John Hope Bryant

John Hope Bryant

Operation HOPE, Inc.

John Hope Bryant is an entrepreneur and businessman that founded Operation HOPE, and thereafter pioneered financial literacy as the official policy of the U.S. Federal Government. Operation HOPE then built the first-ever national network of elementary through college, and community-based financial literacy education in and for underserved communities,through Operation HOPE.

Operation HOPE has provided financial literacy curriculum and volunteers to 1M+ youth in more than 4,000 public schools across America, and today is the nation’s only national non-profit financial service for urban, underserved communities. HOPE has more than 26,000 trained and certified HOPE Corps volunteers. Bryant plans to leverage his vast relationship base to launch Bryant Group Motorsports Academy (BGMA) in and for urban and rural communities, beginning in mid-to-late 2016.

Bryant approached Henry Ford III, who as a former school teacher and business leader, understands the connection between hopes, dreams, education, aspiration and life’s opportunity. Mr. Ford also has a deep passion for Motorsports. In this way, Bryant and Ford’s vision line up perfectly.

Henry Ford III

Henry Ford III

Ford Motor Company

Henry Ford III is the latest Ford family member to take a place at the Ford Motor Company built by his great grandfather.

As the head of marketing for the company’s performance division, Henry has the task of selling the fastest, most expensive Fords on the planet. As a younger man, Ford III taught high-school math and got an MBA from MIT and aspires to build a community of hope that will inspire the world. He recognized how passionate people are about the Ford Motor Co. and the connection that it has for lots of people. As a descendent of an iconic company that literally built the American middle class, he relates well to the ‘building an economy for all’ work being done by Bryant and his Operation HOPE. In this way Ford III and Bryant share a passion for both the uplift of people, and the excellence and aspirations associated with motorsports.

Leadership

Scott Bartlett

Scott Bartlett

BGMA Project & Program Leader

Scott Bartlett joins Bryant Group Motorsports Academy as the first Project & Program Leader, with a focus on implementing the vision and mission of the Academy.

As a full-time Event Manager for Chin Track Days, the nation’s leading provider of non-competition track events for sports car enthusiasts, Scott’s expertise in motorsports event management serves as a strong foundation for coordinating and overseeing BGMA related activities. Founded in 1999, with the first event at Sebring International Raceway, Chin Track Days has received over 55,000 driver entries for more than 650 tracks, with an emphasis on lower enrollment, fewer run groups and more track time. With Chin Track Days, enthusiasts with any level of experience can enjoy their cars and receive driver education at some of the legendary road courses in the USA such as Sebring, Road Atlanta, Watkins Glen, Mid-Ohio, VIR and more. 2017 will be the largest year for Chin Track Days, with 55 track events at 15 premier North American road courses.