"Your potential is God's gift to you. What you do with that potential is your gift back to Him." -John Maxwell
I was determined since I was little. Look at that face!
I grew up in Salt Lake City, UT to a young couple who surrounded me with a positive influence. They understood and applied the saying 'it takes a village to raise a child.' Even though my parents were young, they worked hard to keep my sister and I in a safe and stable environment. Throughout my childhood, I was shy and introverted. I just stuck to books and out of trouble, and went on to graduate college with degrees in marketing and finance.
I have spent almost 20 years in the financial industry, beginning with financial services, then on to mortgage lending, commercial lending, consumer lending, and all encompassing banking. From my experience in the industry, I instruct Personal Finance as an adjunct at the local community college and teach financial literacy classes across the community.
Like many R&B and Soul artists, I started in the church. . . . except I speak, not sing!
I have been public speaking since I was 13 years old, when my grandfather began taking around the country to Baptist conventions and representing the youth. My first public speaking gig was in front of several hundred old men! However, what I discovered from that was even though I was shy, I enjoyed public speaking and inspiring people. From that point, I took every opportunity I could to give a talk.
In 2009, I founded the Utah African-American Chamber of Commerce. My vision was to not only help in the economic development of my community, but to continue to lift and inspire those around me, and become the premier organization of the African-American and minority communities in connecting, engaging, and educating. The chamber now has a foundation, over a hundred members and growing exponentially, two chapters representing several hundred Black businesses, and is working to expand through all of Utah.
I'm Living My Dream!
Two years ago, I became a certified coach, teacher, speaker, and trainer for the John Maxwell Team. John Maxwell has been one of my mentors for over a dozen years, and I have based my leadership on the principles I learned from him. With the growing success of the chamber and the mentoring of the John Maxwell Team, I have built a foundation to elevate the leadership, communication, and sales abilities of those who have the desire.
Personal growth has played a monumental role in my life and has propelled this shy, introverted young boy in to one of the most influential community leaders.
I say that not to boast, but to testify, that it's possible. You can become whatever you desire to become through knowledge, and applying this knowledge with simple disciplines repeated every day. It takes passion, heart, strength, but most of all, purpose. We should all live with a purpose.
I'm excited to help you discover your purpose. Once we find your purpose, we will work together to create the life you've always imagined. Trust the process. Let's maximize your potential, and begin your journey.
The Inspiration Behind My Purpose
These are the loves of my life. My fiancé, Michelle, and our three kids, Zoe, Memphis, and Audrie. I am truly blessed, and they are my motivation every day to continue to grow myself to serve others.
Current roles and accomplishments
- Founder & Executive Director of the Utah African-American Chamber of Commerce
- Founder of the Utah African-American Chamber of Commerce Charitable Foundation
- Huntsman Cancer Institute Community Advisory Board
- Utah Cultural Trust Board of Directors Member
- Utah Microloan Fund Credit Committee
- 2018 Unsung Hero, Westminster College
- Licenses Once Held or Currently Hold:
- Series 7
- Mortgage Loan Originator
- Governor's Multicultural Affairs Inaugural Commission Committee Member
- Salt Lake County Library Board Member
- Big Brother's Big Sister's Board of Directors Member
- Local First Utah Board of Directors Member
- Running Forward Board of Directors Member
- Marketing, BS, University of Utah
- Finance, BS, University of Utah
- MBA, University of Phoenix