Teen Summit is Saturday, October 22nd Only – Swissotel Chicago
“The Blueprint Men’s Summit is an experience where men come together to share their journey and learn to create solutions to improve themselves, their families, and communities. Combining this critical mission with our motto – THE BLUEPRINT IS WITHIN – we strive to become the best version of ourselves.” — Louis Carr, Founder
COPA First Deputy, Chief Administrator, Chief of Communications & External Affairs
REGISTRATION | CARR LOUNGE
BPMS 2022 Pre-Show with DJ Mike P
1:15 p.m. – 2:00p.m.
BUILD A BETTER YOU
Understanding Your Purpose
2:05 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
LET THE CHURCH SAY AMEN
The Role of the Black Church and A Man’s Journey to Success
CHARLES JENKINS, PASTOR REGINALD SHARPE, JR., AND DR. BYRON BRAZIER
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Growth Driven Market Driven by Celebrities
4:20 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
THE BEST BETS
Saving & Investing in a Roller Coaster Market
EARN YOUR LEISURE
5:20 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
How to Start a Small Business
THE BLACK BREAD COMPANY
CARR LOUNGE RECEPTION
Networking, DJ, Bar, Barbers, Cigar Roller, Massages, Games, Shoe Shine, Styling and more
Please Note: Event details are subject to change.
REGISTRATION | CARR LOUNGE | LUNCH | BREAKFAST
BPMS 2022 Pre-Show with DJ Mike P
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Being a Serial Entrepreneur
PERCY “MASTER P” MILLER
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
The Importance of Reinventing Yourself
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The Importance of Health & Wellness
DR. DAVID MONTGOMERY & DR. IAN SMITH
12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
(1:30pm – 2:00pm) INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKER – DAME DASH
(1:30pm – 2:00pm)
INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKER – DAME DASH
2:20 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.
How to Grow and Monetize your Social Media Platform
CEDRIC ROGERS, CHRIS BIVINS, THE WADE EMPIRE
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Running an International Fashion Business
4:05 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Building Up Black Fathers
DR. MICHAEL HANNON
4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Staying the Course
BLUEPRINT MEN’S SUMMIT ENDS
Please Note: Event details are subject to change.
Registration and Carr Lounge opens at 8:00 AM
IAN MICHAEL BROCK
Financial Literacy and Closing the Wealth Gap
The Game Behind the Music
The Rise of a Multi-Billion-Dollar Gaming Industry
Police and the Community
Systems for Success
BYRON SELLERS & IAN BROCK
Personal Brand Building and Entrepreneurship
KORPORATE & VO
Carr Lounge Reopens from 4-6pm
Free – barbers, gaming zone, putt putt, photo booth, mini-manicures, styling tips, DJ
Please Note: Event details are subject to change.
A 2-day conference where Black men can come together to learn, build alliances, and strengthen their acumen in business, health, career, and community.
Friday, October 21 – Saturday, October 22 in Chicago, IL
October 21 – Registration + Carr Lounge Opens at 10 a.m. Doors open at 12 p.m.
October 22 – Registration Opens at 8 a.m. Men’s Summit begins at 9 a.m. Teen Summit begins at 10 a.m.
No, registration is for two days.
No, all guests must pre-register on our website.
Saturday, October 22 from 10-4 p.m.
A creative, laidback lounge for conversation and connection while bonding over food, drinks, social activities, and self-care.
No. Please drop off your child at registration.
Yes. Breakfast, snacks and lunch are included in registration.
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No. We will not have vendors at the summit.
For the safety of everyone entering the summit, all bags and purses are subject to a search prior to entry. Persons that refuse to comply with the search policy will be refused entry into the summit.
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Masks are permitted but not required.
Our videographers will record, but it will not be used for public consumption outside of social media soundbites.
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Ian Brock is the teenage Co-Founder of Dream Hustle Code© and New Nerd, computer science ambassador, and soon-to-be author. Ian is a Gen Z powerhouse, transformational speaker, and entrepreneur whose mission is to inspire confidence in Black and Brown Youth while empowering them with tools so they can be creators of new technology. Ian has been featured on CBS Evening News, the BET Awards, Earn Your Leisure, Forbes, Eric Thomas’ MASS Impact Series, Microsoft Legacy Project Honoree, McDonald’s Future 22 Honoree, Encyclopedia Britannica, Education Week, Thrive Global, Nike, among others. Companies like Microsoft, the Steve Harvey Foundation, the National Black MBA Association, and McDonald’s call on Ian to help energize and inspire young people to create and shape their “Systems for Success” so they can find their Inner Genius.
During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Ian launched a unique Coding and Personal Development Mini Boot Camp that impacted hundreds of students daily throughout the U.S. and the globe. He is the co-creator, host, and producer of Teen Tech LIVE with student participation surpassing 23,000 globally.
Ian is a Board Member of Rosecrans Ventures. He is an avid reader, loves to play video games and basketball, listen to music, and build mechanical products.
Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Music Mogul
Percy Miller aka Master P is an entrepreneurial businessman, philanthropist, music mogul, producer and entertainer. He is the founder of one of the most successful brands of music companies in the world, No Limit Records. Miller is Founder and CEO of P. Miller Enterprises, establishing himself as a savvy businessman with a range of investments and interests beyond entertainment.
Percy Miller is a serial entrepreneur and believes ownership is the way to success. He created numerous products and brands such as Uncle P rice, pancake mix and syrup; Soldier Bread and Snacks; Rap Snacks Icon Noodles; Master Crunch Cereal; LA Great Beverages; Moneyatti clothing and shoes; Master Clean Life household cleaning products; television shows and movies. In addition, he has played for two NBA teams: Charlotte Hornets and Toronto Raptors. He encourages others to own and have control over their careers and, ultimately, their livelihoods.
His most important endeavor is philanthropy; he founded the Team Hope Foundation, servicing at-risk youth and senior citizens in communities across the US.
Grammy-nominated Artist, Entrepreneur, & Philanthropist
Fat Joe is a Grammy-nominated recording artist, actor, entrepreneur, philanthropist and media personality that hails from the Bronx, New York. With an acclaimed career that has spanned four different decades, Joe has cemented his legacy as a hip-hop heavyweight, having amassed several multiplatinum and gold studio albums, mixtapes, singles and collaborations, including “Lean Back,” “What’s Luv,” “Make It Rain,” and “All The Way Up,” among countless others. Joe’s musical mastery was on display yet again in 2021, when his hit single “Sunshine (The Light) reached No. 1 on urban radio.
Beyond his unprecedented longevity, Joe – who is of Puerto Rican and Cuban descent – helped play an integral role in bridging the intersection of hip-hop and Latin music, releasing music with Gloria Estefan, Thalia, Ricky Martin, Anuel AA, etc. Joe has also displayed an eye for discovering and developing new talent, having signed the likes of Big Pun, DJ Khaled and Remy Ma to his Terror Squad imprint.
Beyond his music-related endeavors, Joe has developed into a media personality, having launched “The Fat Joe Show,” a nightly Instagram Live talk-show where he has interviewed politicians, musicians, athletes, actors, entrepreneurs and personalities such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Floyd Mayweather, Dwyane Wade, Jamie Foxx, Diddy, etc. Additionally, Joe has served as a guest host for The Wendy Williams Show and currently hosts the official recap for Triller’s VERZUZ platform.
Joe is also the owner and founder of three UP NYC stores in New York City, which sells exclusive sneakers from brands such as Jordan and Nike as well as sports apparel, caps, etc. He has shined in acting roles, most notably starring alongside Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish in “Night School” as well as in Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It” Netflix series.
Most recently in January 2022, Joe teamed up with the New York City Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City to create the Bronx Relief Fund and raise over $1 million for families impacted by the tragic Bronx apartment fire at Twin Parks North-West.
CEOs, Earn Your Leisure
Rashad Bilal learned at a young age the importance of financial literacy and realized that he wanted to translate his knowledge into actions. After graduating from The University of Hawaii in 2007, Rashad became a financial advisor in 2008.
Troy Millings was born in the home of Hip Hop, the South Bronx. From an early age, music influenced his education. His keen memory and ability to memorize lyrics translated into memorizing historical facts, equations, and literature. Those two passions would later mold the educator he is today. He taught for 16 years, beginning his teaching career in NYC Dept. of Education to most recently the CSD of New Rochelle.
In the midst of teaching, Troy led Operations Crossroads as Program Director, a summer youth program designed for students at the secondary level of education. The purpose of the program is to introduce students to financial literacy through culturally responsive education while providing them with opportunities to gain work experience through summer internships in career fields of their choice.
Realizing there was a need to expand financial literacy education outside of the traditional classroom setting, Troy and life-long friend Rashad Bilal came together to start an educational platform called Earn Your Leisure. Today, Earn Your Leisure has grown into one of the top business platforms in the world with its own podcast network, a top business podcast under its own network, and an online educational platform.
Earn Your Leisure is a revolutionary media platform which gives rise to emerging and established content creators from the world of business, finance, and entrepreneurship whose perspective, expertise, and in-depth insight has been undervalued and overlooked. At its core, Earn Your Leisure’s ultimate purpose is to build, as we climb as a community highlighting collaboration over competition.
Earn Your Leisure has three Top 100 podcasts under its umbrella, including “Earn Your Leisure”. The Earn Your Leisure Show has amassed over fifty million downloads and is consistently ranked in the Top 20 Business Podcasts in the United States, peaking at #1 on the Apple Podcast charts.
Earn Your Leisure has over 2 million followers across social media, and 900,000 YouTube subscribers. EYL hosts live events across the globe, which includes the biggest financial literacy festival in the world “Invest Fest”. Over 14,000 attended Invest Fest 2022, with keynote speakers including Steve Harvey and Tyler Perry.
Earn Your Leisure also includes an online educational platform, “EYL University”. EYL University is an online interactive community that includes over 100+ archived webinars covering a range of business, finance, and entrepreneurial topics. EYL University has over 12,000 active members and is one of the fastest growing private business education communities in existence.
Rapper, Mental Health Advocate & Community Leader
G Herbo not only put his hometown of Chicago, IL on his back as a rapper, but also as a mental health advocate and community leader. He’s done so by surviving, and he’s built a celebrated body of work as a testament to how far he’s come. 2020’s gold-selling PTSD cracked the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200 and delivered a mental health clarion call in the form of the platinum-certified title track “PTSD” [feat. Juice WRLD, Lil Uzi Vert, & Chance the Rapper]. He only fought harder in its wake with the 2021 follow-up 25, earning his second consecutive Top 10 debut on the Billboard Top 200 and first Top 5 entry. Of 25, Pitchfork proclaimed, “His music has become more urgent.” Collaborations with everyone from the late Pop Smoke and The Kid LAROI to Dave East and Harry Fraud followed in between performances alongside Miley Cyrus and Marshmello. Meanwhile, he founded Swervin’ Through Stress—a youth mental health program highlighted by Forbes 30 Under 30. Breathing life back into the Windy City, he will remodel an old, shuttered, public elementary school as a community hub.
Speaker, Author, Mindset Specialist
The number one Mindset Specialist and Self Worth Mentor in the world. One of the most impactful speakers of this generation. Trent Shelton reaches over 60 million people weekly through “real motivation” videos and unprecedented engagement. Trent connects with people all over the globe through his speaking engagements, podcast, books, mindset courses and social sites. Trent is motivational speaker that connects people to their purpose, their power and their peace. It is his life’s mission to connect people to the greatest version of themselves by communicating from his heart to yours. Trent is dedicated to show the world that becoming your best self is possible and that it is your responsibility to make the world respect your greatness. It’s all starts with you. Let’s get it.
Chief Executive Officer of the USA Track & Field
Nationally renowned sports and entertainment executive Max Siegel became CEO of USA Track & Field in 2012 and has led the organization to unprecedented financial growth, programmatic evolution, and inclusive representation.
During his tenure, Siegel has secured 19 new partners, generated more than US$500 million in revenue, expanded the annual budget to a record $40 million, secured a historic contract with Nike, and successfully hosted the World Athletics Outdoor Championships for the first time on U.S. soil.
His achievements at USATF further complement a more than 25-year track record of financial growth and competitive success in sports and entertainment. Siegel previously served as President of Global Operations at Dale Earnhardt Inc., Senior Vice President at Sony/BMG, and President of Zomba Gospel, Tommy Boy Gospel, and Verity Records.
Siegel also owns Rev Racing, the NASCAR-supported team charged with developing female and minority drivers and pit crew members. He serves as a board member of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality, and is a trustee at Martin University and Brebeuf Jesuit High School in Indianapolis.
The first African American to graduate with honors from Notre Dame Law School, Siegel is an accomplished author and film producer, and a native of Indianapolis.
Counselor, Educator & Author
Dr. Michael Hannon is a counselor, an educator, a researcher, and author. He is an Associate Professor of Counseling at Montclair State University, a mental health counselor at The Center for MARCUS, and the co-founder of the non-profit organization, Greater Expectations Teaching and Advocacy Center, with his wife, Dr. LaChan Hannon.
He is the author of over 30 publications, including his March 2022 edited book, Black Fathering and Mental Health. Dr. Hannon and his research about the mental health of Black men and fathers has been highlighted in a range of media outlets including National Public Radio, New York Times, Autism Speaks, Thrive Global, Huffington Post.
Dr. Hannon earned his doctoral degree from The Pennsylvania State University, an educational specialist degree from Rider University, and master’s and a bachelor degrees from the University of Delaware
David E. Montgomery, MD, PhD is a board-certified cardiologist, media expert and captivating speaker, whose fresh message of complete health and well-being is both educational and entertaining. Dr. Dave is a sought-after TV personality with command over a broad range of health and wellness topics. He is a frequent contributor on CNN/HLN and WebMD, and has been a regular guest on national talk shows, such as The Steve Harvey Show and Sister Circle. He has also been featured in a number of local news and radio outlets. Dr. Dave is the host of the web series, The Good Doctor TV , and of the podcast, The Health Mastery Café with Dr. Dave. He is the manager partner of PREventClinic, a preventive cardiology practice in Atlanta, and was honored with Atlanta Magazine’s Top Doctor distinction in 2022.
Television/ Film Producer & Director
Chris Bivins is a notable, charismatic and charming television/ film producer and director who hails from the DMV. Bivins is currently a producer at Paramount, working in the prestigious BET’s ad sales production department as he specializes in short form content. In addition to his well-accomplished professional career, Bivins has a massive Instagram following of over 1 million followers. Bivins first gained popularity as a R&B singer who was mentored by Grammy award-winning recording artist Nelly on the first season of the CW’s television show “The Next: Fame is at Your Doorstep.” Soon after Bivins’ 15 minutes of fame, he became a featured artist on the “BET College Tour” alongside Luke James, Justine Skye and Mila J. Bivins’ tour ended with a live performance on the historic BET’s “106 & Park” stage where he performed his single “Zone.” Due to the success of his personal web series, which documented his journey on tour, Bivins landed a partnership with Coca-Cola to be the host and producer of an original web series on BET called “The Flava Zone.” “The Flava Zone” focused on what was hot and trending in the culture. Bivins is now continuing his entrepreneurial endeavors as a consultant and brand strategist who helps artists, influencers and small brands learn how to enhance their public perception by using social media to establish authority within their niche. Out of all of Bivins’ accomplishments, he prides himself most on being a father to his son Kaeson Bivins.
Comedic Content Creator & Influencer
Terrell Wade, known widely from his social media handle @TheWadeEmpire, is a comedic content creator and influencer from Michigan.He specializes in creating hilarious and relatable workplace skits. In doing this, Wade has amassed over a million followers on TikTok and over 300k on Instagram with no signs of slowing down. Since finding internet fame Wade has worked with top brands such as McDonalds, Dell, Hilton and BET to name a few. Wade hopes his creative talents on social media lead him to doing more professional work in the tv/film industry.
Co-Founder/CEO of Culture Genesis
Cedric J. Rogers is a legacy entrepreneur, investor and technologist. He was born into a family of passionate entrepreneurs and has founded successful companies.
Cedric is Co-Founder and CEO of Culture Genesis Inc, a media-tech company in Los Angeles, CA remixing digital technology for authentic urban culture and entertainment. Culture Genesis owns and operates All Def Digital and is now the largest Black owned digital media publisher and network with a community over 20M. TriviaMob is the first live game show for the culture that feels like 106 & Park meets Jeopardy. Previously, he co-founded Looklive with Paul Q. Judge and Greg Selkoe. Looklive is the app to discover and buy men’s fashion based on the world’s top influencers. Looklive completed the Summer 2016 batch of the prestigious Y Combinator program. Cedric was named one of 25 Black Founders Making Moves in Tech by Huffington Post.
He was also the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Higher Altitude Inc. He cofounded this company with the mission of creating purpose driven mobile apps that empower people. Through design, mobile, and social discovery technology, Prizm aims to inspire millions of youth across the world.
Cedric has had a lifelong passion and curiosity for entrepreneurship, technology, sports, minimalist design (fashion to architecture) and helping youth achieve. He served Apple Inc. for almost 10 years during periods of rapid innovation and growth…from the iPod to the iPad. Today, he serves in the community as a mentor and Co-Chairman of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., ASA Chapter’s award winning National Guide Right and Kappa League programs. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the North Carolina A&T State University and a MBA from Emory University – Goizueta Business School.
He was born and raised deep in the heart of Texas where he was a ranked USA Track & Field hurdler and went on to compete in college. Today, when he’s not passionately working in the office or community…he spends time working out, traveling and having fun outdoors with his Chocolate Lab – Dutch. He currently commutes between the warm southern charm of Atlanta and the beautiful landscapes of San Francisco and Los Angeles.
The Black Bread Company is the first ever Black-owned sliced bread company in the world. The firm is owned and operated by three longtime friends from the south-side of Chicago; Mark Edmond (Founder, CEO), Jamel Lewis (Co-Founder, President), and Charles Alexander (Co-Founder, COO). These three Black men are thriving to inspire other minorities to be unafraid to disrupt industries where they have none or minimum access to ownership.
Pastor, Apostolic Church of God
Dr. Byron T. Brazier was born and raised on Chicago’s south side, being the second child of four children and the only son of Bishop Arthur M. Brazier and Isabella Brazier. He was educated in the Chicago Public Schools, attended and graduated from Doolittle Elementary School and Wendell Phillips High School. He received his bachelor’s degree from Roosevelt University, a master’s degree in theological studies, and a doctorate from McCormick Theological Seminary.
In 1972, Dr. Brazier started his professional career as a production supervisor at Johnson & Johnson. In 1973, he joined the data processing division of IBM Corporation as a salesman. He later became a marketing instructor in Dallas, Texas and was promoted to several positions at IBM, reaching top-level management as a business unit executive over the public sector. During his tenure at IBM, he regularly received national recognition for his outstanding service and leadership.
In 1991 Dr. Brazier transitioned from IBM and founded Brazier and Associates. His entrepreneurial acumen and unquestionable business savvy led to his appointment as Chief Information Officer for the Chicago Housing Authority. He remained in this role until 1995 – the year he became the general administrator of the Apostolic Church of God. Dr. Brazier served as general administrator from 1995 thru 2008. In this role, he systematically developed a fool-proof business model, making the Apostolic Church of God a well-run organization, housing over 20,000 members.
In 2008, Pastor Arthur M. Brazier announced his retirement; the Apostolic Church of God’s Official Board, through unanimous vote, elected Dr. Byron T. Brazier to fill the vacancy. Pastor Arthur M. Brazier officially passed the torch to Dr. Byron T. Brazier on June 5, 2008. Dr. Brazier humbly accepted his new role and readily assumed this awesome responsibility. His primary motivation was for the congregation to grow in the grace they have received from God, to build their spiritual identity, character, and vision, and to enjoy being a part of the body of Christ.
As an advocate for the community, Dr. Brazier continues to ensure that the church remains a beacon of light and an agent of change in the community. Through the establishment of the Bishop Arthur M. Brazier Foundation, Dr. Brazier has obtained funding from various philanthropic organizations to support the development of the Woodlawn community in the areas of education, public safety, and economic development. In 2010, Dr. Brazier proposed the development of the Network of Woodlawn which has provided a unifying vision for the Woodlawn community. In 2014, Dr. Brazier established a social enterprise manufacturing company that provides workforce development services for residents in robotics controls. The revenue from this social enterprise entity is reinvested into the Woodlawn community.
Dr. Brazier is the chairman of the board of the Network of Woodlawn and its pillars, the Bishop Arthur M. Brazier Foundation, and BSD Industries L3C. He sits on several boards, including the Cook County Sheriff’s Merit Board, the Bishop Arthur M. Brazier Foundation, the Network of Woodlawn, the Olive Branch Mission, the South Side YMCA and the Museum of Science & Industry.
Faith Leader; Author; Musician
Charles Jenkins is widely known for his innovative leadership, and diverse service as an influential renaissance man. For 20 years Jenkins served as the senior pastor of the historic Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago. Jenkins has served as a Commissioner on the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission, as a member of The Board of Trustees for The City Colleges of Chicago, as an Advisory Board Member for The Illinois Attorney General’s Office, as a member of the Illinois State Treasurer’s Advisory Board, The Illinois Department of Transportation Advisory Board, and Chairman of the Rainbow Push Coalition’s PUSH BOARD, just to name a few. He was also a pivotal leader in the passing of Chicago’s Big Box Ordinance which led to Walmart and Target Stores arriving in Chicago. He was also involved in Uber’s arrival in Chicago, leading to thousands of jobs and dynamic revenue for the city. Additionally, Jenkins was also instrumental in helping to restore nearly 30 million dollars to the Illinois state budget which led to the expansion of Walgreens and affordable medication for senior citizens in Illinois.
Jenkins is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has received countless awards and citations for his service including being inducted into Morehouse College’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers and Scholars. He is a recipient of BET Networks ICON Man of Change Award, Black Enterprise Magazine’s Urban Business Game Changer Award, and Illinois’ Gift of Hope Lifesaving Partner Award for leading thousands of African Americans to become organ donors, and inspiring a nationwide campaign saving countless lives. Jenkins is a film executive, and a fashion executive with an atelier in Paris, France. Jenkins is a celebrated hitmaker, label head, and music mogul with 8 BMI top songwriter awards, 17 Billboard #1 honors, 9 Stellar Awards, Grammy recognition, a Soul Train Music Award nomination, and 7 Dove Music Award nominations.
As a beloved performer, he has had the opportunity to perform at many of America’s marque events including Jay-Z’s Made In America Festival, The Essence Music Festival, and D-Nice’s Club Quarantine at LA’s famed Hollywood Bowl in front of 17,000 attendees. He has also been a constant show closer for many television show’s including BET’s “Sunday Best,” “Celebration of Gospel”, TV One’s “Urban One Honors,” The Stellar Gospel Music Awards, and NBC’s AD The Bible Continues. Finally, as a distinguished communicator and motivator Charles has traveled around the world inspiring audiences. He was a featured speaker at The White House for National Prayer Breakfast Week alongside famed orator Os Guinness. Jenkins was also a speaker at President Barack Obama’s second Inaugural Prayer Service among many other notable events. Jenkins is married to Dr. Tara Rawls Jenkins and has 3 beautiful children Princess, Paris, and Charles III.
Creative Director & Designer
Brett Johnson designs for the new global, fashion-savvy man. Each season, Brett curates the finest Italian textiles, luxury fibers, and leathers from Italy’s premier mills and tanneries. These exquisite elements are expertly tailored using time-tested Italian techniques ingeniously enhanced through contemporary innovation. The result is an elevated aesthetic, a distinctive cocktail of equal parts American eye and Italian hand.
Recording Artist, Actor & Content Creator
Ivory Samuel Lofton , known professionally as Vo, is a Chicago based Recording Artist, Actor and verified social media content creator. Vo is mostly recognized for recording and releasing music performances within his automobile. He’s built a huge following by speaking on topics that ultimately challenges the system that was put in place to limit our abilities.
After reaching viral success several times, Vo would then invite featured artist to sit in his car and showcase their talent as well. He’s been accompanied by the likes of Twista, Korporate, and Edward Williams 3 just to name a few.
Vo now has accumulated over 200 million views collectively and has created theme anthems for Derrick Rose and Dejan Kulusezski. He’s been a featured guest on The Jam and believes in educating the future generations to come with his knowledge and wisdom showcased through his witty bars and clever delivery
Financial Expert, Maconomics
Ross Mac is an Ivy-league (Wharton School of Business) educated, Chicago native dedicated to increasing access to financial education and literacy. As a former Wall Street professional for Morgan Stanley and Grosvenor Capital, Ross is now a media personality for Revolt TV and The Street who uses his brand to empower people through merging education and entertainment. Through his Maconomics brand, he has brought financial freedom to millions of people around the world with his latest Netflix Documentary called “Get Smart With Money.” He was also just named McDonald’s 2022 Gamechanger.
Founder/CEO of Cxmmunity Media
Ryan Johnson is the founder and CEO of Cxmmunity Media, a collaborative team of innovative thinkers and doers dedicated to future-proofing diversity and equity in gaming through strategic partnerships, philanthropy, and entertainment. Founded in 2020, Cxmmunity Media is on a mission to increase minority representation in the industry
by investing in the education, economic advancement, and visibility of gamers of color. As a pathway to leveling the playing field for Black gamers, Cxmmunity Media created the HBCU Esports League, one of few Black-owned sports leagues, providing students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities a safe space to compete and monetize in esports.
About Ryan Johnson
Ryan is a graduate of Oakwood University. He also completed his Masters in Sports Administration. Since completing his bachelors degree Ryan has worked in various roles in the technology, sports, and entertainment industries. With expertise in sponsorships, business development, brand partnerships, consumer insight, and trends. Now he is combing his passions and talents to build and expand Cxmmunity.
Ryan began his professional career as an Account Executive with Vonage Business. He was responsible for maintaining a client base that met monthly and quarterly metric goals. Shortly after he accepted a role as an IT Consultant with Adapture. Adapture is an award-winning IT firm located in Sandy Springs, GA. Winning CRN Tech Elite and Atlanta Business Chronicle Pacesetter Awards, Ryan was able to quickly develop skills around business development, project management, and customer experience with corporate organizations.
Ryan has been able to curate events and create business partnerships at events including CES, Super Bowl, NBA-All Star Weekend, NCAA Final Four, and the Esports Business Summit. Most recently, Ryan helped form a partnership between his organization Cxmmunity and Twitch to create the HBCU Esports League which reached 15,500,000 viewers in its most recent season and had partnerships with Verizon, Discover, and Nike/House of Hoops.
His community and service passions are centered on supporting the local community through volunteer service and mentorship programs. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Eta Lambda Chapter. Ryan is a member of his church’s basketball team.
He was born in Columbia, SC and raised in Columbia, Maryland. Ryan has resided in Atlanta since 2015.
Mobile Home Park Investor
The co-founder of Mobile Home Elite Investors, Byron Sellers came into the mobile home business by fate. Their journey began on 3/3/2017. That was the day that Byron was fired from his job.
After he became unemployed he started driving for Lyft. During his time as a driver he began to listen to podcasts religiously. One day he stumbled on a podcast about mobile home investing. The podcast caught his attention and he sent it to the love of his life Sharnice. The podcast peaked her interest because it mentioned that you could invest with low money down and you didn’t need great credit.
In the midst of their financial hardships Byron’s car was repossessed, leaving him unable to drive for Lyft anymore. With their backs against the wall, they decided they had nothing to lose and took the leap of faith into being full time entrepreneurs. They took out a high interest loan of $10,000 at a 24% interest rate.
They then purchased 2 mobile homes that they found on Facebook for under $5,000 (one for $3,700 and one for $500). Less than a month later they flipped the homes for a profit of $19,500.
Since that first deal, Byron has flipped 100s of mobile home deals within the past 3 years and are now owners of 4 Mobile Home communities with more coming. Their goal is to become the largest African American mobile home park owners in America.
Throughout their journey of building an extensive mobile home portfolio. Byron has developed the top online educational platform to educate investors on the industry.
Compliments to the chef! Chef Patrick Adams, the creative force behind GD Catering LLC knows how to make food dance. He designs original and inventive masterpieces allowing him to connect with his clients through food. His open repertoire of phenomenally original gastric creations sets him miles apart from other Master Chefs.
Chef Adams has a passion for fine food and spices. His appetizing dishes are just what you look for when appealing to a widely diverse clientele. With his gift of gab and that sparkling personality he is the only choice when entertaining guests and tickling their palates with A-plus rated cuisines. GD Catering LLC, a black owned business is in the sleepy town of Greenacres, FL. Its culinary offerings include but are not limited to creamy French cuisine, spicy Caribbean delicacies, delicate Asian spices and a host of other worldwide cuisines.
Adams was the Executive Chef for the J.M. Fleet of Yachts, the ranked Hunter’s Run Golf & Racquet Club, the world renown Four Seasons Hotel in Palm Beach and a host of upscale restaurants ranging from Florida to the other side of the world, Australia, with many countries and cultures in between. Chef Pat loves bringing clients into the fold during live demonstrations or his cooking classes. It’s a foodie’s dream and a “Great Reason to have a party!”. He proudly shares his collection of extraordinary dishes while seeing his patrons enjoying these gastric experiences. One of his most memorable moments was being selected as the executive chef for President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign fundraiser in Golden Isle Beach, FL.
COPA First Deputy, Chief Administrator, Chief of Communications & External Affairs
Ephraim Eaddy was born and raised in the city of Chicago and is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a B.A. degree in Journalism where he also played Division 1 basketball (Team Captain).
After completing his college experience, Ephraim returned to Chicago and began his grassroots efforts as Director of Community Programs for the People’s Community Development Association of Chicago (PCDAC) developing job training programs, case management strategies and employment opportunities for hard to employ residents of the city of Chicago.
In 2004 he began working with the Safer Foundation, one of the largest non-profit organizations in the country exclusively serving people with criminal records, as Manager of Faith & Community Programs. While at Safer Foundation he provided oversight of the Ready4Work Prisoner Re-entry Initiative, a national model funded by the United States Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.
Ephraim began working for Chicago Public Schools in 2011, the third largest school district in the country, where he provided direction to over 150 faith and community-based organizations impacting thousands of children and families around the city on behalf of the district.
In 2017 Ephraim Eaddy joined the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) and later served as the Public Information Officer and Chief Spokesperson with direct oversight over public and news affairs as well as community engagement. In 2022, Ephraim was appointed as First Deputy Chief Administrator and will also serve as Chief of Communications and External Affairs. He is committed to building trust in civilian police oversight by developing strategic partnerships and initiatives in education, media, marketing, and is dedicated to working with organizations locally in Chicago and across the country.