Black Rhino is comprised of a diverse team of individuals with backgrounds ranging from CPA’s, Capital Generation Facilitators, Financial Advisors, Marketing Executives, Nonprofit Specialists and Human Resources & Risk Mitigation Professionals. We are here to serve you and provide customized solutions for you and/or your company. Brief Biographies of our partners are below.
Darryl Cheeks, Managing Partner
Darryl has over 24 years experience in accounting, finance, marketing and operations. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a B.S. in Accountancy from the University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana. He received a four year academic scholarship as well as attended the Harvard Summer Venture Management Program. Darryl previously held the position as Owner, CEO and President of Chicagoland Foods with a product line of over 85 food products offered in 30 states and 7 countries around the world. He has also served as CFO of Pentacom Industries, a $184 million company in inventory management, order fulfillment, and extended supply chain management. Darryl has the business acumen and expertise to provide Black Rhino’s clients with excellence in accounting, taxation, financial services, risk management, marketing, and personal financial planning. Darryl additionally has extensive experience in nonprofit, ministry and charity work. He was the Founder and Executive Director of Soul Foods Prison Ministries, which served the incarcerated population of Illinois, he held the position of Board Chairman for Southwestern Christian College, as well as having served as the Board President for A Safe Place, a transitional living and shelter for domestically abused women and children. Darryl also currently serves as the ministering evangelist of the Waukegan Church of Christ and sits on the Dean’s Business Counsel for the University of Illinois’ Business School.
Percy Haley, Partner
Percy has over 30 years of experience in community and economic development and financial services. Prior to joining Black Rhino Financial Group, Percy has held several leadership positions in both the areas of finance and marketing for several financial institutions. Having served as the Assistant Vice President and Bank Manager of Associated Bank he modeled and coached behaviors that increased sales, and developed and executed strategic plans to achieve goals. Percy also previously held the position of Assistant Vice President and Community Affairs Officer at Fifth Third Bank where re-established and established new relationships with several community based organizations including, Women’s Self Employment Project, Elgin & Freeport Neighborhood Housing Service, Greater North Pulaski Development Corp and Chicago Community Ventures. He holds an A.S. of Science in Business from Highland Community College, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Management and Marketing from Western Illinois University. Percy also holds several professional diplomas from Bank Marketing Association School of Bank Marketing, Illinois Bankers Association Bankers Management School and American Bankers Association National School of Compliance.
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