AC Business Owners to be Honored in Maryland

James Whitehead, of the Atlantic City RX5 Cyber Envision Center and Derek Brock, owner of Community Auto Repair Guy, LLC will each be honored by the Bi-County Business Roundtable in Maryland.

AC Business Owners to be Honored in Maryland
James Whitehead, of the Atlantic City RX5 Cyber Envision Center (Left) and Derek Brock, owner of Community Auto Repair Guy, and former owner of Mutual Taxi and Limousine, (Right) will be honored by the Bi-County Business Roundtable on Thursday in College Park.

ATLANTIC CITY — Two local business owners will be honored in Maryland by the Bi-County Business Roundtable on Thursday.

James Whitehead, executive director of the Atlantic City RX5 Cyber Envision Center and Derek Brock, owner of Community Auto Repair Guy, LLC and former owner of Mutual Taxi and Limousine, a historically Black-owned business, will each receive a Special Recognition Award at “The Red Affair: A Night of Glitz, Glamour & Excellence” for their work in the community.

Maryland Black Caucus Chairman Emeritus Darryl Barnes, who is a partner with Evans Barnes Associates and serves as president of the Bi-County Business Roundtable said they are making an impact in their own community and working to build collaboration between New Jersey and Maryland business owners.

“They are helping to foster relationships with small businesses and minority owned businesses in Atlantic City and helping to spur economic development and growth,” Barnes said.

Whitehead has distinguished himself through his leadership in the field of cybersecurity. He has said that his goal is to impact 2 million students around the world with a curriculum that includes Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, STEM, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence literacy.

"Bringing together Maryland and New Jersey Black entrepreneurs to focus on business is all that I've been focused on for the past decade," said Whitehead. "Prince George's County is unique because it is next door to Washington, DC. While we in Atlantic City are focused on our cyber security initiative, Maryland is the hub of America's cybersecurity, the National Security Agency (NSA)."

Whitehead said he expects fruitful results to come from entrepreneurs in New Jersey and Maryland working together.

Brock, who also sits on the city’s Minority Business Enterprise Advisory Board, said he was pleasantly surprised to get the award notification letter.

“There is a saying that, a profit will not be welcome in his own home. Any time you are welcomed outside of your normal setting, it says a lot,” said Brock. “It’s hard to get recognition outside your community. It’s even harder to get recognition in your own community.”

Barnes said that in addition to Whitehead and Brock, Mayor Marty Small Sr., was on the list of honorees. But the mayor could not attend because of a prior commitment.

The event will be held at The Hotel at the University of Maryland in College Park.

Jason Wright, president of the Washington Commanders, will be the keynote speaker for the event. Wright leads the organization’s business divisions, overseeing operations, finance, sales and marketing. Wright is the first Black team president in NFL history and he is also the youngest team president in the league.

The Bi-County Business Roundtable is dedicated to fostering collaboration, innovation, and prosperity within the Maryland business community. The association has become known as the voice of the underrepresented and a resource for small businesses in Maryland and Washington D.C. Metropolitan area. If you're in the College Park area and wish to attend, click the link below.

The Red Affair: A Night of Glitz, Glamour & Excellence
Join us for an unforgettable evening of amazement and celebration at “The Red Affair: A Night of Glitz, Glamour & Excellence” !

Sponsors for the event include:

  • Employ Prince George’s Inc.
  • Cisco Systems,
  • JI Solutions,
  • FSC First,
  • Hopkins Navies Management,
  • Wave Welcome,
  • Prince George’s Community Federal Credit Union,
  • Luminis Health; and
  • Truist Bank.

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