I’ve known these people virtually all of my life. I told my dad not long ago that one of the factors driving me to succeed was giving back to the people who’ve helped get me here.
I’ve selected the following individuals to help me, help you.
Rawle - Chief of Staff
Rawle and I became friends in 1999. He’s seen me grow, watch me stumble, and has been my confidant. Even when I’ve made choices that weren’t popular, he’s never been too far away. One of his greatest characteristics is loyalty, but he won’t hesitate to tell you when he thinks you’re wrong.
Stech - Evaluation
Stech and I bonded as first graders. Knowing him, amongst other things, has meant that no matter where I am or what I'm going through. I've always had a friend. He's a dreamer, and if he buys into your vision, it'll advance to the next round.
Tom - Financing
I met Tom at the beginning of seventh grade when he transferred from a neighboring school. We went on to share a basketball career and his mom makes one of my favorite treats whenever I ask. He has a background in finance, and is my choice to ensure that start-ups have an appropriate level of funding.
Tony - Vetting
Tony and I were part of the same hiring class at MetLife. The two of us have a lot of experience together, which includes authoring the screenplay, War of Angels. He's not a fan of social media but is an excellent judge of character. It will be Tony's job to vet business proposals and the people behind them.
Jarvis - Strategic Growth
I've known Jarvis since we were in elementary school. He had one of the few other brown faces in a suburb ranked as one of the whitest in the nation. Jarvis has been working with franchisees, knows the ins-and-outs of establishing businesses and how to make them grow.
Rickey - Accounting
Rickey, along with Rawle and I, shared a first-year floor at Morehouse College. He's one of the most gifted people that I've ever met and excels in math. It will be his responsibility to reconcile balance sheets so future entrepreneurs will have the money to start their businesses.
Tonya - Personnel
As a person who is normally reserved, I couldn't help but to open up to Tonya. She's extremely loving and attentive, but also matter-of-fact. Tonya has been servicing clients for more than a decade and is quite possibly the best people person that I know. I'll depend on her to ensure that businesses are properly staffed.