Robert L. Johnson
Robert L. Johnson is the Founder and Chairman of The RLJ Companies, an innovative business network that owns or holds interest in a diverse portfolio of companies in consumer financial services, real estate, hospitality, professional sports, film production, gaming and automotive industries. In July 2007, Mr. Johnson was named by USA Today as one of the “25 Most Influential Business Leaders of the Past 25 Years.”
Prior to forming The RLJ Companies, Mr. Johnson was Founder and Chairman of Black Entertainment Television (BET), the nation’s first and leading television network providing quality entertainment, music, news, sports and public affairs programming for the African American audience. Under Mr. Johnson’s leadership, BET became the first African American owned company publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. In 2001, Mr. Johnson sold BET to Viacom for approximately $3 billion and remained the Chief Executive Officer through 2006.
Trevoir D. Gregg
Trevoir Gregg is a co-founder and Managing Partner of RLJ Credit. Mr. Gregg has over 18 years of financing experience, involving well over $2 billion in aggregate transactions. Prior to co-founding RLJ Credit, Mr. Gregg was a Principal with Allied Capital Corporation (“Allied Capital”), where he executed and managed senior debt, mezzanine debt, and control equity investments in middle market companies. Also at Allied Capital, Mr. Gregg served as a member of the investment committee during 2009 and was a member of the credit committee of Allied’s $2.5 billion asset management platform that invested in middle market and broadly syndicated loans from 2008-2010.
Prior to Allied Capital, Mr. Gregg was a Vice President and founding member of Carlyle Mezzanine Partners, L.P., an investment fund formed by The Carlyle Group to focus on private debt and equity investments in middle market companies. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Gregg worked for GE Capital as a member of its Global Sponsor Finance team responsible for underwriting middle market leveraged finance transactions. Mr. Gregg also has spent several years as an investment banker focusing on leverage finance transactions in the energy, media, and communications sectors.
Mr. Gregg serves on the Board of Governors of the Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA).
Mr. Gregg received a B.A. from Morehouse College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.