Employee Spotlight – Britian Feast

Britian Feast is junior business analyst at ProSource360 Consulting Services Inc. and a rising senior at Morehouse College, where he is majoring in business marketing and minoring in sales and military science.

Britian is also a member of the Morehouse College Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), a subsidiary of the Georgia State University ROTC, which is designed to develop students who exhibit strong scholarly, athletic, leadership attributes, and a desire to serve the country to become a Second Lieutenant in the regular Army, US Army Reserve or the Army National Guard.

Ben Skyles, president and CEO of ProSource360, was speaking at a campus event when he first met Britian. A brief conversation between the two ultimately led an internship offer.

“Here’s a young man going to my alma mater who wants to go into medical device sales, which is where I started my career,” said Skyles, a Morehouse alumnus. “With so much in common, our meeting seemed predestined.”

Britian agreed, adding that he was inspired by meeting somebody in his chosen field who “looked like me.” Britian said he hopes to gain a world of experience and eventually go on to manage a business or start one of his own.

“Working for ProSource360 has been eye opening,” he said. “It’s given me an understanding of how a small business works. I’ve gained an appreciation for the huge impact that entrepreneurship has on the economy, now more than ever. I also see the importance of doing something you love while building a network.”

Britian also recently completed an entrepreneurship class taught by Tiffany R. Bussey, director of the Morehouse Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center (MIEC). As part of their final project, Britian’s team developed an application to help businesses communicate more effectively in the wake of COVID-19.

ProSource360 is a graduate of the Ascend2020 Atlanta program, which was developed as a partnership between the MIEC, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and TechSquare Labs. The program is designed to be a technology startup and small business support ecosystem building initiative for minority led companies throughout metropolitan Atlanta.

ProSource360 Receives Exceptional Performance Evaluation from Department of Navy

In its latest evaluation, ProSource360 earned high praise from the Department of Navy (DoN) for its efforts to get underrepresented student populations more involved in the Navy’s research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) programs and activities.

The work is part of the Navy’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) Program.  In addition to recruiting students from HBCUs/MIs, the program also strengthens the capabilities of those institutions to conduct basic and applied research and increases the quality and quantity of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs with a focus on minority researchers and graduates. The HBCU/MI program supports the Secretary of the Navy’s STEM roadmap for building the next-generation naval workforce by preparing underrepresented student populations for employment in the technical fields.

“[ProSource360] has proven time after time that they are the right company to provide support to the DoN’s HBCU/MI Program in all areas related to science and technology,” said Anthony C. Smith, Sr., program manager for the Office of Naval Research. “The performer clearly understands government contracting, streamlining processes and managing personnel. They are not only a true model to follow but should be seen as an example of the best in customer service for the federal government in any area.”

Through the HBCU/MI Program, ProSource360 is also involved in recruiting for the DoN’s Summer Faculty Research Program (SFRP), Naval Science Awards Program and Student Internship Program. These programs offer scholarships, fellowships and internships to students pursuing degrees in STEM studies and leverage existing relationships between HBCU/MI and K-12 school systems to inspire and engage diverse students in STEM studies.

Smith called ProSource360’s work managing all areas under the DoN’s HBCU/MI Program exceptional and above reproach, adding that the company “should be an example to other contractors how to successfully assist with managing large, multi-agency Naval programs.”

Ben Skyles, president and CEO of ProSource360, said he was grateful to have the opportunity to work with the Navy on such a worthwhile project.

“We believe that HBCUs/MIs are a great resource for talent and leadership that can be channeled to the benefit of our national security and superiority in the field of STEM research,” added Skyles.