Bio: Joseph L. Searles, III is the first black floor-broker and member of the New York Stock Exchange. Mr. Searles was partner in the firm of Newburger, Loeb and Company and served the Lindsay administration as deputy commissioner in the NYC Department of Commerce. Mr. Searles returned to the political world in 1971 as the first black chairman and CEO of the State of New York Mortgage Agency where he served through the Rockefeller and Wilson administrations. After issuing over $600,000,000 in municipal bonds, he transitioned to non-profits as a consultant in real estate development and finance. He became one of the early specialists credited with crafting strategies to transform the size and quality of urban business ventures. His career included long-term consultancies at Harlem Commonwealth Council and Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. He served as Executive Director of the Center for Advocacy Research and Planning. Mr. Searles was the first Chairman of the 125th Street Business Improvement District. Considered an expert on urban retailing, he was a member of the development team for “Harlem USA” and is a partner in the $141,000,000.00 retail/entertainment project in Washington, D.C. called “D.C. USA.” Formerly serving as President of the NY/NJ Chapter of the National Football League Players Association, Mr. Searles was elected to its National Steering Committee. He attended Kansas State University and George Washington University Law School. He was selected by the President of Kansas State to serve as Chairman of its prestigious Diversity Advisory Council and was an early Board member of the President’s Entrepreneurial Round Table. He also served as a lecturer at the University and is a member of the Business Advisory Council. He is a former Member, Board of Directors and Treasurer of the New York Urban League and was Chairman of the Search Committee for the current President.
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