ABOUT

Bob Dickerson
Business Advocate

Bob Dickerson has spent his career finding ways to get money into the hands of people. For years, he did it as both a commercial and consumer lending officer, working at several large financial institutions. Today, he does it as the Executive Director of the Birmingham Business Resource Center and Chief Executive Officer of Foundation Capital, a Small Business Administration Certified Development Company.

Bob founded the BBRC in 1996 after realizing no program in Birmingham combined loan programs with capacity building and advocacy – three things every business needs to succeed. Bob secured the support of Birmingham elected officials, and various development companies and boards to start the BBRC. What he ended up with was an organization that has become a “one-stop” for small business financing and related technical assistance. The programs the BBRC manages have produced over $1 billion in loans to small businesses since 1996.

 

Bob graduated from Tuskegee Institute in 1973 with a degree in business administration. He has worked at several financial institutions but said that working for Birmingham business icon, A. G. Gaston may have been the greatest moment in his career. Gaston made such an impression on Bob, that he and others started the A.G. Gaston Economic Empowerment Conference in 2005. The annual conference focuses on the challenges and achievements of black and other minority businesses and discusses ways to strengthen them. The conference is held in February in Birmingham, Alabama.  Recently, Bob founded Building Alabama Reinvestment (BAR), a statewide coalition of non-profit organizations that works to make sure that banks’ efforts under the Community Reinvestment Act pay dividends to the community.

 

Bob is a member of several foundations, boards, and civic organizations.  He serves as Chairman of the Board of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) and he also serves on the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute’s Board of Directors. In addition to those, he serves on the boards of the Birmingham Business Alliance, the A. G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club, the Talladega (Alabama) College Board of Trustees, the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama, the city of Birmingham’s Commercial Development Authority,  Community Capital Trust Board of Trustees, and the Fair Housing Center of Northern Alabama.

 

His efforts in helping people have recently earned him the NAACP Medgar Evers Award and the Tri-County Links President’s Award. In addition to these, Bob is a past recipient of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce’s Jesse J. Lewis Jr. Community Service Award and the Birmingham Business Journal’s Minority Business Executive of the Year. Bob and the BBRC received the National “Access to Capital” Award from the Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency in 2009, and in 2013, Dickerson received recognition as “Executive of the Year” from the Birmingham Business Alliance.

 

Bob currently serves on community advisory boards for several financial institutions including BBVA, IBERIABANK, Valley Bank, Truist Bank, and Cadence Bank where he helps guide executives with support in creating more successful high impact community development programs. Bob was honored as the 2018 recipient of the Keeper of the Dream Award presented by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference for his work to achieve economic justice for all.

PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Led the effort to establish Building Alabama Reinvestment a community reinvestment coalition operating in the state of Alabama

  • Organized the A.G. Gaston Conference, an economic empowerment conference held annually in Birmingham, Alabama.

  • Led the effort and currently directing the Birmingham Business Resource Center, a “One Stop-Small Business Finance and Technical Assistance Center”

  • Led the Birmingham Community Investment Partnership in 1993; an initiative which seeks to encourage local banks to do more projects in low to moderate-income census tracts.·

  • Led the effort to create a state microenterprise association that would promote economic development by advocating for microenterprise throughout Alabama.·

  • Assisted in the creating of Mayor Richard Arrington’s “Birmingham Plan” in 1988·

  • Assisted in the founding of the Birmingham Chapter of the National Association of Urban Bankers in 1987

     

PRESENT POSITIONS


DICKERSON MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS, President

Established firm in 1993 in an effort to provide management and consultation services primarily to local governments, community development corporations, and small businesses, etc. Dickerson Management Consultants also played a role in working to improve access to credit and capital for individuals and small businesses.  Additionally, the Firm collaborates with municipalities, developers and non-profit organizations in areas such as affordable housing development, revitalization of commercial areas, and non-profit organizational development.
 

BIRMINGHAM BUSINESS RESOURCE CENTER (BBRC), Executive Director 

The BBRC is responsible for the loan processing, marketing and controlling administration of technical assistance, and for handling the evaluation and supervision of loan servicing activities.
 

MYRIAD COMMUNICATION NETWORK, INC, Executive Vice President 

The Myriad Communications Network, Inc. is responsible for producing inspirational and educational radio and television programs.  The Myriad Gospel Countdown is a nationally syndicated radio program that is currently produced by Robert Dickerson, Jr.
 

FOUNDATION CAPITAL, Chief Executive Officer 

Responsibilities include overseeing the daily operations of this small business administration company.


A. G. GASTON BUSINESS INSTITUTE, President

Responsibilities include coordinating programs that will provide courses and training in entrepreneurship for groups of students.


BUILDING ALABAMA REINVESTMENT, Executive Director

Responsibilities include coordinating activities for this community reinvestment coalition.

 

EDUCATION & TRAINING
 

  • Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee, Alabama, Bachelors Degree in Business Administration

  • Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, Carroll School of Management, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership

AFFILIATIONS
 

  • Member of the Fair Housing Center of Northern Alabama

  • Member of the Board of Trustees, Community Capital Trust

  • Member of the Board of Trustees, Talladega College

  • Member of the Board, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

  • Member of the Board, A. G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club

  • Member of the Board, Birmingham Business Alliance

  • Chairman of the Board, National Community Reinvestment Coalition

  • Member of the Board, National Community Reinvestment Coalition Development Company

  • Member of the Board, National Community Reinvestment Coalition Community Development Financial Institute

  • Member of the Board, Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama

  • Chairman of the Board, Camino Loan Fund

  • Member of the Board, Commercial Development Authority

  • Chairman of the City of Birmingham Community Development Entity

  • Member of the Inaugural Community Advisory Board of Truist Bank

  • Member, BBVA Compass Bank Community Advisory Board

  • IBERIABANK, Community Advisory Board

  • Valley Bank, Community Advisory Board

  • Member of Cadence Bank Community Advisory Board

  • Member of the International Economic Development Council

  • Member of the Economic Development Association of Alabama

  • Member of Leadership Birmingham, Class of 1998

  • Member of Leadership Alabama, Class of 2002

     

FORMER POSITIONS
 

  • President Lawson State Community College Foundation Board

  • Member of the Miles College Board of Trustees

  • Member of the Jefferson County Economic and Industrial Development Authority Board

  • Former Board Member of AmSouth Community Development Corporation

  • Former Board Member of the Birmingham Urban League

  • Past Chairman of the Business and Technologies Advisory Board, Lawson State Community College

  • Past Southern Regional Vice President, National Association of Urban Bankers

  • Former Advisory Board Member of Fannie Mae Alabama Housing Partnership Office

  • Former Board Member of Rebuilding Together with Christmas in April, Birmingham

  • Former Member of the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama

  • Former Governing Board Member Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation

  • Former Adjunct Instructor of African-American Studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Former Board Member of the Rainbow Community Development Corporation

  • Former Member of the Advisory Board of Alabama Minority Business Opportunity Committee

  • Former Board Member of the American Cancer Society

  • Former Advisory Board Member of the Lupus Foundation, MidSouth Chapter

  • Former Board Member of Girls, Inc. of Central Alabama

  • Former Board Member of Create Birmingham

  • Former Board Member of UAB Collat School of Business

  • Member of the Board for the Neighborhood Housing Services of Birmingham

  • Former President of the Board of the Fair Housing Center of Northern Alabama



AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS
 

  • 2019     NAACP Medgar Evers Award

  • 2018     Tri County Links, Inc President's Award

  • 2018     Recipient of the SCLC Keeper  of the Dream Award for Economic Justice

  • 2017     Who's Who in Banking and Finance; Birmingham Business Journal

  • 2016     Community Policing and Revitalization Award of Excellence

  • 2016     Corporate Partnership Award from the Birmingham City Council, District 8

  • 2014     Alabama State Black Chamber of Commerce Champion for Business Award

  • 2013     Birmingham Business Alliance Executive of the Year; Executive in Residence at Samford University

  • 2009     Atlanta Regional Minority Access to Capital Award

  • 2009     Recipient United States Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency Access to                   Capital Award

  • 2007     First Annual Minority Business Award, Birmingham Business Journal

  • 2007     Who’s Who In Black Birmingham

  • 2005     Recognized by the Birmingham Business Journal.  Recipient of the Finance On the Move Award

  • 2001     Birmingham Area Chamber of Commerce Jesse J. Lewis, Jr. Community Service Award

  • 2000     United States Postal Service National Diversity Achievement Award

  • 1999     Alabama Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Consortium's Meritorious Service Award

  • 1998     Lawson State Community College Meritorious Achievement Award

  • 1998     Nominee for the Small Business Advocate's Award

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