984.

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Once a Chief, Always a Chief: Herman Williams, Jr.

Fire Chief (ret) Herman Williams, Jr.Appreciation for firefighters in America is at an all time high, since hundreds rushed up the staircases at the World Trade Center to save lives, not knowing they were about to lose theirs. However, in 1954, racism was so red hot that America’s first Black firefighters were not just unappreciated, their fellow firefighters refused speak to them, and wouldn’t even eat food off the same plates.

Herman Williams, Jr., one of the first Black firefighters in the city of Baltimore, not only kept his cool, he rose steadily through the ranks to become the first African American fire chief in a major U.S. city.

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