As Chief Operating Officer of Combs Enterprises, Tarik A. Brooks oversees the business operations, new business development and investment activity of the company. He was asked to play this role by Mr. Combs because of his extensive experience building companies in dynamic environments in the US and abroad, his reputation for developing hard driving teams, and his ability to lead initiatives from concept to operational launch and growth.
Prior to Combs Enterprises, Tarik was the COO for the Account Management and Trading department at Bridgewater Associates, a global investment management firm with approximately $160 billion under management. He was responsible for building and managing the Program Management Office, overseeing the department budgets and leading long-term planning. He was previously the Executive Vice President at RLJ Companies, a portfolio of companies led by investor Robert L. Johnson, where he led the development of several businesses including several gaming ventures in the Caribbean and the completion of RLJ Kendeja, a resort hotel in Monrovia, Liberia. Throughout his career, Tarik has represented companies in a variety of transactions, including acquisitions and capital raises, led major strategic initiatives and oversaw compliance in highly regulated industries.
Tarik is a graduate of Howard University and Harvard Business School. He serves on the Development Committee of the George Washington Carver Center in Norwalk, CT and the Advisory Board of the Engineering and Science University Magnet School (ESUMS) in New Haven, CT. He is also a member of the 100 Black Men of Stamford, CT and enjoys traveling, reading and mentoring young adults.
Tarik lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.