Jerome sees diversity as an integral part of his role as CEO. As such, he continues to drive diverse hiring and has targets in place for a fully balanced, diverse workforce within Open Therapeutics. Externally, he is an advisor to the CEO of V2 Soft and a member of the company advisory board, and has personally helped the company gain two new contracts for significant revenue increases. He is also advisor to the CEO of KYYBA International and a member of their Advisory Board. Jerome is also a board member and financial contributor of Real Life 101 charity for mentoring underprivileged inner city minority youth in 11 states in the US. He recently co-authored a book titled “Make Your business a Lean Business”, which has been highly commended for building a winning culture and improving operational excellence within its reader’s companies. Additionally, he been selected to be the Key Note speaker at the Global Manufacturing Alliance Gala at the Golden Valley Country Club, and was recently appointed Chairman of the Board for Goodwill Easter Seals Minnesota. The Goodwill Organization helps those with workplace entry barriers to get meaningful jobs, many of whom are ethnic minorities.
For most of his professional career Jerome has mentored people in the workplace including BAME staff. As Senior Vice President of Global Operations for Stratasys, he developed critical team building exercises, to make the workplace a more welcoming and inclusive place for BAME staff. Previous to that, he was Vice President of Six Sigma Operations, Corporate Quality and Acquisition Integration for 3M, where he played a major role in devising strategy and operational plans for the company’s largest business group. In 2016, Jerome was invited by the founder of Open Theraputics to join the company as CEO where he leads a team of employees comprised of 40% ethnic minority and 40% women. In 2014, he was recognized in the Savoy Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America and in 2016 was recognized by The Global Diversity List as one of the top 50 Diversity Professionals in Industry. Externally, Jerome has supported a variety of organizations dedicated to helping young people and BAME people. For the past 10 years he has served on the Board of Directors of Real Life 101, a non-profit that provides college scholarships and equipment for selected inner city African American males graduating from high school.