Jon was born and raised in Washington DC, and came to Arizona in 1984 on a scholarship to play basketball at ASU. After two years of college, he played professionally in Turkey, Mexico, Bolivia, Uraguay, and Colombia. In 1988 he got his first real job working at Maricopa County Juvenile Detention Center and later for Maricopa County Adult Probation as a surveillance officer. He then had one-year stints with All-Star personnel employment services then one year later for Intel. In 1998 he got a job with Safe Group Care which operated group homes for kids who were wards of the state. This is when he first developed his passion for helping others while learning firsthand that some people were less fortunate than others. After five years of working at the group home, he transitioned into a new career field. In 2002 he got a part-time position with Best Buy and three years later moved into management. While at Best Buy he developed a passion for giving back to the community. He later became the president of the 100 Black Men of Phoenix, a national mentoring organization. He used his life and work experience to form his community organization Assistory Outreach Services. Jon has two children and two grandchildren living in Arizona.
Davey grew up in Maryland but from a young age had a strong desire to experience other parts of the country. So, when it was time for college, he headed out to Southern California - a far cry from the farm he grew up on. He graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with a BA in Psychology. He then moved to Tucson to pursue graduate school at the University of Arizona and accepted an Assistant Coaching position for the men’s lacrosse team. It was during this timeframe that he also picked up a side job and started working at Best Buy. He has held multiple positions over the last 27 years with Best Buy but two important life events stand out above all others. First, he met his wife at Best Buy and 23 years later they are still going strong and have two amazing children. The second important event was having the opportunity to meet Jon Taylor. They spent several years together in the same store, and their bond has evolved well beyond just a professional relationship. He continues to be in amazement at the consistent investment Jon has made to his community and is beyond humbled at the opportunity to support Assistory.
Antoine boasts a distinguished tenure spanning over 18 years as the Chief Executive Officer of the Mechanical Trade Contractors of Arizona (MTCAZ). Under his leadership, MTCAZ has solidified its position as the preeminent Mechanical Trade Association in the Southwest, marking its 70th-anniversary milestone in 2023. The organization proudly serves a membership base exceeding 500 companies, representing over 18,000 employees.
Before assuming his role at MTCAZ, Antoine held the esteemed position of Chief Executive Officer at the Massachusetts Electrical Contractors Association. In this capacity, he oversaw operations across 13 regional chapter offices, nurturing relationships with a membership exceeding 500 companies with a full-time lobbyist.
Antoine's academic achievements include graduating with honors and earning a Bachelor of Arts in Management from Webster University. Notably, during his time at Webster University, he also showcased his talents as the host of the Morning Show on the college jazz station.
Marion was born in West Virginia and grew up in Stamford, Connecticut. He began playing the clarinet and studying classical music at the age of nine. He started playing tenor sax in high school and then migrated to soprano sax. His passion for various types of music led him down an eclectic musical path. After studying jazz at Rippowam High School in Stamford, CT with Anthony Truglia, Meadows attended Berklee College of Music. There he majored in arranging and composition. He later went to the SUNY Purchase School for the Arts. During his college years, he played in several bands including disco, R&B, and various jazz ensembles. Not long after he finished school, (drummer) Norman Connors recorded one of his songs, “Invitation” and then asked Marion to join his band. Marion first hit the airwaves in 1991 and his first RCA release “For Lover’s Only” was a huge success and was followed by his groundbreaking “Keep it Right There” album. He became a staple of the contemporary jazz format with his subsequent recordings, which include Body Rhythm (1994) and Forbidden Fruit (1996), Passion (1997), Another Side Of Midnight (1999), Next To You (2000), In Deep (2002), Players Club (2004), Dressed To Chill (2006), Secrets (2009) Whisper (2013) and most recently Soul Traveler, the first installment of his Soul Trilogy which now showcases his current release, Soul City" on the New York-based Shanachie Label. Marion is a semi-pro cyclist, graphic artist, and designer. Marion received a doctorate from Wilberforce University in 2016.