2013 FACE List Honorees
Aziz Gueye Adetimirin is an entrepreneur and a trailblazer. As the founder, president and publisher of The Network Journal Communication Inc. Adetimirin is praised for being one of the pioneers of digital media when The Network Journal became one of the first black media to launch an online platform in the 90s.
Adetimirin emigrated to the United States in 1974 from West Africa. A fervent believer in education, he attended the Academy of Aeronautics in Queens, New York, where he achieved academic recognition earning first his associate’s degree in Applied Science in 1983, and in 1984 a bachelor’s degree in Technology from the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, NY. Aziz is also a U.S. veteran, having served in the United States Air Force where he achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Aziz’s experience as an engineer included service at major corporate aeronautical entities from New York to San Francisco, such as Fairchild Republic, United Airlines, Sikorsky Aircraft and Pan American World Airways. While working at these organizations, he was able to refine his management skills and develop strong leadership. He successfully transferred his skills as an aeronautical engineer to his communications and publishing enterprise
Following Pan American Airways’ closure in 1991, where he had risen to the rank of Supervisor of Production Control, Adetimirin used this opportunity to pursue his long held dream of entrepreneurship. In September 1993, recognizing the need for accurate dissemination of business information, he decided to publish The Network Journal. Today, the magazine’s readership is more than 86,000. Additionally, by anticipating trends in electronic media, Adetimirin established The Network Journal’s Web site in 1996, becoming one of the first African-American publications to establish an online presence (www.tnj.com).
Aziz has been honored by the Caribbean-American Chamber of Commerce and Industry as “Entrepreneur of the Year;” by Miss Black World NY Organization as a “Man of Distinction;” is the recipient of a “Sons of Africa” award by the African Center Foundation; inducted as a Pi Eta Kappa Honorary Fellow at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York; and the Trail Blazer in Media and Publication Award by G&B Foundations.