The Founders

The idea of SMAART happened organically. Growing from a desperate need for black entrepreneurs to be taken more seriously; and be granted access to resources that would help scale our businesses and communities. Within the NAACP economic committee, a call was sounded for young and hungry black professionals to step up and lead. These five men answered the call.


Khufere Qhamata , Professional Strategist

Founder and lead facilitator for SMAART INCUBATOR. Founder and CEO of the strategic consulting firm, Leap72 PBC - Co Founder and strategic leader for Academy M, a millennial mentorship nonprofit for life development.


George Korede, MD & Health Consultant

Co-Founder, Health Consultant and lead MD for the SMAART INCUBATOR. An entrepreneur, with a passion for community and creating content - Dr. Korede is a thought leader and expert on black wellness.

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Lloyd Ford, IT Analyst & Organizer

Co-founder, and Organizer of SMAART INCUBATOR. Founder and principal for Creative Group Economics. Native of Houston, TX with a B.B.A in management information systems from Prairie View A&M University.

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Lance Soders, Engineer & Teacher

Founder and organizer for SMAART INCUBATOR. CEO of R.E.A.C.H. (Real Engineers and Changing History);a engineering program that helps engineering students perfect their soft skills in the field of engineering. 


Kyle Blue,  Comedic Entertainer

Co-founder and organizer for SMAART INCUBATOR. A comedic entertainer and artist, The Incredible Kyle Blue delivers his unorthodox brand of entertainment with his "Banned From Stage" shows across the city of Houston.


Shern Peters, Inventor Entrepreneur

Co-founder, organizer and chief task master for SMAART INCUBATOR. Founder & CEO of New Age Nerd, Co (aka NAN, Co), an inventive wearable tech company. Sr. Project Engineer, for Oil & Gas company Weatherford Int.