Chapter President, Sam Gradford
Sam Gradford has been a member of National Black MBA Association – St. Louis Chapter for twenty-two years. He served two terms as President of the St. Louis Chapter from 2003 thru 2006. Positions held within the St. Louis Chapter include Chair of the Human Resource Committee, Vice President – Administration, Chapter President and Immediate Past President. One of his major accomplishments is the initiation and development of the St. Louis Chapter Career Fair.
Sam is the former Director of Workforce Diversity for Metro, the transportation Agency in St. Louis. For sixteen years he was responsible for Metro’s Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity Programs. Prior to working at Metro, he spent ten years as Regional Human Resource Manager for the Dial Corporation. He is a member of a number of social and civic organizations such as the Urban League, Human Resource Management Association, and the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources. Sam is an active member of Union Missionary Baptist Church where he serves on the Board of Deacons and as Assistant Superintendent of Sunday School. Sam received his Master of Science degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 1970.
The St. Louis Chapter of the National Black MBA Association, Inc. (NBMBAA) is one of 45 professional and college chapters throughout the United States and Canada. The chapter has more than 130 members with diverse professional backgrounds in the field of accounting, communications, finance, general management, human resources, information technology, telecommunications, and marketing acquired from both public and private sector organizations.
Maria Flores, Jesse Swanigan, and Ruth Teague-Rice formed the chapter in 1984 and the chapter incorporated in the State of Missouri in 1984. The chapter is a recognized 501(C)3 business organization with a mission to assist in the professional, entrepreneurial, economic, and intellectual development of its members, corporate partners, and community-at-large.
For more than 25 years, the St. Louis Chapter has been a part of the fabric of the St. Louis community and has played a pivotal role in the growth and development of business professionals through offered professional development programs, community outreach programs, and signature events—hosting 17 Professional Career Fairs and 12 Golf Tournaments. Over the years, these and other fundraising events have enabled the chapter to provide scholarships for local high school seniors bound for college as well as undergraduate and graduate students. Additionally, the chapter has 14-years of impacting the lives of students participating in its Leaders of Tomorrow® program.
St. Louis has a long standing history of chapter presidents who [with the aid of each leadership team] have worked tirelessly to empower visionaries through a commitment to education, career, leadership, entrepreneurship, and lifestyle.