As representatives of the membership of the City Developers Orginization, the Board of Directors and our entire staff and affiliates are the primary force working to realize the opportunities for the service and the fulfillment of the obligations set forth to the association as a single entity, and to the library of informative services.
Board of Directors
The CDO Board of Directors is a body of elected and appointed members who jointly oversee the activities of the City Developers Organization.
The board's activities are determined by the powers, duties, and responsibilities delegated to the matters typically detailed in the organization's bylaws. The bylaws specify the number of members of the board, how the members are chosen, and when we are to meet to address company policies.
CDO is currently not a not for profit corporation, but is managed by a volunteer board of directors.
We are looking for vigilant, public-minded, and professional individuals to help guide us into our future growth and development. Being on a Board of Directors is demanding and quite involved in company affairs, and requires decisions that should be well researched and diligently considered for the entire orginization.
Board of Directors
|Chairman of the Board | Terence Herzog|
Mr. Herzog has over forty years of investment banking and corporate finance experience, including the management of more than $15 billion in market value for hundreds of individual and institutional clients. He has overseen public and institutional capital raising for small and midsize public and private firms.
Early in his career, Mr. Herzog served as Principal and Officer of several Wall Street brokerage firms, including Bruns, Nordemann and Rea; Phillips, Appel and Walden; and Buttonwood Securities Corp.
In 1973, he co-founded Elms Capital Management Corp., a registered financial advisory and management company, and later established the Elms Securities, Commodities and Government Securities Corps. Mr. Herzog has acted as CEO and Chair of a leading electrical contracting company and a bio-technology firm, and consulted to the National Security Advisor to the President of the United States. He has served in numerous corporate advisory positions and spurred a variety of successful entrepreneurial ventures.
|Co-Chair | Deborah Jackson|
Deborah Jackson's corporate experience encompasses the broad field of Human Resource Administration where she worked as an Employment Supervisor, EEO Officer and Labor Relations Manager in New York City.
She then went into higher education at Fairleigh Dickinson University, the largest private university in the state of New Jersey, as the University Assistant Director for Affirmative Action. Ms. Jackson is Co-Founder of the Youth Development Foundation, Inc., which awards scholarships to teens between the ages of 13 and 17 with performing talents from around the world. Ms. Jackson strongly believes in volunteerism and has for over 30 years given her time and voice to community based organizations.
She sits on the boards of the New York Urban League, Black Women for Black Girls, Make the Grade Foundation, Insight For New Housing and Wheelchair Charities that has raised millions of dollars to mobilize, educate and entertain quadriplegics and paraplegics.
She has been recognized by many organizations for her volunteerism including the American Association of University Women, Uptown Dance Academy and was given a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition by Congressman Charles Rangel. Debi is the Producer of the Hal Jackson's Talented Teens International® (HJTTI) Scholarship Competition. She is responsible for coordinating all facets of a program, which awards college scholarships to its participants. HJTTI has been in existence for over 40 years and has been an internationally syndicated television special. Debi schedules contests, hotels and venues for the international program, writes scripts, screens talent, edits the souvenir journal, writes newsletters and press releases, and secures sponsorships.
Debi B's voice (she is known as Debi B in the radio world) can be heard every Sunday on 107.5 WBLS opposite her husband, the legendary Hal Jackson until his death in May 2012. The Sunday Classics has been rated number one for well over ten years. It has the largest listening audience in the history of Sunday radio and had run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (the longest live broadcast in the United States) in the New York tristate area.
|Vice President | Robert McGrady|
Mr. McGrady is the President of the PowerZone Foundation, Fitness Director of Strength and Fitness Club, President of the Black Studies Alumni at Rutgers University and President at East Orange HS/Clifford J. Scott Alumni Association. He serves as an Eisenhower Foundation Youth Mentor, is Co-Chair for the East Orange First Friday's Youth Commission and serves on the Brookside Housing Board for Senior Citizens. He is the founder of the Simba Male Mentoring Group.
He grew up in the city of East Orange, NJ and was a member of the Clifford J. Scott Basketball Team, the 1982 State Champions. He attended Rutgers University at Newark where he was the MVP of the varsity Basketball Team his freshman year. He graduated with a BA in Political Science.
He worked in the insurance industry for 10 years as a Technical Claims Specialist and two years as a Telecommunications Sales Representative with Avaya Technologies, formerly Lucent Technologies. He decided to pursue a career in the fitness industry after seeing so many people fall victim to obesity and bad health do to hectic lifestyles.
He is the Fitness Director of Strength-N-fitness and teaches a Total Body Conditioning Class. His hobbies include sports, spending lots of time with family, and helping inner-city youths.
|Treasurer | Gerald Delet, CFA, CPA|
Mr. Delet is the Chief Financial Officer of Americores, responsible for the both the financial and business operations of the company.
He has a distinguished 30-year track record in arranging financing for major films, television programs, and entertainment projects, including Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico and Scarface.
Delet is the CFO for companies, is responsible for leading business operations, taking companies public, including working for many high networth businesses, high income professionals, handles all their financials, manages their taxes including generating all agreements and contracts.
He served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice-President of Artist Entertainment Complex, Inc., a public corporation controlled by Martin Bregman. Mr. Delet has also founded career management companies serving high net worth individuals in the entertainment arena. From 1959 to 1970, he was the senior accountant at the C.P.A. firm of Braun & Garelick, where he was responsible for the tax preparation, auditing, and financial and investment portfolio analysis for major manufacturers, distributors, retailers, real estate companies, and affluent individuals.
Mr. Delet holds a B.S. in Economics from Albright College and was awarded membership in the Phi Beta Kappa Accounting Honor Society while at City College Graduate School.
|Secretary | Germaine Porter|
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If you wish to become part of our board to contribute to the well-being of our programs and should you have further questions, please contact us.
Executive Leadership Team
The Executive Management Team consists of the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Operational Officer (COO), Chief Financial Officer and Senior Executive Director and are responsible for day-to-day management of CDO and manage the Senior Management Team.
Chief Executive Officer | Cynthia F. Jewell, MPA, CNM
Her career experience spans over 20 years in executive management ~ and some non-management ~ positions across sectors: corporate, nonprofit, public and entrepreneurial. She gained invaluable experience by working in various industries such as retail, health and life insurance, real estate (mortgages, appraising, investing), consumer lending, home healthcare, medical, janitorial, and event planning acquiring skills and expertise from some of the best business leaders in the country.
Cynthia earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration ~ Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ, a Master of Public Administration, and Certification in Nonprofit Management (CNM) from Rutgers University in Newark, NJ. She is a NJ Notary and is a former NJ Real Estate Appraiser.
She has gained recognition as Small Business of the Year by the New Jersey Small Business Development Center @ Rutgers University ~ Newark (in which she is now a consultant) and while in graduate school, honored with the prestigious Executive Women of New Jersey President's Award.
Cynthia is the proud mother of two beautiful daughters ~ one active military and the other a high school honor roll student overcoming the challenges of autism.
Chief Operational Officer | James Wideman, BS
James has a proven executive management track record and over 10 years of experience driving business growth and expansion in Sub Saharan Africa, Israel, and the Far East. Prior to joining CDO, James was CEO of Quasar 88 LLC, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Marketing for Crown Suisse International, LLC, responsible for managing the global sales and marketing division. At Crown Suisse he led the transformation into a globally-focused company while diversifying the client portfolio to include the public and private business sectors.
Previously, he served as Chief Marketing Officer/Southeast Division of Collegeclub.com, Inc. He led the design and implementation of all retail and campus sales and marketing strategies. James also served as Spokes Person for UPS Logistics Group, Inc., during the United Way fund raising initiative.
James maintains active involvement in several community service organizations. Currently, he’s an active participant and contributor for Business Fights Poverty Organization, a global organization with a mission to offer resources, solutions, and professional advice and to assist in solving basic problems for the world’s poor. He is a former championship collegiate basketball player (Georgia Perimeter College) and remains involved in mentoring young student athletes. Wideman is currently pursuing a MBA in International Business from Herzing University.
Executive Vice President, Chief Compliance | Abu Bakr Salaam
Mr. Salaam has been the owner of SCM Construction, Inc. which has enjoyed over 40 years of success in the Northeast. He is proud of his heritage and success as a locally owned and operated business. SCM has strived to provide quality products and services to the construction industry. They are an employee owned company, serving the public and private sectors. SCM delivers high quality projects safely and on time allowing the ability to combine innovative construction methods and accountable project management to get the job done, and to get it done right.
He prides himself in having some of the most knowledgeable staff in the industry, trained and prompted to deliver quality and to serve his client’s needs.
For added comfort, he implemented Surety Bonds to provide financial security and construction assurance assuring each owner that, with discipline as a key motivator, he will perform the work and employ all contractors, laborers, and material suppliers to the best of his ability.
With expertise and long term contracting experience, he provides construction services for custom homes, apartment buildings, shopping centers, hospitals, restaurants, retail stores, etc. He specializes in all types of concrete work, and also offer construction services for schools, parks, libraries, sidewalks, parking lots, water sewages etc. His company is one of the most reputable construction companies in New Jersey, specializing in complete construction services, as well as remodeling and renovation services for residential and commercial projects.
Chief Information Officer | Everard Davis, CIO
His experience on Wall Street is training, consulting and working with many entrepreneurs to create great concepts in a variety of industries, implementing his background to pull from many avenues and resources to capture each client’s vision that turns their interest into revenue. He has been credited with vast experience in taking companies from start-up operations guiding them into becoming multi-million dollar companies by creating, recognizing and establishing their full potential, identities and marketability.
Mr. Everard Davis is the Chairman & CEO of TDD Investments and Vice President of International Affairs for Quasar88, LLC and a 29+ year veteran in business development. With extensive international business strategy experience in America, Africa and Bermuda, he has developed the ability to connect with people across multiple cultures and environments. His whole career has been founded on doing what he does best: bringing two worlds together by providing people-to-people contacts. Mr. Davis has vast experience working with local community leadership on significant socially conscious projects. He maintains an entrepreneurial spirit that spurs him to success working across multiple industries.
Mr. Davis also has vast experience in building start-ups and has spent over 15 years working and building a manufacturing, wholesale and Internet business of his own on 47th Street. He is also the founder and president of The Diamond District Inc., New York, a wholesale, manufacturing and marketing firm that provides services to corporations and manufacturers, and in 1996 was the first to take the diamond and jewelry business direct to the retail market through the internet. Home of the First Diamond sold online!
Mr. Davis completed his primary education in Bermuda, high school in Yonkers, NY and a higher education in Accounting and Computer Science at Mercy College and Lehman College, NY and completed his certification in Advertising and Commercial Arts at the Center for the Media Arts, NY.
His passion is youth development and for community involvement in the redevelopment of inner city neighborhoods, and his familiarity with the needs of young military families has led him to support benevolent organizations like the Soldiers', Sailors', Marine's & Airmen's Club Fund (SSMAC).
Chief Regional Director | Karen Malone
Malone's impeccable organizational, interpersonal, supervisory abilities and skills has contributed to maintaining corporate structure and lead her to becoming the Chairman & CEO's personal assistant of Inner City Broadcasting Corp (the number One radio station in New York owning 17 additional radio stations across the country) for the past 20 years. She manages the CDO Senior Management Team which comprises of all Directors who are each in charge of certain areas of the daily operations.
The Program Director and Deputy Program Director are in charge of the campaign areas:
C&E (Climate & Energy), Oceans, Forests, SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture, Genetic Engineering) & Toxics; and the Actions, Science, Political & Business and Legal units.
The Fundraising Director is in charge of fundraising.
The Communications Director is in charge of campaign communications, mobilization & digital networking, communications output and media & images.
The Communications, Fundraising and Deputy Program Director report to the Program Director and IED.
The Development Director is in charge of the Executive Director’s office, development of national & regional offices and global HR and training.
The Organization Director is in charge of IT, Finance, HR and Facilities & Procurement.
The Operations Director is in charge of management of the CDO Operations and Research.
The Development, Organisation and Operations Directors report to the COO and SED.
The primary responsibilities of the RD are to review the overall performance of assigned group of the organization, conduct and attend regional meetings for assigned regions, answer operational questions and issues from local directors and Technicians, assist in monitoring overall customer satisfaction, and maintain communication with all state and city directors on a regular basis.
State & City Directors
The overall responsibilities of the state & city directors are to analyze local performance and provide feedback, guidance, training and encouragement in order to impact result, assist in the developing of new local operations, procedures and policies, and assist training department with new regions and ongoing training.
The team leader plays a variety of roles, including coaching, training, observing, and governing the responsibilities of their local projects which is essential to ensuring high quality programs. Team leaders prepare the team of members to provide pertinent information and dialogs with community leaders and the activities to developers. Their responsibilities include planning and implementing effective research & development sessions, facilitating team meetings, and delegating members to use developmentally appropriate practices with local operations.