Dr. James JC Cooley Top Military Entrepreneur & Community Activist of the Year 2024

October 04 16:06 2023
Dr. James JC Cooley Top Military Entrepreneur & Community Activist of the Year 2024

Dr. James JC Cooley, Globally Recognized President and CEO of JC Cooley Innovations Solutions, and Founder of The JC Cooley Foundation, was recently selected as Top Military Entrepreneur and Community Activist of the Year for 2024 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) for his outstanding leadership, dedication, and commitment to the industry.

Inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself; only a few members in each discipline are chosen for this distinction. These special honorees are distinguished based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, longevity in the field, other affiliations, and contributions to their communities. All Honorees are invited to attend the IAOTP annual award gala at the end of this year for a night to honor their achievements.


With decades of professional experience, Dr. Cooley is a multifaceted individual who fulfills several roles, including those of a husband, father, committed business owner, motivational speaker, author, and community activist. His primary area of concern is in the development of our youth. Dr. Cooley has been invited to serve as the distinguished guest speaker for several prominent corporations, the United States military, different Rotary Clubs, religious institutions, Boys and Girls Clubs, multiple secondary schools including both high schools and middle schools, as well as other local community gatherings. Dr. Cooley holds the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of JC Cooley Innovation Solutions, L.L.C., as well as at The JC Cooley Foundation Options & Opportunities / The Choice Program.

Cooley commenced his tenure in the United States Navy by assuming the role of a serviceman in the enlisted ranks. He demonstrated a strong work ethic and unwavering commitment to achieving high standards, which enabled him to ascend to the esteemed position of E-9, Master Chief Petty Officer. Subsequently, he concluded his tenure as an enlisted member after a commendable service of 15 years. Following that, he was chosen and fulfilled the role of a commissioned officer in the United States Navy for a duration of 8 years, achieving the rank of Lieutenant (L.T./03E). Following a distinguished 23-year career in the military, Cooley transitioned into employment with the United States Government and the Department of Defense (D.O.D.) aerospace sector. Additionally, he ventured into entrepreneurship by establishing his own enterprise, which operates as a contractor for the U.S. government. Following, Dr. Cooley received the 1992 Senior Enlisted Admirals Gallery and Renken Award of Merit for his Cooley Fitness show morning tutoring program, which catered to underprivileged and academically at-risk youth. Notably, this program was a pioneering initiative of its sort in the United States. James was chosen as one of the first winners of George H. Bush’s One-Thousand Points of Light award for his exceptional contributions to the community.

Dr. Cooley is a Concordia University doctoral student (E.D.D. in Transformational Leadership). He has a Masters of Public Administration (M.P.A.) from Central Michigan University, as well as Executive M.B.A. Masters Certificates and an Executive Master Certificate in Transformational Non-Profit Leadership and Management from the University of Notre Dame. He earned Masters Certificates in Six Sigma (Black Belt Certified), Lean Enterprise Solutions, Applied Project Management, Masters in IS/IT Project Management, Masters in Information Security Management – GOVERNMENT, Masters in Information Systems Security, and Masters in Organizational Leadership from Villanova University.

Throughout his illustrious career, Dr. Cooley has received many awards and accolades and has been recognized worldwide for his accomplishments. Dr. James JC Cooley has been recognized as one of the esteemed recipients of the Who’s Who of the Industries (Global) 2023 accolade. He has been recognized as one of the most distinguished individuals worldwide, being included in the esteemed list of the World’s Top 50 individuals in 2023. Dr. Cooley has also been honored with The T.I.U.A. School of Business Chairman Award. He was honored as the winner of the A.B.C. Channel 10 Salute to San Diego Military Heroes Award for the month of April 2015. This year, he will be featured in T.I.P. (Top Industry Professionals) Magazine. He will be honored at I.A.O.T.P.’s annual awards gala at the N.Y.C. Plaza Hotel this December for his selection as Top Military Entrepreneur and Community Activist of the Year. Dr. Cooley also received the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Awards under President Obama (44th Awarded February 2023 and the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award under President Biden (46th Awarded 2022).

In addition to his successful career, Dr. Cooley holds the esteemed positions of C.E.O. and President at The It’s Your Life Media Television, a subsidiary of the e360tv network. He holds the positions of Chief Executive Officer and President of Cooley Books Publishing Company. Dr. Cooley serves as the esteemed host of The James Cooley Show, a prominent television program broadcast both nationally and internationally. The show, titled “It’s Your Life LIVE,” is shown on e360tv as well as more than 35 live streaming platforms, including popular platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Roku, Apple T.V., and several other streaming networks. Additionally, Dr. Cooley assumes the role of the host for the globally and domestically broadcasted live radio/podcast titled “The James Cooley Show…It’s Your Life.” He has also authored a book entitled “A Black Man’s Point of View: Mind, Body, and Soul” (2023), which has achieved the distinction of being both a #1 Amazon new release and a #1 bestseller. In addition to his various publications, Dr. Cooley has published “Country Boy, City Boy, A Journey, That Ain’t Over Yet” (2020) and its accompanying audiobook read by James Cooley (2021), “The Book of Knowledge: Your Pathway to Enlightenment” (2015), and “My Path” (2014).

The President of the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP), Stephanie Cirami, stated: “Choosing Dr. Cooley for this honor was an easy decision for our panel to make. He is inspirational, influential, and a true visionary and thought leader. We cannot wait to meet him and celebrate his accomplishments at this year’s gala.”

Looking back, Dr. Cooley attributes his success to his perseverance, work ethic, and the mentors he has had along the way. When not working, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his family. In the future, he hopes to inspire and influence those getting into the field.

For more information please visit: https://www.jamescooleytheauthor.com


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