Celebration spotlights achievements of students, local professionals, and community partners.
Two GE Appliances (GEA) engineers were celebrated for their volunteer efforts and service to the community recently at the 42nd annual YMCA Black Achievers Awards Celebration.
TeRon Daniel, an advanced industrial engineer for AP1, and London Maxwell, senior program manager for retail AC, were among the honorees at the event, which was held virtually on Feb. 27.
Each year, the Black Achievers Awards celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of local students and also show appreciation for the professionals and community partners who support the YMCA program.
Daniel, who has worked at GEA for nine years, currently serves as the supply chain primary recruiter for Tennessee State University. He has also helped advance the company’s inclusion and diversity goals by partnering with Historically Black Colleges and Universities as well as Hispanic-Serving Institutions.
“I’d like to help provide these students opportunity and support where there wasn’t before, whether that’s helping critique resumes, providing mock interviews or creating a better relationship with the faculty and students that would help us bring in the best and brightest candidates," Daniel said.
Maxwell, who has worked at GEA for nine and a half years, serves as the primary technology recruiter for Tennessee State University and Alabama A&M University. He volunteers time as a STEM judge at the Louisville Regional Science & Engineering Fair, which recognizes science and engineering talent from students across Kentucky. In addition, Maxwell serves as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, at Adopt-A-Mile cleanup events, and has helped youth through the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America program.
“I hope my service will provide such an impact to the students that it’ll drive them to become more active within their community and encourage others after them to pursue the same path," Maxwell said.
Both men were honored to be recognized as part of the YMCA Black Achievers Awards Celebration.
“It means a great deal to me," Daniel said. "It’s been a passion of mine to be able to provide guidance and opportunities to our youth, allowing them to grow and never underestimate themselves.”
“I am pleased with the opportunity to mentor youth in family, community, education, life, and leadership activities," Maxwell added. "I am thrilled at the opportunity to make a difference in youth achievers by teaching them the importance of acquiring necessary life and study skills to persevere during college years and beyond.”
Through its educational opportunities, career guidance, and mentoring, the Black Achievers Program makes good things happen every day for young people. With support from the community, including GE Appliances, the Black Achievers program awards college scholarships each year to minority students.