Guy Troupe, reared by decedents of historic Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma, graduated from Booker T. Washington High School. He earned undergraduate (Magna Cum Laude) and graduate degrees from Howard University and completed doctoral level coursework at Teachers College, Columbia University. Troupe, a former college football player, is known throughout America as an authority in the area of athlete development and transition.
His professional career began as a substance abuse educator and counselor for the District of Columbia Public Schools and Associated Catholic Charities. In 1991, Troupe launched a career in athletics as compliance services intern for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and worked six years as an NCAA enforcement representative making significant contributions to high school and college athletics.
The National Football League (NFL) pursued and hired Troupe as Director of Player Programs in 1997. He was tasked with the challenge of designing and managing player development initiatives for all 32 NFL teams. Troupe led all phases of personnel management, program development, and evaluation of the NFL’s career transition, player assistance, and training and development programs. Highlights of his NFL tenure include three promotions; design and delivery of the NFL Rookie Symposium curriculum; co-designer of NFL Club Life Skills; chair of the Player Development Steering Committee; co-founder of the Professional Association of Athlete Development Specialist; first-ever recipient of NFL Player Development’s Commitment to Service and Excellence Award; and the inaugural chair of the NFL’s Corporate Diversity Council.
Known for his ability to design and develop innovative human capital management initiatives in sports, Troupe served as the chief architect of the following: NCAA Big Brother/Big Sister Program, NCAA Operation Intercept, NCAA Advanced and Expert Coaching Programs, NFL/NCAA Life Skills Speakers Bureau, NFL Career Transition Program, NFL High School Coaching Program, NFL Europe Coaching and Administration Program, NFL Veteran Co-Facilitation Program, NFL Credit Management Program, NFL Diversity Mentoring and Internship Program (now known as the Junior Rotational Program), and the NFL Alumni Player of the Year Awards (now known as NFL Honors).
In 2019 Troupe moved back to Tulsa, Oklahoma after pursing educational and career goals for thirty-five years. He and his wife Yvette incorporated BWS Enterprises and opened the Black Wall Street Liquid Lounge as their first business venture on historic Black Wall Street. Forever engaged in community and business, Troupe is the Founder and CEO of the Player Networking Event (PNE) Super Bowl weekend; President and CEO of Troupe21 & Associates; COO of ACTDAM Investments; Chairperson of Building and Empowering through Entertainment and Sports (BEES, Inc.); and a board member for Sound Mind Sound Body National Football Academy (SMSB) and the Advancement of Blacks in Sports (ABIS).
Troupe--a member of Friendship Church Tulsa and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity--enjoys travel, chess, poetry, and volunteering for community and youth development causes.