In addition to handling Project Return’s grant-writing duties, Bobby also served as the agency’s program director and compliance coordinator for multiple ex-offender reentry grants funded by the U.S. Departments of Justice, Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Health and Human Services, Housing & Urban Development, Labor, and Veterans Affairs. Among other funding sources, he has written awarded proposals to Tennessee’s Department of Correction and Board of Probation & Parole, local foundations and corporations.
A student of rigorous on-the-job training, Bobby was Certified in Fund Development at Nashville’s Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM) in 2003. He has extensively researched program models across the United States seeking new avenues to more effectively reduce recidivism rates in the community.
CNM was created in 1986 by the Frist Foundation and the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville to improve the skills of nonprofit executives in Middle Tennessee. The agency helps nonprofit organizations enhance their results by providing educational services, consultation, and information, while offering grant seekers a guide to Tennessee funding sources.
As founder and Chief Consulting Officer of BCD, Bobby brings the same attention to detail and passion for success evidenced at Project Return. BCD does not offer false hopes. All transactions are handled efficiently and with all sincerity, fully understanding that in the tough competition of developing grants what is needed is effective grant proposals that will convince funders that submitted projects are worthy of their support.
Long before entering the world of grant development, Bobby enjoyed a successful and extensive career in the entertainment field. Born in Greenville, North Carolina and raised between Greenville and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a passion for music and performing was discovered at an early age in North Philly while taking piano lessons from the legendary gospel songstress, Clara Ward.
He went on to perform as a drummer, singer, songwriter and music producer, appeared in national print ads, a variety of local & national commercials, and toured as a drummer & vocalist with the Drifters (e.g., “Up on the Roof” and “Under the Boardwalk”), and later with country superstar, Kenny Rogers.
In 1979, he co-founded and served as president of two Nashville-based record production companies, Stones River Productions and Showtime Productions, which also guided six music publishing houses. As a songwriter and record producer, among other recordings, he co-wrote and produced the 1985 Grammy-nominated sports-jock production of the Chicago Bears', Super Bowl Shuffle.
He has four feature films to his credits, Billy: The Early Years, Elizabethtown, The Second Chance, Work and the Glory III, 16 short film, 25 stage productions, and a variety of music videos. In addition to his film credits and theatrical performances, he has served as announcer for such prestigious events as the Country Music Association’s production of “Broadway Meets Country” Nashville.