On September 5, the Bay Area Black Expo LLC honored its 2012 “Magnificent 7” award recipients during the Magnificent 7 Awards Gala. These seven people were selected for making significant contributions and demonstrating commitment to the Bay Area community. Awardeees were among names submitted by the public-at-large.

The 2012 “Magnificent 7” are:

  • Lionel Bea, Producer, Bay Area Productions (Entertainment)
  • Gay Blair Cobb, Chief Exec. Dir., Oakland Private Industry Council (Business/Career Development)
  • Celestino Ellington, Sports & Recreation Director, Bay View YMCA SF (Fitness)
  • Romeo Garcia, Co-Founder/Executive Director, ARISE High School (Personal Development)
  • Gina Gregory-Burns, M.D., Internist, Chief of Diversity/AAHI-SFO, Co-chair, Community Benefit Advisory Board-SFO, Co-chair, NCAL Regional Diversity Council (Health)
  • Bill Thomason, CEO and Mentor of Wall Street Wizards (Financial)
  • Dorris Vincent, Community Advocate, Bay View Hunters Point (Community Giving)

To learn more about the 2012 “Magnificent 7” visit


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