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Moments Along The Way. 

 
Family First | Ben Davis
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My family was shaped by General Benjamin O Davis Jr. - the man who raised my Dad.

 

He was a military pioneer, 4 Star General and leader of the Tuskegee Airman.
 

He also drafted the plan to desegregate the military.

His Father before him was General Benjamin O Davis, Sr - America's 1st Black General 

I live under the principles they taught me.  And work to keep my family legacy alive.

I'm a 5th Generation leader through diversity 

 
College Cheerleader

As a kid I always thought I'd walk on and play big time college football.

 

It never happened.

 

A friend encouraged me to try out for the Syracuse U Cheer team. I had no idea what that even meant, but gave it a shot.

This experience helped me understand gender, assumptions, and bias.  Years later I did I TEDx talk on it. 

Good news - I didn't drop anyone. 

 
Quincy's Final Interns

Im from Bridgeport, CT. A couple of neighborhood friends helped me score an internship in LA my last Summer before graduation.

I worked under Kairi and Jay Brown, at Warner Brothers\Quest Records\QDE, Quincy Jones' label.  They taught me how to hustle.

Mr. Jones would always talk to me about reputations - and why they matter so much. 

 
Driving the Wienermobile

I wanted to work in music after college, but they're were no opportunities.

 

I took a job I found in my campus career center.  I was hired by Oscar Mayer to drive the Wienermobile.  

 

And spent 400 days on the road - touring through the 48 continental.

 
Britney Spears Tour

I scored an interview to be an Asst. tour manager.

I got the job!

 

I flew out and joined the Britney Spears   "...One More Time"  Tour.

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The Hilfigers

On tour, I met the Hilfiger family.

 

I began helping align the Tommy brand with musical artists.

They became my mentors and taught me how to be a better businessman.

 
Before FACEBOOK, was URCUTE

After Tommy helped me with the formula, I went on my own to create. 

Before social media was a 'thing' I created an online/offlne community.

250k people came. 

I also started a marketing company, off the bench.

 

Where I helped talent, brands & ideas connect.

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Magic Johnson

5 years into my journey as a business owner, I got a call from Magic's office.

 

He was starting a new company and was looking for a President.  

 

I was hired and a new journey began.

 
RedCarpets for Everyone

After Magic, I saw a market opportunity.

 

There was no brand of Red Carpet in the marketplace.

 

So I created one.

 

Now, ten years later, RedCarpets.com is the leading event carpet company online. 

 
Madison Ave

Madison Ave came calling. 

I joined TBWA, The Disruption Company.

I became a Chief Diversity Officer.  And created a talk show in the lobby!

 
5th Avenue

5th Avenue was the next chapter. 

I joined Richemont, a global leader in Luxury. 

And became their first Head of Diversity & Inclusion.