Belinda Stubblefield/Year Up Atlanta
Belinda Stubblefield was appointed Executive Director of Year Up Atlanta in July 2013. With more than 20 years of leadership experience in large corporations as well as in entrepreneurial firms, Ms. Stubblefield is the founder of Stubblefield Ventures, LLC, a partner of Paradies-Atlanta, LCC, which operates 20 retail stores at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The Atlanta Business League has recognized Ms. Stubblefield as one of “Atlanta’s Top 100 Black Women of Influence.” She received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Mathematics Applied Science from University of California at Los Angeles.
KidsLink CEO Chris Morocco brings nearly two decades of early stage and start-up experience and leadership to KidsLink. Chris has broad experience in developing and successfully launching companies in various industries during his career: retail & consumer product, Internet, and healthcare software & services.
Prior to KidsLink, he was CEO and board member of Petrus Brands, the owner and operator of two national franchise concepts: Planet Smoothie and Shane’s Rib Shack. Chris led the management buyout of the $80 MM franchise-based brand portfolio in the fast-casual dining and healthy lifestyle categories from Raving Brands. Three years later he orchestrated the sale of two of the brands to a strategic buyer.
Before his role as CEO of Petrus, Morocco was President of Innovative Brands, which was integrated into Raving Brands and where he served as Chief Development Officer and oversaw the Emerging Brands Division of the company. Chris previously cut his teeth with various technology and early stage companies in the mid-90s, including Nextron, a SafeGuard Scientifics partnership company that provided internet software and services for small to mid-size organizations.