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2014 Distinguished Gentlemen Honors South Florida’s Emerging African-American Male Business & Community Leaders While Brining Awareness to Local Boys and Men of Color Initiatives
Miami, FL, September 3, 2014 – The K.Jules Project, a social impact initiative launched by South Florida’s native and emerging community leader Kerline Jules, was pleased to present the 2014 Distinguished Gentlemen: Honoring the Gentlemen Making An Impact Award. Distinguished Gentlemen, celebrates South Florida’s emerging African-American male business and community leaders with debonair & honor while also brining awareness to local boys and men of color initiatives.
“With the constant negative images of our black men, it was important to me as a servant leader passionate about the empowerment of my community to do my part in elevating and celebrating the images of our black men here in South Florida. Distinguished Gentlemen showcases some of our finest young black businessmen and non-profit leaders”, said Kerline Jules, Founder of The K.Jules Project. “It is my vision that this initiative will grow to be one of the largest honorary events raising funds and brining awareness to boys and men of color initiatives.”
This year’s impressive honorees included the founder of one of the few African-American owned architecture firms in South Florida, Communications Director for South Florida’s $200 million endowed community foundation, Finance Director for a 100-million-dollar South Florida property and former University of Miami star athlete that turned his passion for athletic development to an award winning business.
The K.Jules Project treated the honorees to a full-blown Distinguished Gentlemen debonair photo shoot at Miami’s Wynwood Image 1st Studio. On the evening of August 26th, an upscale recognition social was hosted in the gentlemen’s honor at North Miami Beach’s lux décor C-Lounge & Cigar Bar. The Honorable Judge Elijah Williams, Circuit Judge, 17th Judicial Circuit, Broward County, Florida, who currently presides over juvenile delinquency cases, shared a special keynote address highlighting the importance of young leaders getting engaged in the community and the impact of his advocacy work on eliminating the schoolhouse-to-jailhouse pipeline. Also sharing remarks on their boys & men of color initiatives was Benjamin Evans III, Managing Director of BMe Community, a national organization focus on building caring and prosperous communities inspired by black men. The well-attended evening affair with a purpose was hosted by South Florida’s Radio Personality veteran Tamara G of HOT105.
The K.Jules Project congratulates the following 2014 Distinguished Gentlemen honorees for their dedication to making an impact:
Director of Communication
National Black Public Relations Society (South Florida Chapter)
Owner and Principal Architect
President & Founder
National Organization for Minority Architects (NOMA) South Florida chapter
Founder & CEO
Dibia Athletic Development
Director of Finance
Calder Race Course & Casino
About Distinguished Gentlemen
Distinguished Gentlemen: Honoring the Gentlemen Making An Impact, is a debonair recognition event celebrating the achievements of South Florida’s emerging African-American male business and community leaders while brining awareness to boys and men of color initiatives.
About The K.Jules Project
The K.Jules Project, with the tagline Passion. Purpose. Impact., is a social impact initiative launched by South Florida native and emerging leader, Kerline Jules. The K.Jules Project sponsors various projects in the areas of Civic Engagement with the hopes that each endeavor will not only have a positive impact in the community but also inspire others to make an impact in their community.
About Kerline Jules
A native of Miami, Florida and of Haitian decent, Kerline Jules is one of South Florida’s leading young professionals and community leaders invested in public service and passionate about elevating the message of social and economic empowerment. Kerline was recently appointed Village Ambassador for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Blog, The Village, providing a voice and critical perspective on issues of concern within the African Diaspora community. Kerline is the Immediate Past President of the Urban League of Broward County Young Professionals Network, a volunteer auxiliary of the largest and oldest direct services Civil Rights organization. Kerline has been recognized as one of South Florida’s 40 under 40 Black Leaders, Rising Star Community Leader and was recently inducted into the 100 Outstanding Women in Broward County.