WASHINGTON – The U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. is pleased to announce that long-time board member Charles O’Neal has been elected to succeed Aubry Stone as chairman of the organization’s board of directors.
“Not every organization is fortunate to have the quality of leadership the USBC has been blessed to have over our first decade,” said USBC President Ron Busby. “But that great fortune makes us able to keep moving forward without missing a beat. Charles and Aubry have worked closely since our first board meeting and have both been instrumental in shaping our approach to the important work of USBC.”
O’Neal, President of the Texas Association of African American Chambers of Commerce (TAAACC), is a veteran advocate for Black-owned businesses, having worked for the Dallas (TX) Black Chamber of Commerce for 17 years, including service as the organization’s president before joining TAAACC in 2013. Mr. Stone is comfortable with his new role as Chairman Emeritus. “We are fortunate as an organization to be able to have a seamless transition,” Stone said. “Charles and (USBC President Busby) Ron have a great working relationship, so the important work we’re doing will continue with no interruption. I look forward to continuing to contribute whenever and however I can.”
“Aubry has always stressed the importance of teamwork,” O’Neal noted. “All of us on the board have benefited from his guidance and we will continue to approach the growth and development of USBC on the sound foundation of his leadership. It is an incredible honor to be entrusted to follow in his footsteps.”
TAAACC board chair Christopher Herring added his acknowledgment of the significance of O’Neal’s role at the national level. “TAAACC – and Texas Black chambers as a whole – hold a special place in the history of Black chambers of commerce. It is fitting that our organization continues to supply national leadership to the fight for increased opportunity for America’s Black-owned businesses. Charles’ passion and commitment to advocacy will serve the USBC just as it has propelled TAAACC along the road to fulfilling our mission.”
ABOUT USBC: The U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC) provides committed, visionary leadership and advocacy in the realizationof economic empowerment. Through the creation of resources and initiatives, we support African American Chambers of Commerce and business organizations in their work of developing and growing Black enterprises.
ABOUT TAAACC: The Texas Association of African American Chambers of Commerce has led the charge for increased opportunity for Black-owned businesses since 1988. Through the guiding mission of Advocacy, Research and Training, TAAACC and the local chambers it supports work to improve quality of life in the communities served by Texas’ Black-owned businesses.