President & Founder
Brian Gordon is a Florida native and a United States Marine Corp Veteran. Brian grew up in Rubonia, a small community in Manatee County. Using skills he learned in the military and through life, Brian has mentored at-risk youth helping them build life skills and provided guidance for their successful transition into adulthood.
One year after the untimely passing of his brother Vernon Gordon, Brian created Giving Essential Resources to Minorities (G.E.R.M.). He is passionate about creating opportunities in the community in order to honor Vernon and his memory. One of Brian’s goals is to help our youth become positive and productive members of our society and steer them away from a life of crime.
My purpose and vision for G.E.R.M (Giving Essential Resources to Minorities) was born from both pain and necessity. My brother Vernon Gordon was murdered on 4/27/2019 and the last words that I spoke to him were that “I love you bro and I’ll talk to you later!” Unfortunately, later never came. The following morning, I received a frantic call from my mother informing me that my brother had been murdered, and to this day I still can hear my mother’s cry. My brother was not perfect by any means and sometimes made decisions that were not always the best. However, he was well known for his acts of kindness for people in need and undevoted loyalty to his friends and family. I created G.E.R.M in his honor so that his memory will live on forever and his acts of kindness will continue through my actions and efforts.
I truly believe the difference between being average and great is one mindful decision. I also see the need for positive role models and leaders within the minority community. Waiting until later is no longer an option for any of us personally or professionally to make lasting change that uplifts our community. Why not me? Why not you? Tomorrow isn’t promised to you. Tomorrow is not promised to me. I thank GOD for revealing my purpose which is to help our youth have a fighting chance by giving them an opportunity to attend college, trade school, and entrepreneurship. I believe that with a proper education, our youth are provided with unlimited career choices, opportunities, and a fair shot for success. Too often, without the right guidance and education assistance, our youth are adversely limited to poor decisions and a life of crime which sadly often results in incarceration and death. That must change. The time is now! Please “Help Us Make Giving Contagious” and be the change that this world desperately needs.
Tiffany Sweeney is Vice President of G.E.R.M, and has an unbridled passion for sharing the importance of higher education and helping those to achieve it. Tiffany is originally from Simpsonville, SC, and is a 1999 graduate of Clemson University where she received her Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Information Systems.
Solomon Jackson is a Chicago, Illinois native. Growing up in the Southside of Chicago in a single parent home he learned how to be resilient firsthand. His upbringing fueled a passion in him to help those that are less fortunate. He is a testimony that you don’t have to settle for the situation’s life has given you. Working in sales and marketing throughout his life he uses his career and personal endeavors to promote positivity within the community helping those in need.
Solomon Jackson started Bliss Entertainment 10 years ago when he moved to Tampa, FL. He uses his promotions group to uplift the community through volunteering with focuses on feeding the homeless, back to school fundraisers, and assisting children that are underprivileged through different “party with a purpose” events.
He brings this same drive and passion into his career. Mr. Jackson is a valued member of the Tampa Honda Automotive Team where he devotes his time helping customers develop knowledge on motor vehicles to select the best vehicle for their lifestyle and finances. Mr. Jackson prides himself on treating every member like family and building a personal bond with them. He has been extremely successful in his career due to his love of people and the endless amount of time he takes with them. His commitment extends beyond the walls of Tampa Honda. He can often be seen with crew members volunteering time at The Ronald McDonald House preparing meals or working closely with Habitat for Humanity.
His dedication to his community and the youth has ignited a fire to help create a change for underprivileged minorities. Solomon’s vision for Giving Essential Resources to Minorities (G.E.R.M) is to see kids with limited resources be able to further their education.