We had the good fortune of connecting with Aqeel Hasan and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Aqeel, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?

I initially started The Enterprise Theater for independent filmmakers like myself. It is a place for filmmakers to sell their films as downloads to customers. This would help independent filmmakers recoup some of their investment in their projects and help pay their talent & crews. Now, we have transitioned to creating original content. The goal is to show original content for free and sell advertising & product placement space to businesses to create revenue and to help companies sell their products to our viewers. Basically, I am building a Web-Network from the ground up.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?

I have a bachelor of science in Chemistry, a MBA, & a masters in Conflict Management & Dispute Resolution. I worked in the corporate environment for over twenty years. I have worked in just about every department from quality assurance to sales & operations planning. Earlier in my career, I was all about chasing the next title i.e. manager, director, vp. I started to realize that titles did not directly correlate with salary. Once I realized this, I decided that I did not care what my title was as long as I felt like I was being compensated for my worth. That was truly an eye opening experience.

Throughout my career, I have had the pleasure of mentoring & training hundreds of people young & old. I have always believed in the philosophy that if you find a career you love you would never work a day in your life or find a career that can pay for what you love. I finally took my own advice and created Hexagon Enterprise & Holdings, LLC. My company has an entertainment & technology division. In the entertainment division, there is The Enterprise Theater. With the Enterprise Theater, I am able to create, write, & direct my own projects and bring on other creators to allow them to premiere their projects. I am in the process now of building the Enterprise Theater team. Under the technology division, I have a copyrighted – patent pending design for a powerful energy source.

A recent lesson I have learned is that there is not a lot of information available about Initial Profit Offerings or IPOs. There is a ton of information about the pros & cons on investing in an IPO, but almost nothing about connecting to an investment bank that will represent a company that is preparing to go public. Even discussing the subject with the representatives that answered the phones at some of the largest investment banks, they had no idea what it meant sometimes or what department it fell under. Once I have learned & made the right connections, I will create a roadmap for my fellow business owners that are interested in having their companies listed on the stock exchange.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.

Lately, I do not hangout as much unless its work related. But you could see me at a large party, the museum, or a lounge depending on my mood. The thing I love most about Atlanta is that there is something for everyone. The filming locations are amazing. On my most recent show, “Talia Takes the A”, we filmed at a golf country club, a park, and hotels. If a filmmaker can dream it, it can pretty much be filmed in Atlanta.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?

I owe a lot of my success to my upbringing, professional experiences, and my parents. Growing up in Augusta, GA in the 80’s & 90’s gave me a sense of resilience and danger assessment that I would not trade for anything. It really helped prepare me for the corporate environment that was filled with backstabbing, disloyalty, disrespect, & racism. Most of the time when people speak of mental health, they speak of depression. I had to learn to manage my temperament. I had to learn at an early age that I could not fight the world, but I could learn to control myself so that I can attempt to have the best outcome. I was practicing and applying Emotional Intelligence before it was a mainstream topic. I truly believe if someone can upset you, make you sad, etc then they control you. I found that if I was the steady hand and logical person, then others will adjust their behaviors and attitudes to a more professional approach when in my presence. We have to remember that sometimes people just need to release their frustration, before they can have a logical & reasonable conversation. By knowing this I would instruct an upset individual to release that frustration, then find me when calmer heads can prevail. I eventually earned a Masters in Conflict Management & Dispute Resolution.

My mother is a very hardworking woman and she has kept me in line over the years. Her love & guidance is one of the main drivers that keep me going when all things are falling apart. I learned to love God by watching her have continuous faith even through the toughest times. Now, my father taught me something very valuable as well, which was to think before acting. I try to evaluate a decision from all angles before acting on it. Visualizing the possible outcomes & consequences has kept me on track more often than not. Without these two in my life, I cannot say I would have made it this far.

Website: Enterprisetheater.com

Instagram: @the_enterprise_theater

Linkedin: The Enterprise Theater

Twitter: @TheEnterpriseT1

Facebook: The Enterprise Theater

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