Eric Davis

Executive Producer: BASES EMPTY
Chief Strategic Officer: D & J Entertainment Holdings LLC

 

Prior to forming DJE, Eric Davis was Vice President/Chief Operating Officer for VOAIL. He was responsible for the daily operations of three major programs, Veteran Services, Foster Care and Senior and Disabled Housing. He was also the chief liaison for strategic and political relationships. Prior to becoming the Vice President and COO, Mr. Davis was a Chicago Police Officer with over 25 years of service in the Gang crimes and Public housing units. To counter the threat of gang violence, Mr. Davis worked to negotiate a truce between Chicago gangs such as the Black Gangster Disciples, Latin Kings and the Vice Lords. At a time when Chicago had the highest homicide rate in the country, his part in the peace process caused the homicide rate in Chicago to plummet. Mr. Davis was elected to the Chicago Police FOP Lodge 7 Board of Directors and served in that capacity for 4 years representing more than 15,000 active and retired Chicago Police Officers. He is considered by the Chicago Police Department and numerous Institutions of Higher Education as a Youth Gang and International Organized Crime Expert; and uses his contacts, influence and knowledge to be on the front line of conflict resolution between street gangs and organized crime elements and the community. He has lectured at over 500 high schools and middle schools across the Country in addition to Harvard, Yale and Northwestern University. Mr. Davis has discussed topics that include Gang Economics and Community Development. He was also featured as a narrator for the TV Program "Gangland".

 

Mr. Davis created the Slick Boys Youth Foundation to work with at risk youth in the City of Chicago and across the Country. He co-authored "The Slick Boys a Ten-Point Plan to Rescue Your Community by Three Chicago Cops Who are Making it Happen (Simon & Schuster). Mr. Davis was the Creative Consultant for "The Ricki Lake Show", "New York Undercover" and the "Judge Hatchett Show". While assigned to the Cabrini Green Housing Development, he along with the Slick Boys and in partnership with Al Carter and Patricia Hill created the largest inner city little league baseball program in the nation. The league became the inspiration for the movie "Hard Ball- A Season in the Projects" which starred Keanu Reeves.

 

Mr. Davis attended the University of Houston and was the Team Captain of the 1982 Final Four Basketball Team, playing alongside Hall of Famers Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. After college Eric signed a free agent contract with the NFL's Houston Oilers, he also played a year of European Professional Basketball in Ireland with The Killester Kats. He is a 1983 Summa Cum Laude graduate with a degree in Sociology.