Earlier this week, Richmond lost one of its favorite sons, Oliver R.H. Singleton. Oliver was the President of the Metropolitan Business League, known to most as MBL, for the past 13 years. He was more than just a business man - he was truly a person who made a difference.
A person is known by the life they’ve lived and their many accomplishments, but we truly know the value of a person by what their friends, colleagues and family have to say about them. The tributes have poured in all week about how Oliver was the master of developing strategic partnerships between large and midsize corporations with small businesses. His specialty was developing entrepreneurs, minority and women-owned businesses.
Oliver was a graduate of the University of Virginia and before he led the MBL, he was the first African American stock broker at Merrill Lynch in Richmond.
More than anything, Oliver was a loyal friend to many, a consummate networker and someone who can take credit for helping hundreds of people get stared in business.
At age 63, another great man of service gone too soon.