Board of Directors
Chairman of BOD, CEO & President of HSCM
John has over 40 years of creating and managing successful mid-sized retail, commercial and construction enterprises in several industries. Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, he created his first business at the age of 20. Upon graduation from Delaware State University with a BS in Business Education, he launched his first retail business at the age of 22.
As an entrepreneur who assessed and understood the needs of residents and opportunities in Newark, NJ, John opened his first pharmacy there in 1991, and grew that business to an additional location in Elizabeth, NJ several years later.
Continuing to serve the medical needs of the community, Medical Clinics in Newark and Elizabeth were the foundations of his next successful enterprises.
Over the next ten years, John’s ventures led to his success in roles as the sole owner of two Pharmacies and two Medical Clinics, a Beverage Company, and a Construction Company in NJ. Not limited to NJ, John owned retail businesses in Sag Harbor, Long Island, NY, and also enjoyed partnerships in Washington, DC and the Pentagon Mall in VA.
John’s management expertise has also been instrumental in helping local and state candidates for office win political elections.
In 2009, John’s attention to the under-representation of minority and female employment in NJ’s construction jobs supported with government funding led him to create Jersey Job Bank, the only Non-Governmental Organization that monitors compliance with State and Federal Affirmative Action Rules and Regulations in NJ.
2014 witnessed the birth of H. Spirit Capital Management, LLC (H. Spirit), which provides Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) with funding and management support for their efforts to build new on-campus dormitories, classroom, and auxiliary space. Collaborating with the Congressional Black Caucus and other members of Congress, H. Spirit is pursuing tax abatements for investors in these on-campus HBCU initiatives. A further objective is to ensure that 50 percent of the construction workers on these projects are minorities and females.
H. Spirit will collaborate and work with Jersey Job Bank to help minorities and females earn salaries to support themselves and families and contribute to the local economy.
Mr. Pierce brings 32 years of coaching experience including 25 years on the college level and 7 years as a high school coach. He has had stops at the University of Pittsburgh, West Virginia University, Wake Forest University and the University of Georgia. Pierce served as the Defensive Coordinator and Assistant Head Coach at Alabama State for six seasons where his 2008 defense ended up #19 in the country out of 118 teams. In 2004 he was named the American Football Coaches Association 1-AA Assistant Football Coach of the Year. He also helped ASU to the 2004 SWAC Championship. A former Chairman of the Minority Issues Committee of the American Football Coaches Association, Pierce is now a motivational speaker and actor.
Pierce is the father of two sons and a daughter. Captain Christian Pierce who is a West Point graduate , 2nd LT Jordan Pierce who is played football at the Air Force Academy and a former Clarke Central (GA) All-State linebacker and Alanna who is currently a senior Theatre Arts major at the University of Georgia
Mr. Brown is a retired educator spending most of his career in the Newark Public School system. He also served as the Building Represenative for the Newark Teachers Union. Mr. Brown is a native of Newark, NJ and a graduate of Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Keith D. Wright
Keith Wright was the former Executive Vice President and Chief Operation Officer for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) located in Washington, D.C. He was responsible for the day-to-day activities of the foundation including, Human Resources, Finance, Meetings & Events, Technology and Communications. Prior to joining the CBCF Keith served as Citibank’s Mid-Atlantic Region Community Relation’s Vice President and Director covering Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
Keith is an accomplished leader who spent 13 plus years developing and delivering homeownership products and services in communities around the country. Prior to joining Citigroup in May 2005 Keith worked at Fannie Mae, where he served as Vice President of Community Investment with responsibilities for operations, human resources, business integration, technology and budgeting for Fannie Mae’s Partnership Infrastructure.
Prior to Fannie Mae, he was Assistant Manager of Computer Operations at the Port Authority in New York and New Jersey where he was responsible for the technology operations for the Port Authority Facilities, including the three major airports and the World Trade Center.
A native of Orange New Jersey, Keith has held several civic and community positions, including serving as Chair of the Economic Development Corporation, Chair of the Mayor’s Community Development Corporation and the Parking Commission for the City of East Orange N.J.
Keith earned a PhD from Newburgh Theological Seminary, a Master of General Administration from the University of Maryland, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University, and has completed the Executive Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School. He is currently completing the John Maxwell leadership certification for executive coaching.
Mr. Jones is a retired educator having spent 36 years as a teach in the Philadelphia School District. He earned a MSA in School Administration from Lincoln University and a BS in Health & Physical Education from Delaware State University. He currently serves as a Board Member and Treasurer of North Philadelphia Project non-project organization; and is a member in good standing with the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, and the Delaware State University on National and Local levels. Mr. Jones has spent 28 years as a high school varsity basketball coach, and a several years as an assistant baseball coach.
Gail J. Hardy-James born in Newark, New Jersey, graduated from Central High School and was accepted at Upsala College, East Orange, New Jersey enrolled for 18 months. Year later enrolled and graduated from Berkley College (Fashion Merchandising and Management). Secured job with Designer Mady Gerrard in New York, NY and worked in Fashion Industry for short period. Re-enrolled at Upsala College, East Orange, received a degree in Business Administration/Economics. After, graduation secured a position as a Liaison for Newark Municipal Court and New Jersey Child Support Division. Moved to Houston, Texas and worked for State of Texas (Texas Dept. of Human Service, Texas Dept. of State Health Services, Office of the Attorney General of Texas). Accepted a position with an non-profit organization in collaboration with U.S. Dept. of HUD as a Case Manager of a Supportive Housing Program. Retired from the State of Texas in 2012; and currently enjoying life to the fullest by sending time with grandchildren and traveling as much as possible.
John Weller Sr. is the owner and founder of Weller’s Mortgage Company which specializes in home mortgage. He attended Upsala College receiving a degree in Business Administration in East Orange, NJ. He joined the Army and retired receiving the rank of Captain. John Weller started a trucking company where he had 16 trucks on the road on a daily basis. He was a member of the Board of Directors for a Cemetery for 45 years, Board of Director for FIC Insurance Company and is presently retired and enjoying life with his grandchild.
David Brantley, ESQ
David Brantley ESQ is an attorney. David Brantley graduated from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland and Howard University with a Law Degree. He was a public defender in the City of East Orange, New Jersey and started his own Law firm with his long time friend the late William Brummell called Brantley and Brummell before he was Appointed Municipal Judge for the City of East Orange. He was later appointed Head Assignment Judge and retired from the bench after 9 years. He reopened his own law firm and is still practicing law.
Doreen Simms-Brown Compliance Administrator began her early career in social services and in later years changed to legal compliance. Doreen has worked in Health Care, Security and Construction Industry. She is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University and Montclair State University Graduate School. She also attended Rutgers Graduate School of Criminal Justice and Concord Law School.
David Booker, MBA, PMP
David Booker is a native of the Washington, DC metro area. Growing up in Silver Spring, MD, he graduated from Springbrook High School, and went on to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in Marine and Environmental Science from Hampton University in Hampton, VA. While at Hampton University, Mr. Booker distinguished himself by receiving the Departmental Award for maintaining the highest G.P.A. within his major area of study, earning memberships in the Golden Key and Beta Kappa Chi national honors societies, and becoming a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Mr. Booker was also a member of the Hampton University marching band – the HU Marching Force – for four years, serving as a Section Leader for two years. After graduating from Hampton University, Mr. Booker continued his education by obtaining a Master of Business Administration degree from Strayer University in Washington, DC. Mr. Booker is also a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) as credentialed by the globally recognized Project Management Institute.
Mr. Booker began his professional career as an Environmental Protection Specialist working for the Environmental Programs Office under the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management at the Department of the Army Headquarters located in the Pentagon. After departing federal service, Mr. Booker joined the private sector as a Management Consultant and Program Manager. He has supported millions of dollars in domestic and international projects for the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Transportation, Department of Justice, the Smithsonian Institute (the National Museum of African American History and Culture site evaluation study), and non-profit organizations such as the Interstate Technology Regulatory Council. During his 16 years of professional experience, Mr. Booker has worked in a various management capacities supporting environmental, safety, sustainability, and security contracts for Plexus Scientific Corporation, LLC; Resource Management Concepts, LLC; and currently for Alutiiq Technical Services, LLC.
Mr. Booker currently resides in La Plata, MD with his wife and two children.
Thomas Flowers is the owner and founder of Thomas Flowers Carpentry in Montclair NJ where he performs Home Construction and Renovations, General Contracting and Construction Consulting. He has been providing Operations Management, Procurement Management and Project Management since 1987. He attended New York University, New York, NY and received his Certificate in Facilities Management, Philadelphia Community College, Philadelphia, PA for Computer Technology, Delmar College, Corpus Christi, TX for Business Administration and Park College, St. Louis, MS also for Business Administration. He was a member of the United States Navy - Domestic and International Locations where he participated in Aircraft Maintenance Administration, directly responsible for documentation of 70 training aircraft.
Mr. Flowers completed many constructions and renovation projects, Yogi Berra Museum, Montclair YMCA, Police Department, Montclair Public Works and Free Public Library to name a few. He was responsible for marketing, advertising, budgeting, accounts payable and accounts receivable as well as inventory management, ordering supplies, hiring, training and supervision of staff. He also taught principles of Home repairs for the adult classes at Montclair High School and Bloomfield High. He worked for Honeywell Building Solutions - Garner, NC as a Field Service Supervisor, as well as a proprietor for Green Clean Commercial Carpet Cleaning – Cary, NC. He has developed and managed over $2 million in capital and operating budgets.
He has an abundance of Awards, recognitions and certifications in his fields.
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