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Our Leadership Development Executive Team

Douglas Bender

Douglas R. Bender - Managing Partner

Expert Qualification / Professional Designation
SPHR, MA

Relevant Experience
Douglas R. Bender is the co-founder and managing partner of Onyx Global HR. He is an acknowledged expert on management and leadership development and has taught on this subject at several schools including California State University Long Beach (CSULB), North Carolina A&T State University, and Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Los Angeles. He is also currently the executive program coordinator for CSULB's College of Continuing and Professional Education HR Certificate Program.

Mr. Bender is the former corporate director of human resources support services for North America with Masterfoods USA (a division of Mars, Incorporated). He co-chaired the organization's global HR support services initiatives. The organization has over a hundred businesses around the world with over 40,000 associates. He served many business divisions including Uncle Ben's, Dove, International, M&M/Mars, KAL KAN, and Seeds of Change organic foods. His assignments have included extensive work coaching and facilitating senior leadership business teams to develop talent and pursue higher levels of organizational performance.

Education
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and Economics, Alcorn State University, Lorman, Mississippi
Master of Arts, Human Resource Management, North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, North Carolina
Studied, North Carolina Central University School of Law


Pierre A. Towns

Pierre A. Towns - Vice President & Partner

Expert Qualification / Professional Designation
MBA

Relevant Experience
Pierre A. Towns is the co-founder and vice president of Onyx Global HR. He has taught aspects of organization behavior and leading organizations for University of Southern California Marshall School of Business and Compensation and Benefits at California State University San Marcos.

Mr. Towns is the former senior vice president, board secretary, and chief administrative officer of MedUnite Inc., an IT Services company that provides real-time connectivity between physicians, hospitals, insurance companies, pharmacies, and laboratories nationwide.

He joined MedUnite from DreamWorks SKG, a privately held entertainment company in Glendale, California. There he was the head of human resources and was responsible for directing DreamWorks' human resources activities corporate-wide, including live action feature film, animated feature film, television production, DreamWorks Records, and DreamWorks Interactive divisions.

Education
Bachelor of Arts, Administrative Studies, University of California, Riverside
Bachelor of Science, Economics, University of California, Riverside
Master of Business Administration, General Management and Organization Development, University of Southern California


Barbara Sullivan

Barbara Sullivan-George - Partner

Relevant Experience
Barbara Sullivan-George is a partner and serves on the board of directors of Onyx Global HR. For over 12 years, Ms. Sullivan-George has coordinated and taught at California State University Long Beach's College of Continuing and Professional Education HR Certificate Program.

Currently, she serves as a director on the boards of the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce and Long Beach Transit. She is a past director of Downtown Long Beach Associates and a member of Long Beach Rotary and Harbor Area Links. She is a former vice chairperson of the board of directors of the Black Business Association of Los Angeles and current board member of the National Black Business Council. Ms. Sullivan-George served with distinction as a commissioner on the City of Long Beach's Economic Development Commission. Notably, she is among the few individuals to receive the coveted NAACP-Legal Defense Fund's Black Woman of Achievement Award. She was acknowledged for her commitment to championing the rights of small businesses.

Education
Bachelor of Science, Sociology, Tuskegee University
Master of Arts, Education, Tuskegee University
Honors, Small Business Executive Leadership Program, Clark Atlanta University School of Business