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Any savvy professional understands the power of networking.  But the secret to effective networking is finding quality networks.  Tony Herbert’s “The Professionals, Inc.� is the crème de la crème of networking for people of color who are making it happen.  

In December of 1996, Tony Herbert, along with several business associates, formed the Professionals Network Organization. The key function of this organization is to provide young, upwardly mobile minorities with opportunities to gain access to resources and information that will allow every one of them growth and realization of the “American dream� by becoming part of an ownership society.

As evidenced by their last New York Social Exchange (NYSE) networking event November 1st at Jay-Z’s elite 40/40 Club, located at 6 West 25th Street in New York City, The Professionals are surpassing their goals with flying colors. 

The Professionals, Inc. presented the NYSE event at the 40/40 Club together with the New York State Young Democrats Caucus of Color, at which time, they honored the icons, Motorcyclists Who Care with the 2006 Chairman's Leadership Circle Award, The Honorable William C. Thompson, Jr., NYC Comptroller with the 2006 Distinguished Community Service Award, Brenda Blackmon, Co-Anchor My9News with the 2006 Excellence in Media/Broadcast Award, The National Society of Hispanic MBAs with the 2006 Professional Organization Recognition Award,  National Association of Black MBAs with the 2006 Professional Organization Recognition Award,  Rabiah Torain/Southern Wine & Spirits with the 2006 Professionals' Rising Star Award,  Ms. Karen Boykin-Towns, Vice President/Pfizer with the 2006 Corporate Professional Pacesetter Award,  Mr. Gil Noble, Host “Like It Is� WABC-TV with the 2006 Chairman’s Lifetime Achievement Award,  Diversity, Inc. with the 2006 President Excellence in Diversity Award,  The 40/40 Club with the 2006 Professionals Appreciation Award and  Mr. Ballard/Chair-NYCHA Brooklyn West Tenant Associations with the 2006 Unsung Hero Award.

The November 1st event was sponsored by Republicans for Black Empowerment, IAB, Kip Business Report, Sepia Skin Care and Moving Forward.

The Professionals’ next amazing event will be their 2006 Holiday Mixer to be held December 6th from 5:30 pm to 12:00 am, in association with Hispanic Professionals Networking Group (HPNG) and North Fork Bank, at Porcao Churrascaria located at 360 Park Avenue South, between 25th and 26th Streets in Manhattan.  It will be an incredible evening celebrating all that we, as hard working professionals, have accomplished throughout the year; meeting and embracing new friends and old and making quality connections.  There will be a special salute honoring the National Sales Network, National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment, sponsored and presented in conjunction with “The Network� and a new award to be presented during the NYSE Holiday – The Professionalism in Theater/Arts Award.  This inaugural award will be presented to the producers and cast of the hit Broadway Production,  "The Color Purple.  On hand to accept this most gracious award will be Jeannette Bayardelle, who plays the role of Celie.  Ms. Bayardelle will also perform the hit song from the The Color Purple entitled,   "I'm Here."


The Professionals Inc. welcome all professionals, entrepreneurs, leaders and achievers, aspiring business men and women, positive-minded, success driven people.  Please mark your calendars, tell all your friends, colleagues, and associates that all roads lead to the Professionals Networking Series ...The N.Y.S.E at Porcoa December 6, 2006.


This event is sponsored by North Fork Bank, Vital Marketing, Sepia, The Network Journal, Republicans For Black Empowerment,, Moving Forward, IAB, Jolie, Young Democrats Caucus of Color, CN Concepts, The Kip Business Report, and The Black Star News, and hosted by The Ice Breakers.

Also, prepare for another spectacular NYSE at Harlem’s exquisite Pier 2110, January 3rd, 2007.


Anthony "Tony" Herbert Sr. has a broad range of community and political experience. He is currently Vice President of Government Affairs for a multi-cultural Advertising/Marketing firm. Mr. Herbert has worked for an investment banking firm on Wall St. where he was Senior Vice President of Government Relations/Corporate Marketing and Small Business Development. With a rather impressive political career, Mr. Herbert has also worked for former NY State Senate Minority Counsel Leader, Martin Connor as Director of Community Relations. Mr. Herbert's responsibilities in the Minority Leader’s office were to identify and build working relationships with community leaders in statewide minority neighborhoods who were victims of voting rights violations and subjected to the dilution of their voting power.  

Mr. Herbert represents a new generation of leaders who bring fresh ideas and a pragmatic approach to today’s challenges.  He has served as Special Assistant to New York City Councilwoman Priscilla Wooten.  In this role, Mr. Herbert acquired his skills as a community advocate, fighting for the rights of the residents in the council district to gain access to city services that their tax dollars paid for.  In addition, Mr. Herbert has worked under the leadership of Congressman Edolphus Towns as a volunteer and subsequently, hired as a Special Assistant by the Congressman to represent his leadership in the Fort Greene, Clinton Hill sections of the 10th Congressional District.

To that end, Mr. Herbert has established solid relationships with community and political leaders while in his tenure with the government.  A proven leader and as a progressive, he has extensive experience with the inner workings of the local, state and federal branches of government. Mr. Herbert has worked on volunteer projects with former President, Bill  Clinton and current President, George W. Bush.

Tony Herbert’s interest in public affairs began during his youth. Having come from a single parent home, where his mother was the breadwinner of the family and having had the terrible experience of homelessness, Mr. Herbert learned about commitment to family early on. He was taught the value of hard work and being of service to others. He was a member of the Crown Heights and Clinton Hill Lions Club youth divisions at age 15. Giving back has always been a very important part of who Mr. Herbert is and what he believes in.

Mr. Herbert is an advocate of health issues that affect the lives of all New Yorkers. His special interest in finding cures and early detection of a number of women health issues stems from the loss of his mother to ovarian cancer just a few short years ago, and in having a number of his closest friends diagnosed with fibroid problems.  As a grassroots activist he has taken the lead on this issue and a number of other issues such as Business Ownership, Employment, Economic Development & Community Re-investment, Fair Housing and Education. Mr. Herbert has also been instrumental in organizing annual and monthly business seminars, health and job fairs in order to disseminate information that helps tackle many of these issues.

Mr. Herbert is currently working with several elected officials and community based organizations to organize the first ever Central Brooklyn Youth Council,  a community based organization,  non-governmental voluntary association of Brooklyn youth and organizations that will be established in 2007 to encourage and strengthen our youth and youth organizations while promoting the development of tomorrow's leaders. 

In December of 1996, Mr. Herbert, along with several business associates, helped to form the Professionals Network Organization. The key function of this organization, is to provide young upwardly mobile minorities with opportunities to obtain access to resources and information that will allow each and every one of them growth and to bring them closer to realizing the American dream and becoming part of an "Ownership Society". Mr. Herbert is a member of the MW Enoch Grand Masonic Lodge, Men's Caucus for Congressman Towns, the Fort Greene Volunteers, the Prospect Heights and Crown Heights Parent Associations and a number of other civic and professional organizations. Mr. Herbert is a member of Greater Bright Light Missionary Baptist Church and a dedicated father of three fabulous teenagers.


Expect State Senator to precede Tony Herbert’s name in 2008!

*Tony Herbert's bio provided complements of Yvette Harris of Harris Public Relations

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Brenda Jeanne Wyche, Advocate for Solutions and Results ©2006 is Managing Editor for The Black Star News and Harlem Business News and CEO of Winning Strategies & Associates, a business development consultancy in New York City.  If you have a solution, contact .  Maybe we’ll talk.


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