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Black and Gold Awards





Wednesday, June 7, 2017
6 - 8 p.m.

Reception and Dinner

Community College of Philadelphia
Pavilion Building
17th Street (between Spring Garden and Callowhill), Philadelphia, PA 19130

Please join us as we recognize these citizens' outstanding contributions and services:

Michael W. Banks
the Greater Philadelphia African American Chamber of Commerce

Romy Diaz,
Vice President and General Counsel,

Terri Matthews,
Founder and CEO,
Jaden's Voice

Romy-Diaz Terris Michael-Banks

Corporate Leadership Award - Romy Diaz
Vice President and General Counsel, PECO, Philadelphia, PA

Romy Diaz serves as the chief legal officer of PECO and oversees its team of attorneys responsible for all aspects of PECO's legal affairs in Pennsylvania, as well as PECO's claims department. He also serves as vice chair of PECO's Political Action Committee.

Prior to his current position, Diaz was responsible for the company's governmental and external affairs, including development of the company's award-winning suite of energy efficiency programs to help customers save energy and money. Diaz joined PECO as Associate General Counsel in 2008 and managed the regulatory law practice group in Philadelphia, PA. From 2005 until 2008, Diaz served as the City Solicitor of Philadelphia after joining the City of Philadelphia Law Department in 2002. For most of his career, he lived in Washington, DC, where he held numerous legal and management positions at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Department of Energy. Following unanimous confirmation by the United States Senate, he was appointed by President William J. Clinton to serve as assistant administrator for management at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Community Hero Award - Terri Matthews
Founder and CEO of Jaden's Voice

Terri Matthews is a philanthropic momtrepreneur whose generosity, business savvy and unbound joy is known from coast to coast. As founder of the autism-focused non-profit, Jaden's Voice -- named after her son, who was diagnosed at age 3 -- she delivers messages of hope and perseverance to parents and caretakers. Terri personally funded the Organization to ensure each family that comes to Jaden's Voice has access to the tools to help their children lead productive, fulfilling lives. Committed to promoting autism awareness, Terri works within the public and private sectors and a variety of stakeholders to influence policy and culture.

In addition to her work within the non-profit arena, Terri uses her many years of experience in business and human resources to help people turn their dreams into reality. She has presented keynote addresses to audiences from 7 to 7,000 around the country. Terri is the proud mother of three beautiful children.

Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award - Michael W. Banks '10
President of the African American Chamber of Commerce of PA, NJ and DE

Michael Banks is the President and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) of PA, NJ and DE, a membership organization committed to supporting the economic empowerment and growth of African-American businesses.

Prior to assuming his current role, Michael was a financial controller for a Philly start-up that he helped position for national growth, and has more than 10 years of capital and derivatives market experience, managing investments with Citibank where he was a Vice President and led their equity trading desk. Additionally, he was the first African-American stock option specialist in the history of the then Philadelphia Stock Exchange and now Nasdaq OMX.




For more information, contact Darryl Irizarry at 215-751-8015 or by email at dairizarry@ccp.edu