Charles O'Neal

charles_oneal-smCharles O’Neal is President of the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce and is responsible for executing the mission of the nation’s oldest and largest African American chamber of commerce. The DBCC serves its members and the North Texas region through advocacy, public policy development, convention and tourism development and delivery of technical assistance.

n addition to serving for 14 years as the Chamber’s Vice President for Business & Economic Development, O’Neal has a long history of involvement in the Dallas community. O’Neal served as the DBCC’s Main Street Manager, working with community-based organizations, realtors, utilities, insurance and financial institutions to coordinate plans for revitalizing Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. O’Neal was instrumental in creating the MLK Boulevard Merchants Association.

A 20-plus year, award-winning career in the newspaper business provides the backdrop for O’Neal’s insight into the inner-workings of our city, state and nation and helped shape credible opinions on the entire spectrum of the African American Experience.

O’Neal serves on the Executive Committee of the Texas Association of African American Chambers of Commerce and was recently elected Vice Chairman of the U.S. Black Chamber, Inc.

Civic Involvement – Awards & Accomplishments

Juanita Craft Award (Journalism), Dallas NAACP – 1985

Outstanding Black Texan, Texas Legislative Black Caucus – 1987

Outstanding Young Men of America – 1987

Award of Excellence, Dallas Press Club – 1992

Citizen of the Year, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity (Alpha Iota Iota Chapter) – 1992

Dallas Together Forum – 1993

Mayor’s Business Development Mission to South Africa/Zimbabwe – 1996

Citizen of the Year, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity (Omicron Gamma Gamma Chapter) – 2001

President’s Citation – University of North Texas -- 2009