Board of Directors
PRESIDENT / CEO
Datatech Information Services, Inc.
Kirk Beatty is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and a Master of Business Administration in International Business from UNC Charlotte’s Belk College of Business and today serves on the Belk College of Business Alumni Council, where he was recognized as an Outstanding Alumni Advocate in May 2015. In addition, Beatty is pursuing his Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from North Carolina A&T State University. From his undergraduate days working at Duke Energy’s McGuire Nuclear Station to his previous position with Delhaize America’s Food Lion, Beatty was also previously employed with the formally known System Associates, Inc. and American Express Health Systems Group of Charlotte, and later with Holly Farms of Wilkesboro, NC.
Leaving Food Lion to start Datatech, Beatty has led Datatech since its founding in 1996 with offices in Mooresville, NC, and Dalian, China. Beatty is active in his church and community, having served on various boards and committees, and is also actively involved in aviation where he holds an FAA Commercial Pilot certificate with instrument, single engine, and multi-engine ratings in addition to a FAA Advanced Ground Instructor certificate. Today, Beatty volunteers as an IT Coach with Apparo and as a pilot with Veteran’s Airlift Command. Born in Charlotte, Beatty was raised in rural Lucia and attended Mount Holly schools. He and his wife have a son attending East Carolina University and a daughter accepted to Western Carolina University. Beatty and his family currently call Mount Ulla home and are members of Milford Hills United Methodist Church in Salisbury.
President & CEO
The Arcadia Group International, LLC
Richard DeVaughn is a successful entrepreneur and highly respected senior executive who has served as a key enterprise team member responsible for global manufacturing and technology operations, research & development, strategic planning, and product development in consumer, industrial, and commercial product sectors.
As the founder and owner of an international consulting firm, he is keenly aware that enterprise leaders desire and respond to strategic coaching that enable achievement of revenue and profit goals. Additionally, he has extensive international experience in establishing and leading technology and product development operations in India, China and Eastern Europe. Further, he has served on university, trade association, and not-for-profit boards in significant leadership positions. He is the former Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Deaconess Foundation.
Mr. DeVaughn began his career with the Schlitz Brewing Company followed by a 16-year association with the Ford Motor Company where he achieved great success in a variety of progressively responsible engineering, operations and strategic planning roles. Richard was the Vice President of Engineering for the Jacobsen Division of Textron, Inc. from 1993 to 1998. Prior to joining Ingersoll Rand in 2004 as Vice President of Engineering & Product Development for the $3B Climate Control Technologies Sector, Richard worked at The Stanley Works for 5 years where he served as Vice President of Global Engineering and Technology. He ended his corporate career in 2012 as corporate vice president of engineering & technology at Ingersoll Rand Company.
Mr. DeVaughn, a native of Dayton, Ohio, is a graduate of General Motors Institute, now Kettering University, where he received a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering. He also attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology as an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow where he earned a Master of Science degree in Management. Richard is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, National Association of Corporate Directors, and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity. He currently a member of the Board of Directors of LOFA Industries; an Atlanta based diversified industrial company.
Dr. Tae-sun Kim
DIRECTOR MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS
Dr. Tae-Sun Kim is the inaugural Director of Multicultural Affairs at Davidson College, with a faculty appointment in the Department of Anthropology. She has over 13 years of experience in the areas of minority student recruitment, retention and achievement in higher education. Prior to Davidson College she held leadership, teaching, research and academic advising positions at Syracuse University, Lansing Community College and Michigan State University. She has directed a coed multicultural retention and academic achievement program for first-year college students, designed a heritage and support program for Native American college students, founded and advised numerous Asian Pacific American student and professional organizations, and in graduate school was an academic advisor to at-risk high school seniors in an intensive college summer bridge program.
Kim received her BA in Anthropology from Lawrence University, and her MA and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Michigan State University. She was a Fulbright Scholar to Zimbabwe and a recipient of the Minority Competitive Doctoral Fellowship at Michigan State University. She is a member of the Southern Korean Presbyterian Church of Charlotte, North Carolina and has been an advocate, translator and reunification assistant for transnationally adopted Koreans for many years. Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea but considers Portland, Oregon her hometown. She and husband Andre Davis are enjoying their new home, Uptown Charlotte.
FOUNDER / CEO
YBM LEADERSHIP ALLIANCE
John Martin is the CEO and Founder of the YBM (Young Black Male) Leadership Alliance, a non-profit organization focusing on leadership development, college preparation, and career readiness for young black men. YBM Leadership Alliance’s vision is to create a new reality by developing a generation of future leaders.
Inspired by his guidance counselor’s comment in his senior year of high school that he was not “college material” and, many years later, a vision from God during a Get Motivated conference, John was led in 2006 to start the organization that is now known as YBM Leadership Alliance.
CLIENT ENGAGEMENT EXECUTIVE
As a Client Engagement Executive, Raki McGregor brings StoneLaurel two decades’ worth of experience – with a specialization in information technology – from financial, insurance, healthcare and manufacturing industries. Prior to joining the firm, he served as Vice President of Technology and Business Solutions at Independence Blue Cross, where he was responsible for technology strategy across the organization. Before that, Raki worked for several years as Senior Director of Enterprise Application Services at TIAA-CREF. He is passionate about driving growth in companies, building outstanding customer experiences and developing cohesive, energized management teams. Raki earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from North Carolina A&T State University, where he’s now a board member, and he currently lives in Huntersville, N.C., where he serves as Board Chairman for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte. When not engaged with clients, Raki loves cheering on his daughter’s volleyball team, rooting for his son’s basketball team, and enjoying quiet evenings at home with his family.
PRESIDENT / CEO
CAROLINAS AND VIRGINIA MINORITY SUPPLIER DIVERSITY COUNCIL
Eric Watson is President and CEO of the Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council (CVMSDC), a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, with more than 175 corporate members and 430 certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) members. Watson is responsible for the development and execution of strategy to achieve CVMSDC’s vision and goals of advancing business opportunities between major corporations and minority business enterprises in North Carolina, South Carolina and Central Virginia. His responsibilities also include membership and funding outreach, as well as, leadership of day-to-day operations related to services, programs, education, and staff and fiscal management.
Watson has 33 years of experience in operations management, including more than 18 years in the field of diversity and inclusion. Watson has developed strategies that impact business success through creating a vision for managing diversity, designing leadership mentoring programs to promote diversity, and establishing an accountability system for business diversity.
From 2003 to 2013, Watson held leadership roles at Delhaize America, beginning as Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion of Food Lion in 2003. From 2007 through 2009, he also served on Food Lion’s Executive Committee and led the Talent Acquisition department. In February 2010, he became Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion for all of Delhaize America. During his tenure, Watson was responsible for the development and implementation of the company’s diversity and inclusion business strategy, which encompassed leadership and associate development, measuring progress and creating accountabilities in the areas of culture and environment, diverse supplier
development, minority recruitment and retention, education and training, and assisting with growing and sustaining a diverse market presence.