The leadership team at PROVA Group, Inc. has decades of combined experience in technology and business management. Each team member has a keen interest in the goals of PROVA and is working diligently to improve the marketplace for consumer and enterprise customers alike. Our team has worked on some of the most significant advances of the technological age at some of the greatest companies in the world.


Emmitt Smith is the Chairman and Founder of PROVA Group, Inc. Mr. Smith is a respected entrepreneur, sought-after speaker, best-selling author and one of the most valuable personal brands in the sports-entertainment field. With the mantra, “Building Bridges to Open Doors” at the helm, Mr. Smith has created many successful ventures in real estate, charity and construction. His company, EJ Smith Construction, is recognized as one of the leading African-American owned bridge builders in Texas.

Mr. Smith is probably best known for his illustrious football career with the Dallas Cowboys and his appearance on “Dancing With the Stars”.

Besides his business ventures, Mr. Smith has a passion for making a difference. His charitable organization, Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities, awards college scholarships annually and provides enrichment opportunities to underserved youth.

Haroon Alvi is the CEO of PROVA Group, Inc. He has gained over two decades of technology and leadership experience at major international corporations and start-ups. After graduating MIT with a degree in electrical engineering, he began his career at Texas Instruments, where he developed and co-patented the first computer-based control systems used for seismic oil exploration.

Mr. Alvi has focused much of his career on developing wireless, telecom and mobile internet applications at companies such as MCI, Nokia and Sony Ericcson. As Director of Business Development Emerging Technologies at Nokia, Mr. Alvi brought the first smartphone to the US market and led the overall mobile data strategies for the Americas region. He went on to serve as President of TriModus, Inc., followed by Vice President Head of Application Planning at Sony Ericsson. In this role he led a team responsible for developing business strategies, value propositions, strategic relationships and product plans for next generation cell phones. Additionally, Mr. Alvi has been a key leader at several technology and telecommunications start-ups.

He has also sat on an advisory panel for the North Texas Regional Center for Innovation and Commercialization.

Rich Lackey is the Chief Technology Officer for PROVA Group, Inc. For more than two decades, Mr. Lackey has held executive, vice president and chief technology officer positions for companies of all sizes within the technology sector. His achievements include several patents for developments in location services, logistics, social networking, compiler design, enterprise information systems and more. In fact, his software controls the Voyager spacecraft and powers the logistics systems for FedEx, UPS and DHL.

Mr. Lackey has a history of innovation and vision with an emphasis on quality, conceptual simplicity and performance. His work has taken him from the DFW area to the Bay area of California to the Washington Beltway, working for major companies including Jet Propulsion Laboratories, SensorLogic and EXE Technologies. He has also provided product, product quality and product life cycle consulting to many corporations all around the globe.

Charlie Humphreyson has more than thirty years of experience with startup technology companies and venture investing.

He is the co-founder of Contact Software, the maker of ACT!, and the co-founder of the venture fund, HO2 Partners. Currently, Mr. Humphreyson is a Vistage Chair, leading a team of successful CEOs who run businesses with revenues ranging from $1 million to $300 million.

Protect Yourself From Buying Fakes

Counterfeiting is a BIG and dangerous business.  The United States Department of Commerce estimates businesses lose over $250 billion per year in counterfeit-related activities.  How can you protect yourself from being a victim of counterfeit goods and thwart counterfeiters in the process?

There are five ways you can stop counterfeiters from taking your hard-earned money.

  1. Check product labels.  If they are blurred or torn, that is the first sign something isn’t quite right.
  2. Look at product names.  Misspelled or altered product names are a common occurrence on counterfeit goods.  If you think your $100 “Guchi” handbag is too good to be true, put it back and look for a real “Gucci” handbag.
  3. Be aware of product changes.  Counterfeiters will promote their products as having a “new scent”, “improved content” or as having a new feature.  If you haven’t learned of these changes via the news or manufacturer advertising, chances are your item is a fake.
  4. Observe codes, contact information and trademarks.  Many products will provide lot codes, 800 numbers or special trademarks.  If these things are missing from the item you have purchased, be cautious.
  5. No guarantee or licensing agreements could be a red flag.  If the product doesn’t offer a guarantee or if your team-branded jersey doesn’t acknowledge the proper licensing entity, ask questions.

No one deserves to be ripped off.  It is important to check your collectibles and other items to ensure you get what you pay for. 

Another way to protect yourself is by using the PROVA services platform.  PROVA is developing many exciting technology-based solutions that will provide you with the confidence you need when making important purchases when authenticity matters.

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