Dr. Leroy (Lee) David Nunery II will lead venture backed by Acrisure, Russell Wilson and Ciara, and Russell Westbrook
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., November 29, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Evolution Advisors, a joint venture of Acrisure, Super Bowl champion quarterback Russell Wilson, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Ciara and nine-time NBA All-Star, Russell Westbrook today announced that Dr. Leroy (Lee) David Nunery II has been named President.
Dr. Nunery’s appointment will accelerate Evolution Advisors’ mission of greater access to financial services for minority-owned businesses and diverse communities. Dr. Nunery brings over 40 years of experience in a wide breadth of industries, including corporate banking and capital markets, higher education, professional sports, charter school management and public education. In 2007, he founded PlūsUltré LLC, a strategic advisory firm that focuses on turnarounds, transformations, governance training and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) strategies, among other areas. In 2017, PlūsUltré was commissioned to author a groundbreaking study titled, "The Journey of African American Insurance Professionals: Past and Present," which has been widely praised and cited within the industry as a resource to better understand DEI dynamics.
"I am inspired by Evolution Advisors’ mission to ensure that underserved communities across the country receive impactful financial services solutions and education," said Dr. Nunery. "With the support of the Founding Partners and our collective acumen in financial services, insurance and DEI efforts, I’m confident we will make an impact in the near-term."
Throughout 2021, Acrisure has invested in leading technology and new products and services in financial services, including the formation of Cyber Security, Real Estate and Asset Management divisions. These new capabilities, combined with the community impact and entrepreneurial experience of the other Founding Partners, will support Dr. Nunery in this new leadership role.
"Dr. Nunery’s entrepreneurial spirit and passion for creating pathways for diverse communities is completely aligned with our mission of providing equitable financial solutions and education to all communities," said Greg Williams, co-founder, CEO and President of Acrisure. "On behalf of the other Founding Partners, I’m proud to welcome such an esteemed and respected leader as Dr. Nunery and look forward to accomplishing great things together!"
Said Russell Wilson and Ciara: "We believe in the power of ownership. Being led by an entrepreneur in Dr. Nunery is critically important as we head into 2022 and Evolution Advisors starts to directly impact diverse communities. His mission to improve both our communities and the world aligns with our vision. He has our fullest support and admiration!"
Said Russell Westbrook: "It’s beyond time we’ve levelled the playing field for access to financial services products and services. I joined Evolution Advisors as a Founding Partner because I believe we will do the hard work necessary to support people and businesses. Dr. Nunery is a proven leader with a track record for results and we’re fortunate to add him to our team."
In addition to his business experience, Dr. Nunery serves on a range of boards, including the board of the Benchmark School in Philadelphia. Additionally, Dr. Nunery is a Lifetime Member of the National Black MBA Association, Inc., having served as its National President from 1983-1987, and was recently appointed to the Council of Trustees for Cheyney University, an HBCU, by the Governor of Pennsylvania.
About Evolution Advisors
Founded in 2021, Evolution Advisors intends to make an impact by providing financial services for minority-owned businesses and by building on the charitable and philanthropic efforts of the Founding Partners. Evolution Advisors is a Joint Venture of like-minded entrepreneurs including global Fintech Acrisure; Thomas Tull, Chairman of Acrisure Technology Group, and Founder, Chairman and CEO of Tulco, LLC; Super Bowl champion quarterback Russell Wilson; Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, Ciara; and Nine-time NBA All Star, Russell Westbrook. For more information, please visit https://evolutionadvisors.com.
Acrisure specializes in intelligence-driven financial services, providing a broad array of products including insurance, Asset Management, Real Estate Services, and Cyber Services. The Company has grown revenue from $38 million to more than $3 billion in just over eight years and has locations in eight countries. Acrisure is the intelligence-driven financial services distribution platform of the future. Find out more at www.acrisure.com.
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