The Grindery is delighted to have a group of distinguished and experienced business people and community leaders from Indianapolis as part of our leadership, teaching and mentorship team.

Rev. Ivan Douglas Hicks
Senior Minister/Servant at First Baptist Church North Indianapolis
Dr. Ivan Douglas Hicks has served as the Senior Minister of the historic First Baptist Church North Indianapolis, Indiana since April of 1999. Prior to moving to Indianapolis, Pastor Hicks served as assistant to Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, Jr. at his home church, Metropolitan Baptist Church, in Washington, D.C. He served the prior three years, from 1994 through 1997, as Executive Minister/Chief Operating Officer at Bright Hope Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where Congressman William H. Gray, III served as the Senior Minister. In August of 2003, Dr. Hicks was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in African American Studies from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Rev. Hicks graduated from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio where he received a Master of Divinity Degree in 1994. He is also a proud alum of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia where he was a campus leader and community organizer, and was elected and remains the President of the Morehouse Class of 1991.
Willis Bright, Jr.
President, Bright Visions
Willis K. Bright, Jr., is President of Bright Visions Inc., a firm specializing in strategic planning and futuring, program and partnership development, and life coaching, especially for youth, mid- career and retirees. Until November, 2012 he was the Director of Youth Programs at Lilly Endowment, Indianapolis. Before joining the Endowment, Willis was manager of issues and research at Honeywell Inc.’s Corporate and Community Responsibility Department. For five years he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, and he has received Susan Hazlett Award for Excellence in Grantmaking from the Indiana Grantmakers Alliance and was the James A. Joseph Lecturer for the Association of Black Foundation Executives, its highest award. His community service includes the United Way of Central Indiana’s Human Services Committee, the Beautillion Militaire Committee for the 100 Black Men and co-chair of the Social Action Committee, Alpha Eta Boule. He currently serves on the University of Kentucky Alumni Association Board of Directors and University of Kentucky College of Social Work Advisory Council. He was inducted into the College’s Hall of Fame in 2007. Willis is chairman of the Stewardship and Investment Committees at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, where he is an elder.
George Crawford
Life Coach
Kerry Ingram
Business Development Strategist
John McDonald
CEO, CloudOne
John McDonald is the CEO of CloudOne, Inc. Magazine’s fastest-growing IT company in Indiana two years in a row and winner of the 2015 and 2016 IBM Beacon Award, the highest honor given to a business partner.  Formerly a technical sales executive at IBM for over 20 years, he is one of the founding members and on the steering committee of the 450+ member Cloud Customer Standards Council, a board member of the Venture Club of Indiana, a board member of TechPoint, a member of the IBM PartnerWorld Global Business Partner Advisory Council, and of the Industrial Advisory Board for Purdue Polytechnic Institute at Purdue University.  John was also an original IBM Champion in 2011, an honor granted again every year since.
Wayne Patrick
Entrepreneur
Wayne has over thirty years of experience in Information Technology, including as the CIO of a large Fortune 500 financial and insurance company. He also has extensive experience in the IT Consulting industry, having started and managed his own organization to a successful exit. His startup experience includes the role of COO of two software firms that had successful exits. He received the Sagamore of the Wabash in 1992, Indiana’s highest civilian honor, and was named a Kentucky Colonel in 1998, that state’s highest civilan honor as well. He was a Presidential Delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business in 1995 and also received the SBA Directors Award that year. in 2000, he was a finalist for the E&Y Entrepreneur of the year award. He is a graduate of Rose Hulman with a degree in Electrical Engineering and earned an MBA from Butler University.