The president of the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) was appointed chairman of the National Black Chamber of Commerce last week at a private ceremony in Washington DC, officials at the organization announced.
John Harmon, who has sat at the helm of the New Jersey chapter of the organization since 2007, was installed as Chairman of the Board of the (NBCCC) on Friday afternoon at the Acadiana Restaurant in Washington. Dozens of dignitaries, including NBCCC president Harry Alford and others were on hand to celebrate Harmon’s new role.
“John has been a tireless and effective leader of the New Jersey business community for many years,” said Hosea Johnson, chairman of the AACCNJ. “His exceptional work ethic, high morals and integrity are a valuable asset to any organization.”
Harmon will continue in his role as President of the New Jersey chapter of the Black Chamber and handle his duties as national Board chairman. Among his first priorities will be to advocate the establishment and support of minority owned by African American consumers and by highlighting the importance of the black dollar. “Black consumer spend about $1 trillion dollars annually on goods and services,” he said. “Annual revenues are about $150 billion producing an $850 billion deficit in the black community—we must do a better job at holding ourselves more accountable.” Harmon is a native of Trenton and worked on Wall Street and owned a transportation company for 16 years, he was also a banker at United Bank of Philadelphia for several years.