‘The Bridge’ exists to span the tide. The tide that exists between the rich and the poor, the informed and the untaught, the entrepreneur and the everyday citizen.
SPAN THE TIDE
The Bridge has no bounds, only those put on by its users. The Bridge will focus on cooperation, collaboration, and community in everything it does. From the way we build, to the way we...
WORK - EAT - LIVE - LEARN - PLAY
Communities and neighborhoods around the United States commonly experience most of the following challenges: food security; access to healthcare; affordable housing; adequate paying jobs; training and education; transportation; sustainable infrastructure (power, water, waste); public safety; inequality; and access to non-predatory funds. These issues together have created systems of oppression for many Black Americans.
The Bridge is intended to address all of these challenges by creating a system of EMPOWERMENT.
Who Inspired Us?
Milton S. Hershey
Unlike other industrialists of his time, Milton Hershey’s vision of a company town expanded beyond the brick-and-mortar walls of his chocolate factory. He built homes, parks, schools, public transportation and infrastructure, enriching the lives of those around him. His wealth was accompanied by a profound sense of moral responsibility and benevolence.
When he and his beloved wife, Catherine, realized they could not have children, they founded a school for orphaned boys. His dream had grown far beyond acquiring wealth for his own benefit: “One is only happy in proportion as he makes others feel happy.” In 1918, long before his death, Milton Hershey endowed the school that he and Catherine started with his entire fortune.
Nipsey Hussle was a noted American rapper from the Crenshaw neighborhood of South Los Angeles, he was raised amidst an atmosphere of gun violence, drug hustling and police brutality and eventually became drawn towards it. He made a U-turn when at the age of 19, his emigrant father took him to his homeland Eritrea, which was torn by war and poverty.
He returned home to concentrate on his music career, releasing one mixtapes after another, sending positive messages through them. Concurrently, he started undertaking community work, opening several businesses to keep the youth away from violence. He also founded a record label and a flagship store as a symbol of economic self-sufficiency. He died at the age of 33, after being fatally shot in front of his store.
Charles Mully was the firstborn son of a poverty-stricken Kenyan family of ten children. By age 6 he was abandoned by his parents to live on the streets for the next 12 years. Through diligence, hard work, and faith, Charles rose to become a very successful businessman. He, his wife Esther, and their eight children lived very comfortably as Charles became a multi-millionaire.
In 1986, Charles began to hear a call on his life to care for the thousands of abandoned children he encountered on the streets of Kenya, especially as he remembered his own struggles there as a child. In 1989, Charles and Esther began to take street orphans and vulnerable children into their home to be raised alongside their own biological children.
Those numbers grew so that over the last 30 years, the Mully Family has given their entire lives and considerable fortune to rescue, adopt, house, feed, clothe, and educate well over 13,000 Kenyan orphans who have graduated from the program as well as an additional 3,500 in the program currently.
Meet The Team
Garry is the founder and CEO of The Bridge. He hails from Harrisburg, PA., having attended the Milton Hershey School and Penn State University. Garry prides himself in his hunger for knowledge and love for giving back to his community. Having graduated from Penn State with multiple degrees (Business Development, Advertising and Psychology) he has always shared a love for bettering our society as a whole. His five seasons spent playing in the National Football League allowed him to build strong connections both on and off the field. Anything he puts his mind to, WILL get done. After your first meeting with him, you will immediately find out he is more than just an athlete.
Garry Gilliam Jr.
Born in Williamsport, PA., Robert graduated from the Milton Hershey School and later Penn State University. Having played sports his entire life, he has made teamwork and selflessness the pillars upon which he conducts himself. Often described as a jack of all trades, he has spent time honing skills in the areas of programming, business intelligence, credit risk analytics, corporate strategy, and financial reporting/forecasting. He has a firm belief that the world around us is constantly changing, and it pays to stay up to date with innovative techniques and evolving technologies. Since 2014 he has been managing portfolios in the auto finance industry, so he’s no stranger to large data. Ask him about it, but, be prepared for a lengthy conversation!
Chief Financial Officer
Benedict leads Murray Associates Architect, P. C. with over 35 years experience. He joined the firm in 1984 and has been a Principal since 2000. Benedict particular focus is on programming, planning, and sustainable design in the Education, Corporate and Government Sectors. A graduate of Millersville University, with a degree in Industrial Arts, he also received his Masters Degree in Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
Benedict has served as an adjunct professor in Harrisburg Area Community College’s Architecture Department for nine years and as a member of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber Board of Directors. Benedict is currently a member of the Corporate Affiliate Working Group for the Association of Independent College and University Association (AICUP), the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Philadelphia Chapter, Green Building United and Preservation Pennsylvania.
Benedict H. Dubbs, AIA, LEED AP
Senior VP of Architecture
A nationally recognized visual storyteller, Doug has won more than 30 regional Emmy Awards and is one of only two Pennsylvania videographers to have been named National Television Photographer of the Year. He’s produced thousands of stories from all over the world, including Super Bowls, the London Marathon…even from the top of Mt. Rushmore. Doug is also a storytelling consultant who has shared his skills in Japan, Germany, Italy, South Korea and Denmark, and with college students at Syracuse, Northwestern, Arizona State and Penn State. He even taught Garry and Corey in their Electronic Media class at Milton Hershey School!
Doug is now the owner/operator of Doug Legore Media, LLC, in Carlisle, PA where he continues to tell stories that matter…like stories on The Bridge.
VP of Digital Media
Ann Ragan Kearns is the Communications Director at The Bridge. After receiving her B.A in Public Relations and Advertising from Penn State University and a M.S in Communications from Boston College, she started her career in Public Relations in the Communications and Marketing department at People Style Watch magazine. From there, she honed her PR prowess at multiple boutique agencies throughout New York City before starting her own firm, Odyssey Public Relations. Ann Ragan enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, Penn State Football and exploring New York City where she resides with her fiancé and their dog, Barkley.
Ann Ragan Kearns
Director of Public Relations
Devin Abraham is currently serving as the Assistant Director of Finance & Real Estate at New York City’s Housing Authority. Prior, Devin has worked for Four Seasons, WeWork & rent24 GmbH in both corporate real estate & mergers & acquisition capacities. Devin is also the founder of Liiv, a real estate tech startup that focuses on subscription living through the curation and management of fully furnished apartments. He plans to use his tech and management platform to collaborate also with local city municipalities to curate more efficient ways of living , especially in the affordable housing world.
A hopeful New York Knicks fan, his dream job is to one day become the GM/President of the Knicks, and deliver them to the promised land - past the eastern conference semifinals.
Senior VP of Expansion
A native of Cambridge, MA., Corey became a permanent resident of Central PA by way of graduation of both the Milton Hershey School and Penn State University. His affinity with learning has allowed him to serve as a chameleon in all environments in which he has worked. This includes marketing, athlete and entertainer management, news filming, and event coordinating just to name a few. His spare time is spent with his children, traveling, and eating (he takes pride in his comical restaurant critiques!). His “Team first” approach to problem solve and analyzing is what makes him such an invaluable asset at The Bridge. When you see him don’t be afraid to ask him what pair of socks he might have on!
Chief Operations Officer
Tiffanni Osborne is a proud alumnus of Milton Hershey School and Temple University. She is a Philadelphia native with a passion for education and serving underprivileged youth. Though her undergraduate degrees were in Human Resource Management and Africana Studies, Tiffanni has served in the educational field a teacher, administrator and cultural department head in Greater Philadelphia Area schools. She has recently enrolled in a doctoral degree program in educational leadership and intends to pursue her principal certification. If you want to get her talking for hours, ask her how effective elementary literacy instruction can change an entire community.
Chief Education Officer
Ken is a full time Career Firefighter and Co-Founder/CEO of his non-profit organization Men For A Better Society. Born and raised in Detroit, MI, Ken attended Detroit Public Schools. He graduated from Cody High School then Schoolcraft College with a Major in Fire Science and Paramedic. Ken is licensed and certified in the areas of Paramedic, Hazardous Material, Lead Abatement, Technical Rescue, he’s even a Real Estate Agent, just to name a few. His love for helping others led him to becoming a Firefighter/Paramedic and running his own non-profit.
Helping others, giving back to the community while building up the community (especially areas of distress) has always been a heartfelt passion of his. Ken believes “As a common courtesy we must leave a person, a community, a situation better than when we found them or it”. Ken loves being the community’s connection to opportunity and realizes building up the community is much bigger than him. Coming together, uniting communities we can restore, reinvent and re-establish our communities block by block.
Chief Safety Officer
Originally from Durham, NC, Kristen pursued an Urban Planning degree from Virginia Tech and a Master's in Sustainable Design from the University of Texas at Austin. Her background includes working in Affordable Housing in Harrisburg, PA, a Sustainability Consulting firm in Washington DC, and lead sustainability at Lendlease in New York City. Since then, she left her role on the Global Sustainability Team at WeWork to launch Recipric, a firm focused on integrating sustainability into sports. She is a sustainability expert, focused on maximizing performance and promoting occupant health and wellbeing within the built environment, to drive positive environmental and social change. She believes that the built environment can influence the mental and physical experience of humans at any scale and exemplifies the power in the influence placemaking, equitable access to a support system, and sense of community.
Chief Sustainability Officer
Brandon is a graduate of Milton Hershey School and has been an avid entertainer. He’s spent time writing and performing stand-up comedy in cities all over the US from Philadelphia to Los Angeles. He is a seasoned video editor and an aspiring filmmaker. His experience with comedy has given him a renewed passion for writing and public speaking.
Jared T. Ross, graduate of Milton Hershey School, is a design consultant and creative director who designs and injects structure and memorable experiences into products, services, and brands. He makes it a point to work with people and businesses who are focused on enhancing the human experience through their work. He is also attending the University of San Francisco where he will graduate with his bachelor's with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship & Innovation in 2022.
Jared currently operates as consultant/talent manager of music artist Kayvon Asemani (Kayvon Music) where he oversees his image, advertising/growth, and monetization. He also serves as a voting member on his University's Alumni Board of Directors as a student representative. When he's not working, you're likely to find him visiting another country or on one of his annual cross country drives.
Jared T. Ross
Senior Creative and Design Consultant
DeZwaan is our CIO here at The Bridge. Born in Harrisburg, PA., he is a graduate of Milton Hershey and a proud Penn State alum. If he's not cheering on the Nittany Lions, you will likely find him with family and friends. He has a love of travel, immersing himself in new cultures and staying up to date with all things Business Intelligence and new tech. Prior to The Bridge, DeZwaan was a Business Intelligence Consultant with experience in many industries including marketing, finance, software, technology and energy. He has been successfully architecting, managing and developing applications and BI solutions since 2011, providing businesses with the tools and insights to perform to their potential.
Chief Information Officer
Today, sport and entertainment are in more households and more hearts and minds than ever before. The game and the show is now part of the mainstream of our society in a way that is tangible and permanent.
The Ultimate Fan, TUF United Global Sports, Entertainment, Business & Land Development Company created by athletes and entertainers, for athletes and entertainers to give back to the people, community and the Fans in a business designed to be Managed, Owned, and Operated by the Athletes & Entertainers, Before, During and After Their Careers.
TUF’s foundation was built on uniting Sports, Entertainment and Business as tools for Development, Sustainability & Peace to assist in attaining the UN’s Sustainability Development Goals by 2030.
VP of Development
Jordan serves the role of Chief Community Officer for The Bridge. Jordan is a son of the Harrisburg area, having been born and raised in Steelton, Pa. After a stellar high school career, Jordan then went to further his education at Penn State by obtaining his B.A. in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management before going on to play in the National Football League for five seasons. Jordan's love for the community is evident through the many works that he does with his own non-profit organization, the Jordan Hill Foundation. He spends most of his free time with the youth of the community, his family, and building connections that will help Harrisburg bridge to an evolving future!
Chief Community Officer
Amit Nath, a change agent from Uniondale, NY, pursued a dual degree bachelor of science from Hofstra University in Sustainability Studies and Geographic Information Systems with a minor focus in engineering. After, he continued his education to complete a Master's in Sustainability from Hofstra University. His background includes working as an environmental scientist for Delta Airlines, a greenhouse grower for the National Center for Suburban Studies, and a sustainability analyst on Wallstreet. He worked hands-on with megadevelopment green infrastructure projects in developing locations. Since then, he left his role on Wallstreet to Co-Found Brandresumes, a tech-enabled career advancement company providing social sustainability in the damaged job market for entry-level graduates, mid-career professionals, and executives.
Amit is a sustainability professional focused on applying and building his environmental, economic, and social skills to the forever evolving sustainability sector.
VP of Sustainability
CEO of Colorado-based Proximity, the world’s largest network of independent coworking spaces, is a leading voice in the movement to create a new model of work in which distributed workers and entrepreneurs are fully connected and empowered. Proximity’s full-service platform helps landlords and coworking space operators deliver a full range of flex and on-demand real estate services, and provide small businesses and large enterprises with access to a broad network of coworking facilities.
Before entering the business of connection, Josh enjoyed a diverse career in management, finance, marketing, advertising, and investment strategy.
Senior Coworking Advisor
Proximity is connecting the mobile workforce through a growing network of independent coworking spaces. They help hundreds of space owners and managers simplify logistics and more easily manage door access, billing, conference room booking, events, and guest visits. They also help entrepreneurs, remote workers, and digital nomads access coworking spaces where they’ll find a supportive and like-minded community.
Liiv allows consumers to find a bedroom and move in as soon as it's available with as
little as a security deposit and a suitcase of belongings. Liiv offers the flexibility of
month to month contracts , while providing the convenience of furnished homes, wifi,
streaming services, and other luxury services.
The Ultimate Fan Inc., (TUF), A Global Sports, Entertainment, Business & Land Development Company was created by athletes and entertainers, for athletes and entertainers to give back to the people, community and the Fans in a business designed to be Managed, Owned, and Operated by the Athletes & Entertainers, Before, During and After Their Careers.