Tyrone Tate has always been considered a serial entrepreneur with a lifetime passion for sports. He is a graduate of the renowned Dunbar High School in Washington, DC, which he found himself playing with and against some of the most rare, talented, and legendary athletes during his time. Playing five sports throughout grade school, he chose hockey his senior year and it gave him the opportunity to play a pivotal role on the inaugural National’s High School All-Star Team which traveled the country. Tyrone began college at Northern Michigan University with the intent to keep a promising boxing career moving and to play hockey on a team that was projected to win a National Championship. However, nagging injuries took a toll and ultimately it led to him transferring to Alabama State University and securing a spot on the tennis team. Tyrone’s work history over the years has included IBM, Department of Transportation, Department of Commerce, the school system, several successful small businesses, professional athletes, and entertainers. He has played a key role for over 20 years in marketing, management, and operations while earning constant recognition and awards for customer service, sales, and community service. Tyrone has owned an athletic apparel retail store, a clothing line, a sports and entertainment consulting firm, and one of the most successful fast food franchises in America according to the National Restaurant Association trends and reports. He found time to teach, coach, motivate, and mentor high school and college students. He has served on the Board for the National Alliance of African American Athletes for the past 16 years and in this capacity Tyrone is responsible for helping students make the transition from high school to college and beyond. A few of those who made successful transitions were Trinton Sturdivant, Mohamed Massaquoi, Chris Burnette, and Marcus Jackson at Georgia, Darius Walker and Grant Irons at Notre Dame, Matt Daniels and Vincent Oghobasse at Duke, Jameis Winston and Myron Rolle at Florida State and Myron eventually became a Rhodes Scholar, Mercedes Lewis and Robert Kibble at UCLA, Bryant Browning, DaVier Posey, Maurice Hall, and Ted Ginn, Jr. at Ohio State, Joseph Barksdale and Eric Reid at LSU, J.R. Lemon, David Yankee, Chris Lewis, James Vaughters, Jamal-Rashad Patterson, and Michael Craven at Stanford, Justin Blalock at Texas, Darnell Dinkins at Pittsburg, Lorenzo Alexander at Cal Berkley, Dyrek Toles at Penn State, Robert Tate at Cincinnati, Darrell Richard at Georgia Tech, Marcus Houston at Colorado State, and Drew Davis at Oregon. Tyrone is always working but never too busy or tired to encourage, motivate, and inspire student-athletes. He is simultaneously working on three books. One chronicles his fascinating and extraordinary life experiences, another is a children’s science fiction story, and quite fitting of his extensive academic and athletic experiences, and a how to book that gives parents and students an insightful look into the minds and habits of extraordinary scholar athletes. Tyrone earned his bachelor’s degree from Alabama State University and his M.B.A. with honors from Southeastern University.


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