Dear CORE 100 Committee Members:

I’m humbled and grateful to see what a simple thought has manifested into over the past month. As a man seeking to serve and one who expects miracles, I listened to God’s whisper when He downloaded a vision in me to illuminate Black Excellence. Yet, the CORE 100 Most Influential Blacks Today addition to the CORE Multimedia Group brand is now established only because of the work of you. Having thought alone or having the mind of one would not be enough to bring such a powerful and impactful educational tool to mainstream media. My thoughts became a reality when the CORE 100 Committee was assembled. I want to personally thank and express my sincere gratitude to you — my friends Dr. Deborah Stroman, Melita Pope-Mitchell, Royce Kinniebrew, Camille Shipman-McQueen, JR Gamble, Jim Bloom, Dale Lamar, Holly Chervnsik, and Bridget Romo.

Your commitment to excellence was the driving force that brought this simple thought to fruition. One of the blessings I’ve gained from spending a lifetime in team sports is valuing the core strength that comes with teamwork. Well, I could not have asked for a better team than our cohort. Your expertise, tireless efforts over a short period of time, and commitment to helping CORE Magazine be a beacon for transformational impact has made the CORE 100 Most Influential Blacks Today issue a historic publication.

So, I publicly write to personally thank you for serving on the CORE 100 Committee. As you know, this project was not an easy task because there were so many deserving nominees. I want to express my appreciation to you for reviewing the candidates and to those contributing writers for their award-winning journalism. I am sure that you all agree that our collective efforts yielded a great outcome for this inaugural issue. Once more, this triumph was only possible through your commitment of time and effort, which is especially notable given your daily leadership in your personal and professional activities.

I express my thanks for your faithfulness to the values and mission of the CORE brand. I’m humbled and grateful to have such a dynamic team. I look forward to learning and sharing with you in the future.

Bo Porter
Founder and CEO
CORE Multimedia Group