Tracey Syphax

is President and Chief Operating Officer of Phax Group, LLC, a real estate development company.  He is the author of the award-winning Memoir, “From the Block to the Boardroom.”  In December of 2017 Mr. Syphax was pardoned by Former Governor Chris Christie-NJ for a 27-year old conviction for drug possession and possession with intent to distribute.  Tracey has spent 25 years in business as a strong advocate for ending mass incarceration through the use of proper re-entry tools coupled with the goal of visualizing entrepreneurship as a viable employment option for returning citizens.  In 2017, for the second consecutive year, he was named as one of the Twenty-Five Most Influential African Americans in New Jersey by the South Jersey Journal.  He made history in 2011 as the first African American to be awarded “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Princeton Chamber of Commerce.

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In 2014, out of a field of 900 nominees nationwide, Tracey was recognized by President Obama as a White House “Champion of Change” Honoree for his diligent and tireless work in the re-entry field and for being a strong advocate on behalf of formerly incarcerated people. In 2016 he taught a pilot program 'Aspire to Entrepreneurship' in Washington, D.C., a class of 15 formerly impacted people enrolled in a 12-week entrepreneurial training course.  Tracey is a former founding board member and former Chairman of the Board (2007-2017) of the Minding Our Business (MOB) program.  This is a 20-year old national award-winning program that mentors and provides instruction on entrepreneurship to sixth and eighth grade students in the public-school system.  Tracey appears in the documentary “Elementary Genocide:  The School to Prison Pipeline” and is featured in the award-winning documentary “Incarcerating US.”

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