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Bill is a co-founder and CEO of Elites Optimization Services, whose mission is to improve athletes’ futures and mentoring several world class athletes.  Prior to EOS, Bill has worked for the last 15 years on Wall Street at JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank in their investment bank (equity derivative sales).   Prior to Wall Street, Bill was an entrepreneur and best known as the founder of Bingwa Software Company. Bingwa’s most successful product was the Mathematical Heritage Series, used in sixty school systems throughout the country. While at Bingwa, Bill was recognized as one of “America’s Top 50 Blacks in Technology” and a finalist for Black Enterprise’s Inaugural Business Innovator of the Year Award.

The most important thing in Bill’s life is helping others. The most illustrative example is his co-founding of the Legislative Drafting Institute for Child Protection, established for the need to safeguard youth sports participants from sex predators. He is also their board president. Bill was a M50 Masters American Record holder in the 4×400 and winner at Penn Relays and Millrose Games in the 4×400 M50 Masters division. He is a two-time high school All-American and letterman at Texas A&M University and graduated with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering. He also has an M.B.A from the University of Virginia, where he was bestowed with the C. Stewart Sheppard Distinguished Service Award.
As a co-founder and COO of Elites Optimizations Services, Minji is responsible for overseeing all operations, including technology, to develop and provide products for the professional athlete community.  

Prior to EOS, she worked for 12 years at Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America Merrill Lynch within investment banking and equity derivatives.EOS combines Minji’s love of sports and business acumen with a passion for women and the LGBTQ community. While in finance, she served as Co-chair for Goldman’s Pride month, managed the Women’s Video Conference Series (which was later brought over to Deutsche Bank) and also ran an innovative LGBTQ recruiting contest in which 70 teams of undergraduate students participated.

Minji was recognized as being among the top 5% of performers in the Vice President population at Deutsche.At Northwestern University, Minji authored a senior thesis entitled, “NBA vs WNBA: The Pay Disparity in Professional Basketball.” She was also the first paid intern at the WNBA’s Chicago Sky and received an offer to be their Manager of Finance and Operations.

Minji recently launched the Associate Board for Athlete Ally, whose mission is to end homophobia and transphobia in sport.Minji lives in New York City with her wife, Phillippa and schnauzer, Harry. While Minji enjoys playing basketball and is the former Commissioner for the NYC Gay Basketball League, Phillippa is a competitive marathon runner and Half Ironman triathlete.
Manuel helps Elites Optimization Services leverage technology to enable athletes, mentors, coaches and enterprises work together to shape the future.

Manuel is a technology strategist who has also built and managed mission-critical software by leading highly-skilled technology teams in both Fortune 100 and a number of start-up firms.  Most recently he was Chief Architect at Northwestern Mutual and Head of Architecture for Core Management at Bridgewater Associates. He held CTO positions at UBS and KPMG where he led the Financial Services technology advisory practice. He has also been Operating Executive and CTO for a FinTech start-up, delivering Software as a Service solutions for AI-based capital value preservation.

Manuel holds an MBA and a graduate certificate in Artificial Intelligence from Columbia University in the City of New York. He also earned an M.Sc. in Computer Science from Telecom ParisTech and was a visiting scholar at the University of California in San Diego.
Cheryl grew up in Northern California as a first-generation Indo-Fijian American. As a youngster she loved playing softball, basketball, and running track. Ultimately, she excelled at golf, earning a golf scholarship to UC Berkeley where she played for the Golden Bears.

After graduation, she played golf professionally on mini-tours, while coaching Men’s and Women’s college golf. In 2008 she stopped competing and began “soul searching” in her life and career. She went back to school, earning a graduate certificate in exercise and sports psychology. She used this degree to help competitive athletes gain an edge in mental skills training.

Cheryl continued her education, earning a Master’s degree from Columbia University. She was selected as their 2015 Innovation Scholar in Sports Management, graduating at the top of her class. While attending Columbia University, Cheryl began working with career coaches who helped her to navigate her career away from competition.

As a result, she discovered her true passion for athlete activism, utilizing sports as a vehicle for social change. A firm believer in equality, feminism and underserved youth, she is a coach and mentor at heart. Cheryl joined EOS to help other athletes transition from elite competition to the workforce in a meaningful and authentic manner.
Shannon Rowbury, is a Senior Director and Head of Athlete Experience for Elites Optimization Services.  Her profound understanding of sport, leadership and innovative thinking make her uniquely qualified to optimize the EOS experience for professional athletes who are transitioning to post-athletic careers.

As one of the most accomplished US Track athletes of all time, Shannon’s longevity in her sport is inspiring. Her honors include three-time Olympian (4th in the 2016 Olympics), two-time World Bronze Medalist, American Record Holder at three distances (1500m, 2 miles, 5000m), ranked top-10 in the world for a decade. Shannon is also the co-founder of Imagining More, a non-profit organization that promotes arts and athletics amongst young women, and she is a member of the PA/USATF Foundation Board of Directors.

Most recently she was selected by the US Department of State to serve as a Sport Envoy to Morocco. A Duke University alumna, Shannon graduated magna cum laude in 2006 with a BA in English, Theater and Film Studies, and in 2008 went on to receive her Master’s degree in the Humanities.


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