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The Accelerator is led by Chief Executive Officer Darrin Redus, along with a core team of senior business advisors, and an extended team of coaches and subject-matter experts that are engaged as part of a customized set of business solutions and growth strategies for each client engagement.

Darrin Redus

Chief Executive Officer

A national thought leader for inclusive entrepreneurship and growing larger-scale diverse businesses, Darrin is a seasoned business executive and successful entrepreneur. Prior to his work at the Chamber, Darrin served as President and CEO for MainStreet Inclusion Advisors, a national consulting firm developing diverse technology-based businesses and networks.


Chief Operating Officer

In this role, Curtis is responsible for enhancing the internal organizational processes and infrastructure that will allow the Minority Business Accelerator to continue to grow and fulfill its mission. Curtis brings 29 years of senior executive banking experience in operational effectiveness, product development, revenue generation, credit risk, and strategy development. Curtis is a graduate of Tennessee State University with a degree in Business Administration. He is also a University of Washington graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School (PCBS).

Laura Sandstrom, ASA

Managing Director, Investments & Client Engagement

Laura brings over 20 years of valuation consulting to the team; she has worked at both Big4 consulting firms and boutique valuation firms. In that capacity she worked with a variety of clients ranging from small start-ups to large multinational conglomerates assisting them in the valuation of their businesses for purposes of meeting GAAP requirements.

Following her successful career in valuation consulting, Laura joined the leadership team at Paycor where she helped create comprehensive SaaS metrics for board reporting, and created a robust competitive intelligence library comparing pre-IPO statistics of competitors. Laura also partnered with the various product teams and created complex models to streamline and optimize long-term partnership agreements. Laura also served at Belcan as Senior Director of Finance where she managed all M&A activities from LOI through to full integration, including financial due diligence, deal modeling, synergy tracking, non-IT integration, reporting unit changes and annual goodwill impairment testing, to name a few. Laura also managed the weekly global cash consolidation and forecast, managed the credit department, and produced various monthly KPIs.

Laura holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Xavier University and majored in Finance and Marketing. She obtained a Mini MBA from Miami University and holds an active license as an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) with the American Society of Appraisers in Business Valuation. Laura also serves as a Silent Board Member at Connetic Ventures.

Destini Brodi

Investment Associate

Destini Brodi supports the investment team as a Senior Associate at the Minority Business Accelerator leveraging her background in philanthropy management, entrepreneurship, impact investing, private equity, and venture capital. Destini’s passion for entrepreneurship and place-based investing began when she co-founded Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Prestige (LEAP)—a non-profit designed to improve economic wealth within St. Lawrence County, NY by teaching students how to create opportunities within their community. She went on to later served as an advocate and fundraising advisor for the Girl Rising Foundation, a student ambassador for UN Women, an expert advisor for Pacific Community Ventures (PCV) and Goodie Nation, as well as a member of Women Invested in Sustainable Economies (WISE), VentureNext, ForbesBLK, BLCK VC, and Women in VC. Destini’s prior roles include previously working as a summer analyst with The Carlyle Group, a senior investment banking analyst at Siebert Williams Shank, an associate at Rev1 Ventures, and Bridges Impact Foundation. She holds a BBA in Finance from The College of William & Mary.


Managing Director, Investments & Client Engagement

With over 20 years of banking and financial services experience, Christine has developed a deep understanding of the financial industry and the key factors that drive business success at all levels. Christine’s core competencies include new business development, business relationship management, analytics, and deal structuring and negotiations, which have enabled her to provide cutting-edge banking solutions tailored to the needs of clients ranging from start-ups to large multi-nationals.

Prior to joining MBA Fund I, Christine served as Vice President at JPMorgan Chase & Co. on the Middle Market Banking & Specialized Industries team. In this role she served corporations, municipalities, and not-for-profit entities across various industry segments. She also leveraged the firm’s global resources, local delivery model, and industry expertise to facilitate growth and maximize the potential of her clients. Christine has built an extensive and successful career in financial services following a personal mission to build long-term relationships and deliver comprehensive financial solutions that are customized, convenient, and competitive. Christine holds a BBA and Masters of Business Administration from NOVA Southeastern University, and maintains an extensive list of industry credentials and certifications.

Asia Davis

Executive Assistant

Asia works closely with the CEO, COO and the team providing administrative and executive support. She serves as the primary contact for internal and external communications for all client relations, goal setters, and portfolio firms. Asia assists with the coordination of various activities, meetings, and events. Asia has served various teams throughout her time with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber including the Office of the President, Leadership Center, and Membership. She brings exemplary executive support to her team. Asia is a loving wife and mother of five. She enjoys spending quality time with her family and working alongside her husband Tracey in ministry.