Currently Hollies serves as a commissioner on the Brooklyn Park Budget Advisory Committee (BAC), a commission tasked with “ ensuring the long-term fiscal health of the City of Brooklyn Park by providing strategic direction to the (City) Council.” As a commissioner he spearheaded a new process to bring accountability and consistency to department budget reporting and has not shied away from asking difficult, but necessary questions.
Commissioner – Brooklyn Park Budget Advisory
“Throughout my professional and civic life, I have routinely sought to first understand the culture, issues and strengths of the organizations I work with, then to lead through collaboration and creating buy-in. Just as important it has been critical for me to create opportunities in the workplace, or through other efforts, for those who may never receive the opportunities I have.”
Hollies moved to Minnesota at the age of 10 and has lived in Brooklyn Park for 10 years. In 2000 he earned a B.A in Political Science from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He received his Masters in Business Administration, in 2013 from the Carlson School of Management where he served as President of his class. Hollies worked in various corporate roles until 2013 when he started his own business a fitness company that catered to a variety of clients including non-profits.
Inspired by his commitment to help minority businesses Hollies established a business to do so. Hollies is the Chairman and CEO of Guaranteed America, a business advocacy firm for minority firms, where he manages a Coalition of businesses that support minority owned businesses. He also sits on the Minnesota Asset Building Coalitions Strategic Board, where he advocates to non-profits and elected officials for resources that support minority and small businesses.
He sits as the Chair of a non-profit called Couples Connecting Community; a non-profit dedicated to not only celebrating healthy African American families, but also strengthening those families through conversations about what constitutes a healthy loving family. The organization also hosts a yearly celebration called the ‘Unity Walk’ which celebrates African American Couples and their rich history of contributions to this country and has held fundraisers to provide Coats for Kids!
Hollies volunteers as the Chair of the African American DFL Caucus. As Chair, he revitalized that organization, starting a youth/mentor program that taught youth civic engagement and canvassing, while providing a $15/hour stipend. That program was heavily influential in the elections of several local candidates. Along the way graduates of that program have gone on to serve as State Senate interns, campaign managers, Gubernatorial aides and State House Committee Assistants.
Inspired by his commitment to empowering youth through civic engagement and deep involvement in his community, Hollies ran for Mayor of Brooklyn Park in 2018. While he did not win against the two-term mayoral incumbent, he closed the vote gap by 16.5 points, and earned 5,500 votes more than the previous candidate. All by building a diverse coalition representative of the city.
Recently, Hollies was appointed as a Board Member to the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage. The purpose of that Council is to advise the Governor and Legislature on issues that affect the African Heritage community. The Council also serves as a liaison to the federal government, local government units and private organizations on matters relating to people of African Heritage in Minnesota.
Hollies is married to his wonderful wife, Latrice, and has 3 beautiful children; Tierney, Amir and Brianna. He enjoys spending time with his family, working with youth and now that it’s election season, following the upcoming elections.
Current Volunteer Leadership Positions Hollies Holds:
The University of MN Carlson School of Management
Support Hollies as he continues to lead with leadership vision and create opportunities in Brooklyn Park.
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota