2020 BECMA Virtual


Our Annual Meeting  is a way to highlight the accomplishments of the organization, celebrate the genius of our members, and forecast our priorities and plans for the upcoming year. This year, we honored several former board members and organizations for their years of service to the organization and the community.

Highlights include:

  • Segun Idowu, Executive Director of BECMA, delivers remarks

  • Hon. Charlie Baker, Governor of Massachusetts, shared congratulatory remarks (click here to view the pre-recorded remarks)

  • Richard Taylor, Chairman of The Taylor Smith Group LLC receives the Director Emeritus Award (Scroll 20:03 to watch)

  • Malia Lazu, Founder of The Urban Labs receives the Director Emeritus Award (Scroll to 26:16 to watch)

  • The Boston Black Hospitality Coalition -- Innovator of the Year Award (Scroll to 35:00 to watch)

  • A panel discussion with Herby Duverne (CEO, Windwalker Group), Bob Rivers (CEO, Eastern Bank), Simone Jordan (Global Head of Community Commerce, Sundial Brands), and Denmark West (Founding Partner, Connectivity Ventures) (Scroll to 36:50 to watch)

  • Glynn Lloyd, Executive Director of the Business Equity Initiative receives the Director Emeritus Award (Scroll to 55:38 to watch)

  • Darryl Settles, President of Catalyst Ventures Development receives the Director Emeritus Award (Scroll to 58:35 to watch)

The event was produced by AJ Williams Events and hosted by Carmen Fields, host and producer of WHDH's "Higher Ground" and a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma -- the site of the historic "Black Wall Street."


Other vendors and BECMA members who helped to make the event a success included:


Click here or scroll down to see photos of the hybrid event!