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Ben Davis

Football player and entrepreneur Ben Davis was born on October 30, 1945 in Birmingham, Alabama to B. Frank and Sallye B. Davis. He graduated at age fifteen, from Fair Lawn High School in Fair Lawn, New Jersey in 1961, and attended Bridgton Academy in North Bridgton, Maine from 1961 to 1963. He received his B.A. degree in business education from Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio and was a running back and wide receiver for the Yellow Jackets football team. He led the team to an undefeated season (9-0) during his senior year and received honors as a Little All-American.

Davis was the 439th overall draft pick in the 1967 NFL Draft, selected by the Cleveland Browns, as a defensive back in the 17th round. In his rookie season with the Browns, Davis led the league in punt returns, averaging 12.7 yards per return, including one 52 yard return for a touchdown. Davis also led the Browns in kickoff returns, with 27 returns totaling 708 yards, including one 63 yard return in 1967. In 1968, he started as a cornerback, and led the team with 8 interceptions. In 1968, he also led the NFL in interception return yards with 162, the third best in Browns’ history and he holds the record for seven consecutive games with an interception. That same year, he was named All Pro Defense Back by Sporting News. A torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) benched Davis for one and a half seasons from 1969 to 1970, but he started for the Browns for three more seasons from 1971 to 1973. He was traded to the Detroit Lions for a 5th-round draft pick in 1974, and played three more seasons for the Lions before retiring in 1977.

After retiring from a ten year NFL career, Davis joined the Xerox Corporation as a sales representative. In 1982, Davis co-founded and served as president of Telecable Broadcasting of America (TBA), a cable TV provider in the greater Cleveland area. TBA was one of the first African-American owned and operated cable TV companies in the U.S. Davis started another cable TV company in Jefferson Township, a suburb of Dayton, Ohio in 1986 which he later sold to the Centel Corporation. In 1989, Davis started a radio station in Tulsa, Oklahoma (94.1 FM) that he ran for five years, eventually selling the station to Shamrock Communications. In 1990, Davis created Britt Business Systems in Cleveland, Ohio which sold and serviced Xerox office equipment in Cleveland and surrounding suburbs. Davis operated Britt for seventeen years until his retirement in 2007.
 
He is also the brother of activist, author and professor Angela Davis.

Davis and his wife Sylvia have two adult children, Cecilie and Benjamin, III, and three grandchildren.

Ben Davis was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 26, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.191

Sex

Male

Interview Date

9/25/2018

Last Name

Davis

Maker Category
Organizations
First Name

Ben

Birth City, State, Country

Birmingham

HM ID

DAV43

Favorite Season

Spring, Early Summer

State

Alabama

Favorite Vacation Destination

Martha's Vineyard, Cape Cod

Favorite Quote

N/A

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Ohio

Birth Date

10/30/1945

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Cleveland

Favorite Food

Salmon over Lettuce

Short Description

Football player and entrepreneur Ben Davis (1945- ) played for the Cleveland Browns from 1967 to 1973 and the Detroit Lions from 1975 to 1976. He also owned and operated Britt Business Systems a retailer for the Xerox Corporation.

Favorite Color

Blue and Brown

Mayfield Evans

Entrepreneur Mayfield Evans was born on November 17, 1935 in Greensboro, Alabama to Murphey and Alice Evans. After graduating from Hale County Training School in 1955, Evans enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a chef.

From 1967 to 1968, Evans worked as an assistant meat market manager and accounting clerk at Grand Fork Air Force Base in North Dakota. Evans then served as an assistant meat market manager and warehouse supervisor at San Vito dei Normanni Air Station in Italy. From 1970 to 1974, Evans worked as a warehouse supervisor and meat department manager at the Royal Air Force Chicksands Commissary in Bedfordshire, England. He then worked as an assistant store manager at Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth, Texas until 1976, when he became chief of human services at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage. From 1977 to 1979, Evans also served as Alaska Air Command Superintendent. In 1978, he founded E&S Diversified Services, Inc., an organization that provided custodial services, warehouse management services, commissary management, and food service in Anchorage. Evans retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1983, with the rank of senior master sergeant. From 1998 to 2015, Evans served as the executive director of MQC Enterprises, Inc.

Evans was named outstanding volunteer in philanthropy by the Alaska Chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives in 1996. He also served on the Alaska Veteran’s Advisory Council, the Alaska Workforce Investment Board, the advisory commission for the Anchorage Police Department, and the Mountain View Task Force. He was vice president of the NAACP Anchorage chapter, and served as a member of Alaskan Governor Tony Knowles’ transition team as well as Alaskan Governor Frank Murkowski’s transition team. Evans was a member of the Committee on Employment and Rehabilitation of People with Disabilities from 2003 to 2008. For his service in the military, he received the Air Force Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters, and the meritorious service medal.

Evans and his wife, Willie Mae, have three children: Melphine, Jacqueline, and Barry.

Mayfield Evans was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 18, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.108

Sex

Male

Interview Date

5/18/2018

Last Name

Evans

Maker Category
Occupation
Organizations
Schools

Hale County Training High School

University of Alaska Anchorage

Hale County High School

First Name

Mayfield

Birth City, State, Country

Greensboro

HM ID

EVA09

Favorite Season

Spring

State

Alabama

Favorite Vacation Destination

Los Angeles, California

Favorite Quote

Are You Out Of Your Mind?

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Alaska

Birth Date

11/17/1935

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Anchorage

Favorite Food

Chicken, Collard Greens, Black-eyed Peas

Short Description

Entrepreneur Mayfield Evans (1935 - ) served in the U.S. Air Force from 1955 to 1983, during which time he founded E&S Diversified Services, Inc. in 1978.

Employment

United States Air Force

E& Diversified Services, Inc.

Mayfield's Quality Cleaners

MQC Enterprises, Inc.

Favorite Color

Blue

Sylvester Joubert

Entrepreneur Sylvester Joubert was born on March 16, 1946 in Plaisance, Louisiana to Lillian and Adolph Joubert, Jr. Joubert graduated from Plaisance High School in 1965 and then received his certification in automotive mechanics in 1970 from the Technical School in Opelousas, Louisiana.

In 1970, he moved to Anchorage, Alaska to pursue career opportunities and went to work in aircraft and ground equipment maintenance at Western Air Lines in Anchorage in 1971. While working at Western Air Lines for nearly fifteen years, Joubert became “entrepreneurial” and developed multiple businesses. He established his first company:
Joubert Landscaping Plus which was in operation from 1972 to 1979. He opened an income tax office and bought and sold real estate. In 1980, he took a leave of absence from Western Air Lines, to dedicate more time to his businesses. In 1981, he was awarded a contract with the State of Alaska for Skycap and Storage Services at Anchorage International Airport. In the same year, Joubert became the first African American TEXACO station independent owner in the State of Alaska. He retired from Western Air Lines in 1985, and opened the eatery, Catfish Kitchen, bringing the freshwater food staple and his mother’s secret recipes to Alaska from the years of 1986 to 1988. He also has operated Advantage Car & Van Rental, an enterprise operating in equipment rental and leasing since 1988. Also, that same year, Joubert entered the car sales business full-time launching Midnight Sun Car Sales and then expanded the business, and added a rental car division called Midnight Sun Car & Van Rental, in 1997. With two Anchorage locations, and a staff of twenty five, he also instituted a hiring and mentoring internship program for high school and college students during the summer months. In 2002, Joubert served as president at Fairview Auto, Inc., a family-owned and operated used-car dealership in Anchorage.

Joubert was recognized for his accomplishments in business and awarded Entrepreneur
of the Year in 2017 by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Anchorage Branch.

Joubert and his wife JoAnn have two adult children, Christine and Gregory, and six grandchildren.

Sylvester Joubert was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 20, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.099

Sex

Male

Interview Date

5/20/2018

Last Name

Joubert

Maker Category
Occupation
Organizations
Schools

Plaisance High School

First Name

Sylvester

Birth City, State, Country

Plaisance

HM ID

JOU01

Favorite Season

Summer

State

Louisiana

Favorite Vacation Destination

Hawaii

Favorite Quote

He Who Starts Behind Must Run The Fastest Or Remain Behind Forever

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Alaska

Birth Date

3/15/1946

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Anchorage

Favorite Food

Fried Chicken

Short Description

Entrepreneur Sylvester Joubert (1946- ) the first African American TEXACO station owner in the State of Alaska in 1981 was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017 by the NAACP, Anchorage Branch.

Employment

Self Employed

Favorite Color

Blue

Dee Robinson

Entrepreneur Dee Robinson was on born on January 21, 1961. She received her B.A. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and her M.B.A. degree in marketing and policy management from Northwestern University’s J. L. Kellogg School of Management in Evanston, Illinois in 1988. She also later completed the Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business Executive Education program in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Robinson worked in banking at Ameritrust and Northern Trust as a commercial loan officer, and served as associate product director for Johnson and Johnson Consumer Products Company, facilitating successful new product national launch campaigns. In 1989, she served as assistant account executive at the Leo Burnett Company managing accounts and strategies for new product introductions.

In 1993, Robinson founded Unity Square merchandisingd ethnic-inspired products through a strategic retail partnership with Sears. As chief executive officer, she also established RobinsonHill, Inc., a concessions management firm specializing in U.S. airports and other non-traditional locations. In 1998, she secured a Unity Square license and catalog deal with Sears, and purchased a Ben and Jerry’s Super Premium Ice Cream and Yogurt franchise. In 2001, Robinson opened Unity Square at Sears on State Street, the Ben & Jerry’s shop at Midway Airport, and the first tourist location Ben & Jerry’s at Chicago’s Navy Pier, in 2003. Robinson entered into a joint venture in 2006 with Hudson News at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, and OTG Management in 2007 with Cibo Wine & Bistro, Cibo Markets and Jet Rock Sports Bar at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. along with Cibo Markets at Chicago O’Hare International in 2008. Robinson’s RobinsonHill began Hudson News store operations, and opened Cheeburger Cheeburger at Cleveland Hopkins Airport in 2009. She later launched UFood Grill, a second restaurant at Cleveland Hopkins Airport in 2010. Dee Robinson led the Areas USA-RobinsonHill team and secured exclusive rights to develop O’Hare Airport’s Food & Beverage Terminal 5 concessions program in 2011. In 2012, the RobinsonHill Group acquired the first Pinkberry frozen dessert restaurant franchise; won the bid to operate Garrett’s Popcorn Shop at Midway Airport, and launched Potbelly Sandwich Shop at Boston Logan International Airport. In 2013, Robinson’s RobinsonHill Group celebrated twenty years in the retail and restaurant business.

Robinson has served as board director for Wintrust Bank, the Illinois Gaming Board; Meridian Healthcare Advisory Board, and Committee for Amazon HQ2.

Robinson has received numerous awards and recognitions including, Kellogg Graduate School of Business BMA Entrepreneur of the Year Alumni Award, Women’s Leadership Exchange Compass Award, Chicago Defender Woman of Excellence Award, Top 100 under 50 Executive Leaders Award, Black MBA Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year, Ben & Jerry ’s Award of Excellence, and Airport Revenue News Best of Award Nominations for Small Retailer and Food & Beverage Operator with Highest Regard for Customer Service, Best Small News & Gift Operator, Best Food & Beverage Brand Operator for UFood Grill, and Best Overall Small Food & Beverage Operator.

Dee Robinson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 3, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.090

Sex

Female

Interview Date

5/3/2018

Last Name

Robinson

Maker Category
Occupation
Organizations
First Name

Dee

Birth City, State, Country

Chicago

HM ID

ROB36

Favorite Season

Late Spring, Summer

State

Illinois

Favorite Vacation Destination

Beach

Favorite Quote

Leave A Place Or People Better Than You Found Them.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Illinois

Birth Date

1/21/1961

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Chicago

Favorite Food

Black Eyed Peas

Short Description

Entrepreneur Dee Robinson was (1961- ) founded Unity Square, and initiated a strategic retail partnership; and later. founded RobinsonHill, Inc., a concessions management firm specializing in airports and other non-traditional locations across the U.S.

Favorite Color

Orange

Curtis T. Jewell

Entrepreneur Curtis T. Jewell was born on September 8, 1943 in Richmond, Virginia to Thelma Jewell and Fletcher Jewell. Jewell attended 18th Avenue Elementary School in Newark, New Jersey and Manakin Elementary School in Manakin, Virginia. After graduating from Central High School in Goochland County, Virginia, Jewell enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1961, and served as a hospital corpsman. In 1975, Jewell earned his B.S. degree in social psychology from Park University in Parkville, Missouri.

Following his discharge from the military, he pursued a career as a physician. In 1966, Jewell began working as a technician at Harvard Teaching Hospital while taking pre-med courses at Northeastern University and Boston University. However, he returned to Richmond, Virginia in 1969 without completing his medical degree. In 1972, he was hired as the executive director of Uhuru, a substance abuse treatment center in Columbus, Ohio. Following his college graduation, Jewell became the President and CEO of Intercontinental, Inc. After four years with the company, he left in 1979 to join Nationwide Insurance as a sales agent. In 1985, he became a partner at Praxis, where he remained for four years. Then, in 1989, Jewell founded EXCEL Management Systems, Inc. and established the Jewell Group, LLC, a property holding company, in 1994. In 2004, he became the majority stockholder of J.B. Chart Development Company, LLC.

From 1990 to 2008, Jewell served on the board of the National Black Programming Consortium. He also served as a member of the Columbus State Community College Development Foundation, Inc. and the Advisory Council for the Center of Science Industry Columbus.

Jewell was awarded the Minority Small Businessman of the Year Award by the U.S. Small Business Administration in 1994, and named Businessman of the Year by the Black Presidents’ Roundtable. The following year, the Greater Columbus Chamber named him Small Business Person of the Year, and the Ohio Association of African American Business Owners named him African American Male Business Owner of the Year. In 2015, Jewell was inducted into the Central Ohio Business Hall of Fame.

Jewell and his wife, Beverly Jewell, have six children: Neonu, Nia, Sisi, Curtis, Clay, and Leah.

Curtis T. Jewell was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on Novemeber 15, 2017.

Accession Number

A2017.202

Sex

Male

Interview Date

11/15/2017

Last Name

Jewell

Maker Category
Middle Name

T.

Occupation
Schools

Central High School

Northeastern University

Boston University

Virginia Commonwealth University

Park University

First Name

Curtis

Birth City, State, Country

Richmond

HM ID

JEW03

Favorite Season

Fall

State

Virginia

Favorite Vacation Destination

None

Favorite Quote

You don't have to know how to do everything. You need to know how to get everything done.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Ohio

Birth Date

9/8/1943

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Columbus

Country

United States

Favorite Food

None

Short Description

Entrepreneur Curtis T. Jewell (1943 - ) was the president and CEO of EXCEL Management Systems, Inc., a company he founded in 1989. He established the Jewell Group, LLC in 1994.

Employment

Excel Management Company

Praxis

Nationwide Insurance

Intercontal

Utturu Drug Program

Rubicow Drug Program

Harvard Teaching College

Favorite Color

None

Donald K. Anthony, Jr.

Fencer and entrepreneur Donald K. Anthony, Jr. was born on May 22, 1957 in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1975. Anthony then went on to attend Princeton University and fenced for the school’s varsity team. He graduated with his B.S.E. degree in systems and civil engineering in 1979 and later earned his M.B.A. degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1988.

After graduating from Princeton University, Anthony accepted a position at IBM as a systems engineer and marketing executive. In 1989, after ten years with IBM, he left to pursue a career as an entrepreneur. In 1996, Anthony founded the management consulting firm, Warrior Group, Inc. and became the company’s president and chief executive officer. He then became the national secretary of the United States Fencing Association in 2000. The same year, Anthony founded SwordSport LLC and served as the company’s president and chief executive officer. From 2008 to 2010, Anthony was executive director of After-School All-Stars Columbus. He was also the executive producer of the documentary film BlackBlades, which premiered in 2011 and focused on the history of African American Olympic fencers. The following year, Anthony was elected as president and chairman of the United States Fencing Association.

Anthony was a member of the National Black MBA Association’s Advisory Board since 1990, and was a trustee of the Ohio Society of CPAs Foundation. He also served as chairman of First Tee of Columbus from 2003 to 2012. He was co-chair of the Arnold Fencing Classic and a member of the executive committee of the International Fencing Federation from 2012 to 2016.

Anthony continued his fencing career after completing college and has won several accolades for his abilities. He competed in multiple World Championships and North American Cups, and earned multiple medals. Anthony also was at the U.S. Olympic Festival and the U.S.A. Fencing National Championship. In 1979, Anthony was awarded the Johnston Award for fencing at Princeton University.

Anthony and his wife, Karen, have one daughter.

Donald K. Anthony, Jr. was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 14, 2017.

Accession Number

A2017.199

Sex

Male

Interview Date

11/17/2017

Last Name

Anthony

Maker Category
Middle Name

K.

Occupation
Organizations
Schools

Walnut Hills High School

Princeton University

Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

First Name

Donald

Birth City, State, Country

Cleveland

HM ID

ANT03

Favorite Season

Summer

State

Ohio

Favorite Vacation Destination

St. John and Maui

Favorite Quote

I really don't have time for dumb things.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Ohio

Birth Date

7/14/1957

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Columbus

Country

United States

Favorite Food

Thai and Mangoes

Short Description

Fencer and entrepreneur Donald K. Anthony, Jr. (1957 - ) was the founder, president, and CEO of the Warrior Group, Inc. and SwordSport LLC. He also served as the president of the United States Fencing Association.

Employment

Warrior Group, Inc.

IBM

SwordSport LLC

Favorite Color

Blue and Gray

Iris Cooper

Entrepreneur Dr. Iris Cooper was born on July 2, 1953 in Evansville, Indiana. She graduated from Bosse High School in Evansville, Indiana in 1971, and attended Fisk University for two years. She transferred to Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana in 1973 and graduated with a B.A. degree in journalism. In 1977, Cooper received an M.B.A. degree in marketing, also from Indiana University. Her D.B.A. degree in entrepreneurship was awarded from Walden University in 2016. Cooper’s doctoral study “The First 4 Years: A Small Business Sustainability Study” focused on reducing small business mortality.

Following graduate school, she worked for the Lazarus Department Stores in Columbus, Ohio and became marketing manager of the restaurant division. Cooper transitioned to banking in 1984 and rose to the position of vice president and manager of Community Development Lending at Key Bank. In 1989, she co-founded and served as Vice President of Marketing for Glory Foods, Inc., the first minority- owned food product line in the nation. As the only female owner, Cooper wrote the business plan, created the brand, and conceived the disruptive marketing strategy which introduced pre-seasoned, heat- and- eat “soul food” to the grocery shelves.  

Cooper applied her knowledge of financial services in 2001 by opening Pyramid Mortgage Company, targeting self-employed customers. JustAskIris!, also launched in 2001, is her current enterprise and specializes in marketing, strategic planning, and financial management. JustAskIris! business articles appeared in the Columbus Post and on WVKO radio show from 2001 to 2006. In 2007, Cooper became director of the entrepreneurship and small business division of the Ohio Department of Development. Under her leadership, Ohio rose from twenty-ninth worst place for small businesses to the ninth best in the nation, and first in the Midwest in four years.

Partnering with Melanie Houston, she co-authored the self-help novel When the Devil is Beating His Wife: A Christian Perspective on Domestic Violence and Recovery in 2013. Her current literary project, "A is for Asset: 26 Ways to Start or Sustain Your Business" will be digitally published in 2019. Additionally, Cooper teaches business courses at Columbus State Community College and Franklin University, sharing her knowledge and experiences with the next generation.

Her commitment to community service spans over 30 years in a variety of Central Ohio nonprofits. Cooper was the first female president of Community Capital Development Corporation (CCDC). Other philanthropic positions include board seats at Columbus Area Mental Health, Kelly School of Business at Indiana University, and Strategies Against Violence Everywhere. She was a 2006 YWCA Woman of Achievement and a 2008 Woman of Economic and Leadership Development (WELD).  She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. Iris recently received the Amos Lynch Legacy Award from the Champions of Diversity organization and the Sharon Burkes Soar Award from Franklin County Children’s Services for her advocacy work in Central Ohio. 

Cooper has two children, Mica and Malik, and one grandchild, Malachi.

Iris Cooper was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 14, 2017.

Accession Number

A2017.201

Sex

Female

Interview Date

11/14/2017

Last Name

Cooper

Maker Category
Occupation
Organizations
First Name

Iris

Birth City, State, Country

Evansville

HM ID

COO13

Favorite Season

Summer

State

Indiana

Favorite Vacation Destination

Florida

Favorite Quote

I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Ohio

Birth Date

7/2/1953

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Columbus

Country

United States

Favorite Food

Chips

Short Description

Entrepreneur Dr. Iris Cooper (1953 - ) was co-founder and director of Glory Foods, Inc. and founded the management consultancy firm, JustAskIris!

Favorite Color

Pink, Purple, and Black

Tristan Walker

Entrepreneur Tristan Walker was born on July 5, 1984 in Queens, New York to Bettie Walker Harris and Roger Vassar. Walker attended Cadwallader Colden School and J.H.S. 185, Edward Bleeker School in Queens. Walker then received a full scholarship to attend the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut. Upon graduating in 2002, Walker went on to obtain his B.A. degree in economics from Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York in 2005. He then earned his M.B.A. degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in Stanford, California in 2010.

Walker started his internship at Lehman Brothers, Inc. in New York City in 2005, where he eventually accepted a full-time position as an analyst and trader and served until 2007. Walker was then hired to work for JPMorgan Chase and Co. as an analyst and trader, and served in that position until 2008. During graduate school, Walker also held internships at the Boston Consulting Group and Twitter, Inc. In 2009, Walker accepted the director of business development position at the startup company, Foursquare Labs, Inc. In 2012, Walker founded the non-profit organization CODE2040, to promote diversity in the technology industry. After leaving Foursquare Labs, Inc. in 2012, Walker worked as an entrepreneur-in-residence at the venture capital firm of Andreessen Horowitz, located in Menlo Park, California. In 2013, Walker founded and served as CEO of Walker and Company Brands, Inc., an African American health and beauty products company. Walker and Company Brands, Inc.’s products included the Bevel shaving line for black men, and FORM Beauty, a women’s hair care collection designed for all hair textures launched in 2017.

Walker was named the USA Today Person of the Year in 2014. In the same year, Walker also was featured on Creativity 50 list The Most Creative People of the Year. In 2017, Walker was later featured on Fortune Magazine’s ’40 under 40’ list, Ebony magazine’s ‘100 Most Powerful People’ list and the Hollywood Reporter’s ‘Digital Power 50’ list.

Tristan Walker and his wife, Amoy Toyloy Walker, have one son, Avery Walker.

Tristan Walker was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 29, 2017.

Accession Number

A2017.209

Sex

Male

Interview Date

11/29/2017

Last Name

Walker

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Occupation
Organizations
Schools

Stanford Graduate School of Business

State University of New York at Stony Brook

The Hotchkiss School

J.H.S. 185, Edward Bleeker School

P.S. 124 Cadwallader Colden School

First Name

Tristan

Birth City, State, Country

Queens

HM ID

WAL25

Favorite Season

Autumn

State

New York

Favorite Vacation Destination

Jamaica

Favorite Quote

The Trials You Go Through And The Blessings You Receive Are The Same.$

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

California

Birth Date

7/5/1984

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Bay Area/Stanford

Country

United States

Favorite Food

Oxtail

Short Description

Entrepreneur Tristan Walker (1984 - ) was the founder and chairman of CODE2040, and founder and CEO of Walker & Company Brands.

Employment

Walker and Company Brands Inc.

Code2040

Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.

JPMorgan Chase and Co.

Foursquare Labs Inc.

Favorite Color

Blue

DAStories

Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Tristan Walker's interview

Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Tristan Walker lists his favorites

Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Tristan Walker describes his father's family background

Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Tristan Walker lists his siblings, pt. 1

Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Tristan Walker shares his memories of his father

Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Tristan Walker describes her mother's family background

Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Tristan Walker describes his earliest childhood memory

Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Tristan Walker remembers the South Jamaica Houses in Queens, New York

Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Tristan Walker talks about his early interest in education

Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Tristan Walker talks about his mother's work ethic

Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Tristan Walker remembers his male role models

Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Tristan Walker describes the demographics of the Flushing neighborhood of Queens, New York

Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Tristan Walker remembers his home in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens, New York

Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Tristan Walker describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood

Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Tristan Walker talk about the stereotypes of people on welfare

Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Tristan Walker remembers his admission to the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut

Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Tristan Walker describes his experiences at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut

Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Tristan Walker describes his social life at the Hotchkiss School

Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Tristan Walker talks about the conflict over do-rags at the Hotchkiss School

Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Tristan Walker recalls his aspirations during high school

Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Tristan Walker recalls his decision to attend Stony Brook University

Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Tristan Walker remembers the attacks of September 11, 2001

Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Tristan Walker recalls his internships with Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.

Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Tristan Walker remembers working for Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. in London, England

Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Tristan Walker remembers his early relationship with his wife

Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Tristan Walker remembers dating his wife

Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Tristan Walker remembers working for Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.

Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Tristan Walker describes his experiences as an energy commodity trader

Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Tristan Walker describes his reasons for leaving Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.

Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Tristan Walker recalls his decision to attend the Stanford Graduate School of Business

Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Tristan Walker recalls the cost of Stanford Graduate School of Business

Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Tristan Walker describes his influential coursework at the Stanford Graduate School of Business

Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Tristan Walker talks about the importance of soft skills for business leaders

Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Tristan Walker recalls his start at Twitter, Inc.

Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Tristan Walker describes his internship at Twitter, Inc.

Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Tristan Walker remembers joining Foursquare Labs, Inc.

Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Tristan Walker describes his monetization strategy for Foursquare

Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Tristan Walker talks about the launch of the Foursquare application

Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Tristan Walker talks about balancing his education and career

Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Tristan Walker talks about the monetization of new media platforms

Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Tristan Walker recalls securing venture funding from Andreessen Horowitz

Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Tristan Walker recalls his idea for Walker and Company Brands, Inc.

Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Tristan Walker describes the products of Walker and Company Brands, Inc.

Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Tristan Walker describes the marketing strategy at Walker and Company Brands, Inc.

Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Tristan Walker talks about his company's hair regimens

Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Tristan Walker talks about his investments from prominent African Americans

Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Tristan Walker talks about developing the market for the Bevel razor

Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Tristan Walker talks about the availability of Bevel products

Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Tristan Walker describes his hopes for the future of Walker and Company Brands, Inc.

Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Tristan Walker describes his corporate and personal values

Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Tristan Walker reflects upon his life

Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Tristan Walker shares his advice to young African American men

Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Tristan Walker talks about Code2040

Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Tristan Walker describes his hopes for Code2040

Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Tristan Walker describes his hopes for the African American community

William Pickard

Entrepreneur William Pickard was born on January 28, 1941 in La Grange, Georgia to William Pickard and Victoria Woodward. He attended Flint Mott College, where he earned his A.S. degree in 1962. In 1964, he graduated from Western Michigan University with his B.S. degree in sociology. In 1965, Pickard graduated from the University of Michigan with his M.A. degree in social work. In 1971, he graduated from Ohio State University with his Ph.D. degree.

In 1971, Pickard purchased his first McDonald’s franchise in the Detroit area, and then expanded to own several franchises. In 1982, Pickard was appointed as the first Chairman of the African Development Foundation by President Ronald Reagan. In 1984, Pickard purchased Regal Plastics Company, a company that specialized in producing plastic moldings that were used in automobile parts. In 1987, Bearwood Management Company, Inc. was founded and Pickard became its president. In 1990, he was appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Trade Policy by President George H.W. Bush. The following year, he was appointed to the Federal Home Loan Bank Board of the Indianapolis Bank. In 1998, Pickard founded both Grupo Antolin Primera Automotive Systems and ARD Logistics. The following year, he helped found Vitec LLC. In addition, he became an investor with MGM Grand, Inc. for the construction of a casino in Detroit. In 1999, Pickard founded Global Automotive Alliance, a holding company to several automotive parts manufacturers, and served as its chairman. In 2003, he was part of a group that funded the media company, Real Times Media, LLC and purchased the Chicago Defender and other African American owned newspapers. In 2004, Pickard became the director of Asset Acceptance Capitol Corporation.

In 1980, Pickard was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by Western Michigan University. In 2001, he was named “Michiganian of the Year” by Detroit News; and, in 2016, he was appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to serve as a trustee on the Western Michigan Board of Trustees. In 2017, he published his book, Millionaire Moves: Seven Proven Principles of Entrepreneurship. In the same year, Western Michigan University named a residence hall in his honor, along with Ronald Hall and Dennis Archer.

William Pickard was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 20, 2017.

Accession Number

A2017.190

Sex

Male

Interview Date

10/20/2017

Last Name

Pickard

Maker Category
Occupation
Organizations
First Name

William

Birth City, State, Country

LaGrange

HM ID

PIC02

Favorite Season

Fall

State

Georgia

Favorite Quote

There's no prize that cannot be won by hard work, perseverance and prayer.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Michigan

Birth Date

1/28/1941

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Detroit

Favorite Food

Dover Sole

Short Description

Entrepreneur William Pickard (1941- ) one of the nation’s first McDonald’s owners was the founder and Chairman of Global Automotive Alliance. He was also a McDonald’s franchise owner.

Favorite Color

Blue

Robert C. Davidson, Jr.

Entrepreneur Robert C. Davidson, Jr. was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1945. He attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, where he graduated with his B.A. degree in 1967, and received his M.B.A. degree from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in 1967.

Davidson worked at the management consulting firm Cresap, McCormick and Paget and later founded the Urban National Corporation. Based in Boston, Massachusetts, the private venture capital firm focused on investing in minority-controlled businesses. Then, Davidson joined the leadership of Clarence Avant’s Sussex Records recording label. After a few years, he founded his own company, Surface Protection Industries, where Davidson served as chairman and CEO. In 1997, he became a trustee at his alma mater, Morehouse College, and later was elected chairman. Davidson also joined the board of trustees of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in 2004. He chaired the board’s governance committee and led the presidential search committee. In 2010, Davidson was elected chairman of the board of trustees of the Art Center College of Design.

Davidson has also served as a director of the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. He has served on the board of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Charles Drew University School of Medicine. He has also been a member of the boards of the African American Museum of Art, the Black-Jewish Economic Development Committee of Los Angeles, Big Brothers of Greater Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

In 1990, Davidson received the Raoul Wallenberg Save the Children award for his humanitarian ideals. He was honored by Morehouse College with the Bennie Leadership award in 2007 and 1997 the dedication of the President’s newly constructed home and executive center was named the “Davidson House Center for Excellence” in his honor. In 2013, Davidson and his wife were named Arts and Culture Ambassadors by the Pasadena Community Foundation for their commitment to the arts in the local community.

Davidson and his wife, Faye Davidson, have three sons, Robert Davidson, III, John Davidson, and Julian Davidson.

Robert C. Davidson, Jr. was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 24, 2017.

Accession Number

A2017.142

Sex

Male

Interview Date

08/24/2017

Last Name

Davidson

Maker Category
Middle Name

C.

Occupation
Schools

Saint Augustine Elementary School

Father Bertrand High School

Morehouse College

University of Chicago

Speakers Bureau

Yes

Speakers Bureau Availability

Days and Evenings

First Name

Robert

HM ID

DAV41

Speakers Bureau Preferred Audience

Any

Speakers Bureau Honorarium

No

Favorite Season

Summer

Favorite Vacation Destination

Martha's Vineyard

Favorite Quote

Luck is where preparation meets opportunity

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

California

Birth Date

10/3/1945

Speakers Bureau Region City

Pasadena

Favorite Food

Wife's eggplant casserole

Short Description

Entrepreneur Robert C. Davidson, Jr. (1946 - ) founded Surface Protection Industries in 1978. He served as chairman of the Morehouse College and Art Center College of Design board of trustees.

Employment

Avant Garde Enterprises

Urban National Corporation

Surface Protective Industries

Favorite Color

Blue