Janis Ware is a University of Georgia Business School graduate whose career has been steadfast in completing her father's life long interest in publishing and community development. She has fulfilled her father's vision by continuing the tradition of the Atlanta Voice as the unchallenged leader; the foremost provider of news and pertinent information to Atlanta's African American community. The Atlanta Voice is committed to providing substance and credibility in the community.
For years, Janis Ware worked alongside her famous father in the publishing business (The Atlanta Voice owns the only black-owned print press operation in the Southeast) learning his style, understanding his dedication to excellence, and receiving inspiration from his passion for his people. His legacy has become her mission. She continues in the spirit of the high journalistic standards and commitment to the community passed on to her by her esteemed father.
"We're really trying to serve the masses of our people, "Ware explains. "We're not segmenting our market. We are really trying to spread our distribution throughout the Atlanta, Fulton, DeKalb, and Cobb county black communities. We're trying to provide a journalistic service to a wide array of people" sometimes to our detriment, but in keeping with my father's beliefs. My fathers vision was to service the entire African American Community, regardless of age, income or socioeconomic status. We are the majority media for our community. "We want to service everyone who enjoys reading the paper."
Richard Dunn grew up with a unique combination of exposure to music, media and a family of entrepreneurs. His grandfather, the late J. Lowell Ware, was founding publisher of The Atlanta Voice Newspaper and his father was GM and on-air personality of WXAG Radio in Athens. Richard grew up in the family business eventually becoming Director of Marketing.
Richard began his career in entertainment as a party promoter in high school. As a student at Georgia Southern University, Richard worked with the SGA and coordinated campus activities including booking talent for concerts. In 1994 he founded Muddy Water Entertainment and began managing artists and producers such as Grammy Award Winner Anthony David. In 1998 Richard co-founded Groovement Inc., an artist management and event promotion company that anchored the Atlanta soul scene. Groovement served as a resident promotion arm for the Ying Yang Cafe, and was also the launch pad for India Airie (Motown), Donnie (Motown/Giant Step), Jiva (Giant Step), and Mel Johnson (Music World Music/Columbia).
In 2004, Dunn and partner Micheal McQuary (co-founder of Mindspring) started Brash Music a scrappy indie label based in Atlanta with a catalogue that includes Cold Play, Aaron Shust, PJ Morton and Anthony David. In 2006 Dunn got into the nightclub business where he was Managing Partner/General Manager of SUGARHILL and CLUB MOTION and oversaw their operations. Currently Richard is Director of Strategic Alliances of AV.
Rashanda Scott is the Controller for The Atlanta Voice. She is responsible for the preparation of financial reports, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and human resources.
Rashanda Scott is an Atlanta native and a product of Atlanta Public Schools. She is a graduate of Benjamin E. Mays High School where she excelled in her academic career. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Management from Clayton State University (CSU) and brings to The Atlanta Voice a wealth of knowledge and innovative ideas.
She began working for The Atlanta Voice in 2001 as an intern, while attending CSU. Rashanda started as an Office Assistant and left with the skill sets and desire to work in accounting. She returned to The Atlanta Voice in September of 2009.
April Vaughn Ivey is the Office and Advertising Assistant for The Atlanta Voice. With a pleasant personality and a great sense of teamwork, she is the first person you see or talk to when calling or visiting The Atlanta Voice. Having been with the company for over 10 years, she is well versed in the full operations of The Atlanta Voice and often lends a helping hand where needed.
April is originally from St. Louis, Missouri and has been an Atlanta resident for the past 25 years. She is the loving mother of two and a proud wife. April brings to The Atlanta Voice a sense of family and support.
Her professional skills include, office management, accounting backup, advertising sales, planning and extensive administrative operations. A valuable asset to the team, April's dedication embodies the history and the future of The Atlanta Voice.
In her spare time April enjoys spending time with her family, outdoor activities and reading.
Robert D.W. Jackson (RDW) is a consummated newspaper sales and marketing executive. He's an Antioch College graduate whose career has been dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the Black Press.
Before coming to Atlanta, RDW honed his craft at the Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper and the Philadelphia Tribune
RDW has achieved an outstanding sales record and became something of an Atlanta personality. His wit, humor, swagger, sensitivity and persona are some of the ingredients that comprise his winning character.