Coach Tony Ballard is a guy who knew in high school that one day he would become a coach, a teacher, and motivator for kids playing the Quarterback position. He learned the true meaning of working hard from Henry “SHAKE” Washington and Clarence Higdon. He also discovered a simple fact – Failure Is Not An Option!!
Coach Ballard attended Florida A&M University where he learned the Quarterback position by playing and studying the fundamental techniques that make a Quarterback GREAT! He truly believes you must be a student of the game first, so that you can be a master at it later.
Tony was the first head coach with the New Tampa Wildcats to win a National Championship. This is where he began to have an eye for recognizing Quarterback talent in the Tampa Bay area and when he began training young Quarterbacks. After years of experience working with Quarterbacks at all levels, he started “HUSTLE INC QUARTERBACKS CLINIC ACADEMY”.
Pastor Ro Wright
Pastor Ro is an accomplished businessman, well traveled, Author, Poet, and Life Coach with a passion for building Marriage and pushing Men to their highest potential. He has been featured on HBO, MTV, Fox Sports, Ebony Magazine, and TBN for his impressive career in making an impact on the lives around him.
He began in ministry at a young age in his father’s church in Monroe, LA. Tabernacle Baptist Church taught him the basics of Christianity and planted the seeds that would later produce fruit all over the world. For 17 years, he was a popular Radio Personality, Community Activist, and Minister in the Greater Shreveport area of Louisiana. After building a congregation in Shreveport for 5 years, he and his wife accepted a greater opportunity to work in Ministry in New Orleans in 2009.
At 39 years old, his resume is quite impressive.
Fire Captain Thomas Niles, Jr.
Thomas Niles was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. He's a Graduate Eau Claire High School. Mr. NIles started with the Columbia Fire Department in 2002. IN 2013 in was promoted to the rank of Captain. His goal is to promoted to Battalion Chief in the next few years He is also a proud husband and father and business owner. Outside of fatherhood, he finds his most joy in helping and mentoring our youth
Mr. Davis is a native of Columbia, South Carolina and exuding what we feel is a Man On The Move. Will Davis is active in his community and his Church and Ministry. He works with our youth and serves the Columbia, SC area well. He also is in school to become a LPN.
Atty. James Shadd
Mr. James Shadd III attended the University of South Carolina School of Law. He passed the South Carolina State Bar in 2000 and has been practicing in Columbia since then. He is licensed to practice law throughout the state of South Carolina and specializes in the following practice areas
James serves on the Board of Directors for South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center and was active in the South Carolina YLD Group. He was a presenter at the 2016 Fatherhood and Male Achievement Conference and listed as a ‘Who’s Who Attorney’ in the South Carolina Black Pages. He has served on several boards and commissions including the Richland Library Board. Currently, he is running as a candidate for the Richland District Two School Board.
Mr. Shadd promises to provide personal attention to each client’s case. He is a sole proprietor, thus will go to court to defend you instead of sending in another attorney. Know that when you hire Shadd Law Firm, LLC – you will be represented by James Shadd himself.
Officer Vandell McCary
Pastor Johnny Ray Noble, Ph.D
Rev. Johnny Ray Noble, Ph.D. is a gifted pastor, passionate leader, social activist, orator, prolific writer, and educator. He is engaged in preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, fighting against racial injustice, and committed to economic empowerment in under-served communities. For over 24 years in ministry, he has touched and transformed the lives of the disenfranchised.
Born in Houston Texas, Pastor Noble was educated in the area public schools. Embracing his leadership ability early in life, he served as class president of Kashmere High School senior class of 1993. Attaining the rank of Captain, Pastor Noble honed his leadership skills with a stellar career in the United States Army spanning ten years. Sensing a call for greater service and preparation, he left the Army in 2002 to pursue full-timepastoral ministry and doctoral studies. He earned a BSOE with honors in Business Management from Wayland Baptist University, an MA in Counseling Psychology and Ph.D. in Clinical Counseling Psychology from Cornerstone University.
Chad K. Myers is a native of Columbia, South Carolina. He is a graduate of Columbia High School and Benedict College. He received his Ed.S. from Cambridge University and serves as an administrator in Richland School District One. He is an advocate for youth and strives to live his life as an example of what can be achieved with faith, determination and perseverance. He is a rock for his extended family and a loving confidant for his two beautiful daughters.
Those early experiences led to stints as a community development coordinator for the Greenwood Area Chamber of Commerce; as the youngest assistant county administrator in Greenwood County; and as division director for the state’s Department of Social Services, among other positions. In the late 1990s, Gilchrist left the public sector to become an entrepreneur. About eight years ago, he and his business partner, Thomas Simuel, set up Palmetto Brokers, a research and consulting firm.
Gilchrist has 15 employees – half of whom work full time while the others are independent contractors – and 15 trucks. Increasing fuel expenses is a major concern of trucking companies, since higher prices cut into profit margins. Small trucking companies like GSL in particular are affected by higher fuel prices. As a result, Gilchrist was forced to consolidate some routes during the economic downturn to help minimize shipping costs.
A chance meeting with an executive from George Weston Bakeries, a Canadian company, led to the development of GSL. With Simuel, Gilchrist arranged to acquire the distribution subsidiary of George Weston for about $90,000, putting down 20% of the purchase price and obtaining financing from the seller over a five-year period until they owned the company outright. GSL is now 100% black-owned.
Coach Mitchell is Director of Personnel at Sonic Boom Speed and Conditioning and Co-Owner at One on One Athletic Recruiting/management. Their mission is to help high school athletes receive college scholarships and provide professional athletes with quality lifestyle management and consultation. He also believes in helping our youth and families of all walks of life in the fight against childhood obesity
Even though Bro. Ronald Stokes has relocated to the Columbia, SC area, he is still making an impact in the community. He is instrumental in the Multi Media Department at Second Nazareth Baptist Church. He loves to make an impact on young people.
Lawrence E. Williams
Mr. Williams is the Co-Founder of The Huddle Group.
They are a non-profit organization that serves middle and high school students in the Metro Atlanta area. Thir desire is to create an environment for students to be empowered with life skills and encouragement to be great leaders in our communities.
They recognize that many of our students have to make critical decisions every day in life. Those decisions are not easy to make with all the obstacles and distractions they face on a daily basis. Many times these obstacles and distractions prevent them from becoming the productive adults we need in our communities.
They believe they can provide students with the opportunity to receive tools to help guide their decision making with all the obstacles and distractions they may face, and also the opportunity to create habits that helps mold them into better and more productive leaders for themselves and our communities.
Pastor Johnny Ray Noble
Officer Vandell McCary
Captain Thomas Niles, Jr
Lawrence E. Williams
Atty James Shadd
Coach Gerald Mitchell
Pastor Ro Wright
Coach Tony Ballard
Dr. Carl Cunningham
Dr. Carl Cunningham
Male Youth Mentor
Carl Cunningham Jr., Ph.D..is the Director of Student Support Services, Faulkner State Community College He also a Male Youth Mentor and believes in engaging Young Men and making their high school years count. He also creates high expectations for boys through his mentoring.
Jullion Taylor, Jr, CEO, and Co-Founder of Capitol Enterprise Business Group, LLC, has more than 13 years’ of combined experience in areas of business development, marketing, project management, grant writing, fund development, legal compliance, and international trade. From 2000 through 2006, Jullion served on active duty for the United States Navy performing military-related legal support duties pertaining to both civil and military matters. In addition, Jullion has been instrumental in the creation of the financial and business plans and launch of a variety start-up business ventures. Jullion has been the key business advisor and responsible for the successful start-up of over 45 businesses and nonprofit organizations in a wide range of diverse industries.
Steven Dial is a proven Reporter in Kansas City, Missouri, Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia he always had a nack for the written and spoken work. And....the news. He is a Claflin Alumnus.and Emmy & Edward R. Murrow Winner!
He says, "I have always loved telling stories."
Men On The Move
Calendar Project 2019
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