Board of Directors


Dr. Tyrone R. Baines, PhD., Secretary

Diversity Consultant, Construction- Facilities Planning
Honda American Motor Co.
Durham, NC

Dr. Tyrone Baines chairs the board’s governance and personnel committees. He has a history of service in higher education having established the Public Administration Program at North Carolina Central University and served as Executive Assistant to the Chancellor. Dr. Baines has served in numerous leadership positions in professional academic organizations, and helped to guide and grow a national organization of public administrators. He left higher education to serve as a program officer with the Kellogg Foundation from which he retired. Dr. Baines has continued service as a consultant to a major automobile manufacturer with a focus on building and expanding supplier diversity initiatives and result from the company.

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Martin Eakes

Chief Executive Officer
Durham, NC

Mr. Eakes is Founder and President of the Center for Community Self-Help. Self-Help is the largest development bank in the country with assets of over $1 billion. Self-Help provides loans to support neighborhood development, commercial development in low-wealth communities, and home ownership. Self-Help is a national leader in affordable housing and is a model for community development credit unions. In partnership with several large traditional lenders/banks, Self-Help has established a secondary mortgage program that positions banks to more than double lending for low-moderate income home mortgages. Self-Help created and has led the most accomplished development bank in the nation, Self-Help Credit Union. It has also helped to established Generations Credit Union, a base of older community based credit unions, along with the largest and fastest growing credit union in the nation, the Latino Credit Union. He established the Center for Responsible Lending. He is a leader in addressing issues of predatory lending and mortgage foreclosure. He is a member of the Institute’s small business loan committee.

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Dr. Edward Fort

Chancellor & President Emeritus, Professor of Education
North Carolina A&T State University - School of Education
Greensboro, NC

Dr. Fort is an Endowed Professor and the Retired Chancellor of NC A&T State University. For more than 15 years, Dr. Fort led this institution, the largest Historically Black College/University in NC, to record growth in curriculum, student enrollment, faculty, and programs. He helped to develop the institution’s engineering program to produce more engineers than any other HBCU in the country. Dr. Fort worked to expand and build the business school, school of agriculture, education, and nursing programs at the university. He has worked to broaden relationships between higher education institutions and community residents, as well as with major corporations. He continues to write and to serve as a professor at the university.

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Lori Jones Gibbs, Treasurer

Vice President, Community Development Banking for the Carolinas
PNC Bank
Raleigh, NC

Lori Jones Gibbs, Vice President Community Development Banking-The Carolinas at PNC-Bank, is a twenty plus year financial services industry veteran, Ms. Jones Gibbs held positions with, Genworth Financial, Peoples Bank, Mechanics and Farmers Bank, the North Carolina Community Development Initiative and SELF-HELP Credit Union. Jones Gibbs is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and currently serves as Delta’s National Program Planning and Development committee’s Economic Development Committee – Chair. Jones Gibbs serves on numerous boards, including Chair of Russell Simmons Hip Hop Summit Action Network Nation, National Association of Real Estate Brokers, National Bankers Association Corporate Advisory Board and St. Joseph Historic Foundation and North Carolina Central University Foundation.

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Michael Goodmon

Vice President of Real Estate
Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc.
Durham, NC

Michael Goodmon leads one of the country's most dynamic urban mixed-use developments, the American Tobacco Campus in Durham. As vice president of real estate for Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc., the campus' owner and master developer, Michael manages the day-to-day activities of approximately 1,000,000 square feet of class A office, restaurant, residential and retail space. He scopes and develops new projects and opportunities including the American Underground startup hub (two locations in Durham, one in Raleigh) as well as solar/alternative energy real estate investments. He earned a B.S. in Mathematical Economics from Hampden-Sydney College and a Masters in Trust and Investment Management from Campbell University. Michael is an advocate and leader of the Durham and Triangle communities and serves on several boards to encourage growth, entrepreneurship and community development. These boards include: AJ Fletcher Foundation; Fletcher Academy; Frank Hawkins Kenan Board of Advisors; East Durham Children’s Initiative; Healing Place of Wake County; Downtown Durham, Inc.; NC Rails to Trails; CAHEC; and Leadership Triangle

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Sue Malone

Founder and CEO
Strategies for Small Business
Danville, CA

Sue is the number one provider, SBA Export Express and SBA SLA v.2 and director of marketing for Superior Financial Group. Sue’s involvement began with the program’s inception in 2002. Since then, Sue has helped fund over 41,000 SBA loans, which include Patriot Express loans, Export Express, Community Express and now Small Lender Advantage v.2 and became the largest SBA lender by volume. Her goal is to fund 100,000 small businesses.

For over ten years, Sue served as the CFO and Vice President of a commercial and industrial real estate firm in Northern California. In addition, Sue was the first woman-parking operator in the United States. Sue is a serial entrepreneur and has started over seven businesses. She holds an MBA from St. Mary’s College.

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Will C. Mann

Regional Community Development Manager
Wells Fargo Social Responsibility Group
Winston-Salem, NC

Will Mann is Regional Community Development Manager for Wells Fargo Social Responsibility Group (formerly known as Wachovia Bank). Prior to this position he served as the Community Relations Executive for Wachovia Bank and the Carolinas. In this capacity he led the bank’s philanthropic and employee volunteerism programs, community development, Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) compliance and statewide/local community partnerships. He currently fulfills similar responsibilities nationally. He is active with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition and Consumer Bankers’ Association. He has over 17 years of experience in community development and community development lending.

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Lewis H. Myers, Chairman

Principal and Director, Business Development
Durham, NC

Lew Myers is Director of Marketing for the Freelon Group. The Freelon Group is recognized as one of the most up and coming firms in America. In 2008, the Freelon Group was recognized by Contract Magazine as The Designer of the Year. The firm is also the recipient of the AIA North Carolina Outstanding Firm Award in recognition of outstanding service and design excellence. They have received awards for work around the country. Prior to joining the Freelon Group, Mr. Myers had his own successful consulting firm, and had served as a vice-president for a construction management firm. Mr. Myers also worked as Assistant Secretary for Small Business, NC Department of Commerce. He is also a founding NCIMED board member and chairs its fundraising committee.

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W. Troy Roberts

Alliance of Professionals & Consultants, Inc. (APC)
Raleigh, NC

W. Troy Roberts is the president of APC, a professional services and specialized staffing firm established in Raleigh, NC in 1993. An award-winning top employer & supplier, APC is a Native American-owned company with satellite offices throughout the US & with professionals engaged on projects around the world. APC focuses on positively impacting the lives of individuals by providing meaningful contract engagements, while also ethically meeting the unique needs of clients from a myriad of industries. In his role as company president, Mr. Roberts is responsible for the organization’s strategic planning and outcome of execution. Prior to joining APC in 1998, Mr. Roberts specialized in bank mergers & acquisitions within Accenture’s finance industry line of business. Mr. Roberts remains highly involved in a variety of causes within the local community, but has particular interest in Walk for Hope, Wake Assisted Living Center, and Step-Up Ministry. Mr. Roberts has a Bachelor of Science from North Carolina State University and a Masters of Business Administration from Kenan Flagler at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Michael Suggs, Vice Chairman

Goler Community Development Corporation
Winston-Salem, NC

Mr. Suggs is chairman of the Board of Directors for the Goler Community Development Corporation. Under his leadership the CDC has recently undertaken a $100 million redevelopment of the Goler neighborhood just east of downtown to assure inclusion and opportunity. He is the former senior director of public affairs for R.J.Reynolds. The Goler CDC is a faith based community development corporation that is an outgrowth of the Goler AME Zion Church in Winston-Salem. Suggs has worked closely with numerous national organizations for women and minorities, and represents the interest of the Institute with national and statewide organizations. He and his wife own and operate a small retail arts and bookstore. He chairs the Institute’s audit committee.