Meet the NAMIC Team…
Eglon E. Simons
President and CEO
Eglon E. Simons leads the association and champions its mission as President and CEO. In addition to working closely with NAMIC's 16 chapters across the country, he collaborates with NAMIC's board, staff, chapter leadership and industry partners in building upon NAMIC's legacy.
A strong and progressive leader, Simons' career in media and communications has spanned more than 30 years. Upon earning an MBA from Harvard Business School, Simons joined the staff at CBS New York. After holding several managerial positions, Simons concluded his 13-year run with the network as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the CBS Television Stations Division. In 1990, Simons embarked on a 21-year run with Cablevision Systems Corporation as Director of New York Sales for its Cable Networks unit. Simons began serving as Vice President and General Manager of New York Interconnect in 1992 and subsequently, was promoted in 1995, to Senior Vice President and General Manager. Simons was named Executive Vice President of Cablevision's Rainbow Advertising Sales Company in 2002, a senior management role he fulfilled until his retirement from Cablevision Systems Corporation in 2011.
Vice President of Education Programs and Diversity Solutions
Executive Director of NAMIC Foundation
As the Vice President of Educations Programs and Diversity Solutions, Jim oversees the association's education programs and professional development initiatives. He also manages day-to-day NAMIC Foundation operations.
Jim Jones joined the NAMIC team in Fall 2005 after spending nearly a decade launching a wide range of diversity, team building, mentoring and other multicultural programs for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), a national non-profit whose mission is to increase the numbers of successful African American, American Indian and Latino men and women in the engineering, technology and math-based fields. Before joining NACME, he had consulted in the corporate, government, educational, and not-for-profit sectors, designing and implementing training and development initiatives related to increasing organizational effectiveness through building and nurturing a diverse workforce.
With a B.A. from Harvard, Jim attended New York’s Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied classical singing. He eventually was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to France, and spent four years studying and performing in European concert and opera venues. After much “soul-searching,” he eventually returned to America and attended the Columbia Business School, where he received an M.B.A. in strategic human resources. Jim hails from St. Louis, Missouri.
Senior Director of Meetings and Events
As the Senior Director of Meetings and Events, Sandra Girado leads the production and management of NAMIC’s national events, and also oversees key marketing and creative services.
Sandra brings to NAMIC close to a decade of experience in the meeting planning and trade show industry. Prior to joining NAMIC in June 2005, she served as the Programs Administrator for the International Council of Shopping Centers where she was responsible for the management of educational programs, including faculty recruitment and curriculum scheduling. In that position she also worked to facilitate programs in Asia, Mexico, the Middle East and Moscow. Sandra also worked with the EastWest Institute, where she was responsible for planning Global Homeland Security Conferences for the international community. Additionally, she was the Special Events Manager for Lebhar-Friedman, a New York based publishing company.
She is a graduate of Manhattan College, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and International Business.
Senior Manager of Research and Publications
As the Senior Mananger of Research and Publications, Susan Waldman oversees the day-to-day facilitation of NAMIC's membership operations, as well as market research to drive growth. She is also responsible for the production of NAMIC's industry-wide publication, Diversity Digest.
She launched her career in market research as a media planner on such accounts as Loews Hotels and Omnipoint Communications at Hill, Holliday Altschiller and McCann Direct advertising agencies. There she was introduced to the gamut of advertising research resources as she planned and purchased the media for various clients. After a few years, Susan moved over to the magazine industry.
Susan has served as the Marketing Research Manager at Vibe, Spin and The Source magazines and Research Director at Motor Trend magazine. Supporting 20 sales representatives by providing them with competitive and analytic research regarding each magazine’s audience, she has honed her research expertise.
Susan received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.
S. Monique Wells
Senior Manager of Finance and Administration
S. Monique Wells is the Senior Manager of Finance and Administration for the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications’ (NAMIC). Prior to that she was their Manager of Operations, a position she assumed in August, 2009.
Monique is no stranger to NAMIC and has been a member since 1991. She served as a consultant to NAMIC for a number of special projects, prior to joining the staff. As Senior Manager of Finance and Administration, she oversees the administrative and financial operations of the national office.
An accomplished professional with a diverse background in sales and project management, Monique previously served as an Energy Conservation Analyst with the Los Angeles Unified School District where she oversaw the utility management for school construction projects. Prior to that, Monique was a National Sales and Marketing Executive for Patriot Communications where she was responsible for the sales, marketing and contract negotiations of enhanced telecommunications products and services.
Before joining Patriot, Monique worked at HBO in Affiliate Sales, where she created and implemented sales strategies and account activities for HBO and Cinemax. Her responsibilities included sales, client services, off-channel promotions and special events. During her tenure at HBO, Monique was an active member of the NAMIC-Southern California chapter and served on the Steering Committee for the Vision Awards and chaired both the Sponsorship and Talent Committees.
Preceding her tenure in communications, Monique held several executive positions for Kraft General Foods and Sportsvisions, a sports marketing company based in Northern California. Monique earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Clark University in Worcester, MA and a MBA degree in general business and marketing from Atlanta University, now known as Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA. She is on the planning committee for the American Heart Association’s Harlem Go Red For Women Educational Forum and volunteers for the New York Common Pantry, a New York City community based food pantry.
Manager of Leadership and Development
As the Manager of Leadership and Development, Faride’s responsibilities include the administration, recruitment, assessment, and evaluation of the L. Patrick Mellon mentorship program. He is heavily involved in providing additional educational and career support to mentors and mentees through research publications, career related activities and as well as online skill improvement courses. Faride also works with other education related initiatives such as executive leadership programs, seminars, virtual learning and continuing education. The operation of NAMIC's 16 nationwide chapters also falls under his purview.
Prior to joining the education department at NAMIC, Faride spent most of his professional life in higher education. Upon graduating, he was appointed by the assistant dean of undergraduate studies as the director of a learning center for the CUNY’s Research Foundation. Thereafter, Faride spent three and a half years working in enrollment services as a sr. counselor, recruiter, and academic adviser. Upon leaving Brooklyn College he was appointed as the associate director of admissions for the AUA College of Medicine. Faride has his BA from Brooklyn College in French and Francophone Literature. He attended La Sorbonne (Paris IV) on a study abroad. Faride also has his Master’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.
Jessica J. Thomas
As NAMIC's Project Coordinator, Jessica's primary focus is to support the marketing, events, development teams by managing print and digital projects. She maintains NAMIC’s official web site, social media accounts, and mobile applications.
Jessica is a Boston University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Communications. Through internships, she has assisted marketing and communications teams in Boston, Paris and New York with strategic marketing communications, public relations, media relations, web development, social media, branding and event management.