2019 Finalists & Winners:

CELEBRATING DIVERSITY | HONORING ACHIEVEMENT
Haven Event Center  |  February 28, 2019

Automotive Leader:

Paul Moman – Sales Associate at Cadillac of Birmingham (WINNER)

Jennifer Whisenant – Executive Director of the Birmingham Auto Dealers Association


Medical Professional:

Dr. Valencia Wells – Owner / Optometrist of Morris Avenue Eyecare (WINNER)

Michelle Pruitt – Owner of Angel of Mercy Elder Care


Young Professional presented by Birmingham City Councilor John Hilliard:

Mary Beth Young – Assistant to the President of BB&T Bank (WINNER)

Temarius Evans – Owner & President of Apollo Plumbing & Heating, Inc.


Justice and/or Attorney presented by County Commissioner Sheila Tyson:

Dan Crane – Principle of Crane Injury Law (WINNER)

Freddy Rubio – Partner of Rubio Law Firm


Diversity Leader presented by MiPueblo Markets:

Pam Cook – Director, Multicultural Marketing and Community Affairs at Coca-Cola Bottling Company United, Inc. (WINNER)

Carnelle Howell, Former VP of Marketing & Senior Director at GPS Educational Services​


NonProfit / Faith Based Leader presented by Legacy of Hope, Alabama’s Organ & Tissue Donation Alliance:

Urban Ministry | Melodie Agnew Executive Director – Urban Ministry (WINNER)

More Than Conquerors Church | Pastor Steve Green


Small Business Owner presented by County Commissioner Sheila Tyson:

Davenport & Harris – Davenport and Harris Funeral Home Inc. (WINNER)

Denise Peterson – Yo’ Mamas Restaurant


Executive Leader presented by Birmingham City Councilor John Hilliard:

Ann Hamiter – VP Private Banking at My Progress Bank (WINNER)


Christopher A Ruffin Sr. – Director of Operations BJCTA


Entrepreneur presented by Coca-Cola:

Joel Rivera – Propietor Rivera Construction, Mi Pueblo Markets, & La Jefa (WINNER)

Kimberly Meadows Clark – Owner, Magic City Surge Basketball Team