DERRICK Interview with Eugene “Nap” Napoleon

March 18, 2015


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

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.

Eugene “Nap” Napoleon,

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.

DERRICK Interview with D 30 Marketing and Promotions CEO Kirsten King

March 8, 2013

KirstenKingEncouragement 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 Kirsten King who was born in the small town of Geneva, Georgia. At an early age she wanted to be a teacher and demonstrated a passion, and love for people always wanting to be around people and music which Ms. King would later find out that her father was a popular DJ in South Georgia.  She was a good student and often helped organize events to raise funds for school projects, and also was a member of the dance line and flag teams.

After graduating from high school she began working for a Poultry Processing plant, and upon the encouragement of an older co-worker who told her “Baby you’re too young to be in this chicken plant, u need to go to college and get what you can while you’re young,” she decided to further education enrolling at Cols Technical College where she earned certification for Customer Service Specialist in 2000.

Kirsten became a mother in 2001 giving birth to her first child, a daughter. She was subsequently let go from her job due to the pregnancy.  She learned the difference between circumstances and choices and successfully navigated through being a single mother, having to single handedly take care of 2 children, her first born Jakedrea a daughter, and son Jakeveon.  She loved being a mother; however the trials & tribulations of having to provide for her children would test her foundation of humility.

In 2005, she began working as a Human Resources assistant in Fort Benning, GA for 6 years. During her employment in Fort Benning, Ms. King decided to further her education while simultaneously interning for a promotion team learning the fundamentals of marketing. In 2009, Kirsten and 3 other friends established D30 Entertainment, where Kirsten excelled in her passion for promotions and marketing. After the former members went their separate ways, Kirsten became the sole owner and changed her business name to D30 Marketing & Promotions, all while earning her BS in Business Management.

Excited and motivated about her degree & moving forward with D30, Kirsten implemented various public service projects: Easter Kuts & Ponytails, #D30Cares, and also participating in political forums that bring awareness to the community such as the Why Note Vote Campaign.  In addition to serving her community, Kirsten has a list of clients to include YNCK whom she provided publicist services & created the 706 to 106 Campaign & helped raise over $1,000 in cash & sponsorships to provide travel accommodations to and from 106 & Park in New York, NY. Kirsten also added Diva TV, Georgia Record Pool, Vision Pr & Marketing and Davis Broadcasting/ Foxie 105 Radio Personality to the D30 Empire and her list of occupations.  These acts contributed to her receiving several awards: 2 Firm Grip Grammys as Promotions & Marketing Team of the year for 2011 & 2012, Foxie 105 promotions team of the year, Mary Cason Foundation Woman of Power in Media & Marketing, Woman of Wonder in community service/entertainment sector.

Kirsten has big plans for D30 Marketing and Promotions, has been very busy and is definitely not finished…Her motto is “With God first, I will not fail”!!

What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

My dream is to build a solid foundation for my kids, so that when they become young adults they wont encounter some of the struggles I did as a young adult. Some of the goals that I’ve achieved is maintaining as a single mother, providing for my kids as if they were in a 2 parent home. I successfully started my own business, creating a totally different, unique vibe and remaining #1 in the entertainment industry in Columbus, Ga .

What encourages you?

Jakedrea Niyhae Morgan & Jakeveon Markese Upshaw…my kids encourage me to go above & beyond even when I don’t want to.

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

I’ve worked within the entertainment industry for 7 plus years starting out as an assistant,….meeting new people, networking & building relationships. My abilities to conform to any environment are what definitely make me unique. People normally cling to me because I’m a giver, a great listener, & I will make sure whatever mission is set before me, I put forth 100% into completing it.

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

I realized I was ready for what I’m doing now, when I began to see how easy it was to make things happen. The relationships were built, 4years of free hard work was put in, my part time consumed most of my full time ..i knew it was then that all I had to do was walk in my purpose & have faith that God had me.

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

For me, it’s a personal acquaintance and that’s my brother James Johnson, he taught me the business & gave me an opportunity to learn all that I could. Jb was very influential in the starting of my own business and till this day he pours into me & is kind of like a mentor. If there’s ever a situation or business deal that doesn’t feel right, he’s the first one I call. It’s because of him, many have respect for me in this industry, if you’ve worked under Jb it’s kind of hard for anyone to manipulate you. So to anyone thinking about the entertainment industry he would be an excellent mentor to seek guidance from.

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

When I fail or things or not looking so well, I always look at what I put into it and what I could’ve done differently and every time it makes me go harder the next time. I look at life like everything happens for a reason & we must learn from our mistakes & move forward!

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

The keys to success that I can leave for upcoming entrepreneurs are 1.Keep God first 2. Find your niche & Do you! 3. Never waste time worrying about what others are doing; you then lose sight on what you’re doing! 4. Create your lane and ride in it. 5. There will be hard times, heartaches, failures, & disappointments, but if you hang in there, it will build a bigger, better, stronger YOU!

Visit Kirsten King for more information.

How To Get Free PR Teleseminar

May 22, 2012

Marketing Expert
Robert Smith

Too many business owners focus solely on one or two parts of their business, letting the rest slide by. As a business owner, you simply don’t have time to do it all.

However, you don’t need know everything, nor do everything. Many successful business owners are simply jack of all trades. They know just enough of each aspect of their business to improve upon it, but they certainly are not experts.

One important area that business owners often let “slide by” is marketing. The key to successful business is to always be marketing or advertising. We all know advertising can be expensive but not if you know the tricks of the trade.

Robert Smith is a highly sought after marketing expert and he has been featured in Black Enterprise, IN Business, Entrepreneur, and INC Magazine. He has personally gotten over $2 million in free publicity.

I would like to invite you to a free 60 minute teleseminar Robert is giving on Thursday May 24th, 2012 at 6 pm Central Standard Time.

As my guest you will learn:

-3 ways to increase sales in 60 days (works for any type of business)

-How to get free publicity on TV Keys to getting free publicity in major magazines

-How to improve your time management and productivity even if you have a job

-An amazing system for adding $100,000 to your bottom line without any costs

-How to mail 10,000 sales letters, brochures, etc. every month for FREE (not even postage)

-How to improve your Internet rankings Secret method for getting a 30 minute TV show for only $15

-How to tell 200 million Americans about your business for free

-How to reprogram your brain for success and create a Kingdom Millionaire mindset

-How to raise up to $50,000 for your business in less than 90 days (even if you have bad credit)

You dont want to miss this Thursday at 6 pm Central Time. To join us please call 712-432-0800 pin 980948#

Robert normally charges $250 an hour for his time but you can get his valuable business advice that took him from welfare to wealth in less than 2 years.

Visit Robert Smith for more information

King Of POP

July 20, 2011

Michael Jackson and I have a few things in common. My creative style is sometimes Off The Wall but my Human Nature puts me in a position to PYT (Promote Your Talent). I’m not here to say I’m Bad or that I will turn your Billie Jean into a Thriller but I will lift up your success so you can tell failure to Beat It.

Back in 2008 when the recession started in come into play I was looking for cost effective ways to get my name out there. I quickly learned that the best way was to give to others and help them get noticed. Over the years I have used blogs, videos, books, radio and daily quotes to help promote others.

If you know of someone that has a story that needs to be told please nominate them for Today’s Honoree at Send in the following information to nominate someone for Today’s Honoree:
1. Who you are nominating?
2. Why are you nominating them?
3. Bio if you have one and it was not included above.
4. Picture of Nominee if you have one.
5. Video of nominee if you have one. (Embeded code from You Tube is preferred)
Send all information to Derrick Hayes at

If enough people around the world have their story told one day I will become the New King Of POP (Promoting Other People).

It’s All About You

March 26, 2009

This week I started to read the book Guerrilla Marketing by Jay Conrad Levinson. It has been so incredible and has inspired me to write an  About You page for my website. Take a look.