Cornell McBride, Sr., CEO, McBride Research Laboratories, Inc., will be the keynote speaker at the 10th Annual Community Service Appreciation Reception-Luncheon of the Hungry Club Forum of Savannah, Inc. (HCFS).
The event will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2016, in the Banquet Center of the Temple of Glory, located at 1105 Stiles Avenue, at W. Gwinnett Street. Following the community education and issues forum’s Annual Meeting at 10:00 AM, the reception-luncheon will follow at 11:30 AM. The coveted 2016 Washington Walker Community Service Appreciation Award will also be presented.
McBride’s company, located in Decatur, GA, is a marketing and sales entity that markets and distributes a private line of haircare products sold through a network of independent exclusive distributors in the United States, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and Africa. 2015 marked the 25th anniversary of his flagship brand Design Essentials, the second multi-million dollar entity that McBride has founded, and this time built with his children. He sold his first company, M&M Products, makers of Sta Sof Fro, to Johnson Products in 1990.
His current line of products are featured on the shelves of Target, Ulta, Sally Beauty Supply and Walmart.
McBride’s broader story is one that reflects the realities of the time and experiences for Savannah in Jim Crow times, as well as a story of triumph over adversity. Growing up 1 of 8 siblings in a mill house in Sugar Hill in the 1950’s, he was expected to follow his father and 4 older siblings to work in outside the Savannah Sugar Refinery. He credits his love of reading and the Savannah
Morning News with inspiring his dream of possible other options for his life. His entrepreneurial spirit was born from doing odd jobs to earn the 50 cents for a Saturday movie matinee.
He would go on to graduate from Tompkins High School, attend Fort Valley State College, earn a pharmaceutical degree from Mercer University, and serve his country in the U. S. Air Force.
His community involvement includes Leadership Atlanta, 100 Black Men of Atlanta and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity.
He has served on the Board of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and First American Bank.
On Becoming the Change that We Want to See: Launching and Assessing Initiatives Locally for Our Future Prosperity is the HCFS standing theme of the event which brings together business, elected and appointed officials, clergy, educators and neighborhood leaders interested in generating dialogue and plans of action on initiatives designed to improve the quality of life of the total community.
According to Bishop Willie Ferrell, HCFS President, the Cornell McBride story is a shining example reflecting the HCFS continuing focus on the partnership between education and economic development.
The Hungry Club Forum of Savannah, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, community oriented organization dedicated to providing quality educational, economic empowerment and cultural enrichment programs, and to bringing forth involvement and discussion of issues to move our collective community forward. For more information, please e-mail or call Julia Wright at (912) 927-8425.