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    Melvin J. Gravely II, Ph.D.

    Melvin Gravely is the majority shareholder and Chief Executive Officer of TriVersity Construction

    Company. Under his leadership, the commercial construction firm has established itself as one of the

    leading companies of its kind in the region. With 2016 revenues of $86 million, Gravelys success and

    attention is focused on building a strong executive team, developing a solid strategic business platform and

    paying close attention to the customer experience. He has quickly become known as an innovator in the

    construction industry by leveraging the power of diversity to deliver better solutions to customers and

    aggressive growth for the business.

    Mel Gravely has more than 26 years of business management, sales and strategy experience including

    Fortune 500 positions with The Timken Company and IBM. Gravely believes in empowering individuals to

    perform at their best. He has a personal passion for supporting the growth and development of women and

    minorities in business.

    Gravely is also the founder of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Thinking, Ltd. The Institute is a think-tank

    focused on getting the best results from minority business development initiatives. He is seen as one of the

    leading national thinkers on the topic of minority business development. Gravely, is the author of nine

    books on business success, leadership and minority entrepreneurship. His latest; The Capacity to Succeed:

    Fulfilling the Mission of Minority Business Development.

    He is an active civic leader. His current activities include the Board Chair of Spring Grove Funeral Homes,

    Board of Directors of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce, Society for Marketing

    Professional Services Foundation (SMPS), African American Chamber of Commerce, United Way of

    Greater Cincinnati and TriVersity Construction Company, the executive committee for ArtsWave, the

    advisory board of the Minority Business Accelerator and an Advisor for Glad River Ventures.

    Gravely graduated from the University of Mount Union with a degree in computer science. He has a

    Masters in Business Administration from Kent State University and a doctorate degree from The Union

    Institute and University.

    Gravely leads TriVersity, which is one of the top ten commercial builders in the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana

    tri-state region. TriVersity has offices in Cincinnati and Indianapolis and offers construction

    management, general contracting and design build services. The company portfolio spans the industry

    and is fueled by a diverse and empowered team of professionals who strive to create vibrant