Mista Blessington (born Elijah Edwin Torres), is the Co-Founder and Senior Vice President of Street Loyalty Management & Consulting located in the financial district of New York, United States. He is currently the CEO and President of The Book Bank Foundation founded by Celebrity Sports Agent and Author Glenn Toby which is a not-for-profit 501c(3) organization, that currently operate's in NYC (Executive Office), Atlanta, GA and Miami, FL.
Elijah Torres is a seasoned and successful leader with a track record of producing, presenting and managing the orchestration of innovative business solutions in Media and Entertainment. Naturally he is highly motivated with a proven ability to develop people and commercialize all aspects of a business. Elijah is experienced in converting every opportunity into success and of driving profit and growth. He is well networked and highly successful in implementing business process improvements, defining company direction, achieving goals, change and optimising business procedures.
He is respected as an Entrepreneur, Activist, Philanthropist, Motivational Speaker and Life Coach. He currently resides in New York City with offices in several other States.
In 2006: He successfully launched his first independent music label Coalition 9 Records, Inc. under Koch Distribution where he executively produced a compilation series titled 100 Proof hosted by several hip hop artist including Saigon, Tru-Life, Pitch Black, Dead-Prez, Little's of Mobb Deep and Chamillionaire to name a few. He later was nominated and recognized for breaking new hip hop music by the Justo's Mix Tape Awards at The Apollo Theater in 2007 located in Harlem, NY. In 2007: He was also recognized and featured in the Source Magazine "Mix Tape Review" column and recognized by MTV Mix Tape Monday's "Notable Selection's" on his work with DJ Vlad & Young Scrap.
In 2009, along with business partner Will "Mayor" Pittman the owner of the historical Jam Master Jay's Recording Studio & Hall of Fame Music, Inc. he successfully launched SLM (Street Loyalty Management & Consulting) a new paradigm in media. SL Management is also a full service grassroots & social media marketing firm that specializes in the entertainment industry. His clients include radio personality & celebrity host Pretty Lou, DJ Top 10 of the Bum Squad DJ's, CEO Lance Feurtado of King of Kings, CEO Chaz William's of Black Hand ent. & Karen Gravano of VH1's "MobWives". In 2011, SLM successfully inked a joint-venture partnership with Business Mogul & Sport Agent Glenn Toby's management firm.
Elijah Torres served as the Chief Construction Inspector for Consolidated Edison, Inc., colloquially referred to as Con Edison or Con Ed, which is one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the United States, with approximately $13 billion in annual revenues and $40 billion in assets. The company provides a wide range of energy-related products and services to its customers through its subsidiaries. In this position he was responsible for planning, organizing and managing the Lower Manhattan Reconstruction & Development Project in the World Trade Center site and surrounding area's after 9/11. His roles also included preparation of construction documents, bidding, negotiations, and sub contractor selection. Elijah was directly responsible for all construction project budgets, account accrual's, contractor payments & bill reconciliation's. He developed a lot of relationships serving as the liaison between all city and government agencies (DDC, DEP, DOT, LMCCC & Mayor's Office) for Con Edison.
In 2011: He was appointed the position of Executive Director by his Mentor Glenn Toby and the Board members of The Book Bank Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to enable underprivileged youth to achieve personal goals, develop self-confidence and prepare themselves for productive roles by focusing on the importance of literacy. They provide our youth with tutoring, counsel, alternative education, and career development services. To date the foundation has serviced over 100,000 children nationwide and contributed over 450,000 hours of community service. The Book Bank Foundation was established as a reminder that "To whom much is given, much is required".