Biography

OD Harris is an Entrepreneurship Mogul, a C.P.A., an Author, a Speaker, a Philanthropist, TV & Radio Host, Media Mogul, honored by the U.S. Late President George H.W. Bush, Sr., an award-winning authority in Business Leadership, an Advisor for President Barack Obama Foundation Phoenix, and has served as an advisor for small to large businesses for the past 20 years. As a veteran of the United States Army, OD has discovered the keys to unlocking his life’s purpose. He has the unique ability to synchronize faith and financial freedom personally and for those he develops. The scope of OD’s expertise is capacious, ranging from the formation and development of business to the advancement of individuals through personal and spiritual mentorship. 

As 2018 40 under 40 award recipient, OD Harris has been acknowledged both publicly and privately for his work in the community and business.  His book, Unlocking Your Purpose takes its readers on a journey through the life of Mr. Harris and provides tips and tools on how he built a successful accounting business- Wize Tax and Accounting, in 2003, with zero working capital. Within its first year, Wize Tax and Accounting proliferated by OD acquiring national and global clientele- successfully breaking even the first year. This led to a successful second year, allowing OD to open multiple offices. In 2012, OD decided to sell his operation (34 locations & 7 States) to his office managers and a private equity firm. He later changed his business model to create a Home-base eco-system that uses innovation to assist individuals looking to start their accounting practice, and used it to expand his platform to revolutionize the world of business and entrepreneurship. 

Mr. Harris has nationally impacted the lives of many as the CEO of the nationally awarded Ready, Set Go Foundation (RSG) which focuses on changing the status quo in business and entrepreneurship by closing the gap on economic depravity; offering programming that builds economic development. Ready, Set Go Foundation has helped over 700 veterans and entrepreneurs establish and execute ownership of businesses and has given over 1 million dollars in financial service scholarships to assist with requirements for business start-ups. Mr. Harris has successfully started 4 Chapters of RSG and plans to have 70 more by the end of 2020. Platinum Recording Artist Adina Howard praises RSG and OD for the work he does in the community and how she was a beneficiary of his program. RSG has been endorsed by AZ Representative, Reginald Bolding and US Congressman, Ruben Gallego. 

OD Harris Media is a cutting-edge media company offering the trifecta of mass communication with an emphasis on providing meaningful content to audiences that encourages and inspires.  OD Harris Media has covered major media productions from the Grammys to the Golden Globes and has created content for 20th Century Fox, and Starz. Red carpet events, radio, television, photography, and film, this company provides stellar services to its clients. 

OD serves as a Member of Black Philanthropic Initiative with the Arizona Community Foundation, served as a mentor with President Barack Obama Foundation Phoenix, AZ Chapter, served as the NAACP Chairman of Economic and Entrepreneur Development of Maricopa County, Leader and Board Member in the National 100 Black Men of America, an  Member of National Urban League, the National Action Network, former Vice President of the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) of Phoenix, the Financial Director of the NBMBAA of Chicago. OD is the current Economic and Entrepreneur Director of the Los Angeles NBMBAA and serves as a National Volunteer coordinator of the National Convention of NBMBAA. 

AWARDS: 

BLACK PHILANTHROPY APPRECIATE AWARD: 2019 

DAILY POINT OF LIGHT : 2018 

PHOENIX BUSINESS JOURNAL 40 UNDER 40 : 2018 

PWEN PARTNER OF THE YEAR: 2018 

MEN MAKING A DIFFERENCE AWARD: 2018 

LIFE CHANGERS ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD: 2018