We had the good fortune of connecting with Justin Drummond and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Justin, what do you attribute your success to?
The main factor that I contribute to my success would be my willingness to take risks, whether it’s financially or for business development purposes. Whether its investing in cyber-security technologies to propel my business to the next level without 100% that I will see a return. Through extensive research, there is high probability for that outcome but nothing is guaranteed in business. Understanding that there are windows of opportunity, and as a business owner you must be able to make crucial decisions and live with the consequences. In 2020, I had to take many risks to ensure my employees were able to remain on payroll, whether its applying for PPP money or paying them off of overdraft. Taking a step back was not an option, and now we have hired more employees than ever and growing at a fast rate. It’s all about staying the course.
What should our readers know about your business?
I own three active business at the moment: First Business – SparkC, LLC. (Cybersecurity and Training Tech Company) I started this business while playing college basketball in 2013 with the goal of wanting to continue entrepreneurship full time after school and I made that dream a reality. We have a total of 6 full-time employees and continuing in grow in this new digital age. No, it was not easy. The ups and downs were like night and day. Nothing is guaranteed. I overcame the challenges by trusting in the work that I have done before the hardships and its funny how things around turn around if you can weather the storm. There is ALWAYS a way out. The lessons I have learned along the way is to treat every opportunity the same because you never know what the future holds. Treat your $15,000.00 client like your $100,00.00 client. The one thing I want the world to know is that Black men as a whole can be more successful in the business world, then athletics. Too many of us fall by the waist-side, and I want to be the example to show it can be done. I had countless chances to play high-level professional basketball but I chose a different route. I also started “Execz Suit Company” where we have the best PRICES and QUALITY in the DMV and beyond. We sell 2 High-Quality Precision Tailored Suits for $599.99. The goal is to provide our community with access to high-quality professional clothing at comfortable prices to our image as professional in the world. Also, by achieving this goal, I became the Youngest African-American Suit Ownership in the country.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take them to African-American museum to experience the historical museums – its apart to know your history but also important to move forward to let it hold you back. We would eat some crab cakes and try out the DMV seafood in many of the harbor spots whether it be the Washington Harbor, National Harbor, and Annapolis Harbor. DC has many monuments and breathtaking sights that give it its own niche. The weather is pretty good during the Spring, Summer and Fall so its a great place for outdoor scooter rides and bike rides.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents played an important in shaping my character. My character is vital component to becoming a successful business owner. There is a large responsibility, especially once you have employees – character is crucial. Character means that you have to be accountable and responsible to ensure your employees can maintain their livelihoods. They deserve the credit for that. The next thing would be my basketball career. I played high-level D1 mens basketball, which required an increased level of dedication, perseverance, and timeliness. These attributes that I developed to become a award-winning D1 athlete are being used to become a successful entrepreneur.
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