Valerie Daniels-Carter

Company: V & J Foods, Inc. Position: President, CEO Industry: Restaurants & Cafes Country: United States

Valerie R. Daniels-Carter is President & Chief Executive Officer of V&J Holding Companies, Inc. a company she started in 1982 with her brother John. V&J is an operator of Burger King and Pizza Hut restaurants with over 100 restaurants in four states. V&J is the largest African-American-owned restaurant franchise operator in the U.S.

In 1984 Valerie and John opened their first Burger King restaurant in Milwaukee.

Valerie serves as President of the Minority Franchise Association of Burger King Corporation; Past President of Milwaukee World Festival, Inc.; Executive Board Member of the National Franchisee Association; Member of the Diversity Action Council of Burger King Corporation; Board of Directors for The Auto Club Group & AAA Wisconsin; Board Member of US Bank and Christian Stewardship Foundation; Board of Directors of Holy Redeemer Church of God In Christ; and Chief Financial Officer for Auxiliaries in Ministries of the Church of God In Christ.

Valerie earned a bachelor of arts degree from Lincoln University and a master's in business administration degree from Milwaukee's Cardinal Stritch College.

She has been instrumental in the development and implementation of numerous community projects, several of which are: Daniels-Carter Youth Center; Jeffrey A. Carter Sr. Center for Community Empowerment and Family Reunification; HR Senior Housing Complex; CH Mason Health Clinic; HR Educational Complex; No Child Left Behind Christmas – Purchase of Christmas presents for children of employees, church members, and other persons in the community.

Ms. Daniels-Carter received the Dominion Strong Men & Women Excellence in Leadership Award (2005); Black Women's Network Community Service Award (2005); Northwood University's Outstanding Business Leader Award (2004) and was recognized as one of Essence Magazine's Trailblazer in the Top 40 Inspiring African Americans (2003). She is also a recipient of the Women's Leadership Exchange Compass Award (2003); Women of Influence Award presented by the Business Journal (2003); Peak Performer Award presented by Junior Achievement (2003); Lifetime Accomplishments Award presented by the Milwaukee County Supervisors (2003); Trailblazer Award from North Milwaukee State Bank (2001); Entrepreneurial Spirit Award presented at the Multicultural Prism Awards (2000); Top 10 Black Female Entrepreneurs (1999 & 2000); Black Enterprise magazine's Women of the B.E. 100; The Heritage Award from Spiritual Perspective (1999); the Business Award given by the National Rainbow PUSH Coalition (1997); and the Alumni Award for Professional Distinction from Cardinal Stritch College (1993). Her company, V&J has received awards such as the Top 500 Women-Owned Businesses (Working Woman Magazine); Top 200 Restaurants in the U.S. (Restaurant Finance Monitor); Top 100 Black-owned Businesses (Black Enterprise Magazine); and numerous other accolades, both locally and nationally.

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