Bernard W.H. Jennings, CLMS, FSCCM – Mr. Jennings is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator. He uniquely holds a Loss Mitigation Specialist (CLMS) certificate from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He has worked in the Mortgage Banking industry for more than ten (10) years. He previously served as an Administrative Hearing Officer appointed by the Miami-Dade County Manager to arbitrate disputes arising from Miami-Dade Ordinance 99-44.
His business experiences range from airport development to construction management, having successfully negotiated one of the largest private commercial aviation leaseholds and development contracts in Miami-Dade County. He has mediated foreclosure cases since 2000 and has successfully represented Claimant/Appellant in Employment Mediation before the State of Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation Unemployment Compensation Appeals. He is a Mediator for the Collins Center for Public Policy Managed Foreclosure Mediation Program, the American Arbitration Association and the State of Florida Department of Financial Services Mediation Program. He has Certification from the University of South Florida Conflict Resolution Collaborative Continuing Professional Development Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Training. Mr. Jennings has performed Business Arbitration and Debt Negotiation for many business types since 1996. He formerly hosted his own call-in radio talk show “Financially and Politically Yours!” which aired on 1360am WKAT in South Florida.
A life-long Democrat, he is a former Executive Director of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party and a former member of the Democratic Executive Committee. Mr. Jennings was elected to the office of Democratic Precinct Committeeman, Precinct 239 in 2008. He is the CEO of IKJ Governmental Affairs Consulting Services, where he provides political consulting services to candidates and elected officials in their campaign bids for public office. He formerly served his alma mater as an adjunct Professor in the Social Sciences Department at Florida Memorial University.
His not-for-profit work also includes his involvement as: Past Chairman & President of the Northwest Dade Optimist Club, Inc.; Chairman & President of the Pioneer Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee Committee of North Miami Senior High; Co-Chair of the North Miami Senior High School Class of 87 Reunion, Inc., and Member of the Board of BMJ Community Development, Inc. He served on the Mayor’s Marketing Council for Miami-Dade County, the Mayor’s Economic Task Force (TF-101) for the City of North Miami, and Liaison to the Governors Commission for a Sustainable South Florida. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Steering Committee for the Incorporation of Biscayne Gardens Village. He is Chairman & President of the Biscayne Gardens Chamber of Commerce in North Miami-Dade County. He serves as Vice President of the National Alumni Association of Florida Memorial University.
Mr. Jennings is also an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He has received numerous honors and awards: such as the Key to the City of North Miami, the distinction of Who’s Who Amongst Executives and Professionals, Who’s Who Amongst Black America, Outstanding Young Men of America to name a few… He has been internationally recognized and named an Honorary Prince Nana Yao Boakye – by the Royal Family of the Busmaru Famin Stool of Ghana, West Africa for his past works with the International Foundation for Education & Self-Help (IFESH). He received his Bachelors of Arts in Public Administration from Florida Memorial College in Miami, Florida and his Masters of Applied Social Sciences in Public Administration from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida.