Magazine Publisher Sarah Harris to be Installed as the new President & CEO of the Black Business Association
Los Angeles, CA – February 28, 2022: Befitting of a National Women’s History event, magazine publisher and creative design firm owner, Sarah R. Harris, will take the helm as president & CEO of the Black Business Association (BBA), the oldest active ethnic business support organization in the State of California.
On Thursday, March 3, 2022, the Black Business Association will host its 2022- 2024 Board Installation Ceremony to present its new leadership since the recent retirement announcement of the organization’s illustrious longtime president & CEO, Earl “Skip” Cooper II, who will transition to become Chairman of the Board.
“It is my intention to offer all support to the incoming President-elect, Sarah Harris, in a way that affords her the opportunity to lead without encumbrances. From over 20 years of working with and knowing Ms. Harris, I have personally witnessed her having demonstrated a strong commitment to the BBA which makes me confident in supporting this transition,” says Mr. Cooper.
The virtual presentation will take place at 3:00 p.m. PT via Zoom and streaming on the website at www.bbala.org as well as on Meta (Facebook) and YouTube pages. On program are special guests: Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Congresswoman Karen Bass and Los Angeles City Councilmember Curren D. Price, Jr. The ceremony will be officiated by Alvin D. Stafford Jr., Pastor of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church of South Los Angeles and Partner/Chief True Office of Think TRUE.
As a valued and trusted friend of the BBA, the Board is pleased to have Sarah Harris, publisher of Suite Life SoCal magazine, step in as the new President-elect. To the degree that Ms. Harris has provided pivotal services for the BBA while working with Mr. Cooper for more than 20 years, the Board is confident she will help usher in the new era of the Black Business Association in a way that both honors what the previous leadership built and makes room for the next phase the organization’s evolution. Ms. Harris comes with many ideas and enjoys the full support of the Board, local business/community leaders and advocates.
Regarding her appointment, Ms. Harris had this to say, “Having worked with Mr. Cooper for more than two decades and embracing the same passion for seeing Black and minority-owned businesses flourish, it is my honor to be entrusted with helping to shape the next chapter of the BBA to realize its full potential and engage with a new generation of business owners. Having the support of the Board and a host of community leaders fills me with an immense amount of gratitude. I am definitely ready to get to work to deliver some amazingly innovative programs and to be a formidable advocate leader for more equitable opportunities for minority and women small business owners.”
Other officers and directors being installed are: Vice Chair - Kim Anthony-Morrow, CEO, Urban Excellence Institute; Treasurer - Rosalind Pennington, CEO, Red River Enterprises, LLC; Secretary - Denise Peoples, CEO, STEMulate Learning; Parliamentarian - Ezekiel “Zeke” Patten, President & CEO, Patten Energy Enterprises, Inc.; and Directors: Brett Byers, CEO, The Byers Group, Nathan Freeman, CEO, Figueroa Media Group, Inc., Debbie E. Lumpkin, CEO, Debbie Lumpkin Consulting, LLC, and Dr. Jan Vanderpool, CEO, DCS-Datatax.
About Sarah R. Harris
Sarah Harris is founder and publisher-in-chief of Suite Life SoCal magazine.
In 1999, through her experience working in the community and as a self-taught graphic designer, Ms. Harris was inspired to publish her first magazine called SAVE THE DATE as a quarterly eight-page newsletter filled with event listings and news bits of community happenings. In 2005, SAVE THE DATE evolved into a full color, high-gloss magazine. After experiencing some hardships due to the downturn in the economy and shift changes in the industry, SAVE THE DATE was shuttered. However, Sarah is not one to quit following her dreams. In 2019, she once again resumed publishing with the launch of her current publication, Suite Life SoCal.
In addition to her publishing venture, as the president of SuiteEvents, a Southern California creative services and marketing company, Ms. Harris has had the privilege of working with over a hundred organizations, elected officials, government agencies and small businesses, of which, in part, include: the Office of Councilman Curren D. Price Jr., the City of Inglewood, USC Marshall School of Business, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, YWCA of Greater Los Angeles, the Black Business Association and many others. Sarah’s efforts have been recognized by several entities such as at the: Black Business Association 2003 “Salute to Black Women” Awards Luncheon; Recycling Black Dollars 2006 “Masters of Publishing” Honors Luncheon; and Urban Issues Breakfast Forum for her contributions to the monthly dialogue forum for five years. Sarah was also chosen by Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas as the 26th District’s Small Business of the Year at the 2008 California Small Business Association’s annual Small Business Day Awards.
Harris grew up in Riverside, California and attended Scripps College in Claremont where she studied Humanities and Fine Arts. Today, Harris resides in Los Angeles with her son, Xavier who currently attends Tuskegee University.
About the Black Business Association
Founded in 1970, the Black Business Association (BBA), headquartered in Los Angeles, the oldest active ethnic business support organization in the state of California, has been committed to ensuring that African American and other diverse business owners benefit from our advocacy efforts to impact, improve, and implement policy that improves access to contracting and procurement opportunities with the public and private sector, in addition to providing access to financial resources. The BBA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
The Black Business Association's mission is to advocate and promote the development of African American owned businesses with the goal of creating a firm economic base that support the self-determination and survival of the African American and urban community.
The Black Business Association maintains very effective working relationships with elected and appointed officials for the support of African American business development. Locally, statewide and in Washington, DC, we are constantly aware of pending legislation that might affect our member's businesses, their growth, and their ability to conduct business. When legislation is being considered that affects our mission, the BBA quickly mobilizes to work with key policy makers to support, defeat or modify the bill and pursue the BBA position. As an organization, we are constantly at the helm, securing innovative means and policies that protect our constituency and their business interests.
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