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Andrew J. Young is an activist, elected official, groundbreaking ambassador, social entrepreneur, and adviser to presidents. Young attended segregated schools in New Orleans and graduated from Howard University before attending Hartford Theological Seminary. He became active in the American Civil Rights movement, working closely with the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. to register voters and teach non-violent organizing strategies. He helped negotiate the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In 1972, Young was elected to Congress, becoming the first African American representative from the Deep South since Reconstruction. In 1977 he became the nation’s first African American Ambassador to the United Nations where he helped negotiate an end to white-minority rule in Namibia and Zimbabwe. He was elected Mayor of Atlanta in 1981 and championed the development of Hartsfield International Airport (now the world’s busiest airport) and helped bring the 1996 Olympic Games to Atlanta. Today, through the Andrew J. Young Foundation, he supports sustainable economic development, expands educational opportunities and alleviates hunger and poverty throughout the world.
Michael Render, born in Atlanta’s Adamsville neighborhood, is an activist, rapper, businessman, actor and songwriter. Render, also known as Killer Mike, attended Morehouse College and founded Grind Time Official Records in 1995 where he collaborated with artists including T.I., Outcast, Rick Ross and many others. Render gained national attention when he addressed the grand jury’s decision on the Michael Brown shooting and delivered a powerful speech following the related trial in Ferguson, Missouri. He is known for his speech with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms as he addressed the Atlanta protests and riots following the 2020 death of George Floyd. Render also started the #BankBlack movement that encourages African American families, businesses and allies to utilize Black-owned banks.
Chairman & Co-Founder
Ryan Glover has more than 20 years of experience delivering products focused on the African American community. In 2011, he started Bounce TV, the first African American nationwide broadcast network, and served as president through six years of growth before the company was acquired for more than $302M by Scripps. Before founding BounceTV, Glover spent seven years as a television executive at Turner Broadcasting. He also founded Noontime Records, a label responsible for more than a dozen Billboard No. 1 hits. A native of the San Francisco Bay area, Glover received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Howard University.
President & Chief Technology Officer
Aparicio “Reese” Giddins is an experienced mobile app product manager with more than 15 years’ experience in the financial services and mobile app development industries. Giddins served as the Global SVP of Mobile Platform and Product at Bank of America where he specialized in creating the best customer-focused user experience. Prior to his time at Bank of America, Giddins was the Head of Mobile Product at TD Bank where he led the transformation of the company’s mobile capabilities. Giddins also co-founded a technology company that focused on creating authentic communication between family and friends. Giddins graduated from Temple University and received his MBA from Wilmington University.
Chief Marketing Officer
David Tapscott is a C-suite marketer experienced in leading dynamic, cross-functional teams, building global consumer passion brands, and exploding growth for digital platforms. He previously served as Chief Marketing Officer at UniRush,LLC (since acquired by Green Dot) and Combs Enterprises in addition to marketing management roles with Diageo, Frito Lay and Coca-Cola. Mr. Tapscott is expert in classical marketing, creating disruptive consumer messaging, and setting executive level vision and strategic direction. He holds an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and bachelor’s degree in accounting from Hampton University.
Paul Judge is a technology entrepreneur who has invested in more than 60 technology startups. He is co-founder and partner of TechSquare Labs and co-founder and executive chairman of Pindrop. Judge also co-founded Luma Home and Purewire. A recognized authority on information security issues, Judge was named to Fortune’s 2016 40 Under 40 list, MIT’s Technology Review Magazine’s “top 100 innovators under 35,” Black Enterprise’s “50 Most Powerful Players Under 40,” and InfoWorld‘s “Top 25 CTOs.” An Atlanta native, Judge holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Morehouse College and received his master’s degree and Ph.D. in network security from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Andrew “Bo” Young III began his business career with Long Island Savings Bank as a loan originator. He led seminars at Black churches teaching the importance of homeownership. Young has 23 years of business experience with 19 years as a supplier to Fortune 500 companies. A managing partner of the Andrew Young Group, a private investment group, Young manages investments in Pillow PH, Eunomia Partners, OVi Source and others. Young is a founding investor of Bounce TV, as well as the former chairman and CEO of PakLab, a supplier of manufacturing and co-packing services. Young attended Howard University and was born in Atlanta, Ga., to Jean Childs Young, an educator and children’s activist, and Andrew Young, former Congressional representative, U.N. Ambassador, Atlanta mayor and a contemporary of Martin Luther King, Jr.