Dr. Gloria Bozeman Herndon
Founder, President & CEO of GB Group Global
Dr. Gloria Bozeman Herndon, Founder, President & CEO of GB Group Global, has more than 35 years of successfully conducting business internationally. The entrepreneurs’ entrepreneur, no one can deny her ability to make the impossible possible by building relations, creating new business paradigms and co-joining and weaving strategic partnerships.
GB Group Global, which consists of GB Energie, GB Energie LED, GB Pharma Holdings and GB Oncology & Imaging Group, is a reflection of Dr. Herndon’s vision and is the cumulation of over 35 years of fostering meaningful relationships across boarders, believing in the human spirit, remaining committed to local communities and enabling the empowerment of others. The Group is commitment to giving back to communities and those in need. Social give-back programs in education, healthcare and municipal development are just a few areas the GB Group champions together with its collateral partners. Recognizing that some initiatives require significant funding, the Group is able to engage donors for the successful implementation of projects. The GB Group currently focuses on innovative and sustainable solutions in the energy, environment and health sectors.
Dr. Gloria Bozeman Herndon is a native of East St Louis, Illinois. She attended Southern Illinois University and graduated magna cum laude with Bachelor degrees in Political Science, Philosophy and Music. Dr. Herndon continued on to Johns Hopkins University where she received a Masters Degree in International Economics and Law. She was later accepted into the doctoral program at Johns Hopkins University where she attained additional academic success as a Rockefeller Fellow. Notably, Dr. Herndon also received an honorary mention for the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. While pursuing her doctorate, Dr. Herndon also worked as a research fellow at the Brookings Institute and was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
While completing her doctoral course work, Dr. Herndon accepted a position as an economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service. A year after joining the USDA, she was accepted into the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. Posting as an economic/commercial officer in Lagos, Kaduna, Kinshasa, Monrovia and Nouakchott. Along with her regular duties, she sought to further the U.S.-Nigerian trade relationship by strengthening the Nigerian–American Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Herndon spearheaded initial delegation to the U.S. from Lagos and repeated this success by leading the Kaduna Chamber’s first delegation to the United States as well. While in Nigeria, Dr. Herndon wrote her dissertation and taught undergraduate economics courses at Ahmadu Bello University. She received her doctorate in Economics and International Law from Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Gloria Bozeman Herndon Profile Returning to the United States in the mid-1980’s, Dr. Herndon continued at the State Department as a consultant, concurrently she joined The Equitable Companies as an insurance broker, financial planner and security’s dealer. In 1985, she saw an opportunity for as an insurance broker to serve the needs of diplomatic missions in the U.S. and founded GB Herndon & Associates for that purpose. Building upon her relationships in the international community, Dr. Herndon focused the startup company on designing health, property and casualty insurance programs for embassies in Washington, DC and U.N. world-wide international missions. In 1989, she pioneered the design of specialized healthcare plans for foreign students enrolled in U.S. schools. Concurrent with building GB Herndon & Associates she continued to provide insurance consulting services and developed a national underwriting, ‘’. program or Blue fCross/ Blue Shield which became known as Protocol
Through the 1990’s. GB Herndon diversified into new markets with additional insurance and financial services and real estate development. These markets included U.S Colleges/Universities student loan programs, not-for-profit associations and private corporations. To facilitate market entry, the company formed strategic partnerships with recognized leaders in various product segments. She continues to reinvent herself and remains a formidable international entrepreneur engaged in sustainable energy solutions, strategic consulting in the e x t r a c t i v e i n d u s t r y a n d p ro v i d i n g g u i d a n c e i n socioeconomic development of emerging markets.
Dr. Herndon is a published author, accomplished musician and member of numerous public and private entity boards and the recipient of a number of awards. She also established the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) program for advising small and minority-owned businesses on the design and implementation of business and benefits insurance programs. Dr. Herndon stays active in both the business and local communities through associations such as the Smithsonian, Corporate Advisory Board of Office Depot, former American Express board member, National HeadStart Associations, NAFEO, American Association of Community College, Association of Community College Trustee, US Angola Chamber of Commerce, National Alliance Postal & Federal Employer, World Conference of Mayors and International Council for Shopping Centers just to name a few. Moreover, her commitment to give back to communities and those in need of her philanthropic sprit is borderless and stand prominent in contracts she implements.