Carl and Debra have been married for over 37 years. They met in college in 1981 as destiny made sure their paths crossed on the first day of classes.
Walking from opposite directions, all of a sudden they both looked up and their eyes locked. They knew in that moment something special had just happened.
40 years later, blessed with 4 beautiful children, they are still very much in love and reside in Las Vegas, NV.
Since the first day they met this couple was drawn to the business world as entrepreneurs and activist. With a very deep passion to help the disenfranchised and a genuine concern about the inequalities within the system, they began a journey of discovery, overcoming many obstacles from the start.
As a struggling young couple with dreams to conquer the world, they started their life’s journey working for low wages and trying to make ends meet. Carl & Debra both had dreams of owning their own business and the couple soon started a sales/marketing company. This was the start of a long business career together.
It was during this time they were mentored by a group of senior business leaders who took interest in their strong sense of fairness and equality and encouraged their pursuit of success. This training set the fundamentals in place.
As they traveled around the country, every marginalized community they visited was predominantly filled with people of color, a growing homeless population and millions of people struggling just to make ends meet. Carl & Debra wanted to know how and why.
Worse yet, along the way they discovered the people who had the power and the resources to solve these issues either did not understand the gravity of the situation or they just didn’t care about the state of these communities.
This type of “In Your Face” blatant, nonchalant attitude, kindled an anger within the couple that compelled them to go to work researching why and how this was happening. They were stunned at what they found! Knowing deep in their hearts there had to be a much better way to help this population, they began working on finding solutions.
Over the next 30 years, they would run multiple pilot programs. Some were very successful while others not so much. These initiative included industries such as long haul truck transportation, call centers, recycling center, staffing agency and several others.
The success of these programs proved steady employment is possible for this market. The problem was it could not be “scaled up” to reach the masses of people in need.
It was during this time they began to embrace the idea of building a new system that would create economic and social opportunities specifically for this market.
Removing the economic boot off the necks of these communities and creating a pathway to self-sufficiency. That was the birth of the building blocks of what is today their signature initiative, TME-Systems.
After setting their sights on the system itself, they based the foundation of TME-System on the two assets found in abundance in every disenfranchised community across the country.
The enormous number of people impacted (human capital) and the consolidated micro economic spending power they all possess (over $4 trillion).
Internet technology has made it possible to take advantage of these assets to benefit participating members of disenfranchised
They drew on their career experiences in building TME-Systems. Debra grew up learning all phases of the family restaurant business. She honed her administration and business skills long before college.
She has earned several performance awards working in the dislocated workers program in Wisconsin and received letters of support from the Governor of Nevada as a 501 C3.
Carl’s background is investments, sales, marketing, management and training. He raised the funding to start the pilot projects. Over the years he ran call canters of up to 30 brokers and was Executive Vice President of a private investment firm.
His duties include marketing and promotional materials, training new brokers and on-time delivery of investment projects. Carl and Debra’s vision of a pathway to success for the disadvantaged is about to be come full circle. With unwavering determination grounded in faith, this next chapter promises to be the most exciting!
Executive Director of Finance, Project Funding and Investor Relations
Director of International Alliance and Project Budget Development
SHANNON - ALBERT
Executive Director Operations and Small Business Development
Executive Director African Diaspora and Global Community Outreach