DERRICK Hayes Interview with Designer Drea DaVinci

November 24, 2015

DreaEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with DreaDaVinci who is first and foremost an artist.  DreaDaVinci is a renaissance woman who wants to dominate today’s fashion landscape. Graduating with a Bachelor’s degree from the Univeristy of Oregon in combination with studies abroad of art and culture have honed her creative eye and skill set. Drea utilizes her knowledge and experience in fashion blogging, celebrity styling, development of online boutiques, and marketing. Her design aesthetic ranges from fashion forward looks to timeless classics. Drea’s world travels have inspired a collection of clothing geared towards today’s tastemakers and trendsetters. DreaDavinci Clothing is a lifestyle and a movement that symbolizes the finer things and a love of the good life.  

D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

Above all, I want to be happy.  My dream is to travel as much of the world as possible. I dream of living on a beautiful beach and painting pieces that I can incorporate into my clothing designs.  I want to use my abilities to inspire other artists and business people alike to create and innovate.  I had a dream of creating the dreadavinci brand and watching it manifest has been literally a dream come true!

E is for Education. What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?  

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Ethnic Studies with a minor in Political Science from the University of Oregon.  I studied art and culture abroad and have traveled extensively, although there is so much more of the world I can’t wait to see!  I use my education to help interpret the social constructs around us, and to practice critical thinking and to “think outside the Matrix” if you will.  My first job out of college was in finance and I am so thankful to have a grasp on how to navigate the world of finance as it is vital in owning and running a company.

 R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?  

What makes my brand so strong is my team.  I have one of the best designers in the world working with me, Dallas Stokes.  He has been in the industry for decades  and is extremely talented and well connected, with a hugely successful track record.   I also have one of the best production managers in the business, Ralph De Blanc, with over 30 years of experience.   He has a priceless skill set and a wealth of knowledge!  We all speak the same language of working hard, upholding good business ethics, transparency in all matters of communication, loyalty, and honesty.  The dreadavinci brand is unique in that the designs reflect our experiences as world travelers and connoisseurs of style.

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

I realized I was ready almost a year ago when I found the niche in the market that needed filling.  I had previously owned an online boutique and had styled various celebrities.  My experience in marketing towards a fashion based demographic, driving traffic and search engine optimization, social media marketing, blogging,finance, and buying and selling different clothing lines helped prepare me to have my own company.  Also my background as an artist helped my confidence in my ability to design.  I saw that there was a niche for my line, and it’s been a lot fun exploring that opportunity.

I is for Individual. Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?  

Dallas Stokes.  Because his resume is unparalleled.  He went straight from high school at the age of 17 designing shoes and brands that have literally transformed the entire industry.  Look him up, his body of work is crazy.

C is for Challenges. What challenges have you had to overcome?

I’m not sure if many people realize how challenging it really is to get a shoe line produced. The day that we had confirmation that my shoes were going to be made, tears of joy were cried.  It still feels surreal to know that there’s an entire factory full of people working on my line, I have to pinch myself sometimes!

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

First and foremost, believe in yourself and never give up.  Surround yourself with positivity.  Don’t be afraid to sacrifice to get where you are going.  Read and do your research!  Two books really changed my life:  The Four Agreements and the Law of Attraction.  When one learns to harness the power of their minds and focus their mental towards manifesting magic, then magic happens!  I am a huge advocate of practicing gratitude for all blessings.  Surround yourself with people who are smart, successful, honest, and know more than you do.  Don’t be afraid of failure, be afraid of the failure to try. “Don’t let anyone outwork you” is a mantra my Dad instilled in me, and those words remind me constantly to aim higher and work harder.

Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with?

To be able to create a brand from just an idea in less than a year, and to have such a positive reception is truly humbling.  I am so thankful for the opportunity, and so excited to share my designs with the world!

Visit Drea DaVinci for more information.


The 4 Way STOP

January 17, 2015

If you are looking for opportunities there is definitely traffic at the 4 Way STOP (Strategies That Offer Publicity).

  1. DERRICK Interview where you get to promote you and the things you do.   Please answer the questions that are on the link and send them back in with your promotional information. Also on the link you can see some of the other DERRICK Interviews that I have done. https://encouragementspeaker.wordpress.com/derrick-interview/
  2. Today’s Honoree is where you get to pay it forward and nominate others that deserve recognition. http://www.todayshonoree.com/
  3. Guest Blogging Opportunities are available if you have something to say that is positive, inspiring, motivating and uplifting. https://encouragementspeaker.wordpress.com/guest-blogging-opportunities/
  4. Three A’s with Amber Hayes is where the teen interviewer asks others questions through the words of Academics, Adversity and Advancement to promote you and what you do. https://encouragementspeaker.wordpress.com/three-as-with-amber-hayes/

Derrick Hayes is known as the “Encouragement Speaker” and is available for speaking engagements and Derricknym signings at meetings, conferences, and events. Please visit http://www.DerrickHayes.com email info@DerrickHayes.com  or call (706) 615-1662 to book Derrick Hayes now.


DERRICK Interview with Ad Genius Founder Tony Hunter

February 20, 2014

TonyHunterEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Ad Genius CEO Anthony Hunter who attended North Carolina Central University and received a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration.

He has over 18 years in the Wireless industry and has successfully created and ran his own Sprint and Nextel retail stores. He spent several years in the management field working for the nations #1 Wireless Retailer where he also won numerous honors for his training and managing skills that drove business and helped the company enjoy tremendous growth and profitability. Anthony has always been a trail blazer and has continued to evolve as the mobile industry evolved bringing a wealth of experience and creativity to Ad Genius.

AdGeniusAd Genius’s mission is to assist business owners in finding more customers by utilizing advanced mobile marketing techniques combined with effective Internet Marketing strategies.

Ad Genius has helped many customers realize their marketing desires and goals creating campaigns that have proven to be effective and profitable.  We will show you with very detail reporting on exactly how your promotions are doing so you know where and how to spend your money.

D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

Well for years I wanted to start my own Marketing Company and get out of corporate America. One year ago I said next year I would be ready to fire my boss and step out on faith. Almost to the day I resigned and launched my very own Mobile Marketing Agency called Ad Genius and I must say, this is the fulfillment of a dream that was started many years ago.

E is for Education. What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?

I attended North Carolina Central University were I received a Degree in Business. However I feel you never stop learning though, in order to stay competitive you must do your homework. I have been in the Wireless industry for over 25 years and use to own a successful Sprint Retail store.

I realized that when you are dealing with a constant moving industry like technology, you must move and adapt with it. It requires you to be abreast of the latest trends and technologies.

I read a book or watch videos every day in order to learn something new.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

My best resource would have to be my mind, mouth and work ethic.  First you must come up with a good sound plan, and then you must be able to articulate what you are offering in such a way that everyone will want it. And the most important thing of all is you must put action behind it. With no action, all you have is a good plan that sounds good.

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

I always knew deep down since I was a teenager that owning a marketing agency was my goal in life. However I didn’t realize I was ready until about 5 years ago. I knew Mobile Marketing was going to be a very important marketing tool for businesses. Let’s take restaurants for example, Joe Pizza owner may have slow sales on Wednesdays. He decides to create a campaign where someone can text the word “Discount” to 74331. A Digital coupon will be automatically sent to the customers’ phone giving the customer a 20% discount. The Ad Genius state of the art platform will capture the phone number where Joe Pizza owner can create a data base that will allow him on slow nights to blast a text message out offering the special promotion that is good for that day only. Set it up in advance and forget it. Then sit back and watch the crowds come! This has been the case over and over again.

Once I realize how mobile marketing was helping so many businesses increase their sales by up to 35%, I knew this was going to be huge and I was poised to seize the moment and assist small to medium size businesses in taking advantage of a service that will only help increase their sales. With Mobile Marketing you get a better return on investment than most mediums combined.

I is for Individual. Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?

The Quality Time Mentoring Program is a non-profit organization that was started to offer at risk youth mentorship and support. It was founded by the Parents of Dwight Howard the center for the Houston Rockets. Both of these people are some of the most caring and dedicated people I have ever met. They genuinely want to reach out and help these kids have a better future. I was so touched by their work I decided to become a volunteer mentor myself.

C is for Challenges. What challenges have you had to overcome?

My main challenge so far is I wear many hats as a business owner. I must challenge myself in many different ways now. I try to make these challenges opportunities.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

Each of us has two ends, a sitting end and a thinking end. Success depends on which end you use.

Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with?

Just one final thing, if there is anyone who would like more info on how mobile marketing will help increase your business, email me at AnthonyHunter722@yahoo.com. You can also Friend Anthony on Facebook or Follow him on Twitter.


DERRICK Interview with Business Consultant Barry Brown

September 13, 2013

barryBrownEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Barry Brown who is the Senior Executive Consultant with Bar-Red Entertainment Group (BREG) an Atlanta, GA based company which specializes in Entertainment Consulting (Marketing & Promotions); Business Development; Business Relationship Management; Social Media Management and Parent/Youth Empowerment Speaking.

We consult on all facets of the Music Industry. We specialize in connecting our clients with people they need to know and people that need to know them. We assist our clients with creating/developing Artist Names, Image, Song Concepts & Artist Development to Graphic Design,  Packaging, Marketing/Promotions & Digital/Physical Distribution. We will point you in the right direction and/or set everything up for you. We also look for Paid and Non-Paid tour & performance opportunities along with  vending opportunities to help sell & promote your new material.

D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

My goal is to become the #1 business, education & entertainment consultant in the country! — BAR-RED ENTERTAINMENT GROUP (BREG). One of the highlights of my career thus far has been co-producing “OnStage Live Revue” — The Hottest Live Performance Promotional Event in the Southeast from 2000 – 2007. We produced this event at The Atrium in Stone Mountain, GA, and we were the predecessor to all of these open-mics and talent contests that you see now.

I have assisted and I am currently assisting several artists and companies move from one point in their careers to a higher level. I am currently working with talented artists such as TAVARES STEPHENS (Spoken Word/Gospel Music Artist) – ; KEEYEN MARTIN (Soul/PopArtist) – FLI UNIVERSITY (pronounced FLY – Rap Group).

I am also helping Hustle University continue to grow it’s brand as the top Leadership, Entrepreneurship & Education company in the country! Our “Make A Way” Education Program is being used in over 900 schools across the country! We are changing lives and transforming schools!!!

E is for Education. What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?

I attended Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC on an Academic & Football Scholarship. I graduated with a  Bachelor’s Degree in English, with a minor in Physical Education. I use my education daily by being able to write effective comments via social media, blogs, press releases, artist bios, etc. Because I can communicate well in writing and verbally, it allows me to connect with and serve my clients in a major way. Education is very  important. We all have to develop a skill and/or a trade that people are willing to pay us for over and over again.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

Our #1 principle at Hustle University is “Your Network is your Networth.” So one of the 1st things I bring to the table is a network of professionals that take pride in getting the job done.

One of the other resources I bring to the table is sincerity and a major work ethic. I believe in working hard, smart and efficiently.

I also bring researching skills to the table. So when I’m working on a project, getting the background information that we need to succeed is very important. My clients really appreciate it!

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

I realized that I was ready to become a consultant when a lot of people who used to come to “OnStage Live Revue” would call me out of the blue and ask for my opinion on what they wanted to do. Then they would ask me if I could help them accomplish their goals.

I is for Individual. Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?

I would say Hotep is the person that more people should learn more about because he is the of the premier Keynote Speakers and Trainers in the country! As the Founder and CEO of Hustle University, he is leading the charge on the transformation of education in this country. The “Make A Way” Education Program is really something special!!!

C is for Challenges. What challenges have you had to overcome?

Like everyone else, life is not perfect for me either. I have had to deal with racism, being told I’m too small to play college football, capital/cash flow for my businesses and balancing family life and business.

But through the Grace of GOD, I am still here for my family and friends, plus my clients. GOD is an on time GOD, yes He is … !!!

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

Our 10 principles called the Hustler’s 10 Commandments breaks it down, and it is actually our #1 presentation and all-time best selling book!!!

1. Your Network is Your Networth

2. Image is Everything

3. The Early Bird Gets The Worm

4. It’s Lonely at the Top

5. Success is where opportunity meets preparation

6. Business is Personal

7. Everything is Negotiable

8. It’s not what you know or who you know … It’s WHO knows YOU!!!

9. It take Dough to make Bread

10. Know & Believe in Thyself

Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with?

Trust God for everything, He will sustain us!!! and Put forth maximum effort every day, and walk in Faith!

Visit Barry Brown for information.


The 12 Days of DERRICK Interviews

December 9, 2012

Last night I attended our Christmas party at Friendship Baptist Church in Columbus, Georgia and the Minister of Music Brother Christopher Wallace led a stirring version of the 12 Days of Christmas with members singing their part based on where they were seated. When I woke this morning an idea came to me to turn the 12 Days of Christmas into my version of the 12 Days of DERRICK Interview so that I can promote you and what you do.

On the 12 Days of DERRICK Interviews experts and entrepreneurs gave to me.

12 DERRICK Interviews with Bestselling Authors.

11 DERRICK Interviews with CEO’s.

10 DERRICK Interviews Non Profit Organizers.

9 DERRICK Interviews with Athletes.

8 DERRICK Interviews with Community Activists.

7 DERRICK Interviews with Actors/Actresses.

6 DERRICK Interviews with Scholars.

5 DERRICK Interviews with Teenagers.

4 DERRICK Interviews with American Idols.

3 DERRICK Interviews with Inventors.

2 DERRICK Interviews with Talk Show Hosts

And 1 DERRICK Interview with President Barack Obama.

In 2013 promote you and what you do with a DERRICK Interview.


DERRICK Interview with Publicist LaTanya O’Kelly

September 25, 2012

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepeneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Publicist LaTanya O’Kelly who created the O’Kelly Factor to assist individuals, companies, and organizations in all genres with much needed exposure, by providing each client with a personalized unique “out of the box” campaign, utilizing a combination of traditional and social media along with some surprises thrown in. Our clients range from artists to production companies, and are in several markets nationally.

D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

To create a firm in which people will trust and know that I can do what I say I can do regarding their brand.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

I’m encouraged daily by those who under some of the most stressful situations continue to press on.  Just when I think I can’t I look over and see that they DID and so that encourages me to go on.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

My drive, determination and willingness to reach out to those people, places and things that you wouldn’t expect. To take something so traditional and add “The O’Kelly Factor” twist.

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

When I took a client to an event and they were received and recognized based on the campaign that I had created for them,the smile and the response that my client had made me realize that I was not only ready but born for this.

I is for Individual. Name at least one person that you know that you feel others should learn about and why?

Linda Scott, because the fashion/modeling industry is changing no longer are just interested in standard size fashion models the all women are beautiful and Linda Scott & 1426inc is doing something about it.

C is for Continue. When you fail, things look bleak or are not optimistic what makes you want to continue?

Just when I think I want to quit or give up, it never fails I get a call. Either someone inquirying about my services or someone responding to a request or something that I pitched for my clients and I realize I can’t give up now.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

1) Be true to your brand! 2) If it doesn’t feel right then it’s probably not right for you! 3) Trust your gut 4) Everything that looks good on paper may not be in real time be prepared for EVERYTHING!

Visit  LaTanya O’Kelly for more information.


Powerful Marketing and PR Bootcamp for Small Business Owners

August 16, 2012

by Doc Ayers

The Power Pair Divas deliver confident, powerful, hands on intensive bootcamps! 

The Divas come prepared to share value plus provide sessions to practice powerful networking skills, and they both have winning mindsets.

When the Divas come to your area this is a powerful 2 day professional development event you don’t want to miss!

If you’re a small business owner like me, you probably could benefit from a solid proven marketing, pr and networking system. 

So, read to find out 4 tips or take a ways to grow your business and your bank account from the Divas, along with industry guest experts to increase your knowledge for powerful marketing and pr strategies.

Diva Tip #1 A Strong Marketing Foundation:  Know Your Content

Identify your key message—be able to clearly state your unique value proposition. 

Know the keywords your ideal client will use when looking to find you.

Be ready to communicate your service and value in 30 seconds or less and not sound like a word-for-word infomercial.

Get your message to your target market with supporting tools, like facebook, LinkedIn, blogs and video. 

Be sure your website, brochures and all marketing material contain keywords relevant to your ideal client.

Diva Tip #2:  A Strategy That Effects Your Bottom Line: Practice makes networking a “piece of cake”

Practice delivery of your lines for networking events. 

Listen more than you talk.

Come from a point of service and what you can do for others.

Practice until the words flow with confidence. 

When you’re ready, practice with a friend or two. 

Ask them each for what you did well and something you could improve.

Diva Tip #3 via Derrick Hayes:  A Word of Encouragement: A Winning Marketing Strategy

Knowing the power of one word, what one word describes the type of service you provide?  What one word describes you? Watch Derrick make magic by using one word to move your business forward!

Make sure you know and help others know “There’s More In STORE For You” so you can continue to go to the next level in your business.

Learn how to use your talents to help others.

Diva Tip # 4 via Morris Nutt:  Financial Success: Wealth Mind Thought Processes

Conquer the things that keep you from your “winning financial success” once and for all.

How to get clear on your financial goals, outline what you’ve got to DO and going to work on the details for your winning financial success.

In conclusion because the Power Pair Divas and their guest speakers are so well prepared you will learn new points, get clear answers to your questions, and start to move forward with powerful marketing and pr strategies you can use for your business success!

 Peace,

Doc Ayers

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