Vice President, Commercial Services | CIT/One West Bank

Byron G. Mobley, Sr. is a native of Los Angeles, California. and  attended California State University, Long Beach where he was commissioned as a Distinguished Military Graduate, majoring in Business Administration.

Byron is a member of several community service groups including 100 Black Men of Orange County, NAACP, Boy Scouts of America, American Heart Association, and is a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., He currently sits on the Board of Directors for Macedonia Baptist Church Community Development Corporation (CDC),100 Black Men of Orange County, as well as the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Greater Los Angeles.

Advisor/Partner | Brokers International Financial Services, LLC

Eric Bell is a collaborative wealth preservationist and income sustainability specialist with expertise in investment management and wealth-building strategies for individuals, businesses, foundations, and endowments. Eric also has a proven track record of joining forces with CEOs, Senior Executive  Management and their boards of directors to expand market penetration, increase corporate valuation, and enhance harmonious corporate cultures.

Eric  has served on several boards including the Boys and Girls Club of San Juan Capistrano, Habitat for Humanity in Orange County, and the UCI’s Paul Merage School of Business where he currently serves as an Advisory Board Member.

Vice President, Community Development | City National Bank

Brian Grant is a vice president and community development officer with City National Bank’s community reinvestment team. Based in Los Angeles, he establishes positive working and banking relationships with business owners and organizations in the communities City National’s colleagues work, live and conduct business.

Mr. Grant completed his coursework for his bachelor’s degree in finance and economics at California State University, Los Angeles and graduated cum laude from National University. Active in the community, he is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and also donates his time with the Male Success Alliance (MSA), City National Bank Black Colleague Alliance, the National University Alumni Association and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.

Attorney | Lawyer & Law Firm

Ralph E. Harrison, II., Esq.,LLM, has offices in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. Mr. Harrison’s primary practice focuses on Business Litigation, Real Estate and Criminal Defense. He also works with clients in the areas of public offerings, private placements, mergers and acquisitions, and complying with SEC reporting requirements. Mr. Harrison is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., where he obtained his L.L.M., in Securities and Financial Regulations. He earned a J.D., cum laude from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California, and holds a B.A., from Long Beach State University in Long Beach, California. Mr. Harrison is a member of the California State Bar.

Vice President, Operations | MHX, LLC

Clint Crawford is a native of Omaha, Nebraska and earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Tuskegee University.  He then received his MBA from the University of Southern California.

His career path has been a journey through roles within the manufacturing and supply chain sectors with Fortune 500 companies such as Target, Home Depot and AT&T.  Today he is responsible for all P&L activities of the largest privately held transload/transportation company transporting industrial commodities from the Ports of LA/Long Beach and Stockton California.

Clint currently serves on the board of directors for the USC Global Supply Chain Masters Program and the Black MBA Association of Los Angeles.

Senior Vice President, CRA | CIT/One West Bank

Byron K. Reed is the senior vice president and head of Community Development at CIT/OneWest Bank, which offers a wide range of banking products in Southern California. In his role with the bank, he oversees the Southern California territory. CIT One West has approximately 70 branches that encompass a territory, which includes Los Angeles, Riverside/San Bernardino, Ventura, San Diego and Orange Counties. Reed earned a bachelor’s degree in political science/public administration and a minor in business finance from the University of Oklahoma.

Mr. Reed’s previous experience also includes working for the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Board as vice president of its Small and Emerging Business Division.

Managing Attorney | Law Offices of Ludlow B. Creary II

​Ludlow B. Creary II is a litigator/trial lawyer in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Creary has been in practice for 20 years and has spent 18 of those years managing his own law firm, the Law Offices of Ludlow B. Creary II.

Mr. Creary is a native of the Los Angeles area, and has resided there for most of his life. He graduated from the prestigious Beverly Hills High School, then went on to receive his bachelor of arts degree from UCLA, finally earning his juris doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law.

Mr. Creary is on the Board of the John Mercer Langston Bar Association, is a member of both Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity.

President/CEO | Jallos Systems, Inc.

G. Bernard Brown graduated from Morehouse College with a B.S. in Math/Chemistry. He pursued a MA in Math at UCLA and graduated from Pepperdine University with an MBA in Management.

Mr. Brown worked in the aerospace industry with Hughes Aircraft and Northrop Aircraft for 22 years in financial data processing performing programming and designing financial systems. He served as the Executive Director for the AAF Rose Bowl Aquatics Center for two years before serving as VP/President for an airline ground services company. He then acquired MRO Systems Inc., forming JALLOS Systems Incorporated in 2007. He currently serves as President/CEO of JALLOS Systems Inc., a distributor of personal safety products and manufacturer of educational bean bags and wing socks. He has served on many non-profit corporations.

He is a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (Boule) (since 1984) and a member of the Hawthorne-LAX-Lennox Rotary Club.

International Sales Director | Bosley Professional

Alicia Humphrey Burnett is a Business Consultant with over 22 years, experience in the professional beauty industry. She was Vice President of International Sales & Marketing at Sexy Hair, Inc., for 20 years where she grew a distribution portfolio and created a global presence spanning 70 countries on 6 continents.

She serves on the Board of the Diamond In The Raw Foundation and is the President of BSU Parent Board at her daughter’s school, Westmark.  She is also a member of Los Angeles Chapter of Jack & Jill of America and is an active participant in all of the organization’s fundraising and volunteering achievements.

Senior Planner | City of Inglewood

A Southern California native, Fred has focused on real estate planning and development throughout his career.

Fred received his Masters in Public Administration from Baruch College in New York, where he was a National Urban Fellow and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Cal Poly Pomona.

Fred is currently the Senior Planner for the City of Inglewood overseeing transit oriented development/station area planning, active transportation, and other advance planning programs and projects.

Partner | Kirkland & Dove

Austin is a defense attorney specializing in criminal defense. He represents a diverse body of clients throughout Southern California and aggressively handles state and federal offenses. Austin is a board certified specialist, the highest qualification recognized by the California State Bar. Austin is a native of Los Angeles and since starting his firm, has become one of the most sought after trial attorneys in the city. Austin is a graduate of the University of San Diego, where he was selected to the Law Review. He is a member of the Criminal Courts Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and The Trial Lawyers College.

Senior Vice President, Business Affairs & Associate General Counsel 
Turner/Cartoon Network & Adult Swim

Rita Morales is Senior Vice President of Business Affairs & Associate General Counsel for Turner Broadcasting. She serves as the head of business and legal affairs for Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, overseeing all business and legal matters in connection with the development and production of original animation and live action programming for the two networks.

Before joining Turner, Rita served as Senior Vice President of Programming and Chief Legal Officer for SíTV, an English language Latino-themed basic cable network that launched in 2004.
Rita spent several years in private practice before embarking on a career in media, first as a corporate attorney with Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg and Phillips.

Rita is a graduate of Harvard Law School and served as managing editor of the International Law Journal. She earned her bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of California at Davis and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society.