NaVOBA and Capital One, in partnership with the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), announced the 2019 LGBT Veteran’s Business Enterprises® of the Year as part of the LGBTUnity Conference in Tampa. NaVOBA’s Veteran’s Business Enterprises® of the Year is a prestigious honor bestowed annually to an elite selection of America’s veteran business owners working as supplier partners to NaVOBA’s Corporate Allies.

“NaVOBA’s Veteran’s Business Enterprise® of the Year awards have celebrated the incredible diversity of America’s military entrepreneur community,” said NaVOBA President Matthew Pavelek. “We’re honored to collaborate with our friends at the NGLCC to celebrate these amazing LGBT veteran business owners and share their remarkable stories.”

Kathy Clarke, SageRock Advisors
Kathy Clarke’s mantra–is revealed in every aspect of her life. As owner of SageRock Advisors since 2009, she enhances her clients’ emotional wellness by providing peace of mind that all their program management needs will be met. Kathy, a Towson graduate and U.S. Navy Veteran, brings to every experience the same discipline and commitment to physical, emotional, and occupational wellness that were cultivated during her Navy years. In life beyond her profession, she serves on the Board of Crossroads Hospice Charitable Foundation, an organization that educates communities about hospice and grief recovery. She also volunteers with MODUS, a group that provides rides to young people who lack transportation so they can get to necessary appointments. A certified yoga instructor, Kathy also volunteers to teach Yoga for Runners in her community. Kathy lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with her wife Amy and three lovable fur babies.

Carlton A. Brown, Occasional Occasions by Carlton
Founded in 1994 by Mr. Carlton A. Brown, Occasional Occasions by Carlton (an LGBT, Minority, veteran certified establishment) has been repeatedly praised for its culinary displays, dynamic flavors, and unique table presentations.   Carlton Brown is the chef-owner of Occasional Occasions by Carlton LLC, a company providing off-premise catering for the Atlanta Metropolitan Area. Chef Carlton is an accomplished culinary professional who has tickled the palates of celebrities Who’s Who such as Supermodel Beverly Johnson, Former Mayor Andrew Young, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Bishop T.D. Jakes, the late Mr. E. Lynn Harris (national bestselling author), Nikki Giovanni (Grammy-nominated American poet), Ian Smith, M.D. (award winning medical correspondent for NBC News, and the late Mrs. Coretta Scott King, just to name a few. He is an active member of the International Catering Association, National Association of Catering and Events (NACE)and the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC).

Vernice Armour
Vernice “Flygirl” Armour. Leveraging her “Breakthrough Mentality” mindset, she propelled herself from beat cop to combat pilot in a record-breaking three years and became the United States Marine Corps’ first African American female pilot and, shortly after, she was recognized as America’s First African American Female Combat Pilot by the Department of Defense. Upon completion of two tours in Iraq and leaving the military, Vernice launched VAI Consulting and Training, LLC. By applying the Zero to Breakthrough™ Success Model to her own company, Vernice produced over six-figures in revenue within the first 12 months and over a million in the first 5 years! Her passion is helping others create similar results. Vernice ultimately impacts organizations and individuals with an understanding of the passion and leadership required to excel. Through her keynotes, executive and group coaching, seminars and executive retreats, Vernice conveys messages of Zero to Breakthrough™ through her unique insight and life strategy: “You HAVE permission to Engage!”

About Capital One
Capital One Financial Corporation, headquartered in McLean, Virginia, is a Fortune 500 company with branch locations primarily in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Its subsidiaries, Capital One, N.A. and Capital One Bank (USA), N. A., offer a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. We apply the same principles of innovation, collaboration and empowerment in our commitment to our communities across the country that we do in our business. We recognize that helping to build strong and healthy communities – good places to work, good places to do business and good places to raise families – benefits us all.

For more information or to arrange interviews, contact:
Ashleigh Freda
ashliegh.freda@navoba.org


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