A.J. Ware is a co-chair of Inmates to Entrepreneur’s Board of Directors and has been an integral part of the organization since 2009.Ware’s entrepreneurial experience started at the age of 15 when he co-founded Mobile Radio Communications Company (MRC), which was later sold to Cellular One. Later, Ware ran a successful painting company for many years, A&N Painting, and a motorsports park. Today, Ware is owner of Majestic Sports Marketing.
Brian Hamilton is the founder and co-chair of Inmates to Entrepreneurs and the co-founder and head of product development at Sageworks. Hamilton is the original architect of Sageworks’ artificial intelligence technology platform used by thousands of financial institutions and accounting firms across North America. The original Sageworks technology converts financial statements into plain-language narratives, reflecting Hamilton’s professional mission – to demystify complex financial information for business owners, financial professionals, academics and the general public. Through articles, interviews, discussions and presentations, Hamilton regularly works with the media, bringing clarity and expertise to topics ranging from the health of private companies, to the financial strength of high-profile initial public offerings, as well as issues burdening entrepreneurs. He is a regular guest on CNBC and a columnist with Inc., Entrepreneur and Forbes.
Jackie is currently the Director of the Inmates to Entrepreneurs Program. She holds a Bachelor’s degree (Summa cum Laude) from East Carolina University’s College of Health and Human Performance and will complete her Masters of Public Administration at North Carolina State University in May 2017. Previously, Jackie worked at the NC State Institute for Nonprofits where she coached and advised students on their social entrepreneurship ventures.
Lawrence Carpenter is an Inmates to Entrepreneurs board member and has been both a mentor and a speaker with the organization since 2009. Carpenter started SuperClean Professional Janitorial Services in 2002, following his own incarceration. SuperClean has grown significantly under Carpenter’s leadership and now provides commercial cleaning services in three states and has been recognized for its service by the City of Durham.
Scott Jennings is a member of the organization’s Board of Directors and has been involved with Inmates to Entrepreneurs since 2008, first as a student and later as a mentor and speaker. Today, Jennings is the founder and owner of FitTech & Assembly, a full-service fitness equipment company serving the Mid-Atlantic region. FitTech & Assembly services, maintains, installs and sells fitness equipment.
Anthony Blackwell is a board member and Director of Development at Power Up Now, a North Carolina nonprofit that helps people get, keep and create their own jobs. In addition to starting his own businesses, Anthony has counseled business start-ups–and represented businesses of all sizes–for over 20 years. Raised in the South Bronx, Anthony received his Juris Doctor degree at New York University School of Law, his dual Economics/Business Administration degrees at City College of New York, and an advanced degree in Personal Resilience within the walls of FCI Beckley Prison in West Virginia.
I am a full time self -employed entrepreneur. I own two successful businesses, BLLC Landscaping and Royal Touch Mobile Detailing. I am a devoted husband and father to three amazing children as well. After five years of being incarcerated I was released in 2012. After being released, I knew I wanted more out of life. In 2013, I began my first business, BLLC Landscaping. In 2016, I added my second business, Royal Touch Mobile Detailing. My journey through this all was definitely not easy, but it was well worth it.
Kenneth Hollis is an experienced health care executive with over 30 years of success in health care services. He started and developed industry-leading health care companies in professional and retail vision and in the provision of subspecialty services to senior living facilities. He holds an MSc in Business Studies from the London Business School. In his spare time he enjoys woodworking, reading, music, and bicycling.
An Illinois native who grew up in North Carolina, Tim O’Rourke received his BA degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1970, he joined the CCB Financial Corporation, where in 1981 he was named a First Vice President. His 14-year banking career included management positions in Systems/Programming, Operations Research, Human Resources, and Marketing. He chaired Marketing, Operations, and Asset/Liability Management Committees with CCB. In addition, Mr. O’Rourke completed the North Carolina Bankers Association’s Advanced Management Program, and has received the American Compensation Association’s Certified Compensation Professional designation. He has published numerous articles on the topic of compensation and executive recruiting. He frequently speaks at business forums.