The Youth Motivation Task Force program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will have its assembly program Tuesday, March 1 at 11:00 a.m. in the J.M. Ross auditorium Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts building. Omar Karim, founder of President of Banneker Ventures, a boutique construction and facilities management firm in the Metropolitan Washington region, will serve as the keynote speaker.
Having served as President of Banneker Ventures since its inception in 2005, the company provides general contracting, construction management, real estate development and facilities management services to federal government, local government and commercial clients across five offices throughout the United States. Since its founding, Karim has been responsible for the company winning more than $250,000,000 in contract vehicles with 2015 revenues nearly $20,000,000.
Prior to founding Banneker, Karim served as General Counsel and Project Manager for a Washington, DC based real estate development firm. He also has previous experience as an attorney with a large New-York based law firm where he counseled public and private investment companies.
Karim has received numerous awards including: the Visionary Award at the Minority Small Business Construction Conference in Montgomery County, Maryland; 2011 Developer of the Year Award by the National Organization of Minority Architects (Washington, DC Chapter); Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Howard University Institute for Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Innovation; and 40 Under‐40 Award by The EnVest Fund, a District of Columbia‐based social venture capital fund.
Karim has also been featured in numerous publications including in Ebony Magazine’s 2014 Men’s Issue in an article entitled “Man Power” and the 30th Anniversary Edition of Black Enterprise Magazine in an article entitled “Generational X- Ceptional”.
Throughout his career, Karim has been involved in service to society, including contributing more than $600,000 in Banneker’s profit to charitable organizations and worthy causes, including launching The Banneker Foundation in 2014, serving on the Boards of the Washington Area Community Investment Fund and Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center, member of the Montgomery County, Maryland Economic Advisory Council and Montgomery County, Maryland Affordable Housing Task Force, Guest Lecturer at the Howard University School of Law, Howard University School of Business Annual Real Estate Week and Howard University Student Association Annual Leadership Retreat.
Karim received his Juris Doctor degree from the Howard University School of Law where he was a member of The Howard Law Journal and the recipient of numerous academic awards. He also received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University where he received numerous academic awards and became the first undergraduate student to serve two terms on the University’s Board of Trustees, alongside such notables as former Secretary of State General Colin L. Powell, Black Enterprise founder Earl G. Graves, Sr., and Citigroup Chair Richard D. Parsons.
For more information about the event, please call (870) 575-8461. Parking for consultants is reserved in the STEM parking lot. Parking and shuttle service is also available for YMTF students from the Fine Arts building parking lot.