January 19, 2016
Chamber hires nationally known diversity leader as MBA VP
Following a national executive search, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber announced that Darrin M. Redus, Sr. as the new Vice President of its Minority Business Accelerator (MBA). Today, January 19, is his first day with the Chamber.
“Darrin has earned a national reputation as a thought leader and practitioner in inclusion-based entrepreneurship and economic development,” said Jill Meyer, president & CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. “His national presence, experiences, and network will be a huge asset to the MBA's ability to continue growing scalable, sustainable diverse businesses in our region.”
Launched in 2003, the MBA provides a wide swath of services, including infrastructure evaluation, opportunity analysis and capital access solutions, to help grow sizable minority-owned businesses – while working with majority-owned firms to diversify spend and get innovative solutions – ultimately creating jobs and wealth among minority-owned business owners.
“The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and its MBA have established a best-in-class model in growing and establishing larger-scale minority-owned firms,” said Mr. Redus. “As our nation becomes increasingly more diverse and economic inclusion is elevated as a national imperative, it will be exciting to lead Cincinnati’s MBA and build upon this impactful model which I’m confident will ultimately inform similar approaches nationwide.”
Mr. Redus is Founder, and former President & CEO of MainStreet Inclusion Advisors, LLC. (MSIA), a national advisory and entrepreneurial development organization. He also served as Chief Economic Inclusion Officer for JumpStart Inc., a nationally recognized non-profit entrepreneurial development organization and Founder and CEO of Redus Small Business Advisors, a strategic planning and management assistance firm.
Mr. Redus holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Baldwin-Wallace College, and over the past 25 years has led numerous national workshops, seminars and business forums on matters of economic development, entrepreneurship and inclusion. Additionally, he writes for Huffington Post, Living Cities and a host of other national and international media.
At the close of 2014, the MBA’s portfolio of companies had collective revenue of nearly $1 billion and employed over 3,500 individuals. Currently, the Chamber’s MBA has 30 portfolio firms and 40 goal-setters. Additional information about the MBA is available here.