As CEO of Technology Concepts Group Intl (TCGi), Avis Yates Rivers sits at the helm of a multi-million-dollar company that she built from the ground up. TCGi is an asset management and procurement solutions provider as well as a Value-Added Reseller (VAR). In 2017, TCGi was deemed the 3rd fastest-growing woman-owned business, released by the Women Presidents’ Organization, a New York-based advocacy and education group for women entrepreneurs. In 2020 TCGi was named Supplier of the Year, Class III, by the Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council (EMSDC).
In 2019 TCGi purchased BigVAR, LLC, a cutting-edge technology solutions provider. As a VAR, TCGi has forged strategic alliances with key OEM and distribution partners to afford our customers the highest quality IT products. We offer a full catalog of IT hardware and software. We have relationships with Getac rugged mobile devices, HP, Dell, Lenovo, and Cisco.
Our software focus is to provide state-of-the-art cyber security architecture and solutions with enterprise-to-cloud protection including SIEM (Security Information & Event Management), SOC-as-a-Service (Security Operations Center), and Cloud Identity Access Management.
Even at a young age, Avis Yates Rivers demonstrated a unique ability to envision possibilities and recognize opportunities, and credits growing up with five siblings in New York City as an important period in her life that prepared her well for the challenges that lay ahead.
During the early part of her professional career, Avis enjoyed a highly successful eleven-year tenure at Exxon, five of which were spent selling early technology solutions to firms in lower Manhattan. This experience formed the platform from which she would eventually launch her own business. When Exxon sold off its Office Systems Division in 1985, it left a temporary void in the marketplace, which provided Avis the opportunity to establish her first technology company and continue to service Exxon’s customers.
Never shying away from hard work and always willing to do what was necessary to succeed, Avis has accomplished a great deal as she continues to build on her 30-year career in the world of business. A strong believer in the late Shirley Chisholm’s ideal that “service is the rent you pay for the privilege of living on this earth,” Avis subscribes to both the principles and the practice of being “in service.” She is a long-time advocate for the increased utilization of minority and women-owned businesses, and a change agent for increasing the meaningful participation of women and people of color in technology. Avis released her book, Necessary Inclusion: Embracing the Changing Faces of Technology, in January 2017. This book not only breaks down the challenges of recruiting more women and people of color into the tech industry, it also provides a road map to solving this ever-expanding problem.
Avis serves as a Director on the Board of a select group of non-profit organizations and is the National Spokesperson for NCWIT’s Sit With Me campaign. Avis also serves on the board of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and the Women’s Business Enterprise Council (WBEC-MetroNY and DMV).
Avis is a highly sought-after business leader, a nationally recognized thought leader and social entrepreneur, and an effective, in-demand international speaker. Other awards and honors include: White House Champion of Change – Girls and Women in STEM, Entrepreneur of the Year, Woman of Distinction, the Shirley Chisholm Award for Business, Top 10 Women in Technology, and Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneurs & Business Owners, among many others.