Apollo Woods is the Founder of OKC Black Eats, an organization dedicated to promoting and consulting with black-owned restaurants in the Oklahoma City area. In today’s show, Apollo tells us about an easy to learn about new restaurants, and how to support them with our business. He also discusses how he has worked to bridge cultural and ethnic divides in OKC, and tells us the history of OKC Black Eats.
You can check out the OKC Black Eats website at OKCBLACKEATS.COM
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Apollo Woods spent the past 14 years providing client partners with technology and consulting solutions to improve productivity and bottom-line profits. Embracing the core values of integrity, innovation, and growth, Apollo consistently ranked among the top performers at Schlumberger North America. In 2016, he was awarded the prestigious President’s Award for Excellence In Selling and ranked #1 in North America. Born in Duncan, Oklahoma, Apollo learned the value of service with his local church and family, an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America and various community organizations. Over the years, he became the recipient of numerous recognitions, Texas Southern University’s 40 Under 40, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Man of The Year finalist and nominated for The Journal Record 40 Under 40. Apollo is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. In 2017, Apollo founded OKC Black Eats to increase awareness and visibility of Black-owned restaurants and culinary artists in OKC. Our goal is to stimulate the local economy by circulating local dollars in predominately African/African American communities. In less than 2 years, OKC Black Eats has generated more than $420,000+ in sales revenue for small business restaurants in OKC Metro. In January 2019, Apollo took a leap of faith into entrepreneurship to provide marketing and consulting solutions for minority owned businesses in Oklahoma City.
His commitment to advocating for Black-owned businesses in Oklahoma has led to national media appearance on Bloomberg, Buzzfeed Business, CNN Business, Delish.Com and a meeting with the 46th President of The United States staff, President Joseph Biden.
March 23, 2019, OKC Black Eats hosted the inaugural NEOKC Developer’s Conference at the University of Oklahoma – Downtown Campus. The mission of the NEOKC Developer’s Conference is dedicated to giving investors and investor hopefuls, both men and women alike, the skills to achieve their real estate investing goals to build wealth through real estate in NEOKC. The success of NDC resulted in a nomination for the Urban Land Institute Impact Award. The Urban Land Institute Oklahoma, an education, research and resource organization focused on providing leadership in the responsible use of land and creating and sustaining thriving communities. On January 31, 2020, NDC was named a recipient of its prestigious annual Impact Awards for Outstanding Community Building Effort.
Apollo is a serial entrepreneur in Oklahoma that holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Houston. As well as, an Executive MBA in Energy and Finance from Texas Southern University in Houston, TX. Currently, Apollo is Founding Chair of the Oklahoma Black PAC and board member with
the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Oklahoma, Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, Leadership Oklahoma City and Vice Chair of Membership for the Urban Land Institute of Oklahoma, and Commissioner for OKC Convention and Visitors Bureau.