ABOUT OUR FOUNDER

“No man left behind” is a saying that has dual meaning for Tariq Shane. It not only holds meaning to him as a military veteran of the US Army, but it is a philosophy he practices in his civilian life. Mr. Shane was a Captain in the United States Army and served his country for six years. As a Gulf War Veteran, Mr. Shane saw how important teamwork and a strong support network were to survival. He realized how we needed to help each other to survive and prosper and that it is each individual’s responsibility to help. So it’s no surprise that after graduating from Virginia State University, a Historically Black College and University, cum lade with a B.A. in Criminal Justice and serving his country, Mr. Shane felt that it was his responsibility to help. As Mr. Shane was entering the workforce, he noticed that several of his fellow classmates were having trouble finding a job and he knew something needed to be done.

After speaking with career counselors at the schools of successful alumni and corporate partners, Mr. Shane decided to not do the traditional career fair route, but to do something more impactful and life-changing. In 2001, Mr. Shane created The Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Career Development Marketplace (CDM) to create a one-of-a-kind experience for HBCU students and simultaneously give back to the community that gave him his early foundation and sense of dedication. Mr. Shane is committed to providing these highly qualified students visibility with major corporations that they may not receive at their school.