President & CEO
Strickland comes to the BBA after a stellar 15-year career with the Greater Memphis Chamber. At the Chamber, his most recent role was Senior Vice President of Workforce & Talent Development. Before this position, he served the Chamber as VP of International, Director of Workforce Development and Public Policy, Existing Business Consultant, and Business Development Associate.
Before working at the Chamber, Ernest owned and managed Investors First Realty. In this capacity, his responsibilities included managing cash flow, driving property acquisitions and sales, and serving as property manager for the firm’s portfolio of real estate owned.
As a native Memphian, Ernest is passionate about growing the CITY. He enjoys investing in his community through civic duties such as serving as former Chairman of the W.E.B. DuBois Charter School Consortium, Board Member of the Memphis Kings Youth Organization, Board member of The Consortium MMT, and New Memphis Institute Board of Trustee. Ernest was recently appointed to serve as a Greater Memphis Local Workforce Development Board of Director. Also, he is Past Chairman of the Downtown Memphis Commission, former board member of Memphis World Trade Club, and Leadership Memphis.
Strategic Projects Administrator
Alisha’s background in marketing and communications and her passion for community involvement has helped her spread her creative wings in all areas of brand management, consumer engagement, and digital marketing strategies. She is a woman of many hats, but her favorite is being a mother. She works hard and balances her career as she continues to establish financial security. Alisha’s goal is to empower and educate Black businesses on the value of their worth through an entrepreneur mindset.
Executive Office Manager
A native Memphian, Chasisty, believes in the potential of Memphis. She received her Bachelors of Management & Organizational Development from Bethel University. She has a passion for volunteering and giving back to her community, she is an active member of the Junior League of Memphis, and The Downtown Neighborhood Association. She also volunteers for Memphis in May and is a strong supporter and advocate for her high school alma mater, Booker T. Washington.
Our Board Members
Michael Hooks Jr
Michael founded Allworld Project Management in 2010 and has grown this firm to employ approximately 50 full-time employees in several states. Allworld was awarded the 2019 INC. Magazine top 5000 fastest growing small business of the year. Small Business Of The Year (Memphis Business Journal-2017) And the (Memphis Area Black Business Association – Outstanding Business Of The Year-2018). Michael was named to the Memphis Business Journal Power 100 list for 2022. Michael was also named to the list in 2019 and 2021. The annual list features the city’s most influential leaders impacting the landscape in Memphis.
Michael is married to Attorney Kenya Hooks and has two daughters: Morgan(15) and Miranda(8). He is a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity and New Directions Christian Church. He also serves as a board member of the Rotary Club Of Memphis (Central) and Memphis Area Minority Construction Association and Black Business Association
Memphis, one of the most well-established restaurants in Memphis, Tennessee. Sitting on the boards of River City Capital and the Black Business Association, Carlee has remained committed to the advancement of minorities and women in business.
McCullough is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and an Adjunct Professor of Entertainment and Music Publishing at LeMoyne Owen College. She is a member of the Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association (BESLA).
College. She is a member of the Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers. She currently serves as Chairwoman of the
Board of Commissioners of Memphis Light Gas & Water and the Pension Board. McCullough grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, and received her Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Howard University in Washington, DC., and her Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, California.McCullough lives in Memphis and has one son. As the recipient of several awards, none outweigh the privilege of being a mother to her son, Justice.
A seasoned board member and community advocate, Yates currently serves or has served as
Chairman of River City Capital, a Community Development Finance Institution, Memphis /
Shelby County Land Use Control Board, Juvenile Court Foster Care Review Board, Memphis /
Shelby County Industrial Development Vice Chair, member of the 100 Black Men organization,
Shelby County Health and Education Board Treasurer, Shelby County Board of Equalization,
LeMoyne-Owen College Finance Professor, DCS Community Advisory Board, Regional
Medical Center Board, Star Academy Charter School, Leadership Memphis 2019, Omega Psi
Phi Fraternity, Inc., The Memphians, and Chair of the Shelby County Democratic Party.
Yates is married. He and his wife have two daughters attending college.