Call for BPOY Nominations
Call for BPOY Nominations

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Call for BPOY Nominations

Cleveland, OH – January 30, 2019 – BPACF is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Black Professional of the Year (BPOY) through February 20. To download the nomination form, click on the link below.

The organization, founded in 1985, will celebrate Black History Month by seeking BPOY nominations, revisiting past honorees and sharing personal stories from their recent scholarship recipients.

“The BPOY award is a source of great pride and respect amongst African Americans in Northeast Ohio. We are encouraging community members from all walks of life to submit nominations and to learn more about BPACF by following us on social media as we revisit our past honorees this month,” said Marcella J. Brown, BPACF Executive Director

Past honorees have included Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs-Jones, Mayor Frank Jackson, Margot James Copeland, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr., Dr. R.A. Vernon, Leon Bibb and most recently Robyn Minter Smyers. The honoree is expected to be a member of the community with a stellar career trajectory, significant civic engagement experience and a track record of investing in youth.

“Our past honorees are a distinguished group of professionals who we can all look to for inspiration, mentorship and leadership. They give us all something to aspire to, in hopes of leading with a commitment to excellence,” said Ronald V. Johnson, Jr., BPACF President.

This year’s recipient will receive the award at the Thirty-Ninth Anniversary Scholarship and Awards Gala & BPOY Salute on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven (6111 Landerhaven Drive, Mayfield Heights, OH).

The platinum sponsor of this year’s gala is Rockwell Automation, a global industrial automation and information technology company. To learn more about Rockwell Automation, visit

Additional corporate sponsorships, tables and individual ticket sales will begin March 1. A portion of all BPACF event sales is contributed to the BPACF Scholarship Program

To submit a nomination, click the form below, or call the office at 216.229.7110. The nomination deadline is February 20th.

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