Chair

Jason Albu

jasonalbu@albu.biz

CEO of Albu & Associates, Inc.

Jason has been a member of the Central Florida community since 1981, attending Central Florida schools and graduating from the University of Florida. A second-generation small business with his brother, Albu & Associates, Inc., is a general contracting and construction management firm. Albu & Associates has had the opportunity to work on landmark projects such as the Amway Center and Citrus Bowl Reconstruction and have worked on many other retail, office, and light industrial projects. Albu & Associates, Inc. has had the honor of winning several awards including the Fast 50 (OBJ), one of the “Best Places to Work Award” (OBJ), CEO Nexus Cup (GrowFL) and the Don Quijote Award (Hispanic Chamber).

Jason currently volunteers for the National Association of Minority Contractors (Board Member) and the  Associated Builders and Contractors (Board Member). He is active in several real estate trade organizations including the International Council of Shopping Centers and was awarded as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” by the Orlando Business Journal.

He currently resides in the beautiful city of Orlando with his wife and 4 children.

Member at Large

Brian Butler

bbutler@jcbcon.net

President and CEO of JCB Construction, Inc.

Brian Butler is a lifelong resident of Central Florida with a varied business background in sales, marketing, and operations. President/CEO of JCB Construction, Inc. a thirty-four-year family-owned company that specializes in total site development and construction management. He is responsible for the executive overview of the activities of an organization with 50 employees. JCB has been involved in numerous notable projects in and around Orlando such as South Terminal Expansion, Camping World Stadium Reconstruction, Orlando City Soccer Stadium, and UCF Valencia Downtown Campus at Creative Village Redevelopment.

Received Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics from Brown University, Providence, RI and an MBA from Duke University, Durham, NC.

Prior to joining the family business, worked in sales, training, and management for Ortho Biotech Oncology, a division of Johnson & Johnson in Tampa and Orlando. Recognized for being the Top Sales producer in the country, and later as manager led his district to Top Three results in the country.

Professional organization current involvement includes Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC), Past Chair; National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC), Past Chair; Orlando Economic Partnership; Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Past Chair.

Over the years, actively involved in community service as a volunteer or board member for African American Chamber of Commerce (Past Chair); American Cancer Society; Central FL Foundation; City of Orlando Mayor’s Parramore Task Force (Chair); Leadership Florida, Leadership Orlando, Orange County Charter Review Board; O.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment, O.C. Citizen’s Review Board; Parramore Kidz Zone; Ronald McDonald House of Charities (Past Chair); Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity; Stetson University Board of Advisors, Trinity Prep School Trustee; UCF Foundation and Valencia College Foundation.

Recognition received from the 2020 FL Trend Magazine and Orlando Business Journal as “Most Influential Businessman”; OBJ “Top 10 Businessman to Watch”; MWBE Alliance Outstanding Volunteer. The company recognized by OBJ as “Golden 100 for Privately Held Companies.”

Married to Cathy Brown-Butler, and they have two sons in college, Michael James “M.J.” and Andrew.

Member at Large

Janiero Coulter

Janeiro.coulter@cityoforlando.net

Janeiro Coulter brings passion and results wherever he goes be it, housing, government, and minority business developments. He brings 30 + years of experience as a successful leader who leaves a positive impact no matter what project, issue, or goal.

Janeiro currently serves as the MBE Division Manager for the City of Orlando. Under his leadership, the Minority Business Enterprise was combined with the BLUEPRINT Employment Office to serve minority firms and the Orlando community as a whole. During the most recent fiscal year, the new division was responsible for payments of $14.9 million to M/WBE subcontractors and $6.6 million to M/WBE prime contractors. Janeiro has implemented more innovative ways to create more contracting opportunities for certified M/WBEs and job qualifying residents. Some examples of this include outreach and networking events that must be collaborative and involve M/WBEs, city departments, and organizations that provide technical assistance.

Janeiro’s work with the City of Orlando started in 2007, when he accepted the position of BLUEPRINT Special Projects Manager and directed the BLUEPRINT program that was created by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and for City Commissioner Daisy W. Lynum. This was an economic plan that included the building of five World Class venues valued at over 1 billion dollars. Under Janeiro, the BLUEPRINT was able to boost employment among Parramore residents, ex-offenders, and the homeless placing more than 3,000 people in jobs. Under his vision, the staff has been able to offer training sessions such as resume preparation, interview techniques, and OSHA 10 classes. Janeiro’s endless work has not only boosted economic opportunity for minority firms in Orlando but has changed lives and given second chances to those who needed assistance.

Throughout his career, Janeiro has been a tireless advocate for minorities and women and their economic and life advancement. His other positions include director of the Purchasing Department for City of Cincinnati; director for Preparation Recruitment Program in Cincinnati Dayton and San Francisco; director of Small Business Development for City of West Palm Beach; and, special projects director for West Palm Beach Housing Authority. He has served as president of National Forum for Black Public Administrators, South Florida Chapter; commissioner for One Florida, member of Florida Housing Coalition, member, Ohio’s State Apprenticeship Council, and member of State of Ohio EEO Compliance Committee. Mr. Coulter attended the University of Cincinnati.

Member at Large

Joycelyn Henson

Joycelyn.henson@ocps.net

Dr. Joycelyn Henson currently leads Orange County Public Schools Supplier Diversity programs.  During her 25-year tenure with the district, she has worked as a classroom teacher and in several departments, including Procurement Services, Information Technology, Strategic Planning Services, and the Office of Business Opportunity. Known as a fierce and sincere advocate for small businesses, she has helped many minority businesses secure opportunities with the district.

In her role, she implements, manages, and monitors the district’s Minority & Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE), Local Developing Business (LDB), and Veteran-Owned Business Enterprise (VBE) programs, which she helped establish. These programs seek to ensure purchases from local small and diverse-owned businesses in the Orlando Metropolitan Area.  Under Dr. Henson’s leadership, the district has seen a significant increase in the number of minority- and women-owned businesses working on district projects. Over 90% of the district’s construction projects are led by primes in association with a minority partner. 

Dr. Henson also established the district’s aggressive outreach program having implemented the monthly Doing Business with OCPS workshops; OBO quarterly roundtables; and the district’s annual trade fair, which is lauded as one of the most beneficial in the area.  Many of the outreach events have led to successful relationships and pursuits of business opportunities for vendors and contractors.  

In 2019, Dr. Henson received the Diversity in Business Helping Hand award from the Orlando Business Journal. In addition, Dr. Henson is a Certified Compliance Administrator, earned from the American Contract Compliance Association (ACCA). She is a graduate of Duke University, Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College (MBA), and the University of Central Florida (EdD). She is married with four children.

Member at Large

Mark P Lewis

mlewis@compedgellc.com

Vice President of Preconstruction and the Prime Subcontracting Division for Competitive Edge Partners & Consulting, LLC (CEP)

Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, and transplanted to Orlando in the mid-nineties, Lewis is the Vice President of Preconstruction and the Prime Subcontracting Division for Competitive Edge Partners & Consulting, LLC (CEP). CEP, a nine-year-old, woman-owned business enterprise founded in central Florida, with offices in Altamonte Springs, Tampa, and Jacksonville, is a truly diverse subcontracting and consulting firm specializing in providing a myriad of professional services focused on developing partnerships and building long-term alliances with clients. CEP's services include but are not limited to professional construction management consulting, safety consulting, staffing services, supplemental skilled construction trades, general conditions and general requirement contracting services, selective demolition, site enabling, carpentry, painting, FF&E, and electrical contracting services.

Daily at CEP, Lewis manages all preconstruction processes for the company’s Prime Subcontracting Division, including business development, estimating, planning, scheduling, procurement, and buy-out. Other responsibilities include coordination with clients, designers, OARs, vendors, or suppliers by suggesting and evaluating construction alternatives that could be substituted for reasons such as long-term maintenance concerns, constructability, cost-effectiveness, availability, or aesthetics.

Lewis also currently serves as a Managing Partner for Lost Lagoon Development, LLLP, a consortium of real estate development and construction professionals who have pooled their expertise to create a 165-acre destination entertainment district called Arredondo Pointe in Port Charlotte, FL.

Before joining CEP, over a 24-year time span, all while headquartered here in Central Florida, Lewis has worked for or alongside four of the country's largest general contracting firms. Lewis served for the Texas-Based, Austin Commercial as their U.S Southeast Regional Manager of Preconstruction Services for six and a half years. At Austin, he provided support, budget input, oversight, or led the preconstruction efforts for numerous multi-million-dollar projects like the $600 million Tampa Int. Airport Consolidated Rental Car Facility (CONRAC) and the mile-and-a-quarter long Automated People Mover (APM); Universal’s $180 million Volcano Bay Vertical Buildings Package, Bus Loop and Tunnel; $95 million, 27-story Suntrust Office Tower that includes an AC Marriott Hotel on the upper 9 floors; and many others.
Before joining Austin, Lewis served as the QA and QC Manager on Balfour Beatty’s Construction Management Team during the $380 million first phase of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Lewis also briefly worked on Turner Construction’s Precon-Team to reconstruct Camping World Stadium (Formerly the Orlando Citrus bowl).

The first 15-year span of his career, Lewis worked for PCL Construction Services, Inc., where he held numerous construction management positions. He played key roles on the CM teams for over 50 projects built for Walt Disney World, totaling over a billion dollars. Other notable projects during his tenure with PCL include the $165 million, 32-story 55 West in Downtown Orlando; Geico Garage at the Amway Center; The World’s largest of their kind combined, the North and South Parking Structures for Universal Orlando; as well as the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and many others.

Staying actively engaged in the community that he lives and works within is a passion for Lewis. In addition to being a member of the Board of Directors for NAMC, Lewis also serves on the Board of Directors for the Professional Opportunities Program for Students (POPS) founded by former U.S. Senator Gary Siplin. Lewis also served over two terms that spanned 5 years on the City of Orlando Historic Preservation Board. Other Boards Lewis has served on include the Board of Directors for the Buena Vista Corporation, Orange County Land Partners, Copper Shark Constructors, South Orange Little League, and 100% Baseball Organization. He has also served as a member of the Program Advisory Committee for FCC Anthem College, the Scholarship Committee for the Orlando Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and the Logistics Committee over a decade for one of the March of Dimes’ largest, annual charity events. Over the years, Lewis has been an active member of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), African American Chamber of Commerce and has been steadfast in his support of numerous national or community-based organizations such as NMSDC, DBIA, FMSDC, BBIF, HBIF (Prospera), and I-Build Central Florida.

Lewis is an Alumnus of Florida A&M University, where he received two degrees, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Engineering Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture.

Lewis is a novice drummer, a sports fanatic, and a well-known, state-of-Florida travel baseball and softball coach; he resides in the South Creek area of South Orlando with his lovely wife Wendy and has three children Naesha, Markus, and Marlon, and one grandson, Phoenix.  

Member at Large

Vernice Atkins-Bradley

vabradley@votumllc.com

President/CEO of Votum Construction, LLC

Vernice Atkins-Bradley has been involved in excess of $6.5 billion dollars in various real estate development and construction projects, spanning over 32 years. She is the majority shareholder and the Licensed General Contractor of Votum Construction, a company she co-founded with Teska Dillard. In her role as President/CEO, she provides management oversight and directs all daily business operations, which includes but not limited to strategic planning to advance the company’s mission and objectives; generate revenue; promote profitability and growth for its employees. She serves as the Executive Coach to Senior Level Managers. She also develops and implements strategies to keep a positive image for the company and strong relations with clients as wells as direct marketing and promote services performed by the company to obtain a competitive position in the industry.

Her business development acumen has led her company to be a partner in the construction of several notable projects in Central Florida. Projects such as Barry Law School - Legal Advocacy Center, Rock Springs Elementary School, Florida Citrus Bowl Rebuild (now Camping World Stadium), and most recently the Orlando Soccer Stadium and South Terminal Airport Expansion. Prior to starting her company, Atkins-Bradley was employed by Turner Construction for nearly 11 years and spent the latter two years serving as their Southeast Regional Director of Community Affairs and Business Development. Her work experience has also included serving as a Chief Contract Negotiator, Paralegal, Compliance Investigator, and Senior Contract Manager, working for organizations such as the City of Orlando, Black & Veatch, and Greater Orlando Legal Services. Additionally, she served three years as Vice President of the M/WBE Alliance and Construction Assistance Center.

Atkins-Bradley is a passionate advocate for the advancement of women, minorities, and small businesses. She blends her business experience with her passion in a way that has been fulfilling and rewarding. She believes we will build a stronger and more vibrant community by developing smaller firms and advancing others. Atkins-Bradley is not one who seeks after accolades, awards, or recognition, but she has been honored for her work. In 2005, she was selected by Orlando Business Journal as the first “Business Executive of the Year”, in that same year she received the “Summit Award” from the Women’s Resource Center, the “Leadership Award” from the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials and, the “Drum Major Award” – presented by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. She has received the Community Service Awarded presented by the Diversity Committee for Orange County and “Succeeding Against All Odds” Women Business Owners Award Recipient presented by the City’s Blueprint Office in partnership with Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc. Xi Beta Chapter; and “2013 Trailblazer” presented by PAST, Inc; only to state a few.

Atkins-Bradley constantly volunteers her time, talent, and treasure in service to the community. She has served on many boards and committees, which include but not limited to the Central Florida Transportation Taskforce, Orange County Code Enforcement, NCBLEO Foundation, FAMU Law School Board of Visitors, and ONIC, and she completed the longest services of any Chair on the Board for the African American Chamber of Commerce serving as Chair for over 3 years, She served on Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission, Downtown Development and CRA Board (Chair) as well as Professional Opportunities Program for Students (Vice-Chair), to name a few. Her current service includes the Orange County Housing Finance Authority and Board of Advisors for Barry Law School.

Vernice Atkins-Bradley’s aspiration is to live a life that embodies a commitment to the community and service to others. One of the ways she is currently achieving this is Atkins-Bradley and Sisaundra Lewis, a renowned vocal artist, created the “Find Your Voice” Mentoring & Leadership Development program for middle school girls, in collaboration with Orange County Public Schools (OCPS). The program’s goal is to impact the lives of young girls by teaching them FYV’s core principles in the acronyms - V.O.I.C.E. - Value, Overcoming, Integrity, Commitment, and Enthusiasm. The project speaks volume about Vernice Atkins-Bradley’s determination to fulfill her life purpose. There are over 200 girls enrolled in the programs within 10 schools in OCPS.

Atkins-Bradley is a woman of Faith and believes strongly in God. She attends the New Covenant Church of Central Florida. She is a Licensed General Contractor in the State of Florida, a graduate of UCF, and holds a Law Degree (Juris Doctor) from Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law. She is married to Junius Bradley, a 20-year Army Veteran. They have three adult children, Jerry, Krishana, and Tene, and three grandchildren Jaida, Bradley, and Jamil, who are the joy of her life.

Member at Large

Patricia Wallace

pawallace@pawallace.com

President and Chief Executive Officer of P.A. Wallace & Associates, Inc.,

Ms. Patricia Wallace, ARM specializes in providing consulting and risk management services primarily related to the construction industry and government. She possesses more than twenty years of extensive construction experience in general consulting, minority business development and compliance, commercial insurance, bonding, employee benefits, and risk management consulting.

She was the first Minority/Women-Owned Business Enterprise Director for the County of Erie in upstate New York and was responsible for developing and implementing all policies and procedures for that department.  Ms. Wallace authored the first local Minority/Women Business Enterprise legislation which covered all areas of procurement including construction, supplies, and professional services. As the Director of this department, she also developed and implemented contract compliance which covered all construction contracts and employment.

Ms. Wallace was subsequently employed by a national general contractor/ construction manager to develop and implement a M/WBE program for this company nationwide.

Licensed as a General Lines Agent for property and casualty insurance (2-20) and Life and Annuities, Patricia A. Wallace possesses more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of insurance and bonding.  As the previous risk manager for a multi-million dollar general contractor/construction manager and a nationwide environmental contractor, her experience encompasses all areas of property and casualty insurance, including risk identification, risk financing, bidding and negotiating insurance coverages, risk transfer, claims management, loss control and safety, managing insurance matters in litigation, preparing bid documents, insurance specifications, hold harmless agreements, coordinating multiple wrap-up plans for various projects under construction simultaneously and handling specialty environmental coverages. She has acquired significant experience developing and implementing insurance requirements and programs for trade contractors and subcontractors and has written claims procedures, loss control policies, and procedure manuals. Her experience involves working with multi-million dollar commercial, institutional, industrial, and governmental projects, including transportation systems, airports,  resorts, arenas, office complexes, hotels, hospitals, roads, and educational facilities. The Company has also successfully administered numerous Owner Controlled Insurance Programs.

Member at Large

Michael Young

mdyoung@acycontractors.com

President of ACY Contractors, LLC and HT Construction & Renovations, Inc.

Michael D. Young is a native of Pensacola, Florida, a conservative city in Florida’s Panhandle. Growing up, Michael never considered himself to be a leader, however, other plans were in store for him. At an early age, Michael dreamed of owning and operating a business. Michael has inherited an entrepreneurial spirit as his grandfather was one of Pensacola’s First African American lounge bar owners and operators. Michael’s attractions to Architecture and Drafting in high school lead to his pursuit of additional education in the Architecture and Construction industry at the University of Florida. After three years of Architectural studies, Michael completed his Bachelor of Science in Construction Management in December 1997.

Michael became a licensed Certified General Contractor as he passed the state examination in August of 2000. Michael currently qualifies ACY Contractors, LLC and HT Construction & Renovations, Inc. with his contractor’s license. Michael also held a real estate associate license for several years. Michael owned and operated a full-service commercial construction firm, providing start-to-finish services since 2004. Michael has provided construction management, general contracting, and trade construction services for K-12, Higher Education, Healthcare, Federal, Hospitality, and other niche markets. Michael’s years of construction and real estate experience have ranged to projects over $200 million.

Michael has launched two new ventures, The Legado Company, LLC (Legado) and Black Folks Invest™. The Legado Company, LLC. is a full-service commercial real estate investment company focused on buying, selling, and developing commercial real estate for investors. Black Folks Invest™ was founded to provide a “one-stop-shop” for persons of color to learn about investing while investing in other black-owned businesses. The mission of Black Folks Invest™ is to educate persons of color on multiple investment types, how to protect their investments, and to be an advocate for investing in black-owned businesses.

Michael is a leader in the marketplace and ministry. Michael functions as a satellite campus pastor of The Kingdom Church, Inc. Michael began his ministerial call on May 21, 1995, and has coached hundreds of rising Christian leaders through Journey™, a Christian Education and Leadership Program. Michael is known as a church planter through several church launches. Michael continues to support the strategic initiatives and growth of The Kingdom Church beginning in 2009. Michael is married to Dr. Felicia C. Young, who has been influential in his success. Dr. Felicia has supported Michael in each venture and has provided her with vast knowledge and experience in the marketing field. Dr. Felicia is a published author and Associate professor at reputable Universities. Michael has four children, Malachi, Gabriel, Jordan, and Olivia, and one granddaughter, Chleo.