Tony Davis (businessman)

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Tony Davis is the founder of Davis Business Development. Tony was born in Oklahoma City. He attended Dunbar Elementary School, Moon Jr. High, and North West Classen High School. Tony was a National Achievement Scholar, and National Merit Scholar as a 15 year old Senior.

Tony majored in Mathematics at the US Naval Academy where he made the Superintendent's list, The Dean's List, and the Commandant's list every semester but one. Tony was Battalion Subcommander of 3rd company, and Company Commander prior to that. Tony maintained a 4.0 average in his major while there, and ranked in the top 10% of the class.

Tony - as an African American with few role models who had completed college - felt college wasn't for him. Enlisting in the US Navy led to them sending him to the US Naval Academy. Tony's ability to compete there led him to believe perhaps he could aim higher.

Tony worked for IBM in every major business area. He received many awards including a Management Excellence Award, Regional Manager's Award, 100% Club, SE Symposium, Work with Passion Award, and Suggestion Awards. Tony also received recognition from the Texas Business Hall of Fame.

Following that, while halfway through the Stanford MBA program, Tony lost his wife who was 7 months pregnant with their 2nd child. Tony went on to complete the program, and to work at IBM while simultaneously raising 2 young sons.

Davis has led several IBM Businesses including the PC and UNIX based business for St. Louis where he carried a quota of over $100 million / year. He also led IBM's software sales efforts to large accounts in the United States and Canada where he was responsible for over $2,000 million annually in revenue. Similarly as a pioneering leader at IBM's Global Services Tony served as Program Director of Alliances to team with companies that began at zero, and in less than four years delivered more than $2,000 million/ year in incremental annual revenue to the company. Tony has also led the business development and strategy development efforts of several score small to mid-sized companies. He has also further honed his strategic skills with McKinsey and Company.

Tony holds a B.S. in Mathematics obtained from work at the US Naval Academy, and the University of Oklahoma, as well as an MBA from Stanford University. At Stanford Tony had the opportunity to learn from people such as H. Irving Grousbeck (currently part owner of the Boston Celtics), Andy Grove (Former Intel CEO Chair), as well as Jerry Porras (Co-author of Built to Last). Davis has developed expertise in strategy formulation, business development, market research, leadership, teaming, sales, and revenue generation.


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