A digital nomad myself, I am a creative business-minded person with a knack for making connections on and offline who learned early in life about the value of connections and the freedom they have allowed me.
My father was a student of Washington University based in St. Louis but because of family circumstances, never completed his college education. Despite this, he worked his way through life, creating impact and legacy along the way. From the early 70’s through 80’s, he worked for the beer-maker Schlitz Brewery, rising from local sales to corporate as the Vice President of Black American Marketing, his actual job title.
He was a part of the marketing team who created the iconic Schlitz Malt Liquor Bull brand, producing creative spots featuring top R&B celebrity artists such as The Commodores, Teddy Pendergrass, Richard “Shaft” Roundtree, Kool & the Gang with the Four Tops, the Average White Band and Tommy James and the Shondells, Shabba -Doo and the Original Lockers and many others.
Dad's retirement dream was to buy a boat and sail the blue waters of the Caribbean. As a Black man without a degree, he'd have to work extra hard to achieve this. As the primary provider, his dedication and hard work provided a good life for his family; however, it also required the sacrifice of his well-being. At the young age of 57, the stress of his work took it's toll, bringing on a fatal heart attack. This tragedy left a lasting impression on me that would forever shape my life. The legacy he left for me was not only a strong work ethic but the vast network of well-connected people he’d impacted over the years. He was indeed what we know today as an "influencer." Armed with these inherited traits and a strong business network, I launched an amazing career that would carry me forward for the next 30 years and beyond.
Marketing is in my blood and although I started within a corporate entertainment environment in '92, I quickly realized working as an independent contractor gave me the freedom my soul desired. An early adapter of technology, I fused my marketing skills with digital innovation to create a prosperous business that keeps me connected when needed and allows me the freedom to disconnect when I want.
My mother, now in her early 90’s, has always been the rock in my family, holding down dad from the beginning until his end. In 2017 on Easter Sunday, she suffered a debilitating stroke while in the presence of me, my sister, her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Fortunately she her cognitive thinking is intact, as is her spicy personality and she works continuously at rehabilitation through physical therapy.
Mindful of my father's early departure and my mother’s current condition, I am sure that self-care must be a priority in my life. I am careful to stay a human being, not a human doing that becomes a slave to my craft.
I find joy and alignment with Spirit through daily transcendental meditation, yoga, eating well and future-casting through my vision board.
My heritage, workstyle, and lifestyle are reflected in the products and services that Kenekts offers to our clients who also desire a life of freedom. Authentic living, passion and a natural-born curiosity calls me to expand both personally and professionally, be it from my family rooted St. Louis with my family, to my pad in Harlem, to fulfilling dad's dream of sailing blue waters of the Caribbean in Belize. Like him, I love meeting new people and strive to make an impact where ever I go.
Robin started her career in advertising and media. A career change leads her to the field of education where she became the Curriculum Coordinator for several Chicago Public Schools (CPS).
After 24 years, Robin recently retired from CPS and now spends time pursuing her passion as a college preparation authority who assists parents and their teens on the pathway to college, revealing that education could give them the OPTIONS needed to secure a life of FREEDOM.
Her online course College OPTIONS was created based on her years as an advisor to his school students, including her son who used her system to earn scholarships that paid his way through his four-years at Howard University, graduating as the university’s president of the School of Business. As a publisher of college and career e-books in this fast-moving digital world, she stays active with her College Kenekts as well as with in-person workshops for parents and their high school students while serving on the board of directors for two different scholarship organizations . She has engaged with thousands of students and parents over the years. Colleges and Universities that Robin's students have attended after using her College OPTIONS program include:
Brian is a visionary leader with a track record of working with exceptional talent and building iconic brands. He is one of a handful of executives with deep experience in marketing, media & entertainment, and technology. He has enjoyed a successful career in high-level positions such as Vice President of Marketing for FOX Broadcasting, Vice President, Global Head of Brand Strategy for eBay Inc., and most recently as CMO of Red Bull and President of Red Bull Media House. Based in Venice Beach, California, Brian lends his wisdom, knowledge and shared passion for this business and is a true asset to the Kenekts team.
Founder of the NYC-based Smartbomb Studio, Ron’s portfolio includes website and creative designs for participants such as Terry Crews, Usher, Aaron Neville, Tribe Called Quest as well as boutique hotels, beauty brands, apparel, restaurants and more. He is extraordinarily creative and Kenekts is excited to have him on the team.