Lamarr Kemp, Sr., MBA - President
Attorney Pickett has served humanity as a leader and champion for equal opportunties throughout his entire 30 year career. Interested in the economic well-being and sustainability of urban communities, he is guided by the philosophy that success is possible through planning, faith, persistence and the use of a Master-Mind Group.
William Swift, M.A.S. - Treasurer
About the Team
Pickett Thomas, Jr., J.D. - Vice President
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Innovator, industrialist and creative genius only begin to describe Mr. Swift's contribution to the field of administrative policy and financial management. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics with a minor in Chemistry and a Master of Administrative Science from The Johns Hopkins University with concentrations in; Administrative Policy Formulation; Financial Management; Production and Operations Management; and Human Resources Development and Management, Prepared and Administered Operating Budgets of over $30 million dollars for the State of Maryland Department of Social Services covering 23 counties and Baltimore City.
His professional accomplishments include having sold and performed Appraisals of Real Estate; Originated Mortgages for Commercial and Residential Property; Owned and operated a Rental Real Estate Portfolio; formulated several business entities in non-profit and for profit areas.
He also brings expertise in Grant writing, funding a Vocational Training School,; development of Management Information and Reporting Systems; Authoring of Personnel Policy and Procedures Manuals; Development of Employee Evaluations; Personnel Representative Administration of Personnel Policies, Labor Relations and Contract Negotiations in an 900 employee organization.
He was an Assistant Town Manager/ Personnel Officer where he supervised the day-to-day operation; Authored Legislation and Resolutions for action by Municipal Governing Bodies.
He was the Assistant Finance Officer that managed Accounts Payable through three supervisors who supervised a pool of 36 accounting clerks; Supervised the Banking Unit of the Baltimore City Department of Social Services; Employment Manager supervising 6 recruiters filing 100 jobs per month; Compensation Analyst on a team evaluating and classifying 2700 jobs.
As an educator he has taught chemistry and mathematics; a former Director of Operations over 100 employees; Project Director of Manpower Training Program; Vocational Counselor; Transportation Administrator handling operations of 600 delivery trucks operating out of 16 garages in 6 States; prepared tax returns for individual and business clients as well as provided consultant services to businesses on development.
He has used the Strategic Partner/Team Approach to provide an array of Management and Technical Assistance Services to private individuals, local governments, non profits, small and minority-owner businesses and organizations.
After an Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Army, he attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. and Rutgers University Law School in Newark, New Jersey from which he received his BA Degree in Political Science and a Juris Doctorate of Law. While completing his studies at Howard and Rutgers, he held various full and part-time positions including Legal Assistant to the Corporation Counsel of the city of Newark, N.J., Community College Instructor and various Management positions in Non Profit Organizations and Local Government in the cities of Newark, N.J., Baltimore, MD and Washington, D.C.
After completing Law School, he relocated to the state of Maryland where he spent more than fifteen (15) years in Executive Management Positions including Executive Director of the Metropolitan Baltimore Business Resource Center; City Administrator for the Cities of Seat Pleasant and Glenarden, Maryland; Deputy Director of Prince George’s County UCAP; and Deputy Director of the D.C. Bureau of Traffic Adjudication. He also served as Criminal Investigator for the Howard County State Attorney’s Office.
After leaving the District of Columbia Government, he found and served as President and CEO of Thomas, Swift, Thornton, Inc., a Management Consulting Firm. For more than 5 years, the firm, working with the Federal, State and Local Governments and Regional Councils of Governments, provided Circuit-Rider City Management Services, Technical Assistance, Planning and Development Services to Small Towns, Local Housing Authorities (Section 8 and Public Housing Inspections, Rehabilitation and Weatherization) and Minority Businesses Development throughout the South Eastern Corridor of North Carolina.
He later returned to Maryland where he found and served as President and CEO of AFRAC Industries, Inc., a CIP Structural Concrete Corporation. For more than twelve (12) years, the firm provided Sub-Contract Construction Services to Major Construction Firms involved in Constructing multi-million dollars Sub-Surface Subway Tunnels, Vent Shafts and Large Commercial Buildings in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Chicago, Illinois. The firm was selected as one of five Minority Firms to construct major portions of the Cap Beam for the Slurry walls and foundation for the 600 million dollar New Washington, D.C. Convention Center.
His current and former membership association includes such organizations as the Anne Arundel County Caucus of African American Leaders, The National, North Carolina and Anne Arundel County Chapters of the NAACP, D.C. Chamber of Commerce, the Anne Arundel County Black Chamber of Commerce, the National and Maryland City Managers Association, N.C. Magistrate Association, Rutgers University and Howard University Alumni Association
He is a recipient of Certificates of Proficiency in Executive and Organization Development- Howard University; Municipal Finance and Budgeting -The Joint Center of Political and Economic Studies; Financial Management for Local Governments - U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development; and Labor Relations and Negotiation - U.S. Dept. of Labor and The University of Maryland.
Award Recipient and veteran housing expert, Mr. Kemp, brings to the table knowledge, experience and caring for fair housing, home ownership, and equal opportunities for all mankind within the United States and abroad! Kemp holds a Bachelor's (B.S.) and Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA). He has earned the front page of business newspapers and magazines throughout his career, he has been the Director of the Leon County Division of Housing Services and the Leon County Housing Finance Authority for the past seven years.
Mr. Kemp has been in the affordable housing industry for more than 22 years, in multiple disciplines such as: Director of Housing; Real Estate Trade Association Executive Director; Real Estate Developer; Real Estate Investor; Licensed Residential Builder, Commercial and Residential Loan Officer; Business Consultant, Financier, and a HUD Certified Home Buyer Educator. Mr. Kemp maintains a current license as a residential contractor.
Mr. Kemp’s daily activities involve affordable housing program management in housing rehabilitation, housing replacement, foreclosure prevention, down payment assistance, low income tax credit bond issuance, mortgage revenue bond issuance, and, home buyer education. Mr. Kemp manages an annual budget of between $4 million and $8 million dollars in housing programmatic funding, and is responsible for managing $16 million dollars in LITC Bond Issuance funding and $4.5 million dollars of mortgage revenue bond funding for down payment assistance, annually.
Mr. Kemp is actively involved in the community supporting affordable housing initiatives locally, nationally, and internationally. Mr. Kemp serves on the Boards of the Tallahassee Fuller Center for Housing; Swift, Thomas, Kemp Development Group, Inc, the Executive Committee of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, Inc., the African American Real Estate Trade Association; and the Planning Committee of the Big Bend Homeless Coalition Continuum of Care. Mr. Kemp also serves as President of Mortgage Refinancing International, Inc., Vice President of the Southern Institute for Family & Community Preservation, Inc., and Vice President of the Sacretherapy Institute.
At the end of 2008, Mr. Kemp completed construction on the first 100% light gauge steel frame house in Leon County, a 2,700’ square foot, 3 bathroom, 4 bath, gas fireplace, Renai Water Heaters, hardwood flooring, brick veneer single-family home in Edenberg Estates in Tallahassee, Florida.
Nineteen years earlier in 1996, Kemp began a stint at the South Florida Chapter of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, Inc., (NAREB), as Executive Director.
At NAREB, he accomplished the following: (1) Administered for four (4) years a successful Homeowner Assistance Program for very low-, low-, and moderate-income families, during which 2,000 home sales totaled more than One Hundred Fifty Million ($150,000,000.00) dollars, and, over 2,000 first-time home buying families obtained homes. (2) In 1999, obtained ninety million ($90,000,000.00) dollars in loan guarantees from FreddieMac, to administer a special “Home Help to Ownership (H2O)” program for South Florida, powered by a 2% down payment requirement, no FICO score, and not limited to first time home-buyers.
(3) Administered the Dreammaker Program for South Florida, whereby twenty-five ($25,000,000.00) million dollars in guarantees were set aside by FannieMae to make 1% down payment loans to under-served communities in Broward and Dade Counties. (4) Published the “Realtists Section” in several of South Florida’s newspapers, getting the word out about home ownership, serving the membership and the community at-large with pertinent industry developments, home buying education, and general housing industry current information. (5) Procured and implemented a National NEW-MLS, multiple listing service, delivered on the Internet, and available for use by NAREB members throughout the country.
(6) Produced a weekly half-hour radio talk show entitled “Democracy in Housing”, whereby the listening audience is treated to industry secrets of successful first time home buying, second home purchasing, home financing assistance, equity loans, home maintenance, and more. Twenty-five years earlier, when Kemp first moved to Florida in 1990, he formed Gulf Atlantic Industrial Supply, Inc., which in 1993 was listed in the South Florida Business Journal as one of the largest (12th) Black owned businesses in South Florida in 1992 with nearly One Million in revenue. Also in 1993, he was identified as a candidate for and included in, WHO’S WHO IN LEADING AMERICAN EXECUTIVES.
Being successful nationally at Telecommunications, Corporate, and Government Industry business procurement, Kemp parlayed his Government bid experience into the international finance arena by obtaining approved vendor status with the Export/Import Bank of the United States’ insured Export Division. Over one million dollars in orders were completed successfully to Mexico, Trinidad, Costa Rica, Columbia, Argentina, Canada, and Bermuda. In May 1993, Kemp attended the Second African-African-American Summit, held in Libreville, Gabon, West Central Africa, sponsored by Ron Brown and Leon Sullivan, and attended by Jesse Jackson, Coretta Scott King, Douglas Wilder, Dick Gregory, Dorothy Height, and nine hundred (900) others. It was the largest exodus of Black back to Africa since Slavery,
In May 1994, Kemp secured a ten-year, $1.8 billion contract to build 60,000 affordable houses in Gabon for its working class and poor citizens. Kemp made eleven (11) additional trips to Africa, negotiating for bank guarantees and natural resources to be used as collateral and assets for development. In 1995, due to Kemp’s tireless effort toward human and economic development in Africa, he received the Businessman of the year award from the Vanguard Chronicle.
However, by the end of 1995, Africa suffered an economic crisis, making it difficult to convert African assets into funding, therefore the project had not bared fruit due to the lack of financing. As of August 2015, the following projects are still in progress: a. Secondary mortgage portfolio development; b. Free trade zone expansion technical support and business development; c. affordable housing development. Funding is in place through the Export-Import Bank of the United States as a result of Mr. Kemp’s previous successful work with that institution. Twenty-nine years earlier, Kemp’s marketing expertise was proven while he was the Director of Marketing for Washington Cable Supply, Inc., from 1986 to 1990. It was there he became an expert in the Government and Corporate bid process in the United States, earning millions of dollars in revenue from corporate giants such as General Motors, TRW, Bell Atlantic, Conrail, Atlantic Richfield, Coors, and Ford Aerospace. Mr. Kemp’s clients also included Cable Television system operators T.C.I, Comcast, Jones, Media General, Adelphia, and Warner; and Government municipalities such as City of Philadelphia, City of Baltimore, Washington-Maryland-Virginia Departments of Transportation, Census Bureau, Federal Bureau of Investigation, State of Maryland, State of Virginia, U.S. House of Representatives, and Three Mile Island.