Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce CEO Devoyd Jennings Dies

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Devoyd “Dee” Jennings, president and CEO of the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce, has died.

According to the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce, Jennings died connected Saturday, July 24.

He was calved successful 1947.

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Jennings graduated from I.M. Terrell High School successful 1966. He was portion of the 1965 authorities hoops title squad coached by Robert Hughes.

He enrolled astatine Tarrant County College and aboriginal attended Texas Wesleyan University, graduating with a grade successful selling successful 1971, the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce said.

Jennings began his 27-year travel with TXU arsenic a Community Affairs Specialist successful 1973, and was the archetypal Black lobbyist for Texas Electric.

He served connected the Texas Association of Business from 1995 to 2014, the Texas Wesleyan University from 1989 to 2008, the North Texas Commission the 1993 to 2003, and the Texas Association of African American Chambers.

Jennings besides served arsenic president of the NTTA’s Business Diversity Advisory Committee from 2009 to 2013.

In some 1992 and 2005, the metropolis of Fort Worth honored Jennings with a proclamation for Devoyd Jennings Day.

He was featured by the Fort Worth Business Press arsenic Who’s Who successful Economic Development successful 1999, and received the Deal Maker Award from the Business Press successful 1998.

In 2016, helium was progressive successful the enactment of the effort to reopen I.M. Terrell High School arsenic a STEM and Performing Arts Academy.   

Jennings helped make 2 stand-alone organizations that straight payment number development: a fiscal lending bureau called the William Mann Community Development Corp., and a assemblage improvement bureau called Southeast Fort Worth Inc.

He’s besides worked with authorities bodies and others specified arsenic the metropolis of Fort Worth, Arlington, JPS Health Network, Tarrant County, and the Fort Worth ISD to assistance found number and women-owned concern endeavor goals.

Jennings was honored with a Minority Leaders successful Business Award by the Fort Worth Business Press successful 2017.

According to the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce, further details regarding his decease volition travel successful the coming days.

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