Rodney Woods is the Founder, Managing Partner, Chief Executive Officer, and Board Chairman of Diversity in Promotions, Inc. (DIP). He skillfully positioned DIP as a Dallas-based firm specializing in minority/women-owned business enterprise (M/WBE) business development, diversity program management, outreach and contract compliance with a primary focus on diversity procurement & supplier diversity initiatives to help strengthen relationships between M/WBEs, corporations, athletes, entertainers and private investors. Woods is responsible for DIP’s flourishing business portfolio, securing clients such as Volkswagen, Toyota, Victoria Secret PINK, Adidas, Converse, Alliance Bernstein, General Motors, and Walgreens to name a few.
Woods is Founder, Managing Partner, Chief Executive Officer and Board Chairman of Playbook Investors Network (PIN). PIN’s is a web-based business capital and educational platform created to foster the engagement of Minority, Women-Owned, LGBTQ communities, government, and Veterans with Institutional and private investors. A strong developer and leader of globally diverse teams, he leads the executive team with passion and pride. Under Woods’ leadership, PIN has grown its audiences across genres and platforms.
He also currently holds the position as CEO and Managing Partner of Diverse RA, a Dallas-based B2B consulting firm specializing in minority/women-owned business enterprise (M/WBE) business development, diversity program management, outreach and contract compliance with a primary focus on diversity procurement & supplier diversity initiatives to help strengthen relationships between M/WBEs and corporations.
Over Woods’ 20-year career in law enforcement with the Dallas Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and his extensive time as an entrepreneur and business leader, his responsibilities have grown as he has held a variety of strategic leadership and executive positions across multiple channels.
Woods is a native of Nashville, TN where he graduated with a Bachelor of Art in Sociology from Paine College in Augusta, GA. He also attended Tucks School of Business at Dartmouth. Woods sits on several boards with athletes, entertainers, corporations, and schools. Woods resides in Dallas, TX.
Tracy McGradyCo-Founder & Managing Partner
Tracy McGrady(T-Mac), DIP’s Co-Founder and Managing Partner, is an American retired professional basketball player who is best known for his career in the National Basketball Association (NBA), where he played as both a shooting guard and small forward. McGrady is a seven-time NBA All-Star, seven-time All-NBA selection, two-time NBA scoring champion, and one-time winner of the NBA Most Improved Player Award. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2017.
McGrady entered the NBA straight out of high school and was selected as the ninth overall pick by the Toronto Raptors in the 1997 NBA draft. Beginning his career as a low-minute player, he gradually improved his role with the team, eventually forming an exciting duo with his cousin Vince Carter. In 2000, he left the Raptors for the Orlando Magic, where he became one of the league’s most prolific scorers and a candidate for the NBA Most Valuable Player Award. In 2004, he was traded to the Houston Rockets, where he paired with center Yao Ming to help the Rockets become a perennial playoff team. His final seasons in the NBA were plagued by injuries, and he retired in 2013 following a brief stint with the Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) and the San Antonio Spurs.
Since retiring, McGrady has worked as a basketball analyst for ESPN and he has been appointed special assistant to the Orlando Magic’s CEO. In addition to being a Managing Partner to Diversity In Promotions, a Dallas-based strategic marketing firm specializing in minority/women-owned business enterprise (M/WBE) business development, diversity program management, outreach and contract compliance with primary focus on diversity procurement & supplier diversity initiatives to help strengthen relationships between M/WBEs, corporations, athletes, entertainers and private investors. McGrady has other business ventures pending and enjoys seeking new opportunities. McGrady is also Partner and Managing Director of Playbook Investors Network, a web-based business capital and educational platform created to foster the engagement of Minority, Women-Owned, LGBTQ communities, government, and Veterans with Institutional and private investors. A strong developer and leader of globally diverse teams, he leads the executive team with passion and pride. Under Woods’ leadership, PIN has grown its audiences across genres and platforms.
Shaun HawkinsManaging Partner
Shaun Hawkins is a Managing Partner for Diversity In Promotions. He consults extensively on management, operational, strategic challenges, and financial issues. He uses a hands-on approach to support clients and focuses most of his time on proactive planning, analysis and client communication. He is a dedicated professional who is focused on increasing enterprise value.
Hawkins is also the Founder of the ProSyte Companies, a diversified holding entity investing in businesses and real estate in the US and Europe. Investments include: Auxigen Health, BioPharm Nutraceuticals and Carrick Therapeutics.
From 2012 until his departure in 2015, Hawkins was Vice President of new ventures and private equity investing at Eli Lilly and Company. He was responsible for the company’s venture capital, private equity and venture formation activities, managing over $1.4 billion.
In 2009, Hawkins was promoted to Chief Diversity Officer to lead the development and implementation of Lilly’s global diversity and inclusion strategy. Lilly received national recognition for its efforts and progress during Hawkins’ tenure.
Prior to his promotion, Hawkins was Director of private equity where he built strategic investment syndicates and new entities to accelerate the development of early-stage innovation. He joined Lilly in 2001 and held various roles in sales and corporate business development. In 2007, he was certified as a Six Sigma black belt.
Hawkins currently serves on the board of directors for Invesque Inc. (TSX: IVQ.U), where he chairs the audit and investment committees. He previously chaired the investment committee and served as a member of the audit as well as the compensation, nominating and governance (CNG)committees for Mainstreet Health Investments (TSX: HLP.U). He was the previous board chair for Audion Therapeutics (Netherlands) and Muroplex Therapeutics (US) as well as a board member of the Accelerator Corporation (US), Immuneworks Inc. (US) and Zymeworks Inc. (Canada). Hawkinswas also a member of the limited partner advisory committees of BioCrossroads’ Indiana Enterprise Fund (US), Epidarex Capital (UK), the Indiana Future Fund/INext Fund (US) and TVM Capital (Canada and Germany). In 2017, Hawkins earned a Board Governance Fellowship from the National Association of Corporate Directors (US).
Hawkins graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. degree in Business from the University of Tennessee in 1995. In 2000, he received a Master Business Administration degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Hawkins resides in Indianapolis, IN.
Vasantha MadasuManaging Partner
Vasantha Madasu is an incisive, result oriented professional with more than 20 plus years of global experience in leading IT consulting and professional services organizations. Starting her career as a Technology Consultant at Alcatel-Lucent Technologies, Ms. Madasu had great success in her professional career and held several executive positions as President, CEO, CSO, and COO of multiple professional services organizations. Diversity In Promotions is honored to have Ms. Madasu as a Managing Partner.
A people’s person, Ms.Madasu has a strong background in building and nurturing relationships with clients and professional associations. She draws on her exceptional business and technical acumen to reverse situations and drive new initiatives in successfully steering professional consulting services across the industries of financial services, high tech, biopharmaceuticals, manufacturing and telecommunications in global markets.
Ms. Madasu is the president and Chief Executive Officer of Vital Pharma Solutions, LLC, one of the fastest growing talent and technology solutions firms in the Life Sciences and Healthcare industry. VPS is focused on its vision to donate a portion of its profits to non-profit organizations focused on the welfare of women and children.
She serves on the Board of Trustees for Montgomery Academy Foundation, a New Jersey non-profit organization offering therapeutic services to those students experiencing social, emotional and educational challenges that cannot be met in their local and regional school districts.
She is the Executive Director of ASSETINDIA Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that provides help and support to women and girls rescued from human trafficking and to the children of women in sex-trade work in underdeveloped areas of India.
Throughout her professional career, Ms. Madasu has been actively involved in many charitable and civic organizations, volunteering her time and offering financial support.
Ms. Madasu holds a Master’s in Commerce and a Master’s in Business Administration. She also loves to spend every minute of free time with her precious granddaughter Leela.
Antonio DavisManaging Venture Partner & Ambassador
Antonio Davis, DIP’s Managing Venture Partner & Ambassador, is a retired American professional basketball player with sixteen years of experience playing both in Europe and in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is an NBA All-Star who played for the Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks. Davis is excited about his role to educate current and retired athletes and help them learn how to sustain their lifestyle once they exit or have exited their sports career.
He also gained valuable experience working with the National Basketball Player Association (NBPA) while serving on the Executive Committee. His responsibilities included continuous communication with players and assisted in decisions regarding the policies established by the association. During his tenure with NBPA, Davis served as First Vice President and appointed President in June 2005. He has also worked as an NBA Analyst.
Currently Davis is CEO of Ai Logistics Group, a minority owned 3PL with assets through Ai Transport to move general freight across the US., Mexico and Canada,
Davis played college basketball at UTEP from 1986 to 1990, where he helped lead the Miners to the NCAA Tournament all four years. Davis won the Sears Community Service Award for his charity work in 2000 and was inducted into the African-American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.
Davis resides in California.
LaRhonda HytchyeVice President of Business Development
As Vice President of Business Development for PIN, LaRhonda Hytchye is responsible for standardized compensation and performance measurement practices and quota metrics improving transparency and effectiveness of the organization. She conducts due diligence, closure and integration of various acquisitions, and she is committed to developing and implementing corporate growth strategy. She is also responsible for cultivating and maintaining client relationships as well as the development of strategic partnerships with businesses offering similar or complimentary products and services. — Hytchye has over twenty years of experience working with Disadvantaged, Minority, Woman-Owned and Small Business Enterprises (D/M/W/SBE). She began her career working in the certification industry at the North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (NCTRCA). During her tenure with NCTRCA, she was responsible for the annual approval of over three thousand D/M/WBE firms utilizing the standards and procedures developed by the Board of Directors along with the federal regulations established by the United States Department of Transportation 49 CFR Part 23 and 26. In 2008, Hytchye joined the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) as the Manager of its Business Diversity Department. Her duties included reviewing bid specifications, identifying available ready, willing and able D/M/WBEs, and recommended contract specific goals. She participated in all formal procurements including pre-proposal/pre-bid meetings and selection committees. She collaborated in the development of the department’s annual budget, assisted in creating and implementing internal policies and procedures manuals, auditing contract compliance and participated in outreach events for the organization. Hytchye currently serves as Vice President of Business for Diversity In Promotions (DIP). She is a strategic liaison between majority corporations and M/WBES with efforts to increase supplier diversity spend. She assists M/WBEs scale and grow, obtain access to capital, and identify potential contracting opportunities.
Hytchye received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration/Management from the American InterContinental University. She resides in Dallas, TX.
Chiquita TateChief Marketing Officer
Chiquita Tate serves as Diversity In Promotions’ Chief Marketing Officer. Her role and purpose as CMO are to encourage and inspire individuals and companies to choose, prefer and advocate DIP by positioning its growth through integrated marketing and communications, marketing strategy, advertising, brand positioning, digital marketing, social media, new product development and product education, all while cultivating opportunities in new and existing markets and growing demand for DIP solutions and services across global channels.
Since joining DIP, Tate has led the company’s incubation and execution of critical marketing initiatives by working cross-functionally throughout the organization to create, design and implement comprehensive marketing programs, collateral and extensive marketing plans that will enable DIP’s broad portfolio to assist those who need it most.
Previously she worked for WFAA-TV, Texas Cable News, Cinemark USA, Interstate Battery Systems of America and Sir Speedy Printing & Marketing Services. Throughout her professional career that spans over 20-plus years, she is recognized as an industry authority in journalism, marketing, communications, public relations, sales and printing. She has gained knowledgeable experience from working with clients and businesses across a wide variety of industry verticals.
In 2009, she founded Wisdom of C Marketing & Consulting, Inc. in Frisco, Texas. As an industrious and resourceful entrepreneur, she established a company that offers creative and strategic marketing products and services that simplify the marketing plan process, raise visibility, generate demand and increase revenue.
Consulting, mentorship and leadership are an important priority for Tate, therefore she is an active mentor and sponsor of underrepresented groups. She also enjoys writing, singing, coaching and public speaking, but her greatest joy is being mother.
Tate holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism with a Minor in English from The University of North Texas, and an Associates of Arts degree from Richland College. She resides in Frisco, TX.
As a DIP Consultant, Sean Lyles provide business management consulting for various clients. His goals are to strategically improve performance or effect change. He has been instrumental in helping business owners exchange ideas and improve business practices.
Lyles’ professional career began at the United States Olympic Committee where he developed marketing strategies for Olympic sponsors and athletes. While at the USOC, he created the Finding Leaders Among Minorites (F.L.A.M.E.) program to expose minority student-leaders to the Olympic Movement and its values. Today, F.L.A.M.E. is the longest tenured program at the USOC.
After serving in leadership roles at several Fortune 500 companies for nearly 25 years, he left corporate America and founded Lyles Enterprises, LLC providing business consulting and inspiring audiences as a corporate speaker. As a former student-athlete, he understands how your MINDset™ impacts performance. Having faced real-life hardships, he knows firsthand that mental toughness is essential to overcoming obstacles to achieve the results in life and business that you desire. Lyles has captivated audiences at organizations including the United States Olympic Committee, Walt Disney World Resort®, and Waste Management. It all starts with the MINDset™ is not just a motivational statement, it’s a strategy. The moment you decide to change your MINDset™ is the moment you change your life.
Lyles currently serves on the Board of Directors at UCP of Central Florida and is a mentor and youth sports coach. He received a B.A. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his MA in Administration from the University of Northern Colorado at Greeley. Lyles resides in Florida.
Regina KimChief Client Officer, Athlete & Entertainer Division
As Chief Client Officer of the Athlete & Entertainer Division, Regina Kim oversees the company’s athlete and entertainer customer relationships. With her exceptional communication and partnership skills and her strong sense of customer service, she focuses on customer engagement, ensuring they benefit from the company’s resources, knowledge and experience, creating opportunities for them and to help move our clients’ businesses forward.
With more than 15 years of experience in the sports and entertainment industry, Kim has worked with high-profile clients specializing in business operations and management, brand and event management, strategic marketing consulting, as well as talent acquisition and talent management. She has successfully implemented project operations from discovery to end-to-end execution, working collaboratively with clients to develop strategy and execution, provide integrated marketing and event planning services.
Kim was formerly at Edelman (Global Communications) for 12 years as a Senior Operations Manager. She was also a Business Development Consultant at Diversity in Promotions (DIP).
Kim earned a B.S. in Chemistry and minor in Information Systems & Technology from Syracuse University. While attending Syracuse, she was a tutor for the Department of Athletics. She also earned her M.S. in Management with MIS track and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland. She has previously worked at Kaiser Permanente while studying in the Doctor of Pharmacy program at Howard University, and at the Gillette Research Institute while studying her undergraduate degree.
Kim resides in Washington, D.C..
William HarberDirector of Special Events
William Harber was born in Buffalo, New York. He attended Eastern Michigan University on a track and field scholarship and received a degree in exercise physiology. Harber took his experiences and skills to Canisius College where he accepted a position as track coach while studying in their sports business administration program. He was then certified as a strength and conditioning specialist and later became a certified K-12 physical educator.
Harber started a successful business offering training and conditioning to professional, college, and high school athletes for various sports. He enjoys giving lectures on new and innovative training methods for non-athletes as well. After working closely with many athletes, Harber realized he could do more than help them physically. He had great connections with the business community and was well respected. So he soon developed a plan to help athletes maximize their branding potential in the form of endorsements, setting up non-profit organizations and signature events. Being a former athlete himself, he knew the power of a great brand.
With over a decade of experience in education, training, public speaking, event planning and developing corporate relationships, Harber’s passion to do more keeps him going. He uses his trademark skills of problem-solving, creativity, and flexibility to help clients design and implement results-oriented programming, including on and off-premise promotions targeting large audiences, product sampling, custom event marketing programs and nightlife marketing campaigns. He excels at logistics and operations, and his attention to detail means that special events and meetings go smoothly from concept to completion.
Harber has held various accounts with Diageo, the world’s largest supplier of spirits. He’s formulated strategies to bring several tours throughout the United States providing exposure to signature cigar events for General Cigar Company. Being a part of these programs have helped Harber to become a pivotal part of maintaining brand recognition for the company while constantly checking the pulse of the consumer. He is also the Director of Special Events at Diversity In Promotions (DIP), a Dallas-based strategic marketing firm specializing in minority/women-owned business enterprise (M/WBE) business development, diversity program management, outreach and contract compliance with primary focus on diversity procurement & supplier diversity initiatives to help strengthen relationships between M/WBEs, corporations, athletes, entertainers and private investors.
With the depth and experience provided by Harber, his goal for PIN is to develop a detailed and comprehensive plan for successful implementation of all events. He’s committed to bringing high energy, a positive attitude and real solutions to the PIN platform.
Harber resides in Washington, DC.
Scott Stettler Creative Director and Graphic Designer
Scott Stettler serves as Diversity In Promotions’ creative and graphic designer. He has an artistic eye and keen sense of leadership, which helps him execute quality products and position brands for success.
Stettler is the owner/creative director for brandExx, Inc., celebrating 20 years of creativity in Alpharetta, Georgia. He has designed several of the elite NASCAR teams’ sites including: jeffgordon.com, fitzbradshawracing.com, joegibbsracing.com and the joegibbsracing online store.
Stettler is also an APPLE computer preferred vendor, designing internal sales force interface design. His talents include web & e-commerce solutions, interface design, package design and print for a wide variety of clients, ranging from elite professional athletes (NBA, NFL, NASCAR) to well established corporate clients and startup companies and products. Scott manages a design team working with award winning in-house photographers & image development consultants to provide messages and images that catch the attention of your audience.
With over 32 years of professional experience, Stettler provides excellent service and advice. He was classically trained in art and design at Columbus College of Art & Design, in Columbus Ohio. Stettler resides in Atlanta, GA.
Omni HastyeRelationship Manager
The DIP family is excited to join forces with Omni Hastye as a Relationship Manager, where she will have the opportunity to utilize her professional skills to build relationship-based partnerships with local minority and women-owned businesses. She has a desire to see underserved communities prosper and bridge the gap of generational wealth in those communities. Her primary goal is to make clients feel secure in knowing that their needs and wishes are not only heard but addressed promptly.
Before joining DIP, Hastye worked in the nonprofit sector, as well as the public-school district. Hastye is the definition of true resilience. Her modest upbringing gave her the desire to never surrender to life challenges. After becoming a military widow with two young children, she continued her goals and obtained her undergraduate degree at Tennessee State University and her graduate degree at Grand Canyon University. Omni is a true believer that persistence and dedication is the formula to overcoming all challenges in order to accomplish any and all achievements.
During her free time, Hastye enjoys traveling, reading, cooking and spending time with her two sons. She resides in Dallas, TX.
Angela Richardson Allen, a native of Los Angeles, operates as a Relationship Manager and Strategic Partner for DIP.
As CEO of Diversity Visions, she created and maintains all facets of the business. She has a proven track record for excelling and helping others understand the importance of securing their business. Allen secures key person insurance, commonly called “key man insurance.” Her strength in knowledge and innovation has enhanced her ability to introduce a method of business insurance that would compensate businesses and protect them from any financial losses that would arise from a key man’s death or extended incapacity. In this role, Allen’s mission is to help business owners navigate through all the options, so they can make an informed decision about the business they have worked so hard to build.
Allen is also the President and Founder of Masterful Collective comprised of a Sports and Event Marketing Boutique, The Allen Insurance Agency and Masterful Financial Services. She has worked with Professional Athletes, Off the Field Players’ Wives Association, Sam’s Club, Bank of America and many other businesses where she assisted in helping raise funds for charitable organizations for over 20 years.
Allen was a devoted wife of 9 years before suddenly losing her husband whom she met while attending church in Los Angeles. As a widow, she has dedicated her new journey to helping other widows reposition themselves by inspiring them to live a life filled with joy. Because of her experience, she is dedicated to fulfilling her purpose. She became an Author and now understands how fragile life can be and vows to live it to the fullest. While helping widows, she also realized the disparity in the lack of preparation and organization of personal affairs for many of the women she served. Allen made it her mission to develop tools to help families navigate through all the changes without them sacrificing their peace of mind. One of those tools is a book entitled, “The Bitter Taste of Grief, A Widows Prayer Journal.” Additionally, along with her daughter Amaya, they co-authored “A Far Away Place,” a book geared to help children cope with death and grief. Allen joined several authors to compile stories of tragedy-to-triumph called, “Roses and Thorns” and “It’s a New Journey.”
Allen holds a B.A. degree in Graphic Arts from San Diego State University and an M.B.A. from National University. She is also a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated. She is licensed in Life and Health and Property Casualty General Lines. She resides in Allen, TX.
Roy MullinRegistered Agent
DIP is excited to join forces with Roy Mullin. He believes in empowering others through his advice, venture capital, and philanthropic initiatives. An entrepreneur most of his career, one of Mullin’s first successes was founding and profitably selling a home health agency. At the time his agency had five offices, thirty full-time employees, and several hundred part-time employees.
Mullin then entered the world of finance, where Southwest Airlines became one of his first major clients. They requested his advice in several areas, and then implemented his recommendations company-wide. His partnership with Southwest lasted many years, all the way up to his unofficial retirement in 2017.
In his spare time, Mullin enjoys teaching personal finance to local high school students as a guest speaker of E4youth.org. He is an investor in commercial real estate and is currently working with his brother-in-law in a startup company with patent-pending technology for rendering coal ash benign.
Mullin is also a bona fide actor. In 2016 he went back on stage for the first time in 40 years, playing the lead role of Sir Thomas More in “A Man for All Seasons.” For his performance he was nominated one of the five best actors for the 2016 Central Texas Excellence in Theatre Awards.
Along those lines, Mullin is also working on a philanthropy project to expand the arts in Austin, TX where he resides with his family.
Levi DavisBusiness Advisor
For years, Levi Davis has influenced many who followed his career, but for DIP’s Founder, Managing Partner, Chief Executive Officer & Board Chairman, Rodney Woods, he’s grateful to call him a mentor. “Levi has always been a man of integrity, and I value his opinions and admire his business and leadership skills. He’s a great asset to the DIP Team,” says Woods.
Davis has been active in Dallas community affairs as a municipal and business leader, an educator and a humanitarian for more than 30 years. He served as the Assistant City Manager for the City of Dallas. He was responsible for the overall direction, planning, and implementation of goals and objectives for multiple departments, including Police, Fire, Human Services, Environmental Health, Public Consumer Affairs, the Emergency Preparedness Office and Convention and Event Services.
Since 1992, Davis has served as lead banker for senior-managed transactions in Texas and Louisiana totaling $6 billion. His clients include both the State of Texas and Louisiana as well as the cities of Austin, Arlington, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, Plano, Lubbock and the City of Baton Rouge. He has also been involved in the financings for various school districts, hospitals, and other issuers (i.e., D/FW Airport, Dallas Area Rapid Transit System and the North Texas Tollway Authority). Davis also has extensive financial experience in senior and multi-family housing, economic and urban development and governmental/private sector project development.
In addition to his understanding of the municipal and economic development programs, Davis has extensive background in community involvement and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Methodist Hospital of Dallas, North Texas Public Broadcasting (KERA), Texas Hospital Trustees, Momentum Texas, African American Museum and was a member of the countywide Parkland Hospital Blue Ribbon Committee charged with recommending the scope and financing for a new County hospital. Previously he served as a board member on Dallas Symphony Board, Dallas Children’s Theatre, Baylor College of Dentistry, Chairman of the Boy Scouts of American West View District, Eirene Ministries, Inc., and the Advisory Committee for the Dallas Arts District.
Davis graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with an M.A. in Urban Affairs with a special emphasis in Public Administration and has been recognized as one of the University’s Outstanding Alumnus. He also received a B.S. in Education from Texas Christian University, and he is a military service veteran.
Davis resides in Dallas, TX.
Butch CarterBusiness Advisor
DIP is proud to have Butch Cater as a Business Advisor. The transition from Professional Basketball to Business Executive did not take long for Carter. In 2000, he found the right corporate asset in Carter Group, Inc., a world-class designer, and distributor of electronic controllers for automobiles, putting the right people in place to develop a manufacturing footprint in less than two years in Oakville, ON. Through benchmarking and implementing best practices, Carter grew company sales annually from US $200,000 to just over US $22 Million in two years. The Company owned or controlled six patents on its LPM technology and had over 13 Million LPM units in GM cars and trucks. Under Carter’s Management, the Company produced 13 Million electronic modules with a failure rate of less than 3 per million.
Carter Group’s corporate structure included a US parent with a Minority Business Enterprise (“MBE”) certification, being the first in North American to combine Canadian technology with a U.S. MBE. Because of his business sense, Carter was asked to become a PIN Advisor. He understands the landscape and knows how to coach business leaders.
Carter played at Indiana University for four years, graduating with a degree in marketing. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the 1980 draft, filling in for an injured Magic Johnson during his rookie campaign. Carter played a total of 361 games over six seasons with the LA Lakers, Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks. He held the NBA record for most points scored in an overtime period with 14 points against Boston on March 20, 1984.
Before joining the Milwaukee Bucks, Carter served as an Assistant Coach in Dayton for two seasons from 1989-91 and for one year at Long Beach State. Moving to the Toronto Raptors in 1997 as an Assistant Coach, Carter was later appointed the coveted Head Coaching position on June 12, 1998.
Carter brought 11 solid years of NBA experience as a player and coach to the Raptors bench. He is known to have an outstanding work ethic and an unbelievable attention to detail. He is the first coach in the history of the NBA to take to take a team from less than 20 wins to the playoffs in two seasons.
Dawnn LewisBrand Ambassador
Dawnn Lewis, DIP’s Brand Ambassador, is a multitalented and multifaceted individual: President & CEO of Morning Jewel Inc. – a multi-platform production company in the areas of film, television, animation, music/music publishing & experiential events. She is also the Founder & President of the A New Day Foundation – a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, that provides financial & programmatic support to underprivileged youth and grassroots community based nonprofit organizations. A new program will launch this Spring called Focused N F.I.T. For A Different World. Its purpose is to “shock the mindset”, motivate and empower today’s youth by highlighting Lewis’ extraordinary personal and professional journey, while Financial & Technology partners equip college and college-bound high school students with tangible tools to be “F.I.T.” – Financially and Technologically Informed.
As a DIP Brand Ambassador, Lewis will participate in a series of marketing and fundraising initiatives including social media and brand awareness events for PIN. With this alignment, DIP will also assist Lewis with efforts to expose and gain support for her nonprofit, A New Day Foundation.
Without question, Lewis is exceptionally gifted and talented. She is an: NAACP Image Award, Trumpet Award, Grammy Award-winning singer, multiple ASCAP & BMI Award-winning songwriter, film, television & stage actor, and a Series TV creator/producer. Lewis mesmerized audiences with her powerful voice and stirring performance in the ETC 2017 production of Gershwin’s PORGY & BESS as “Serena”, and can now be seen recurring on three hit series: NBC’s THIS IS US!, TNT’s MAJOR CRIMES & the CW’s IZOMBIE. Lewis can also be “heard” giving voice to several characters such as “Patty” in APPLE & ONION, “Chief” in the new WHERE IN THE WORLD IS CARMEN SAN DIEGO, “LaBarbara” in FUTURAMA, “Mrs. Hanshaw” & “Mrs. Buttercup” in SOPHIA THE FIRST, “Granny McStuffins” in DOC MCSTUFFINS, “Bobe” in HOME, “Professor Klabbrax” in CLEOPATRA IN SPACE, as well as a variety of characters in the animated series THE SIMPSONS, CURIOUS GEORGE, TURBO & Disney/Pixar’s Academy Award winning animated feature hits INSIDE OUT! and MONSTERS UNIVERSITY. Perhaps best known for her roles on the hit TV shows A DIFFERENT WORLD (composer of shows theme song), HANGIN’ WITH MR. COOPER & ANY DAY NOW, she has received rave reviews and the BEST World Premiere of the Broadway hit “SISTER ACT: THE MUSICAL” as the “outrageous, Nun-On-The-Run”, Deloris Van Cartier. She also starred in the NYC City Center “Encore’s” Broadway presentation of THE WIZ as Addapearle. Lewis’ record label, Morning Jewel Music, released her successful solo CD Worth Waiting For; the title song is featured in the Disney movie THE POOF POINT soundtrack, in which she starred. She is currently working on the feature film: REVIVAL, written & produced by acclaimed actor Harry Lennix, starring GRAMMY sensation Mali Music.
Lewis has served the last 8.5 years on the National Advisory Board of the NATIONAL CENTER FOR CIVIL & HUMAN RIGHTS in Atlanta, Ga., & completed her fourth term on the SAG National Board of Directors. She also finds time to teach Master Classes, mentor youth across the country, give motivational lectures and lend her support to: The Brotherhood Crusade, The United Negro College Fund; American Cancer Society; The March of Dimes; EMPOWHER; the Hall of Fame Foundation; Habitat For Humanity; The United States Conference on AIDS; The K.I.S. Foundation for Sickle Cell Disease; Artists For A New South Africa; The Los Angeles Urban League; Campfire Boys and Girls; The NBA/WNBA and other important causes.
Lewis resides in Los Angeles, CA.
L. Michelle SmithStrategic Partner
As a Strategic Partner, L. Michelle Smith and no silos communications llc will assist DIP with Public Relations. Her responsibilities will include developing media relations strategy, seeking high-level placements in print, broadcast and online media, as well as manage media inquires and interview requests. She will coordinate all public relations activities and maintain a keen understanding of industry trends and make appropriate recommendations regarding communication strategy.
Smith is the CEO/founder of no silos communications llc, the parent company for six media, content, talent development and strategic communications consulting brands, all fueled by tech. She has more than 25 years of experience as an elite, award-winning communicator and integrated marketer at global agencies, her own boutique agencies and a Fortune 10 technology, telecom and media company.
She raced to the officer ranks in no time in her career, making vice president before the age of 30. Then she “fell” into entrepreneurship, scaling that boutique agency to 7-figure sales in less than 5 years. She’s held officer-level positions for about half her career, but most recently answered the call at Fortune 10 company AT&T. They needed someone to build their D&I corporate communications capability from scratch. She did that in two years, then built another innovative, award-winning business model to compliment it, inclusion marketing.
Today, Smith has added professional executive and business coaching to her portfolio of services as principal of NSC Executive & Business Coaching, a private practice, and is also the lead trainer at The 30 Minute Mentor™️ (#30MM), a knowledge platform which organizes career and leadership cohorts for entrepreneurs and corporate professionals and online masterclasses. She is also the creator, executive producer and host of The Culture Soup Podcast®️ which is consistently in the Top 10 on Apple Podcasts in the Business/Business News category.
She is one of the most sought-after contemporary keynote speakers, facilitators, panelists and hosts on topics surrounding technology, business and culture, and has been featured across the country on some of the biggest stages across multiple industries.
Smith is also an official contributor to Black Enterprise, sits on the Board of Visitors at the Bob Schieffer College of Communications at Texas Christian University, for which she is also the face of a national ad campaign. She will join the faculty as an adjunct professor of strategic communications in January 2020. She resides in Dallas, TX.
Gwendolyn Standberry Evans Strategic Partner
DIP is elated to have Gwendolyn (Gwen) Standberry Evans, President and CEO of RyanWest LLC, as a strategic partner. She is a professional with a unique combination of tax policy, management, and leadership skills. She has gained expertise and put it to work at the state government level, as a business owner, in the corporate world, and now, again, as the owner of her own firm, RyanWest LLC. Though based in Dallas, Texas, RyanWest is a multi-state consulting firm with a diverse clientele.
Evans was exposed to tax accounting while working for Club Corporation of America in Dallas after graduating from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. Less than a year later she began auditing state sales, use, income, and motor fuel taxes at the Florida Department of Revenue, where she stayed for 10 years. Her next move was into the corporate world, working for Raytheon Company in various capacities including managing the sales, use, property, and income tax compliance and audit functions; leading tax initiatives; handling tax legislation and policy matters; providing technical research and training; managing the pursuit of credits and incentives; developing strategic tax planning ideas; and overseeing tax-related system implementations.
While at Raytheon, she started a sole proprietor business (Unique Financial Services) and subsequently incorporated under the name A & G Evans Management. The business clientele included small to medium businesses and individuals. She operated the business for 10 years before deciding to focus 100% of her time on her corporate career.
She later left Raytheon for Ryan LLC, specializing in multi-state and local tax legislative and regulatory analysis, among other things. Her success there, where her duties also included executing tax policy strategies and providing advocacy services, helped in the creation of RyanWest. The impetus for striking out on her own again: “Missing the feeling of managing my own firm.”
At RyanWest, Evans brings her wealth of experience to other businesses. Many companies have small tax/accounting departments and do not have the bandwidth to execute legislative changes, pursue credits and incentives, tax overpayments, and other saving opportunities. RyanWest acts as an extension to these tax/accounting departments to add value and minimize their tax and operational cost, when appropriate. To do that, RyanWest analyzes, researches, plans, and implements strategic business and state and local tax solutions.
Evans has many professional affiliations. She is a certified member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT). She is an active member of IPT, serving as Chair of the University Relations Committee, Construction Contracting and Tax Planning Instructor at the Advanced Sales and Use Tax School, and was a former member of the Board of Governors. She is also a member of the Division of Firms and serves on their Executive Board as Secretary. She instructs and presents on state tax matters at various events. Evans has a Master’s in Business Administration, concentrating in Finance. She resides in Dallas, TX.
Fred Henley serves as Advisor to Playbook Investors Network. With decades of experience, he understands the complexities of business/consumer needs and targeted objectives. He can find the delicate balance between the two, optimizing business performance & driving revenue growth. Henley is an innovative problem solver with a vast network of technology and private capital relationships that provide the basis for strategies and solutions. Henley currently serves as Managing Director at Sagacity Partners, a firm focused on strategic consulting, technology design, and capital sourcing located in Plano, Texas. He is also Chief Strategy Officer at Stroll, Inc. in Nashville, Tennessee. Stroll works with a customer’s mobile device to serve up all of the local happenings for any city in real-
time. Henley also serves as Chief Strategy & Ventures Officer of Sign1News which provides daily newscasts in American Sign Language for a global audience of 50 million Deaf and Hard of Hearing viewers. Sign1News is located in Georgia and New York. Henley is also Managing Director of CIO Services Group (CSG), a cloud technology consulting firm that specializes in health care and higher education. Henley served as Director-At-Large from 2014-2018 for the Texas Congress of Parents & amp; Teachers (Texas PTA), he currently serves as Chairman of the Microsoft for Startups DFW Advisory Board and as Outreach and Communications Co-Chair for Vanderbilt AVBA.
Henley earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law School and a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in English from Xavier University of Louisiana. Henley resides in Plano, Texas.