Do you know someone who has helped to open up a new line of technology or serves as an innovative leader? If so, that person is recognized as a trailblazer. Last week, I introduced readers to Mr. Kenn Rashad who received the honor of “Trailblazer of the Month” for August. Kenn Rashad is the founder of TSPN Sports, the president and CEO of an Internet marketing and publishing firm, and the co-founder and COO of a publishing company. These are amazing accomplishments for such a young man!
Who motivated Mr. Rashad to become a trailblazer? He stated that his entire family has been his biggest inspiration! He said, “However, my mother and grandfather had the greatest impact on me for different reasons! My mother was a single parent, raising two sons in the Los Angeles area during the 80’s at a time when gang violence was at its peak. She always encouraged (and supported) us to stay involved in constructive activities that would expose us to new things, which hopefully kept us out of trouble. It worked!”
Kenn added, “Education was equally important; it was considered to be the passport to new horizons. My grandfather was my hero and biggest role model. He only had the equivalent of a 6th grade education, but the life experiences he has shared with me about being a black man living in the Jim Crow South are lessons that I will never forget. Despite his level of education, he was the quintessential family man. He was a hard worker and didn’t earn a lot of money, but he was always able to provide for his wife (my grandmother) and children.”
Next week, find out how Kenn Rashad’s early experiences as a reporter at KTVE-TV in Monroe, Louisiana, impacted his future.