Albert 'Big Al' Thompson
A retired U.S. Marine, successful businessman, civic and community leader, Mr. Albert N. Thompson, was born and raised in Harlem. He rose from humble beginnings,
joined the United States Marine Corps and rose to the rank of Master Sergeant, and spent 30 years of dedicated military service to his country. After a distinguished military career, Albert became an
entrepreneur and partnered with Pabst beer. In 1984 he became the first African American master wholesaler and distributor, and importer for Star Beer Inc., out of Ghana, West Africa. Other business
ventures include partnership with Banks Breweries of Barbados, and launching his own soda company through A & J Beverage. Together businesses managed by Albert grossed in excess of $13 million
His community service includes founding Tri-State Law Enforcement Foundation and the Bernice Riley Thompson Scholarship Foundation. Albert’s signature work through the years includes donating toys to disadvantage youth in his community through the “Toy-for-Tots” program. Albert started the Hale House Toys–for-Tots program, served on the USMC Toys-for-Tots program. Each year needy children in over 30 institutions (hospitals, shelters, schools, churches, and community organizations) benefit from Albert’s toy donations.
Albert has been awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, named an Honorary Deputy Chief of the FDNY, and is inducted into the Roman Catholic Order of the Holy Sepulcher as a Knight Commander and recently promoted to the rank of Grand Cross. Albert is also currently the Honorary Director of the Public Safety Department of the City of White Plains, New York.
Albert is the proud father and grandfather of son Albert N. Thompson II, daughter Valora, son-in-law David, grandson Vaughn and continues to reside in Harlem. Albert worked tirelessly during 9/11 at ground zero providing food and water for over 15,000 law enforcement agents, construction workers, and military personnel at New York Police Department Headquarters Command Center.
Tri-State Law Enforcement Foundation, Inc.
255 West 138th Street
New York, NY 10030
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