Founder's Bio

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Conflict In Black & White
by Dr. Shockley

A memoir of an African-American's personal battle against bigotry finding him in the middle of some of the most historic civil rights struggles in the 1960s.

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Dr. Charles (Chuck) Shockley
Founder of San Diego
Supplier Development Council San Diego, California

Dr. Shockley founded the San Diego Supplier Development Council (SDSDC) while working as the Marketing Specialist for the San Diego Business Development Center. Although the government offered to pay $35,000 as a budget for the Council, Shockley declined and chose to set it up as an all-volunteer organization instead.

The Council, under the unique structure and concept of its founder, has made it one of the most successful organizations of its kind in the nation.

Dr. Shockley is no stranger to success. He was born in Camden, New Jersey and attended Virginia State College (VSC) in Petersburg, Virginia where he earned a B.S. degree in biology. During his senior year, he became President of the Student N.A.A.C.P. In 1960 he led student "sit-ins" which resulted in the desegregation of the Petersburg Public Library, three "5 & 10 Cent" department store lunch counters and the waiting rooms of the Trailway and Greyhound Bus Terminals.

Shockley was also a graduate of the VSC R.O.T.C. program where he earned a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Army Infantry. After spending a year as an eighth grade teacher in his hometown of Camden, he entered active duty at Ft. Benning, Ga. His unit was sent to Oxford, Mississippi to quell the riots that broke out when James Meredith enrolled as the first Black student at the University of Mississippi. Lt. Shockley’s unit was the first regular Army Company on the scene and was deeply involved in the second riot in downtown Oxford. On October 1, 2002 he received the "Key to the City" from the Oxford Mayor’s office in recognition of helping to save the city 40 years ago to the day.

Shockley graduated from the U.S. Army Fixed Wing Flight School at Ft. Rucker, Alabama in 1964, after which he spent his first of two tours of duty in Vietnam. Between his two tours he was the Commanding Officer of the Army Fixed Wing Maintenance Training Department, multi-engine branch at Ft. Rucker. During that time he was awarded the Army Flight School’s "Outstanding Instructor" award.

After graduating from the Advanced Army Officer Training School at Ft. Benning, he was assigned to the 66th Military Intelligence Group in Munich, Germany. He was promoted to Major while he flew high ranking military intelligence officers into West Berlin and throughout Europe during the "Cold War".

In 1970 Shockley left the Army to join the Philip Morris Company in New York as the first Fortune 500 Black Executive Pilot. After three successful years of paving the way for other African-Americans to follow, he decided to move to San Diego.

Unable to find a job in aviation, he was hired as a Business Development Specialist at the San Diego Urban League. In 1976 he became Director of the San Diego Minority Business Development Center. In this capacity he helped over 3,000 minority entrepreneurs to start, expand or survive in business. His clients earned more than $300 million in contracts and financing during his 24 years as Director. The Center was ranked #1 out of 100 in the nation by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Dr. Shockley recently retired as the Director of Special Projects for the San Diego State University Foundation and after over 20 years as Executive Director of the San Diego Minority Business Development Center.

Dr. Shockley has a Doctorate in Business Administration from United States International University and a Master of Business Administration from National University.

He was awarded 27 Air-Medals, the Army Commendation Medal, and various other ribbons and medals from the military. As a civilian, he was awarded the National Economic Parity Award, various congressional awards, and his picture is displayed at the San Diego Aerospace Museum as an historic Black pilot.


In 1965 during his first tour of duty in Vietnam he rescued two teenage girls, hired as housekeepers for the South Vietnamese military barracks in an obscure outpost, from continued rape and torture. He flew them to Saigon where they were met by catholic nurses from their mission headquarters nearby.

The ten-year old son of a single mother in Southeast San Diego finds a book about his military flying career and tells his mother I’m going to be an army pilot just like Shockley. She tells him she knows Shockley and worked with him then used his story to keep her son out of drugs and gangs. Twenty years later a proud mother calls to say her son is now a captain and a pilot in the army.

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