People's Choice Awards

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Thank you for voting for the 2017 EBONY POWER 100 PEOPLE's CHOICE AWARD. The winner of the 2017 EBONY Power 100 People’s Choice award is Rendel Solomon. Voting is now closed.

Rendel L. Solomon
Principal, Muller & Monroe Asset Management LLC.
Founder, One Stock One Future NFP   
Congratulations on winning the 2017 EBONY Power 100 People's Choice Award

Rendel is a Principal with Muller & Monroe Asset Management (M2), a Chicago-based private equity firm that has advised on over $1 billion of assets since inception. Prior to joining M² in 2008, Rendel worked as an entrepreneur in the media and entertainment industry in New York and as an engineer at P&G in Cincinnati. Rendel obtained his BS in Electrical Engineering from Tulane University and his MBA from Columbia Business School.

In June 2016, he founded the non-profit One Stock One Future to expand access and opportunity to one million underserved youth throughout Chicago and across the country by turning them into public company shareholders. He does this by teaching basic classes about stock then donating shares to each student to give them a sense of Hope, Inspiration, Empowerment, and Opportunity.

Rendel serves on the Board of the National Association of Securities Professionals and The Latin School of Chicago. He has been recognized for his leadership, professional accomplishments, and community service by The Network Journal, Swish Dreams, The Chicago Urban League, The Chicago Defender newspaper, Chicago Community Trust, and the National Association of Investment Companies.

Britney Robbins, Founder & CEO - Gray Matter Experience   

The Gray Matter Experience (TGME) is an entrepreneurial experience program for Black high school students. Its mission is to expose Black youth to entrepreneurship and provide them access to the tools and resources necessary to build businesses that impact their communities.

The program works with 30 of Chicago's most motivated Black teens through a 12-week program where students learn business concepts directly from Black entrepreneurs. Using that knowledge, students work in groups to create businesses that help to impact underserved communities across Chicago's South & West sides. Students that create the most viable businesses within the program are then placed into a summer business incubator, receive a portion of seed funding and work with mentors to build and launch the businesses they’ve created.

Gray Matter is currently accepting applications for 30 high school students to participate in their 2nd cohort, starting March 2018. Visit for more information.

Lewis Colson, Founder - Project: Better Man   

A survivor of stage four prostate cancer, Lewis Colson founded Project: Better Man as a way to reduce the number of African-American men dying from the disease. The project partners with fraternities, churches and community-based organizations to reach a younger population who may be vulnerable to health challenges.

Lovett Hines, Director of Education - Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts   

Musician Lovett Hines, director of education for the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts, will use funding to create a jazz ensemble of young students, teaching them the language of music. The project is in partnership with the Universal Institute Charter School and emphasizes creative expression, self-esteem, values and life skills through group dynamics.