Auntie Karen� Foundation
“Empowering, Enlightening & Educating through the Arts”
October 13, 2012 Dear Future Millionaire, Welcome to the tenth annual Auntie Karen’s Young Entrepreneurs Conference. The concept for today is “Getting Back to Business Basics”. Let’s start with the word “Entrepreneur”. How do you define entrepreneur? An entrepreneur is defined as a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on financial risk to do so. There are many examples of entrepreneurs here today: Former Corporate Executives like D. Oscar Groomes (GE) and David Pankey (Bell South), as well as restaurant owners like Larry Brown, Big T Barbecue. We would like to thank Big T Barbecue for supporting this conference for the past seven years. Big T and his wife Helen will share they story with us via video. The video was produced by another entrepreneur,Frederick Knight. A special thanks to Don Patterson with DDCP Communications for videotaping this conference for all ten years!!!! In 2001, we had a dream to showcase the best young minds in our region and we created this conference to showcase their talent and creative abilities. Today you will have a chance to meet and talk to them. These amazing young entrepreneurs have had an impact on a national and global scale. Joshua Eaddy (Cakes by Josh), our 2011 Young Entrepreneur of the Year was honored last year for his hard work and the success of his creative ideas as an entrepreneur. I created the Auntie Karen F.A.I.T.H. principles as a guide to living my dreams. My hope is that you will read and adopt these concepts to your life. (Find a purpose or goal; Ask for help; Invest in your mind; Take time to plan; Help someone else). You will see examples of these principles in action throughout the day! I would like to thank the Auntie Karen Board, YE Conference Co – Chairs (Sarah Waston, Joan Mobley) and the 2012 Conference Committee for making this day possible. They have spent months organizing this day especially for you!!! I hope you take away something from this conference that will encourage you to start your own business. Remember, all great things begin with an idea! Enjoy the day! Sincerely,
AUNTIE KAREN FOUNDATION WWW.AUNTIEKAREN.ORG
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Time 8:15 - 8:45 Fine Arts - Little Theatre
Room Fine Arts Center
Track Registration, light breakfast Opening Ceremony
2012 Young Entrepreneurs Conference Schedule
Speaker Topic Entertainment: Chris Edwards, Golden Revelation Breakfast provided by O'Charley's Two Notch Rd.
9:00 - 9:20
Meet Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders
All Young Moguls
Welcome: Karen Alexander, Song: Nickolus Stewart Ishmael Brown, Master of Ceremonies
Ishmael Brown, Moderator Henry Taylor, Jr. Aisha Grant Taylor, Philip Frye, Oscar Groomes, Carrol Lucas
Elementary Kids Can Do It Too!!! Business Tools For Youth
Fine Arts - Little Theatre
Session A 9:30 - 10:20
Logistics Young Moguls
What You See Is What You Get: Lessons in Business Etiquette E-Prints are Forever
Dress For Success
Cast Your Net: Business Marketing
Dress For Success
E-Prints are Forever
October 13, 2012
Executive Director Producer
What You See Is What You Get: Lessons in Business Etiquette Directors
Cast Your Net: Business Marketing
Ready, Set, Goals
Business Development David Pankey Business Skills
Michelle Dugar, Benedict College
Ready, Set, Goals
10:30 - 10:40 Fine Arts - Little Theatre 10:50 - 12:20 Duckett - Room 310 (Computer Lab) Workshop One 10:50-11:30 Fine Arts - Room 104 Fine Arts - Room 204
Fine Arts - Room 204
Fine Arts - Room 208 Technology Dr. David Crockett, Associate Professor of Marketing, USC Duckett Hall - Room 303 A Personal Development Kristopher Jones, Bow Tie Club & Philip Frye, Fyre Foundtion Bacoats Hall - Computer Lab Product Knowledge Michelle Dugar, Benedict College Workshop Two 11:40-12:20 Fine Arts - Room 104 Business Development David Pankey Fine Arts - Room 208
Dr. David Crockett, Associate Professor of Marketing, USC Kristopher Jones, Bow Tie Club & Philip Frye, Fyre Foundation
Bacoats Hall - Computer Lab Product Knowledge
Fine Arts - Little Theatre
Lunch Ceremony / lunch provided by Big T Barbecue Deborah Woodard Memorial Scholarship Entertainment and Young Entrepreneurs Showcase
Duckett Hall - Room 303 A
Showcase 12:20 - 1:20 Fine Arts - Little Theatre Gym
YE of the Year Successville
1:30 - 1:40 2:00 - 4:00
Auntie Karen Foundation Young Entrepreneurs Conference
ON THE COVER Joshua Eaddy
Joshua Eaddy was born on November 4, 1996 in Florence, SC. He has been cooking since he was seven years old. He baked his first cake on Christmas day of 2009. It was a red velvet cake. He started a cake business after that. The name of Joshua’s business is “Cakes by Josh”. Joshua does all of the baking for his mother’s catering business. He loves to put his own spin on traditional cake recipes and other dishes. Joshua is currently a freshman at South Florence High School in Florence, SC and is an honor student. He is a member of BADD (Black Achievers Determined to be Different) and played on the band for two years. Joshua plans to go to culinary school and own a chain of restaurants called MITYSO. The name comes from his favorite saying when he makes a dish that turns out really good, “Mama I Told You So”! He is very confident in his abilities as a chef. Joshua has baked cakes for his eighth grade principal, teachers, the mayor of Lake City, SC, and many others. He baked cakes for the annual Humane Society’s Benefit. His slogan for his business is “Big taste, Small price”. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Yummie K Fashions & Accessories Kristen Risher was birth into this world on February 6, 1997 already with a God-given talent and passion for abstract art. It was discovered at an early age that bright vibrant colors fascinated Kristen. Her favorite color is ALL shades of purple, which can be found scribbled on almost every item capable of bearing her art work.
Kristen’s favorites include R&B music; math; a selected group of friends who share her values; her family; and of course sculpturing. Given a smidgen of clay, some wire, an assortment of tailored paint brushes and a rainbow of paint…Kristen’s ideas will meticulously materialize into an amazing piece of art. Within the past year, Kristen was interviewed and accepted into the South Carolina’s Governor’s School for the Arts. For personal reasons she did not attend the course, but that did not stop her from pursuing her dreams and goals of designing and marketing her art work from a business perspective. Kristen has gone on to create a marketable line of ear-rings and pendants offered under the name-ship of her forthcoming company “Yummie-K” Fashions & Accessories. In her very first showing, Kristen sold several items and took orders for several more. Contact: EdBrogdon@gmail.com
Chef, Organic Farmer Asya Harris was born in Columbia, S.C., on August 18, 1998. She grew up on a farm in Sumter, South Carolina. She is the granddaughter of Azeez and Fathiyyah Mustafa, and daughter of Shaheed and Yolanda Harris. Asya’s first job was given to her at the age of five by her grandfather. Her job was to feed and water the baby chickens. That’s when she started her first savings account. At the age of six she continued to keep her first job caring for the chickens but also decided to start selling organic vegetables, herbal supplements, and herbal teas with her parents at local farmers’ markets. At the age of nine, Asya saw that her mom needed help since she was pregnant with her little brother Ahmed, so she stepped right in getting advice from her grandmother. Soon she began cooking tasty breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes. Asya thought “Since I’m cooking all these dishes, I should write recipes and keep them”, and she began developing an organic cookbook. Asya has over thirty recipes and plans to publish her own cookbook this fall. Asya desires to be a chef, and in the near future would like to open her own restaurant like her grandparents once did. In addition, Asya has created an essential oils and incense business with investment money she received from her grandparents.
ON THE COVER Jada Risher
Candles By Kids
Pamper-Mee Body & Bath Products Jada Risher was birth into this world on July 9, 1998 already with a God-given talent and passion for pampering others even more so than herself. Jada is strongly drawn to the array of vibrant colors and hues of the fashion world which just naturally brings out the best in her personality. Jada’s favorites include hanging out with her family; riding her bike; painting anything that stands still long enough to be painted; and most of all, playing on the computer where she excels as a Video Cosmetologist. One very unique talent that Jada has demonstrated is her keen ability to create alluring scents that are simply irresistible. She is content at “endlessly” experimenting with common beauty product to see what she can re-create of her own. Jada further sharpens her aromatherapy skills by encouraging her sister, mother and other young girls to partake in her pampering services. Jada’s future goal is to become a Cosmetologist. In pursuit to that end, Jada has already begun her journey by concocting “just-right” ingredients to form a line of bath & body products which will become her unique brand. Her forthcoming company will be named “Pamper-Mee” Body & Bath Products. Contact: EdBrogdon@gmail.com
Azia Williams The Cupcake Girl
Alyssa-Ann Warren, Dominic Moody, Darius Moody
Ever since I was 5 I always wanted to sell things. I use to ask my mom and dad if I can sell cookies or lemonade even my toys. One day my father came across a candle making kit and thought it would be a good idea me to make and sell the candles. So I got my brothers Dominic and Darius to help me! My dad and mom felt that it was important for us to not waste the money we make from selling the candles. We were taught to tithe, save, put money back to business and to donate money before we got to have fun with our profit. We came up with the charity of the month program, every month we pick a different organization to give money to for example for the month of October our charity will be National Breast Cancer. Our future, well I would like to have a lot of stores across the world and for our business to be worldwide I would also like Candle By Kids to be a household name. One of our first hardship was when we made our first set of candles. We had to keep making them over and over because they kept getting holes or didn’t smell strong enough, they just kept coming out wrong. We over came this by researching candles and different types of products that we could try. We kept making them until we got it just right. My advice to other kids would be if you have an idea for a business talk to your parents and see if they can help you get started. Don’t give up on your dreams they’ll come true as long as you keep pushing.
Azia is the daughter of Leslie and Toney Williams. Besides her love for baking, Azia also has a passion for playing tennis and is a member of the Columbia High Lady Capitols Tennis Team. Azia’s hobbies are modeling, taking pictures and painting her nails. At the early age of four Azia realized her love for baking and knew she wanted to own her own bakery someday. She has completed several cake decorating classes including her most recent” Decorating with Fondant”. In the spring of 2010, Azia fulfilled her dream and opened her own business at the young age of 12, now known as “The Cup Cake Girl” which specializes in custom cup cakes. Azia participated in the 2010 Black Expo where she sold her cup cakes and marketed her business to hundreds. Since then she has taken orders for birthday parties, tailgates and cookouts. Contact: 803-260-7829
2012 YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS Lydia Goodman Vocalist
Miss Lydia Catherine Goodman, daughter of Yolonda Sims Goodman & James Anthony Goodman, is a native of Columbia, SC. Lydia’s hobbies include singing, writing, and composing music. Since she was a little girl, Lydia has always shown great strength, enthusiasm for life, love and the pursuit of happiness. She has a kind heart, caring spirit, and wisdom that she generously shares with her friends and family members. Lydia enjoys striving for the best in education. Since elementary school, she has always been o the A & B Honor Roll and was inducted into the middle school Hall of Fame. Presently, she is a junior at C.A. Johnson Health Sciences Magnet High School, where she is a Princial’s List ScholarAcademic Advance Program. She is also involved with the C.A. Johnson SOS Marching Band and HOSA. Lydia has participated in a number of community service projects to include PLUS DAY community service events with Benedict College and C.A. Johnson High School, feeding the homeless in the midlands, STEM Robotics and caring for the elderly of SC. Lydia hopes to attend Georgia State University to pursue her interest in nursing, particu larly pediatric nursing. Lydia is a joy to her family and well-respected among her peers. She is a lover of good people and a doer of good works. She is a leader that takes great pride in how she conducts herself socially, academically, and spiritually. Her teachers have expressed their pleasure in teaching her and her favorite foreign language is French. Lydia’s motto is: “If I can dream it, I can achieve it, and if I can think it, I
Chyna Young Vocalist
Chyna Young is 12 years and attends Dent Middle School. She is the daughter of Deidre Foulks and Terence Young. She’s been singing since the age of 5 years old and has opened concerts for her dad, who is a national recording artist. For bookings: 803-730-5544
Kara Mattocks Violinist Kara Mattocks is a senior at Columbia College. She majors in Music Education. Her main instrument is the violin. She has been playing violin since the 6th grade. She is also learning piano and guitar. Throughout middle and high school, Kara was involved in Tri-DAC, The Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Programs, and District Orchestra. Now, Kara spends her summers and spare time interning with Tri-DAC and working with students in string programs in Columbia. Her passions are teaching and music. Her ultimate dream and goal in life is to teach middle school string programs. Kara is also a member of the Columbia College Chamber Ensemble. Contact Information: Kara Mattocks Kara.Mattocks@my.columbiasc.edu 803-920-1293
Bassist & Vocalist
Kalen Mattocks is an 8th grader at Blythewood Middle School. Kalen sings as well as plays the string bass. Kalen began singing in elementary school, and playing the bass in the 6th grade. He is a member of the Blythewood Middle School Orchestra, Blythewood Middle School Chorus, Blythewood Middle School Honors Choir, and the District Honors Choir. During his summers, Kalen has been actively involved in Tri-District Arts Consortium. This summer he will be returning for his 4th year. Kalen’s hobbies include writing music and composing. Kalen listens to all types of music and uses that to influence the songs he writes. He is also a black belt in Taekwondo. Contact Information: Kara Mattocks Kara.Mattocks@my.columbiasc.edu 803-920-1293
2012 YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS Dustin Praylow Dancer
Robert Charles Reed
Quik Shine Shoe Service, Owner
Dustin Praylow , son of John and Linette Praylow, was born on January 7, 1994. Dustin is a senior at Hannah Pamplico High School where he will graduate as the valedictorian of the class of 2012. Dustin holds many offices at Hannah Pamplico. He is the current student body president, the executive secretary of the National Honor Society, and the reporter of SkillsUSA. Dustin was a cast member in Florence Little Theatre’s production of the broadway hit Hairspray and choreographer as well as being a cast member in his high schools production of Grease. Dustin attends the University of South Carolina where he majors in Biology and minors in Dance , with hopes of becoming a
Robert Charles Reed, owner of Quik Shine Shoe Service, is a 9-year old 4th grader in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Magnet Program at North Springs Elementary School. In January, 2012 he had a vision of owning a business, and decided he wanted to shine shoes. After designing the stand, he and his father built it, and Robert was ready to solicit business. Since February, 2012, Robert has provided service at The Southeast Regional Black Male Summit, Mayor Steve Benjamin’s All Sports Reception, Dr. Maurice Lee’s Celebrity Scholarship Basketball Game, the Columbia Black Expo, The South Carolina Education Association Leadership Conference, and has been a guest speaker for a group of Entrepreneurship students at Keenan High School. After each event, he donates a portion of the proceeds to the Immune Deficiency Foundation and the American Cancer Graphic Artist Society. Reginald T. Chisolm, Jr. is a senior at In his spare time, Robert enjoys taekwondo – where he Airport High School in West Columis a member of the demonstration team and a temporary bia, South Carolina. He is the son black belt; playing football, reading the “Diary of a Wimpy of Mr. Leon and Dr. Robin Davis. Mr. Kids” series, and spending time with family. Chisolm is considering attending He believes “if you’re wide awake, focused, and deterthe Savannah College of Art Design mined, you can make your dreams come true.” (SCAD) during the fall of 2013 and will be visiting Japan for three weeks in the summer of 2013 to experience the art and culture of the Japanese people. Reginald is busy expanding his business which is called Rapper Idea Animation. Ideal Animation is an art design company that he created the first quarter of 2012. It was Mr. Chacory Murray aka “Fresh” is a 13 Chisolm’s desire to take his creative drawing abilities and year old singer, writer and rapper. He use it for a positive purpose to inspire young people. By was born in Coral Springs, Florida creating T-Shirts that represented positive and encouragon February 19, 1999. At 13 years ing images and phrases he coined the unique design - as old, he feels he is definitely ready for “I-AMphorisms”. He also produces customized logos and something big, something amazing. websites. He works extremely hard at everything He is excited about the opportunity to do what he loves, he does at school, playing sports or make a difference that is positive and to increase his his music. He has dedicated parents income flow as a young entrepreneur. Reginald attends who keep him on the right track daily. Bibleway Church of Atlas Roadand believes that it is God He is currently an 8th grader at Southeast Middle School, who inspires and desires the best for each of us, but we where he plays the viola and is a member of the football must be open to receive and perfect the gifts beyond what team. He is a member of New Covenant Baptist Church in we see. Reginald’s motto is: “Reach HIGH for your dreams Eastover, SC. His motto is: Success will come from having and think even further”. respect for God and those around him.
Reginald T. Chisholm, Jr.
2012 YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS Courtland M. Thomas Moderator Courtland Miles Thomas, a native of Irmo, South Carolina, attended the schools of Lexington/Richland District 5 with his twin sister Courtney. He is a 2011 Honor Graduate of Dutch Fork High School’s Business School of Study, with a concentration in Marketing Management. While at Dutch Fork, Courtland served as Student Body President & Vice President, and the Sophomore Class President. Courtland was an active member of over 15 social and professional student organizations in various leadership roles. Courtland was greatly involved with DECA, an organization of marketing, entrepreneurship, and business students. In May 2011, Courtland (and twin sister Courtney) were named 2011 International Marketing Communication Champions. This is the FIRST time that South Carolina has had any International Champion, and this is the first time in the world that DECA has had African-American twins win this prestigious international competition. Currently, Courtland is a first-year student at the University of South Carolina double majoring in Marketing and Public Relations. He is already involved on campus as an advocate for all students, especially the minority.
Sheneka Latrell Jackson-Kinsey is a Junior at Benedict College. She is a multimedia artist with work varying from Conte’s to water base, oils, or paints to charcoal and graphite. Sheneka was raised in Winnsboro, South Carolina. She discovered her talent for art while visiting her Grandfather. There she created a drawing on her Grandfather’s living room door. Ms. Kinsey has won many awards for her creativity and drawing style, both in elementary and high school. Her long-term goal is to be able to give a voice to paper, clay, printmaking, linoleum, etc. Contact Information: Sheneka Kinsey email@example.com, 803-530-6988
Byron Counts, Jr., Joseph Duncan, Paul Jones, III & Titus Jackson The soulful sounds of Horizon Band are provided by skillful 13 and 14-year-old boys with talents for Gospel, Jazz and R&B. Referred to as “The Small Band with a Big Sound,” * the four-piece group has broad performance experience including opening for CeCe Winans, dazzled the crowd playing before Najee, performed on the Koger Center stage at the AT&T South Carolina African-American History Calendar Event, entertained a record crowd during the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Chick-Fil-A in 5 Points, and were featured hits at The Black Expo’s Taste of Black Columbia(SC) and Jacksonville(Fl). Horizon has entertained equally-enthusiastic smaller groups at festivals, churches, parties and business functions. Each member’s young musical background is unique and diverse, whereby enabling the band to easily span various musical styles and genres. Horizon is a cultivated and professional group, making them the absolute and complete choice for your event. To Book Horizon Band Contact: Ben Duncan - 803-6089079
Lee Livingston Canine Find, Owner Lee Livingston is a 13-Yearold 8th grader at Dutch Fork Middle School in LexingtonRichland 5 School District. Lee has dreams of becoming a Veterinarian in the future. He has shadowed several Veterinarians in the Irmo, Ballentine area. “Canine Find” has been operating since 2007 and it is a business that locates any type of dog that its customers may want. So please remember: If a dog is on your mind, call “Canine Find!” Contact: Lee Livingston, Owner at (803) 920-3496
2012 YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS Sylvia Williams Visual Artist & Graphic Designer Sylvia Williams, a twenty two year old native of Columbia, South Carolina has always had a passion for the arts. Whether it was dancing, singing, story writing or arts and crafts, Sylvia always had something creative going on. After attending Columbia high and A.C Flora, Sylvia decided to go to Brenau University in Gainesville, GA to pursue a Bachelors in Fine Arts for Graphic Design. With some unique image coming to mind, Sylvia was, and still is thinking of her next project to complete. With a collection of poems, drawings, photographs, paintings and digital graphics, she plans on having her own art exhibits worldwide and owning a prominent design firm in the future. However, Sylvia plans on providing freelance services to customers in need of visual marketing and personal art needs part time until she can do what her heart desires full time. In five years, Sylvia plans to work in the field of the arts full time and have her design firm up and running. Sylvia pushes to impact the youth who surround her with positivity and a seed of encouragement. She believes that it is not where you come from, but who you become in life. The best advice that she could give anyone who is young and pushing to be more is to stay positive, keep their faith and never give up no matter what. Life can be hard but in the end when your personal goals of achievement have been met, you can look back at the hard times and smile. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Golden Revelation Golden Revelation is a Christian Rap group consisting of students from Midlands Technical College.
Chris Edwards Guitarist & Vocalist Christopher Alexander Edwards is currently a senior at C.A. Johnson High School. After graduating, he plans to attend the University of South Carolina to major in mathematics and minor in music. He is a young and well-rounded individual. He is involved in several different organizations such as Upward Bound, C.A. Johnson S.O.S. Marching Band and JROTC. This past summer he travelled to Las Vegas to brief at the Tuskegee Airmen convention.
Nickolus Stewart Singer
Nickolus Jon Stewart, 15 years old son of Nathaniel & Jacquelyn Stewart was born on January 3, 1997. Nickolus has loved music all his life, he sings all the time. He started singing solos on the youth choir at Brookland Baptist Church. He sings duets with his older sister, Nathalie. They sang the National Anthem at the Veterans Day Parade and he sang the Natiional Anthem at the 2012 Graduation for Keenan High School. You can hear Nickolus sing not only at Brookland on the 3rd Sundays at 11am, you can hear him at the basketball games at Keenan High school, where he is a sophomore, football player, member of the chorus and Odyssey of the Mind Team. He is very active in church on the Teens In Praise choir and the MIME ministry. Nickolus has also sang as a wedding soloist. His beautiful tenor voice is a gift from God that makes everyone ask is his voice “trained”.He loves singing music from Tyley Perry’s plays. If you want music from Luther Vandross, Ruben Studdard, J. Moss, BB Winans and others then Nickolus is the one you are looking for. Hobbies include singing, dancing, making friends, playing video games and making people laugh.
2012 SPEAKERS / PRESENTERS Marilyn Shine
Allen University in 2005.
Marilyn Shine born in West Point, Mississippi as the 5th child of six to Rev. and Mrs. Arnell and Betty Edwards. She is happily married to Isaac Shine. They are the proud parents of four children: Brandon, Kennedy, Kayla, and Sheldon. Marilyn graduated from West Point High School May 31, 1991 and earned Bachelors Degree in Business Management from
Mrs. Shine is an active member of Brookland Baptist Church where she has served in the following capacities: Praise Dance Director, Assistant Youth Director, Mime Instructor, Youth Advisory Board, as well as, a member of the Charles B Jackson Choir. She began Etiquette Consultation in May 1999 after being inspired from tea parties with Mother and sisters. Shine Consulting specializes in etiquette in Dining and Correspondence, Proper Introductions and Identifying Interpersonal Behavior. Contact information: email@example.com 803-586-2402
Dr. David Crockett Associate Professor, University of South Carolina
Dr. David Crockett is an Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of South Carolina. David Crockett’s primary research interest is in sociological aspects of consumer behavior, particularly the consequences of social inequality. His research investigates the creation, manifestation, and resolution of class, gender and racial inequality in the marketplace, and addresses consumer, managerial, and public policy initiatives designed to alleviate inequality. Emerging areas of interest in his research include healthrelated policy and social enterprise. Dr. Crockett holds a Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2000; M.B.A., University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, 1994 and B.S.B.A., University of Missouri, Columbia, 1992. Contact Information: Office: 803.777.4916 Fax: 803.777.6876 firstname.lastname@example.org
Phillip Frye runs The Frye Foundation. His uncle, the University of South Carolina Head Track and Field Coach Curtis Frye and his wife Wilma founded the organization in 2011. The Frye Foundation provides support for diabetes and mental illnesses in research and development, mentoring programs, and funding for scholarships for students that will major in programs that assist in the treatment.
Contact information: Philip Frye (800) 315-3611 Office (214) 769-5242 Cell email@example.com
Ishmael Brown, Jr. Ishmael Brown, Jr. was born in Columbia, SC to Ishmael Brown, Sr. and Judy L . Jones) Brown. He went to Richland School District One schools, and graduated in 1991 from C.A. Johnson High School. After a brief stint in the U.S. Naval Reserve, he attended South Carolina State University. Having no plans to be a teacher, he began tutoring students in math and was encouraged by family members to take the National Teacher’s Examination He graduated in 1998 with a B.S. degree in Mathematics with a minor in Physics. After graduation, Ishmael went into the Critical Needs Program. Ishmael has been teaching math since 1998. He has worked several local high schools; Lower Richland, Richland Northeast, Eau Claire, and presently at Keenan High School. He has also worked at Alcorn Middle School and Midlands Math & Business Academy. He also has started his own tutoring business, Focal Point Educational Services. He actually started tutoring before he graduated from college, and says that is one of his passion. Ishmael’s interests include reading, football, and helping others. Ishmael is a member of First Calvary Baptist Church. Contact Information: Ishmael Brown firstname.lastname@example.org 803-361-3072
2012 SPEAKERS / PRESENTERS D. Oscar Groomes
Mr. Groomes is a Metallurgical Engineer, Physicist and Materials Scientist by trade. He earned BS degrees at both Tougaloo College and Brown University and an MS from Carnegie-Mellon University before joining GE in 1984 on an Engineering Management Program, followed by the Corporate Audit Staff. Oscar joined GE Plastics in 1988 as a Sales Rep and held subsequent positions in Marketing, Product Management, Sourcing and Commercial Leadership. In 1997, he went to Brazil as President of GE Plastics South America. In 2000 he was appointed General Manager of the Polycarbonate Business in Europe, and in July 2001 he assumed the role as President of GE Specialty Chemicals. In October 2002, Oscar was appointed President and CEO of GE Rail Services in Chicago, Illinois. In 2004 he left GE to join Almatis, a privately held LBO, as Chief Executive Officer based in Frankfurt, Germany. Oscar retired from Almatis after a successful sale in December 2007.
Mr. Pankey was educated at Forsyth Technical Institute, earning a AA in Business Administration and Shorter University earning a BA in Business Management. Mr. Pankey worked for BellSouth Corporation, AT&T Senior management in several key positions, most notably the Advertising and Publishing Group with offices in Charlotte, NC, Columbia, SC and Atlanta, Ga. He contributed to first $100 million yellow pages directory in the 4 state area (NC, SC, Ga., Fla.). Mr. Pankey retired in July 2002.
Oscar currently is consulting with Groomes Business Solutions, LLC for small developing companies and also lectures on international business based on his vast experiences in the corporate and private sectors. He is based in Charlotte, NC.
Michelle Dugar Michele Dugar is a business practitioner and educator. Her background includes marketing positions at Anheuser-Busch and Sara Lee Hosiery as well as over nine years as a marketing professor at the University of South Carolina. Currently, she is a business professor at Benedict College, teaching courses in marketing and entrepreneurship. In addition to being a business instructor, Michele Dugar is a business owner. Her entrepreneurial ventures include an award-winning marketing consulting firm. There is also www.GingerSnapsBaby.com, a site for a company Mrs. Dugar created to produce upscale gift items inspired by children of color. Mrs. Dugar welcomes the opportunity to share her education, business experience and passion for marketing with others. She resides in Columbia with her husband Bill Dugar and their three children-- Austin, Madison, and Jackson. For more information visit: www.SweetLifeWithMichele.com
Mr. Pankey has been a Tai Chi & Kung fu practitioner for the past 10 years and will be recognized as a certified instructor at a ceremony with the American Center for Chinese Studies in February. Mr. Pankey has also achieved notable acclaim as a jazz pianist with the David Pankey Trio.
Kristopher Jones The Bow-Tie Club The Bow-Tie Club is a community based organization that strives to empower educate and equip today’s young men with the tools they need to become the leaders of the future. Bow-Tie is an acronym for “Building Our Way Toward Intellectual Excellence.” Intellect describes the ability to learn, reason, and think abstractly or profoundly. That is exactly what this exciting program encourages! Under the direction of founder and director Kristopher J. Jones, the Bow-Tie Club’s programming has achieved award winning results in providing supplemental after-school programing to youth through five community learning centers reaching students across three school districts. School based mentoring is the entry point through which The Bow-Tie Club connects with and establishes relationships with youth and provides positive “out of the box” learning. Interwoven over the program’s duration are (1) weekly group sessions that address a wide range life skills; (2) Workshops on Financial Literacy, Health and Wellness, Dress For Success, and Public Speaking/Body Language; (3) Tutoring in specific academic areas in which participants may be underperforming. The ideal product Kristopher and the Bow-Tie Inc. aim to create are young leaders who will continue to build their way toward intellectual excellence and have a positive impact on the community at large.
2012 SPEAKERS / PRESENTERS Carroll Lucas
Henry Taylor, Jr.
CEO, Sudden Impact
Owner, HRT Realty, LLC & Taylor Bauer Realty, LLC
Carroll Lucas is a 1978 graduate of South Carolina State University where he earned a BS degree in Psychology. In 1997 he graduated from the US Army Command and General Staff College. In 2011 he received his Masters Degree in Management and Leadership from Webster University. In addition, he received a Certificate in Leadership from the Citadel in 2012. Carroll served in the US Army for 29 years and retired as a decorated Colonel in 2007. After retirement he was appointed by Lockheed Martin to serve as a Deputy Program Manager in Afghanistan. Today, in addition to church and family commitments, Carroll serves as CEO for Sudden Impact. Sudden Impact is a motivational presentation company specializing in interactive leadership, employment, education and self esteem workshops for children, teenagers and adults.
Henry Taylor is a real estate entrepreneur and is the owner of HRT Realty, LLC and Taylor Bauer Realty, LLC here in Columbia, SC. Henry has been in the real estate business for over 10 years and his primary real estate activities include buying foreclosed homes and apartment complexes, renovating them and the re-selling or renting them. Prior to starting his own real estate company, Henry Taylor played in the NFL where he played for the Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears and the Miami Dolphins. Henry also played in the AFL where he played for teams in Dallas, New Orleans, Nashville, Orlando and New York. Henry graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Criminal Justice. He played football for the Gamecocks where he was named Most Outstanding Down Lineman two years in a row in addition to All-SEC and the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
As a positive, passionate, knowledgeable and enlightening speaker, Carroll captivates and leaves his listeners with real world tools and methods to reach their goals. His motivational messages are spirited and entertaining, communicating a message of hope, inspiration and empowerment to diverse audiences. Presentations are interactive that focus on topics and situations that hit home with his audiences. He has given presentations to audiences ranging from small unit teams to senior Department of Defense and State Department officials, foreign governments, and corporate executives in the United States and abroad. Armed with years of experience, documented success and his reputation as a leader, Carroll’s personal mission is to live each day principle-centered based upon leading by example and to be a person of value and positive influence in the lives of the people within his circle of influence.
Henry enjoys working with kids in his free time and has recently coached football at Ridgeview High School and Kennan High School.
Aisha Grant Taylor Attorney, Collins & Lacy, P.C. Aisha Taylor is an attorney with Collins & Lacy, P.C. here in Columbia, SC and is also the licensed Broker-in-Charge for HRT Realty, LLC. Aisha regularly appears in both state and federal court on behalf of South Carolina businesses. In addition, Aisha assists business owners with formation, employee relations and all aspects of risk management. Aisha is a member of the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association, the Society for Human Resource Management and the South Carolina Risk and Insurance Management Society. Prior to joining Collins & Lacy in 2007, Aisha served as a judicial law clerk for The Honorable Brooks P. Goldsmith of South Carolina’s Sixth Judicial Circuit Court. Aisha graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where she received the CALI Award for Race, Education and the Constitution in 2005. Aisha completed her undergraduate work at the University of South Carolina as well where she was a captain of the 2002 NCAA National Championship Women’s Track & Field Team and a fouryear SEC Scholar Athlete.
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