Entrepreneur of the Year




Harold L. Charles

Harold CharlesCEO of CEEPCO CONTRACTING LLC, 17 Rue 24G, Cap-Haïtien; 2 Rue Marcadieu, Bourdon, Port-au-Prince. Telephone: (509) 2813-1600, (509) 3676-1312 E-mail:

CEEPCO CONTRACTING is a construction company created in 2003 in Silver Spring, Md. CEEPCO’S activities in Haiti are focused on:

  • Rekindling economic growth
  • Rebuilding infrastructure damaged by natural disasters
  • Expanding access to basic public services
  • Reducing the country’s vulnerability to natural disasters
  • Developing and implementing sustainable human settlements with an emphasis on environmental preservation, food security, environmental and public services infrastructure (water, wastewater, municipal solid waste handling, recycling, disposal)

CEEPCO created over two thousand jobs in Haiti in 2012.

Harold Charles earned his BS in civil engineering from the University of the District of Columbia and an MS in environmental management from the University of Maryland

  • Black EnterpriseHe was featured in Black Enterprise's November issue as a successful Haitian-American entrepreneur who is rebuilding Haiti
  • He was selected as Digicel Entrepreneur of the Year in construction
  • He was the first Haitian-American selected as Small Business Person of the Year by the Small Business Administration in May 2014, representing the state of Maryland
Lionel Delatour

26 Rue Mangones
Pétion Ville, Haïti
Cell: (509)3702-2464, (509)3448-2464

Lionel Delatour is a consultant on public policy and politics in Haiti.  He has advised a number of Haitian and American businesses on the political situation in Haiti. 
Since 1993, he has led thirty-three delegations of business leaders from Haiti on fact-finding visits to Washington, D.C. 
From 2002 to 2004, he provided consulting services to l’Association des Industries d'Haïti (ADIH) in drafting and promoting in Washington the textile trade bill HERO to help Haiti the same way as the African countries were benefiting from the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
ADIHHe was a leading advocate for the enactment of the follow-on HOPE legislation in 2006, the HOPE II legislation in 2008 and the HELP legislation in 2010, all of which provided favorable trade benefits to Haiti that transformed the dormant garment sector into one of the engines of job creation.
In April 2006, May 2008 and February 2009 he coordinated and participated in the three visits to Washington of President René Préval.
From July 2007 to date he has been a consultant for the CTMO-HOPE commission, a tripartite institution led by the government with representatives of business associations and labor organizations created to help improve and implement the various HOPE legislative initiatives.

Lionel Delatour is a graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and holds a masters in public administration from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He is a founding board member of the Haiti Democracy Project.


Harold Charles's CEEPCO employs two thousand construction workers in Haiti
Lionel Delatour's promotion of the HOPE Act during 2002–2013 helped bring thirty thousand textile jobs

Several of the institutional interlocutors of the delegation (see calendar) undertook specific measures of support of Haitian and diaspora enterprise. These will translate into jobs and homes for disadvantaged Haitians. Likely outputs of the agency visits of the Thirty-third Business Delegation:

  • Increased opportunity for Haitian and diaspora enterprise, thus strengthening indigenous business
  • Increased job creation, particularly in the construction sector
  • More home construction for low-income Haitians