Meet the GRIOT Team

C. Dionne Miller


Chief Executive Officer / Founder Griot Gateway Productions, Co-Founder Griot Gala 

Dionne is the Founder of Surge Marketing, one of the leading lifestyle marketing agencies in the entertainment space. With more than 15 years experience, she is a seasoned professional with an extensive background in the areas of strategic partnerships and alliances, branded entertainment properties and lifestyle marketing. Dionne has worked with some of the world's most recognizable talent properties and corporate brands. She has been instrumental in constructing brand partnerships and alliances between Chevy and Black Girls Rock and AT&T and Drake. She has brokered talent relationships and brand partnerships for Common, Nelly, Fabulous, Queen Latifah, Burger King, FedEx, Lincoln, Miller Coors, P&G and Target just to name a few. Dionne's expertise in brand partnerships has positioned her in the advertising industry as a leading brand strategist.

Shelese Amos Carter


Sr. Marketing & Operations Consultant

Shelese has over ten years of successful Marketing and Sales experience in the Telecommunication, Consumer Product Group and Pharmaceutical Industries. In May 2002, Shelese earned her Juris Doctorate Degree from North Carolina Central University and she is licensed to practice law in Georgia. In 2010, Shelese founded The Amos Law Firm, where she zealously represents clients throughout the State of Georgia. She is well respected in the legal community and has a passion for protecting the rights of others and ensuring that people are treated fairly. She also enjoys working as a Marketing Consultant for elite marketing firms that specialize in the music, television, film and sports industries. Shelese's expertise in negotiations paired with her diverse background in marketing and the entertainment industry makes her a force to be reckoned with.

Rickey L. Banks


Chief Financial Officer

Rickey is the Founder and CEO of World Fusion, LLC, an Entertainment and Marketing Company based in Los Angeles, California. Rickey is a well-respected and successful entrepreneur, who prides himself on spotting new show trends and in producing high quality content for interactive internet marketing and news worthy promotional events.  With more than 20 years of experience in Marketing and Promotions, Rickey is a seasoned professional who is making moves in the Entertainment Industry and changing the game.