The Columbus Chapter of the National Black MBA Association (@NBMBAAhq) is excited to announce that Oyauma Garrison has been selected to receive the NBMBAA – Columbus Chapter Lifetime Member of the Year Race for Excellence Award!
This award is given to individuals with a lifetime connection to the Greater Columbus area who demonstrate excellence and leadership in the fields of Education and Academic Advancement, Professional and Civic Leadership, and Economic Empowerment. His work with “A Kid Again” has qualified him for this award and is worthy of recognition.
Oyauma Garrison serves as the President & Chief Executive Officer at A Kid Again, Inc, a nonprofit organization that provides ongoing monthly adventures for kids facing life threatening conditions. The organization, now in its 24th year of operation will expand nationally and internationally under his leadership, providing opportunities for kids facing a life-threatening condition to be a kid again, including their siblings and entire family. A Kid Again provides hope, happiness and healing for kids facing a life-threatening condition through ongoing recreational therapeutic relief. Oyauma is a 20+ year veteran of the insurance industry, serving in a variety of leadership roles.
Extremely active in his community, Oyauma has received numerous awards for leadership and community service. Receiving his Honorary Doctorate of Community Leadership from Franklin University in 2019, he was also recognized as a Columbus Business First Most Admired C-Suite leader honoree. He has been featured in several publications and in 2016 presented his first TedTalk (TedX) on Corporate Social Responsibility. He was named the inaugural 2015 Emerging Leader Award recipient for the United Way of Central Ohio. His positive impact on the community has also been recognized with the United States of America Presidential 2014 Gold Standard Award for Community Service. A 2011 Business First 40 under 40 honoree and the 2007 National MBA of the Year award recipient. Oyauma has been recognized twice by the Oho General Assembly for his impact and leadership; also, by the Columbus City Council. He is a Lifetime Member of the National Black MBA Association and Prospanica (NSHMBA).
Oyauma was elected a Director serving on the Buckeye Insurance Company board since September 2019. Oyauma served as Chairman of the Board for St. Vincent Family Centers, co-chair of the United Way Campaign Cabinet corporate development committee and served a two-year term as Co-Chair of the United Way of Central Ohio Tocqueville society. As an avid runner, Oyauma is a member of the Columbus Eastside Running Club completing full and half marathons, along with adventure runs. A member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc and the St. Mark’s Lodge #7 – Prince Hall Masons.
Oyauma earned his bachelor’s degree from Denison University and his MBA from Franklin University. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Oyauma is the husband of Dr. Sacheen Garrison and the proud father of three Mya, Cameron, and Carter.
Join us on Saturday May 2, 2020 at our Race for Excellence Derby Celebration as we thank Oyauma and many others for being a beacon of excellence in the Greater Columbus community! Ticket link is in our bio and available now on eventbrite.
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