Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA) to Mr. Anthony Thompson, President and CEO of Kwame Building Group

January 18, 2012 (St. Louis, MO) — At a surprise ceremony today, the FBI presented its Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA) to Mr. Anthony Thompson, President and CEO of Kwame Building Group, in front of students he mentors at Mel Carnahan High School of theFuture.

Every year, each FBI field office across the country selects only one recipient within its jurisdiction for this prestigious award. FBI Director Robert Mueller, III will personally present the award to each recipient at a national ceremony at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. on March 16, 2012.
The DCLA was created in 1990 as the principle means for the FBI to honor individuals or organizations for their efforts in combating crime, terrorism, drugs, and violence to help keep America and its kids safe. Acting Special Agent in Charge Thomas R. Metz of the FBI St. Louis Division said, “Giving back to the community is inherent to Mr. Thompson. He not only serves as a respected role model to young people, he is committed to helping them realize their potential from elementary school all the way through college and at the professional level.”

Mr. Thompson once said, “Steel sharpens steel and men sharpen men. The only way someone will know how to be a good man is to see one.” That’s why he helped establish the “Gentlemen’s Club,” a mentoring program at Carnahan to inspire young men to be gentlemen and leaders. Mr. Thompson and his employees mentor the students at Carnahan every other Wednesday. They haven’t missed one session since Mr. Thompson helped establish the “Gentlemen’s Club” seven years ago.

Mr. Thompson takes time to mentor the students despite his busy schedule as the president and CEO of Kwame Building Group. His company, a construction management firm, has offices in 8 states and is headquartered in St. Louis. When he founded Kwame Building Group, Mr. Thompson wanted to provide opportunities for growth, development, and leadership to young professionals in the construction industry. Seventy-percent of employees at Kwame are minorities.

To remove any barriers to college, the Kwame Foundation funds $60,000 to $90,000 a year in college scholarships to improve educational opportunities for minorities and first generation college students. The Foundation has been funding college scholarships for 8 years.

In 2010, Mr. Thompson’s family experienced a tragedy when his brother was shot and killed by a teenager in a random robbery. Instead of withdrawing, the family opened their arms even wider. Through the Kwame Foundation, Mr. Thompson established the “Tyrone Thompson Institute for Nonviolence.” The institute honors his brother, who also dedicated his life to advocating non-violence and being a role model for young men. The institute has volunteer mentors in 5 schools with hopes of expanding to all elementary and middle schools in St. Louis. The mentors help suspended students learn non-violence skills and work on materials they are missing by being out of school.

St. Louis Rams and America’s Center

November 19, 2011: The St. Louis Rams and America’s Center provided Citizens Academy alumni members and guests from the St. Louis, MO and Springfield, IL chapters with an open, all-access tour of the Edward Jones Dome, home of the NFL St. Louis Rams.

FBI George Piro presentation on Interrogating Saddam Hussein

On October 07, 2011, FBI Section Chief George Piro delivered to the invited St. Louis audience an outstanding presentation on Interrogating Saddam Hussein.

During the Iraq War, FBI Special Agent, George Piro was the FBI Team Leader of the Saddam Hussein Interrogation Team.He discussed his seven month experience regarding the face to face interviews conducted and interrogation of the former Iraq dictator.

George Piro is in the center of picture along with St. Louis FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association board members and FBI ASAC.

FBI National Academy Associates Community Blood Drive

The FBI National Academy Associates community blood drive was held in St Louis, Missouri on July 25-26,2011.

The St. Louis community, local law enforcement officers and Citizens Academy alumni members participated in donating at locations thoughout St. Louis.

Pictured is Overland, Missouri Police Chief Michael Laws and some of the outstanding Overland, MO law enforcement officers that donated on July 25.

News from National Leadership Conference in Washington, DC

On March 25, 2011, at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., Don Anderson was a speaker at the national signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between FBI and FBNINCAAA at the Directors Community Leadership Awards ceremony. Don Anderson is the President of the FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association and President of the St. Louis Chapter.

Pictured is Don Anderson (L) and right is Michael P. Kortan, FBI Assistant Director, Office of Public Affairs.

2010 FBI Tour

St. Louis chapter members recently traveled to Washington, DC for the annual Quantico Tour. Alumni attended a special tour at air station for US Marine helicopters designated as “Marine One” for US Presidential detail.