Alan M. Powell – “AP”
Chairman & CEO
Alan “AP” Powell is a Gulf War Veteran, Serial Entrepreneur, and a renowned Strategic Consultant developing strategic relationships for Fortune 500 companies. AP’s business philosophy has been “turning contacts into contracts” and it has become the standard for all of his companies and investments. AP has diverse industry experience and has worked with companies like NASCAR, Diageo, Harley-Davidson, Coca-Cola, University of Phoenix, and Miller-Coors. After pursuing his bachelor’s degree from Missouri Valley College, AP has become one of the nation’s foremost authorities on multicultural content and leveraging brand connections with multicultural audiences. AP exited the military to start a career in the independent film and music business. He quickly became recognized for being a music mogul after creating the largest deal in Texas history with T-Town Records (Dallas) and Universal Music Group. AP was also co-executive producer of independent films and soundtracks for project titles Bullethead and JackedUp. Later, he became Vice President of Business Development at The Firm – a premiere entertainment management company in Beverly Hills. While at The Firm, AP continued to develop industry contacts that he continues to leverage to open up doors including relationships with Barry Siegel, entertainment executive, Boris Kodjoe, actor/model, Tyrese Gibson, actor/model, and Bill Bellamy, actor/comedian. AP’s unique talent to merge contact needs with client opportunities led to A-list prospect deals, and eventually a sports division that was spearheaded by relationship’s with Evander Holyfield and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
The Firm, under AP’s highly creative drive, was influential in the development of major music collaborations, such as; Fieldy of Korn featuring E40 and Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit featuring 8 Ball. Fortune 500 companies quickly took notice of AP. Alan M. Powell created AP & Associates, LLC in 2004. The company offers strategic alliances as AP has personally developed and co-joined experiences to match Fortune 500 companies, politicians, musicians, actors, and athletes with one another for the purpose of “win-win”opportunities. AP’s company has been a trailblazer in multiple industries with an emphasis on conceptualized content practices. AP’s desire to use his contacts for the greater good of humanity has not been lost within his multi-level deals. AP founded the Checkered Flag Run Foundation in 2011, to advance the quality of life and education for those living in under-served communities. AP believes if major companies leverage their resources to make an impact by sponsoring schools, organizations, and programs, the corporate world can then assist in developing the potential of tomorrow’s leaders. With the backing of sponsors, partners, and donors, the foundation engages in several non-traditional programs including the Homebase Poetry Annual Extravaganza, Celebrate Arizona and Thurgood Marshall Fund HBCU’s Cactus City Invitational. These sponsored events help raise funds to support My Brother’s Keeper, Phoenix Tools 4 School, Racing to the Top Scholarships, and Drive your Mind Educational Toy Give-away, all events that support the Checkered Flag Run Foundations goals of “Investing in education to ensure every student gets across the finish line.”
Mr. Powell spends his personal time riding his Harley-Davidson at the annual National Bikers Roundup, Sturgis Bike Rally, and he attends the X-Games in Aspen, Colorado. AP has also been known to enjoy fishing in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with former Vice President Dan Quayle, NHL Hall of Famer Jeremy Roenick, and NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry.
AP is advisor to Payne Pest Management, Pocket Teller, Event Mob and also has strategic investments in over 40 companies. AP recently sold interest in Napa Smith Brewery and Winery. AP also currently serves as an advisory board member for the City of Phoenix Aviation Board, 8th District African-American Advisory Council, 7th Congressional District Congressman, Ruben Gallego’s Veterans Advisory Council and the Phoenix Military Veterans Commission. AP’s philanthropic goals are to make an impact on giving more kids access to quality education and on helping Veterans be successful after their service to our Country.
Aaron D. Bare
Aaron Bare is a former Accenture Consultant turned Entrepreneur who has sold 10 companies, and built numerous others as a business strategist and advisor. He is former Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Thunderbird School of Global Management, the #1 International Business School in the World, former Chairman of the Board and CEO of the National Association of Sales Professionals, the World’s Largest Sales Association and Founder of Buzz Mouth, an international digital and business strategy firm. His clients include Coca-Cola, Dell, Comedy Central and Telemundo. Aaron also worked closely with storied brands including Facebook, Nike, Disney, Google and Microsoft in his past. Aaron is associated with Google Ideas, a Think/Do Tank and works globally with several organizations seeking to disrupt Violent Extremism and Illicit Networks’ movements. His work is highlighted in Wired Magazine’s Danger Room and recently participated in the 2013 McCain Institute’s Sedona Forum, on how to promote freedom and democracy.
Aaron speaks often about disruption through a series of speeches sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation and to conferences such as the Global Sales Summit, Tijuana Innovadora, Hyper Island in Australia, the Russian Science Technology and Education Consortium, Startup Conferences and Fortune 500′s such as Coca-Cola and McDonald’s. Aaron’s success and proven performance as a leader in his field garnered him acknowledgement as “35 under 35” Entrepreneurs; “40 under 40” Leaders; also selected as Most Innovative Company of the Year; and, featured in the likes of the Wall Street Journal, Wired, Fast Company, and Inc. Magazine.
Aaron was a former management consultant with Accenture and a money manager with the Vanguard Group. He is currently finishing a book called “Disruptive Innovation: How Exponential Entrepreneurs Will Save the World!” that is due out in the next year.