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ChangeMakers Radio Show Will Host A Two Hour Special This Saturday to Include the EO Chamber of Commerce and Mayoral Hopeful John Thompson


EAST ORANGE, NJ - The ChangeMakers Radio Show will extend the show from its usual format to a two hour presentation.  

During the first hour ChangeMakers will meet with George Williams owner of the Nishuane Group, East Orange Chamber of Commerce (EOCOC) President Patrick Reid, EOCOC Program Committee Co-Chair Tiffany Sobers and East Orange Planning Director Valerie Jackson to discuss an upcoming June 17th Business Breakfast hosted by EOCOC and the City. 

George Williams is the Special Guest at the breakfast and is joined by former President Obama Appointee and current East Orange Chief of Staff Kellie Drakeford Ledet as Honored Guest with the keynote speaker for the morning event, Jill Johnson, CEO of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership. 

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During the second hour of this ChangeMakers Radio Show Special the co-hosts and selected members of the press will interview Mayoral Candidate John Thompson Jr. beginning at 11:00 AM.

George Williams

George Williams is the owner of Nishuane Group, a full-service professional planning consultancy. He founded the firm after a decade and a half of planning in the municipal, federal and non-profit sectors. Now, with over 25 years of experience, George leads the firm’s land use practice. He is well versed in New Jersey’s Municipal Land Use Law and Local Housing and Redevelopment Law and has provided expert witness testimony before numerous land use boards throughout New Jersey. George has served as the Board Planner for several municipalities, including the East Orange Zoning Board. Additional specialties include community and economic development, and redevelopment planning. His particular area of interest, however, is planning for distressed communities…providing neighborhood and community planning solutions for those most in need.

Patrick Reid

Patrick Reid serves as President of the East Orange Chamber of Commerce and President and Chief Executive Officer of STL Real Estate and Investment LLC. Through innovative and experienced consultation provide real estate investment, purchase, sales and management solutions to individuals, partnerships and corporations. Patrick and STL seek and refer venture capital solutions for investors and project managers in areas such as Commodities, Bonds, Currency Exchange and Banking Instruments through a network of high valued proven experts and priority partners. A licensed Realtor at EXIT Platinum Realty, Montclair, NJ, he focuses on high valued residential and commercial real Estate.

Tiffany Sobers

Tiffany Sobers is a resident of East Orange for the past 9 years. She resided in Charlestown, Guyana South America for 16 years.  She attended Rutgers University majoring in Information Systems. She is currently part of the Women’s Exchange Network at her place of employment and the Black Professional Group. Through the latter group, she was able to attain a mentor whom she has mentored through high school and who is now getting ready to go off to college. 

Tiffany is also a rising entrepreneur. She currently works with her mother, Allison Butters Grant’s business, Global Caribbean Seafood that currently exports fish from Guyana to the Caribbean. The business will operate as Fish from Alma LLC .

Valerie Jackson

Valerie is currently the Director of Policy, Planning and Development for the City of East Orange.  As Director, her mission is “to enhance the quality of life for residents by promoting housing and economic development and revitalization through comprehensive planning and land use strategies”.  Under her leadership, the City has more than $500M of private investment in the pipeline translating into 2,500 residential units and 200,000 square feet of retail.

The ChangeMakers Radio Show

The Change Makers radio show has been making waves since it aired in October of 2015. Each week it features politicians, entertainers, filmmakers, and entrepreneurs alike along with other very notable guests.The co-hosts Royston Allman, Rebecca Saint Louis, and Eric Perryman

bring a combined twenty years of experience in broadcasting. Every Saturday you can hear them engaging in enlightening discussions with news-makers from across the country and abroad about the issues of the day.

It airs every Saturday from 10am-11am EST on 107.9 FM. In Studio Call In Lines: (973) 672- 1271 & (973) 677- 3753. You can also tune in online for Facebook Live on the The Changemakers Show Page, or via phone at (712) 832-2637.

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