The Center for Communication and Development Board of Directors announces the addition of Retired Major General David Hamlar, Jr., and Mr. Eric Harris to the CCD/KMOJ Board of Directors. The Retired Major General David Hamlar, Jr. is an Air Force Veteran. A fellowship in Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery brought him to the University of Minnesota to train, where he eventually settled and transferred to the Minnesota Air National Guard. He deployed numerous times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom and has earned multiple commendations for his efforts. He was promoted as the first African-American Brigadier General in the Minnesota National Guard and held the position of Assistant Adjutant-General. He was promoted to Major General, and retired 1n 2017. His medical practice is out of several locations to include Regions Hospital, the VA Medical Center, and the University of Minnesota where he is an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology. As faculty, he trains medical students, residents, and fellows, holds numerous leadership positions and has provided mentorship to those under-represented aspiring applicants and students. General Hamlar has been recognized as a “Top Doc” by Mpls/St Paul Magazine, and “Best Doc” by Minnesota Monthly Magazine. General Hamlar holds a membership with the St Paul branch of the NAACP and remains active with the Omega Psi Phi and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternities, where their missions include supporting our local neighborhoods, and communities through mentorship and partnership programs.
As President of 6IX, Eric works to create his client’s brand and digital strategy, creative design, and application development, in addition to wireless and integrated marketing campaigns. Since 6IX inceptions, the company has launched campaigns that are fun and engaging through dynamic branded content and interactive storytelling. Eric is responsible for enhancing the growth and reach of companies using online branding strategies. Eric led creative and design development for the digital platform of the award-winning Pepsi “We Inspire” campaign. This interactive website and online community utilizes celebrity influence as they encourage women to share their sources of inspiration.
Among others, major 6IX clients have included Tommy Hilfiger, and Beyoncé, The Shadow League, Sean John, Bryant Park Hotel, Overbrook Entertainment, Sony Vaio, NBA, Magic Johnson Workforce Solutions, Estee Lauder, Blue Flame Marketing, Yahoo Japan, The Council of Urban Professionals and Neyo.
Prior to forming 6IX, Eric served as a director and investment banker at Merrill Lynch. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and an M.B.A. from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.