Megan Johnson, Brett Grayson, Andrew McConnell, Tres Crow, Marcus Cannady, Katharine Mobley, Rodney Sampson
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Rodney Sampson is an innovator, serial entrepreneur, investor, author, and consecrated bishop. Via his Episcopal affiliations with the International Bishop’s Conference and Kingdom Manifestation, Sampson shapes innovative economic policy, opportunities throughout society & culture.
As a serial entrepreneur, Sampson co-founded Multicast Media Networks (Streamingfaith.com) in 2000 (sold in 2010). Not stopping there, Sampson co-founded Intellect in 2002, Intellect Inspire in 2006, and Legacy Opportunity Fund in 2007. At present, Sampson is building Opportunity Fund, a U.S. based “super crowd fund” and crowdfunding platform designed to provide underserved communities access to investment opportunities traditionally reserved for accredited and institutional investors. He also serves on the boards of a learning company, a New York-based merchant investment bank and a community development corporation.
Passionate about advancing the cause of entrepreneurship, investment and Crowdfunding as a way of life for all communities, Sampson leads the diversity and inclusion initiatives of One Three Media, a joint venture between Mark Burnett Productions and Hearst. On the ground, he is the co-founder of the Opportunity Hub, an entrepreneurial eco-space and alternative-funding center for small businesses located at 200 Peachtree in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. Sampson is also a Founding Board Member of the Georgia Crowdfunding Association, an advocate of the State’s “Invest Georgia Exemption” legislation.
Sampson is regularly called upon to advise and speak to nations, businesses, universities, and bishops who employ thousands and lead millions of constituents and communities around the world. The author of four books, Sampson’s latest book is Kingonomics: Twelve Innovative “Currencies” for Transforming Your Business & Your Life, Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Andrew McConnell initially came up with the idea for VacationFutures after hearing two vacation homeowners who were self-managing their properties tell horror stories of the time and hassle involved. With an undergraduate degree from Harvard College, law degrees from Harvard Law School and Cambridge University, and experience working with some of the largest companies in the world during his time at McKinsey & Co. and Axiom Global Inc., Andrew is excited to apply all he has learned to the vacation rental industry in order to create a better experience for homeowners, rental managers, and renters alike.
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Spending 15+ years in the advertising and PR world, Katharine Mobley decided it was time for a change, and became the Chief Marketing Officer, of WeCareCard, a revolutionary crowdfunding technology powered with a prepaid debit card.
She is using her previous experiences of working with some of the world’s largest brands; Coca-Cola, DASANI, Bank of America to name a few, to share the WeCareCard story. This is an exciting time for startups and a MUCH faster pace than 1999 – of course we were on dial up back then! WeCareCard’s patent pending prepaid technology offers unique services to those participating in the rapidly growing crowdfunding market. WCC allows one cardholder to register a card in time of celebration or hardship, but allows multiple donors to donate through our secure platform.
WCC is entering into two industries that have exploded in the last couple years – prepaid and crowdfunding. The prepaid industry is expected to top $594B this year, and the crowdfunding industry is expecting $5.1B in revenue.
Currently we are looking for personal investors, not your typical ‘startup’, as our team is lead by, Phillip Qualls CEO, a 20+ year veteran and serial entrepreneur in the technology, payments and financial sectors. Previously, Phillip was a partner of Money Network Financial, which was acquired by First Data in 2007. He continued to serve as acting EVP/ GM of Money Network for First Data until 2009, deepening his expertise in the FinTech sector.
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Megan is not only the founder and CEO of Sparkmarket she is also a Georgia attorney with six years of experience with financial transactions and general business law. She is dedicated to creating a new marketplace for quality and sustainable local investment opportunities accessible by everyday Georgia residents.
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From Marine to Attorney to Film Producer, Brett’s professional experience spans quite an impressive spectrum.