Board of Directors


Everett L. Glenn

A graduate of Oberlin College and Case-Western Reserve University’s School of Law, Everett is a member of the State Bar of Ohio and the State Bar of California. Everett has extensive legal experience in commercial, corporate and real estate transactions, and has consistently demonstrated an effectiveness at handling complex projects and responding to client needs under time constraints. Everett is an accomplished negotiator with a record of developing creative solutions to complex business and legal problems.

Before establishing the Authority, Everett was a principal of Entertainment & Sports Plus (“ESP”), a Southern California based athlete management firm that represented professional athletes, entertainers, entertainment companies and related talent in contract negotiations and provided advice and counsel on financial, personal development and marketing matters. For over 20 years, Everett was a NFL and NBA certified contract advisor, whose clients included 13 first round draft picks in the NBA and NFL and 3 inductees into the NFL Hall of Fame. Everett was the first Black attorney/agent to represent multiple 1st round draft picks in the same NFL draft (twice); 1st round draft picks in both the NBA and the NFL in the same year (twice); 1st round draft picks in 5 straight NFL drafts; and 1st round wide receivers in 4 straight NFL drafts.

Everett’s list of “firsts” also includes becoming the first Black attorney in the Office of the City Attorney for the City of Long Beach, where he took the lead on ensuring compliance by developers with Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Act of 1968 on over $150 million in affordable housing projects and authored the Small Business Enterprise Program for the Port of Long Beach, the nation’s busiest port, to promote participation of small and very small business concerns in Port spending. Enacted in 2006, the program resulted in the award of over million in construction and planning contracts for small and very small businesses for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2013.

 

Everett got his legal start at Guren, Merritt, Sogg & Cohen in Cleveland, OH in 1977 working under James Bailey, the attorney for former Cleveland Browns (now Baltimore Ravens) owner, Art Moddell. Everett relocated to San Francisco in 1980 and, after a 3-year stint as District Counsel for the U.S. Small Business Administration, joined Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe which was one of the 100 largest law firms in the country. During his career Everett also served as a Senior Attorney with the Resolution Trust Corporation, the federal agency established to manage the disposition of over $195 billion in S & L assets, Everett developed the strategy for terminating letters of credit in 76 mixed-housing, commercial and retail bond-financed projects, in connection with the winding up of the affairs of the receiverships for 16 thrifts, enabling the government to avoid $628 million in funding obligations. Most recently, Everett served in an Of Counsel capacity with Alvarado Smith, LLP. AS was, until a few years ago, an office of Adorno Yoss Alvarado & Smith, the largest certified minority law firm in the country.


Dr. Frederick S. Humphries, Ph.D., Chairman

Dr. Humphries received a bachelor’s degree in physical chemistry from Florida A&M University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1957. He received a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh in 1964 where he was the first African American to receive a Ph.D in this discipline from the University. A renowned scholar and admired public servant, Dr. Humphries has enjoyed a distinguished career as President of the National Association for Equal Opportunity (NAFEO), Florida A&M and Tennessee State University.

The outstanding accomplishments of Dr. Humphries on the national level led the Tennessee Board of Regents to name him as President of Tennessee State University (TSU) in 1974, a position he held until being appointed to lead his alma mater, FAMU in 1985. While at TSU, Dr. Humphries demonstrated highly effective administration skills which resulted in improved and expanded academic programs, upgraded faculty, increased enrollment and quality of students, and expanded scholarships and support activities. Dr. Humphries will likely be remembered most for his bold and tenacious fight for the rights of a historically black university which was located in the same area with a historically white university when he insisted on the predominance of TSU over the University of Tennessee at Nashville (UTN). This ultimately led to the merger of TSU and UTN, with TSU becoming the surviving institution, heralded as one of the fairest and most important desegregation decisions of the 20th century.

Between 1980 and 1985, Dr. Humphries and his staff gave leadership to the merged TSU and provided for UTN and began serving an increasingly larger portion of the Nashville community. As a result of the astuteness and courage demonstrated in continuous conflict over desegregation at TSU, Humphries achieved a national reputation as a dedicated and brilliant fighter for the cause of the continued existence of HBCUs and opportunities for minorities. It was the knowledge of his leadership in Tennessee which made him seem to many alumni and supporters a desirable candidate for the presidency of FAMU, which had also experienced severe battles to avoid merger or subordination of FAMU to Florida State University.

Dr. Humphries served FAMU as its eighth President from June 1, 1985 to December 31, 2001. For sixteen years he brought to FAMU a high quality of academic leadership which was progressive, exciting, enriching, outstanding, and intellectually rewarding. Under his motto of “Excellence with Caring”, he worked harmoniously with administrators, faculty, students, alumni, the corporate world, and other supporters of FAMU to establish a challenging and competitive educational environment. As a result, under the Humphries administration, FAMU continuously improved its image and gained increasing recognition on the state, national, and international levels. Under his leadership Florida A&M University would grow from an enrollment of 5,100 in 1985 to 9,876 in 1993. By the 1998-1999 school year, enrollment had reached 11,828 students and by 2001 Florida A&M had an enrollment of 12,316. With a broadened institutional mission which emphasizing graduate studies and international affairs, FAMU can now offer additional masters’ and doctoral degree programs, and focus on a global perspective in many of its programs.

Dr. Humphries is respected throughout the United States and Internationally for his keen insights on the education of minority students, particularly in math and the hard sciences, and his unique and visionary approaches to producing successful educational outcomes in underrepresented disciplines. He has served as Chairman, Board of Directors of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, Member, Board of Trustees, University of Pittsburgh, Member of President Bill Clinton’s White House Advisory Committee on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Corporate America has also sought his expertise as a member of the Board of Directors of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; Brinker International; Barnett Bank (Bank of America), Florida, the National Merit Corporation, the Princeton Review, Academy for Educational Development (AED) and as Founder and Board Member, Thurgood Marshall Fund.


Alphonzia Wellington, in memoriam

Our best friend and the visionary behind the Authority, Al suddenly and unexpectedly transitioned from this life to join the ancestors on Tuesday, January 24, 2012. He was 63 years old.

After becoming a star athlete and outstanding student in high school, Al attended Oberlin College. As the starting point guard during his senior year, he helped lead the Oberlin basketball team to the 1970 Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament Championship. On October 1, 2010, Al was inducted into the Oberlin College Athletics Hall of Fame.

After graduation, Al was hired him as Assistant Director of Admissions responsible for implementing a recruitment initiative to increase Black student enrollment and designed and implemented a revolutionary program through the Congressional Black Caucus that resulted in the enrollment of 100 well-qualified black students in Oberlin College during the period 1971 through 1974. In 1971, Al was elected as the youngest member of the Oberlin City Council. He also served as Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Oberlin in 1973.

Al left Oberlin to attend the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania where he excelled academically. After receiving his MBA degree in Marketing and Finance, Al joined Scott Paper Company as an Assistant Marketing Research Director where he worked on highly classified research and development projects and learned research skills that he would use for the rest of his life. In 1976, Al joined Johnson & Johnson as a New Market and New Venture Planner and learned how ideas for new products were developed into commercial business ventures. Al left Johnson & Johnson to accept a partnership in Research Inc., a marketing research firm, and learned firsthand how to run a company. Shortly thereafter, Al would open The Wellington Group.

When Al started The Wellington Group, he knew that the Black community constituted a market segment that was being taken for granted by major consumer product and advertising companies and that field research into this multibillion dollar market represented a major business opportunity. The Wellington Group seized the challenge when it developed and self-financed its ground breaking ACCESS Brand Preference Study in 1980. Using proprietary and groundbreaking research methodologies and software, Al designed and directed landmark research to study brand preference differences, between a statistically significant national sample of Black, White and Hispanic consumers. These compelling results convinced manufacturers in a host of market segments to finally study the Black consumer as its’ own market segment, a historic development in consumer marketing.

Under Al’s leadership, The Wellington Group conducted marketing research projects mainly for Fortune 500 clients such as Coors Brewing Company, Bristol Myers, Burger King, Chrysler Corporation, Coca Cola USA, Chemical Bank, Colgate-Palmolive, General Mills, Avon, Proctor & Gamble, AT&T, Ford Motor Company and many others. The Wellington Group became a nationally recognized marketing research and consulting company and a dynamic force in the Black marketing community. Al became the national expert and highly sought after speaker and consultant in the segmented market arena and he was the principal proponent of the belief that Blacks should utilize and control information about their own market to promote economic development within the African-American community.

In October 1995, the historic Million Man March was held in Washington, D.C. Al self financed and conducted proprietary research at the March. Based upon the research results, Al and Ken Bridges, classmates at Wharton and co-workers at Scott, joined a group of entrepreneurs and created a potentially revolutionary consumer products and distribution company. After working two years to refine the business model, Al and Ken co-founded MATAH Network in 1997. From its inception, MATAH Network was designed as a vehicle dedicated to the economic, spiritual and social promotion of people of African descent. The MATAH Network was a wholesale and retail distribution company. The products and services were distributed through a proprietary network of independent distributors organized as an alternative distribution channel featuring products manufactured by people of African descent. Before the MATAH Network could achieve a critical mass of members and products, Ken Bridges was assassinated in October 2002 by the DC sniper. MATAH Network was never able to recover from this loss.

What separated Al from other great thinkers was his professional training in research and business development. Using that training as a foundation, Al has approached every project and business startup with a deliberate, logical and strategic perspective and consistently demonstrated a unique ability to “think outside of the box” and create visions that led directly to development of plans of action and implementation protocols. Al’s legacy to each of us is his passionate pursuit of economic justice for people of African descent through programs that exploit the economic power inherent in the Black community. Al was a trailblazer and we honor his legacy by embracing his passionate pursuit of economic justice for people of African descent. Through the Authority, we will develop, control and utilize information about the sports business industry to promote economic development within the community and HBCU institutions.