DERRICK Interview with Eugene “Nap” Napoleon

March 18, 2015

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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, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Eugene Napoleon who grew up in the Marion Garden Housing Projects located in Jersey City, New Jersey. He dreamed of accomplishing two major goals in life. He wanted to play professional football, and become President, and CEO of his company. A collegiate standout student-athlete at West Virginia University, Napoleon went on to achieve both goals. He played professional football in the Arena Football League (AFL) with the Tampa Bay Storm, and the Orlando Predators. Also signed a professional contract with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

After retiring, Napoleon went on to establish both his Nap Records label, and Nap Sports Marketing / Management Company. The Nap Records Label is an independent record company that has successfully been around for the past 20 years. Nap Records recording artist Ny’a has sold over 500,000 records worldwide, which gave Eugene Napoleon, and Nap Records their first Gold-selling recording artist, and album. Napoleon has successfully negotiated (8) worldwide “Pressing and Distribution” deals for his Nap Records, LLC. Company.

In 1999, Eugene Napoleon established Nap Sports, LLC. In which, he is the President, and CEO. Nap Sports, LLC. Is a limited liability company involved with marketing, promotions, contract negotiations, special events, camps / clinics, speaking engagements, endorsement opportunities, and consultant work, for professional athletes, and other celebrity clients. In 2005 alone, Napoleon represented the MVP of the WNBA, and Co-represented the U.S. Open LPGA Golf Champion, and a member of the White Sox World Series Championship Team.

The Future is now, and because of the many years of success in the sports, and entertainment world, Eugene Napoleon decided to focus on another company. He is the CEO of Nap Vision Entertainment, LLC. Nap Vision Entertainment will continue to operate in the same fashion as Nap Sports did back in the late 90’s. Nap Vision Entertainment will be responsible for management, and representation, marketing, promotions, consulting, special events, and speaking engagements for professional athletes, professional recording artist, and other celebrity clients. Nap Vision Entertainment, LLC. Is home to Pamela Long, known around the world as “Pam,” the platinum selling recording artist, and lead singer of the R&B group, TOTAL. Eugene Napoleon also manages, and represents the R&B group, TOTAL. Nap Vision Entertainment also represents professional basketball player, Thazina Cook. Thazina plays for BC De Chenove in France.

Eugene Napoleon is also an educator. He has 20 years of teaching experience. He is a certified Special Education Teacher, dealing with Emotionally Disturbed, and Behavioral Disability students. Napoleon currently works for the Linden Board of Education.

Q. What is your dream, and what have you achieved?

A. When I was 7 years old, I told my mother that I wanted to play professional football, and become a CEO of my own company. My mother always inspired, and pushed me to make my dreams a reality. I thank God for her, because I did achieve those goals. I played professional football in the
Arena Football League (AFL) and I am the President, and CEO of Nap Records, LLC. And Nap Vision Entertainment, LLC. I am a successful, and well respected business man, Barnes & Noble “Bestselling” author, sports agent, and consultant, and manager of one of the most successful R&B groups in the history of the music business, TOTAL.

Q. What encourages you?

A. I have always been blessed with great faith. I grew up in the Marion Garden Projects in Jersey City, New Jersey. So, my mother was my HERO! My mother taught me the importance of character, morals, values, discipline, and having a great work ethic. So, with that came this burning desire to
want success in everything that I was involved in. My encouragement comes from always wanting to inspire positive change in the life of others. I am encouraged, and motivated by all of my sisters, and brothers that did not make it to see their dreams become a reality. My mother had 7 children, and she buried 5 of them. So, I have a totally different perspective on life.

Q. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand
out?

A. I was blessed to have a mother that taught me so many different lessons regarding life. My background in sports, and entertainment, has provided me with many great opportunities to meet, and work with many other successful people. I am respected, because I bring honesty, integrity, with a high moral code to anything that I am a part of. In most cases, those qualities, and beliefs are hard to find in the kind of businesses that I am involved in.

Q. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

A. When I was 7 years old. I had a conversation with my mother telling her what I wanted to accomplish in my life. We mapped out something called, “The Blueprint.” I used “The Blueprint” to inspire my entire life. I told my mother was my dreams were at 7 years old. I was blessed to accomplish every goal, and objective that we discussed that day. So, I would say, I knew when I was 7 years of age.

Q. Name at least one person that you know you feel others should learn about, and why?

A. I my life, I’ve had a few special people that I would think people could learn a few things from. It starts with my mother. She was the strongest person I’ve ever met. As I stated before, because of my experiences in my life, my personal perspectives are different. I don’t view or measure success the way most people would. So, I’ve learned from those special individuals that understand the importance of the core of who we should be as people. It has nothing to do with how much money you have, or how many cars or homes you may have. It comes down to how we treat each other, and
are your actions reflective of your words, and the way you are living your life. So, I would say, my mother, Ivedell Mcclam, and my high school head coach, Frank Gargiulo.

Q. When you fail, things look bleak or are not optimistic, what makes you want to continue?

A. I understand my purpose in life. When I was just 4 years old. My 9 year old sister saved my life. We were in the biggest house fire of that time period in the history of Jersey City. My sister died in that fire. She gave her life for me. So, I’ve always had a greater purpose, and an understanding that my walk in life would be different. My faith in God, and my personal belief in myself, has always allowed me to stay focused in the face of adversity.

Q. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs, and leaders?

A. I would tell them to learn their own purpose. It’s important to know the purpose, and the reason, and how you will use your success to impact others around you. In order to be a successful or productive leader, you first have to understand all positions of structure. That would mean, if you were a follower at one point in your life, that would give you an opportunity to learn, and become an effective leader when given an opportunity. I have learned from others, and their mistakes on how to become a better husband, a better father, a better person, CEO, Sports Agent / business consultant, a better Special Education Teacher, and someone that walks in their own truth. I would hope to leave those lessons for anyone that would listen. For me it’s all about, inspiring positive change in the life of others.

Thank you for the opportunity to do this interview. Stay blessed.

Regards,
Eugene “Nap” Napoleon,


DERRICK Interview with Universal Elite Aerospace CEO Kenneth Morris

March 17, 2014

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

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Kenneth Morris who was born and raised in Houston, Texas, 5th Ward to be exact. Kenneth graduated from high school and soon thereafter joined the United States Navy. After separating with an Honorable discharge He went to college and got my degree in Computer Information Systems. After college I returned home to start my nonprofit, Universal Elite Aerospace, to educate the disengaged youth, teens and adults about rewarding aviation careers and more positive options and choices in life.

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

As an Aviation Philanthropist my goal is to diversify aviation operations by exposing more disengaged youth, teens and adults to the positive and rewarding career fields the industry offers. I would like to infuse more African-American, Hispanic and Female pilots, aircraft mechanics, Aerospace Engineers, Airport Executives, Air Traffic Controllers, Aviation Lawyers, Aviation Doctors, Customer Service Agents, etc. into the aviation/aerospace industry.

Currently for every 100 commercial airline pilots less than 3% are Hispanic, 2% are African-American and even less are women. My dream is to multiply these numbers by ten-fold within the next decade through our grassroots outreach effort today! I hope to show our urban youth that they can attain this career and do not have to be professional athletes, Hip-Hip superstars, entertainers, celebrities or even worse, habitual criminals.

Our company launched on 11/12/13 and the progress has been amazing! We have mentored over 1,000 disengaged urban youth. We were the only nonprofit invited to participate in Houston Independent School District Aviation week alongside United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Houston Airport System employees and other major aviation companies. We have built solid relationships with premier aviation groups and organizations around Houston and gained the support of others throughout the country. We have gained media exposure to help spread the message about the program and also great feedback from other nonprofits who have been in the business for decades!

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

I graduated from Jesse H. Jones HS and went to the United States Navy three weeks after graduation. In the Navy I studied the behaviors and propagation paths of acoustic sound signatures produced by diesel and nuclear submarines. I earned the title of Anti-submarine Warfare Systems Operator and Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist. After separating from the military I attained my degree in Computer Information Systems. I use these achievements to motivate me to keep going, because in high school I was an average student and the success afterwards really pushed me to excel.

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

I bring a unique set of resources, education, knowledge and experiences that most people in the aviation field lack. I work with a wide range of military veterans who are very interested in seeing this company remain a positive staple in the community. I have access to various airports, aviation companies, executives, leaders and program participants. Growing up in 5th Ward the values and lessons of hard work were instilled in me early. I grew up poor so I learned quickly how to make the most of my situation regardless. When I speak to students and teens I share my personal story of setbacks and triumphs to inspire them to get through whatever may be holding them back.

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

I realized I was ready to start my company, Universal Elite Aerospace, when I was sitting in an advanced aviation seminar and I was the only minority and the ‘new’ information they were teaching was already 5 years old to me. I didn’t seek permission or approval to start my company; I did the research for about 10 months, interviewed many people, noticed the need for a program like mine and the rest is history at this point.

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

Very tough question! I can name so many people that were vital to the development of the organization as well as my own foundation.

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

The biggest challenge I have faced so far is de-programming the mindsets of our urban youth and teens who never even considered a career in aviation. I anticipated this obstacle so I prepared myself to deal with the resistance. Besides getting the youth on board, funding is a priority.

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

When it comes to success as an entrepreneur, especially in a non-profit, you have to remain persistent and willing to work harder than anyone else to promote your cause. It is important to be honest and have the utmost integrity in all dealings with others. Communication is vital and be punctual for all events, meetings, conference calls, etc. Never miss an opportunity to learn and listen before you speak! There will be tough days, but get through them, always finish what you start and regardless of how tough it gets, never quit!

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

Universal Elite Aerospace aims to provide more positive options to the disengaged people throughout urban areas and communities throughout every city and state. Though we continuously make great progress we are always interested in contributions and quality volunteers. Also, our fundraising effort can be found at www.gofundme.com/UniversalElite.

Visit Kenneth Morris for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Baci Founder DeLisa Richards-Hawkins

February 11, 2014

DalisaHawkinsEncouragement 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 DeLisa Richards-Hawkins founder and owner of Baci who was born and raised in Griffin, Georgia a small town south of Atlanta. As a young girl my interest was always in science, with biology being the field I wanted to major in. After my first year in college, and a lot of life experiences, my passion for science turned into an interest in fashion and cosmetics. The joy of redesigning a woman’s face, more specifically the lips led to the creation of “Baci” lip care products.

Dream:

My dream is to one day turn Baci into a household name. In doing so, I plan to open a beauty bar in major cities, and other locations across the nation . I dream of having a full service bar offering hair, nails, and makeup. This will give customers all they need in one stop and one price.

Education:

I graduated the Pharmacy Tech program back in 2010, but no longer work in the field. I’m looking forward to obtaining my B.A. in business entrepreneurship, I start classes in the spring.

Resources:

I think every person is unique, but what makes Baci unique is the fact that I can relate to every woman and her needs as far as lip care, and the fact that we’re affordable. What makes Baci stand out is that our products are composed of all natural ingredients, such as Shea butter, nourishing oils and waxes, and vitamin E&D, just to name a few.

BaciReady:

I knew I was ready to launch Baci when I actually paid for my first order of product. At that moment I knew things were really about to happen and it was totally up to me to see it all the way through. I was ready to finally make my dreams a reality.

Individual:

Laura Smith, my accountant and right hand girl. Laura has a background in accounting and is very knowledgeable and talented in her field. Since the start of Baci she’s been by my side every step of the way. She’s a New York native, mother of two, whose very passionate about what she does.

Challenges:

My biggest challenges were doubt and fear. I doubted my abilities to make things happen in my life and I feared failure. I had to learn that things aren’t going to happen over night and that failure is just a sign that your going in the wrong direction and need to turn around and try a different route. Once I was able to over come my two biggest obstacles I felt as if nothing or no one could stop me.

Key:

“A dream is nothing more than a dream until you put it into action and make it a reality”. Starting a business can be scary, but if its something you really want to do then don’t let fear stop you. As a upcoming business woman and entrepreneur I’ve learned that you have to invest in yourself and believe in yourself if you want to make it far in this world.

Visit Delisa Richards-Hawkins for more information.


DERRICK Interview with Mr. Tycoon Wahid Shakur

February 4, 2014

TycoonEncouragement 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 Mr. Tycoon who is an Internationally renowned Motivational Speaker, Personal Development Coach, Investment Real Estate Guru, and Entrepreneur of Success, Mr. Tycoon is legendary for his “tough but fair” deal-making and negotiation skills. His bestselling book,“Success Is Not A Secret, It’s A System,” extracts the lessons he learned on the road to building his successful real estate investment company and personal fortune, and is the “must-have” guidebook to achieving financial and personal success.

Mr. Tycoon oversees the management of a multimillion dollar real estate investment empire which includes both commercial and residential real estate holdings, educational tools and seminars, private consultation as well as personal coaching. Having been mentored by Ron LeGrand, Tony Robbins, Stephen Pierce and Marshall Sylver, Mr. Tycoon is a true product of  mentorship and success. Mr. Tycoon has developed his own brand and prowess in motivating, educating and inspiring people to achieving their financial freedom.

D is for Dream:  – My Dream aka Mission is to help Create a 100 Millionaires in the Next 10 years with 50% of them using the vehicle of Real Estate.

E is for Education: – School of Doctorate from The School Of Hard Knock and Favor! Plus Self Development

R is for Resource: – Resource is my middle name over 15 years of Wealth Building from Real Estate and Personal Development! Plus I have Mastered the skill of Sell & Marketing.

R is for Ready – It was about 7 years ago when I truly realize I had a gift.

I is for IndividualEric  Ah Ha Anderson – A  Master at marketing and help individuals market their Gift to Corporation to  get a paid a Fee to Speak.

C is for Challenges – Everything from being in the game to getting catch up in a ponzi scheme and loosing it all to facing my own depression.

K is for Keys to Success – Not just keep God – Have a true Relationship and do what you have been instructed by The Father. Become the Best at your Craft and Continue to Work On it to you and it become 1!!! I am Real Estate and Real Estate is Me.

Visit Mr. Tycoon for more information.


DERRICK Interview with RedShift Writers Founder Daniel J. Cohen

January 28, 2014

DanielCohenEncouragement 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 Daniel J. Cohen who is the Founder and Lead Writer of RedShift Writers, Houston’s fastest growing content writing company. Cohen and RedShift provide businesses with high quality content that helps achieve specific business objectives, particularly exposure and sales. 

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

I envision a world where learning is a goal for everyone. Education is so essential to everything that I do. If learning and teaching were our focus, we would be learned and well-taught; peace, dedication and resilience would reign over hatred and struggle. Fear would fade. Love would prosper. That is my dream.

So far, I have brought a small piece of that to world. I would love to continue to do everything I can to contribute more.

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

My formal education is an undergraduate degree in political science from American University and a Master’s Degree in Communication with a PR focus from the University of Houston. Just as importantly, I have extensive career education based on experience. Just shy of 30 years old, I have had more than 15 jobs in ten different fields. Every job brought something to light for me. My job at the movie theater when I was in high school taught me character. My job in fast food taught me humility. My jobs in telemarketing taught me to sell. My jobs in marketing firms taught me to move quickly. My jobs teaching bilingual education and test prep taught me to teach others.

Each day, I use my ability to learn and my ability to teach to my advantage. I train 100% of my staff in-house and keep an eye out for the latest tools and technologies that I can use to my advantage. I believe in the power of education, of learning for self-improvement, of teaching others to be successful and find their own success. I do this with my clients too, showing them the best possible path to achieve their own goals by explaining what it’s going to take to conquer the market they want to conquer.

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

First and foremost, I and my team are excellent writers. We craft language that positions companies to succeed in the open market. We message for businesses in unique ways that cannot be found in the standard firm or in the toolkit of the standard consultant. Our writers are capable of creating PROLIFIC amounts of well-organized content in a short period of time, and doing so with excellent service. We also provide high level messaging related to the name, slogan and category of companies.

Simply put, we are excellent wordsmiths.

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

About six months into my last job, I realized I was working far too any hours to not own a company. I was a lead content writer by day for the corporate marketing arm of a classifieds company and a fast-paced free lancer by night. I began to realize the need there was in the market for good writers. The only available options were independent free lance writers and marketing firms, and both had major drawbacks. The power of a content writing stable is that you can find a writer that works for you but still has the backing of a company infrastructure.

I made plans to exit the company and start my own immediately upon that realization.

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

There are plenty of names I could give here. John Whaley, host of FM 92.1’s Executive Entrepreneur Hour probably knows as much or more about the economy as anyone I have ever met. Michele “@prosperitygal” Price is the queen of building an audience. But if I had to answer this question with the first name that came to mind, that would be Marc Nathan. Marc is probably the best networker I have ever met. Everyone can make a valuable business contact with Marc because everyone can make a valuable business contact through Marc. His business insight is also generally fantastic. Great person to know.

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

I am very fortunate not to have what most people would call a major disease or injury. My challenges have come down to many of the standard service challenges companies face: late payments from clients, collection issues, problems with time, and more.

One thing that has been difficult for me is hiring the right people. However, I have recently brought in some great talent on a contract basis and hired one full-time staffer who has been wonderful. I still have the standard scalability issue most entrepreneurs have, and would love to figure out how to package my products to sell them better. We do fairly well overall, though.

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

1) Be nice to everyone. You don’t have to be a pushover in a bid or leave yourself vulnerable. But when it comes to your general public outreach, be warm with everyone in every room you enter. Your competitors are in your industry; be nice to them. The strangers you meet are potential clients, friends, family, lovers, etc. Be nice to them, too.

2) Educate yourself. Learn. Aim to teach. Leave others with something lasting and valuable.

3) Pursue fearlessness. Fearlessness is like world peace in that you can strive for it every day but you may never achieve it. Strive for it anyway. It’s worth it.

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

Writing is an amazing skill that can bring great clarity to what you do. Try it. You may just like it. And if you need a professional content writer for your business, RedShift Writers is the company for you.

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DERRICK Interview with Social Media Consultant Barbara Curtis

July 18, 2013

BarbaraCurtisEncouragement 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 a young ambitious woman by the name of Barbara Curtis who founded BC Management & Promotions in 2010.  Out of high school, she became a intern at Baby Boy Entertainment and 102.3FM KJLH as a Marketing intern while attending California State University, Long Beach. Her mission was to take her passion for marketing and create a career as a business owner.

While in college, she decided to turn her passion into a reality by launching BC Management & Promotions in 2010. After filing for her business license, she immediately started managing musical artists and building marketing campaigns with local independent labels, entertainment professionals, and musicians. However, her goal is to one day have her own international prestigious marketing firm in all fields of business.

Now, she has increased her level of skills; she is now a social media consulting, marketing specialists, publicist, and event planner working with clients, such as: Metropolitan Design, WE Labs, Elbows Mac n’ Cheese, Lush Hair Imports & Salon, etc. As a recent college graduate with a Communication degree her motto is “taking clients to new heights and the place they want to be.”

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

My dream is to own a prestigious marketing firm. Already I have owned my own business at the age of 19 that service event planning, business consulting, marketing, and management. As a college graduate this Summer I plan to take my business BC MANAGEMENT & PROMOTIONS to the next level.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

My community and peers encourage me to keep going. Not only able I doing this for the love of marketing but also, to create jobs and opportunities to those around me and generations to come.

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

I have a Communication degree, network of over 17K, experience in marketing and entertainment from being an intern at KJLH and hosting events in Hollywood with celebrities like Lil Zane, Lonzo Williams, Haskel Jackson, Richie Rich, Jon B, etc.

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

The moment I found my talent for producing leads, building networks, SEO, Social Media, Event Planning, and Marketing.

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

Yahsha Robinson – Legal and Business Consultant at Elite Global. He has much knowledge about Intellectual Property, Copyrights, Trademarks, Building a corporation, etc.

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

I believe failures are there to help you grow and become a stronger person to hurdle over any obstacle that come your way. I am a witness to that.

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

Never give up your dream! Only you can make it an reality. Networking is key. Network = Net worth.

Visit Barbara Curtis the CEO/Founder of BC Management & Promotions for more information.


The DAILY (Derricknyms, Apps, and Ideas to Lift You) Message for Tuesday

April 16, 2013

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes brings you The DAILY Message to empower and inspire you to your next level.

(Please read and Like, Share, Retweet or Reblog The DAILY Message)

In This Issue:

1. Daily Derricknym is COMPARE. They Will Always COMPARE (Concentrate On More Positive Aspects to Raise Expectations). Now you can also order your name as a Personalized Derricknym.

2. Today’s word is Jewel. Even in the dark look for light. Dust off and keep digging as it will show you things that shine. Never underestimate ideas that don’t impress you at first because they can lead you to trail of gold. This is brought to you by Motivation To Your Mobile and you can download Today’s word to your Android or I Phone.

3. Idea for today is to find someone doing what you want to do and learn how to do what they do.

Upcoming Interview:

If you have a business and you want to find creative ways to get your name in the news it is a must you listen to my interview with Charmaine Hammond on the topic “How To Get FREE Publicity.” Everyone has deadlines but can you turn them into headlines. Wednesday April 17th at 3:30 PM EST.

Derrick Hayes, an alumnus of Tennessee State University is available for small and large meetings, church events, academic speaking engagements and workshops. Please visit Derrick’s website at http://www.DerrickHayes.com  and to book him for a speaking engagement or media event, send an email to info@DerrickHayes.com  or call (706) 615-1662.