Davon J. Snipes
IBM/Global Business Services
New York City
Being math- and science-minded in a technology-centric business world is an asset that undergirds the professional achievements of Davon J. Snipes. Snipes was accepted to a prestigious New York City public high school, where he won a Ronald E. McNair/NASA Scholarship to attend Morehouse College. For the past 10 years, he has provided technical and management support domestically and internationally in the energy field as a consultant, business developer and operations manager. Now, a managing consultant for the Global Business Services division of IBM since 2010, Snipes leads a team specializing in strategy and change consulting in the energy and utilities industry. He also counsels senior executives at some of the nation’s preeminent energy firms in energy technology.
Before IBM, Snipes was a senior project consultant with Hess Corp., completing multimillion-dollar projects for the exploration, refinement, distribution and trading of crude oil and related commodities. Prior to that, he spent five years in managerial positions at the utility Consolidated Edison, with power generation, transmission and distribution responsibilities throughout the New York metropolitan area.
In addition to a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Morehouse, Snipes earned a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a master’s in business administration from New York University’s Stern School of Business. “I am passionate about helping others through education,” he says. As president of the Morehouse Manhattan Alumni Chapter for the past five years, he has raised funds, provided scholarships and increased alumni membership by 250 percent. His grandparents migrated from Jamaica in the 1940s and, with his parents, taught him pride in his heritage. “My parents stressed the importance of academics, community service and strong moral character,” he says.
Snipes still resides in the New York City Harlem community of his youth and attends the First Corinthians Baptist Church and the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church.