Bo Porter – Founder and President
Marquis “Bo” Porter is living proof that if given a bridge of opportunity, one can reach the peak of their potential. He is blessed with fortitude, a burning desire to attain high levels of achievement in all sectors of his life, and the work ethic it takes to accomplish and sustain success. As the Founder and President of CiSDA, Bo embodies how to empower one’s life to its fullest.
Bo Porter was born and raised in the heart of inner-city Newark, New Jersey, where he faced many obstacles and long odds of overcoming his environment and the circumstances surrounding his upbringing. Bo had tremendous family support, but circumstances outside of his control placed road blocks all around the trajectory of his future success. A true blessing from God in the form of a kind gesture from a neighborhood friend was the “hand up” and “bridge” that led to a world of opportunity for Bo. Once given that chance, Bo made the most of the opportunity and is now living the once unthinkable All-American dream.
Porter was an outstanding athlete while at Weequahic High School in New Jersey, reaching All-State status in baseball, football and basketball. He attended the University of Iowa, where he starred in baseball and football under legendary coach Hayden Fry, earning All-Big 10 honors in both sports and MVP honors on his football team during his senior year. While at University of Iowa, Porter earned his Bachelor’s degree in Communications Studies.
Porter was originally selected by the Cubs and went on to play ten Major League seasons. During his professional playing career, Porter played in the Major Leagues as an outfielder for the Chicago Cubs, Oakland A’s and Texas Rangers.
He made his coaching debut in 2005 when he served as hitting coach for Class A Greensboro of the South Atlantic League. His first stint as a manager was when he skippered the Marlins’ Jamestown club of the New York-Penn League. He then served three seasons as third base coach and outfield/base running instructor with the Florida Marlins. Porter spent two seasons as third base coach for the Washington Nationals. He spent a season as third base coach and as bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks. During the 2014 Major League Baseball season, he made his sports commentating debut with MLB NETWORK and 120 Sports as an Analyst for the 2014 Major League Baseball Playoffs and World Series.
Bo spent two years on the Atlanta Braves coaching staff. Shortly after the 2016 season ended Bo was promoted to his newest position, Special Assistant to the General Manager. He previously managed the Houston Astros in 2013-14 and has 23 years of experience as a player, coach, manager in the Major and Minor leagues.
When Bo was a young boy he couldn’t wait for the winter snow storms that would hit the northeast every winter. He was up at 6:00 a.m. with shovel in hand going house to house asking homeowners, “Can I shovel your snow?” It is that desire and mentality of “How can I create a profitable venture?” that has guided Bo’s business acumen. Before his 10-year professional baseball playing career concluded in 2003, Bo Porter had already begun formulating options for his post-playing career. Being an entrepreneur at heart led Bo to start his first ground-level business venture, Future All-Stars Baseball, in 1998. While still playing, Bo oversaw the year-round Houston baseball operation. By 2005, Future All-Stars Baseball had a new name — Texas Hawkeyes Baseball — and was nationally known as one of the top Select Baseball Organizations for youth baseball. What started as a 20-player weekend camp in 1998 grew into 5 select teams and over 200 players annually attending development camps. Future All-Stars Baseball / Texas Hawkeyes Baseball produced over 150 college scholarship bound players and over 20 professional baseball players over a 10-year period.
Throughout his playing career Bo was known for his passion, intensity, high IQ and leadership by coaches, managers, and teammates. It was Bo’s leadership qualities, his ability to communicate, and his penchant for motivating others that led Bo to form Competitive Edge Motivational Speaking and Leadership Training in 2008. Bo regularly participates in motivational speaking engagements and corporate leadership training seminars.
He has demonstrated the ability to grow a company and sustain escalating profit margins. In 2015 Real Excellence INC. was formed allowing Bo to build on his prior business success. Real Excellence Inc. (RE Inc.) is a first-in-class business conglomerate that focuses on providing business development optionality, personal growth and superior service.
In addition to success on and off the field, Bo Porter is author of two books, REal Life Empowered and The End Game.
In July of 2012, Bo and Stacey established the Stacey and Bo Porter SELF Foundation (Sports, Education, Life Skills, Faith) in Houston, which provides and supports programs that are dedicated to improving and impacting the lives of underprivileged and underserved youth and communities through sports, education, life skills and faith. SELF partners with HISD to foster the afterschool programs for middle school-age children.
Porter was honored on December 13th, 2012, which was proclaimed “Essex County Bo Porter Day”. He was presented with the Key to Essex County, the County’s highest honor. The City of Newark honored Porter again on May 5th, 2016 by renaming Green Acres / St. Peter’s Park to Marquis “Bo” Porter Sports Complex.
On February 2, 2017, the City of Houston recognized the Stacey and Bo Porter S.E.L.F. Foundation for its commitment to enhancing the quality of life of Houstonians by proclaiming that day Stacey and Bo Porter S.E.L.F. Foundation Day. The City of Houston also recognized Bo for his countless accomplishments and contributions to the City of Houston and its youth by proclaiming February 7, 2017 Marquis “Bo” Porter Day.
Bo and his wife, Stacey, reside in Houston, Texas, with their son, Bryce.
Dawn has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a teaching licensure in Integrated Social Studies 7-12 grade, master’s degree and license in school counseling, and a licensure in professional counseling. She currently teaches high school American History and College Psychology, has a private counseling practice, and is lead counselor for operating a vehicle impaired (OVI) clinics. She also does motivational speaking, using her understanding of quantum physics, visualization, and psychology. Dawn is a member of CiSDA Cohort #1.
Mark signed out of high school with the Kansas City Royals in 1971, and later played for the St. Louis Cardinals. He has coached over 20 years for four different organizations. Mark is the inventor of the Nutty Buddy, and the author of “On The 8th Day God Made Baseball.” Mark is still coaching in the amateur ranks, and has two college teams that play in the Arizona Wood Bat Collegiate League. In 2016, Mark was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. Mark is a member of CiSDA Cohort #1.
Currently working for the US military out in Germany, Michael has been serving his country for 10 years. After his family, sports, particularly baseball, is his passion. He was a four-year starter at Hendrix College as a first baseman/designated hitter and played one season in the Netherlands after college. He currently plays in the First German Bundesliga with the Saarlouis Horrnets, and assuming coaching duties to prepare to coach high school baseball in Texas when his military commitment ends. Michael is a member of CiSDA Cohort #1.
Drafted in the 35th round out of high school, D’Vontrey went to Florida State University to play football, baseball, and study social science. He was then drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2009 to play two years before quitting to go back to college at Chattahoochee Technical. After a year of school, returned to the Brewers to play two more years before being released. Played independent ball starting in 2015 for the Laredo Lemurs one year, now with the New Jersey Jackals. D’Vontrey’s goal for online teaching is to inspire others. D’Vontrey is a member of CiSDA Cohort #1.
Monique Davis Dotson
Monique is a Christian, mother, yoga instructor, blogger, and motivator. She has a bachelor of arts degree in psychology, University of South Florida. She is a certified yoga instructor and founder of Yoga Girl Fitness where she instructs professional athletes and business professionals. She is the Executive Director of the CORE, a business marketing organization who works with business professionals, corporations, and philanthropists. Monique has a positive outlook on life, and a genuine connectivity with people which moved her to create LifeLoveMarriageDivorce, a blog that allows her to use spiritual intellect, insight, and intuition to encourage others.
Kelly is from Columbia, South Carolina, graduated from Cardinal Newman High School in 1985 and Newberry College in 1989. He was drafted in the 20th round of the 1989 draft by the San Francisco Giants. Kelly played in the Pioneer, Midwest, and Northwest leagues before focusing on being a husband and father. Kelly founded a mortgage company, a real estate company, and Welcome to The Big Leagues Baseball Academy. He later founded Stars and Stripes Sports which provides support and resources to former and current college and professional players and coaches who are proven teachers and leaders. Kelly is a member of CiSDA cohort #2.
Brandi lives in Iowa City, Iowa with her husband and four kids. Brandi is a Certified Personal Trainer, a Group Fitness Instructor, and runs her own boot camp. She is an avid runner, loves fitness and exercise, and helping others. Brandi is a member of CiSDA Cohort #1.
Ricchard Carter is from Passaic, NJ, and now lives in Houston. He received a full football scholarship to the University of Iowa, and earned a degree in Sociology. His dream of playing for the NFL was sidelined due to a major injury, but his true passion was revealed as he began his career working as a youth counselor. Ricchard chose to leave the field of teaching for a career in medical sales. He works for various subsidiaries of Johnson and Johnson as a sales specialist. He is also a mentor at his church, and Team First and Goal Inc. providing leadership and mentoring.
John Hodson is marketing manager at KPMG US where he is responsible for leading the U.S. Cyber Security marketing efforts for KPMG’s risk consulting team. He is also a baseball instructor at Clemente’s Baseball & Softball Academy, Chestnut Ridge, NY where he gives both private and group instruction. He has managed teams from 8U-18U and has also overseen the operations of a 300+ player program. Coach Hodson also runs a mental conditioning company called Win the Grind. He holds a Marketing degree from Kean University, an MBA in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and is earning a master’s degree in Performance Psychology.