A Black Man Is The CEO Of Denver International Airport, The 2nd Largest Airport In The World

Meet Phillip A. Washington, who serves as the CEO of Denver International Airport (DEN), the second largest airport in the world at 33,531 acres (52.4 sq mi; 135.7 km2). He was appointed in 2021 and reconfirmed in 2023 and is leading the charge at what is also the world’s third busiest airport, handling millions of passengers every year.

Washington’s vision for DEN, called Vision 100, aims to prepare the airport for a whopping 100 million passengers by 2030, a 30% increase, according to Fly Denver. Managing a $10 billion Capital Improvement Program, he has led significant changes, including retrofitting the airport, planning a massive rental car facility, and initiating environmental efforts like plugging oil wells and installing more solar panels.

Before Denver, Washington made waves as the CEO of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and the Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD). In LA, he managed a balanced budget of $8.5 billion and oversaw major capital projects. His leadership led to the successful passing of Measure M, a half-cent sales tax supporting 40 major projects and creating jobs.

Washington’s achievements extend beyond transportation. Inducted into the American Public Transportation Association Hall of Fame and nominated for the position of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator by President Biden, he’s recognized for his exceptional contributions.

Washington, a 24-year U.S. Army veteran, holds a B.A. in Business and an M.A. in Management.

His impressive journey includes leading the Host Transportation Committee for the 2008 Democratic National Convention and receiving honors like the Defense Superior Service Medal. Washington’s commitment to excellence, safety, and innovation continues to shape the future of transportation.

Be sure to follow Denver International Airport on Instagram @DENAirport


Black Woman-Owned Company Operates 38 Vans, Making $3M A Year Delivering For Amazon

Sophia Strother, a 43-year-old African American woman from Austin, Texas, turned a $10,000 investment into a multi-million dollar delivery business called L2E Industries. Teaming up with Amazon, Sophia now owns 32 vans and rakes in over $3 million annually.

Sophia, a single mom and survivor of sex trafficking, has always had a thirst for success. After becoming a mom at age 15, she pursued higher education, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration. At 20 years old, she started her entrepreneurial journey with Trustworthy Consulting and owned 2 homes.

In 2018, Sophia stumbled upon an article criticizing Amazon for not collaborating with small businesses for deliveries. Intrigued, she discovered that for $10,000, anyone could partner with Amazon and potentially make between $74,000 to $3 million annually.

“As I read the Amazon article, I was sitting down thinking, wait a minute. Why not me? I applied for the partnership and within a year, I was running a million-dollar business. After 18 months, my delivery company grew to become a multimillion-dollar business,” she told Business Insider.

Despite initial doubts, she decided to apply as an Amazon Delivery Service Partner. Sophia faced a year-long process for her application, involving an online form, resume, and financial documents. Though lacking a transportation background, she emphasized her community initiatives and passion for serving people.

Fast forward to September 2020, she launched L2E Industries, standing for Learning 2 Exhale Industries. With a fleet of 38 blue vans adorned with “Prime,” her team has delivered over 4 million packages, covering 20,000 routes across Central Texas with nearly 80 associates. The company’s success has surpassed $3 million in less than three years.

Sophia’s business model emphasizes customer satisfaction, safety, and quality, earning financial incentives for positive remarks. Despite challenges, like a rough quarter in 2021 due to a Texas winter storm, her positive attitude and strategic changes led to a successful turnaround.

Now, Sophia says that she envisions a future where she can contribute positively to people’s lives, emphasizing a supportive company culture.

“I now try to mirror what I wish I had during my years in corporate jobs. I’m passionate and determined to succeed because of the families that are connected with my company,” she said.

Learn more about the company via its official website at L2EIndustriesLLC.com


Father And Son Make History, Open First Black-Owned UPS Store In Buffalo, New York

Meet father and son duo, Dr. Uzo Ihenko and Kelechi Chillis-Ihenko, who have made history by opening Western New York’s first Black-owned UPS store in the city of Buffalo. Both passionate about serving their community, the two introduced the much-needed asset in the area.

Growing up in Buffalo, Kelechi saw the lack of essential services in their community, and now he’s thrilled to fill that need. After recently earning his MBA, he established the shipping and delivery store in Buffalo with his father. His father, Dr. Uzo, believes their family business is paving the way for others.

“People are seeing the future in their life and other businesses will copy and then other jobs will come,” Dr. Uzo told WKBW.

Besides shipping, delivery, and printing services, this UPS location offers fingerprinting services, making it convenient for those in need of background checks.

This UPS store has even more to offer. Dr. Uzo reveals their plans to turn the back part of the building into affordable apartments and office spaces, providing opportunities for the community to grow and thrive. This people-first approach is what they attribute their success to.

“If you’re not people first the people aren’t going to support you,” Kelechi said. “So you want to have anything you do be people-focused so that will help you be successful in business.”

Moreover, they are committed to staying in Buffalo for generations to come, bridging the gap between communities and businesses. Dr. Uzo said, “I told them we’re here to stay. We’re part of you and we’re here. So don’t forget it’s not only for them. It’s also for downtown people.”

Also, you can support the business by visiting its location at 345 Broadway, Buffalo, NY 14204.


From 25 Years In Prison To Owning His Own Box Truck Delivery Company

Ed Hennings, an African American man from Milwaukee, Wisconsin who spent 20 years in prison, is now an entrepreneur who owns multiple businesses including a trucking company called Go Time Trucking. Through his business, he does not only deliver goods but inspiration too.

In 1996, Hennings was sentenced to 20 years in prison after being convicted of first-degree reckless homicide. When he got out in 2016, he immediately turned his life around. He has since launched 3 businesses — his own barbershop, apparel line, and box truck fleet company, according to his interview on Fox Soul.

Go Time Trucking is aligned with Hennings’ goal to help those who are struggling in life to get back on their feet. He employs those who have the same background as him and inspires them by leading by example.

“Whether it be in prison or out here in the free world, there’s a lot of brokenness, so people need some inspiration and to know they can do it,” said Hennings, who is also a motivational speaker and author.

Learn more about Ed Hennings via his official website at EdHennings.com

Also, be sure to follow him on Instagram @EdHennings.CEO


Meet The 36-Year-Old Black Mom Of Two Making $144K A Year As A Truck Driver

Clarissa Rankin, a 36-year-old African American mother from Charlotte, North Carolina, has broken stereotypes working as a professional truck driver. She loves the job so much that she decided to start her own trucking business JC Rankins Transport, which earned over $144,000 last year alone.

Rankin never planned to become a truck driver before. She studied criminal justice and worked as a substitute teacher. She was earning $1,900 per month at that time and it was not enough to support her family.

Her husband, who had worked in the trucking industry, was the one who encourage her to try driving a truck. She immediately fell in love with the job compared to an office job. She even got her truck driving license on her first try, proving everyone wrong.

“People always have this image in their mind of a truck driver being a man with a big old stomach, big old beard and wearing overalls,” she told CNBC. “I love to get that expression on people’s faces like, ‘Can you really drive that?’ And I’m like, ‘Yes, I got this honey.'”

However, it was not easy for Rankin to find work for being different in the field. She got turned down many times before getting hired. She was then making nearly $50,000 a year but she felt that it was still not enough.

Rankin decided to start her own trucking business JC Rankins Transport. For 4 years, she has been driving trucks to transport different goods across the East Coast. Besides having freedom with her own schedule, she also earned more than in her previous jobs. Last year, the company brought in $144,208 and took home around $73,000 after the costs. 

Rankin, who currently has 1.8 million followers on TikTok, also makes money from creating content about her trucking life on social media. She earned $36,000 from promotional videos and advertising last year.

Moreover, she is thankful for the support of her husband, who works from home as a videographer and stays with their sons while she’s on the road. Despite other people’s criticism of her choice of work and the challenges she faces as a woman truck driver, she still continues to do what she loves.

She currently has more than 1.8 million followers on TikTok @IAmClarissaRankin