Interviews

Derrell Smith: The Journey To Becoming A Self-Made Chef

Derrell Smith: The Journey To Becoming A Self-Made Chef

Written By: Franny Crooks on

    Self-Made: made by oneself; having become rich or successful by one's own effort. What does it take to be "Self-Made"? Derrell Smith's journey to becoming a Self-Made Chef is such a inspiring one. He has definitely earned his success through his own efforts. Derrell did not attend some fancy culinary school but graduated from Syracuse University with a IT Marketing degree. He did not have a apprenticeship under a great chef but worked at Wawa and later got fired from his job in advertising. He did not have a trust fund or a wealthy family to turn to...

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Sam Sneed: Giving A New Meaning To The Term

Sam Sneed: Giving A New Meaning To The Term "Master Barber"

Written By: Franny Crooks on

   We are all familiar with the title Barber but some people may not know what distinguishes a Barber from a Master Barber. A Master Barber is a Barber who still does the traditional barber services such as hair cuts, buzzes, shape-ups, etc but who also provides other services such as color and hair units. Sam Sneed is a talented Licensed Master Barber who is giving the term a whole new meaning way beyond his skills.    Sneed is the owner of Strickly Skillz Barbershop located in his hometown of Queens, New York. He has been cutting hair since he...

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Meet Tyger Greene; The Jet Expert

Meet Tyger Greene; The Jet Expert

Written By: Franny Crooks on

  Sometimes, all it takes is one experience to change the trajectory of your whole life. For Tyger Greene, that moment was her trip to the Bahamas when she was just a teenager that opened up her world to travel. She knew then that she wanted to be someone in the aerial space and boy oh boy did she become that someone. Tyger went from being a well-rounded Flight Attendant to being a Senior Account Executive for Dominion Charter, Ltd., which is one of the only black owned and operated private jet companies in the world. At Dominion Charter, Tyger...

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Interview: Thomas Knox

Interview: Thomas Knox

Written By: Franny Crooks on

Commuting through the subways of New York City can be very interesting. It can either be frustrating, tiresome, relaxing or entertaining. Thomas Knox is bringing something unique to your subway commute with his company; Date While You Wait. He is bringing back actual human connection with a couple of folding table and chairs, some nostalgic board games and good ol' conversation. Thomas takes his seating arrangement for two to subway stations around the world, whips out one of several board games to play and waits for a fellow commuter to join him. It doesn't take long to fill the seat...

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Interview: Jean Alerte

Interview: Jean Alerte

Written By: Franny Crooks on

10 years and counting. That's how long Jean Alerte has been working for himself and might I add that he is successful at doing just that. Jean is the Executive Brand Consultant of his premium branding company; ACA Branding Agency. When Jean is not coming up with branding or marketing strategies for big brands, he is spearheading his other company; Brooklyn Swirl which is the first frozen yogurt shop in Brooklyn, NY. In this interview, Jean talks with Franny of Let Me Be Great Inc. about working for himself, being his own client and not allowing the opinions of other...

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