Derrick R. Clay, President/CEO
dclay @ newvisionsgroup.com
Accountability, Responsibility, Focus and Teamwork are four words that have guided Derrick Clay throughout his professional career. His passion for politics and business date back to his days as student body president in high school and later as president of the Undergraduate Student Government at his alma mater, the University of Akron.
Recognized by Ebony Magazine as one of the nation's 30 young leaders of the future, Business First of Columbus as one of its “40 under 40” business leaders and by Smart Magazine as one of its “smart leaders,” Derrick has established his position in politics and business.
Derrick joined New Visions Group in 2004 as vice president and partner after a career in state and national politics. He acquired the firm in 2014 and assumed the title of President/CEO.
Previously, he served as Midwest Political Director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Ohio State Director for the Gore-Lieberman 2000 Presidential Campaign and a staff member of the historic Florida Re-count Committee. He also was the Ohio State Director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Hero Program and Field Director for the Ohio Democratic Party.
Early in his career, Derrick served as the Executive Director of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC), as a legislative aide in the Ohio House of Representatives to former Assistant Majority Leader and Finance Committee Chair Vernon Sykes and to the late Representative Jack Ford.
A proud University of Akron “Zip,” Derrick is a 1994 graduate with a degree in business and organizational communication. In February 2001, he received an honorary certificate from the University of Akron's Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, and in 2004, he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Akron's Office of Multicultural Development.
His affiliations include The Ohio Lobbying Association, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated. Derrick is also a board member of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Foundation and serves as the board secretary to the Columbus Symphony, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) where he was the former board chair and the Columbus Chamber of Commerce government affairs steering committee. Derrick is also a regular political commentator on WOSU’s Columbus on the Record television show.
Derrick’s most rewarding responsibility is raising his teenage twins Kennedy and Kole. He also enjoys cooking, golf and traveling.
Ami Williams, Account Executive
awilliams @ newvisionsgroup.com
Ask Ami Williams what she likes best about working at New Visions Group, and she’ll tell you that the firm feels more like family than a work environment and that makes her work enjoyable.
As the “front line” of NVG, Ami’s is the first voice clients usually hear on the phone. “I really enjoy working with our clients, helping them, getting to know their staff members and understanding their business challenges,” Ami says.
The most rewarding part of Ami’s work at NVG comes when she can help a client achieve desired results. “I love seeing clients benefit from our work on their behalf. When our skills, our connections and our advice produce the desired outcome for a client, it makes me proud to work at NVG,” she says.
The NVG philosophy of making a difference in the community and the world attracted Ami to the firm.
“Everybody in the firm tries to make the world a better place. They give in many ways to people in need who don’t have what we have. I think it’s important to keep that perspective.”
Ami brought her special talents in office management and knack for organizing, management, and grassroots mobilization to New Visions in 2010. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy from Ohio University, she began her career working for Ohio Citizen Action, a non-profit, non-partisan group mobilizing grassroots outreach throughout Ohio. In 2004, Ami made the transition to AT&T where she managed a small office and retail store. While working with AT&T she was recognized as a 2007 and 2008 member of the Cambridge Who’s Who in Telecommunications. Ami also is a member of the National Association of Professional Women. Ami is passionate about charity and community work and is an avid supporter of cancer research and education with a focus on breast cancer. She is a former tutor and mentor who believes that the key to a better community is directly tied to youth involvement and encouragement.
An active member of the Lancaster, OH community where she lives, Ami sits on the Board of Lancaster Alive, a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop a sense of place and improve the quality of life in Lancaster. Ami holds leadership positions in several other non-profit groups and sits on various committees in Fairfield County. She has worked on numerous federal, state and local campaigns and on nonpartisan ballot issues. In addition, she is a member of the Lancaster Rotary and the Fairfield County Democratic Central Committee, a founding member of the Fairfield County Young Democrats and of the Fairfield County Democratic Women’s Caucus, past president of the Fairfield County Democratic Club, and the recipient of the 2011 Fairfield Democrat of the Year award.
Latoya Peterson, J.D., Account Manager
lpeterson @ newvisionsgroup.com
A fourth year student at the University of Akron School of Law, Latoya brings valuable experience from work in the Ohio General Assembly, Ohio Black Legislative Caucus and private sector consulting.
Latoya is using her experience in the legislature and her knowledge of government affairs along with her undergraduate and law school experience to support various initiatives and needs of NVG clients. She welcomes the opportunity to use techniques and skills she has learned through her academic experience, like drafting legislation, to “real world” business situations and clients.
In 2014, Latoya held a legislative and compliance research externship at State and Federal Communications, an Akron-based firm that provides government compliance information and consulting services to many Fortune 500 companies; trade, professional, and labor organizations; legal and accounting firms; and corporate and contract lobbyists.
Latoya also served as senior law clerk for Hoover Six & Associates, as senior legislative and fiscal aide to former Ohio Rep. Vernon Sykes while he chaired the House Finance Committee, and as legislative and administrative aide to Ohio Rep. Denise Driehaus.
A native of Warren, Ohio, she was raised in Worthington and has a Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, University of Akron in political science and criminology with a pre-law minor.