About Us

Robert Williams

President | Chief Executive Officer | Chief Operation Officer

Robert is a visionary with the passion to create change. Through his passion over the last 8 years he has created a mentorship program for the purpose of encouraging new thinking for our youth. Robert has been a successful Master Barber for 15 years while mentoring and being a positive role model to well over 100 young men and boys. He is an entrepreneur with over 25 years of investment and business experience that include a non-profit organization, an investment property, a cleaning franchise and the first Black Owned Barbershop on the University of Tennessee campus.

Through his passion, Robert has created a mentorship program with the purpose of encouraging new thinking amongst our youth.

Kharis Yeboah

Chief Administrative Officer | Secretary

Kharis is deeply committed to leveling the playing field for our youth. Over the last 11 years, Kharis has mentored and taught STEM, ACT prep, and SAT prep to over 300 children. Kharis received his B.Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of Texas at San Antonio, as well as his M.Sc. in Biomedical Sciences from Lincoln Memorial University. Kharis is passionate about math and is committed to increasing access to mathematics and STEM education for underserved communities. As a result, he has had the opportunity to teach students from all over the world.

Nick Covin

Chief Financial Officer | Treasury

Nick is a graduate of Lane College c/o 2005. While attending Lane he obtained his BS in Business Management with emphasis in Accounting and finance. Nick also studied Kinesiology for 3 years.

Upon graduation, Nick had the pleasure of attempting to complete his lifetime dream of playing professional football. That goal was cut short when he failed to make the roster. It was his second attempt so he made the decision to join the US Army.

"In the Army is where I really found how strong I could be." He entered the Signal Corp in September 05, only to have his world turned upside down. October of 2005, he discovered he had a brain tumor that needed to be surgically removed before he could join the permanent party Army. He chose to complete his training before having the surgery, so in May of 2006, the tumor was removed.

While in the Army, his achievements were as follows: Certified in all disciplines of Communication, Distinguished Honor Grad of Primary Leadership Development Course(PLDC), Level 3 Combative Certified, Special Pop NCOIC, Fast Track E-5 Ranking to name a few. "While this one doesn’t come with a certification, I think my strongest accomplishment was returning home with every soldier that deployed under my leadership."

Tyvi Small

Chief Influence Officer

Tyvi Small was named interim vice chancellor for diversity and engagement in December 2018. Before that appointment, he served as executive director of talent management, diversity, and community relations in UT’s Haslam College of Business, where he spent the past 11 years of his career.

In 2008, Small founded Business Education for Talented Students, a program that targets underrepresented high school students from across Tennessee who are interested in business careers. The program was honored in 2015 as one of UT’s best community–campus partnerships. He is active in the community and serves on the boards of the Development Corporation of Knox County, Knoxville Area Urban League, Knoxville Utilities Board, Tennessee Valley Fair, and the Change Center.

Small is a member of the Leadership Knoxville Class of 2012. In 2016 he was named among the Knoxville News Sentinel “40 Under 40” for his professional achievements and community service.

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