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Who is Jermaine

Jermaine M. Harris began his first major business venture at the age of 20 in 1990.  He began 5th Gear Fashion Merchandising Company. Jermaine designed, mass produced and marketed his own style of fashion and helped usher in a trend within the Urban Hip-hop apparel market.

Recognizing that giving is just as fulfilling as receiving, Jermaine founded Lean On Me Foundation in 1991 with the purpose of serving the needs of low to moderate income families. Jermaine manages the planning of many changing projects.  Many of the past programs participated in were: teen parent counseling, math tutoring, teen motivational seminars, college recruiting, scholarship awards, Big Brother program recruitment, as well as consultations in personal finance & small business administration. In 2010 the organization changed its name to Black Family United, Inc.  an educational publishing company committed to  effecting positive change in the Black culture through the production of textbooks, stage plays, movies and documentaries.

Continually pursuing higher education, Jermaine accepted the 1993 Prudential Insurance academic scholarship award at Cal State Northridge with a Major in Quantitative Economics.   Due to his perceived notion of excessively low college entry and graduation rates among minority students, Jermaine negotiated the development of a student intern recruitment program at Northridge. This team of student intern recruiters focused on placing minority 9th and 10th graders on the college path by giving classroom motivational speeches, counseling students individually and tracking their progress of college preparation.

Jermaine obtained a Masters in Business Administration at Cal State Dominguez Hills in 1998.  During his graduate studies he built a clientele as a Personal Financial Consultant with AXA Equitable. He focused on offering clients financial solutions to secure their financial futures.

In 2000 Jermaine switched from building a personal finance clientele to building a corporate clientele. For 10 years he advised corporate Directors and Officers.  His tasks were to analyze his corporate client’s financial status, business operations, legal risk and stock trends to recommend risk mitigation strategies to protect corporate assets from lawsuits. He has analyzed thousands of public, private and non-profit organization across the country.

In 1999 Jermaine began a second career in Education. He currently Professes Macro Economics and Quantitative Principles at The Los Angeles Film School and Long Beach City College.  Teaching the next generation of leaders is where Jermaine’s heart truly is. Jermaine is a firm believer in always having at least two irons in the fire and diversifying ones income sources.

Jermaine is the husband of Brandy and the proud father of Trevon (22) and Starlet (21) and Brooklyn (2).

“Fatherhood is the toughest, hardest, most rewarding thing I have ever had to do.”

Jermaine is devoted to encouraging the next generation to embrace the beauty and benefit of family devotion. Which he has learned through personal experience is the most important missing link in many people’s lives.

“A man is only as good as the good he does”
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4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Minie
    Sep 15 2011

    Hi professor how r u? Haven’t seen u in a couple years

  2. Ruba
    Jan 11 2012

    I felt to share a quote to ring in the new year and say that I pray you’re well in health and business…

    “Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinion drowned your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”- Steven Jobs

  3. Glen Starks
    May 22 2016

    Nice to meet you Professor!

  4. I had the opportunity of reading your profile and I am just excited to know we have people like you doing a great work helping young people reach their full potential in life. I have been working with young people for most of my life. As a school teacher in Trinidad. In the USA, working with young people teaching Sunday school, youth Bible study in my Apartment, foster parent, conducting men seminars, marriage seminars and much more.

    Met Duke at a birthday party last night in Long Beach.

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