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    Valerie Mosley Diamond
    Valerie Mosley Diamond, Senior Vice President,
    Partner, and Fixed Income Portfolio Manager CFA,
    Wellington Management Company

    Valerie, Partner of a 540 billion global money management firm, manages fixed income portfolios for corporate and public pension funds, endowments, and mutual funds. She chairs the firm's Industry Strategy Group, which examines themes and secular trends and identifies which industries to emphasize and which sectors to avoid. As a member of the Core Bond Strategy Group, Val helps set the investment strategy for all core bond mandates. She is also a member of the Corporate Strategy Group, which establishes the style-specific investment parameters that guide corporate only Fixed Income Portfolio Managers. Prior to joining Wellington Management in 1992 Valerie spent two years at P.C. Corbin Asset Management as their Chief Investment Officer (1990 - 1992). She also worked in institutional corporate bond sales at Kidder Peabody (1986 - 1990) and began her career at Chase Manhattan Bank where she was a Commercial Lending Officer for financial institutions (1982 - 1984). Valerie serves on the Board of Overseers for the Museum of Science in Boston, MA and serves on NASP - Boston Board. She served on both the Board of Advisors and the Capital Campaign Advisory Board for Duke University's Trinity College of Arts and Science. Valerie graduated in 1982 with a BA in History from Duke, where she served as President and Vice President of the student body. Valerie received her MBA from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania in 1986 and served as President of The Wharton Club of Atlanta. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst. In February 2006 Valerie was named as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business in the country and this past October was identified as one of the Top 75 Blacks on Wall Street by Black Enterprise Magazine. Valerie's most prized accomplishment is being mother to her children, Taylor (16), Ryan (14) and Amanda (12).

    R. Donahue Peebles
    Chairman & CEO The Peebles Corporation

    Recognized today as one of the most successful and recognizable real estate developers in the nation, R. Donahue Peebles is the country's largest African American developer with a portfolio of four-star hotels, residential and Class A commercial properties in Washington, D.C., and glamorous Miami Beach. Peebles, 46, and his real estate projects have been featured in Inc., The New York Times, Washington Post, Forbes, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Black Enterprise and Ebony. He has also been profiled on CNBC, CNN Financial Network and has been a guest on the nationally syndicated "Tom Joyner Morning Show" radio program. His first book, The Peebles Principle, is due out in spring 2007. Part Art of the Deal and part Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun?, the book highlights key business lessons Peebles' learned on the road to building a quarter-billion-dollar personal fortune. He offers a first-person, behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur and businessperson from the ground up. In addition to serving as CEO of his billion-dollar real estate development firm, Peebles is highly sought after nationwide as a speaker. Viewed as a role model for aspiring entrepreneurs of all stripes, Peebles has addressed numerous educational, business and professional associations across the nation, including the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, The Wharton School, University of Miami, Florida International University, Johnson & Wales University, 100 Black Men of America, Harvard Business School African American Alumni Association and the American Hotel & Motel Association's Annual Conference, to name a few. Peebles was awarded an honorary doctorate from Johnson & Wales University. Raised in Washington, D.C., in a single-parent household, Peebles has a soft spot for at-risk inner-city children. Consequently, the multimillionaire real estate developer makes frequent forays into Miami's poorest neighborhoods to exhort teens to pursue careers in business. Peebles served as a U.S. House of Representatives page while in high school, sparking a lifelong interest in politics. Bill Clinton was still an obscure Southern governor when Peebles held a major presidential fundraiser for Clinton at Peebles' Washington home. A former board member of the National Democratic Leadership Forum, Peebles has also raised campaign money for former New York City mayor David Dinkins, former Atlanta mayor Bill Campbell, Florida Governor Jeb Bush and New York State gubernatorial candidate Carl McCall. Peebles started his real estate career as an appraiser of inner-city houses in the District of Columbia. Within seven years, at the age of 26, he had negotiated his first development deal, a 100,000-square-foot office building in Washington. From 1984 to 1988 Peebles served as chairman of the District of Columbia real estate tax appeal board, then known as the Board of Equalization and Review. After leaving that post, Peebles established a lucrative, Washington-based commercial tax assessment appeals firm at the age of 28. By 1997, Peebles had changed the name of his company to Peebles Atlantic Development Corp. and had generated more than one million square feet of commercial real estate. That same year, Peebles moved his corporate headquarters to Miami in order to pursue business opportunities in the Sunshine State. Shortly after relocating, he was chosen to chair the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau for two consecutive terms and is credited with overseeing record increases in travel to Miami-Dade County and redefining it as a year-round tourism destination. Today, Peebles has more than $4 billion dollars in current projects underway in Detroit, the Florida Keys, Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, San Francisco and Pacifica, CA. In January 2006, he changed the company's name to The Peebles Corporation to reflect its national focus. An unusual CEO in that he places a premium on enjoying quality time with his family, Peebles currently lives in Miami with his wife Katrina, and the couple's son and young daughter.

    R. Donahue Peebles' New Book

November 3Oth -
December 3rd , 2006
Loews Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


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