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Qcity businessman Lenny Springs has been named a senior advisor in the Financial Student Aid office of the U.S. Education Department.

Springs, president and CEO of the S-Group Inc, a business consulting company, will help advise the Obama administration on financial aid issues relating to traditionally under-resourced colleges and universities, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUS) and members of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACUS).

Springs previously worked as executive vice president for sales and marketing for urban Settlement Services and was director of supplier diversity and senior vice president at Wachovia.

Springs also serves on the national board of directors for the NAACP.
“Lenny Springs’ record of service and leadership both in the NAACP and in the business world demonstrate his commitment to community and opportunity. We congratulate Lenny on this great achievement,” NAACP Chairman Julian Bond said in a statement.

Rick Wade, senior advisor and deputy chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Commerce, will be the keynote speaker at the Third Annual Charlotte Black Expo State of the African-American Business Breakfast and Awards.

The event will be held Thursday, Dec. 3, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Johnson C. Smith University’s Gambrell Auditorium. The event is free.

Felicia Mitchell has joined the Charlotte office of McGuireWoods LLP as an associate in the tax and employee benefits department, where she will focus on employee benefits and executive compensation.

Mitchell, who holds a law degree from Georgetown University, was previously a summer associate with McGuireWoods’ Qcity office. She also holds a bachelor’s from Hampton University.

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