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Entrepreneur of the Year is awarded to a Black BRAND member whose business success is evident. The ideal candidate is a staple in the community who reaches back to help others and whose business had stand out activity in 2023.

Entrepreneur Of The Year

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Diamond Gorman

Rea-D Employment Agency

REA-D Employment Agency, under the ownership and leadership of Diamond Gorman, an African-American female entrepreneur, is dedicated to assisting displaced workers, women, veterans, and participants of re-entry Programs in securing meaningful opportunities that empower both themselves and their families.

With a strong commitment to promoting gender diversity within the construction industry, Diamond Gorman takes great pride in the fact that REA-D Employment Agency is 100% women-owned. This commitment is further validated by their certification from the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) as a woman-owned business.

As a certified WBE/WOSB (Woman-Owned Small Business), REA-D Employment Agency actively contributes to the success of customer supplier diversity programs. Additionally, they hold Small, Woman-owned, and Minority-owned Business (SWAM) certification through the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Notably, REA-D is the sole female-operated traffic control company in Virginia and Maryland, boasting both VDOT Pre-qual Vendor status and DBE/SBE/WBE certifications in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.


By engaging women-owned businesses as part of their vendor network, companies and government entities demonstrate a firm commitment to fostering diversity and strengthening their supplier/vendor diversity initiatives.

Timothy Armstrong

Omnicruit Nurse Recruiting

Timothy Armstrong is the Managing Director of OmniCruit Nurse Recruiting.  OmniCruit Nurse Recruiting is an internationally experienced recruitment firm located in Norfolk, Virginia that is committed to placing knowledgeable domestic and foreign registered nurses and other healthcare professionals from the Philippines and India in positions with select United States hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities.  Timothy comes to Black BRAND eager to connect with other healthcare and business professionals and is excited about the continued expansion of OmniCruit Nurse Recruiting.  

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Dr. Pat Tamakloe

 Global Reach Leadership Institute, Inc.

Pat A. Tamakloe, PhD (“Dr. Pat”) is the President/Chief Executive Officer of GLOBAL REACH Leadership Institute, a leadership strategy consulting and training firm, and the founder of Tamakloe & Co, a leadership literature enterprise, based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. As an organizational leadership expert, he has worked with a myriad of startup and small business organizations in the United States and abroad. He is a leadership consultant, certified speaker, executive coach, and team trainer. He also co-pastors the Norfolk, Virginia, congregation of an international church ministry.

Dr. Pat retired from enlisted and commissioned service in the US Navy after twenty-three years of leading in various capacities in the United States and overseas. His vast executive acumen and expertise in multinational strategic, tactical, and leadership training with a passion for organizational leadership, personal growth, mentorship, and development across all leadership continuums have earned him influential positions on various local and international boards.


Pat is a strong advocate and trainer of diversity and inclusion programs across organizations, especially in the United States. As a notable global leader and change agent, he supports and fosters community development and transformation initiatives in the United States and overseas. He enjoys golf, traveling, and spending time with his family and church.

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