Our board members

James Jackson, III – Founder & Executive Director

James Jackson III is the Assistant Vice President of Community Development at Zions Bank. He founded the Utah African-American Chamber of Commerce in 2009 and is the Executive Director. He is in the process of launching the chamber’s charitable foundation to serve the progressive development of African refugees. Jackson is a board member or committee member of several non-profits and is an adjunct personal finance professor at Salt Lake Community College. Jackson started his company, J3 Motivation, where he is a professional coach, trainer, and speaker with the John Maxwell team. His areas of expertise include, but are not limited to leadership, sales, and organizational development. Jackson received his undergraduate degree in marketing and finance from the University of Utah in 2002 and his MBA from the University of Phoenix in 2010

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Steven Johnson – Chair

Steven L. Johnson is the CEO and Co-Founder of the Arbitration Firm Luke, Johnson & Lewis, LLC. He also holds the position of Chair on the board of the Utah African-American Chamber of Commerce. Steven’s career as a Director has provided him with a vast level of experience in the financial industry. Coupled with 25 years of recovery management, he is capable of transcending the reclamation process. With a strong understanding of business administration, industry trends, team building and a sharp set of analytical skills; Johnson is well rounded with the tools necessary for a collection company to be successful.

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Mikell Brown – Vice Chair

Mikell is a Sr. Mortgage Specialist with over ten years of experience in the mortgage lending industry. Before joining Christian Roberts Mortgage, Mikell had an extensive background in sales and the cellular industry.
Mikell started his mortgage career in 2007 as an FHA/VA specialist focusing on government sponsored loans and learning the ins and outs of HUD to help his clients from all walks of life the opportunity to buy a home. He understands the broad range of client’s needs, from first time home buyers to the refinancing needs of the most seasoned home owners, now he offers a full range of financial mortgage planning. Conventional, Jumbo, VA, FHA, HARP and many other types of other government programs are examples of his professional expertise.
Mikell is passionate about his career and has considerable knowledge about the lending industry and is considered and knowledgeable resource in his company. His work ethic and loyalty have earned him top awards within his company and the industry. Staying active in the community, Mikell serves on the African American Chamber of Commerce as vice chair as he helps to grow the chamber through events, community involvement, and business leadership.
Mikell married his high school sweetheart of 21 years and resided in Cottonwood Heights, Utah. They have two beautiful children, and when he is not with them, you can find him at a local ski resort snowboarding, playing basketball or by a grill entertaining.

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James Jackson, Jr – Treasurer

James Jackson Jr was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is the third child and only son of James and Ida Jackson. He has two older sisters, the late Judith, Jerolyn (Muskogee, Oklahoma), and younger sister Jacqueline (Salt Lake City, Utah). His parents moved to Utah from Muskogee, Oklahoma. Raised in the Rose Park area, he graduated from West High in 1977. He attended Salt Lake Community College. He has specialized training in Robotics, Fiber Optics, security, card access, camera, and fire alarm systems, and industrial instrumentation.
He started in electronics in 1978. Later moving to construction, he used his knowledge to branch out to other areas which presented opportunities with Kennecott, Hercules, and telecom companies Global Signal and Crown Castle.
He became an independent associate with LegalShield. Achieving a goal of being a business owner, he fulfills the need for affordable and personable legal and identity theft services. These services available for individuals, families, small businesses and employee benefits.
Mr. Jackson is married to Naomi for 37 years. He has two children, James III and Dinitri. He has five grandchildren. Zoe, Memphis, Audrie, Isaiah, and Aaliyah.

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Jason Kirkham – Advisory Board Member

Jason started Maxx Purchasing in 2016 after seeing the need to help small and medium businesses get better pricing from their vendors. Maxx Purchasing has contracts with over 900 vendors a business can use to increase profitability by reducing expenses. Before Maxx Purchasing, Jason coached small business owners to discover better ways to manage their business and life by guiding them through a unique, on-going Strategic Mindset® business coaching process. Jason received his Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Accounting from Southern Utah University. Jason lives in Riverton Utah with his wife and four children.consumer management.

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Sam Smith – Secretary

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