Noel Hankin is the new senior vice president of Multicultural Initiatives for Schieffelin & Somerset Co., in New York. In this newly created position, Hankin will be responsible for community relations and opportunities in the multicultural consumer segment. He also will be responsible for strengthening the company’s brand image and building solid relationships within multicultural communities, including the growing African-American and Hispanic segments. Prior to joining Schieffelin & Somerset Co., Hankin was instrumental in the founding of the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund and the Mexican American Grocers Association.
Arva Rice was named executive director of Project Enterprise, a non-profit community development financial institution that offers a microcredit program to New York City entrepreneurs. Prior to joining Project Enterprise, Rice was the founding executive director of Public Allies in New York City, a young adult leadership program dedicated to developing the next generation of nonprofit leaders. Project Enterprise serves the communities of Harlem, Central Brooklyn, East New York, Queens, the Bronx and Mt. Vernon.
Norman Hunte was appointed manager of the Small Business Administration’s Melville, N.Y., office. Hunte will manage the delivery of the agency’s financial assistance, management counseling, business development and minority enterprise development programs throughout Long Island. Prior to joining the SBA, Hunte was vice president in charge of Loan Administration and Compliance at Citibank. He managed a $365 million loan portfolio, covering loans to small businesses in Manhattan, the Bronx and Westchester.
Christopher J. Williams
Christopher J. Williams was appointed to serve on the board of directors of Harrah’s Entertainment. Williams is chairman and CEO of the Williams Capital Group LP and Williams Capital Management LLC. Williams Capital has been one of the 20 largest underwriters of investment-grade corporate debt in the United States in each of the last three years. Williams currently serves on the board of directors of the Partnership of New York City, the National Association of Securities Professionals and the Securities Industry Association.