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Friday, February 7, 2014

Alpha Phi Alpha's General President Mark S. Tillman on Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes

On Saturday, February 8, 2014, tune in to hear Mark S. Tillman, the General President of the first Black Greek Fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha. Listen as Mr. Tillman shares his journey from Dillard University to becoming the 34th General President of Alpha Phi Alpha. Hear him share the rich history of the fraternity and how the organization is building on the foundation that was started at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York in 1906.

Mr. Tillman will discuss Alpha Phi Alpha's role in the building of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s National Memorial and the legacy of Dr. King to not only Alpha Phi Alpha but to the world. Hear him share about many notable Alpha men who helped shaped the Civil Rights Movement. He also honors the many unknown chapter members who were tireless foot soldiers who helped ignite the fire of the movement and kept it going.

Mr. Tillman will also discuss national partnerships and initiatives of Alpha Phi Alpha and share his vision for Alpha Phi Alpha under his leadership. Mr.Tillman stresses the importance of Black men mentoring young men and boys. He will also address our military who are serving our country and give thanks to them and their numerous sacrifices.

This interview promises to empower, inspire, and motivate you to live your best life!

Living Your Best Life Radio can be heard on 760AM in the Middle Tennessee Region, on Tune In Radio, streamed live on the web at UStream.TV and on military bases on Saturdays from 9:00-10am CST.

More About Mark S. Tillman, 34th General President of Alpha Phi Alpha

Mark S. Tillman has over 20 years of membership in Gamma Lambda chapter in Detroit, Michigan. He continually serves his chapter as a tireless contributor to its programs, service projects, and brotherhood activities. He has represented his chapter as a delegate to conventions, at every level, and has been a chapter officer in six chapter administrations.

Mark. S. Tillman is a key contributor on the Management Information Systems Committee that introduced the fraternity to AlphaNET and has also served as the workshop presenter on its use. He was instrumental in having the Midwestern Region to be the first region to use AlphaNET for regional conventions and has guided its adoption for two other regions. He also dedicated his time to educate chapters and members to utilize this tool to its full capability to streamline chapter operations.

Outside of Alpha Phi Alpha, Tillman has over 20 years of information technology experience and combined service with the Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) through an acquisition of Electronic Data Systems (EDS). He is a technology consultant and Lead Offering Engineer where he leads a global team of systems engineers to design, build, and test server platform solutions. He provides leadership in determining technical direction, research, analysis, and implementation plans for new technology standards and processes. Tillman chairs an employee-network group at HP where he promotes and executes programs that enhance professional development and diversity within the IT profession. Tillman is also a member of the Black Data Processing Association (BDPA).

Mark S.Tillman is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He completed his bachelor’s degree in computer science at Dillard University in 1988. To ensure balance with Alpha Phi Alpha and his personal life, Tillman is celebrating over 15 years of marriage to his wife Velicia. He is also a three-time mentor with Big Brothers/Big Sisters for nine (13) years.

As General President of Alpha Phi Alpha, Mr. Tillman encourages all Alpha men to get active with the general organization, and subsequently, with a local chapter. To get active, click here.

(Special thanks to all the Alpha Men in my life who helped make this interview possible. Special thanks to Eddie Francis, Dr. Melvin Johnson, Bryan Kelley, the HBCU Radio Network, Mocha Market and College Crib!

Other Fraternity Interviews: Omega Psi Phi, Kappa Alpha Psi, Delta Delta Delta, Phi Beta Sigma

Photo Credits: NPS and Alpha Phi Alpha-used with permission.

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