The DEC Network is a cutting-edge digital network on the Amazon Fire TV platform. DEC Network’s programming is developed to entertain, educate, and inspire multi-cultural audiences around the world.

We deliver content that universally speaks to the changing lifestyles of urban audiences everywhere. DEC Network’s signature content is live-streaming music concerts that gives members an up close and personal experience with the celebrities they want to see.

DEC also connects its worldwide subscribers with products and brands that support urban lifestyle consumers. By providing a diverse range of programming, DEC Network brings relevant content directly to viewers in a matter of minutes on every digital device.

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The DEC Network is a cutting-edge digital network on the Amazon Fire TV platform.  DEC Network’s programming is developed to entertain, educate, and inspire multi-cultural audiences around the world.

We deliver content that universally speaks to the changing lifestyles of urban audiences everywhere.  DEC Network’s signature content is live-streaming music concerts that gives members an up close and personal experience with the celebrities they want to see.

DEC also connects its worldwide subscribers with products and brands that support urban lifestyle consumers.  By providing a diverse range of programming, DEC Network brings relevant content directly to viewers in a matter of minutes on every digital device.

DJ FINK

DJ FINK

A House Music, Hip Hop, and EDM DJ, as well as a blogging Journalist, and On Air TV talent who uses digital mediums to promote various projects. Since 1992, he has been the host of the music entertainment television show called ClubbinTV. While hosting ClubbinTV, he has interviewed over 5300 celebrities from Alicia Keys to Warren Beatty. The show won the billboard award for best regional music television show. Producing the show has allowed DJ FINK to venture into other avenues and use his creative abilities to help fortune 500 companies market new products and services to a grass roots tastemaker and influencer database that is approaching 4 million contacts.

While the TV show has led DJ FINK to the marketing side, he  got his start doing stand up in high school and was voted one of the six funniest up and coming high school comedians in the state of Illinois. The stand up lead him to place 2nd in the Doritos Comedy College Tour Contest search nationally in 1991. The writing bug has stuck with DJ FINK since then and allowed him to use the creative talents to write scripts for the ClubbinTV show as well as pen 4 full screenplays and 5 new TV shows that will change the way that people align with advertisers. These on screen mediums are the vehicles that will take DJ FINK to heights never imagined. There are other reasons DJ FINK wants to dominate in-front of and behind the screen; the lack of positive African American role models in movies and on television. The Movies, the TV SHOWS, and other vehicles that he has written do not push pre-existing stereotypes on any race. DJ FINK think that this is key in developing the melting pot which much exist in the future.

Lynette Commodore

Lynette Commodore

Lynette Commodore started her career in the broadcast communications industry in the 1990s when she hosted an afternoon radio show “The Urban Storm” on WTSC, the college radio station at Clarkson University in
Potsdam, NY where she was a student. She graduated with a B.S. degree, double majoring in Psychology and Technical Communications, and later attended Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, as part of the SCALE accelerated J.D. program. Lynette has been working with Street Scene Marketing as Director of Production, wherein she executes Brand Activations and produces videos to showcase them.  She now brings her diverse talents to DEC as Director of Brand Activation.

Lynette’s professional experience is varied and diverse, from working as a Behavioral Specialist at Hillside Psychiatric Hospital in Atlanta, GA to Commercial Lending departments at both UMB bank Missouri and First National Bank of Olathe in Kansas, to Project Manager at Hargrove & Associates in Minneapolis, MN

She began developing her Marketing talents in 2001 in Kansas City, Missouri, where she co-owned Solutions Marketing, a firm specializing in hosting career fairs. Later, at JM Neil & Associates in Kansas City, she worked with clients such as Sprint and Honeywell. At the world-renowned Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, she helped to manage several initiatives in the Advancing Innovation department, including launching istart.org and relaunch of ibridgenetwork.org online platforms.

Lynette’s personal mission is to spread joy and promote advancement and she is using Film/TV as a medium to depict positive role models for people to emulate.

Don Thompson

Don Thompson

Don Thompson II is the founder and President of Horizons LLC. Sports & Entertainment a company that consults, advises, and manages Athletes & Entertainers.

He has the most distinguish pleasure of having a well rounded background. After finishing University of Cincinnati majoring in business he spent 5 yrs at Fortune 500 company 5/3 bank working in Consumer Leasing.

To step up his sales and management experience Mr. Thompson embarked on Retail Sales career with Footlocker first then Just For Feet where he became General Store Manager. At Just For Feet he set many mile stones selling most pair of Jordan’s at one time, turning a six figure store into a multi-million dollar store, and creating a new income for the store by offering Team sales to local High Schools.

After his success in Retail he went back to Banking and became Branch Manager for US Bank. At US Bank he was awarded twice for his Branch Audits and was sent on several occasions to train Managers in Sales and Leadership. During this time at US Bank Don Thompson II started to find his passion and created Horizons LLC Sports & Entertainment.

This is when he developed the 3E & 3P Formula to solve athletes and entertainers challenges, of the rigors of every day life. After totally creating his passion Mr. Thompson left US Bank and has loved every minute of  pursuit of total Capitalism .

Denise Faulkner Sims

Denise Faulkner Sims

Denise Faulkner Sims is originally from St. Louis, Missouri where she graduated from Ritenour High School.  She attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, majoring in Mass Communications.  Her professional
experience in Marketing and Experiential Marketing developed from her tenure with Anheuser-Busch, as a Contemporary Marketing Specialist, and Marketing Manager.

After several years in the beverage industry she transitioned to media.  She spent a several years working at Clear Channel radio in Chicago at WNUA as an Adverting Representative, the Topeka Capital Journal as a National Advertising Manager, and a FOX network affiliate as a National Advertising Representative.  This valuable experience sharpened her media skills and catapulted her as a strong player in the advertising industry.
She spent three years with Jones Huyett Partners Advertising Agency where she served as Media Director; leading the agency charge in traditional and digital media planning, buying, and reporting.  She worked with clients such as: Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Stormont Vail Hospital, Commerce Bank, among many others. She then assumed the role of Digital Marketing Manager for the Chicago Bulls and White Sox Academy; developing their digital marketing strategy from non-existent to a thriving platform in the digital space.
Currently, Denise is the President of Street Scene Marketing LLC., a boutique activation agency that specializes in branding CPG brands to consumers.  Her company directed the Budweiser Experience at NBA All Star and supported the Bud Light Hotel at Super Bowl.  Her company has transitioned to content development for television networks and digital platforms.

Zandra Rivera

Zandra Rivera

I will continue to operate as a Renaissance Woman while remaining a visionary and leader within the American Media industry for the emerging American Latinolandscape, while creatively engaging and inspiring the expansion of this demographics purchasing power via innovation and trans-media platforms, extending these to global markets with a key focus on optimized transformationacross ALL areas of Latin America.

Zandra Rivera 

issues, she positively transforms the sources of the hemorrhage. As the eldest of six, her talent for solving immediate problems quickly and getting prompt results stemmed at a very early age. She masterminds and materializes company reinventions across an organizations entire spectrum. Her visionary solutions shield the company, positioning the organization for viable and sustainable growth well into the future. Driven by a strong sense of urgency and incredible stamina, she enjoys and thrives on massive overhauls under crisis situations. She is at her best while converting uncertainty and chaos into order and harmony. Resourceful and innovative, she always searches out new ways to improve operations and elevate and inspire best-practices. Zandra inherited her ingenuity and get-it-done drive from both of her parents; her Mother, a lifelong educator, who earned her national reputation as the the teacher who teachesteachers how to truly teach,her mother is now writing three books, one specifically on education to inspire and transform teaching methodologies that reframe professional views, encouraging others who have failed; Her Father, a pilot and an inherited entrepreneur, was a Superintendent for the CTA while simultaneously managing his countless successful endeavors. He now travels every other weekend from Palm Beach, where they have both retired, to Dominican Republic, where he is tending to his latest vision, growing the rarest strain of cocoa found, in hopes of curing cancer. Along with revitalizing organizations through game-changing turnarounds, Zandra dramatically improves the health of the corporate culture and workplace environment. Her mission with transformation is to bring dignity and strength to each individual worker. She feels personally responsible for the long-term security of the people committed to her company and it is her goal to implement a thriving environment that allows for maximum results from each and every individual. Fearless and confident throughout her career, Zandra has been a pioneer in envisioning the future of

American Latinos in media via new and fresh types of media content.

Her invaluable experience in marketing brings a reframed perspective and innovative approach to media content. As CEO of Main Stream Media Ent., Inc she has been able to identify a very clear, high growth market segment, generating new products, and building strategic global relationships. As President of Hispanica Marketing she strategically created partnerships with Heineken USA, Corona International and Miller Brewing Co., established strategic alliances and relationships, grew sales, created increases in profitability, making the company the largest Latina marketing company in the Midwest. Re-creating and streamlining various processes for clients and created sustainable relationships between corporate and consumer relations. Additionally, she led a Research and Development team that innovated and implemented ground-breaking industry-first POS marketing strategies, incorporating and implementing no-risk clear open lines of immediate communication. She also initiated and implemented one of the earliest training modalities to streamline the POS communication up to Corporate level with efficiency and great attention to detail that allowed for strategic corporate decision making. Since then, this value-add is still in use today and is used beyond the norm, is fully integrated into the marketing process, where actual product performance and field testing are conducted and established. Seizing an opportunity to hone her multi-faceted skill and fulfill her entrepreneurial passion as well as her passion to transform global consciousness for a cleaner environment, Zandra has partnered with a global recycling company that turns garbage into fuel. She also has created strategic global relationships within the media industry to acquire and manage various content assets and acquisitions. With more than 20 yearsbroad-based general marketing and media experience, she understands how each part of a media organization functions on a very deep level. She also knows that it is imperative for companies to continuously review outside sources beyond their normal, established competitors; technological advances are key, varying climates and dynamics and global competition can create entirely new sources of introspection and upheaval, inclusive of the dangers of an internal aging workforce and outdated models and modules. Intuitively bridging age gaps, inspirationally reframing cultural perspectives and dynamics to create a unified symbiotic healthy work environment. A lesson learned is that, above building profit, acquiring and retaining consumers, audiences and eyeballs it is imperative to inspire and support a consumers immediate and long-term needs must be every media companys primary goal.

Having a highly successful marketing company at tender age of 19 while attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to pay for school, really paved the way to Zandra’s discipline and courage to pursue and live her dreams, with an unstoppable palpable attitude. She has a deep passion and commitment to inspire and support others to give their absolute best, all while implementing trust and a fierce drive to accomplish all as a team. She was voted as vice president of the PTA in Naperville and worked strategically with the parents and the Principal of various schools to implement programs that are still in use today. Her passions away from work include painting, hiking, traveling, exploring and reading. She serves as a mentor to various actors and directors and has served on the board of SAG/AFTRA Chicago. She has volunteered within various organizations in the Chicagoland area throughout her life. She is currently writing a multi-lingual book inspiring young Latinas everywhere to be Executives and entrepreneurs. She is committed to serving as an inspiration for our future generation of women.

She loves singing, and is currently finding her own voice. Her children Ariana and Peter are two amazing artists, a highly talented writer and musician, respectively. Zandra lives in Chicago,

Illinois.

Catrice Armstrong

Catrice Armstrong

Catrice Armstrong is an expert Public Relations Strategist with over 13 years of marketing and business development experience. She is a member of the National Sales Network and a proven driver of revenue through district
and regional market expansion. Armstrong has worked for The Quaker Oats Corporation, where she was instrumental in launching the Energy Bar brand; The Michael and Juanita Jordan Endowment Fund, managing multiple projects and implementing operational procedures, and Merck Pharmaceuticals, where she provided strategic leadership–increasing profit growth and industry presence through key relationship building. Named among Merck’s top 5% nationally and top 2% regionally in pharmaceutical sales, Armstrong is a well-known leader in raising brand awareness and delivering quantifiable results.

Discovering her talent as an assertive communicator with an innate ability to deliver powerful presentations and game-changing deal closings, Armstrong took a leap of faith and founded the PR Werks Consulting Firm, in January 2015. The firm seeks to help established and emerging businesses through it’s 4-Pillar business model—Leadership, Development, Collaboration and Innovation. Her clientele includes The Shrine Chicago, Razzmatazz Chicago, Juanita Jordan, Celebrity Stylist Barbara Bates, and Teresa Caldwell (mother of award-winning hip-hop artist and actor Shad Moss aka Bow-Wow). A master collaborator, Armstrong has partnered with some of Chicago’s most highly sought after Public Relations firms including W&W Public Relations (on the Steve Harvey Foundation Gala and the Super Bowl Gospel Fest) and The Brown Farmer Group, Inc. (on The Indigo Foundation’s Annual Gala, Hyatt Hotels Corporation’s Bud Billiken Parade participation and the production of the Saint Sabina Faith Community’s Annual Peace Basketball Tournament).

As a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Armstrong was instilled with a belief in sisterhood and reaching back to be a resource for younger women. She continues her passion for encouraging and empowering women, through a partnership with Reel Beauty, Inc., where she helps to provide self-esteem building workshops to help inner-city girls learn the importance of self-worth and confidence. With Armstrong’s support, the organization has mentored over 1500 girls through a revitalization of their mind, body, and spirit. Each year Reel Beauty introduces the girls to positive male figures during its annual charity softball game. Past celebrity participants included Miami Heat Assistant Coach Juwan Howard, CBS 2 Sports Anchor Ryan Baker, and Comedian Damon Williams, to name a few.

Obtaining a Master of Science degree in Marketing/Public Relations from Roosevelt University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Armstrong is a successful thought leader with the acumen to design and implement compelling, effective media campaigns, utilize strategic partnerships and leverage celebrity endorsements.

Marcus McAllister

Marcus McAllister

Marcus McAllister is a National Trainer for Cure Violence, named a top 15 global NGO in 2016 by NGO Advisors, and the #1 NGO focused primarily on violence prevention. In 2005 Marcus joined CeaseFire Illinois (the program delivery partner for Cure Violence in Illinois) as a Violence Interrupter, and after serving in the position of Violence Interrupter was promoted to Outreach Worker. Shortly thereafter, Marcus was promoted to Program Manager where he managed two sites with a combined staff of 14 people. After successfully managing these sites, Marcus was asked to interview for a position as one of only three Cure Violence national trainers to help hire, train and set up replication Cure Violence sites throughout the world. Today Marcus serves in that capacity and oversees sites in NY, Philadelphia, New Orleans and Trinidad.

Marcus was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. As a child, he found himself shuttling between Chicago and Los Angeles, shifting between parents. Marcus was introduced to the gang & drug culture as a result of living in two cities with high rates of violence in America. At the age of 18 Marcus decided to return to Illinois to finish his last year of high school.

Unfortunately, Marcus’s mother never got to see him graduate because at the age of 18, Marcus found himself in a federal court room in Chicago fighting a drug & gang conspiracy charge. He was ultimately found guilty and sentenced to 10 years in a federal prison. After serving 9 years of his ten year sentence, he was released in December, 1998. After release, he had difficulty finding permanent employment, wound up working odd jobs and narrowly avoided falling back to life on the street.

In 2005, Marcus was approached by CeaseFire Illinois (now known as Cure Violence) where his street background was considered an asset and his status as an ex-offender could actually be used to change lives for the good. He became a violence interrupter, a highly-trained community health worker, whose job was to stop shootings and killings using a public health behavior change approach. Since Joining Ceasefire, Marcus has devoted his life to helping others change their lives, just as CeaseFire helped him to finally turn his own life around. Marcus has excelled in his role as a national trainer for Cure Violence, and was selected to receive the WARRIOR award from the King of Kings Foundation in New York City in June, 2015. He was also awarded a New York State Assembly proclamation in recognition of his dedication and commitment to stopping violence in New York City, across the US and globally.

Marcus and his wife of 15 years live in the Chicago suburbs. They are parents of a 12 year old daughter and a 9 year old son. Marcus travels regularly and is a frequent guest speaker/presenter on the contagion of violence at events across the U.S.

Marcus McAllister

Recent Media and Video Appearances Crime Watch Daily, 2016:

https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=s3EZ5xYzL-g

Participant Media, 2015: Mini-Documentary:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtL6yD151lU

Participant Media, 2015: Documentary Segment Focused on Marcus McAllister:

https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=PNnL4ETbDyw

Hollywood Reporter, 2016:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/rambling-reporter/debbieallens-freeze-frame-hit-856334

Architects of Change LIVE: Panel Conversation on Gun Violence with Debbie Allen and Maria Shriver, February, 2016:

http://mariashriver.com/blog/2016/03/architects-of-change-live- panel-conversation-on-gun-violence-with-debbie-allen-mariashriver/

July 2016 Milwaukee:

http://milwaukeenns.org/2016/07/11/safe-zones-sets-sightson-expansion-impact/ https://www.google.com/amp/fox6now.com/2016/06/30/cure-violence-chicago-based-grouptraining-interrupters-in-milwaukee/amp/?client=safari#

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