Minor: Engler Entrepreneurship
Graduation Date: May 2017
Business: KingPin Enterprises: My company focuses on buying clean, straight used cars/trucks from down south and bringing them to the Midwest market for sale. Vehicles I've bought include cars, trailers, trucks, school buses and semi-trucks.
What is your story?
No matter what any entrepreneur's story entails, we all climb ladders. Start at the bottom and climb a ladder. Then get into a "Ladder Grind". Every day take a new step, and add that experience to your knowledge. Some days you will skip a step or two, and accomplish a lot! The next thing you know, you will slide down three steps and wonder why you're even bothering to try. Sometimes, you will be in situations that will make you want to jump off the ladder and run away. Things can get tense, stressful, and downright ugly. Then sometimes, you will be in situations that will make you want to show off your ladder like a newborn baby. You will be proud of what you are building and accomplishing! The point is, no matter what type of enterprise you're in, you WILL experience rises and falls. The key is to be able to take a step back and make sure your total "ups" are greater then your total "downs". That is how you build value. Building value is how you become truly successful.
Who is your entrepreneurial inspiration OR biggest hero?
Kevin O'Leary. He came from a immigrant family who sacrificed everything they had to give Kevin a better start in life. At the same time, still teaching him the value of hard work, integrity, and vision. Kevin took that foundation and has become a billionaire by sticking to these principles. While some may view him as "the short, crude guy on Shark Tank", I see him as someone who has PROVEN the potential when you exploit and pursue opportunities.
If your story were made into a movie, what actor/actress would portray you and why?
Leonardo DeCaprio because who doesn't like Leonardo DeCaprio? Plus, maybe he could finally win an Oscar....
What advice would you give to a student starting their entrepreneurial journey?
Take out your frustrations and stress by becoming successful. Someone doesn't think you "have what it takes"? Do it anyway and prove them wrong. Don't let other people determine your level of achievement.