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Columbia Speaker, Honorees Announced for 2019 Legacy of Black Business Gala

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Torre Antoine Stocker, CEO of TAS, LLC will be the keynote speaker for the 2019 Legacy of Black Business Gala to be held on Friday, October 11, 2019 at The Gala By JW, located at 533 Clemson Road, Columbia.

Torre Antoine Stocker

Columbia Entrepreneur and Author of “Success Moments: 50 Thoughts to Keep You Motivated” is the keynote speaker of 2019 Legacy of Black Business.

Stocker is an entrepreneur, consultant and mentor. Stocker demonstrates excellence in leadership, having just authored his newly release book titled, “Success Moments: 50 Thoughts to Keep You Motivated.” The purpose of this book is to educate, empower, and engage individuals to consider a holistic approach to success in every area of life.

Torre Stocker was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. He has dedicated his life to education. Torre achieved Perfect Attendance Awards from kindergarten all the way though 12th grade at Spring Valley High School, never missing a day. Stocker was a Cum Laude graduate of Benedict College, receiving a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Management with honors. Later he earned a Masters of Business of Administration (MBA) from the University of Phoenix.

The following business owners are being honored at the 2019 Legacy of Black Business Gala for their work and impact in the community:

• Dr. Louis Lynn of Enviro AgScience, Inc.

Louis Lynn

Dr. Louis Lynn of Enviro AgScience

• Ronald & Linda Harvey of Global Core Strategies & Consulting, LLC,

Ron & Linda Harvey

Ron & Linda Harvey, founders of Global Core Strategies, LLC

• Kadenia Javis of Javis Finacial Services, LLC

Kadenia Javis

Kadenia Javis of Javis Financial Services, LLC

• Jerry Benjamin of Jerry's Shoe Repair

Jerry Benjamin

Jerry Benjamain, Jerry's Shoe Repair

• Karen R. Jenkins, KRJ Consulting, LLC

Karen R. Jenkins

Karen R. Jenkins, of KRJ Consulting, LLC

• Lasenta Lewis-Ellis of LLE Construction Group

Lasenta Lewis-Ellis

Lasenta Lewis-Ellis, owner LLE Construction Group, LLC

• Marilyn Spells of Marbella's Fine Hats & Accessories

Marilyn Spells

Marilyn Spells of Marbella's Financial Services, LLC

• Bryan Walter Myers of Myers Mortuary and Cremation Services

Bryan Walter Myers

Bryan Walter Myers of Myers Mortuary and Cremation Services

• Jim & Cynthia Hardy of OnPoint Media, LLC

The Hardy's

Cynthia & Jim Hardy Founders of  Onpoint Media, LLC

• George Outing, Jr. (Posthumously) Outing's Barbershop

The Outing's

Outing's Barber Shop founded by the Late George Outing Jr. (left)  and still in business today  61 years later by son George Outing, III.

• Bill Whitaker of W. H. Whitaker Interiors

Dr. William H. Whitaker, Jr

Dr. William H. Whitaker, Jr, Founder of W. H. Whitakers Interiors

• Bill Williams of Williams & Realty, Co.

Willie "Bill" Williams

Willie "Bill" Williams, owner of Williams & Williams Realty

• Ashlye V. Wilkerson of Wine & Design Columbia

Ashyle Wilkerson

Ashlye Wilkerson, of Wine & Design Columbia

You are cordially invited to attend this celebration, which will begin with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by the program at 7 p.m. Tickets for the Legacy of Black Business are $75.00 and available online at

www.carolinaboxoffice.com. For more information, contact Patricia Abraham at (803) 256-4015.

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