VENTURE NOIRE MEMBERS

Tiffany Hardin

Tiffany Hardin

Venture Noire Member

Hardin is the founder of She Knows Now, a platform dedicated to collecting and sharing the insights of confident, driven women who share what they each know for sure. She served on the boards of SoundCtrl, Music Unites, Council of Urban Professionals, and AdColor, and, currently serves on the leadership board of Live in The Grey. She is an avid speaker on Influencer Marketing, Women in Entrepreneurship, Music & Branding, Social Media Marketing, and Music/Tech at conferences such as Social Media Week, Internet Week, SXSW, AdColor and Adweek.

Lt Col. Chaveso Cook, Ph.D

Lt Col. Chaveso Cook, Ph.D

Venture Noire Member

An active-duty Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army. His career started in the historic 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC. After selection and training for Army Special Operations, he transferred to Psychological Operations, continuing service at Fort Bragg. Chevy is most proud of his three Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medals for sustained community and organizational investment and the 2016 Secretary of the Army Diversity and Leadership Award, given to one Army leader yearly for commitment to equal opportunity, Army Values, and professional development.

Baron Davis

Baron Davis

Venture Noire Member

Entrepreneur, investor, and two-time NBA All-Star and record-holder, over a thirteen-year career, Baron Davis played for the Charlotte Hornets, the Golden State Warriors, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the New York Knicks. As a businessman, Baron was one of the original investors for Vitaminwater and helped launch Thrive Market.Baron is also the founder of several companies, including Sports and Lifestyle in Culture (SLIC), The Black Santa Company, BIG and No Label.

Angela Simmons

Angela Simmons

Venture Noire Member

A woman of many talents, Simmons has successfully juggled her career as an actor, shoe designer, entrepreneur, social media influencer, fashion enthusiast, and reality television star. On top of all her professional roles, she is also a mother. Over the years, she appeared on a number of television reality shows and series, such as “Fashion News Live,” “Growing Up Hip Hop,” and “The Real.” She is an entrepreneur and fashion influencer, in addition to being an actress.

Lita Lewis

Lita Lewis

Venture Noire Member

Born in Los Angeles, California, raised in Sydney, Australia, returned to the United States and made Brooklyn, NY home for 10 years before moving back to her birth city of Los Angeles. She has traveled the world motivating people to pursue their dreams and reach their goals. From her earliest experiences, surrounded by this rich combination of cultures, lifestyles, and body types, Lewis developed a keen sense of what beauty is and what it is not. Working tirelessly to transform and break traditional molds of the “Americanized” fitness image has been the staple of her brand.

Brandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall

Venture Noire Member

A force to be reckoned with on the gridiron, Marshall played collegiate ball at the University of Central Florida, before being drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2006. He went on to have an exemplary NFL career, notching over 900 receptions and over 12,000 career receiving yards in 13 seasons. Marshall and his wife, Michi, cofounded "Project 375," a nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating the stigma surrounding mental illness and disorders. Marshall merged his passion for mental health and athletic pedigree to found "House of Athlete" in 2019, a lifestyle wellness brand focused on promoting sustainable fulfillment for athletes everywhere through five pillars: train, fuel, mental fitness, recover and tribe.

Mike Rashid King

Mike Rashid King

Venture Noire Member

An American entrepreneur, fitness & lifestyle enthusiast, professional boxer, and thought leader. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Mike began boxing as an amateur at age 12, pushing himself for greatness through discipline and dedication.

Jessica Phillips

Jessica Phillips

Venture Noire Member

Merchandising Leader with powerful record of achievement increasing market share, exceeding sales goals and improving profitability. Accomplished strategist who brings together cross functional teams and interests, designing and implementing highly effective and creative plans. A strategic thinker who sees the big picture and quickly brings together stakeholders to achieve business objectives. Highly developed leadership, communication, planning, analytical, creative, relationship building and people skills.

VENTURE NOIRE Team

Keenan Beasley
Jeff Johnson
Jocelyn Tragesser
Shaheen Lokhandwala
Myron Branford
TEAM BIOS

Keenan Beasley

Keenan Beasley

President

Keenan Beasley is a proud #girldad, successful entrepreneur, industry disrupter and visionary who embraces and utilizes technology to tell stories and influence consumers in dynamic ways. Keenan’s expertise in blending tech, art and creativity has changed the marketing landscape and opened the door to modern strategies and fresh approaches.Keenan is the founder & CEO of Sunday II Sunday, an active haircare brand at the intersection of health and beauty. Keenan’s non-profit arm, Venture Noire, mentors and develops diverse entrepreneurs and provides them with access to critical resources to help close the quality of life gap for underserved Americans.

Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson

COO and Heartland Director

Jeff has a long history with Venture Noire and brings two decades of experience serving our community through impact vehicles and media outlets. He will bring senior level vision and leadership while ensuring continuity as we continue our mission to improve quality of life through economic development.

Jocelyn Tragesser

Jocelyn Tragesser

Chief of Staff

Jocelyn received her Bachelor’s degree from Mount Saint Mary’s University where she majored in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management. She has supported CEO’s in healthcare and in tech by implementing practical, long-term solutions to internal processes. At Venture Noire, Jocelyn works to manage projects which include but are not limited to identifying and improving operational deficiencies.

Shaheen Lokhandwala

Shaheen Lokhandwala

Program Manager and NWA Execution Lead

At Venture Noire, Shaheen works to bring the organization's flagship programs, In the Black and City of Entrepreneurs, to life in Northwest Arkansas and around the world. Shaheen comes from the world of higher education, having spent the last 10 years working at the University of Arkansas and the University of Houston helping researchers and students turn their ideas into successful startup companies. Her passion for generating equality in entrepreneurship is unmatched, creating access to resources and opportunities for traditionally underserved populations.

Myron Branford

Myron Branford

Creative Director

Having accrued many years of experience in design of all shapes and sizes, I have discovered and cultivated a passion that stretches across various media. Prior to joining Venture Noire, I’ve had the privilege of working with such brands and companies as Adidas, Emporio Armani, Burberry, Zodiac, Michele, DKNY, Mary Kay, Marc Jacobs, Diesel, AT&T, Karl Lagerfeld and Michael Kors. From packaging and retail websites to print ads, catalogs and consumer brochures, my experience has allowed for an expansive, diverse portfolio of work I’m very proud of.