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13th man mentors.

Davon Kelly has taught the value of team and sportsmanship as an assistant varsity basketball coach at Episcopal High School since 2003. Mr. Kelly is also the author of From Courtside to the Boardroom: A Legacy in the Making, where he shares his wisdom and experience both on and off the court.   Inspired by the book, Davon Kelly founded The 13th Man, a nonprofit organization that provides training, mentoring, leadership development and enrichment activities to equip young men with the necessary tools to move from feelings of inadequacy to being in the ‘starting lineup’.  Proceeds from book sales are donated to the 13th Man.


 Since 2003, Davon Kelly has grown his premier business, NOVAD Management Consulting from a one-man shop to a multi-million dollar company employing over 150 employees and consultants in the Washington, DC metro area, Atlanta, GA, Ronkonkoma, NY, Oklahoma City, OK and Santa Ana, CA.  NOVAD provides project management, strategic planning, business process re-engineering, financial advisory services, asset and property management, IT support, and training and coaching services.


Before establishing NOVAD, Davon Kelly garnered over 15 years of experience in commercial banking, general accounting services, organizational assessments and project management with both the Federal Government and large private industry organizations.


Davon Kelly continues to leverage his business acumen; opening My Barber’s Lounge, a chain of upscale barbershops in Greenbelt and Forestville, MD.  In its’ first year of operation, My Barber's Lounge was recognized as the Best Barbershop in Prince George’s County followed by their 2014 Best Barbershop award at the 12th Annual Neighborhood Awards hosted by radio personality and author Steve Harvey.


Davon Kelly has a B.S. degree in finance from Florida Tech University and a Master’s Degree in business administration from Bowie State University.

Davon Kelly

Al Clipper was born and raised in Mount Vernon, New York. He graduated from Mount Vernon High School and subsequently graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, with a degree in International Affairs and a minor in Economics, with a goal of attending law school and practicing international law.


While a sophomore at Georgetown, he read an article in the New York Times that discussed the number of lawyers projected to graduate from law school, relative to the number of high paying jobs that could sustain them. The article essentially indicated that only about 25% of the lawyers could expect to obtain high paying jobs and the vast majority would earn substantially less. Based on this information, Mr. Clipper’s career path trajectory was changed forever. After graduation from college he decided not to enter law school but instead went back to New York and began a career in banking. Over 10 years in NY he worked for several banks, including National Westminster Bank, Citibank, N.A. and Marine Midland bank, engaged in various types of lending activities.


He subsequently returned to the DC area and began working for Signet Bank in Washington, DC, and then began his career in government consulting by working for several accounting and consulting firms.


In 2003, he and two other partners formed a consulting firm, The FLS Group, LLC, to provide financial advisory services to Wall Street firms. The business was successful until the financial crisis hit in 2008, and was subsequently closed, which is when he joined NOVAD Management Consulting, and currently serves as a Project Director, involved in government consulting work.


Mr. Clipper also serves on the Alumni Admissions Committee for Georgetown University where he volunteers his time interviewing prospective high school applicants for the University. Lastly, he has served as a Visiting Professor for the National Urban League, whereby he has visited historically black colleges and spoke to students about career opportunities.

Al Clipper

Alton Bell joined Syscom Services in 1990 as the company's first hire. Now the Vice President o Technical Services, Alton is a self-taught Information Technology Engineer. He specializes in networking, applications and telephony.


 Alton is an avid golfer and has been playing since 1999. He runs amateur golf tournaments called the DC Golf Tour with his golf partners. He also enjoys vacationing with his family and bowling. He bowls in a ten pin league every summer and proclaims the ability to bowl with either hand. His legacy is the word he created, "Acrodundant," which means the redundant use of an acronym like SAT Test, or PIN Number.

Alton Bell

Troy Carpenter is an IT Project Manager for Hewlett Packard (HP).  He received both his BS and MS degrees in Computer Science from Hampton University (‘91)  and Howard University (’93), respectively.  Mr Carpenter has been in the technology/IT field for 21 years gaining experiences in Dept. of Defense, Telecommunication, Satellite Network and Government Service industries.


 Mr. Carpenter enjoys serving others by giving back to the community and supporting various charities and organizations.  He is a member of Mt Olive Baptist Church, Centreville, VA where serves in the Deacons, Men, and Youth (Coordinator) ministries.  He is an advisor to the Tomorrow’s Black Men organization that provides support and guidance to troubled and at-risk young men.  In addition, Mr. Carpenter also supports the Chantilly Pyramid Minority Student Achievement Committee (CMPSAC) which serves to close the achievement gap for African-Americans and Hispanics students in Western Fairfax County.


 Mr. Carpenter also enjoys spending time with family and playing golf.  He is a native of Virginia and currently lives with his wife, Melissa and their three children in Centreville, VA

Troy Carpenter

Raymond Nix, co-founder of UrbanMatters Development Partners, LLC, serves as President and Managing Partner leading the company’s operations and day to day program management activities.  Raymond has leveraged his national experience transforming distressed neighborhoods into affordable communities of choice in the Washington metropolitan area.  The transformation includes the strategic planning and development of more than 2,000 affordable units of multi-family, elderly, homeownership and workforce housing through mixed financing methods.  His areas of expertise include neighborhood master planning and design development, site evaluation and modeling and assessment of complex financial proposals for mixed income and workforce housing projects.


 Raymond was recently profiled by City First Bank of DC as a 2016 trailblazer for his impact in community development.  Previously, Ray served as Vice President of Development for TCG Development Services, an affordable housing developer specializing in HOPE VI development projects, where he oversaw development operations nationally and was directly responsible for the project planning and implementation of HOPE VI developments in North Charleston, SC; Charlotte, NC; Dayton, OH; and Frederick, MD, totaling approximately 1,200 units, including public housing, community facilities, multi-family rental, independent senior and homeownership developments.   Prior to that, Ray started his career in affordable housing with Enterprise Homes, a leader in affordable housing in the Mid-Atlantic region, established as a subsidiary of the Enterprise Foundation, as a project manager where he developed more than 350 units of rental and homeownership mixed-income housing in Baltimore, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Raymond Nix

Anthony McDuffie, born in Washington, DC. Graduated from Phelps Vocational HS in 1982. More than 20 years of experience providing corporate oversight, direct supervision, marketing, sales, capture management , proposal development, public relations, project management. Expertise drawn from numerous years working with both large and small companies doing business in the i


nformation technology and computer arena with emphasis on federal government and commercial agencies. Manage a team of sales professionals responsible for significant sales achievements. Provide leadership and support to Business Development Directors on the use of innovative and winning techniques to initiate and maintain contact with prospective and existing clients and communicate core capabilities, concepts and benefits.

Anthony McDuffie

Gregory Downs is a graduate of Villanova University with a BA in Liberal Arts/Economics and is currently working at Vistronix, LLC where he is the Vice President of Information Management. Mr. Downs also is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds over 20 years of experience supporting clients in both the government and commercial arenas with specific emphasis on Information and Records Management.


 In the lead Executive role, Mr. Downs oversees the management of multiple programs and task orders providing Information Management services to Vistronix clients. The services run the full range of Records and Document Management, Electronic Content Management, Grants Management, and Archiving services. He collaborates with end-clients and other Vistronix subject matter experts to develop solutions and processes to meet the client’s needs within guidelines such as National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and specific agency parameters. In addition to this lead Solutions Architect role, Mr. Downs also provides direct Program Management support to Vistronix clients overseeing all aspects of contractual performance to include budget planning, personnel management and overall project performance.


Mr. Downs is a graduate of Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington DC where is lettered in Football and Track and where he was part of the championship teams of both sports his senior year. After graduation from Carroll, Mr. Downs accepted a full athletic scholarship to play football at Villanova University. Mr. Downs was four-year starter at wide receiver for the Wildcats and served as the captain his final year. Mr. Downs also was a walk-on for the Villanova Basketball team for 2 years and ran track for one year. After graduating from Villanova, Mr. Downs return to Carroll as an assistant football coach where he was the offensive coordinator under three different coaches and was recently inducted into the school’s athletic Hall Fame.

Gregory Downs

Kevin Wideman currently serves as President of Mission IT Solutions, for Vistronix, LLC.  Mr. Wideman directs operations and business development with a primary focus on Enterprise-Level Data Analytics for Federal Civilian Agencies and DoD Enterprise requirements. His extensive background includes more than 25 years of experience in strategic planning, information technology, program management and development, and systems engineering.


 Prior to joining Vistronix, Mr. Wideman served as Vice President of Information Systems Engineering with General Dynamics Network Systems where he managed strategic planning, and operational and business development activities for all business unit activities.  He also served as Executive Vice President of Information Systems Engineering with SIGNAL Corporation and was responsible for managing the operation and business development activities for all GSA-related business, as well as oversaw work performed for other government and commercial clients.


 Mr. Wideman holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Temple University.  He currently lives in Leesburg, VA with his wife Tracy and daughters Chanelle and Kiera.  Chanelle is a Senior Business Major at The College of William & Mary; Kiera will be a Freshman at  Penn State University and will pursue a career in Cyber Security.  Mr. Wideman was the inaugural winner of the Sunoco Pathfinder Mentor Award presented for community leadership through the use of engineering to improve the quality of life for others.  Mr. Wideman was also the charter president of the National Society of Black Engineers, SJ Alumni Chapter and has supported multiple charitable events and causes throughout his lifetime. As a former college athlete, Mr. Wideman still enjoys playing basketball and is an avid golfer.

Kevin Wilderman