Choose2Thrive is Dedication To Community’s business initiative with a primary focus on empowering communities through education in the areas of business and societal service. It is our strong belief that GOOD and doing WELL are not mutually exclusive, and thus, members of society achieve maximum productivity when both areas are fulfilled. Choose2Thrive’s Board of Industry Experts are key components in the process of providing education and inspiration to communities – both domestically and globally – in that regard.
Joe Gibbs Racing
Dave Alpern began his career with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) in 1993 as a project intern and has seen the team grow from 18 employees to nearly 500. Alpern currently oversees all aspects of marketing for the team, including consumer products, branding, social media, and marketing activation, and assists in driver management and negotiation and sponsorship sales…
Alexander C. Aviles, Esq.
Assistant General Counsel
Consolidated Edison Company
of New York, Inc.
Aviles is a litigator, trial attorney and team leader in the legal department of Con Edison, New York City’s public utility that provides the New York metropolitan area with electric, natural gas and steam services. He joined Con Edison in 2007. Aviles provides counsel and defends the company in high exposure civil litigation in state and federal courts…
Yolanda Brooks, Psy.D.
Founder & Principal
Sports Life Transitions Programs
Dr. Yolanda Bruce Brooks is the founder and principal of Sports Life Transitions Programs. Dr. Brooks is a clinically-trained entrepreneurial psychologist with National Health Service certification in psychology and a degree in occupational therapy with a specialty in neurological disorders. Dr. Brooks has extensive experience in designingand managing healthy lifestyle and transitioning programs…
Founder, CEO & Principal PRO2CEO, LLC
Kevin Carr is a 20-year sports business and professional development executive. As an acclaimed award-winning transition expert, author, leadership coach, and keynote speaker, Carr is the founder, chief executive officer and principal of PRO2CEO, LLC. Acting on his belief that a high-performing professional development firm, specializing in transition management for professionals…
Michael B. Doyle, M.D.
Connecticut Fertility Associates
As the founder of Connecticut Fertility Associates, Dr. Doyle has practiced reproductive medicine since 1991. He received his undergraduate degree in biology and psychology, with honors, magna cum laude, from Brown University in 1980 and, in 1985, earned his medical degree at University of California, San Francisco, where he received academic honors….
CEO, GEOgraphic Network Affiliates International; Chair & CEO EDCO/TellAlf
Ed Fantegrossi has been a real estate developer since 1976. He has developed residential, office, retail, medical and innovative real estate solutions for businesses and complex multi-use developments and brought these experiences into the telecom market with the founding of Voyager Networks…
President & CEO
U.S. Soccer Foundation
Named president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Soccer Foundation in May 2008, Foster-Simeon has more than two decades of experience at the local, state and national levels of soccer in the United States. A champion of soccer as a vehicle for youth development and social change…
Scott J. Harrington
Managing Director & Vice Chairman, JP Morgan Chase
Scott J. Harrington is managing director and vice chairman of cash equities for JP Morgan Chase in North America. He is responsible for furthering JP Morgan’s relationships with its investor client base. Previously, he was head of equity distribution. In that role, he was responsible for the sale and distribution of all U.S. equities on a global basis…
Peter Harvey, Esq.
Partner, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, LLP
Peter Harvey is a past attorney general of New Jersey and a former federal prosecutor. As such, he has been a central player in civil and criminal trials, government investigations and consumer fraud matters for many years. Currently, Harvey represents corporations and individuals in business disputes throughout the nation…
Staff Reporter & Host,“The Business of Celebrity with Lee Hawkins,” The Wall Street Journal
Lee Hawkins is a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal and the host of “The Business of Celebrity with Lee Hawkins,” which appears on the WSJ Live network, WSJ.com and WSJ’s YouTube channel. The show features in-depth interviews with the biggest celebrities in entertainment and sports…
David M. Holtzer
Vice President, Business Development
MetLife Premier Client Group
David Holtzer is an experienced corporate executive with a wealth of knowledge in the insurance and financial industries. He has served in an executive leadership role in various functions at MetLife for the past 15 years. Holtzer is a vice president in the MetLife Premier Client Group (MPCG) and the head of MPCG’s Business Development function…
Founder & Managing Director, EndZone Luncheon Series; Football Analyst, FOX Sports (Charlotte)
Steven Israel played in the National Football League for 10 years with the Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, and New Orleans Saints. Recently, he led the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) Retired Players, Charlotte Chapter, as chapter president…
Eric M. Kelly
President, Quantum Foundation
Kelly began his career 20 years ago in Florida’s capital city at the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice in the Bureau of Prevention & Intervention. This position was a stellar introduction to his professional development and a great match for his personal passion. As a child, Kelly grew up in the housing projects with his mom and two sisters. After witnessing the impact of economic depravity in his own community early in life, he developed a passion…
Marlon E. Kimpson, Esq.
South Carolina State Senator & Member, Motley Rice
Marlon Kimpson represents victims of corporate malfeasance, from investors in securities and consumer fraud cases to people injured or killed in aviation disasters and other catastrophic incidents. Building upon the firm’s relationships with unions and governmental entities, Kimpson represents individual, state and municipality pension funds, multi-employer plans, unions and other institutional investors…
Author & Online Media Veteran
Angel Laws is a well-respected blogger, best-selling author, graphic designer, photographer and newly minted jewelry designer. She is best known for creating the blog, Concrete Loop. The site operated from 2005-2014 and garnered attention from U.S. President Barack Obama and TIME magazine and earned Angel numerous accolades, including a lifetime achievement award from…
Charles B. Lee, Jr., Esq.
Partner, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, LLP
Charles “Chuck” Lee has extensive experience in banking and financial transactions. He represents borrowers and lenders in the structuring and closing of a wide range of financial transactions. Lee serves as counsel for major domestic and international banks, investors, manufacturers, project sponsors, project entities, service companies and high net worth individuals…
Enterprise Unit Reporter, ESPN
Kelly Naqi joined ESPN in September 1987 and is currently assigned to the Emmy-Award winning series Outside the Lines. Naqi also contributes to other ESPN news-gathering programs, including SportsCenter. She began her career behind the scenes, joining ESPN as a Bristol-based associate…
Emmanuel “Manny” Ohonme
Founder & President
Samaritan’s Feet International
Emmanuel “Manny” Ohonme has achieved national and international recognition as a philanthropist, businessman and author. He is the founder and president of Samaritan’s Feet International, founder and president of Barefoot Legacies Group, the acclaimed author of Sole Purpose, and a highly sought after inspiring speaker and storyteller. Born in Lagos, Nigeria…
Jennifer Pogorelec O’Sullivan, Esq.
Partner, Hand Baldachin & Amburgey
O’Sullivan recently joined Hand Baldachin & Amburgey (HBA) as a partner and head of the firm’s Sports and Entertainment Practice Group. Immediately prior to joining HBA, she was general counsel for RSE Ventures, a sports and entertainment venture company where she oversaw the corporate, business and legal affairs for RSE and its portfolio companies…
Lieutenant Detective Commander (Retired),
New York City Police Department
Alicia C. Parker retired from the New York City Police Department (NYPD) as a lieutenant detective commander in 1995 after 22 years of service. Parker comes from a long line of police officers—her father, brother, sister and uncle all served in the NYPD. Despite her family legacy of law enforcement service, Parker, herself, was a pioneer in her own right when in 1973…
Joseph Pierce, Esq.
Vice President & General Counsel, Hornets Sports & Entertainment
Joe Pierce is in his second season as vice president and general counsel after joining the organization in October 2013. As the company’s lead attorney, he is responsible for providing legal counsel and advice to its various departments in addition to handling the organization’s risk management functions, including insurance and litigation matters…
Richard R. Rolle, Jr., D.D.S.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Rolle Oral & Facial Surgery
Dr. Richard Rolle is one of our nation’s preeminent oral and maxillofacial surgeons. Currently on staff with Novant Health Hospital System, his background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in pre-professional studies/psychology from the University of Notre Dame where he also played football under legendary Coach Lou Holtz…
W. Scott Steele
Cherokee Gives Back Foundation
A true social entrepreneur, Scott Steele has been a global force for good for over 20 years – living and working outside the United States to develop opportunities for people in underdeveloped regions of the world. More specifically, he has extensive experience as an executive for nonprofit organizations. Scott is the executive director of Cherokee Gives Back Foundation in Raleigh, NC…
Kristal High Taylor, Esq.
Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief Politic365
Kristal High Taylor is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Politic365, an online magazine focused on politics and public policy from a multicultural point of view. She is also the owner of a communications and creative engagement company, Digicon Ventures.
Prior to launching Politic365, Kristal developed an expertise in broadband…
Michael P. Williams
President, NFL Experience
Widely known throughout the industry as a driven leader with a passion for truly great marketing. Williams is an energetic “brand storyteller” with a hallmark career grounded in building and defining brands that leave an indelible imprint. He has been fortunate to have worked for some of the most admired brands in the world…
Eve Wright, Esq.
Sports Executive, Author & Entrepreneur
Eve Wright has never been the kind of woman to wait for opportunities—in business or in her personal life. This big-picture thinking, calculated risk-taking executive learned the hard way that she would have to create opportunities rather than wait for them. It is a philosophy that has helped navigate Wright’s successful career in one of the most male-dominated industries in the world— professional sports…
CEO, Global Renaissance Entertainment Holdings
Arthur Wylie is an author, film producer, international speaker and philanthropist. His drive for success was fostered in his early youth by his father and several mentors in the financial, film and music industries. As a college student, he started his own wealth management company, taking on clients from his dorm room while attending University of North Carolina at Charlotte…
Director of Outreach, Joe Gibbs Racing & Game Plan for Life
Renaldo Wynn has spent most of his life making an impact on the football field. When he retired from the NFL following the 2009 season, opposing quarterbacks likely rejoiced that the powerful defensive end would have to find another venue to continue to make an impact. Wynn found that opportunity in 2012 when he joined his former coach of the Washington Redskins, Joe Gibbs…