Alfred A. Edmond, Jr.
ALFRED A. EDMOND, JR.
Sr. VP/Executive Editor-at-Large
Alfred A. Edmond Jr. is SVP/Executive Editor-at-Large of black enterprise, responsible for providing brand, marketing and content leadership as a member of the multimedia company’s senior management team. Prior to accepting his current position, Edmond was SVP/Chief Content Officer of black enterprise, responsible for overseeing marketing for all of the major franchises of black enterprise, including the magazine, television shows, web site, social media and live networking events, and content for the company’s broadcast and digital properties. From 2008 through 2010, Edmond was SVP/Editor-in-chief of BlackEnterprise.com, helping to lead the transition of black enterprise from single-magazine publisher to digital-first multimedia company.
From 2008 through 2010, Edmond held the position of senior vice president/editor-in-chief of BlackEnterprise.com, responsible for the development of the Website’s content, as well as the hiring and overall supervision of the editorial staff. In this position, Edmond played an important leadership role in the transition of black enterprise from print magazine publisher to a digital-focused multimedia company.
From 2000 through 2008, Edmond held the position of senior vice president/editor-in-chief of black enterprise magazine. During his tenure as chief editor of black enterprise (beginning in 1995 when he was named executive editor), the magazine’s circulation more than doubled to a rate base of 525,000 for 2008. In addition, the magazine earned nine Folio: Editorial Excellence (Eddie) Awards in the business/finance consumer magazines category, a Griot Award from the New York Association of Black Journalists, and more than a dozen other editorial and design awards under his leadership. An award-winning reporter and editor, he has been recognized by TJFR Business News Reporter as one of America’s 100 Most Influential Financial Journalists and was named to the Folio: 40 list of the most influential people in the magazine industry by Folio: Magazine in 2007.
Since 2011, he has served as the host of Money Matters, a nationally syndicated radio feature of American Urban Radio Networks. Edmond appears regularly on television and nationally syndicated radio, including serving as a commentator on PBS’ Nightly Business Report; contributor to American Express OPEN Forum and The Doug Banks Show radio program; and guest expert on MSNBC’s Your Business. A nationally recognized expert on business and economic trends, Edmond is a highly sought-after public speaker and moderator. He is also an influential thought leader on several social media platforms including Twitter (http://twitter.com/alfrededmondjr) and Facebook (http://facebook.com/alfrededmondjr).
Together with his wife and business partner, personal growth expert and individuality advocate Zara D. Green, Edmond leads A2Z Personal Growth Enterprises, producer of the Grown Zone multimedia initiative, including co-hosting the weekly Grown Zone Radio Show (BlogTalkRadio.com/GrownZone). Edmond and Green are also co-authors of the Loving In The Grown Zone: A No-Nonsense Guide to Making Healthy Decisions in the Quest for Loving, Romantic Relationships of Honor, Esteem and Respect (Balboa Press).
Edmond is a member and former board member of the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME), and served as a judge for ASME’s National Magazine Awards for more than a decade, including several years as a judging leader. He is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), a lifetime and former board member of the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ), a life member of the Rutgers University Alumni Association, and a lifetime and founding member of the Rutgers African American Alumni Alliance (RAAA). He is also a charter member of the NABJ Business Writers Task Force.
Edmond currently serves on the editorial advisory board of the Rutgers Alumni Magazine, and on the board of the Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics (COLE) at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He is a former trustee of the Bridge Street Church Preparatory School in Brooklyn, New York; and a former member of the boards of Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA); Impact 21 Community Development Corp.; and the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He has served as an adjunct professor in the journalism department at Rutgers University and as an instructor for the NYABJ High School Journalism Workshop at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus. In 2000, Edmond was recognized with the NYABJ’s Chapter Service Award.
Edmond joined BLACK ENTERPRISE in 1987 as an associate editor and advanced to business editor later that year. In 1990, he was promoted to senior editor/administration, then to managing editor in 1992. He was made executive editor in 1995, was named editor-in-chief in 2000. Before joining BLACK ENTERPRISE, Edmond served as the senior editor of MBM/Modern Black Men Magazine (1986), an associate editor for The Daily Challenge (1985) and managing editor of Big Red News (1983-1985, now the New York Beacon).
In 2013, Edmond was inducted into The HistoryMakers African American video oral history collection (now housed at the Library of Congress) as a MediaMaker. A native of Long Branch, New Jersey, Edmond is a 1996 inductee into the Long Branch High School Distinguished Alumni Academic Hall of Fame, a 2005 inductee into the RAAA African American Alumni Hall of Fame, a 2007 inductee into the Loyal Sons & Daughters of Rutgers, and a 2010 inductee into the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni. Edmond is also a proud alumnus of the Rutgers EOF (Educational Opportunity Fund) program. He graduated from Rutgers University in 1983 with a degree in studio art and a minor in economics.
A health and fitness enthusiast, he pursues bodybuilding as a hobby and participated in several competitions as a member of Natural Bodybuilding Inc., a drug-free bodybuilding organization, between 1999 and 2002. Also known for his sense of personal style, Edmond was co-designer and spokesperson for his own signature bow tie collection, produced and distributed in partnership with Nashville, TN-based Windsor Neckwear, from 2012 through 2014.
A proud father of four adult children, Edmond has also pursued a personal passion for and commitment to being a source of encouragement, advice, referrals and mentorship to hundreds over the years, including many Rutgers students and alumni, and many accomplished in their own rights in the fields of journalism, media and communications. For example, for more than 30 years, editors of the Black Voice/Carta Latina (the student publication for which Edmond served as editor-in-chief as an undergraduate in 1981), have benefited from internships, job referrals, graduate school recommendations and round-the-clock access to Edmond as a sounding board and cheerleader. One result of this is that nearly a dozen Rutgers alumni have served on the editorial staff of Black Enterprise over the past two decades; many have gone on to leadership positions at media outlets including Inc. magazine, AOL, Crains Communications and Essence magazine. Edmond has kept a promise of an open door policy for any high school or college student, especially any Rutgers student, who requests an appointment. Many of the students who have taken him up in this offer have gone on to become interns and employees of Black Enterprise. Edmond’s mentorship and networking activities have broadened and intensified over the past decade with the increasing dominance of social media; students, protégés and colleagues all know that they can access and communicate with Edmond on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media platforms.