WHO WE ARE
Founder & Managing Director
Akinwole (Aki) Garrett is a deal closer with a proven track record of prospecting and developing new revenue opportunities. He is adept at optimizing the outcomes of divisional and overall company business and client KPIs.
Before founding Accelerate Consulting, Aki spent three years as the Senior Vice President of Business Development and Publisher Partnerships at SheKnows Media, where he oversaw all business development deals across the SheKnows owned and operated brands, in addition to leading publisher sales for the SheKnows Publisher Network. During his tenure at SheKnows, he grew the network over 200% and helped SheKnows achieve it's peak audience reach of 89 million uniques per comScore.
Prior to SheKnows, Aki held business development management positions for three years at both CBS Local and ABC News where he developed new business, product and content initiatives, assessed new market alternatives and the media landscape for business and audience development opportunities across digital, mobile, video, digital audio and audio on demand content.
For almost two years prior to CBS Local and ABC News, Aki worked on Wall Street as an M&A Investment Banker within Barclays Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) Investment Banking Group, where he focused on both public and private mergers & acquisitions (M&A) and financing transactions for Fortune 500 clients. Aki also led the Barclays' East Coast Digital Media & Internet Team.
His specialties include business development, sales, strategic planning, business strategy, M&A, valuation, deal negotiations, digital media, mobile, and ad technology.
Aki holds an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a BSBA in Finance & Accounting from The Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis.