This page was created to honor and remember those who left an imprint on our lives through their dedication, knowledge, love, and support. We are positioned to do incredible things at Playbook Investors Network, and we recognize it would not be possible without the sacrifice and loyalty of our partners and team members currently present and those who are no longer with us physically but always with us spiritually. May we always remember.
“Being a part of Playbook Investors Network (PIN) will, (1) expose pro athletes, entertainers and entrepreneurs to stable, qualified minority-owned enterprises looking for investors to help them grow, (2) provide a place where MBEs can meet eligible investors efficiently and confidentially, and (3) help major corporations tell their stories and promote their affixation with minority enterprises and diversity programs to key prospects.” – Tommy Ford
“A special dedication to my dear friend, brother and PIN partner, Tommy Ford. -We truly miss you and carry your mission and legacy forward as we educate entertainers & athletes on how to be good financial stewards. Thank you for standing with us. Much Love from your PIN family.” – Rodney Woods
Thomas Mikal Ford, a star of TV’s “Martin” and “New York Undercover,” died Wednesday, October 12, 2016, after suffering an aneurysm in his abdomen, according to multiple news sources. He was 54.
Ford underwent knee surgery in September and had shared his positive progress on social media in the days before his death.
Born June 15, 1962, in Yonkers, New York, Ford is known best for his role as Tommy on “Martin.” From 1992 to 1997, he appeared in every episode of the show. Often the straight man and the butt of jokes, Tommy was known best for being chronically unemployed or underemployed. Ford was nominated for a 1996 NAACP Image Award for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series for his performance on “Martin.” For “Martin” and other early roles, Ford was credited as Tommy Ford.
The success of “Martin” opened Ford up to other acting parts, with his next star turn coming in the final season of “New York Undercover,” from 1998 to 1999. As Lt. Malcolm Barker, he headed the New York Police Department’s Special Investigations Division in an unusual season that introduced an entirely new starring cast. He then took on a recurring role on “The Parkers” and made appearances on other shows including “The Jamie Foxx Show” and “The Pretender.” From 2006 through 2008, Ford appeared as the “Pope of Comedy” in the stand-up comedy competition “Who’s Got Jokes?”
On the big screen, Ford had roles in films including “Harlem Nights” and “Class Act.” He also worked as a producer and director in later years.
Ford is survived by three children.
“To my dear friend and previous business partner, Mr. Henry Jackson: Man, I miss you terribly. You truly believed in my vision for PIN, and I want to take this time to say how grateful I am to have had you as my first investor. Your desire to create change in minority businesses across the country is a driving force for all of us at PIN. The team and I are extremely proud of your accomplishments. To be one of Toyota’s top minority suppliers for years and excel in other business ventures is inspirational. As a mentee, I thank you. Your legacy will live on, and we will never forget the man who helped make PIN what it is today.” – Rodney Woods
Henry L. Jackson, 70, passed peacefully Tuesday, June 20, 2017, in Lexington, KY where he resided more than 30 years. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Commerce from DePaul University and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. As a businessman, Henry had a distinguished career and rose the corporate ladder through hard work and dedication finishing his corporate career with 15 years at Clark Equipment before embarking on the entrepreneurial phase of his career. Henry founded Jackson Enterprises which includes a number of supply chain companies servicing Toyota Manufacturing most notably Jackson Plastics, Millennium Steel and Synova Carpets.
Henry was an advocate for family, minority business development, education and community development. None of us can measure the capacity of his impact on the lives of everyone that he encountered, through his tireless work, family and friendships that spanned the business, political and community spectrum. His civic involvement in the city of Lexington is immeasurable. During his 34-year residency in Lexington, Henry had a long distinguished history of civic engagement including terms on several boards including the Lexington Chamber of Commerce, Fayette County Urban League, Bluegrass Airport Authority, Commissioner of the Commonwealth of Kentucky Commission on Human Rights and was an avid supporter of The University of Kentucky, sitting on various advisory boards and was a Board of Trustee member.
Henry is survived by his wife, Andrea Jackson, children Kevin (Nikki) Jackson, Todd (Maggie) Jackson, Nicole (Maurice) Fountain, 9 grandchildren, 3 brothers and 7 sisters, in addition to a host of family and special friends.
(Published in Lexington Herald-Leader)