Aaron Franklin is the Co-founder, CEO and President of The Baton Rouge Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce. Aaron Experience includes:
- United States Marine
- Studies Psychology and Philosophy
- 12 Years of Leadership and Corporate Management Experience
- Real-Estate Agent
- Life Coach and Business Coach
- LCCF Advisory Board Member
- Networking Organizer
With this opportunity at hand to build out a cohesive black business network that intentionally develop opportunities to one another The BRMBCC will be the catalyst in which to foster business relation.
Jarod C. Ogonor Jr.
I am a 32 year old Baton Rouge native. I grew up in the North Baton Rouge area in a single-parent home with my three older siblings. After graduating from Zachary High School, I enlisted into the United States Air Force. I served as an Air Traffic Controller for 4 years. At the end of my enlistment I moved to multiple different career fields including telecommunications management and restaurant management.
Currently I am a Unit Manager for Waffle House, and I have recently engaged into a partnership to create King Vending, LLC where I hold the title of Operations Manager. I hope to see more individuals, especially those of color, seek to have their own income and become a business owner in the future. I have a plan to use my future success from my endeavors and put it back into my community with the hope that others will follow suite.
Samuel Washington is a born and raised native of Baton Rouge, La. He is the eight child of two wonderful parents who have been married for 40 years. He is a proud father, military veteran, and community activist.
Samuel Washington went into the military in 2013 and officially ended his contract obligations in 2018. He was deployed multiple times and these tours included; Operation Enduring Freedom 2013-2014 and Operation Enduring Freedom 2015-2016. He was awarded the army Achievement medal in 2015 and his efforts in both tours were acknowledged by Brigade Commanders, Battalion Commanders, and Company Commanders.
In January 2015 Samuel started his journey in positive speaking and encouraging others. He started a social media trend blog called, #Motivation Monday. This blog then triggered his branding slogan called, ‘’It’s Your Choice.” This brand embodies all of Samuel's beliefs and gives others the power to control their mindset, happiness, and success. He has completed multiple community events with his Fun & Fitness strategy which has served over 300 plus children. These events have given Samuel a chance to partner with local communities and create a safe, fun, and positive environment for kids to come to.
In 2016, Samuel was certified in Resilience Training. He used that training to teach weekly classes at Capital Area Recovery Program for Men, East Baton Rouge Parish Prison Female Facility, Capital Area Human Services, Therapeutic Group Homes, and numerous other military personnel. His life struggles and ability to adapt and overcome are now tools he uses to help others and what makes him a great leader, Motivational Speaker, Peer Specialist, and Mentor.
In January 2015 Samuel started his journey in positive speaking and encouraging others. He started a social media
In 2019, Samuel had two great accomplishments added to his. These accomplishments included receiving an Associate’s Degree in Psychology from Grand Canyon University and becoming the Ambassador for community organization called, Next Generation Pioneers. Both of these accomplishments add to the level of experience Samuel brings to the people he serves daily.
In May 2020, Samuel published his book titled, The Seven Challenges: 7 steps to a new mindset. This book has sold and reached over a 1,000 readers and is used in different trainings across the country.
Samuel now has many outlets through his brand that includes group sessions, individual counseling, community events, social media blogs and more importantly setting a great example for the next generation. Through his face to face interactions, established social media base, and new website www.shopiyc.com Samuel is pushing to leave a lasting impact in this world. The power of choice and ownership is what he’s trying offer but you first have to that, It’s Your Choice.
Board Member/Staff Writer
I am a 24-year-old writer, women's rights activist, and mental health advocate from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
I attended high school at Mckinley Senior High School in Baton Rouge and Port Allen High School. I also attended Dobyns Bennett High in Kingsport, Tennessee, where most of my distant family resides. I worked in the service industry for most of my adult life, working my way up to restaurant roles when needed. I'm ambitious, self-motivated, and enjoy setting and accomplishing goals. I spend a lot of my time working to conquer personal and emotionally challenging goals. While doing so, I've had to overcome a broad spectrum of obstacles most people don't usually face. I try to record these experiences, my mental health and emotional challenges, my failures and accomplishments in the hope to progress, learn, and help someone else that may be going through the same thing.
Over the years, I've developed an array of different skills, crafts, and hobbies to financially sustaining myself, some on a quest for self-expression and empowerment, and some out of sheer boredom, entertainment, and curiosity. In the past year or so, I've dedicated more of my free time turning those skills into small, sustainable business ventures, bettering my communication skills, or character-building learning experiences at the very least.
I am the founder of Writers Anonymous— a small business service based in Baton Rouge. Writers Anonymous' business service specializes in academic assistance, graphic designing, and remote workforce development. Although Writers Anonymous began as a business service, it evolved into a variety of different community-based projects. I enjoy doing scholarly work that I authentically believe can help make myself and my community better.