Advisory Board Members
Jerome “Hutch” Hutchinson, Jr. is the founder and chief servant officer of the ICABA® World Network, a technology, and marketing company. The ICABA World Network is the world’s leading online ecosystem dedicated to assisting Black professionals and entrepreneurs in achieving their career, business, and life aspirations.
Mr. Hutchinson is also the Chief Visionary Officer of Black Professionals Month (BPM), an unprecedented annual initiative celebrating Black professional excellence worldwide throughout October. BPM convenes Black professionals to build strong collaborations, enhance leadership, and wealth creation.
Mr. Hutchinson has been active in the South Florida community serving on numerous boards. Currently, he serves on the board of directors for Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Broward County and the Alan B. Levan NSU Broward Center of Innovation. Hutchinson also mentors and coaches many Black professionals and entrepreneurs. He is a formal advisor to several companies including MI Group, Inc and Sociallybuzz, Inc.
Past board affiliations include the Broward Alliance, BB&T Bank Advisory Board (Broward County), Nova Southeastern University Ambassadors Board, the Broward Workforce Development Board, Board Chairman, Broward Health Foundation, and the Broward Alliance Governor’s Council. He is an alumnus of the 2008-09 Leadership Broward Class XXVII.
He has received numerous awards for his business and civic leadership; in 2015, the Collective Empowerment Group presented him the “Grand Champion” award, and the TJ Reddick Bar Association presented him their “Business Leadership” award. In 2016,
In 2017, Mr. Hutchinson received the Vanguard Award for business advocacy and support from the Mosaic Group.
Sheryl Cattell is the Founder and CEO of Allmaya, LLC Coaching and lead instructor for the BizHack Academy LinkedIn Professional Series. She is an award-winning digital marketer, former CMO/VP of marketing turned educator and life coach. Past career highlights include digital executive positions at Bank of America, Mary Kay, Travelocity, including 10 years at Bluegreen Resorts and 8 years at Dow Corning where she lived and worked overseas for four years in Brussels Belgium.
Sheryl is the founder and past president of two interactive marketing associations in South Florida and Dallas. She has taught at top universities including the University of Virginia McIntire School of Business, The University of San Francisco, and Central Michigan University. Sheryl is currently teaching marketing at Florida Atlantic University College of Business as an adjunct professor. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and has an MBA degree from Central Michigan University.
Abdul Muhammad II brings over 20 years of experience as a Brand Growth Strategist,
Digital Marketer, Executive Coach, Speaker, and Mindfulness Facilitator.
As MDM Ventures’ Founder and Chief Growth Officer, he specializes in business and
personal growth. MDM’s “People, Brand, and Tech” focuses on SMB’s dedicated to
social impact within the health and wellness, travel and tourism, entertainment, and
financial technology industries.
Previously as Partner and Chief Digital Officer for rbb Communications and Director of
Social Marketing for Zimmerman Advertising, Abdul directed client accounts for Apple
Leisure Group, Brown & Brown Insurance, DHL Express, Facebook, White Castle, Pep
Boys, Saks 5th Avenue, and Party City. His team continually produced nationally
recognized, award-winning digital marketing campaigns.
For nearly 30 years, Abdul has championed the Quality Life Center of Southwest
Florida, an organization that provides at-risk children with the tools they need to make a
difference in Arts, Character, and Education (ACE); with new and expanded programs
for community engagement including mental health and wellness, entrepreneurship and
workforce development make up the 3-tiers of QLC’s mission.
Over the last decade, Abdul intertwined his dedication to mindset, community, and
consciousness into his daily lifestyle. As a certified “Breathwork Coach”, martial artist,
and yogi, he delivers a unique Mind Development Mastery practice that provides a
transformative lifestyle resource for those seeking personal and professional growth via
mindfulness. He is a partner and Chief Growth Officer for RefreshMEN.co leading
advocacy and the delivery of mental health and wellness services led by melanated
Creatively integrating his passion for music and social activism, he co-founded
ReadyMade Entertainment (RME), a tech company and lifestyle brand that leverages
Blockchain technology as exclusive NFT accessed experiences. RME is committed to
teaching youth about mindfulness, financial literacy, and building generational wealth as
access to freedom. A portion of all they make go to the nonprofit, Quality Life Center, to
educate the youth and reduce violence, and drug dealing.
A proven well-educated, experienced and competent
leader who has a long track record of implementing
organizational changes that lead to improvements and
momentum. Trained as a Systems Engineer with a degree
from West Point, Cory is a strategic process driven
influencer, and has the ability to develop teams that bring
results. In his 20-year long career in leadership, Cory has
had extensive exposure to first tier corporate governance,
supply chain management, and systems integration.
As a Visionary in the Blockchain space Cory has served as
the Chair of the Government Blockchain Association for the
State of Georgia, while also forming a Power User
agreement with SimbaChain to teach Blockchain as a
Service to Urban youth and entrepreneurs. These
engagements have parlayed into on the ground leadership
in the Web3 integration space for small businesses. Cory
goals are focused around building successful for-profit and
non-profit organizations that will help create necessary
value in communities where new value is critical.
“I feel that my greatest strengths are
determination and my desire to engage
positively in all aspects of planning.
Secondly my ability to deliver innovative
solutions to complex problems. I’m
passionate and committed to building
strong relationships, contributing to
improvements and supplying an
outstanding service to every Stakeholder.”
• Veterans Advocation
• Community Economic Development
• TECH Education Advocate
• Global Trade
• Solutions focused
• Identifying trends
• Responsive Adaptive
• Positive & amicable
STEAM Revolution LLC. 501c3 Non-Profit Organization
April 2018 – Present
Responsible to Establishing infrastructure for Workforce
development in Opportunity Zone communities through
the advance STEAM Learning. We work with schools,
businesses, local, state and federal government to create
Senior Managing Principal
AMG Development Partners LLC.
November 2016- Present
A HUD Section 3 certified affordable home and commercial
builder. This is a SDVOSB Certified company.
December 2017 – Present
Regional Logistics Manager – Gerdau
May 2008 – Jan 2014
Board Member and Director of Innovation
Robert J Brown Leadership Academies
KEY COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS
• Achieving efficiencies and driving costs down.
• Managing & supporting new business implementations
and project rollouts.
• Knowledge of national and international import/export
• Comprehensive knowledge of logistical procedures and
• Turning every challenge into an advantage.
• Delivering change within a fast-paced high-tech
• Analyzing business data and making proper reactions that
• Confident in his ability to make the right decisions.
• Numeric and able to demonstrate an understanding of
• Setting achievable objectives and managing all projects.
• Ensuring that all levels of service are at a very high
• Capable of resolving differences without conflict.
• A willingness to gain professional or technical
• Constantly striving for continuous improvement.
Roman Ptakowski currently serves as the Chair of SCORE North Metro Atlanta, SCORE’s fourth largest chapter in the country. SCORE is a nonprofit helping small businesses succeed.
Roman spent 20 years in the Commercial, Military and General Aviation Industry retiring as President of an Aerospace company. Previous to that he had 25 years of experience in the electrical and electronics industry.
His career included roles as VP of Strategic Planning, Group VP for domestic and international operations, and a number of field and manufacturing facility based marketing positions.
He has a demonstrated capability in creating and implementing business, strategic, and marketing plans, profit/loss analysis, managing various channels of distribution, competitive analysis, and setting prices.
Johnathan Lightfoot is a highly experienced IT professional, with over 30 years of experience in the field. He has worked in various roles, including Help Desk, Level II and III Desktop Support, Networking, Windows and AS-400 Server Administration, SharePoint Architect, and Vice President of Applications Development.
Companies he is fortunate to have worked for in the past include Electronic Data Systems (EDS), Hawaiian Telcom, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), and Symbiont, Inc. – his family’s 36-year-old Government Contracting company. Johnathan is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) who holds multiple IT certifications.
He served nine years in the United States Navy as an Information Systems Technician and was honorably discharged at the rank of Petty Officer Second Class. Johnathan currently runs Symbiont, Inc.
Ricardo Berrís is a Serial Entrepreneur, Investor, Speaker and Coach. He is the founder and CEO of the MI Group of Companies which include MI Group USA, MI Group Colombia, MI Group Bahamas, and MI Group Jamaica which provides digital marketing and software development solutions for non-technical businesses throughout the Caribbean, North, Central and South America.
The company is particularly interested in businesses looking to grow locally and internationally through digital marketing and software technology solutions.
Through his companies, he has lead successful projects with various organizations worth over $100 billion combined, including but not limited to: Government Departments, Retail Banks (Fidelity, First Caribbean), Hotels (Courtyard Marriott, Warwick, Ocean Clubs), Quick Service Restaurants (McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, Domino’s, Marco’s, Wendy’s), Universities (Florida National University, Nova Southeastern) to name a few.
He’s also the founder of the startup Purpusly, a multi-channel platform helping cause-conscious customers find and discover brands that support causes they care about. Purpusly provides an online marketplace, a sample subscription box, a pop-up shop network, and fulfillment centers for impact-driven brands seeking new market entry. He recently co-founded Rolle Away Inc. producer of The Belle Booth, a portable all-in-one workstation for beauticians launching in 2021.
He’s a Goldman Sachs 10KSB Alumni, Member of Atlanta Black Chambers and Chair of the Global Opportunities Committee, Woodstock Business Club, a member of the Sir Richard Branson Entrepreneurship Center of the Caribbean, Miramar Pembroke Pines Chamber of Commerce, and ICABA World Network. In January 2021, he became a Certified Volunteer with SCORE; a national organization providing help for small businesses.
He’s the author of Who Says You Can’t, a motivational book for getting out of your own way into achieving anything you want in life, and host of the podcast MORE that can be found on any podcast channel. The podcast interviews creators and master users of marketing technology tools that can help small businesses to grow.
With now almost 20 years of entrepreneurship and business development experience growing and selling companies. The first company he built and exited was a Boutique Tutoring Math Company. And he owned and operated an international music franchise in The Bahamas that was headquartered in Malta, Italy to prepare stage bands for international competition; one of the bands came third in the world finals among 40 other countries
hosted in Scala, London.
He is a graduate of a business management program run by Omega College in association with St. Thomas University. Certified with Google Analytics and Facebook Blueprint. On his creative side, Ricardo is a musician and enjoy singing, composing music, producing and playing instruments (piano and guitar).
He is also an active member of a worship band. He expresses his musical art through Riccii Anthony which can be found anywhere music is
listened. His most recent tribute “Hats Off To You” was dedicated to the Bizhack Academy’s students who demonstrated exceptional courage through the COVID-19 pandemic. Through his experience in the Goldman Sachs 10KSB program, he created a new musical project “It’s Your Time” dedicated to those who work hard daily to produce results for those who depend on them.
He enjoys cooking, (loves Moscato), playing golf, traveling, reading and doing life.
His philosophy: “Your choice determines your destiny; therefore, be today what you wish to become tomorrow”.