Who are Axum Advisors?
At Axum Advisors, we view ourselves as not only thought leaders and problem solvers, but perhaps more importantly as “connectors.” We pride ourselves on the networks we have established over our years in the business world, with both people and resources. By leveraging these proprietary networks, we have the unique ability to help our clients expand in ways they never thought possible before partnering with us.
Jerry L. Johnson
Founder and CEO
Jerry L. Johnson is the President & CEO of Axum Advisors, LLC, a business advisory/consulting firm for start-ups, middle market businesses, established professional service firms and governmental agencies and authorities. Jerry advises companies who are in need of customized solutions to meet their growth, financing, technology, and business development needs while facing significant changes that threaten their ability to survive. Drawing on his vast knowledge and business acumen gained from serving in several significant management roles across multiple industry sectors, Jerry brings more than 45 years of experience to the advisory business.
Roman McDonald, Founder and CEO of First Genesis Holdings, Inc., has more than 18 years of experience in the insurance and financial services industry. His work with small to mid-sized companies during his tenure with Creative Financial Group, one of the largest distribution companies for MetLife Enterprise, lead him to identify a void in the marketplace. This realization led Mr. McDonald to launch First Genesis Holdings, Inc. and to develop a business model to support the financial services and insurance needs of small to mid-sized companies. First Genesis Holdings maintains a suite of complimentary companies – First Genesis Financial Group, First Genesis Benefits Consulting (dba Benefyx), and First Genesis Risk Management – that concentrate on the insurance and financial services industries.
David Mosley serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of E Smith Advisors, a partnership with Newmark Knight Frank (NKF). In this role, he is responsible for outlining the strategic direction for growth and expansion of the company’s professional portfolio, including partnerships with national and global corporate entities committed to diversity and inclusion in commercial real estate. Throughout his career, Mr. Mosley has provided regional and national clients with a broad range of services in business development, business analysis and financial management, franchising and franchise operations
Jonathan Johnson, EIT
MANAGER OF RESEARCH, ANALYSIS, AND REGENERATION
Jonathan W. Johnson has worked on several business development and change consulting projects, including market research and business plan development for a steel fabricator, analysis and change consultation for a major law firm, and research and analysis for change consultation for a prominent non-profit organization. He specializes in issues related to cities and economic development, and brings a knowledge of urban regeneration and planning to the team at Axum Advisors.
Jeri Lynne Johnson
MANAGER OF CREATIVITY, DIVERSITY EQUITY AND INCLUSION
Jeri Lynne Johnson has spent a career creating innovative strategies and programs to dramatically improve community engagement, audience participation and cultural diversity in the arts and culture sector. As the Founder and Artistic Director of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, Jeri established a innovative model for cultural institutions to find better ways of combining cultural diversity, artistic excellence and organizational innovation. In demand as an engaging speaker, Jeri has delivered keynote addresses and hands-on workshops for major corporations looking to engage their team by harnessing their creativity, aligning their efforts to deliver innovation. Jeri believes the goal of strategic diversity equity and inclusion work is to create a culture of Belonging within an organization that translates into Greater Abundance in terms of human, intellectual, social, and financial capital.