CAAAB Executive Leadership
Eddie G. Davis, Executive Director
Mr. Davis recently took office as the Executive Director of the newly formulated CAAAB under the 501©3 title. He is also the Board President of CAAAB. He continues to serve as Chair of the St. Louis Black Leadership Roundtable’s Economic Development Committee. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Studies from St. Louis University. From 1996 to 2001, he served as President of the St. Louis Minority Business Council and was a member of the Executive Board of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). He also chaired the NMSDC President’s Committee for two (2) years. Prior to that, Mr. Davis was a member of the management staff of Ameren-UE for twenty-six (26) years where he served in various capacities including as Minority Business Developer in the Purchasing Department. In 2009, he was named the National Minority Business Champion by the U. S. Small Business Administration. Mr. Davis currently serves as a consultant at the
Grace Hill Women’s Business Center , Chairman of the Economic Development Committee, St. Louis Black Leadership Roundtable, Economic Empowerment Division Leader, 100 Black Men of Metropolitan St. Louis, is the past president of the St. Louis Minority Business Council and is a past member and President of the St. Louis Board. In 2009 Mr. Davis was selected as the 2009 National Minority Business Champion by the SBA, and traveled to Washington, DC to accept the award from President Barak Obama. In 2014 Mr. Davis Established the Friends of Eddie. G. Davis Scholarship foundation. In its first year, it provided $1000 to a qualified and highly recommended student in the School of Business at Harris Stowe. The goal of the foundation is to endow a $50,000 scholarship fund at the school.
Neelu Panth, Director, Research and Social & Economic Development
As the Director of Research and Social & Economic Development, Ms. Panth has been instrumental in re-structuring the operational model of CAAAB. Under Ms. Panth’s leadership, CAAAB has re-tooled its service delivery methods from generalized business technical assistance and mentoring to more targeted and focused business capacity building model. Her expertise and academic training in research and community development has also helped CAAAB implement community business development as a tool for sustainable community development in disadvantaged neighborhoods.
Ms. Panth graduated with a degree in Social Work and Research Specialization from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis in 2008. Prior to joining CAAAB, Ms. Panth served as the Associate Director of Social and Economic Development at Urban Strategies Inc.
Charles R. Saulsberry, Treasurer
Attorney at Law, Saulsberry & Associates, LLC
Mr. Saulsberry serves as the CAAAB Treasurer and is a highly skilled attorney working in private practice. He graduated from Harvard University with honors and Northwestern Law School where he worked as an editor for the law review. Mr. Saulsberry has served as general counsel to the St. Louis Minority Business Council. He has also been extremely active and effective in the St. Louis region advocating for and supporting minority business owners and community projects. He is currently serving as Vice Chair of the St. Louis Black Leadership Roundtable.
Craig Fowler, Member
Managing Director/Senior Vice-President, Bank of America Capital Access Funds
Mr. Fowler joined Bank of America in 1997 as an investment officer with its Small Business Investment Company (SBIC), where he made mezzanine and equity investments in small and minority-owned businesses throughout the Midwest. He holds a BS in business administration from the John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University. Currently he invests in private equity and venture capital funds nationally, that target underserved markets. Prior to joining Bank of America, Mr. Fowler was an officer and corporate relationship manager with Mercantile Bank, lending to small and middle-market companies. He serves on the board of the St. Louis Local Development Company, the city agency that oversees the SBA 504, Micro Loan and Urban Enterprise Loan programs.
Alex D. Fennoy
Senior Vice President and Director of Community Development/ Midwest BankCentre
Alex D. Fennoy is Senior Vice President and Director of Community Development for Midwest BankCentre in St. Louis, Missouri. His work focuses on the development of community outreach programs in the area of lending, investment, financial education, and volunteerism throughout the St. Louis region as well as the management of traditional middle market commercial banking relationships. His charge is also to lead Midwest BankCentre in revitalizing its communities through partnerships with community groups, signature products and services that meet local credit needs, and the provision of accessible and convenient banking services. Prior to joining Midwest BankCentre he has enjoyed an eighteen year career in banking, specifically focused in commercial lending. He currently serves on the following boards and task force: Chairman of the Finance Committee for the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation, St. Clair County United Way, Northside Community Housing, Metro St. Louis Coalition for Inclusion & Equity (M-SLICE) and Steering Committee Member for St. Louis Taskforce for Unbanked and Under-banked Minorities. He received his Bachelor’s of Science Degree with an emphasis in Accounting in 1990 from Fisk University, Nashville, TN. His is a native of East St. Louis, Illinois; married with four teenage daughters.
Director, Community Economic Development/ Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
Laurie Hauber currently is working with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri to start a Community Economic Development Program. Ms. Hauber started and managed the Community & Economic Development Clinic at Vanderbilt Law School from 2004 until 2009. Before joining Vanderbilt’s law faculty, she founded and served as director of the Economic Justice Project, a Boston-based program that provides legal representation and education to entrepreneurs starting or operating businesses in low-income communities.
Ms. Hauber began her legal career with the law firm of Cooley Godward in San Francisco, where she also was a pro bono attorney actively involved with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, building its “Legal Services for Entrepreneurs” program. She currently serves on the steering committee of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Pro Bono Committee, which identifies and helps promote pro bono opportunities for corporate lawyers. She holds a B.A. from Harvard University and a J.D. from Boston College Law School.
Clyde Orr, Member
Member, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity
Mr. Orr is a member of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity. After serving in various leadership and staff positions, he retired from the United States Army as a Lieutenant Colonel. Immediately after retiring from the military, Mr. Orr went to work for the Metropolitan Sewer District of St. Louis (MDS). During nineteen (19) working at MSD, he was involved with training the workforce, all facets of Human Resources and Minority Business Enterprise (MBE). He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Prairie View A & M University and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma.
Jerry Sibley, Member
Retired Business Executive
Mr. Sibley is a retired business executive living in the St. Louis area. He holds an Electrical Engineering degree from Princeton University and a MBA from Stanford University. For over 30 years he was with FMC Corporation where he was the general manager of a number of diverse businesses including industrial sweepers, fire trucks, airline ground handling equipment, and phosphorus chemicals manufacturing. Most recently he was CEO of Astaris LLC, a world-leading producer of phosphorus chemicals. He has been a part of the Ladue Chapel mentoring program in association with the CAAAB since 2003.