Every one of our employees represents the spirit of our company: driven, committed, and acutely aware of how limitless Buy The Block’s potential is to grow. We go to great lengths to identify self-starters with diverse experience and skill sets to produce not just an efficient workforce, but a well-rounded, talented and complementary team.
Click through our Employee Spotlights to learn more about our team and what motivates them.
Linda (Lynn) P. Smith
Lynn was one of the only woman-owned transportation company to provide transportation during Super Bowl XLIV 2010, in Miami Gardens, FL. She purchased her first investment property at the age of 21; (a duplex) and continued to invest throughout her adult life. With her background in Business Administration, Hospitality, Stenography, and Accounting, after becoming an independent consultant in 2010; BBE was born. Lynn created it to help her community economically organize. The first project developed by this organization is BBNomics the only Black crowdfunding site, soon after many more initiatives were designed and privately financed to help create meaningful community groups.
Christopher Johnson - Chief Operating Officer
Visionary Chief Operating Officer adept at repositioning assets to maximize profits. Especially efficient at working within challenging business markets. Specialize in developing accurate business models and achieving goals through solid leadership and negotiating abilities.
¥ Vast experience with business practices and economic conditions
¥ Substantial ability to assess competitors and solidify a solid market share
¥ Solid ability to allocate business resources and delegate responsibilities
¥ Excellent ability to quickly close deals with an emphasis on profitability
¥ Remarkable leadership and motivational skills
¥ Impressive communications abilities
Shushauna (Shauna) Lawes - Administrative Assistant
A Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) through International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) started working at age 17 as a Sales Representative for a Modeling Agency seeking to publish a magazine. With the experience gained in Customer Service, she moved on to work as a Medical Technician. After three sterling years of service inpatient /customer care, she moved back to her first love, Office Administration.
For over 15 years she has been working as Admin Support to Managers, Directors, and CEO. She has worked in Sales/Marketing, Human Resource, Purchasing, Customer Relations and Accounting Departments. This diversity of experience qualified her for promotion to Operations Manager, overseeing staff and complete operations of the organization.
Maggie Philius - Block Offer and BlockVestor Representative
An experienced Customer Service Rep and Administrative Assistant who has worked for various organizations providing services. She provided excellent customer service assisting customers with questions regarding their accounts. She is very comfortable with working with multiple web-based systems to research customer questions and able to provide great customer service skills while educating the customer in a way that they will understand.
Her work experience includes customer service rep for Data Vault Center, and effectively put her skills to use. She is outgoing, organized, friendly, with a gregarious personality and a natural talent for customer service. Wherever her work takes her she always carries a positive yet professional attitude.
Bill Huston - Media & Marketing Relations
Bill Huston is the Founder and CEO of Our Crowd Rock a crowd investing consulting and management agency that focuses on urban economic development. Bill was named one of the Top 19 crowdfunding experts globally by Inc. Magazine in 2014. Bill has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for startups and other organizations. Bill is a blogger and guest blogger in the crowd investing field and digital marketing industry. Bill has written extensively on the redevelopment of urban neighborhoods using crowd investing and urban social entrepreneurship.
Bill is a sought-after speaker on the subject of crowd investing and was featured on the Marketing and PR panel at the 2017 Crowd Invest Summit, the worlds largest crowd investment event. Bill is on the board of Jefferson Community College Entrepreneurship Program and teaches entrepreneurship at New Legacy Reentry Corp in Louisville.