May 14, 2014 – May 14, 2014
3395 Galloway Ave
Join us WEDNESDAY May 14, 2014 as we hear from Andre K. Fowlkes. Fowlkes is the Co-President of Start Co. -a venture development organization that focuses on growing early stage entrepreneurs and their ideas, accelerating the businesses they are building, and growing the ecosystem around them of support resources.
Graduating with a Business Degree from Iona College’s Hagan School of Business, Fowlkes’ professional background is in Finance where he spent 11 years in the Investment Counseling field; most recently with acclaimed money manager and Forbes Columnist Kenneth Fisher and Fisher Investments. Fowlkes worked as an Investment Counselor to a quarter of a billion dollar portfolio as well as directed the Financial Services Department. However he first began his Finance career on the cotton floor of the commodities exchange in the World Trade Center, and learned sales through a detached agency of Guardian Life in the areas of brokerage, subscription, annuity, and institutional business in Westchester, NY.
But this is just the beginning of his many enthusiasms in the community; serving on the Board of Directors for Orion Federal Credit Union, Memphis in May International Festival , WINGS Cancer Foundation and the Advisory Board for HRO Partners. Fowlkes served as the Vice Chairman of the Memphis & Shelby CountyMetropolitan Charter Commission in the quest to form a new Metropolitan Government, and Fowlkes is past Chairman and Executive Director of The Small Business Chamber of Commerce. He also is a past business columnist for The Commercial Appeal.
Working as lead liaison to Cleveland’s JumpStart Inc. and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Government and Innovations, Fowlkes has opened space in the Memphis area for regional innovation and civic entrepreneurship.Fowlkes volunteers his time and resources to organizations such as the LINKS and the University of Memphis Department of Journalism. Fundraising efforts for The William J. Clinton Foundation’s Millennium Network and the Hurricane Katrina recovery through Save the Children were major contributions he has made as well.
In his spare time public speaking and personal and workforce development are Fowlkes’ avenues for spreading positive awareness and educating individuals; civic entrepreneurship, social innovation, and race relations on the personal side and business development, sales, and behavioral finance on the business side. So whether he is working with University of Memphis students or spreading awareness about the stigma of sickle cell,
Fowlkes tries to do his part in the community. Family, the arts, cooking, live music, traveling, and exploring new cultures are just a few of the things that Fowlkes enjoys doing with his spare time.