Brent Willis is the Chief Operating Officer at ProHawk Technology Group, Inc., a leading AI-Enabled Computer Vision Company that partners with tech giants like Dell and NVIDIA. With a career that stands as a testament to his adaptability, vision, and leadership, Brent has navigated the intricate corridors of multinational corporations, startups, and private-equity backed ventures with equal aplomb.
His journey began as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army in 1982. Over the years, he climbed the ranks, serving in various combat arms leadership capacities within the First Cavalry Division. As a Captain and Future Concepts Officer, Brent managed numerous top-secret initiatives, including pioneering efforts in drone technology and aerial recognition systems for the Air Defense Branch. His military accolades include two Meritorious Service Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, and the Army Achievement Medal.
Transitioning from military to corporate life, Brent’s business acumen shone brightly. He started in the business world at Kraft-Heinz, where he not only launched the Kraft Brand in China but also led multiple brands and businesses globally. His leadership at The Coca-Cola Company is legendary, where as President for Latin America, he orchestrated the company’s largest turnaround in history, capturing over 75% market share.
At Anheuser-Busch InBev, Brent’s strategic vision was instrumental in transforming Interbrew into the world’s largest beer company. As the Chief Commercial Officer, Zone President, and a Board Member, he played a pivotal role in the company’s meteoric rise, contributing to a share price appreciation of over 400%.
Brent’s entrepreneurial spirit is evident in his tenure as the Majority/Minority Owner of a portfolio of private equity-backed firms. He has funded, structured, and developed several firms, leading them to profitable positions in their respective verticals. His leadership at Vaya Space, an emerging leader in the small satellite space launch sector, is particularly noteworthy. Under his guidance, the company achieved breakthrough technological advancements, secured over $100 million in customer commitments, and was recognized by the White House for its apprentice program.
His commitment to service and positive change is unwavering. In Latin America, Brent founded the Alianza Social, an organization dedicated to combating poverty and addressing social issues. Through this initiative, he has created over 30,000 micro-enterprises, donated over a million books to combat illiteracy, and provided alternative income opportunities in regions affected by the drug trade.
Education has always been close to Brent’s heart. Recognizing the importance of nurturing the next generation, he has established multiple scholarships. The Brent Willis Scholarship is a general scholarship aimed at supporting USA-based graduate and undergraduate students. The Brent Willis STEM Scholarship focuses on students passionate about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, reflecting Brent’s belief in the power of innovation. His latest initiative, the Brent Willis Green Scholarship, underscores his commitment to green technology and sustainable practices. This scholarship is designed for students keen on exploring solutions for environmental challenges through green technology.
Brent’s accolades include being recognized as the CEO Innovator of the Year in 2021 and being selected as a Global Ambassador by the Green Organisation. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
In essence, Brent Willis is not just a leader; he’s a visionary, a change-maker, and a beacon of hope for a brighter, more sustainable future.