Leadership Award Recipients
2019 - Corporate Leader Award Winner
Chevon A. Brooks, Esq.
Brooks, Berne & Herndon PLLC
Chevon Andre Brooks, Esq. is a founding member of the law firm, Brooks, Berne & Herndon, PLLC. He is an insurance and litigation defense attorney who concentrates his practice on the areas of property and casualty matters in both federal and state courts. Mr. Brooks has extensive appellate experience which is a valuable asset in handling client matters from inception through appeal when necessary. He currently handles civil litigation defense and insurance coverage litigation, excess/umbrella coverage, labor and employment law and construction related matters, Federal Civil Rights 42 U.S.C. §1983 and municipal liability, premises and products liability, asbestos exposure, motor vehicle, workers’ compensation defense and general negligence cases.He is a former Assistant Corporate Counsel for the City of New York and former Managing Partner for the New York and New Jersey offices of a national law firm, Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, PA.
Chevon is committed to using his position to promote and ensure that he hires, retains and mentors minority attorneys. Additionally, his commitment to the education and advancement of youths is reflected in his work with the Thurgood Marshall Program under the Metropolitan Black Bar Association.
2019 - Agent | Broker Leadership Excellence Award Winner
Dickerson Insurance Services
A native of Oakland, California, Tony Lee began his career with Dickerson Insurance Services in1997. For the last 15 years, Tony Lee has been Dickerson’s Chief Executive Officer. Tony was recently appointed to the position of Managing Partners for Dickerson when the firm was acquired by The Alerta Group. Prior to the acquisition, Dickerson Insurance Services was the largest African American owned brokerage firm in the nation. Tony grew the company from 20 employees to over 70. Dickerson revenue went from 10 million in 1997 to over 30 million in 2018,
Under his leadership, Dickerson has assembled one of the most diverse firms in the nation, Per Tony, "eight languages are spoken by our staff and that is by design". Tony's extensive impact includes the training and development of talented young professionals who continue to enjoy outstanding careers through their work at Dickerson and/or competitor companies i.e., Marsh, Aon, Gallagher, etc.
Tony is a civic and community leader on many different levels, i.e., LA Urban League Board; St Joseph Center for the Homeless Board, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force for the Cannibis Trade Federation, etc.
2019 - Emerging Leader Award Winners
Upon graduation from Morehouse College, Cedric Wilson started his insurance career at Alexander Insurance Agency, a black owned business in Birmingham, AL. After five years of learning from his mentor, Jeff Drew, the son of John Drew, he took on a role at The Hartford as a Small Commercial Underwriter in Charlotte, NC.
In 2012, Cedric moved to Nashville, TN as a Middle Market Underwriter . His outstanding contributions and performance garnered recognition which led to his winning of the company’s top sales award, Honor’s Circle, four years in a row.
In 2017, Cedric again relocated to Washington, DC where he managed a $60M book and helped to build a diverse team of underwriters to grow a profitable book of business with Hartford’s Middle & Large Commercial teams.Since being in his current role, Cedric has twice received the company's Chairman's Award, the highest employee award for the company.
Throughout his career with The Hartford, Cedric has served as a mentor for two Employee Resource Groups -- Black Insurance Professional Network and Gay & Lesbian Organization Benefiting Everyone. Cedric's goal is to create an environment where the ideas of employees are shared and celebrated!
AVP National Accounts| New York Zone
Denise Campbell is Assistant Vice President, National Accounts at AIG. In her position, she works with and services AIG’s most engaged major accounts by managing relationships with risk managers, insurance buyers and key client executives and some of the company's largest trading partners.
Denise started her professional journey working at Atlantic Records. After obtaining her Bachelors of Science in Music Technology degree at NYU, in 2008, she joined AIG’s multinational department as an administrative assistant. Over the course of the next several years, Denise's work and contributions earned her recognition and the opportunity to advance to a Business Analyst within the same department. In this role she discovered a passion for communications and was promoted to Communication Specialist. Between 2015 and early 2019, Denise worked as a Business Development Manager within AIG’s New York Region, working with AIG’s distribution partners to grow relationships and premium across all lines of business within their commercial products.
Denise is an inclusive leader with AIG's award-winning NY Black Professional Employee Resource Group. While serving as president of that group, the ERG won Global ERG Awards in consecutive years for "Best Strategic Business Programs".