Avis Yates Rivers
Avis Yates-Rivers is the President and CEO of Technology Concepts Group International, LLC, (TCGi), an information technology solutions provider and full-service equipment leasing firm. She possesses more than 30 years of general management experience in the information technology industry. Avis has been a successful entrepreneur for 27 years. TCGi supports the public and private sector in the areas of IT asset management, equipment financing, and professional and technical services (field mobility, network/desktop support, break/fix, voice/data cabling and asset management solutions). The firm also provides project and program management, business analysis and planning, implementation, and training.
Prior to establishing her first company in 1985, Avis enjoyed an 11-year career at Exxon Corporation and its subsidiaries. She rose to the rank of Account Executive as a result of successfully marketing the line of technology products of Exxon Office Systems Company in New York City. Avis has worked tirelessly to increase the development and utilization of minority and women-owned businesses in both the public and private sectors. She has held leadership positions in various supplier diversity advocacy organizations such as the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), the Women Presidents' Educational Organization (WPEO), the NJ Small Business Development Center, the Newark Regional Business Partnership, and the BPU Supplier Diversity Development Council.
Avis is also a staunch advocate for increasing girls’ and women’s participation in Information Technology. She is a Director of the National Center for Women & Information Technology and was recently honored as a White House Champion of Change in STEM. Avis and TCGi have been the recipient of local and national recognition (please visit her web site for the list). Avis makes her home in Somerset, New Jersey. She is married to Robert Rivers and they have four children and six grandchildren. She graduated City University of New York with a degree in business administration. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Executive Management Programs at the Amos Tuck School of Business, the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a highly sought after business leader, a nationally recognized advocate for the utilization of minority and women-owned businesses and women in computing, and is a proficient public speaker/presenter. Avis is an active member of the Garretson Road Church of Christ where she serves as Chairperson of the Ladies’ Committee. For more information about Technology Concepts Group International and Avis Yates Rivers, please visit www.technologyconcepts.com.