THAT DELIVER RESULTS
HANDPRINT GROUP (“HPG”) is a boutique professional services consulting firm that offers services in strategic business solutions (Strategy), government and public relations (Government) and capital advisory and investment (Capital). Based in the Southeast, with offices in Atlanta, Birmingham, and Washington, DC, the firm specializes in providing services to small and medium companies, non-profit organizations, education institutions and public entities.
Incorporated since 2003, Handprint Group’s mission is to skillfully guide our client through the deal – from strategic planning and lobbying to securing capital – and to deliver results that take your company to new heights. In essence, we see ourselves as “Urban Sherpas” that deliver results. With the objective of leaving an “imprint” on each respective client’s industry, the name Handprint Group born. Read More
Incorporated since 2003, Handprint Group’s mission is to skillfully guide our client through the deal – from strategic planning and lobbying to securing capital – and to deliver results that take your company to new heights. In essence, we see ourselves as “Urban Sherpas” that deliver results. With the objective of leaving an “imprint” on each respective client’s industry, the name Handprint Group born.
The focus of our business is client driven. Our strengths are our relationships, creativity and determination. We are allied with a diverse group of professionals and industry leaders with expertise in business, economic development, real estate and governmental relations. Our company specializes in developing smart strategies, brokering trusted relationships and securing the capital required to thrive in traditionally untapped markets. Our team of legal, business, government and financial advisors has a proven record of delivering results for clients seeking to maximize business opportunities in the urban landscape.
Through our proprietary “Handprint” model, we successfully guide clients through the full lifecycle of the deal, with a nimble, customized approach that begins with a well-crafted strategy. Everything you need to go beyond and “Make Your Mark.” In fact, Handprint Group delves deep into the daily operations of a company, engaging with leaders, public entities and small businesses to determine where synergies lie. Once identified, we then work hand-in-hand to raise capital, diversify our clients’ businesses, create new business opportunities and assist with expansion. We devote the necessary time and attention to give our clients a competitive edge.
Our team of legal, government and financial advisors have a proven record of delivering results to clients seeking to maximize business opportunities in the urban landscape
HANDPRINT STRATEGY GROUP (“HSG”) focuses on business and real estate advisory that delivers cost-effective solutions for its client base. We have extensive experience in strategic planning, business development, real estate services, financing and capital solutions.Read MoreStrategyHANDPRINT STRATEGY GROUP (“HSG”) focuses on business and real estate advisory that delivers cost-effective solutions for its client base. We have extensive experience in strategic planning, business development, real estate services, financing and capital solutions. Ours service focus our two-fold: small business and real estate services. For our small business, we focus on strong business solutions through exhaustive planning, clear strategy and flawless implementation for target solutions. In addition, HSG has developed an understanding of coordinating and soliciting participation from planning departments, community development agencies, housing authorities and other city development groups responsible for economic and community development.
As a result, we have been successful at partnering with numerous entities to develop consensus for initiatives and capital projects. Proudly, we have been highly instrumental in creating strong Public-Private Partnerships to develop projects beneficial to all.Real Estate ServicesNon-Profit Management ServicesStart-Up ConsultingStrategic Corporate PlanningManagement Consulting ServicesBusiness Operations EfficiencyBusiness Development Services
HANDPRINT CAPITAL GROUP (“HCG”) was established as a division of Handprint Group (“HPG”) in 2010 to specialize in independent alternative investment solutions, investment management and advisory of private equity and real estate investment.Read MoreCapitalHANDPRINT CAPITAL GROUP (“HCG”) was established as a division of Handprint Group (“HPG”) in 2010 to specialize in independent alternative investment solutions, investment management and advisory of private equity and real estate investment. As an emerging investment entity, HCG has developed a multi-model strategy that will enable quick and deep market penetration of several key industries in the southeast based on strategic client relations with key government and business leaders. As investment generalists, HCG’s focus will include, but is not limited to the following industries: Franchising, Energy, Business and Government Services, Healthcare, Logistics, Technology and Telecom. Our value proposition is simple and understated: 1. Flexible and Diverse Investment Platform, 2.Investor Relationships; 3. Proprietary Deal Flow; and 4. Advisory and Consulting Services that include Strategic Planning, Process Improvement and Management Consulting. Specifically, our in-house consultancy services provide a unique competitive advantage in order to evaluate deals quickly. A few of those services include but are not limited to: Due diligence, Market Research and Investment Analysis.Complete An AcquisitionRestructure Existing DebtDevelop a ProductFinance ManagementBuyoutsAssist in Financing Capital ExpendituresProvide Working Capital for Growth
HANDPRINT GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS (“HGA”) provides full service federal and state governmental relations and offers clients a unique range of services and public affairs solutions such as external affairs, public private partnership development and southeast regional government.Read MoreGovernmentHANDPRINT GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS (“HGA”) provides full service federal and state governmental relations and offers clients a unique range of services and public affairs solutions such as external affairs, public private partnership development and southeast regional government collaborations.
HGA provides traditional lobbying and political consulting services, information, resources and advice in matters before the federal government, including the Congress and Executive Branch, state and local governments. These services encompass drafting legislation and supporting documents, developing and implementing strategies for affecting legislation and regulations, coalition building, oral and written advocacy through the electronic and print media. We work with our clients to create funding and communication strategies through a comprehensive legislative planning that identifies opportunities at the various level of government.Strategic Planning and MarketingMessage and Image DevelopmentExecutive Branch DevelopmentCongressional Education and AdvocacyCompetitive AnalysisLegislative Research and EvaluationPolicy Initiatives and Legislation
Through our proprietary “Handprint” model, we successfully guide clients through the full lifecycle of the deal, with a nimble, customized approach that begins with a well-crafted strategy. Everything you need to go beyond and leave your mark.
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RALPH COOK, MANAGING PARTNER
Ralph Cook Jr. is the Founder and Managing Partner of Handprint Group. As managing partner, Mr. Cook provides strategic focus and leadership to the company's business engagements, strategic alliances and initiatives. He works with clients to implement business development, communication and government/corporate affairs strategies. One of Mr. Cook's greatest strengths as a leader is his ability to build relationships and over the last sixteen years has focused this asset on key individuals, entities and sectors in the Southeast region and Washington, D.C.
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Mr. Cook has worked in government relations for over sixteen (16) years; beginning his career as a Congressional aide to each of U.S Representative Earl Hilliard (D-AL) and U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL). During President Clinton's administration, Mr. Cook had the distinct privilege of working in the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs under Thurgood Marshall, Jr.. Thereafter, he transitioned into the private sector to work in the government relations office of DaimlerChrysler in Washington, DC.
From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Cook was a government relations consultant in the Washington, DC office of Balch & Bingham, a full service law firm with offices in the southeast and Washington, DC. During this time, Mr. Cook engaged in business development for the firm by producing new clients the higher education field, servicing existing government affairs relationships and fostering relationships with economic development clients. Through his client development work with Balch & Bingham, he was able to build extensive relationships in the South, in the areas of higher education, local government and small business. The breadth and strength of Mr. Cook's higher education, municipal and small business relationships has enabled him to lead the Handprint Group, LLC into the professional services industry through several avenues. Since January 2005, in his capacity as Managing Partner of the Handprint Group, he has leveraged existing relationships, fostered new relationships and formed strategic alliances to better serve these core areas.
Handprint Group has established itself as a sustainable boutique professional service consulting firm which provides a range of services through three distinct business units: (i) Handprint Capital Group — corporate investment solutions; (ii) Handprint Strategy Group - strategic business solutions; and (iii) Handprint Government Affairs - government and public affairs.
Handprint Group utilizes high-level local political and business relationships to drive business opportunities to its company business units. Mr. Cook provides operational structure and corporate management to all the Handprint Group. He brings these qualities to all the Handprint Group affiliates to provide overall direction, develop clients and fortify relationships. With offices in Atlanta, Birmingham and D.C, Handprint Group's practice has expanded regionally from Mississippi to South Carolina in cities along the 1-20 corridor. Handprint Group is uniquely situated for further growth in the Southeast region. In 2013, the partners at Handprint Group created BYC, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, under the banner Build Your "City, County or Country", which is a specialized organization and program for urban cities that works with key government leadership to assess, develop and implement a comprehensive strategic plan that focuses on efficiently implementing government directives and key areas of government responsibility.
Mr. Cook received his B.A. from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA in 1998, He earned his J.D. in 2001 from Howard University Law School. Mr. Cook is a member of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, GA and Cascade United Methodist Church.
ROBB JONES, HANDPRINT GROUP SENIOR PARTNER
As the product of two entrepreneurial parents from Birmingham, AL, Robb Jones sustained their legacy of entrepreneurship upon graduating from Morehouse College in 1996. At the age of 22, he co-founded an apparel company that designed, manufactured and marketed fashionable and high-end apparel in college bookstores and department stores. From there, he went on to establish two additional successful companies before earning his MBA from the Clark Atlanta University School of Business, graduating in 2001.
Additionally in 2001, Robb became one of three owners of an in-town homebuilding company (JLW Homes & Communities), where he managed strategic growth and planning, operational infrastructure and brand marketing initiatives of the company. He success-fully established the company brand as a thriving force in real estate within Atlanta's in-town market and strategically positioned it for growth upward of 40 million dollars in revenue.
In 2009, Robb joined forces with his childhood friend Ralph Cook, Jr. as a Partner within Handprint Group. Handprint has established itself as a sustainable boutique professional service consulting firm providing a range of services that fall under three distinctive business units: Handprint Capital Group — corporate investment solutions; Handprint Strategy Group - strategic business solutions; and Handprint Government Affairs - government and public affairs. Handprint has several key growth areas under its capital and strategy unit.: energy, healthcare, infrastructure, government contracting and entertainment.
With offices in Atlanta, Birmingham and D.C, Handprint has grown its practice regionally from Mississippi to South Carolina in cities along the 1-20 corridor. Due to strong key relationships, Handprint is uniquely situated for further expansion in the Southeast. In addition, the partners at Handprint are the architects of BYC, which is a specialized organization and program (established as a 501 (C)(3), for urban cities that works with key government leadership to establish its banner initiative of Build Your "City, County, or Country". This initiative assesses, develops and implements a comprehensive strategic plan that focuses on efficiently implementing government directives and key areas of government responsibility.
Handprint utilizes high-level local political and business relationships to drive business opportunities to its company business units. In doing so, Mr. Jones provides leadership across the company's core competencies, while focusing on managing the company's operational growth and brand. He regularly monitor's the corporate business practices, creates internal infrastructure and maintains operational efficiencies. His responsibilities also include identifying and developing business opportunities, implementing strategic plans and coordinating efforts to maximize existing and future opportunities.
His vision, in conjunction with his business savvy, management and client relation skills, and marketing expertise, has proven to be an invaluable asset to the company. As an integral part of the firm's management team, Robb has demonstrated tremendous leadership and has facilitated corporate growth.
Among his accomplishments, he is the recipient of the Phoenix Award, an honor bestowed upon the Protégé of the Year of the Georgia's Governor's Mentor Protégé Program, Pacesetters Award (Atlanta Business Chronicle) and Inner City 100, as well as a Professionalism Award from Greater Atlanta Homebuilders. As a serial entrepreneur, he has been featured in several publications, including Black Enterprise, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Atlanta Building News, Builder Magazine, Creative Loafing, and Atlanta Journal & Constitution.
Jones has been active in the community as a volunteer for of the United Way Volunteer Involvement Program, Morehouse Mentoring Program, and Habitat for Humanity, and Hands on Atlanta. Jones has also held seats on the Board of Directors for two non-profit organizations: Park Pride and Georgia Conservation Voters and is currently on the Board of Advisors for Atlanta Beltline. He has mentored young men through Morehouse College, Boys II Men (non-profit) and Cascade United Methodist Church Mentoring Programs, and regularly inspires young people through speaking engagements and serves on empowerment panels. In addition, he is a member of National Black MBA Association and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He has been a long time resident of Atlanta where he is a proud husband and father of two children.
SHANTEL GILBERT, TASK & LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT
Shantel Gilbert M.S. is a doctoral candidate in Industrial Organizational Psychology and Founder / CEO of PLI Consulting Group, an international logistics management, organizational development and relationship management firm. PLI’s consulting team works with international governments, businesses and organizations to address the world’s most complex challenges. With a core group of experienced professionals and a team approach to most consulting projects, PLI offers a more balanced, personalized service that many of their competitors miss.
The idea of starting a firm that manages entities of corporate social responsibility, community based organizations and government projects behind the scenes, stems from Shantel’s passion of service and providing support to those who reach the masses. Her clientele base share her vision of development for urban and underserved communities of color and enhancing the lives of citizens and enlighten the youth of tomorrow. As a world traveler she saw that communities of color around the globe have the same unfair disadvantages and made it her goal to work with clients with the power to do something about it. Ms. Gilbert provides her project management, I/O psychology, marketing and organizational development background to ensure the collective vision stays the course.
Over the past seven years, Ms. Gilbert has lead in providing technical assistance, redevelopment tools, cutting-edge research and essential best practices for process performance to businesses, organizations, government leaders and agencies to overcome the grappling issues that have eroded the vitality and sustainability of underserved communities locally and abroad.
LALOHNI (LA) CAMPBELL, BRANDING & MARKETING
Lalohni (LA) Campbell is founder and President of Per Se Media Group, an integrated communications agency specializing in strategic planning, sales enablement and reputation management. Based in Atlanta, Per Se works with a mix of clients ranging from technology and manufacturing companies to entertainers and public officials. Notable accounts include Allied Aerofoam, the Atlanta Beltline, Bronner Bros. Int’l and Colgate.
With a career that began in NYC at Time Warner’s Essence Magazine, LA brings a keen understanding of both sides of the media landscape to her client’s business. She is a former news reporter for the Tom Joyner Morning Show, which reigned as America’s #1 urban radio program during her tenure. After returning to Atlanta, LA earned her sea legs at top agencies like Ketchum Worldwide and WestWayne (22Squared), where she launched global campaigns for Fortune 500s such as The Coca-Cola Company, Ford Motor Co., Procter & Gamble and UPS. A voracious reader - from Kerouac to vsb.com – LA’s creative approach to storytelling has landed client features on Oprah, in The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, to name a few.
Dedicated to advancing the arts and building stronger communities, LA co-created “FeedingATL,” an annual initative that feeds more than 4,000 families in need. Most recently, she was named an International Women’s Day Ambassador by the Deputy Minister of South Africa.
LA is a graduate of Duke University, where she received a BA in Public Policy as a distinguished US Junior Fellow. She also attended Clark Atlanta University's School of Business for her executive MBA.
FLO FLOWERS, Project Management
Flo Flowers is a Project Manager at Per Se Media Group, an integrated communications agency specializing in strategic planning, sales enablement and reputation management. Based in Atlanta, Per Se works with a mix of clients ranging from technology and manufacturing companies to entertainers and public officials. Notable accounts include Allied Aerofoam, the Atlanta Beltline, Bronner Bros. Int’l and Colgate.
Flo is a graduate of University of Tennessee, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and International Business. She also attended Georgia State University for her MBA in Marketing & International Business. Flo is also a certified Project Management Professional, receiving her certification from the industry leading Project Management Institute.