W. DORTCH, JR.
1997 Chairman Dortch expanded the organization internationally
with charters in Birmingham, England, followed by other international
chapters: Nassau, Bahamas, Goree Island, Senegal, Kingston, Jamaica,
U.S. Virgin Islands and London, England. Also in 1997, the organization
purchased its world headquarters building on historic Auburn Avenue
in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2004, Albert E. Dotson Jr., Esq. was elected
the fourth Chairman of the Board. Today the organization has grown
to over 106 chapters with more than 10,000 members and 100,000
Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., Chairman Emeritus of 100 Black Men of America,
Inc. and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TWD, Inc., has
established himself as a leader by diligently working to dismantle
systemic barriers to empowerment. He graduated
from Fort Valley State University with a degree in Sociology and
earned a graduate degree in Criminal Justice Administration from
Clark Atlanta University.
Under his guidance, 100 Black Men of America expanded from 43
Chapters in the U. S. to now include 102 chapters throughout the
United States, Africa, England and the West Indies. Formed in
1986, the mission of the "100" is to improve the quality of life,
enhance the educational and economic opportunities for African-Americans.
Mr. Dortch launched his formal career in 1972 writing proposals
and developing fund raising projects for the State of Georgia
that sought to aid marginalized members of society. He became
the Associate Director of the Democratic Party of Georgia in 1974
where during his four-year tenure he assisted in the creation
of the first charter for the state party and wrote the first Affirmative
Action and Compliance Review Program for the Party.
In 1978, Mr. Dortch began working with U.S. Senator Sam Nunn
by providing technical assistance at conferences, meetings, and
public hearings. In 1990, he became the State Director and served
as chief administrator over five field offices and one state office.
Mr. Dortch was the first African-American to serve in this capacity
for only United States
In 1994, Mr. Dortch chose to apply the more than twenty years
of experience and knowledge gained from working in government
to his business interests. These include serving as Chairman and
Chief Executive Officer of TWD, Inc., a consulting firm with
emphasis on business development, public relations and fundraising;
President of South West Investment Group (SWIG), a community development
and investment group; and Chief Executive Officer of Atlanta Transportation
Systems, Inc., a paratransit system that manages non-emergency
transportation for Fulton County Government. His other business
involvements include serving as Chairman and CEO of Cornerstone
Parking, Chairman of Lancor Parking Management, LLC, and Managing
Partner of FAD Consulting, LLC, a diversity management, marketing,
and events management company.
Thirty years ago, he wrote proposals and developed fund raising
projects designed to empower single parents and communities to
meet the needs of their children. More recently, he authored "The
Miracles of Mentoring: The Joy of Investing in Our Future,"
published by Doubleday Books. Today, he is the Architect of the
100's Four for the Future. Some of Mr. Dortch's other accomplishments
include: establishing the National Black College Alumni Hall of
Fame Foundation, Inc. as a vehicle to continuously highlight the
major contributions of Historically Black Colleges and Universities
and their graduates; co-founding the Georgia Association of Minority
Entrepreneurs (GAME) to fill a void as an advocacy organization
for minority business development; and co-founding the Greater
Atlanta Economic Alliance as a capacity building and business
development for the construction and transportation industry.
A partial listing of his involvement includes the National Drug
Free Communities Act Advisory Commission, the Sickle Cell Foundation
of Georgia, the Black/Jewish Coalition, the Atlanta Convention
& Visitors Bureau and the National Assault on
Illiteracy Board. Mr. Dortch is the recipient of numerous awards
and honors that celebrate his efforts. These include a U. S. Presidential
Citation for Volunteerism, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished
Service Award, the Concerned Black Clergy's
Salute to Black Fathers Leadership Award, the HistoryMakers Award,
the 2002 National Black Caucus of State Legislators Nation Builder's
Award, 2003 Turner Broadcasting Trumpet Leadership Award, 2004
Man The Decade Award of 100 Black Men of
America, Inc., 2004 Father of The Year Award of the American Diabetes
Association, 2004 CEO Networking Award of CEO Network-Nassau,
Bahamas, The Institute for Advancement of Multicultural &
Minority Medicine 2004 Survivors Award, The Congressional Black
Caucus Foundation's 2004 Distinguished Phoenix Award, and 2004
John E. Jacobs Community Service Award of Anheuser Busch Company.
He has had guest appearances on C-SPAN, the Montel Williams
Show, Talk Back Atlanta, CNN, Good Day Atlanta and Fox News Channel
The O'Reilly Factor. He was listed as one of the 100 most influential
Black leaders in 2004 of Ebony Magazine and
2004 publication of The Atlanta Business Chronicle. Additionally,
he speaks to a wide range of organizations interested in facilitating
the empowerment of others.
He earned his B.A. Degree in Sociology and Pre Professional
Social Work from Fort Valley State University in 1972; a Masters
of Art Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Clark-Atlanta
University in 1986. He also attended Georgia State University
as a Ford Fellow in the Urban Administration Program. Dortch received
Honorary Doctors Degrees from Fayetteville State University and
Jarvis Christian College.
Mr. Dortch, Dr. Hayling and Mr. Goldston will be installed
in The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum on Feb. 1, 20007.