1 min of highlights from the American’s interview with Police Chief John Hayden

1 min of highlights from the American’s interview with Police Chief John Hayden

The St. Louis American sat down for a long, candid conversation with new St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief John Hayden on January 4. This is one minute of highlights. See longer video of interview at https://youtu.be/CHR16YHdJ2Y

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Gloria Carter-Hicks is 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year

Gloria Carter-Hicks is 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year

“I want to be a servant leader,” Gloria Carter-Hicks said. “Being a servant leader is someone who gives their employees all the tools, the nurturing, the coaching that they need to be successful. I believe that if you treat people like superstars, they will perform like rock stars. Flip the organizational chart. I’m at the bottom, they’re at the top.”

On Friday, November 17, Carter-Hicks received the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the St. Louis American Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Business networking luncheon and awards reception. The event will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis.
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Halbert Sullivan: 2017 Nonprofit Executive of the Year

Halbert Sullivan: 2017 Nonprofit Executive of the Year

Since its inception in 1997, the center has served more than 14,000 fathers and their families, transitioning nonparticipating fathers to a position of involvement in the lives of over 40,000 children.

At the start of every program, Sullivan shares his past with the fathers. On July 27, he celebrated 24 years free of the “horrors of addiction,” he said.

“My experiences are deeply imbedded in the methods and strategies that we do in this program,” Sullivan said. “You got to get honest about your situation. You have to accept that you did this; no one did it to you. You got to get started. You can’t keep waiting on tomorrow.”

On Friday, November 17, Halbert Sullivan, founding president and CEO of Fathers’ Support Center, received the 2017 Nonprofit Executive of the Year Award at the St. Louis American Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Business at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis.
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Lewis Rice: 2017 Corporate Diversity Awardee

Lewis Rice: 2017 Corporate Diversity Awardee

On Friday, November 17, Lewis Rice received the 2017 Corporate Diversity Award at the St. Louis American Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Business networking luncheon and awards reception. The event will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis.

Bridget G. Hoy, a member of the firm’s diversity committee, said their team is “thrilled” to receive the award because it not only reflects their recent inclusion efforts, but also honors the firm’s foundation.

More than 100 years ago, the two founders Joseph Lewis and Charles Rice overcame their differences in religions and age to establish the firm, Hoy said. They also set a goal to serve the community in an “unpretentious manner.”

“One was Christian, one was Jewish,” Hoy said. “And at the time, it was a coming together of diverse lawyers. This really is our history, and we’ve worked hard at keeping up with the different trends in diversity and the different ways we can diversify our firm.”

There are about 150 lawyers at Lewis Rice, and the firm hires the most talented lawyers, Hoy said. Since 2014, they’ve hired six black attorneys laterally, or who have come over from other firms. They also have a large support staff, and they make sure that they have diversity everywhere from the reception desk to the courtrooms and board rooms.

“We hire good people,” she said. “That comes from all walks of life. It comes in all genders, and colors and sexual orientation and religions.”

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Melva Pete: 2017 Corporate Executive of the Year

Melva Pete: 2017 Corporate Executive of the Year

A year ago, Melva Pete was given the task of building a world-class human resource program for the 430 employees at one of the fastest-growing pipeline infrastructure companies in the country, SAK Construction. And she had to do it fast.

“We are in a tremendous growth mode, so that number of employees will increase rapidly over the next two to three years,” said Pete, vice president of human resources at SAK Construction.

Joining the SAK team last year, Pete oversees all aspects human resources, and she serves as a member of the executive team.

“Part of the reason I like being in HR is the ‘H,’ the human element,” Pete said. “I love working with people. My management style is to empower people and to give them the tools to be the best at what they do.”

On Friday, November 17, Pete received the Corporate Executive of the Year Award at the St. Louis American Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Business networking luncheon and awards reception. The event will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis.
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