BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR SERIES
Sabrina Jenkins, Director of Special Events
Sabrina Jenkins is Director of Special Events for the Atlanta Braves. Her duties include contract negotiations, managing budgets/overall marketing strategies, while supervising and executing event logistics. As part of Major League Baseball’s Diverse Business Partners, Sabrina oversees the Atlanta Braves Supplier Diversity Program. Since joining the Braves 23 years ago, Sabrina has worked in numerous capacities of business operations including Ticket Sales, Advertising, Supplier Diversity and Special Events. For the past 8 years, she has been named by the Atlanta Business League as one of Atlanta’s 100 Top Black Women of Influence.
Sabrina serves on several non-profit boards, including the Marquis Grissom Baseball Association. Sabrina currently holds the role of Vice President for the Atlanta Chapter of Women in Sports and Events. She also serves as a Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council Corporate Coordinator. Sabrina is a graduate of Augusta State University with a BBA in Marketing. She is a member of Salem Bible Church and currently resides in Atlanta.
Joy Walker, Esq., Procurement & Contracts Expert
State of Georgia
Joy Walker received her Bachelors of Science degree from Oakwood College and a Master of Public Health from the University of Alabama. Prior to her legal career, she served as a Public Health Associate for the Centers for Disease Control. After receiving her Juris Doctorate from the University of Dayton School Of Law, Joy partnered a private practice concentrating on several disciplines including, transactional work, criminal and family law. She is a graduate of Leadership DeKalb, and has completed judicial and executive training at both the National Judicial College and John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
In addition to her private practice, Joy became an adjunct professor with John Marshall School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia in 1994, where she has lectured in the areas of Administrative Law, Georgia Practice, Pre-Trial Advocacy, Appellate Advocacy and Medical Malpractice.
Joy served as a Senior Public Defender with the Office of the Public Defender for the City of Atlanta, and was appointed in 2001 as an Associate Judge in the Recorders Court of DeKalb County, Georgia. Joy became Chief Judge of the Recorders Court in 2002, and served in that capacity until December 2009.
In addition to having sat on the Recorders Court Bench, Joy sat by designation on the State and Superior Court Bench and presided regularly over the Educational Neglect Calendar at the State Court. She also sat pro tempore at DeKalb County Juvenile Court.
Previously, Joy was the Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Paralegal Studies as well as the Academic Dean at Bauder College in Atlanta, a Kaplan Higher Education institution. Joy was also on the faculty of Westwood College, in their School of Justice, and taught a myriad of subjects in the area of criminal justice as well as the School of Health Care where she taught Medical Law and Ethics. Joy is currently on the Faculty of Strayer University and has been since 2010. With Strayer, Joy teaches Business Law, Criminal Justice and Government Contract Law. Joy is the contract manager in the Office of Procurement and Contracting for a State of Georgia Agency.
Joy is a member of numerous professional and civic organizations which includes the State Bar of Georgia.
Bebe Love, Contract Compliance Officer
Accomplished Compliance Officer/Senior Executive with over fifteen years of experience within the Purchasing/Contract Compliance arena, with concentration in Purchasing/Contract Administration, Contract Assessment/Labor and Contract Compliance, Contract Negotiation, Vendor Outreach Program(s)/Database Development, Training/Development, Supervision/Office Management, Payroll and Immigration Audits, Project Management and Marketing. Bebe’s expertise includes: strategic planning; leadership/team development; operational improvements; contract and vendor management.
Eskender Abebe, Vice-President
BenchMark Management, LLC
With over 20 years of experience, Eskender oversees multiple construction and engineering projects for the company. He is a registered professional engineer and a general contractor qualifying agent. He is also a member of American Society of Civil Engineers, American Water Works Association and Engineers Without Borders. Eskender has overseen several high profile projects, such as the College Football Hall of Fame and the Atlanta Streetcar Design-Build Project. Mr. Abebe obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Dayton in Ohio and Master of Business Administration degree from Goizueta Business School at Emory University in Atlanta.
Tonya Hicks, CEO
Power Solutions, Inc.
Tonya L. Hicks is a serial entrepreneur, mom, blogger, and a journeyman electrician in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Tonya became the first woman to attain the status of journeyman in Local 917 in her hometown of Meridian, Mississippi. Her primary jobs were industrial; working in paper mills, steel mills, and car plants. Tonya specializes in robotics and high voltage equipment installation. At the age of 28, Tonya founded Power Solutions, Inc.; an electrical contracting and facility maintenance company. After 9/11, she decided to expand the company into a full-service facilities maintenance company for commercial and industrial buildings. In 2007, she designed and manufactured a line of clothing for women in construction and uniformed services under the brand “Mary Ann Works.” During the recession, Tonya launched WomenDoEverything.com to blog about home repairs, and facilitates hands-on workshops to help women learn how to do their own repairs to save money. In the fall of 2015 Ms. Hicks launched her 4th brand, The Handy Wife; a residential home repair service and maintenance company.
Tonya is a single parent of two sons; Rashadim (22) and Vincent (9). Rashadim attends Full Sail University in Orlando, FL majoring in Entertainment Business. Vincent is a 3rd grader that enjoys spending time on job sites with his mom pretending to be the “Boss.” Tonya serves on multiple non-profit boards and volunteers in various community projects. She is a member of several business organizations and enjoys playing golf, cooking, gardening, and working in the community!
Angela Graham, President
Graham & Associates, Inc.
Angela Graham is President of Graham & Associates, Inc. which was founded in 1999 to provide premier program management and construction services to clients who are focused on quality, sustainability, timing, and the “bottom line” (cost) results of their projects. Angela has over 24 years of project management experience and extensive studies in the area of project management. The company’s primary areas of focus are infrastructure construction, energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, program and construction management for new building construction and renovations, and facilities maintenance, operations and management.
Angela’s most recent assignment, prior to operating Graham & Associates full-time, was with Silverman Construction Program Management, Inc. where she served as a Project Manager. In addition to managing construction projects, Angela worked as a Marketing/Business Development strategist developing marketing programs for new areas of business, building and cultivating relationships with existing and potential clients and developing proposals to bring in new business.
Angela began her career with The Mead Corporation as a manufacturing manager responsible for line efficiencies, quality, safety and project management for the installation of new equipment. She was then recruited by the Coca-Cola Company where she worked in marketing developing promotional strategies and managing suppliers. After her career with Coca-Cola, Angela used her diverse background to manage two successful bond referendum campaigns for DeKalb County which brought more than $355 million in funding for transportation initiatives, right-of-way acquisitions, parkland acquisitions, park improvements and libraries projects to the County.
After her time working on the bond campaigns, Angela was recruited by The Trust for Public Land as a Program Director responsible for parkland acquisitions on the multi-faceted BeltLine Project and for writing proposals and obtaining grants from foundations and corporations that exceeded $16 million in funding. Angela also worked with DeKalb County on land acquisitions for parks and recreation.
Angela has been recognized for her commitment to her work in saving the environment and was selected as one of the 2004 YWCA Woman of Achievement for her outstanding contributions to Stephanie and Arthur Blank and the greater Atlanta Community. She was also selected by Atlanta Women Magazine as one of Atlanta’s Women “Saving the Planet.”
Her formal education includes a Bachelor of Science in Technology from Georgia Southern University, a Master of Project Management from Keller School of Management and a Master of Divinity from Emory University. Angela is a LEED® Accredited Professional focused on Energy Efficiency and Renewal Energy Projects.
Angela’s past awards include the Coca-Cola Innovation Award for Excellence in Marketing Innovation for Innovative Process Change and the One TPL Award for Devotion to Supplier Diversity. She is a member of United States Green Building Council, the Solid Waste Association of North America, the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, the American Public Works Association, the Society of American Military Engineers, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Dannon Lindley, Budget Analyst
Centers for Disease Control
Dannon Lindley is a Budget Analyst with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). His professional experience includes business process analysis, process improvement, strategy development, and budget management and analysis. Mr. Lindley is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and is a 2003 graduate of Voorhees College in which he majored in Sociology. While at Voorhees College Mr. Lindley served as the 2002-2003 Student Government Association President, as well as captain of the Cross Country and Track teams, and member of the ROTC program. Upon graduating from college Dannon started his professional career with Georgia Department of Human Resources (GA-DHR) where we working as a Family Independent Case Manager where he managed caseloads for 350+ individuals seeking to obtain financial assistance from the state of Georgia. After his stint with (GA-DHR) Dannon started his federal career with the federal Department of Labor. In that capacity he managed over $50 million dollars of federals grant money given to technical schools and workforce development agencies to send individuals to school for training in the areas of Green Energy Capacity, Healthcare and Manufacturing .
With 5+ years developing skills in budgeting, forecasting and financial analysis; detailed managerial analysis of budget requests and budget preparation he is currently a Budget Analyst for the Centers for Disease Control in which he manages 6 accounts which is responsible for more than $500 million that is used in the areas of Environmental Health, Public Health Preparedness and Response, Immunization and Respiratory Diseases just to name a few. Dannon is finishing up his Masters in Healthcare Administration. He has done a lot of volunteer work in the community with many non-profits and organizations and prides himself on uplifting the youth.