Sunday, August 20, 2000

Former astronaut to speak at CBS Technologies launch

Mae Jemison highlighting Minority Week

By Allen Howard
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to fly in space, will come to Cincinnati next week to help celebrate the launch of the third largest minority-owned business in Cincinnati.

        Dr. Jemison, a science professor at Dartmouth Col lege in Hanover, N.H., has run a small, advanced technology company since her resignation from NASA in 1993. Her appearance at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 31 at CBS Technologies LLC, 6900 Steger Drive, Bond Hill, will be a highlight of Minority Enterprise Development Week festivities.

        Dr. Jemison will attend a breakfast with minority students studying math and science. She is a graduate of Cornell University Medical School and worked as a med ical officer in West Africa and as a general practitioner in Los Angeles before going into the space program. She was a crew member aboard the space shuttle Endeavour in 1992.

        “This will be a delayed celebration by Broadwing Inc. to launch CBS Technologies LLC,” said Tom Revely III, president of CBS Technologies.

        Mr. Revely purchased the Cincinnati Bell Supply Telecommunications Equipment business in May from Broadwing Inc., a Cincinnati-based telecommunications giant.

        CBS Technologies enters the market with revenues in excess of $30 million, placing it among the largest minority-owned businesses in the country.

        According to a Black Enterprise magazine survey, CBS Technologies will rank as the 78th largest African American-owned business in the country and 10th largest in Ohio.

        “A survey by the Business Courier ranked CBS Technologies LLC third largest among minority-owned businesses in Cincinnati,” said Connie Feick, a partner in the Global Lead Management Consulting firm.

        Mr. Revely was president of Cincinnati Bell Supply for five years before he bought the company. His company is one of the largest exclusive providers of Lucent Technologies telecommunications equipment, parts and components.

        Dr. Jemison will give a speech at the company's headquarters. Other festivities will include an official ceremony with Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, Cincinnati City Council members and business and community leaders.

        Ms. Feick said the ceremony also will include handprints of Dr. Jemison, Mr. Blackwell, Broadwing President and CEO Rick Ellenberger and Mr. Revely along with a local student to mark the historic occasion.


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