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Our Rich History

Our Rich History

Formed in 1983, The Presidents’ RoundTable (PRT) is a group of African-American presidents and CEOs that joined together for the primary purpose of accelerating the growth of minority businesses. Through the use of their collective knowledge, relationships and experience, the PRT works to ensure equal access to opportunities for fellow members and minority entrepreneurs. The Presidents’ RoundTable advocates for business practices and, at times, legislation that creates an environment of equality and fair access for all minority businesses.

We stand on the shoulders of our four (4) founding members:

Raymond V. Haysbert
Parks Sausage Company/Forum Caterers

Dorothy E. Brunson
Brunson Communications (WEBB-FM)

Osborne A. Payne
Broadway Payne (McDonald’s Restaurants)

A. Tyrous “Terry” Addison
Atlas Insurance Company


B. Tyrous (Terry) Addison
Atlas Insurance Agency

Dorothy Brunson
Brunson Communications (WENB Radio)

Raymond V. Haysbert
Parks Sausage Conmpany

Henry (Hank) Edwards
Community 'foods (Super Pride Supermarkets)

Otis Warren
Otis Warren Real Estate Service

Osborne A. Payne
Broadway Payne (McDonald's Restaurants)

William March
March Funeral Homes

Art Lambert
Lambert Insurance Agency

James McLean
Four Seas Seven Winds Travel Agency

William Jackson
Jackson Oil Company

Rudolph Gustus
G & M Oil Company

J. (Jake) John Oliver
Afro-American Newspapers

Melvin Bilal
Security America Services