Introducing our new Chief Visionary Officer, Mark Yates!

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The Black Business Association of Memphis is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Yates as Chief Visionary Officer. Yates brings a wealth of business knowledge, strategy and know-how to the organization with a passion for helping Memphis' minority small businesses thrive.

In his new position, Yates will provide the vision and effective leadership necessary to help re-engineer the organization, enhance the BBA membership experience and make a greater economic impact on the community at large. 

Yates has extensive experience in the financial sector, healthcare industry, and public policy. In recent years, he has served as Program Manager for All World Project Management, founded Memphis Youth Summer Business Experience (MY-SBE), and provided services to the Enlightenment Center and LES mental health outpatient care for children and families. 

Yates has a B.A. in Economics and Finance from Howard University and an Executive MBA from Owen Graduate School of Business at Vanderbilt University. In Memphis, he has served as Chief of Staff and Faculty at LeMoyne Owen College; Former Chief of Staff in the U.S. House of Representatives; Senior Vice President at FTN Financial and First Tennessee Bank, among other prestigious roles at organizations throughout the city. 

Help us welcome Mark Yates to the BBA Memphis team!