By Sheryl Capers – After a four year hiatus recognizing young entrepreneurs, businesses and community advocates, Black Expo returned to Jacksonville with the ‘20 under 40’ event. The breakfast event, held at the FSCJ Advanced Technology Center, honored twenty Black and brilliant individuals who were nominated for their contributions, were all born before 1981. Honorees featured agents for change, policy creators, technology developers and people helpers. Some have helped their corporations make millions, and others are on their way to continuing to change the landscape of the lives in our city. Those chosen exemplified the ability to change the world at local, national and global levels. Nominations were based on their business success, leadership skills, community involvement and the impact of their service in the city they live, work and play.
“This is recognition is for the community by the community,” said Black Expo organizer Mincey Pollack. The twenty honorees were all smiles as they received their accolades and vowed to continue serving their communities and being champions for change. Honoree Kiaira Nixon, coordinator for the state attorney’s office remarked, “It is an honor to be recognized by the Black Expo and the African American community after serving as community crimes unit coordinator to build connections with their urban community to reduce crime. I’m sure we on the right path,” said Nixon, shown receiving award from Darrin Thomas (FL Black Expo Founder) and Mincy Pollock (FL Black Expo CEO).