Occupation: Reuben Cummings is founder and president of Nerevu Group, a data analytics and data security consulting company. The name Nerevu (nay-RAY-voo) means ‘intelligence’ in Swahili but it also underscores Mr. Cummings’ goal to help businesses and organizations understand how to use data effectively and efficiently. He oversees operational and overall strategy, including hiring, recruiting new clients, and researching new technologies.
Community Involvement: Mr. Cummings is a board member of the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council; a former board member of Peoria Innovation Alliance; and a founding member of Arusha Coders, a networking group for web, software and mobile developers in Tanzania. He was also a Prime Distillers Group Member, which helped with the initial planning of Distillery Labs. He has volunteered for FIRST Tech Challenge, an annual robotics competition at Manual High School, and CareerSpark, which exposes students to different careers.
Education: Bachelor of science, chemical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Three things he’s passionate about: Data, entrepreneurship, and software development
Three favorite hobbies: Traveling, watching movies, listening to podcasts
Career influence or inspiration: Mr. Cummings gains inspiration from intelligent men, particularly those in science. Ben Carson, the famed neurosurgeon (not necessarily the politician) was one of the first Black men he looked up to in the field of science and technology. Randal Pinkett, a fellow MIT alum, entrepreneur and the first African-American to win “The Apprentice,” is his model for business success. His grandfather, the late Rev. Val Johnson, was a man who knew a lot about a lot of different things. Rev. Johnson, a carpenter, knew the Bible “inside out” and built and stocked a library in his home. “I really admired his dedication as a pastor, his dedication to his church. He was just so knowledgeable.”
Inspirational quote: “It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.” Nelson Mandela
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