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Eric Davis
Founder and Chief Strategic Officer

Prior to forming DJE, Eric Davis was Vice President/Chief Operating Officer for VOAIL. He was responsible for the daily operations of three major programs, Veteran Services, Foster Care and Senior and Disabled Housing. He was also the chief liaison for strategic and political relationships. Prior to becoming the Vice President and COO, Mr. Davis was a Chicago Police Officer with over 25 years of service in the Gang crimes and Public housing units. To counter the threat of gang violence, Mr. Davis worked to negotiate a truce between Chicago gangs such as the Black Gangster Disciples, Latin Kings and the Vice Lords. At a time when Chicago had the highest homicide rate in the country, his part in the peace process caused the homicide rate in Chicago to plummet.

Mr. Davis was elected to the Chicago Police FOP Lodge 7 Board of Directors and served in that capacity for 4 years representing more than 15,000 active and retired Chicago Police Officers. He is considered by the Chicago Police Department and numerous Institutions of Higher Education as a Youth Gang and International Organized Crime Expert; and uses his contacts, influence and knowledge to be on the front line of conflict resolution between street gangs and organized crime elements and the community. He has lectured at over 500 high schools and middle schools across the Country in addition to Harvard, Yale and Northwestern University. Mr. Davis has discussed topics that include Gang Economics and Community Development. He was also featured as a narrator for the TV Program "Gangland".

Mr. Davis created the Slick Boys Youth Foundation to work with at risk youth in the City of Chicago and across the Country. He co-authored "The Slick Boys – a Ten-Point Plan to Rescue Your Community by Three Chicago Cops Who are Making it Happen” (Simon & Schuster). Mr. Davis was the Creative Consultant for "The Ricki Lake Show", "New York Undercover" and the "Judge Hatchett Show". While assigned to the Cabrini Green Housing Development, he along with the Slick Boys and in partnership with Al Carter and   Patricia Hill created the largest inner city little league baseball program in the nation. The league became the inspiration for the movie "Hard Ball- A Season in the Projects" which starred Keanu Reeves.

Mr. Davis attended the University of Houston and was the Team Captain of the 1982 Final Four Basketball Team, playing alongside Hall of Famers Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. After college Eric signed a free agent contract with the NFL's Houston Oilers, he also played a year of European Professional Basketball in Ireland with The Killester Kats. He is a 1983 Summa Cum Laude graduate with a degree in Sociology.

 

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Rachel Gatewood – General Counsel

Rachel Gatewood is General Counsel and an Advisor at D&J Entertainment Holdings LLC, where she manages the company’s legal and business advisory affairs. Her role entails many facets including drafting and negotiating contracts as well as seeking financial investors for film writers, directors and producers in their pre-production phase.

Prior to joining DJE, Rachel worked for several large New York City based law firms as a contract attorney and also drafted and negotiated various contracts for entertainment clients in the film and music industries.

Rachel holds a law degree from State University of New York at Buffalo Law School in Amherst, New York. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Niagara University in Niagara Falls, New York.

 

 

 

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Miriam Ehrlich –
Chief Operating Officer

Miriam is an award winning media executive who is proud to be a member of the D&J team. As Chief Operating Officer, Miriam is responsible for the daily operations of D & J's three business units - sports, film and music. Through strategic relationships, she negotiates partnerships for current and emerging clients, while also consulting and acting as a manager on their behalf. She also serves as Producer on BASES EMPTY - a documentary about the declining participation of African-Americans in baseball.

Previously, Miriam worked for a number of Chicago area institutions including the Chicago Sun-Times News Group, the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Bulls. She has used her professional expertise in the entertainment, sports, consumer products/services and nonprofit sectors. Her clients have included General Motors, Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Pfizer, Ford, Toyota, MillerCoors, Harrah’s Entertainment and Trump International.

Miriam has extensive experience working on issues involving social justice, advocacy and politics. She's a sports enthusiast who is passionate about the arts - music, theatre, literature and film.

Along with her work at D&J Entertainment, Miriam manages her own advertising, marketing and business development consultancy.

Miriam received a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.