General Manager, MGM Springfield; Age 38
Education: Howard University (BBA)
What did you want to be when you grew up? Governor of Nevada, an Alvin Ailey dancer, or running back for the Washington Redskins.
How do you define success? Success is defined by how hard you laugh, cry, and dance in celebration of the challenges you choose to tackle.
What three words best describe you? Passionate, thoughtful, humble.
What are you passionate about? Helping people achieve their dreams.
What person, past or present, would you like to have lunch with, and why? Frederick Douglass literally changed the world and was a driving force for the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
What fictional character do you relate to most, and why? Definitely some sort of mashup of Eddie Murphy in Boomerang, Pierce Brosnan in The Thomas Crown Affair, and Al Bundy in Married … with Children. Life is lived somewhere in between your aspirations and reality.
What actor would play you in a movie about your life? Chadwick Boseman of Black Panther fame and I were contemporaries at Howard University. Wakanda forever! Halle Berry would play my wife, Yindra.
Who has been your best mentor, and why? My father, Frank Dixon, has been and continues to be my best mentor in life. From an early age, Dad sparked an intellectual curiosity within me that has raged ever since. My parents have provided a sense of stability that has propelled me to take risks throughout my personal and professional life.
Whom do you look up to, and why? Vernon Jordan is an iconic business, government-affairs, and civil-rights professional. He plays behind the scenes and has opened doors for an untold number of young professionals to this day.
What goal do you set for yourself at the start of each day? Carpe diem until I hit snooze again.
What will work colleagues say at your funeral? “Here lies a good and decent man.”
Photography by Leah Martin Photography