Mr. Garner’s professional experience has been enhanced by his record and achievement in public service at the New York City Housing Authority in the areas of Finance and Procurement Management.
Mr. Garner has a long history in the minority business community and is a passionate advocate for long range minority small business development.
After graduating from the State University of New York, College at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business/Economics, Mr. Garner began his professional career in management at the Hueblein Corporation.
Mr. Garner left the Hueblein Corporation to join the New York City Housing Authority and started working with developing minority businesses and without an established minority business development program, Mr. Garner was instrumental in securing many contracts for minority vendors and suppliers.
In 1993, Mr. Garner joined the SCA to work in its Office of Economic and Employment Opportunities and to continue his work of developing minority businesses. In 1995, he was promoted to the position of Manager of Operations, Director of Business Development in 1999 and Senior Director of Business Development in January of 2005.
Mr. Garner has been the recipient of numerous awards for his work in creating opportunities for Minority, Women-owned and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises. Most recently, the United States Small Business Administration (“SBA”) presented its Minority Small Business Champion of the Year Award to Mr. Garner.
Mr. Garner was appointed to the New York State Small Business Advisory Board by former New York State Governor, David A. Paterson and more recently appointed to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s MWBE Team which is chaired by former NYC Controller, the Honorable William C. Thompson, Jr.
Mr. Garner serves as the President of One Hundred Black Men, Inc. Additionally, he supports the New York/New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council, serves on the board of Harlem Hospital and advises numerous U.S. cities and States on their minority business development and inclusion programs. Mr. Garner completed his MBA degree at the State University of New York.