Vernon Oakes is President of Oakes Management Inc., a property management company. As President, he has renovated and managed his own properties, and those owned by other entities since 1985. Vernon is also the immediate Past President of the National Association of Housing Cooperatives, and serves on several boards to advance the interests of cooperatives. He formerly served as coordinator of the MBA program at Howard University, and is an MBA graduate of Stanford University. Vernon has used his business acumen to benefit the community by providing quality housing across all populations, and is a consummate advocate for cooperatives.

His show, Everything Co-op features people who have influenced or participated in the advancement of the cooperative business model to change lives and/or help people to leverage cooperation, for the betterment of others. Vernon has personally made a commitment to teach people about cooperatives, and to market cooperatives as business model that can be used to resolve community problems.

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