ABOUT OD HARRIS
OD Harris’ father was a US Army Vietnam Veteran, an American Factory worker, and an entrepreneur. His mother was a stay at home mom. OD’s parents were married for —- years until his father passed away when OD was 14 years old.
Mr. OD Harris has been working within and for the community. During his first elected position in Middle School student government, he realized helping people brought him great joy. With the support of his family, OD Harris continued to win elections and become both Vice President and President in High School creating initiatives to reinstate prayer in school and founding a faith-based group that grew to a population ⅓ of the student body. Each year he went door to door with a three-wheel stroller and collected over 2,000 perishable food items for local food banks.
While staying faithful to God and being active in his church, OD Harris was ordained as a Minister and later became a Campus Pastor. He still felt the call to do more. He experienced a renewed focus on the community while watching the news of a 17-year-old teenager who was gunned down in Sanford, Florida. Upon seeing this and the other injustices he refused to sit back and do nothing. He organized and rallied hundreds of people, including former mayors, government lawmakers, national media, and citizens, to gather at the State of Michigan’s Capitol to speak in favor of bringing equity to the community. After the successful rally, OD orchestrated a Town Hall meeting, where local government officials and citizens discussed the changes that needed to be made. As a result of this unprecedented meeting, police protection was increased in the expressed areas, and violence decreased in the needed areas.
In 2006, OD created his first Backpack Drive to help the youth
who struggle with getting school supplies. Over the course of
11 years, he generously donated school supplies to over
In 2008, he was reacquainted with an old friend who was a coach for a National Traveling Football team called Rising Stars. Mr. Harris became so enamored with the youth and their dedication to winning, he sponsored the team uniforms with his own capital. The Rising Stars Football team went on to win many championships thereafter. Several students went on to play college football with full-ride scholarships. Bryce Brand and Brian Brand, both beneficiaries of the sponsorship, received full scholarships to play at the University of Maryland. Mr. Harris later sponsored many other local sports teams, impacting thousands of kids.
In 2014, Mr. Harris founded Ready Set Go Foundation, 501c3. His Ready, Set, Go Foundation gives back to the community by offering programs and strategies to entrepreneurs to promote their successful growth and development. Ready Set Go has graduated 150 new entrepreneurs who successfully completed the 5-week certified Entrepreneurship Training Course and Developmental Workshop. Through his RSG Program, he has created over 1,800 jobs through entrepreneurship and has been the training ground for thousands of small businesses.
In 2020, OD established the Citizen’s Coronavirus Task Force in Chandler. This task force is comprised of local residents. In a short time, the task force has collected over 136 pounds of food, donated over 100 N95 masks to a local hospital, organized free transportation to drop off prescriptions and groceries for the vulnerable community, fed over 113 people, and has established a dedicated hotline for expedient services.
As an Award-Winning Entrepreneur, OD Harris has served as the following: a Member of the Black Philanthropic Initiative with the Arizona Community Foundation; a mentor/advisor with President Barack Obama Foundation Phoenix, Arizona; various leadership roles for the local NAACP; a Leader and Board Member in the National 100 Black Men of America; a Member of National Urban League; and a Member of the National Action Network. In addition, he has served in various leadership roles with the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) of Phoenix, Arizona, Los Angeles, California, Chicago, Illinois and on the national level. He is also an advisor for Co-Hoots, an entrepreneur incubator, and The Clean Home Project.
OD completed Army Junior Recruiting Office Training Course (JROTC) and enlisted in the Army while graduating from both Davenport University and Michigan State University. He opened his first tax and accounting business with an emphasis on the community to minimize cost and maximize refunds for his clients. He successfully scaled his businesses to 35 locations in seven states before selling it to his major competitor.