May 29, 2021: The Southern Maryland Minority Chamber of Commerce (SMMCOC) has proudly announced that it has selected new business leaders with southern MD roots. African American Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Prime Partners Engineering, Kenneth Plater has been selected as the new Chairman of the Board, while Mrs. Pamela Minor has been selected as the new Executive Vice President. Mr. Plater and Mrs. Minor together will help strengthen and guide the SMMCOC efforts to increase access for small minority businesses in the tri-county area of Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties along with southern Prince George’s county.
“We congratulate Mr. Plater and Mrs. Minor on assuming their new leadership roles in SMMCOC, and I am sure that their experience and commitment to our cause will benefit everyone in Southern Maryland.” Said Doris Cammack-Spencer, the President and CEO of SMMCOC. “SMMCOC was established to grow, create, and achieve economic success for local businesses and entrepreneurs while creating a better understanding and appreciation of the importance of minority entrepreneurs and businesses.” He added. According to the President, both leaders have demonstrated concern for the local minority businesses’ problems as current and former minority entrepreneurs and small business owners.
In addition, both Kenneth and Pamela are team players and are fully aware with the problems faced by the small business community of Southern Maryland. Moreover, the new Chairman is well-known for his critical thinking skills and unique problem-solving abilities, and he is well-respected in the community. Born and raised in Calvert County, where most of his family still resides, he is married and has a twin boy and girl, ages 7. Furthermore, he has a passion for helping to create more green living environments using education, experience, and local resources to advocate for solar and agricultural growth, providing opportunities through community outreach, and enhancing the health and wellness of black and brown people.
“SMMCOC will continue to educate the business community and represent them at the county, state, and federal legislative and political affairs, preventing or addressing controversies, which would be detrimental to the expansion and growth of entrepreneurship and minority businesses.” Said Kenneth Plater, while talking about the core mission of SMMCOC. “My vision as a new Chairman is to strategically align the chamber to be at the forefront of renewable energy, agriculture, and advocacy.” He added. According to Kenneth, he will continue to bring new and innovative ideas, while leveraging his network to implement new technology and advance solutions to develop programs and opportunities of the Chamber and Southern Maryland.
Just like Kenneth Plater, the New EVP Mrs. Minor also has an accomplished resume. She has successfully owned and operated a successful government contracting information technology company called Infotek International, Inc. for over 25 years. Currently, she also supports the Veteran Administration Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) program as a counselor to Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) and Service-Disabled Veteran Small Business (SDVOSB) owners. Furthermore, she also owns and operates Pam Minor Consults, a small business management consultancy.
As an educated and trained computer scientist with 2 decades of experience in systems engineering, data architecture, communications, and leadership, her mission is to help small businesses build and grow successful government contracting organizations. She is also a certified “The One Thing” (TOT) Trainer and life coach. Among her many accomplishments, the one that stands out is The General Arrangement Maintenance and Manpower Analyst tool (GAMMA), which was architected by Minor for the USS Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier (CVN78) for the United States Navy. She is married to a Marine Veteran and loves helping small businesses and making new professional acquaintances.