JESSE J. TYSON, CEO and President
Jesse J. Tyson, CEO and President (Ex officio member of the Board of Directors)
For more than 35 years, Jesse Tyson has been a thought leader, business strategist and implementer. Through technological innovation, keen business strategy and aggressive business tactics, his career grew from an early interest in marketing and sales with initial successes in sales strategy and operations; to his regional expertise in energy policy, to leading road transportation, safety and efficiency operations at the world’s largest oil and gas corporation, Exxon MobilTyson’s acumen for not only business operations, but strategy, also put him in the . position of leading the Global Aviation business for Exxon Mobil based in Brussels, Belgium, where he worked across multiple industry groups developing strategic customer segmentation solutions, operations and shareholder return requirements. He directed a $10 billion business with clients in over 50 countries and 500 locations that delivered over 40% in returns for Exxon Mobil and delivered $30 million per year in operating efficiencies.
Mr. Tyson is an international business trailblazer, a global marketing and operations expert and a recognized name in the multinational oil and gas industry.
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DEANNA HAMILTON, Vice President, Marketing & Partner Development (MPD)
Until 2013, Deanna L. Hamilton served as Founder & CEO of Circle One, Inc., a consumer product marketing & multi-format printing company specializing in commercial print, direct mail, specialty printing, packaging and point-of-purchase marketing collateral. Deanna’s strategic vision, excellent leadership, organizational and analytical aptitude, and proven ability to influence business partners directly impacted Circle One’s robust growth; establishing Circle One as an emerging leader in the print industry. Circle One has been honored as National Minority Supplier Development Council Supplier of the Year, National Minority Supplier Development Council Regional Supplier of the Year, and Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council Supplier of the Year.
Deanna honed her craft in the Consumer Product Marketing and Printing Industry during her tenure as Chief Financial Officer of Origen Partners, an Innerworkings Company, responsible for the overall financial plan and accounting practices of the organization which included treasury, accounting, budget, tax and audit activities. As a strategic member of the Origen team, Deanna’s business acumen directly impacted Origen’s 900% growth rate.
After the successful start of Circle One, Inc., Deanna’s passion for The Art of the Deal drove her to launch a management consulting division under the banner, Circle One Consulting. The company specializes in private sector growth strategies for entertainment and sports properties. Deanna partners with her clients to identify their highest-value opportunities, and most critical challenges and helps them deliver transformational strategies for business growth. Circle One Consulting offers a knowledge base and functional expertise in the areas of Strategy and Corporate Development, Organizational and Operational Optimization, Capital Fundraising & Sourcing, Alternative Investment Diversification, Finance/Accounting and Sales/Marketing.
Fortune 500 companies including Chrysler Group, LLC, General Electric, and The Interpublic Group of Companies all entrusted Deanna to skillfully drive the financial thermometer of their organizations. As a corporate leader for these companies during her professional career she has created tremendous value, holding senior level positions in purchasing, operations, finance and accounting, successfully developing turn-key strategies that yielded substantial financial growth.
A lifetime member of the NBMBAA, Deanna holds a dual Master of Science Degree in Finance and Management, and a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Finance from Walsh College.
Deanna generously donates her time to education, youth, and minority business initiatives, as Past President of the Atlanta Chapter of the National Black MBA Association, Vice Chair of the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, Vice President of Why Not Sports; and board member of the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council and the National Black Arts Festival.
Deanna has been honored with the Community Service and MBA of the Year Award by the National Black MBA Association, Atlanta Chapter; Diversity Magazine’s Top 50 under 50 Corporate Executives, Atlanta Business Journals Top 25 Influential Women in Atlanta, and the Lincoln Motor Company Rising Star Award.
ABIOLA BANKOLE, Chief Financial Officer
Prior to this role Abiola served as Controller for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America where she was responsible for managing the General Accounting, Receipts Processing and Accounts Payable team. In addition, she had oversight for the financial administration of the Endowment Fund Pooled Trust and the Deferred Gifts Program.
Abiola served as a financial and management consultant to the Newark Housing Authority, Miami-Dade Housing Authority, Memphis Housing Authority and the Louisiana Project-Based Vouchers for Permanent Supportive Housing.
Abiola was previously employed by the Chicago Housing Authority’s HCV Program as Director of Finance. She was a member of the Executive team and under their leadership the agency was transformed from a troubled status to a high performer status.
Abiola has established a track record of success and accomplishments that have consistently improved client operations and exceeded target benchmarks. She is well-noted as an advisor that prepares, anticipates and delivers results through a team-focused approach and partnership. Her background includes diverse and increasing responsibilities in financial analysis, financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting, accounting, banking, bond financing, regulatory compliance, audit and project management. She is committed to protecting the integrity of the financial reporting process and has been instrumental in developing financial policy and procedures, delivering best practices, seeking out efficient ways of getting the job done and empowering staff through knowledge transfer.
Abiola earned a Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in Accounting from Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) with concentrations in Financial Management and Control from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University in Chicago. Abiola is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois, U.S.A and a Fellow with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria.
Her professional and community involvement includes membership in the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society. Abiola served as a Finance Advisory Committee member for the City of Naperville School District 203 in Illinois, U.S.A from 2007-2010.
TROY D. EVANS, Vice President Strategic Programming and Initiatives
Troy D. Evans has a passion to solve problems and make
a difference. For the past twenty years this passion has
driven his effort to find new and creative ways to help
people, businesses and communities find innovative
Troy was drawn to the VP of Strategic Programming and
Initiatives at the National Black MBA Association so that he
can use his skills to deliver at scale impact to business
professionals across the country.
Troy previously served as National Director of Strategy &
Innovation at the Boys and Girls Clubs of America where
he cultivated respected relationships with Fortune 500
companies and world-renowned nonprofits as well as
served as BGCA’s national representative on the White House initiatives on ConnectEd,
Connect Home and My Brother’s Keeper.
With a distinguished background in finance, marketing and technology Troy
spearheaded the launch of BGCA’s Digital Youth Development (DYD) Initiative, a $70M
long-term project tasked with creating a digital platform to modernize BGCA’s capabilities
Troy began sharpening his business acumen as an entrepreneur with the purchase of
his first vending machine as a college freshman. Intellectually curious and non-risk
adverse, Troy continued to pursue numerous career and business paths including
founder of a tech startup, VP of Marketing for a hospitality and tourism company,
magazine publisher and professional poker player.
Troy’s business expertise and willingness to share it has taken him on travels both
throughout the United States and abroad as a public speaker, author and consultant
which have greatly contributed to his global business perspective. Troy was raised in
Cleveland, Ohio and holds an MBA from Clark Atlanta University, and a BA in Business
Management from Morehouse College.