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Al Prudeaux is currently the managing member of Native Sons of Chicago LLC., an impact real estate firm specializing in the rehabilitation of real estate and the rejuvenation of economically challenged communities within the Chicago Metropolitan area. The firm takes a holistic approach to neighborhood redevelopment that focuses on empowering local businesses and residents.
Mr. Prudeaux is also currently the CEO of PeerPoint Capital, Inc., an alternative finance firm specializing in commercial lending and structured finance. The business primarily focuses on providing loans to local real estate investors looking to rehabilitate homes and apartment buildings throughout the Chicagoland Area. The firm also structures working capital loans for local, small business owners in need of such capital to grow their businesses.
Prior to these private sector endeavors, Mr. Prudeaux was a housing director for the City of Chicago’s Department of Housing. While there he created the budgets, layered financing models and funding implementation for such developments as the Robert Taylor Homes Redevelopment, Stateway Gardens Redevelopment, Madden Wells Redevelopment, SOS Children’s Village, Urbanite Apartments, Lake Park Crescent, Jazz on the Boulevard, Langston Cove, and countless smaller housing initiatives. Unsatisfied with simply crunching numbers behind a desk, Mr. Prudeaux could normally be found at community gatherings and forums meeting with the community residents directly impacted by the projects he lead.
In addition to these professional duties Mr. Prudeaux sits on the boards of various initiatives such as FlipBank and 10000 Launches. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business with a degree in Finance and Applied Economics.
Dwayne Hirsch, Entrepreneur and Small Business Advocate
Dwayne Hirsch is a Licensed Realtor with The Hirsch Network Team of Coldwell Banker in Chicago, Illinois and a well-known networking professional and small business advocate. Dwayne built this network while hosting Business Spotlight Networking (BSN) events, which is currently known as the Hyde Park Happy Hour. Dwayne has hosted more than 150 events since 2009 entertaining, informing and connecting thousands of local entrepreneurs, aspiring business owners.
Dwayne is also a key member of the Executive Board of Directors and Policy Committee of the Small Business Advocacy Council, non-partisan lobbying group with 1,200+ member businesses and over 20,000 affiliate businesses throughout the State of Illinois.
Dwayne played a key role in the recent passing of legislation for Intrastate Equity Crowdfunding, which will help to revolutionize capital access for business owners, entrepreneurs and help to build businesses in communities throughout Chicagoland and all of Illinois.
Dwayne is also co-host of WVON’s most talked about new show, The Currency Exchange: Your Window to a New Economy. The show airs Saturdays 2-3pm on 1690 AM WVON and is also available through IHeart Radio and at WVON.com
Dwayne’s professional hallmarks include networking, public speaking, social media strategy, and the ability to establish and manage relationships that benefit the growth of most businesses.
Dwayne helped to connect thousands of entrepreneurs in the Chicago area to each other and stays engaged with professionals from all walks of life.
In media, Dwayne has been featured on:
WGN: Guest on People to People with Micah Matterre in 2014
WTTW: Interviewed on Chicago Tonight by Elizabeth Brackett in 2013
WVON: Named Urban Business Roundtable Contributor in 2015
He has recently accepted:
- Appointment to the African American Advisory Council for the Illinois State Comptroller.
- New Business of the Year Award from the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce-2012
- Named a Top 25 Mover and Shaker in Chicago by Rolling Out Magazine.
- Received S.P.E.A.R Award for Outstanding Business Leadership in 2010
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Organizational Affiliations Include
- Small Business Advocacy Council- Executive Board of Directors and Policy Committee
- Southeast Chicago Commission
- Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce
- Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce
- Gary, Indiana Chamber of Commerce
- Chicago Association of Realtors
- Illinois Association of Realtors
- National Association of Realtors
Torrence Moore is managing director – Illinois for VEDC, a national small business lender certified as a Community Development Financial Institution (“CDFI”). Its mission is to provide access to capital to underserved markets such as women-owned, minority-owned and veteran-owned small businesses. He is responsible for managing the Illinois office including building a market presence, loan production, and managing the Chicago staff.
Prior to VEDC, Moore founded TMA Consulting which focused on assisting nonprofits, entrepreneurs and small businesses in the areas of project finance, technical assistance and program administration. TMA leverages his commercial banking, finance, community and economic development background, experience and relationships to make their clients’ mission a reality. Prior to forming TMA, he was Director of Tax Credit Programs for the State of Illinois housing finance authority (“IHDA”) where he was responsible for overseeing the annual allocation of tax credits worth approximately $262 million to developers seeking to develop housing in the State of Illinois. Previously he served as Managing Director of Kiwanja Capital Partners, an emerging private equity firm focused on the acquisition, remediation and redevelopment of brownfield properties in the Midwest and California. He was responsible for day-to-day operations of the fund including investor relations, project due diligence and fund raising.
Prior to Kiwanja, he spent 12 years at LaSalle Bank in a number of positions. He was First Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager in the Public Funds Division for four years where he was charged with managing the Bank’s relationships with government entities in the Illinois and Wisconsin. He marketed bank products including credit products, treasury management and investment products. Prior to Public Funds, Moore joined the bank to establish the LaSalle Community Development Corporation, a wholly-owned bank subsidiary including establishing policies and procedures, growing and managing its portfolio of equity investments in private equity, real estate, small businesses and nonprofits. Through his efforts as Managing Director, the portfolio grew by $75 million in four years. Prior to LaSalle, he was the investment officer in the First Chicago Neighborhood Development Corporation which made equity and debt investments in economic development and community development projects in the Chicago area. Prior to First Chicago, he served as a commercial banker at American National Bank lending to middle market companies in Chicago. He started his career in banking as a management trainee at American National Bank.
In addition to his professional duties, he serves on the board of a number of civic organizations in the Chicagoland area including LINK Unlimited Scholars, Gensis Housing Development Corporation, Delta Redevelopment Institute, and Edward G. Irvin Foundation. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the Metropolitan Club of Chicago and previously on the Board of Trustees of Hamilton College. Mr. Moore obtained his B.A. in Economics from Hamilton College and a Masters of Urban Planning & Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Monica Kaye (MK) Gamble
Monica Kaye, also known as MK Gamble, is the Chicago area Public Policy Lead for Airbnb. In this role, she implements Airbnb’s legislative and public policy activities. This includes managing regulatory matters that affect Airbnb’s priorities. Additionally, she orchestrates Airbnb’s legislative strategies and relationships with legislative, executive and administrative offices, as well as with allied groups, coalition partners, and other stakeholders.Lastly, she coordinates and represents Airbnb in meetings with government and elected officials throughout Illinois.
Prior to joining Airbnb, MK Gamble served as a Legislative Liaison with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office since April 2013. She negotiates, drafts, and develops legislation that furthers the Office’s legislative agenda and victims’rights. While minimizing opposition, Monica Kaye continuously collaborates with elected officials, government agencies, nonprofits, victim advocacy groups, community organizations and various member organizations.
Monica Kaye testifies before the Illinois Senate and House or Representatives on the impact and merit of various legislative measures. When she is not advocating on behalf of the Office at the state capitol, she represents the office in court as a traditional Assistant State’s Attorney’s in Chicago.
Lastly, Monica Kaye teaches two graduate courses in the Department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Prior to joining the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Monica Kaye worked as an Associate at Swedberg & Hodgkinson, a general practice firm providing services for clients of various economic backgrounds. She also worked as Assistant Counsel to the Illinois House of Representatives, serving as head legal counsel to Illinois’ Insurance, Housing, and Environment & Energy Committees. Additionally, she has worked as a Health Related Prosecutor for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations.
Monica Kaye graduated from DePaul College of Law in May of 2010, having earned several advocacy awards. She is a clinical bioethicist, having graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 2005. As a bioethicist, she served five years on Northwestern Hospital’s Human Subject Institutional Review Board focusing on cancer and stroke research. Monica Kaye earned bachelor degrees in International Business, Business Law, and Marketing from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in 2003.
Monica Kaye is a member of the Black Women Lawyers’ Association. She has dedicated a significant amount of time to volunteer organization that service children including Chicago Cares, Chicago Lighthouse, Fans4L.I.F.E, Ravenswood Covenant Church Child Care Center, Lawyer’s in the Classroom, and The Westside NAACP.
Monica Kaye Gamble can be reached at:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cell: (312) 285-6071
- LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/monica-kaye-gamble-122a093
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