Vice Chair | CEO, Technology Concepts Group International, LLC
Avis Yates-Rivers is the President and CEO of Technology Concepts Group International, LLC, (TCGi), an information technology solutions provider and full-service equipment leasing firm. She possesses more than 30 years of general management experience in the information technology industry, and has been a successful entrepreneur for 28 years.
TCGi supports the public and private sectors in the areas of IT asset management, equipment financing, professional and technical services (network/desktop support, break/fix, voice/data cabling and asset management solutions). The firm also provides project and program management, business analysis and planning, implementation and training.
Prior to establishing her first company in 1985, Avis enjoyed an 11-year career at Exxon Corporation and its subsidiaries. She rose to the rank of Account Executive as a result of successfully marketing the line of technology products of Exxon Office Systems Company in New York City.
Avis has worked tirelessly to increase the development and utilization of minority and women-owned businesses in both the public and private sectors. She has held leadership positions in various supplier diversity advocacy organizations such as the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), the Women's Business Enterprise Council Metro NY and Greater DMV (WBEC NY DMV), the NJ Small Business Development Center, the Newark Regional Business Partnership, and the BPU Supplier Diversity Development Council.
Avis is also a staunch advocate for increasing girls’ and women’s participation in information technology. She is a Director of the National Center for Women and Information Technology and was recently honored as a White House Champion of Change in STEM. Avis and TCGi have been recipients of local and national recognition (a complete list can be found on her website).
Avis holds a degree in Business Administration from City University of New York. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Executive Management Programs at the Amos Tuck School of Business, the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
She is a highly sought-after business leader, a nationally recognized advocate for the utilization of minority and women-owned businesses and women in computing, and a proficient public speaker/presenter.
For more information about Technology Concepts Group International and Avis Yates Rivers, please visit www.technologyconcepts.com.