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Devon Williamson - Upward Cares Liason  

                                     Assistant to the Creative Director

Currently studying in dual programs at Arizona State and the University of Texas at Austin and previously communications at Houston Community College,  Devon found an interest in being in the arts at a very young age first with music at the age of three and sixteen with acting and photography. However, the modeling side of photography as well as sound technology is what catches his attention.  As an artist, he feels that being involved in the artistic fields allows a story to be told and a lesson to be learned.  With the use of his vast networking skills and the various social media platforms in today's age, he's continued to grow and learn more for himself to keep on being an artist to continue the process of educating and storytelling with his talents.  Devon currently oversees our Upward Cares community initiative. With Upward cares being his brainchild, he has found a new talent within connecting Upward in other community initiatives such as back-to-school drives, clothing drives, after school programs volunteering and more. 

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Desmond Anthony  - Event Curation and Partnerships
 

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Desmond discovered his calling to serve his country at a young age. Enlisting in the US Army, he embarked on a transformative journey that would shape his character and instill within him the values of discipline, integrity, and selfless devotion. Throughout his military career, Desmond demonstrated exceptional leadership skills, rising through the ranks and earning the respect of his comrades. 

Following his honorable retirement from the US Army, Desmond channeled his passion for fitness and well-being into a new chapter of his life. Armed with a deep understanding of physical training and a genuine desire to help others achieve their health goals, he embarked on a career as a personal trainer. For the past 16 years, Desmond has been transforming lives, empowering individuals to unlock their full potential and embrace healthier lifestyles.

Simultaneously, he has made strategic investments in the Houston entertainment industry, recognizing the untapped potential of this thriving sector. His business acumen, coupled with his unwavering commitment to excellence, has allowed him to thrive in both ventures, further solidifying his position as a respected figure within the Houston business community.

As Desmond continues to make his mark in the Houston entertainment industry with events such as his brainchild, "Who Got Next", an artistically competitive showdown, he remains steadfast in his commitment to giving back to the community that has supported him throughout his journey. Through philanthropic endeavors and mentorship programs, he actively contributes to the growth and development of aspiring entrepreneurs and young professionals. Desmond's unwavering dedication to his community serves as an inspiration to others, encouraging them to dream big, overcome obstacles, and achieve greatness.

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Killian Holt  - Head of Event Production Design

 

A visionary digital artist, known for pushing the boundaries of creativity and innovation through the fusion of Al and generative techniques. His journey as an artist began at a young age where a relentless curiosity led him on a path of self-discovery and artistic evolution that would ultimately redefine the world of digital art. Growing Up, Kilian's artistic prowess was evident as he delved into various artistic mediums. His insatiable hunger for creative expression and experimentation knew bounds. But it was his exploration of life stage lighting that became the catalyst for his career.

 

From the smallest club shows to the grandeur of stadium tours and massive festivals. He's toured with Tobe Nwigwe, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Normani, $Suicideboys$, Snakehips and more. Kilian honed his skills, transforming ordinary stages into captivating visual spectacles. His mastery of stage lighting became a canvas for storytelling, enveloping audiences in immersive experiences and visually stunning narratives. Kilian's artistic journey took an exciting turn during his extensive travels around the globe. 

 

His transition into the world of digital art was marked by an uncanny ability to harness the power of Al and generative techniques to create breathtaking visual narratives that resonate with the human spirit. Killian's art continues to captivate, inspire, and leave an indelible mark on the ever-evolving landscape of digital creation.

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