Board of Directors
John Boyd is the foundation and heart of Peace Industry Music Group – a man of vision, passion, and purpose. He grew up singing and working in church choirs, and studied piano and voice privately in his youth. While in college, John studied with a church organist and began writing songs and arrangements.
John founded and ran a Christian ministry in the heart of Detroit’s business sector in the 1990’s. After several years, he turned his focus to the fine arts. In 1997, John founded the Boys and Girls Choirs of Detroit, both replicas of the famed Boys Choir of Harlem. His choirs performed throughout Southeast Michigan and in the Detroit metropolitan area for six years. They opened for the Boys Choir of Harlem in concerts at the Opera House and Fox Theater in Detroit.
John moved from Detroit in 2002, and soon formed the statewide Michigan Fine Arts Youth Choir, which performed in Grand Rapids and the Thumb region of Michigan. John took this choir on tour to Atlanta, and also to New York City, where they sang for Midori & Friends and at the Julliard School.
In 2004, John formed the Perfect Blend Group – an ensemble of his children, ages 7-17 – to give his family an opportunity to be together and do their own thing. They performed around Detroit and in Southeast Michigan. They once traveled to New Orleans for the Jazz & Heritage Festival, where they charmed the socks off of everyone who heard them.
John has been writing and arranging music for his choirs and family for over fifteen years. He has written several original spirituals and songs, and his arrangements are noted for their unusually beautiful harmonies.
In 2007, John moved his family to North Bergen, NJ, to provide them with the opportunities available in and around New York City. After a couple years of singing on subway platforms and on the steps of the Met Museum, they discovered the incredible acoustics of the Minton Tile Arcade near Bethesda Fountain in Central Park. Soon they became regulars at the spot, where they have been heard as “Boyd’s for Praise” by thousands of people from all over the world. Over the years, the Boyd family has been joined by several classical musicians and other singers. They recently reorganized as the Peace Industry Music Group.
Maurice G. Washington
Mr. Washington has dedicated his life’s work to advocating for the public as a committed servant leader. Since his first publicly elected position to Charleston City Council in 1991 through 1999, Washington has remained a champion for the development of communities across the city. During his tenure with Charleston City Council, he served as Chair of the Ways & Means and Community Development Committees; and was appointed Mayor Pro-Tem of the City of Charleston in 1992.
Equipped with an unwavering commitment to education and public policy solutions, Mr. Washington was elected by the South Carolina General Assembly from the Sixth Congressional District to the South Carolina State University Board of Trustees in April 2001. During his tenure, he served as Chairman of the Board for over six years, from June 2002 – September 2008. Recognized for being a forward, solutions-based thinker, Mr. Washington was appointed by Governor Mark Sanford to his transition team in 2002 and 2006. In his role he assisted with the selection of numerous board and commission appointments, to include Governor Cabinet posts.
As an avid community leader, Mr. Washington was instrumental in getting State and local governments to re-focused discussions around the completion of I526, a nearly 1 billion dollars highway project, and headed up the Minority and Women Owned Disadvantaged participation program of the Charleston International $130 million dollars expansion project. He has been the recipient of a host of awards and accolades from civic and non-profit agencies. Named as a Moja Arts Festival Political Honoree and an awardee of the Charleston Regional Business Journal’s Leaders Under 40 Award, Mr. Washington’s dedication to the betterment of Charleston and its people is undeniable. His track record of effective leadership has allowed him to serve on numerous boards to include the Charleston Area Bank of America Board of Directors, Trident Urban League, Spoleto Festival USA, Communities in Schools, South Carolina ETV (Charleston
Area), Charleston Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League.
Mr. Washington is the dedicated and loving husband of Violet Washington (née Beauford) and they are caring and devoted parents to four children and five grandchildren. The Washington family are members of Ebenezer A.M.E Church, where he serves as a Senior-Trustee. Additionally, Mr. Washington is a 32nd degree Mason of Gothic Lodge 212 and life1me member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Maurice G. Washington, a native son of Charleston, was born, raised and continues to serve in the heart of the city. Mr. Washington is currently the President & CEO of Trust Management, LLC, a financial services and consulting firm.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from South Carolina State University and entered the Financial Securities and Insurance industry upon graduating; working for over two decades as a Comprehensive Insurance and Financial Advisor.
Lori Johnson is a seasoned On-Air Radio Personality, Author, Trauma
Survivor, Speaker and Coach. For nearly two decades, she has entertained audiences as the host of various gospel networks and the recipient of multiple awards. Today, you can tune in to her inspirational radio show Moments With LJ, on WSPO in Charleston, South Carolina.
Known for her graceful interview style, Lori has had the honor of interviewing top names in entertainment and politics, including former First Lady Mrs. Michelle Obama, Tavis Smiley and Kirk Franklin. She’s also hosted high-profile events and made on-screen appearances in movies as well as television commercials in the South Carolina region and beyond.
As a rape and trauma survivor, Lori now empowers other women by supporting them in their journey of releasing guilt and shame. She also shares her own story of courage, faith and resilience. Through a series of events, Lori managed to help police locate, arrest and prosecute the serial rapist who broke into her home and attacked her. This experience prompted Lori to write her newly released book entitled, In Defense of Dinah... Coming Out of the Shadow of Shame.
From keynotes to serving as the emcee, you can count on Lori to be a warm, professional and memorable speaker who effectively connects and uplifts your audience. She is the recipient of several notable awards, including the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Keeper Award, Black Pages USA Service Award and Thomas McCants Media and the “Take Back The Night Survivor Recognition.”