Andre Hill, Sr.

Chairman of the Board

I have fifty plus years of business experience.  I am a third generation entrepreneur. I studied business administration and marketing at FAMU.  I am a published writer, retired contractor, business/tax specialist for Rubin Law firm in Washington, DC.  I am currently a talk show host for the "Straight Talk Saturday Morning Talk Show."


Brenda Allen


I am a retired Information Technology Training Supervisor from the Los Angeles Unified School District.  I am a former IT Trainer, Project Manager, School Office Manager, Branch Secretary for KLCS-TV, as well as a former business owner/entrepreneur of Neith Enterprises, LLC and Accurate Medical Transcription Service. LLC.  Currently, I do volunteer work for several non-profit organizations.  I relocated to Florida from California in March 2012 after a 25-year career in the educational field with LAUSD.


Andre Hill, Jr.

Chief Operations Officer

I was born in Washington, DC in 1985, raised in Nashville, TN and currently live in Tampa, Florida.  I am the Operations Manager with Urban Progress Alliance, Inc.  I am also a committee leader of the Tampa Heritage Initiative.  I have a background in electrical engineering and a degree in agricultural studies.  I am currently studying Environment Sustainability Management.  I am co-host of the "Straight Talk Saturday Morning Talk Show."

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Eugene Smiley

Board Member

Real Estate Advisor and a native Floridian living between the Tampa Bay area and northern Virginia. Eugene has been a Licensed Real Estate Professional for 30 plus years. He has years of experience working with buyers
and sellers, in both residential and commercial applications. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences from The University of South Florida.  Eugene has an active a Class A, Florida State Certified General Contractor license which gives him a well-rounded background and
experience with historical preservation applications, HUD acquisitions, and
residential and commercial construction.  His degree in Social Sciences
prepared him for the many interactions with clients and their unique
personalities and needs. 
Aside from Real Estate, Eugene is an Army Veteran who has worked as a Mortgage
Broker for four years and also served as a Police Officer and First Responder for the city of St. Petersburg


Roger Grunke


A resident of south Florida who graduated from the University of Florida in 1972 with a 5 year Bachelor in Architecture. He has been a self employed architect with dozens of completed projects. He has also been a licensed contractor since 1993.


Carolyn Brown

Director of Foreign and Domestic Affairs

Native born of St. Louis, MO.  Carolyn joined the U.S. Army after only a year of college in 1990.  First Duty Station landed her in Dexheim Germany.  In Alaska, she finished her degree in Accounting at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks.  She is currently working on her second degree Business Management.  She is CEO and founder of One's Story.


Derrian Burns

Executive Assistant

I relocated to Tampa, Florida in 2016 from the Inland Empire region of California.  I graduated high school in Dallas, Texas and attended Oklahoma City University.  I have experience as a Customer Service Specialist, Project Coordinator for an international exchange student program and have worked mostly in the hospitality industry.  My motto is:  "Be the change that you want to see."


Arlene Aranya

Board Member

I am a certified Pharmacist.


Betty Harris


Betty Harris is an Accounting Executive with 26 years of experience working alongside as well as leading the financial departments within Corporate America. Betty specializes in Accounting practices & procedures & is responsible for educating & using progressive systems and applications, including accounting software.


Betty is a powerful force in the workplace and uses her positive attitude and energy to implement & develop a complete Accounting department while working hard to meet and exccceed requirements while assisting in any capacity necessary. Betty is inspired daily by God, her children and grandchildren. In her free time, Betty likes to cook, bake & travel.

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