YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — J. Derek Penn, author of ‘Diary of a Black Man on Wall Street: From Youngstown, Ohio, to the Big Apple,’ will receive the Valley Champion Award from the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber at the annual meeting of the room April 7 at Mr. Anthony’s in Boardman.
A graduate of Rayen High School, Penn spent 34 years on Wall Street dealing with financial giants like Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers. He is now an independent director on the board of Charles Schwab Corporate Individual Fund and Exchange Traded Funds.
Penn’s career path included college football, world travel, and surviving the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York. He recounts all of this and more in his 2021 book, which is available for purchase on Amazon.
Jon Arnold, CEO and Founder of The J. Arnold Wealth Management Co., will receive the Spirit of the Chamber award at the meeting.
The Spirit of the Valley award will be given to the National Center for Urban Solutions.
George Limbert, a Boardman native and president of Red Roof Inn, will be the keynote speaker.
Limbert oversees 660 Red Roof locations in the United States. He joined the company as legal counsel in 2013 and was appointed to the top after 2021.
A 1999 graduate of Boardman High School, Limbert learned hospitality from his grandfather, who reportedly opened the first La Quinta Inn in the 1970s. His father was a federal magistrate.
Tickets for the chamber’s annual meeting are $40 ($50 for non-members). For more information or to register, click HERE.
Pictured above: J. Derek Penn as seen on the cover of his book.
Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.