OUR TEAM

Since 2014, Aspira-USA's focus has been to serve agencies, individuals and businesses with customized solutions at a great value delivered by professionals who care.  That focus is the foundation for ASPIRA-USA and is more critical than ever with the impact of Covid-19. We give your agency, your people and your business a competitive advantage via partnership with ASPIRA-USA and our solutions - training, consulting, and more.  

 

Our leadership team delivers results to clients leveraging over 150 years of collective experience as both corporate operating executives and entrepreneurial business owners.  This experience includes comprehensive hands-on knowledge of all facets of business including strategy, operations, marketing, business development and financial management with a foundation of trusted relationships with leaders throughout many industries.

 

Our strength is our ability to question, listen, analyze and devise ways to capture opportunities, solve problems and deliver results to clients.  Our specialties include effective communications, digital and print marketing and fulfillment, events, PR and business development services, training and leadership development programs.

Due to our vast trusted network, we are uniquely positioned to connect our clients with industry and community leaders.

 

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Michel Daley
Founder and Principal
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Tony Cord
Founder and Principal

As a seasoned entrepreneur who has owned and operated multiple successful businesses, Michel coaches and trains clients on entrepreneurship and all facets of business operations.   He co-develops our training curricula, and is also experienced in public relations and special events planning. 

Tony utilizes his prior leadership positions, and corporate and advisory board experience, to train and assist clients achieve their strategic, operating and financial goals.   He co-develops our training curricula, including our entrepreneurship and workforce development programs.

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Dawn Ridley
Sr. Marketing Director
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Curtis Symonds
Sr. Marketing Director

Dawn is responsible for developing and implementing client marketing and brand strategies, including sponsorships, ad campaigns, and internal and external partnerships, with the goal to increase client revenues.   She is a certified digital marketing professional who will also lead our social media initiatives.

 

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Lara Fritts
Economic Development
Advisor

Curtis spearheads client programs related to sports and entertainment marketing.  As a well-known and innovative marketing EVP with BET, Curtis developed ad campaigns, programs and special events involving celebrities and sports figures, who he can call on for future projects.

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Gloria Parker
Trainer/Executive Coach

As a certified economic developer, Lara spearheads our public and private-sector projects that promote economic development in underserved communities.  In addition to economic development and recovery, she has over 25 years of proven leadership and management experience in marketing, collaboration, strategic planning and affordable housing.

Gloria leads our technology training initiatives.  She is an experienced corporate trainer and keynote speaker, who served as the Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Officer for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 

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Nicole Hawkins
PR and Project Manager

Nicole leads our public relations efforts with comprehensive project management, social media, media relations, strategic marketing and communications and event planning experience. She is a former PR Director for the NBA Washington Wizards, becoming the first African American woman to be named PR Director for an NBA franchise.

 

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Clint Evans
Project Manager

Clint assists in providing client brand marketing solutions, content development, public relations and event management programs.  He has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the marketing, media and entertainment industries.