The National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP) recently honored five business leaders during its seventh annual ceremony and scholarship banquet fundraiser at the Detroit Athletic Club. More than 300 NASP members, supporters and guests helped celebrate what NASP called Encore VII – “Together We Rise!” Proceeds from the event go toward scholarships for financially-challenged college students from Metro Detroit.
Each honoree was recognized with a special award. They include: the NEXT.com Award, given to Glenda Gill, executive director, Rainbow Push Automotive Project; the Measure of Excellence Award, presented to Richard Charlton, chair and founder of New England Pension Consultants; Lorenzo Moner, chairman of Wayne County Employment Retirement Systems, received the Unsung Hero Award. NASP also recognized Chris Jackson, partner with Queen Lillian Development, with the Maverick Award, and David Clark, chairman of Detroit General Retirement Systems, with the Legend Award.
“It is an amazing task for NASP to recognize five of Detroit’s highly notable men and women and award them individually for their countless achievements and years of remarkable service in their respective fields,” Kathleen Colin said. Colin is president of NASP’s Detroit chapter, as well as director of investments for Oppenheimer & Co.
During her tenure with the Rainbow Push Automotive Project, Glenda Gill has made it her life’s work to fight for total inclusion in the automotive industry for people of color and women. And while she doesn’t perform her tasks to garner attention or pats on the back, Gill is nonetheless humbled by being recognized for her efforts. “This honor means a lot to me,” she said. “It means that my work matters. Sometimes when you’re involved in the work, you don’t stop to reflect on the accomplishments of the work. So when people outside your core recognize you for what you do, it tells you that you’re truly making a difference. And I think we are making a difference.”
Maverick Award recipient Chris Jackson said it’s a privilege to be recognized by an organization such as NASP and believes he fits the mold of what the award represents. “A maverick is someone who symbolizes the willingness to do things unconventional, unorthodox,” Jackson said. “I appreciate NASP for looking at me as a businessman who conducts business that way. But more than that, I commend the organization for helping support our young people and for serving as their mentors.”
The National Association of Securities Professionals is a nonprofit 501 (c)(6) association comprised of professionals in the securities industry. The organization brings together the nation’s minorities and women who have achieved recognition in the industry as brokers, asset managers, investment bankers, commercial bank underwriters and other financial professionals. The NASP has chapters in Detroit, Atlanta, Baltimore/D.C., Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco. Since 2007, the NASP-Detroit Scholarship Fund has awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships to deserving students.