Brian K. Rice is a graduate of Alabama A&M University. While at AAMU Brian was the captain
of the universities baseball team and he maintained the honor all 4 years as the scholar
athlete of the year for his team while majoring in mechanical engineering. Brian started his
professional career in construction management as a mechanical engineer in Oak Ridge, TN.
After 5 years of working as a construction engineer, Brian aspired to travel more and to go into
a business development role where he could use natural gift as a people's person to develop
and grow business to business relationships. Brian has worked as regional technical business
development manager for various manufacturing companies since 2007. It was in 2007 when
Brian truly connected to his vision for the community. While working in Richmond, VA, Brian
was traveling through the state when he said, "it is time to start working on plans to give back
to the community." For the next several years, Brian started volunteering more on a regular
basis and he started researching all types of books on non profits, entrepreneurship, history
and spiritual development. In 2009, Brian started working on his plan to move back to his
home of Birmingham, AL. This plan was no regular plan, Brian dedicated 2009 and 2010 to
idea creation for his non profit vision for Birmingham and the state of Alabama. Brian has
created countless list of potential mentoring ideas, economic development ideas, crime
prevention ideas, education development ideas, and character development ideas for his
home city and state.

Brian moved back to Birmingham in 2013 which he spent developing relationships. In the fall
of 2014, Brian is launching a series of community workshops for youths and adults, school
based mentoring programs, offender workshops for court ordered citizens and more.

Brian still works full time as a business development manager which he hopes transitions into
a full time community role. Brian have been responsible for managing multi-million dollar
account packages consisting of various small businesses and some of the largest
manufacturing companies in this country. Brian have worked daily with business owners,
general managers, operations managers, various types of engineers, purchasing groups, and
most importantly the blue collar workers on the plant floor level. While working in business
development Brian has had the pleasure to go through various types of negotiating training,
dining etiquette training, and years of formal sales training. Brian have been able to visit and
tour several hundred manufacturing facilities across various industries from the Automotive
industry, Oil & Gas industry, Food & Beverage industry, Metals industry, Power & Utilities
Industries and many more industries throughout the country which Brian uses as a source of
vision when speaks to youths and adults about the various opportunities available to them.
Brian recently moved back to Birmingham, AL to focus on youth and adult development
programs throughout the city and state. Brian is passionate about making a difference and he
has demonstrated that clearly with his purposeful move back to his home city and state.

Brian has written 3 books, one for young adults titled "Prepare For Your Success", one for
elementary students titled "Kids Be Great", and his favorite book "
Black Americans, We Need
You!" (The Call for Self Accountability of All African Americans) which was created from
several hundred pages of work and research that Brian prepared while developing the vision
for Heroes Bridge, Inc. This book is true encouragement for every African American to give
back to their community. Heroes Bridge, Inc. is still in the early funding stages.

Brian is a regular volunteer throughout the community. Please review the list below to see
some of the organizations Brian participated in over the past few years.
Who is Brian K. Rice
Houston, TX
Knoxville, TN
  • Birmingham YMCA Youth Center Board, 2014-  present            
  • Started Heroes Bridge, Inc.  Non Profit, 2010                             
  • Volunteer, Houston Area Urban League 2011-13                         
  • Volunteer, Central Carolinas Area Urban League 2008-2010    
  • EA Morris/Locke Foundation Emerging Young Leader 2010    
  • Charlotte Jr Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 2010  
  • Mechanical Engineer for 10+ years
Brian has performed mentoring services in every city he has lived in since 2002. Brian has joined
various non profit boards, led school wide speaking engagements, hosted college workshops, led
parent involvement workshops, volunteered as multiple assistant baseball coaches, led city wide male
mentoring programs and so much more. Below is a quick snapshot of Brian in the community:
B. Rice in the Community
Places I have worked and lived
Birmingham, AL
Charlotte, NC
Huntsville, AL
Richmond, VA
Milwaukee, WI
Birmingham, AL
2013- until
My High School
B. Rice & Reading
Note: numbers next to each book (4 is highly recommended)
Spiritual, Motivational, & Self Help
(4) The Bible, New Living Translation
(4*) "Spiritual Leadership" by J. Oswald Sanders
(4) "Communication for Change" by Stanley Jones
(3) "Understanding the Power and Purpose of a Man" by Myles Monroe
(4) Dream Giver by Bruce Wilkinson (My favorite book)
(3) "He-Motions" by T.D. Jakes
(4) Islam and the Bible by David Goldmann
(3) "Quiet Strength" by Tony Dungy
(4) "Maximized Manhood" by Edwin Louis Cole
(3)"Courageous Leadership" by Bill Hybels
(4) "The Power of I Am" by Joel Osteen

Male/Female Relationships: Spiritual Living
(4) The Wait by Devon Franklin & Meagan Good
(3) "When Good Men Are Tempted" by Perkins
(4)"Finding the Right Woman" by McKinney Hammond
(4) Every Man's Battle: Winning the War on Sexual Temptation One Victory at a
Time by Stephen Arterburn, Fred Stoeker and Mike Yorkey
(3) Every Man's Challenge: How Far Are You Willing to Go for God? by Arterburn,
Stoeker, & Yorkey

Business, Leadership, Self Help, Motivational
(4*) "Think and Grow Rich" by Napolean Hill
(4*) "The Greatest Salesman in the World" by O.G. Mandino
(4) "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen Covey
(3) "The Teens Guide to World Domination" by Josh Shipp
(3) "When All Else Fails, Succeed" by David Khali
(4) "Live Life Without Limits" by Nick Vujicic
(3) "Good to Great" by Jim Collins
(3) "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho
(4) "5, Where Will You Be in 5 Years" by Dan Zadra
"Rich Dad Poor Dad for Teens" by Robert Kiyosaki
(4) "One", How many people does it take to make a difference? by Dan Zadra
(4) "Eat That Frog" by Brian Tracy
(4) "Crush It" Gary Vaynerchuk (the Audio Version is awesome)
(4) "Gifted Hands" by Ben Carson
(3) "Go Giver" by Bob Burg
(3) "The Slight Edge" by Jeff Olson
(3) "The Secret of Success" by Eric Thomas
(3) "The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne
(4) "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie

(4) "Overcoming The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lenioni

Philanthropy & Social Entrepreneurship
(3) How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas,
by David Bornstein
(3) Enterprising Nonprofits: A Toolkit for Social Entrepreneurs by Dees, Emerson
& Economy (Part 1)
(4) Strategic Tools for Social Entrepreneurs: Enhancing the Performance of Your
Enterprising Nonprofit by Dees, Emerson & Economy (part 2)
(4) Creating a World Without Poverty: How Social Business Can Transform Our
Lives - by Muhammad Yunus
(2) Money Well Spent: A Strategic Plan for Smart Philanthropy by Brest & Harvey

No Category, Just Good Informational Books
(4) "48 Laws of Power" by Robert Greene
(3) "Freakonomics" by Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner
(2) "Super Freakonomics" by Stevin Levitt & Stephen Dubner
(4) "Aesops Fables" author various

Great book for anyone getting into the speaking industry
(3) "Speak and Grow Rich" by Dottie & Lilly Walters

Quote Books  
(3) "Classic Wisdom for the Good Life" by Bryan Curtis
(2) "Success" by J. Pincott (Quote Book)
(4) "Forbes Book of Quotations" (Thanks Mom for giving me this book)

Birmingham, AL General History
(2) "Miracle in Birmingham" by W. Edward Harris
(3) "There's Hope for The World" by Richard Arrington
(2) "This is Birmingham" by Henley
(4) "Birmingham, The Magic City" audiobook
Black History
(4*) "The Black Man" by William Wells Brown written in 1865 (This book is one
of the first black books to ever  be written. Brown is like the father of Black
History and then comes Carter G Woodson. This book has 50 plus short
biographies of early African Americans)
(4*) "Think and Grow Rich, A Black Choice" Dennis Kimbro & Nopolean Hill
(4) "The Mis-Education of the Negro" by Carter G Woodson
(4) "Up From Slavery" by Booker T Washington
(4) "Slavery by Another Name" by Douglas A Blackmon
(3) "The Souls of Black Folk" by WEB Dubois
(4) Historical Negro Biographies, International Library of Negro Life and History
(4)  I, Too, Am America : documents from 1619 to the present , International
Library of Negro Life and History
(2)  The History of the Negro in Medicine, International Library of Negro Life
and History
(4) "Great Speeches by African Americans" by James Daley
(3) "Measure of a Man" by Sidney Poitier
(4) "The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr"
(4) "Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention" by Manning Marable
(2) Say it Plain, A Century of Great African American Speeches by American
RadioWorks (audiobook)
(2) "Cultureseek" by Latanya Branham
(4) Black History Pre-Civil War to Present (Bar Charts, Inc./Quick Study)
(4) "A Pictorial History of Black Americans" by Langston Hughes
(4) Real Role Models (Successful African Americans Beyond Pop Culture) by
Spearman & Harrison
(3) "Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention" by Manning Marable
(4) "Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr." Claborne Carson
(3) "Dirty Little Secrets" by Claud Anderson

(3) The Breeding of American Slaves by Stephen Ashley
(4*) "Wars of Reconstruction" by Douglas Egerton
(3) "The Greatest Negro" by Eddie Davis
(4) "Slavery in Alabama" by James Sellers
(4) "The Half Has Never Been Told, Slavery and the Making of American
Capitalism" by Edward Baptist
(3) "The Philadelhpia Negro" by WEB Dubois
(4) "Sense of Place" by Lynne Feldman
(4) "Black Education Alabama, 1865-1901" by Robert Sherer

Books Targeting Black Males
(4) "Man Up" by Steve Perry
(3) "Letters to Young Black Men" by Daniel Whyte III
(3) "Mo Letters to Young Black Men" by Daniel Whyte III
(4*) "Countering the Consipiracy to Destroy Black Boys" by Jawanza Kunjufu
(4) "State of Emergency, We Must Save African American Males" Kunjufu
(3) "Adam! Where Are You" (Why most Black men don't go to Church?) Kunjufu
(3) "The Black Male Handbook" by Kevin Powell

Books About Prison, Jail, Gangs, Ex-Cons
(4) "The Autobiography of an LA Gang Member" by Sanyika Shakur
(4) How to Hustle and Win, A survival Guide to the Ghetto by Supreme
(3) "The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander
(2) "Prison Profiters" by Herivel and Wright
(4) "Jobs for Felons" by Michael Ford (Ex-Cons)
(4) "Getting Out and Staying Out" by Demico Boothe (for Ex-cons)

Books for Females
(4*) "Letters to Young Black Women" by Daniel Whyte III
(3) "Always Sisters" by CeCe Winans
(4) "Pretty Painful" by Kachelle Kelly (Self Esteem for Women)

(4)  Inmate 1142980 "The Desiree Lee Story" by Deisree Lee

Black Culture, Concerns & Solutions
(4*) "Developing Positive Self-Images & Discipline in Black Children" by
Jawanza Kunjufu
(4) Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates
(3) "How the Poor Can Save Capitalism" by John Hope Bryant
(4) "How to Make Black America Better" compiled by Tavis Smiley
(3) "Saving Black America" by John Yancy Odom
(4) "Solutions for Black America" by Jawanza Kunjufu
(3) "Come On People" by Bill Cosby & Alvin Poussaint
(3) "Enough" by Juan Williams
(3) "The Future of Black Business in America, Stay in or Cash in" Panel
Discussion, Multiple Speakers
(3) "More than Just Race" by William Julius Wilson
(2) Building Collaborative Organizations & Networks that Build Black Business
Communities (Multiple Speakers- Audio Book
(2) The Future of Black Business in America, Stay In or Cash In (Multiple
Speakers- Audio Book)
(2) "War Against Parents" by Cornel West & Sylvia Hewitt
(2) "Cracking the Corporate Code" by Price M. Cobbs
(2) "Black and Green" by Jamal Ali
(3) "Character Building" by Booker T. Washington
(3) "Whatever it Takes" by Paul Tough

Miscellaneous African American books
(2) "The Conversation" by Hill Harper
(2) "Who Will Cry for the Little Girl" by Alexander Barrett
(2) "12 Brown Boys" by Omar Tyree
I wish I would have started reading on my own as early as Elementary School and definitely by High School. My mother tried to instill the
value of reading in me but I was very stubborn. I was like so many other kids, I did not do what I was suppose to do. Since the age of 25,
tremendously. I feel like I am still behind because of all of the missed opportunities as a youth but I am determined to make myself better.
"Honor Your Dream, Live With Purpose"
About Me Page:
'B. Rice'
  • Volunteer, Birmingham Urban League Young Professionals 2013-present
  • S.H.A.P.E. Community Ctr Volunteer, Houston 2011-13
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Volunteer 2009 - 2010
  • Who's Who of Black Charlotte 2010                                                 
  • African American Youth Motivational Speaker & Author 2010-12
  • Active NC Real Estate Agent since 2009
  • Active Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Alumni Member 2001-12
  • Alabama A&M College Baseball Player (MVP During Senior Year)