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Salute to Long-Term Greater Kansas City Chapter Leader!


Reggie Smith - UFSC - Spotlight

The Urban Financial Services Coalition (UFSC) salutes Reginald J. Smith of the Greater Kansas City Chapter for the leadership and support he provides to the local chapter and national organization. In addition to being one of the chapter’s founding and continuous members for 19 years, Reggie provides the organization with a “Week in Review” newsletter that explains U.S. economic highlights and is posted in the Resource Section of the UFSC’s national website on a weekly basis.

Read more ==>> Spotlight – Reggie Smith



Spotlight – Debra Bronston

Debra Bronston

If service to a mission or cause is a measure of success, the Urban Financial Services Coalition’s new president Debra Bronston may require a new measurement scale.  Her modesty sometimes inhibits her from sharing her many accomplishments that include receiving the Martin Luther King Drum Major for Service Award issued by President Barack Obama, being only the second person in her 5 maternal family generations since slavery to finish college and becoming the first African American to hold an official position at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City where she worked for 31 years.


As others like her, Ms. Bronston has faced obstacles in her career pursuits and efforts to empower communities. However, she managed to rise to the top and become the SHERO she is.  No cape required; her only super powers are persistence, focus, dedication and quality.  Mediocrity is not included in her vocabulary.

Read more ==>> Spotlight – Debra Bronston


Spotlight – Jasper Smith

Jasper Smith

On October 29, 2017, Jasper Smith, former chapter President and current board member of the UFSC San Francisco Bay Area chapter was recognized at the 2017 In The Spirit Awards in Oakland, CA. Jasper was one of four recipients to receive the “Trailblazer Award”.

Read more ==>> Spotlight – Jasper Smith

Spotlight – Nicole M. Middleton

Nicole M. Middleton


UFSC – San Francisco Chapter – Nicole M. Middleton is a Financial Planner and Chief Executive Officer with Strategy Squad Insurance Services, LLC – an independent, family-owned wealth management firm based in Oakland, CA.  She partnered with her father Dennis Middleton, CPA to launch the firm 3 years ago.  Read more ==>> Spotlight – Nicole Middleton


October 2016 – Linda Forte

Spotlight – Linda Forte

Linda ForteLinda Forte, Senior Vice President

Business Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer

After 42 years with Comerica

Linda has helped define and drive business strategies to establish Comerica as a leader in diversity and work life practices.  Her responsibilities include corporate contributions, volunteer services and diversity affairs.

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June 2016 – Michael Gartrell Jr.

Spotlight - Michael Gartrell



April 2016 – Angelia Ward

Angelia Ward



February 2016 – Roderick Hayes

Spotlight - Roderick Hayes