Nelson to succeed Cornelius Eason, who will remain on the Urban Chamber Board
Las Vegas, NV-- The Urban Chamber of Commerce today announced that Debra Nelson will become President of the business organization, effective November 23, 2009. The appointment follows the resignation of Cornelius Eason who will remain a member of the agency's volunteer governing board.
Eason cited increased professional and personal responsibilities as the reason for relinquishing his leadership role. "I am pleased that the Urban Chamber continues to be a viable and important entity in our community. I will continue to be involved in the promotion of African American businesses and will strive to help create a sustainable business environment for our members," he said.
Under Eason’s leadership, the Urban Chamber instituted a series of business roundtables to inform members about services to aid their business success. Also, the Urban Chamber was among the first organizations in
"Cornelius has been a passionate and tireless advocate for the Urban Chamber and for our members; we are fortunate to continue to benefit from his service," Nelson said. "I am proud to be among the community of leaders such as those at the Urban Chamber who are dedicated to helping our members grow and thrive," she said.
Along with Eason, Ms. Nelson was elected in 2007 to serve a three-year term on the Board of the Urban Chamber of Commerce. She is expected to complete the remainder of Mr. Eason's term that will expire in August 2010. Previously, she served as the organization's Vice President. Other Chamber officers include Jerrie Merritt, Vice President; Janice Spears-Turk, Secretary; and Al Barber, Treasurer.
Ms. Nelson is also Vice President of Corporate Diversity & Community Affairs at MGM MIRAGE. Since relocating to
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