Board of Directors

  • Darrell Mays
    Darrell Mays Chairman & Founder

    Darrell J. Mays is Owner of Pensare Sponsor Group, LLC. and serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Pensare Acquisition Corp. Mr. Mays serves as Senior Advisor of MasTec Network Solutions Inc. and served as its Group President of Wireless since August 2008. He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of nsoro, LLC  a Turnkey Service Company focusing on Telecom Operators (Wireless and Wireline) and Government Civil and IT Solutions that was acquired by MasTec in July 2008. Mr. Mays has served as an Executive of MasTec since 2008 and has served in executive positions for PalmSource, Ericsson, and AT&T.

    Spurred to action after viewing the PBS documentary, “Aging Out,” Darrell founded the nsoro Educational Foundation in 2005 to give youth who age out of foster care both hope and the financial means to a post secondary education.


  • Steve Smith
    Steve Smith Vice Chairman

    Steve attended Pershing High School in Detroit and then Michigan State University from 1987-1991, where he became a First Team All American basketball player, and the Spartans’ all-time leading scorer, with 2,263 points. Steve was selected in the first round of the NBA draft by the Miami Heat 1991 and played for 14 seasons until announcing his retirement in 2005. Steve was a member of the gold medal winning Dream Team II during the 1994 FIBA Word Championships in Toronto, and was honored to represent his country in 2000 playing for the gold medal winning U.S. Olympic Basketball team in Sydney, Australia.

    Throughout his career Steve has carried with him a strong commitment to his community, which was instilled in him by his mother and father. In 1997, Steve gave the largest single donation ever made by a professional athlete to an alma mater to construct the Clara Bell Smith Student-Athlete Academic Center, in honor of his late mother who died of cancer during Steve’s rookie NBA season. A portion of the donation also funds The Steve Smith/Pershing High/MSU Scholarship for Academic Achievement which provides high-achieving students from Detroit Pershing High School the opportunity to attend Michigan State University. In 2009, Steve earned the Dick Enberg award, which recognized him for his commitment to promoting the values of education and academics to student-athletes.

    During the 1997-1998 NBA season, Steve received the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, and was later awarded the Joe Dumars Sportsmanship Award in 2002. His goodwill and compassion for others placed Steve in an elite group of athletes when he was inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame in 2006. Steve earned the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s humanitarian award in 2015 as a recipient of the Mannie Jackson — Basketball’s Human Spirit Award.

    Now a game and studio analyst for NBA TV and the Big Ten Network, Steve serves as a Trustee for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as well as serving as a Board Member to the Atlanta Tipoff Club and the Hughes Spaulding – Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Community Board. Approximately $1,000,000 has been raised to help support the Steve Smith Charitable Fund, Michigan State University, and local charities in the following Michigan cities: Detroit, Lansing, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, as well as in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • Evelyn Ashley
    Evelyn Ashley Esquire

    Evelyn Ashley is the Founder and Managing Partner of Trusted Counsel. Evelyn advises private company and family office clients on matters such as mergers and acquisitions, financing and investments, intellectual property protection, licensing, manufacturing, distribution, entity structure and related issues, corporate spinouts and international transactions. Evelyn is a frequent speaker on technology-related topics and served as chair of the International Forum of the Southeastern Software Association, and is also a member of the Technology Association of Georgia. In addition to the many speeches and presentations she has given since 1995, Evelyn has published 38 articles on technology and its impact on society.

    Evelyn currently serves on the Board of Women in Technology and the Greater Women’s Business Enterprise Council which oversees the process of certifying woman owned businesses in the Southeast.


  • D. Jack Sawyer
    D. Jack Sawyer

    Jack is President of the Southeast Region of Wilmington Trust’s Wealth Advisory group. In 1989 Jack was a founding principal of The Arden Group, Atlanta’s first private fiduciary firm, and was acquired by Mellon in 2003. He has specialized in the administration of trusts, estates, private foundations and charitable trusts throughout his career.

    In 2009 Jack was Honorary Chair of the Swan House Ball benefiting The Atlanta History Center, and he co-chaired the following galas: Veneralia (Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University), Beastly Feast (Zoo Atlanta) and the Driskell Prize dinner (African American art at the High Museum of Art). In 2010 Jack co-chaired the High Museum’s Driskell Prize Dinner and the Atlanta Opera Ball. In 2011 he co-chaired the Atlanta History Center’s Swan House Ball and A Meal to Remember (Meals on Wheels).  Also in 2011 Jack was the honoree of the American Jewish Committee’s National Human Relations Award, in addition to being the honoree of our Starfish Ball, and the High Museum of Art’s Driskell Prize Dinner. In 2012 Jack co-chaired the 25th anniversary of A Meal to Remember and Collective Spirits (Bascom Fine Art Center). In 2014 Jack Co-Chaired the High Museum’s Driskell Prize Dinner and in 2015 he was Honorary Chair of the National Black Art Festival’s Fine Art plus Fashion along with nsoro’s founder Darrell Mays. Also in 2015, Jack co-chaired the Pass the Blessings Awards Ceremony benefitting the Andrew J. Young Foundation. In 2015, 2016 and 2017 Jack was a guest judge for the Dancing Stars of Atlanta event for the Alzheimer’s Association. In 2015 Jack was Honorary Chair of the Mayor’s Masked Ball which benefited the United Negro College Fund. In 2016 Jack co-chaired the Atlanta Music Festival (Jessye Norman) event. In 2017 Jack was honored by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as a “man of Style and Substance.”

    In addition to his work with nsoro, Jack is a member of the Buckhead Coalition, and on of the Board of Directors for: Andee’s Army, High Museum of Art, Agape Community Center and Georgia Museum of Art, as well as serving as the Chair of the Advisory Board of Open Hand.


  • Bill Voyles
    Bill Voyles

    Atlanta native Bill Voyles graduated from Woodward Academy in 1969 and Florida State University in 1973 where he was a Men’s golf letterwinner all four years. Vice President and partner of Ed Voyles automotive, Bill and his siblings are continuing to grow the legacy of excellence and service that their father began in 1952. Bill has served as chairman of the Metro Atlanta Auto Dealers Association in 2001 and in 2002. He previously served on the boards of: Better Business Bureau (1990-1993) and March of Dimes (1995-2000). Bill and his wife Cindy served as Chairs for the 2011 Legendary Ball for the Shepherd Center, a nationally renowned treatment and rehabilitation center for head and spinal cord injuries. Bill is a current member on the board of Animal Health Trust and Shepherd Center Auxiliary, in addition to his work for the nsoro Foundation.

    Bill and Cindy work as volunteers in fundraising and support many charitable causes including: Senior Citizens Services, the Atlanta Ballet, March of Dimes, the Atlanta History Center, the Shepherd Center, the Atlanta Humane Society, Share Our Strength, Taste of the Nation, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, National Black Arts Foundation (NBAF), Fix Georgia Pets and Creative Enterprises.


  • Melissa Carter
    Melissa Carter

    Clinical Professor and Executive Director of the Barton Child Law and Policy Center, Emory University. Melissa has also been appointed to statewide task forces charged with making recommendations for improvements to the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. In addition to this work, Professor Carter regularly speaks on a wide variety of juvenile law issues around the country. She is a Board Member of Voices for Georgia’s Children, and sits on the advisory committee of the Supreme Court of Georgia Committee on Justice for Children.

  • Tony Conway
    Tony Conway

    CEO, Legendary Events. Tony’s prolific thirty year hospitality experience began with Marriott, Stouffer and The Ritz Carlton hotels. Legendary Events also owns and operates two of Atlanta’s premier venues: The Estate and Flourish. Although Legendary Events is one of the most sought after, award winning event companies in the nation, it is Tony’s charitable allegiance that make his company a category of one. Legendary Events has donated more than $12 million in services and contributions to organizations that align with their philanthropic values. Tony’s former Board Seats include: The Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Alliance Theatre, Leadership Atlanta, Murphy-Harpst Children’s Center, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, The Atlanta Community Food Bank, Senior Citizens Services, and Central Atlanta Progress & UNICEF.

  • John Brewer
    John Brewer

    Chairman and CEO of Vantage Private Capital. John was one of the first African-American franchisees of General Nutrition Center, Inc. (“GNC”) with over 25 years of financial and investment experience in the state of Georgia. Prior to GNC, John worked with SunTrust Banks as a Fixed-Income securities analyst of Treasury, mortgage-backed, Municipal and asset-backed securities in addition to experience in Equity Capital Markets with Bank of America (NCNB). John serves on several non-profit & Advisory Boards and is passionate about improving children’s literacy in distressed Atlanta communities and mentoring with the PGA’s First Tee Organization.