Serving the veterans community for 20 years; Joe serves as the Legislative Liaison for the National Association for Black Veterans (NABVETS). He was appointed to the Veterans Disability Benefits Commission by Leader Nancy Pelosi. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Armed Services and Veterans Affairs Committee for the NAACP; a member of the Mayor’s Veterans Advisory Board for the District of Columbia; and has received recognition awards for his advocacy for veterans from the Small Business Administration, the NAACP, VET-Force. Blacks in Government and the United Black Fund. To further assist veterans seeking to start or expand their own small businesses, Joe founded the Veterans Enterprise Training & Services Group (VETS Group), a nonprofit organization, offering small business and employment training, and supportive services for veterans interested in starting or expanding their own small businesses. He continues to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer. Joe continues to manage the VETS Group, a non-profit organization which he founded in 2004 to address the unmet needs of veterans seeking to start or expand their own small businesses. The VETS Group provides entrepreneurial education, federal procurement training, employment assistance, financial literacy and other supportive services primarily for veterans, people with disabilities and persons of limited means.
Director of Veteran Services/Community Outreach
Eddie Jones is a retired Service Connected Disabled Veteran with 28 years of military service. Mr. Jones has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and is currently attending Webster University for a Master’s in Procurement and Acquisition Management. Mr. Jones has 12 years in environmental, maritime safety and compliance and training and over 20 years of military personnel management experience. Mr. Jones has worked 4 years in training curriculum program implementation and 3 years of training program management. As a former member of the US Coast Guard, Mr. Jones has numerous citations for maritime law enforcement, emergency management, public safety and career development. Since retirement from the U.S. Coast Guard, Mr. Jones has provided consulting services and program management services for veteran training and employment programs for ITT Technical Institute, Linden Resources, Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, VETS Group and the Warriors 4 Wireless program.
Tony Williams retired from the United States Army with over 30 years of service. He is an Army War College graduate with a bachelor’s and master’s in business. After retiring, he joined a major consulting firm where he worked to identify market trends, strengths, opportunities, and threats. He was responsible for program management, teaming arrangements and alliance structures to support business development opportunities. Tony created and assessed strategies to identify opportunities, risks, and actions necessary for growth and sustainment of the programs.
Vanita M. Williams
Vanita has been an Educator and Communication Specialist for over twenty years. She has been involved in the education of Preschoolers through Adults and understands the implementation of education as a lifelong process. As a Teacher Mentor, she has led many Instructors in assessing students for the most appropriate and efficient teaching strategies. Vanita’s undergraduate degree is in Speech Pathology. She holds a M.Ed. from Cambridge College, Boston, MA, and Administrative Education Endorsement from the University of Virginia.
As a certified Human Resource Professional, Vanita has monitored and evaluated employee performance, and worked with employees on career development and training. She has created company policies and procedures in addition to generating job descriptions that were specific to the organization. As HR Director, Vanita has handled employee complaints and grievances as well as conducted exit interviews. She received her initial HR training from George Mason University in 2011.
Miss Jones conducts interviews for incoming potential students. Supervises staff pertaining to office duties. She is also responsible for the organization’s outreach and networking activities within the Developmental population, which includes contributing ideas and leads for identifying new referral sources and providing the necessary follow ups. Miss Jones is responsible for connecting with local community based professional organizations. She is expected to travel to various community activities as well as plan and coordinate outreach activities in designated areas that are intended to identify, capture the attention and interest of veterans and non-veteran community that meet the requirements of the program.