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The Made Man Chicago Top 50+ Honoree Red Carpet Reception Chicago

April 18, 2017


I am so excited to see many of my friends that we be being honored at this AMAZING event next Friday!   The Made Man Chicago Honoree Reception,  50 African American males from various walks of life will be honored for their achievements for not only making Chicago, but the world a better place!

Check out the Press Release below and make sure to get your tickets today…..before they are GONE!  Scroll down a bit further for the full details on this event as well as a list of this years honorees!  Hope to see you there!



Blueprint Global Group, 100 Black Men of America, Inc, 100 Black Men of Chicago, Inc
National Urban League, Chicago Area Morehouse College Alumni Association, Black Enterprise
Magazine, Upscale Magazine, Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce

CHICAGO (APRIL 17, 2017) The Made Man (TMM) initiative is a national 10-city multi-market
corporate and community initiative designed to showcase philanthropy and honor the extraordinary
achievements of notable African American male influencers from various walks of life, while
building a bridge for the honorees to volunteer their resources to provide empowerment for
under-served men with motivational mentoring workshops and donating business attire to suit them
for success.

The Made Man (TMM) initiative will be heading to Chicago presented by Blueprint Global Group in
partnership with the 100 Black Men of America, Black Enterprise Magazine, National Urban League,
Upscale Magazine, 100 Black Men Chicago and the Chicago Morehouse Alumni Association, Sponsored by
BMW & PNC Bank. This star-studded celebrity red carpet reception event
honors African American celebrities and influential men making a difference right here in Chicago.

The 2017 Chicago honorees include Marc Morial, National Urban League President , Tyronne
Stoudamire, Vice President, Global Diversity and Inclusion , Hyatt Corporation , Bernard Bronner
President of Bronner Bros. Inc., Carl Tutt, Board President , 100 Black Men of Chicago, Marvin
Dickerson, Vice Chairman of 100 Black Men of America, Kevin Williams – Head of Multicultural
Marketing, BMW Group, Maurice Smith , President, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois, Thurman
“Tony” Smith, PNC Bank, Senior Vice President Community Development Banking, Vincent Cornelius,
President, Illinois State Bar Association, Larry Ivory, President , CEO, Illinois Black Chamber of
Commerce and over 40 more honorees.

The reception will include live entertainment and a toast to the progressive men in the city that
keep raising the bar. Join The Made Man honoree reception at the Hyatt Regency (151 East Upper
Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60601) on Friday, April 28th. Tickets are available at

The Made Man initiative provides a platform for the influencers to be celebrated, positioned with
extensive business networking opportunities and become direct community partners. Honorees are
committed to impact their city as a collective in 24 hours by engaging in motivational mentoring
workshops with local schools and youth organizations, and donation of gently worn business attire/
suits collected at the reception to be provided to local organizations.

“I created the Made Man initiative to celebrate those upholding the principle that giving back is a
lifestyle and a responsibility”, states Ky Dele (The Made Man Founder). The Made Man Chicago
reception will include a star-studded red carpet and a toast to the progressive men in the city
that keep raising the bar. Past keynote speakers and honorees include Marc Morial (president of the
National Urban League), Johnny Gill (R&B recording artist) and Matthew Knowles (Grammy
award-winning executive producer).

Join The Made Man Awards red carpet reception at the Hyatt Regency on Friday, April 28th, 2017.
For more information and city listings visit Join the conversation the hashtag
is #TheMadeMan.


Agency Of Record:

The Garner Circle PR

Nicole Garner Scott –

Eugenia Johnson –

Chicago Agency:

Jada Russell –



The Made Man Programming and Schedule:

The Made Man initiatives’ 2017 10-city tour is held in
each host city and includes a day-long series of community engagement and programming. The schedule
includes the following:

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Mentoring Workshops and Impact:

Community empowerment mentoring and motivational workshops with the
honorees speaking at local schools and community-based organizations.

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Hyatt Regency


Press Conference:

Press conference with national and local media outlets for The Made Man
honorees, partners, and VIP guests.

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at Hyatt Regency


Honoree Reception & Suit Drive:

The Made Man honoree red carpet celebrity/influencer reception is a
platform to recognize our honorees for their leadership, lifetime achievement in their respective
fields of work, social consciousness, and significant contributions to community empowerment. The
Made Man honoree reception receives an outstanding turnout of venerable honoree’s, guests, and
top-tier organizations. Gently worn suits /business attire will be collected from the guests during
the reception to be donated underserved men in the city of Chicago



Abe Thompson – Community Leader

Alonzo Jackson – CEO, Designer Fashion Geek Clothing

Anthony McCain – Vice President of Resource Management, Southern Company Gas

Bernard Bronner – President, Bronner Brothers

Blair Harrison Smith – Marketing Disrupter, Entrepreneur

Brian Coleman – Owner, Gold Coast Barber Shop

Brian Sleet -Principal, Kivvit

Bryant Lamont – Artist, Collector, Gallerist, Activist

Cannon Lambert ESQ – Attorney, Karchmar & Lambert, P.C.

Carl D West – CEO, Publisher, MG Media TBTNEWS

Carl Tutt – Board President, 100 Black Men of Chicago, Inc.

Charles B Sheppard – Labor & Employee Relations Supervisor, City of Chicago Department of Finance; President – Sheppard & Sheppard Image Consultants

Charles Matthews – President, Peoples Gas

Corey A. Hardiman – President, Chicago Area Morehouse Alumni Association, CEO, Founder of Hope Dealers Inc.

Craig Gilmore – CEO, Marlynn Enterprises LLC D.C. Crenshaw – CEO, Fete Business Group Daryl D. Jones, Esq – Entertainment Attorney

Dr. Major Armsted – President, CEO Winning Wellness LLC

Emanuel Basnight – Marketing Strategist

Harold Green – Writer, Mentor, Speaker, Educator

Homer Hans Bryant – Artistic Director, Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center home of Hiplet™

J Niice – Radio Personality, Host, “The J Show” B 96FM Chicago

Jasper Hagan – Senior Account Executive, iHeart Media

Jeffery Beckham Jr – Founder, Black Box Creative Inc National Director of Digital Marketing, New Teacher Center

John McClendon – President, McClendon Holdings

John S Kendall – Co-Founder, Past President and Past Chairman, 100 Black Men of Chicago, Inc.

Jonathan Swain -Principal, Kimbark Beverage Shoppe

Julius Russell – Chef, Television Personality and Culinary Ambassador to Chile

Keith Purvis – Founder, Junction Group Films

Kenny Johnson – Entrepreneur

Kevin Williams – Head of Multicultural Marketing, BMW Group

Larry Ivory – President, CEO, Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce

Lester McKeever – Managing Principal Washington, Pittman & McKeever, LLC Levar Fisher – NFL Alumni, National Motivational Speaker

Lloyd Walton – Career Counselor, National Basketball Players Association

Marc Morial – President, National Urban League

Mark Fuller – Official Deejay, The Made Man

Marvin Dickerson – Vice Chairman, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. Maurice Smith – President, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois Michael Scott Jr – Alderman, City of Chicago Ward 24

Michael Sutton – President, CEO, Infrastructure Engineering, Inc.

Rick Johnson – President, Urban Vibe Entertainment

Shannon Waldron – Founder, Urban Fêtes

Spencer Leak Jr. – Vice President, Licensed Funeral Director, Leak and Sons Funeral Homes

Terrance Miller – Senior Pastor, Reach Within Ministry

The Honorable Michael C. Fountain – Honorary Consul to the Bahamas, Director of External Affairs South Region, ComEd

Thurman “Tony” Smith – Senior Vice President, Community Development Banking, PNC Bank

Tyehimba Jess – Author

Tyronne Stoudemire – Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion Hyatt Worldwide

Victor LaGroon – Director, Office of Veterans Affairs, City of Chicago

Vincent Cornelius – President, Illinois State Bar Association

Waymon Davis – President, Davis Apartments

Yaw Ofosu, MBA – Executive Director, Enterprise Quality & Accreditation Health Care Service Corporation

About Blueprint Global Group: Blueprint Global Group is an international brand marketing & events
production agency. Blueprint Global Group is the executive producer & founder of The Made Man
initiative. Visit for more information

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