Jonathan Quarles is a strategic leader, visionary, and change maker. A serial entrepreneur, he started his first business as the top-selling paperboy in the neighborhood at the age of 8. Twenty-six years later, Jonathan has started and grown more than 10 businesses, ranging from a printing company to a t-shirt messaging business. He is an avid investor, setting his sights particularly on innovation value-add companies. In 2003, Jonathan founded the BTL Group, infusing his passions for entrepreneurship and service with his business acumen and operational effectiveness. As Founder and CEO of the BTL Group, Jonathan has helped transform organizations in the private and public sector by elevating their financial and social impact.
One of Detroit’s most well-known connectors, he has developed and managed strategic partnerships for multi-billion dollar corporations and social impact organizations alike, while also positioning them for sustainable growth. Jonathan has driven more than $20 million in net new revenue and raised more than $200 million for not-for-profits, leading him to become one of the most sought-after advisors when it comes to securing local, state and federal funding and identifying revenue growth opportunities. Jonathan has been selected to 10 global fellowships and traveled to more than 35 countries for both diplomatic and economic development. He has been recognized as a rising leader by several publications and organizations, including Ebony Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine and Florida A&M University.