Our mission: To inspire and coach our students to Dream Big, Work Hard and Stay Humble.
Board of Directors:
President - Chris Kwiatkowski
Professionally: SVP, Head of Government Guaranteed Lending at Yadkin Bank
Small Business Lending Executive and Sales Leader. Specialties: High Growth Specialist, Strategic Planning and Change Management
Critical Success Factors
• Led regional business unit to a national industry leader
• Provided leadership that increased monthly productivity by over 100%
• Increased overall product profitability and market penetration
• Directed training program to increase team member effectiveness
• Developed strategic alliances to increase business and enhance product offering
Vice President - Matt Russel
Professionally: Vice President Human Resources, Dynacast International
Human resources executive with 20+ years experience in large corporate and private equity businesses. A demonstrated history of analyzing existing human resource and business functions in concert with the development & implementation of improved processes that aligns with the company’s business and cultural development. Proven ability to ensure goals of both businesses and employees are achieved. Experienced in divesture due diligence and execution and HR process start up
Treasury and Secretary - Keri Holm
Professionally: Finance and People Operations Manager at Torrent Consulting
Over fourteen years of accounting experience with a broad knowledge base. Responsible for month and year end financial statements, audit preparation, account control, and various tax reports. Detail-oriented leader with hands-on experience managing a group. Ability to manage multiple tasks accurately and in a timely fashion. Co-Founder Dream Big Basketball Academy, see more details above.
Executive Director - George Holm
Professionally - Full time employee at Dream Big Basketball Academy
Professional basketball coach with over 20 years of experience coaching players and running non-profit organizations. Very detailed oriented. Time management expert that is thriving in a busy atmosphere. Co-founder Dream Big Basketball Academy, see more details above.
Video producer: Kelsey Dean
Born and raised in Charlotte, NC, Brianna Jones attended North Mecklenburg High School where she graduated in 2014 with several honorable awards, including leading her team to states her junior year. She continued her basketball career at Pfeiffer University for 2 years and then transferred to Point University in West Point, Georgia. Her junior year she held the record for steals at her school, she was top 3 in the conference. Her senior year she held the school record for most assists in a single season; she still holds this record.
Brianna is a great role model for this organization; her energy and experience will help players have a deeper love for the game. It’s great to have her on board.
Brianna Jones, coach/ trainer/business development
Keri Holm (Chaconas), Founder/Coach
Donte' Watson, Coach/Trainer
Born in Washington, DC, Keri grew up in the Northern Virginia area playing basketball and soccer. It was clear early that Keri had an athletic passion and talent. Years of AAU basketball set the stage for Keri to be a 4 year varsity starter at her high school. A full scholarship to George Mason University. Keri became the all-time leading scorer at GMU, a title she still holds. A.B.S. in Accounting and the read world waiting. Keri chose instead to continue her playing career in Sweden. Four seasons of elite basketball in Sweden and a summer in WNBA with the Washington Mystics, Keri brings wealth of playing experience to Dream Big Basketball Academy. During her lengthy career, Keri has been able to coach, work camps and hold private lessons for youth at all ages and levels. Dream Big Basketball Academy is an exciting venue for Keri to continue to influence and be influenced by the game she loves!
Donte' Watson is from Fayetteville, North Carolina. He graduated from Seventy First High School in Fayetteville the year of 2005, where he was a three year letterman as SF/PF. He graduated from Lenoir Rhyne University in 2009 with a degree in Sports Management. He was a four year starter and named the 2005-2006 South Atlantic Conference freshman of the year. After college graduation, He moved back to Fayetteville where he coached basketball at Seventy First for 4 years where he Volunteered with Varsity 2010-2011. Head coached JV 2011-2013 and 2015-2016. He's also trained athletes individually, worked basketball camps and volunteer coached AAU teams.
The son of two army vets he moved around a lot developing tons of basketball knowledge wherever he went. Coach Watson has an immense love for the game. He wants to show the players how much basketball can impact their life and show them that hard work can take you to the top.
George Holm, Founder/Coach