State Senator and prominent attorney Royce West and Texas Capital Bank executive Effie Booker-Dennison will write the Foreword and Introduction respectively for the fourth edition of Who’s Who In Black Dallas, Associate Publisher Ken Carter announced this week.
West, managing partner in the law firm West and Associates and state senator representing District 23, succeeds Matrice Ellis Kirk who wrote the Foreword last year. Dennison, senior vice president of Texas Capital Bank and recognized business industry leader, will author the
“We are absolutely thrilled to have Royce and Effie on board to write the Foreword and Introduction, “said Carter. “They have been integral to the development of Dallas, and they both offer insightful perspectives on the significance of this publication which celebrates and highlights the achievements of African-Americans in the city.” The 2017 edition will be released in mid-September.
“I am delighted and honored to be asked to write the Foreword for the fourth edition,” said Senator West, who also was featured as one of the Most Influential in 2016. “Recognizing the achievements of African-Americans in Dallas is significant. Sharing my thoughts among those affiliated with Who’s Who In Black Dallas is very heart warming. ”
Dennison serves as Texas Capital Bank’s Director of Community Development and Corporate Responsibility, overseeing its Community Reinvestment Act initiatives and the administration of its compliance and charitable donation/grant program. She is also President and Chairman of the Texas Capital Community Development Corporation that makes commercial loans and equity investments in low to moderate income areas statewide.
“I am thrilled to join Senator West and be invited to write the Introduction for the fourth edition of Who’s Who,” said Dennison. “This publication and its unveiling are significant in bringing the many diverse leaders together at one time. I have been an admirer of this city for a long time and am encouraged about recognizing African-American contributions.”
“We are excited to have the support of Senator West and Ms. Dennison as our Foreword and Introduction Writers for the fourth edition of Who’s Who In Black Dallas. Our team in Dallas is working hard to make this a memorable issue and one of our very best,” said Carter Womack, Chief Operating Officer of Who’s Who Publishing.
Ken Carter returns as Associate Publisher
Ken Carter, President and Chief Executive Officer of Focus Communications, a 37-year-old minority-owned public relations, public affairs, marketing and crisis communications firm, has worked closely with the Detroit, Michigan based company since its inaugural issue in 2012. This is his third time serving as it Associate Publisher. He will be responsible for all aspects of its operations in Dallas including advertising and sponsorship sales, promotion, and editorial content according to Womack.
“Ken’s wealth of skills and marketplace knowledge is responsible for our success in Dallas. He knows the city exceedingly well, the people and he and his team know us so it was a natural partnership that continues,” said Womack.
“I truly enjoy this project as there is no other platform like it,” said Carter. “I am meeting so many African Americans who have made and are making tremendous contributions to the growth and fabric of Dallas,” he said. “I just look forward to celebrating their achievements again.”
Carter said the upcoming edition will feature special sections highlighting the city’s most influential, living legends, governmental leaders, lawyers, doctors, media professionals, community and faith-based leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, emerging leaders, future leaders and others.
Who’s Who Publishing, a subsidiary of Detroit-based Real Times Media, has grown to publish annual editions in over 26 cities since its founding in Atlanta more than 25 years ago. The company publishes books recognizing African American achievement in numerous cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, NY Washington, DC, HHH Houston, TX St. Louis, MO, Detroit, MI, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, OH, Indianapolis, IN and Charlotte, NC among others.