About Vercie Lark
Vercie’s mission is to help expand businesses, jobs wealth, educational opportunities for hard-working Americans. Vercie manages a 10 million dollar Venture Capital fund in partnership with Naples Technology Ventures targeting investments in Women and Minority-Owned Businesses. Vercie is also an Angel Investor, philanthropist, speaker, and author of Make It Rain, a self-help personal finance book.
Vercie was a senior executive at several fortune 500 firms and retired from corporate life in 2018 after successfully leading a one billion dollar business as the head of DST Systems Financial Services. While working for DST Systems, Vercie managed a team of over 5,000 professionals providing industry-leading technology-based solutions and business process outsourcing services to 100 million customers of Asset Management, Brokerage, Retirement, Banking, and Insurance firms located in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Prior to being promoted to lead DST Financial Services Vercie was DST’s first Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Head of World-Wide Services.
Before joining DST, Vercie was the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Embarq Corporation (acquired by CenturyLink), a Fortune 1000 telecommunications company based in Kansas delivering information technology solutions to 5 MM U.S. households. Vercie previously held senior executive leadership roles at Hewlett-Packard and Compaq Computer Corporation after having worked as a Systems Engineer for both Compaq Computer Corporation and Monsanto Mound Research Corporation. Additionally, Vercie has owned and operated small businesses including a BP Gas station and convenience store, multifamily real estate investment, and an online clothing store. In 2018 Vercie released Make It Rain, his first personal finance self-help book, and conducts free workshops to help close the wealth in left-behind communities.
Vercie currently serves on the boards of Stamus Networks, the Heartland (KCK) Black Chamber of Commerce, Avila University, Kansas City Junior Achievement Foundation, Kansas City Missouri’s Emerging Technology Board, and Wright State University’s Computer Science and Engineering Advisory Council.
Additionally, Vercie owned and operated several small businesses including a BP gas station & convenience store with revenues over $500,000 annually.