Minority Professional Network, Inc. Founder C.J. Bland is Today’s Honoree

Mr. C. J. Bland is founder, president & CEO of Minority Professional Network, Inc.  The MinorityProfessionalNetwork.com (MPN) portal is a global CareerEconomic and Lifestyle™online resource serving millions of progressive business professionals, entrepreneurs and students of various cultural/ethnic backgrounds, and women of all races, based in all U.S. states and over 50 international countries.  The MPN global online web portal (www.mpnsite.com) is a highly interactive marketing and communications, and content and information resource medium that features a wide variety of value-focused content, information, offerings and resources.

The Minority Professional Network is also a Viable Source of Top Talent™ for Multicultural andDiversity Focused Employers.  The company provides a robust portfolio of online, e-Marketing and offline services in support of its clients, advertisers and partners’ recruiting and sourcing, multicultural marketing and branding, supplier diversity, custom event planning and promotions, training and development, community service, communications, business and technology consultation requirements, and related objectives.   The company’s client list includes the U.S. Department of State, PricewaterhouseCoopers, CIA, FBI, BellSouth, Xerox, MassMutual, Interface Flooring, A.G. Edwards, MetLife, JWT, TMP, Johnson Controls, Honda Manufacturing and many others – http://www.mpnsite.com/mktg/clients.pdf.

Throughout his 20+ year entrepreneurial and corporate career, Bland has held various Business Development, Sales, Consulting, IT, and Engineering leadership or strategic positions with Johnson Controls, AT&T, SBC Telecom, Dual Incorporated (at NASA’s Johnson Space Center), and Newport News Shipbuilding Company.

An avid, highly respected, results-oriented and effective coalition builder, Mr. Bland is actively involved and highly dedicated to public service, volunteerism, community service, and professional organization growth and development.  His recent board service includes an appointment to the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) board (2003 – present), and 2001-2002 President of the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) – Atlanta Chapter.   In addition, Mr. Bland is a current or past member of several other organizations, including the Atlanta Business League (ABL)National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA)Georgia Hispanic Network (GHnet)National Association of Black Accountants (NABA)National Society of Black Engineers – Alumni Extension (NSBE-AE), and National Sales Network.

Mr. Bland is firmly dedicated and committed to helping today’s youth realize their fullest potential.  He often takes time to inspire, motivate, instruct, mentor and encourage youth through speaking engagements, as a former undergraduate business school professor at Clark Atlanta University, and in support of programs such as INROADSNBMBAA Leaders of Tomorrow, and the Atlanta Public Schools Adopt-A-Student-Program.  Bland has received numerous awards and commendations, including recognition in the Who’s Who in Black Atlanta – 2006 edition, and selection as the INROADS/Atlanta 2002 Facilitator of the Year, and Atlanta Chapter Black MBA 2002 Entrepreneur of the Year and 2000 Outstanding Service Award.

Mr. Bland or MPN have been featured in numerous publications including Who’s Who in Black Atlanta, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Rolling Out Magazine, Hispanic PR Monitor, BET.com, BlackEngineer.com, Philadelphia Tribune, El Observador, and several other print, radio, TV, and online media outlets.

A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Mr. Bland also previously resided in Newport News, Virginia; Chicago, Illinois; and Houston, Texas before moving to Dekalb County, Georgia in 1995. His educational achievements include a MBA degree in Management and Information Systems, a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, and a B.S. degree in Physics.

Visit http://www.minorityprofessionalnetwork.com/cjbio.htm for more information.

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