First Coast African American Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Carlton Lamar Robinson is a native Floridian (St. Petersburg), veteran of the United States Army, and resident of Northeast Florida (Clay County) since 2000. During his nine-year tenure with a Fortune 50 financial services firm he worked in multiple communities in the areas of employment, business development, and underwriting. At the end of that tenure (2005) he focused on the final year of his doctoral studies in the area of management and workplace diversity. He balanced his studies with volunteer opportunities at the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce, The First Coast African American Chamber of Commerce, and The Jacksonville Urban League. Upon graduation (2007) he assumed a leadership positions at the First Coast African American Chamber of Commerce and the Clay County Chamber of Commerce.
Those experiences have led him to gain a better understanding of the business community throughout Northeast Florida and the potential impact of legislation on business activity. He is an advocate for business and education. He currently serves on boards that stimulate the local economy through access to capital and business development. He has also contributed to the region through the development of two local economic summits that produced supplier diversity and employment opportunities for participants.
In addition, Dr. Robinson has written extensively about entrepreneurial opportunities that may have a positive impact on the region relative to per capita income and small business development. His Diverse Business Enterprise Impact Model has been adopted by The Florida Black Chamber of Commerce in an effort to capture the capacity and utilization of small businesses; the model can be adapted for any subgroup. Some of his work has been presented at the White House on behalf of multiple Asset Building Agencies (March 2009). He recently (August 2009) signed a memorandum of understanding with the Benin (Nigeria) Chamber of Commerce to help promote international trade. His goal is to promote positive change and outcomes in business policy. He has served the community on educational boards and business development boards. He is a member of the International Academy of Management.