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Hannah Brown
Lifetime Achievement Award (Business)   
 

 
Hannah Brown
Community Activist
 
For her lifelong business accomplishments and community advocacy, Hannah Brown has been selected by TheWIFTS Foundation to receive the 2013 Lifetime Achievement (Business) Award.

In 1945, Hannah Brown and her mother relocated from Stamps, Arkansas to Las Vegas where she attended Westside Grammar School for most of her primary education, graduating from Madison School as class salutatorian in 1954, its first year of existence, and later from Rancho High School where she served as Student Body Secretary.

At age fifteen Hannah was employed as a sales associate by Larry's Music Bar. She became manager of the business and remained in that position until accepting employment with Western Airlines in 1968.

Having begun as a reservations sales agent Hannah progressed with Western Airlines to become their first African American and female station manager. When Delta Air Lines purchased Western in 1987, she continued in that position, later rising to Regional Manager/Director.
In Las Vegas, the city which is billed as the Entertainment Capital of the World, Hannah Brown has worked for many years with city officials to secure funding for projects that benefit the socio-economically challenged sector of the 583,756 member metropolis (2010 census).
In 1994 Hannah returned to Las Vegas and began working in her community. Elected President of the Urban Chamber of Commerce in 1999, she held that position for 8 years. In May 2004, the Asian, Latin and Urban Chambers, which Hannah helped found, hosted an 890 person joint luncheon. In the following two years more than 1,000 persons attended the events.

In September 2007, recognizing ten years of service, the UCC Board of Directors named Hannah President Emerita, and in 2009 the UCC created a 501 © 3 titled The Hannah Brown Community Development Corporation.

In 2004 Hannah assisted the Expertise Cosmetology Institute in gaining approval from the City of Las Vegas to build a school on an acre of land in exchange for $1.00. After three years negotiations with the City of North Las Vegas, Hannah gained approval November 13, 2013, for Expertise to build out its campus on an acre and a half of land in that city. This land grant will create jobs and generate tax revenue.

With the assistance of Councilman Barlow, The City of Las Vegas has agreed to donate a building to Corner for Success, a 501 © 3 that helps underprivileged girls with low self-esteem. Upgrades to the building are being finalized.

Currently, Hannah is negotiating with the City of Henderson to assist Enigma Energy, an alternative energy source. December 28, 2013 is the targeted opening date.

In 2010 Hannah gained approval for a Four Million Dollar grant from the Centennial Committee to refurbish the Historical Westside Grade School which she attended.

In 2010 Olive Crest named their Ladies of Distinction award the Thalia Dondero/Hannah Brown Award.

All of Hannahs's undertakings are strictly on a volunteer basis.

Throughout her career Hannah has received numerous accolades and honorifics including: Ebony Magazine's 100 Of the Most Promising Black Women in Corporate America, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund Black Women of Achievement; The Public Education Foundation Board of Trustees; Honorary Associate of Arts Degree in Humane Letters-Community College of Southern Nevada; the Valley System Board of Governors; Nevada State College – President's Medal 2009; Appointment-Executive Steering Committee Las Vegas Centennial Celebration (2005); Proclamation from Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn (2003); U. S. Small Business Administration Minority Small Business Champion of the Year: State of Nevada (2006); and Courtney Children's Foundations First Annual Woman of the Year Award, among others.






 
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