Bunmi is the Founder for United Soccer Africa and serves as a Senior Advisor for the DeKalb Africa Initiative at the Development Authority of DeKalb County (DADC). As a senior advisor, his role is to facilitate and align public sector, civil society and private sector by deepening the ties between Africa and Georgia, leveraging DeKalb’s strongest institutions, businesses, talents in education, technology, health, agro business, real estate, arts/culture, aerospace and tourism. DeKalb County is the 3rd largest county in America that houses the African diaspora. Jinadu has been appointed as an Advisory Board Member for DADC’s current Economic Development Strategic Plan. Responsible for the planning, creating prosperity as well as the implementation of new investments, programs and expanding on existing industries in order to promote balanced growth within DeKalb County and regional industries.
Jinadu’s extensive history in developing new creative, social, and entrepreneurial endeavors is a strong asset in implementing policies and regulations benefiting staff, parents, students and local business communities. The summation of Jinadu’s executive experience has always, and will continue to be, geared towards the goal of increasing cultural awareness, strong social cohesion and fostering economic growth. Through Jinadu’s various leadership positions with Interglobe Entertainment Group, Development Authority DeKalb County, United Sounds of Africa, Coca-Cola Company’s African Diaspora Network, Licensed 2 Heal, United Soccer Africa and W.E.B Dubois Charter School of Excellence, he continues to plant seeds on fertile grounds that will continue to be a torch of progress in communities we live and do business in.
James Tsismanakis is the Executive Director and CEO of the DeKalb Convention and Visitors Bureau, Arts DeKalb and Sports DeKalb in Metro Atlanta. He serves on the Tucker-Northlake CID Study Steering Committee, served on the DeKalb Economic Development Strategic Plan Advisory Council helping to establish the first Economic development plan for DeKalb County, serves on the DeKalb Africa Initiative Steering Committee, United Soccer Africa tournament planning committee for 2016, Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association Governmental Affairs Committee, Southeast Tourism Society Board of Directors, Georgia Chamber Board, Georgia State University Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration Industry Advisory Board, the Chamblee Chamber founding member and Board of Directors, Chamblee Chamber Economic Development Committee and Chamblee Main Street Development Committee and DeKalb Chamber Board of Directors.
Selected by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 as one of the Who’s Who 100 Leaders Who Are Shaping Atlanta’s Hospitality Industry.
The DCVB was honored by winning the Georgia Tourism – Al Burruss Award For Creative Expression – We Are DeKalb Magazine in 2013.
He resides in the Northlake area of Atlanta with his wife Bethany and their three children.
Dan Bell has served as the Sports Marketing Manager for DeKalb Convention & Visitors Bureau (DCVB) since October 2011. Mr. Bell has more than ten years of sales and marketing experience in the hospitality and travel industries. He was recently involved in travel planning for college and university athletic teams and has served as Senior Sales Manager and Director of Sales at a number of Atlanta area hotels.
His main focus is the development and expansion of the Sports DeKalb Program designed to bring more tournaments to DeKalb County and increase awareness of our sports teams and facilities. Mr. Bell attends Trade Shows and Conferences year-round to bring business into DeKalb County. He is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University with a BA degree in Mass Communication.
Mr. Bell is a member of the National Association of Sports Commission and was recently elected Vice-President of Georgia Sports. Mr. Bell is born and raised in Miami, Florida and currently resides in Atlanta with his daughter.
René Romer has over 25 years experience in marketing communications, a vast network of industry connections and an impressive catalogue of successful and often award winning marketing campaigns and branding development. He has worked for advertisers and agencies, and his skills are both strategic and tactical. As strategy director at the Amsterdam office of the international agency ´TBWA´, he worked for major brands such as ING Bank, Unicef, Oxfam, Nissan, Ahold, Randstad, Netherlands Railways, UNDP, British Telecom, Adidas and many more. As owner of diversity marketing agency ‘TransCity’ he worked for clients as diverse as PepsiCo, UPC and Ziggo (both Liberty Global), Rabobank, Netherlands Red Cross, Royal Netherlands Air Force, Western Union Money Transfer, Travelex, Unilever, Heinz, Nike, Heineken, the Yorkshire Tourist Board (UK), Türk Telekom Mobile (Turkey) and many others, including the KNVB and the Royal Netherlands Soccer Association. For the KNVB he has done many projects related to soccer as a tool for education of ethnic minority youth. The popularity of soccer was also used to build a better social cohesion in ethnically diverse local communities, since soccer can be seen as the largest social network in the Netherlands.
After her degree in social communication, Vasconcelos completed a post graduate degree in journalism(Radio and Press). For the past 7 seven years she has successfully implemented solid and innovative marketing/PR campaigns in different geographical markets across Europe and Africa. Her experience and creativity allows her to add value in a unique way to the team.
With over ten years of graphic design experience Rui went ahead to successfully complete a masters in multimedia and communications systems and also a technical course in editing and film production.
His practical and academic achievements and experience allows him to bring a wealth of creative and visual knowledge to the team.