Bennie F. Giles, III is a 20 year resident of New Rochelle and a small business owner. He was appointed to the position of City Clerk by the New Rochelle City Council with his term starting January 1, 2010.
In his professional endeavors, Mr. Giles served in various marketing positions and started a promotional products firm in 1988. He has served on many committees and was the first African American on the Board of Directors of the Promotional Products Association International and its College Education Foundation. He has earned many awards including the Distinguished Service Award of the Promotional Products Association International and Entrepreneur of the Year, and was noted as one of the "Top Fifty Professionals" from the industry’s Counselor magazine.
In New Rochelle Mr. Giles has served as president of the YMCA, executive vice president of the Chamber of Commerce, president of the African American Art and Cultural Appreciation Council, member of the New Rochelle Board of Appeals on Zoning, trustee of Christ United Methodist Church, manager of a Little League baseball team and president of his homeowners’ association. Mr. Giles is a veteran of the United States Army from 1964 to 1966, having served in Vietnam with the 1st Calvary Division. He attended Pace College and the Amos Tuck School of Business Minority Executive Business Program at Dartmouth College in 1987, and the Advance Programs in 1988 and 1989. He is a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and Vietnam Veterans of America.