During the early stages of me starting out, Mr. Tracey Syphax was releasing his bestseller book, “From the Block to the Boardroom”. He was having a book release event at the Masonic Temple in Trenton, NJ and one of his assistants (Wendy Dean) contacted me to see if I can put together a video chronicling his story. Of course, I obliged and she sent me over the information I needed to get to work.
In the process of me putting it together, I became enthralled with his journey. To go from a kingpin in the streets to doing a few stints in jail to coming out and becoming one of the top businessmen in the area was extremely inspirational to me. I had known a little a bit about his time in the streets from some family members of mine but to hear about the transformation first hand was inspiring.
Since then, watching how he moves with helping those who have been in the same situation as him is nothing short of phenomenal. Even in his business dealings and the professionalism he always displays, its just a wonderful thing to see the constant growth. We’ve worked on a few more projects since that time.
Because I don’t say too much, he probably doesn’t (or does) know how much of a role model he is to me and others. Being an entrepreneur allows him to be candid and say how he feels because, as the title of this post says and I’ve heard him say, “I sign my own checks. The front and the back.” He is a great example of what I continue to aspire to be and I’m thankful to have been able to work with him and soak up the knowledge he imparts. Continue to be an example….