Amos Otis founded SoBran, Incorporated in 1987 after a distinguished 21-year career as an Air Force Officer. He has led SoBran from a lean start-up in the basement of his Fairfax County, Virginia home to a $61 million dollar company with diverse bioscience, engineering, logistics, and risk management expertise.
Amos founded SoBran based on the Air Force values of integrity, service and excellence. Under his leadership, SoBran has reached Inc. magazine’s list of America’s fastest-growing private companies and Black Enterprise magazine’s list of the top 100 industrial/service companies.
Amos has been recognized for his management and entrepreneurial skills as well as his civic leadership. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Cincinnati Branch in 2012. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Dayton Development Coalition and a life member of the NAACP. He has also been profiled in Black Enterprise as an innovator in workforce readiness.
One of Amos’s passions is improving educational opportunities for deserving youth. He has established a number of scholarships and endowments, including the SoBran/Scoman Educational Scholarship Endowment at Tennessee State University at Nashville and the Brenda Faye Otis-Lee Educational Scholarship at the St. Jude Educational Institute in In Montgomery, Alabama.
Amos has consulted for the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences for Post-Doctoral Programs and the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education. He is Treasurer of the Tennessee State University Education Foundation Board and also chairs its Finance Committee. In addition, Amos Otis chairs the Beta Nu Boule’ Education Foundation of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and is a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.
While in the Air Force, Amos served as Titan II ICBM Combat Crew Commander; USAF Plant Representative at Hughes Aircraft Corporation; Cost Analyst for the Aeronautical Systems Division (General Officer’s staff); Comptroller for the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing (Kunsan, South Korea); Professor of Air Science for the District of Columbia’s AFROTC Detachment at Howard University; and Program Manager at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research’s Special Programs.
Amos holds a Bachelor’s degree from Tennessee State University, an MBA from The California State University System, and a Masters of Military Art and Science from Air University. He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, Brenda Wills Otis. They are the parents of Soma’ Otis-Martin and Noel Brandon Otis.