Philadelphia-area entrepreneur Erin J. Cooper creating a national buzz through Cooper’s Color To Canvas social painting studio

rrrrrJust recently, Erin J. Cooper went on and on about what it’s like to be a successful business owner in the greater Philadelphia area.

It didn’t take long to realize she’s one who customarily thinks outside of the box.

“I love the flexibility and being of service,” Cooper told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during an exclusive interview. “I allow God to direct my work and it makes the difference. I love the ability to do what I am passionate about and impact others positively. I put in a lot of effort and sweat, but it never seems to feel like work.”

Amongst the grandest reasons Cooper’s work seems more like a distinctly compelling hobby, of sorts, is that like the countless individuals with whom she crosses paths, she deems it more as a fascinating trend in many aspects.

wwwwA native of Brooklyn, New York, Cooper is owner and chief operating officer of Cooper’s Color to Canvas.

Located at 3720 Garrett Road in what is widely known as the Arts And Entertainment district in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania — which is roughly 11 miles west of the Philadelphia metropolitan area — Cooper’s Color to Canvas is a local social canvas painting studio which, according to many tourists, is the hot new painting trend sweeping the nation.

“Anyone can do it,” Cooper said of her business, which is seemingly becoming a fixture in the City of Brotherly Love. “Painting experience not required, just a sense of adventure. We’ll give you the step-by-step instruction you need to complete your Color to Canvas design in one, short session. Gather your friends for a fun night out. Groups of people come in to be instructed on how to complete a picture.”

KOOL KIDS --- Cooper’s Color to Canvas also offers an assortment of activities for children, most notably birthday parties at an affordable rate, Cooper said. “We pride ourselves on being a creative space so we offer all types of activities such as dance lessons, workshops/trainings and space for rentals and social gatherings,” she continued. “We have adult coloring, terrarium making and ceramics painting. We do it all.”

KOOL KIDSCooper’s Color to Canvas also offers an assortment of activities for children, most notably birthday parties at an affordable rate, Cooper said.
“We pride ourselves on being a creative space so we offer all types of activities such as dance lessons, workshops/trainings and space for rentals and social gatherings,” she continued. “We have adult coloring, terrarium making and ceramics painting. We do it all.”

That’s not all.

Cooper’s Color to Canvas also offers an assortment of activities for children, most notably birthday parties at an affordable rate, Cooper said.

“We pride ourselves on being a creative space so we offer all types of activities such as dance lessons, workshops/trainings and space for rentals and social gatherings,” she continued. “We have adult coloring, terrarium making and ceramics painting. We do it all.”

PHILLY FUN --- Amongst the grandest reasons Cooper’s work seems more like a distinctly compelling hobby, of sorts, is that like the countless individuals with whom she crosses paths, she deems it more as a fascinating trend in many aspects.

PHILLY FUNAmongst the grandest reasons Cooper’s work seems more like a distinctly compelling hobby, of sorts, is that like the countless individuals with whom she crosses paths, she deems it more as a fascinating trend in many aspects.

Most of all, Cooper emphasized, her business is accessible to any and everyone, regardless of one’s age.

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“We cater to (all) individuals,” Cooper said. “We have painted with children as young as birth to 92. Whether you are having a baby shower, bachelorette party, football gathering and demonstration, we can welcome you. We love families and individuals…every age can find something to do in our studio.”

Most importantly and to Cooper’s credit, her flourishing, progressive business is starting to draw rave reviews from people all across the country.

And beyond.

Talk about a work of art (pun intended).

“Our artwork is inspired by different cultures and artists,” Cooper explained. We can bring the world to our studio through art. I have a love and desire to help people. I believe if you do what you love, you will never work. I want to create financial security for my family and show them what it means to follow your dreams. I want to be an example to young women and men.”

So far, so good for Cooper who, along with running a successful business, is also a licensed Master Level Therapist whose primary responsibilities include focusing on people with drug addictions.

“I do a lot of work with children and families,” Cooper said. “Right now, my primary focus is people suffering with Opiate Addiction.

nnnnIn addition, Cooper started a rising non-profit organization called GRATEFUL, Inc. (or Getting Rid of Addiction Through Education, Faith, Unity & Leadership, Inc.)

FOLLOW ERIN’S STUDIO ON SOCIAL MEDIA: https://www.facebook.com/color2canvas.

“This organization has done so much for the community including providing school supplies for children, clothing to homeless shelters, toys for shelters during the holidays, and our natural beauty pageants for boys and girls,” Cooper explained. “My art studio is born out of my therapy work and mission of the Non-Profit. I try to provide an atmosphere where people feel safe to explore their creative side.”

Most of all, she said she wants everyone to have a positive experience and feel good about their effort and unique experiences through her booming business.

“We are more than a paint-and-sip studio,” Cooper said. “We are different because we are interested in the entire person.”

This, to her credit, sums up why she is a successful business owner in the greater Philadelphia area.

 

For more information about Erin J. Cooper, call 610-905-8020. 



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North Carolina-area prep basketball star Josh Nickelberry invited to Team USA minicamp in Colorado, picks up scholarship offers

eeeeNo one has to remind Josh Nickelberry of how things were going for him around this time last year.

In fact, he’d be the first to tell you he recalls all too well.

I’m blessed to have the offers that I do,” Nickelberry told MemphiSport during an interview from Fayetteville, North Carolina. “I remember last year around this time, I was barely known, so the offers show that all my hard work is paying off and I’m on the right path.”

Fortunately for Nickelberry, a rising sophomore shooting guard for Northwood Temple Academy in Fayetteville, North Carolina, he was the beneficiary recently of another remarkable honor, one that was a testament of his overall body of work in recent months.

Rated as the No. 1 shooting guard in North Carolina for the Class of 2019, Nickelberry has been invited to a USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Minicamp.

The four-day event, which will feature the top players in the classes of 2019 and 2020, will be held October 7-10 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and it will help determine the rosters for the upcoming FIBA Americas Tournament and future Hoop Summit games.

“I’m very excited,” Nickelberry said of his latest accolade. “It’s an honor to have an opportunity to represent my country.”

hhhhhhhhhNot only that, Nickelberry’s latest milestone undoubtedly will expand what is already a pretty attractive list of scholarship offers for the 6-foot-5 standout, who boasts immense athleticism in large part because of his remarkable leaping ability. .

With three full seasons of prep basketball ahead of him, Nickelberry has already garnered official offers from Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Providence, Baylor, VCU, Penn State and Howard.

He spent last season playing at Northwood Temple Academy before ultimately transferring to Trinity Christian, where he’s been nothing short of impression.

When word spread of Nickelberry’s invite to next month’s minicamp, no one was as thrilled as Gerald Nickelberry, Josh’s father and arguably his grandest supporter.

A native of Memphis, Gerald Nickelberry is a former football standout at perennial power Melrose.

A RELATED STORY: http://memphisport.com/2015/10/mid-south-recruiting-son-of-orange-mound-native-rated-as-north-carolinas-top-sg-for-class-of-2019/.

“It was obviously exciting and humbling,” Gerald Nickelberry said his son’s latest achievement. “It is quite an accomplishment, but at the same time, it is validation that with a strong faith in God, coupled with hard work, anything is possible and achievable. We are proud of Josh. He has embraced this opportunity and he is focused. His time in the gym training and preparing reflects that.”

In addition, his stellar work ethic and steadfast desire to progress has boost his recruiting stick mightily, according to various recruiting experts, many of whom has listed Josh Nickelberry amongst the Top 60 players in the country for the Class of 2019.

STOCK RISING --- Josh Nickelberry, a rising sophomore shooting guard for Northwood Temple Academy in Fayetteville, North Carolina, he was the beneficiary recently of another remarkable honor, one that was a testament of his overall body of work in recent months. Rated as the No. 1 shooting guard in North Carolina for the Class of 2019, Nickelberry has been invited to a USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Minicamp. The four-day event, which will feature the top players in the classes of 2019 and 2020, will be held October 7-10 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and it will help determine the rosters for the upcoming FIBA Americas Tournament and future Hoop Summit games.

STOCK RISINGJosh Nickelberry, a rising sophomore shooting guard for Northwood Temple Academy in Fayetteville, North Carolina, he was the beneficiary recently of another remarkable honor, one that was a testament of his overall body of work in recent months. Rated as the No. 1 shooting guard in North Carolina for the Class of 2019, Nickelberry has been invited to a USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Minicamp.
The four-day event, which will feature the top players in the classes of 2019 and 2020, will be held October 7-10 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and it will help determine the rosters for the upcoming FIBA Americas Tournament and future Hoop Summit games.

This season at Trinity Christian, he will team up with fellow rising sophomore, 6-foot-7 Joey Baker, another highly-recruited standout who has been ranked amongst the ESPN’s Top 25 players nationally for the class of 2019 during rankings that were released in mid-August.

Amongst the reasons that Josh Nickelberry’s stock had risen is that he appeared in the prestigious Super Sophomore Camp in Atlanta, where he led the entire camp in scoring, as well as in six other major categories.

A RELATED STORY: http://memphisport.com/2016/03/north-carolina-prep-hoops-standout-josh-nickelberry-boosting-recruiting-stock-says-his-father-a-native-memphian/.

In addition, he was as good as advertised on the AAU circuit, where he averaged better than 25 points per game this summer for Team Loaded of North Carolina.

“These paths couple months, I’ve just been recovering from the summer but maintaining my strength and skills,” Josh Nickelberry said. “I’ve been working very hard trying to get ready for the upcoming season and the USA minicamp.”

What a difference a year has made.



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Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

Mississippi Valley State swingman Vacha Vaughn has ‘unfinished’ business heading into senior campaign

VALLEY HOOP DREAMS --- In this, his upcoming senior season for the Delta Devils of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), Vacha Vaughn figures to finally manufacture the breakthrough season that will give way to greater opportunities for the former Memphis Mitchell High standout. Greater as in being afforded the luxury of putting his immense skills on display at the professional level. (Photos courtesy of MVSU Athletics)

VALLEY HOOP DREAMSIn this, his upcoming senior season for the Delta Devils of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), Vacha Vaughn figures to finally manufacture the breakthrough season that will give way to greater opportunities for the former Memphis Mitchell High standout. Greater as in being afforded the luxury of putting his immense skills on display at the professional level. (Photos courtesy of MVSU Athletics)

When asked on Tuesday how would he assess his junior campaign, Mississippi Valley State swingman Vacha Vaughn was forthright and straight to the point.

By and large, he was only keeping it real.

In fact, he fielded the question as if he expected it.

“Unfinished,” Vaughn told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson.

That, after all, means one vital thing, as far as Vaughn is concerned.

In this, his upcoming season senior for the Delta Devils of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), Vaughn figures to finally manufacture the breakthrough season that will give way to greater opportunities for the former Memphis Mitchell High standout.

Mississippi Valley State swingman Vacha Vaughn

Mississippi Valley State swingman Vacha Vaughn

Greater as in being afforded the luxury of putting his immense skills on display at the professional level.

“I spent my summer working a summer job and preparing for senior year of basketball,” Vaughn said.

All things considered, Vaughn would be the first to tell you that brushing up on his mechanics was essential as he readies for a pivotal final year of college eligibility for an MVSU team that limped to an 8-27 finished last season, including a 0-13 mark on the road in non-conference play.

For starters, Vaughn is coming off of what was a subpar junior campaign, although he made the necessary adjustments prior to last season that enabled him to enjoy valuable minutes.

NOT DONE YET --- All things considered, Vaughn would be the first to tell you that brushing up on his mechanics was essential as he readies for a pivotal final year of college eligibility for an MVSU team that limped to an 8-27 finished last season, including a 0-13 mark on the road in non-conference play.

NOT DONE YETAll things considered, Vaughn would be the first to tell you that brushing up on his mechanics was essential as he readies for a pivotal final year of college eligibility for an MVSU team that limped to an 8-27 finished last season, including a 0-13 mark on the road in non-conference play.

Of MVSU’s 35 games, the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Vaughn made a career-best 34 appearances, averaging 3.9 points while making nearly 68 percent of his field goals.

Add to the fact that he averaged a compelling 20.2 minutes of action and was remarkably aggressive on the boards — he averaged a career-high 4.4 rebounds — and it’s no wonder Vaughn is clinging to lofty aspirations of beefing up his stock as the Delta Devils prepare to open camp in approximately one month.

He registered a career-high of 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting in 25 minutes last year in a losing effort against Tennessee Tech.

“I am very hard-working,” Vaughn said of his offseason workouts. “I love being in the gym and around basketball. Every day, there is always room for improvement.”

Which, to Vaughn’s credit, is his primary focus heading into his final season of collegiate ball.

KEY CONTRIBUTOR --- Of MVSU’s 35 games, the 6-foot-4 Vaughn made a career-best 34 appearances, averaging 3.9 points while making nearly 68 percent of his field goals.

KEY CONTRIBUTOROf MVSU’s 35 games last year, the 6-foot-4 Vaughn made a career-best 34 appearances, averaging 3.9 points while making nearly 68 percent of his field goals.

Having been the catalyst of a tradition-rich Mitchell program that has emerged as a Shelby-Metro-area dynasty with three consecutive state championships, the 22-year-old Vaughn chose MVSU after having garnered offers from Lane College, Jacksonville University, and Victory University during his stellar prep stint in the basketball-crazed Bluff City.

Now, as he looks ahead with great expectancy to what figures to a long awaited coming-out-party, of sorts, this year for MVSU, he knows full well he’ll have at his disposal a golden opportunity to excel — and make a favorable impression upon pro scouts — for a Delta Devil squad that will aiming to atone for last year’s disastrous finish.

Not only is Vaughn confident he will be as good as advertised as a senior, but his mother, Alesia Franklin, will undoubtedly make regular trips to Itta Bena, Mississippi to watch her son perform in what figures to be a banner season.

“The sky is the limit for my son because he works very hard at what he does,” Franklin said. “He first began playing basketball at Chickasaw Middle but always (played it) as a kid. College basketball is so important for him because it is fun and he loves to play the sport.”

Not only that, someone who’s extremely close to Vaughn is monitoring him closely.

NOT SATISFIED, HE SAID --- “I am very hard-working,” Vaughn said of his offseason workouts. “I love being in the gym and around basketball. Every day, there is always room for improvement.”

NOT SATISFIED, HE SAID“I am very hard-working,” Vaughn said of his offseason workouts. “I love being in the gym and around basketball. Every day, there is always room for improvement.”

“He’s a good role model because his little brother looks up to him and some of the other kids in the neighborhood,” Franklin said. “And the sport keeps him physically fit and it allows him to develop skills, strategies, and communication with others that plays the same sport. I would like to add that anything is possible with God who strengthens us.”

All of which generally explains why the 2016-17 season is arguably the most important of Vaughn’s basketball career.

All of which virtually explains why he isn’t merely satisfied at this stage in his college hoops career.

“Unfinished,” Vaughn said.

With a straight face.



 

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ABOUT ANDRE: A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former sportswriter for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest  Division and the NFL. To read him, send email to: memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Former Memphis-area educator Rekeshia Hudson takes brave leap of faith into entrepreneurship

“The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.” (Deuteronomy 28:12)

 

hhhhJust days ago, Rekeshia Hudson was asked to assess why the above Biblical passage undoubtedly is her favorite.

As usual, she wasted little time paying homage to her Creator.

“This passage impacts my life daily, because it is a promise from the Lord,” Hudson told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “He keeps His promises.”

From the time she recalled like yesterday when she roamed the campus of tradition-rich Memphis Whitehaven High, to when she worked earnestly toward pursuing her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Memphis, to when she steadfastly persevered until she possessed her much-anticipated Master’s of Education degree from nearby Freed Hardeman University, Hudson can dauntlessly attest that God has kept His promises.

In fact, given the immense strides she’s made over the years, it’s safe to assume that God not only delivered on His emphatic, life-changing pledges but, for Hudson, He’s shown her daily the calling about which He’s intentionally given her.

Now, unlike never before, it’s safe to assume that she’s not only basking in the glory and splendor of these promises but, above all, she’s walking diligently in her divine purpose.

“I have a heart for children,” Hudson explained. “I have a love for helping. I believe I can change the world, one child at a time.”

To her credit, she’s doing just that — with God, her Helper, leading the way.

AMAZING GRACE AND FAVOR --- A native Memphian and a married mother of two adorable daughters (Chance Imani and Rylee Grace), Rekeshia Hudson is a former Memphis-area educator and a current Mid-South area business owner. A notable education tenure in which she served Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade students, as well as assumed the role as an elementary school counselor in what she describes as an “urban setting,” Hudson has appropriately shifted her focus to entrepreneurialship. As she tells it, such a lofty transition, by all accounts, was a colossal leap of faith, one about which she’s thoroughly convinced was orchestrated by Almighty God from the outset.

AMAZING GRACE AND FAVORA native Memphian and a married mother of two adorable daughters (Chance Imani and Rylee Grace), Rekeshia Hudson is a former Memphis-area educator and a current Mid-South area business owner.
A notable education tenure in which she served Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade students, as well as assumed the role as an elementary school counselor in what she describes as an “urban setting,” Hudson has appropriately shifted her focus to entrepreneurialship.
As she tells it, such a lofty transition, by all accounts, was a colossal leap of faith, one about which she’s thoroughly convinced was orchestrated by Almighty God from the outset.

A native Memphian and a married mother of two adorable daughters (Chance Imani and Rylee Grace), Hudson is a former Memphis-area educator and a current Mid-South area business owner.

A notable education tenure in which she served Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade students, as well as assumed the role as an elementary school counselor in what she describes as an “urban setting,” Hudson has appropriately shifted her focus to entrepreneurship.

As she tells it, such a lofty transition, by all accounts, was a colossal leap of faith, one about which she’s thoroughly convinced was orchestrated by Almighty God from the outset.

Never mind that she’s relatively new to all of this.

After all, with God, all things are possible because, if Hudson said it once, she’s said it countless times.

He keeps His promises.

“God is awesome and I am excited about the possibilities of what is to come,” said Hudson, explaining the significance of why she had to obey the voice of God and change careers. “I am thankful that I can take my daughter back and forth to school without stressing to get to work on two wheels. I am thankful that I can volunteer at my daughter’s school. I am blessed to wake up in the morning excited about going to do what I absolutely love, helping middle income families plan their finances. I am glad I jumped.”

Fortunately for Hudson, she had arguably her grandest cheerleader, who pushed her to jump, thus take that long-awaited leap of faith both in the natural and spirit.

“My husband is that calming voice that reminds me that all is well,” said Hudson, acknowledging Cleothues Hudson, Jr., her high school sweetheart and husband of nine years. “He allows me to pour out of my soul what I envision. He is extremely supportive in business and in our personal life. He is very hands-on and very vocal.”

Not to mention arguably the best coworkers with whom she’s ever crossed paths.

“His partnership is further confirmation from God that it was more than permissible to leap and change our lives so that we can be free from a boss, love God more through the ministry of generosity, spend time with our girls, date one another and help other families to achieve their financial goals,” Rekeshia Hudson said. “My husband keeps me focused. I am grateful for my forever friend.”

LOVE BIRDS --- Fortunately for Hudson, she had arguably her grandest cheerleader, who pushed her to jump, thus take that long-awaited leap of faith both in the natural and spirit. “My husband is that calming voice that reminds me that all is well,” said Hudson, acknowledging Cleothues Hudson, Jr., her husband of nine years. “He allows me to pour out of my soul what I envision. He is extremely supportive in business and in our personal life. He is very hands-on and very vocal.”

LOVE BIRDSFortunately for Hudson, she had arguably her grandest cheerleader, who pushed her to jump, thus take that long-awaited leap of faith both in the natural and spirit.
“My husband is that calming voice that reminds me that all is well,” said Hudson, acknowledging Cleothues Hudson, Jr., her husband of nine years. “He allows me to pour out of my soul what I envision. He is extremely supportive in business and in our personal life. He is very hands-on and very vocal.”

A little more than seven years removed from having suffered consecutive miscarriages — in October 2008 and April 2009 — for the Hudsons, it’s evident that God has surely allowed His countenance to shine upon them.

“We quickly learned how precious life is,” Rekeshia Hudson said of losing two sons to miscarriages. “This experience taught us the importance of togetherness. We have conquered many battles and entrepreneurship is definitely squeezing the potential from my husband and me.”

Now it’s on to bigger and better things, on to creating more lasting memories that, come to think of it, were apart of God’s plans all along.

Besides, if Rekeshia Hudson said it once, she’s said it countless time.

He keeps His promises.

“We realize if we can dream it, we can do it,” she said. “If we can think it, we can bring it to past. We are on another level with our thinking and with Christ, there is nothing impossible.”

As usual, she wasted little time paying homage to her Creator.



12308302_1264615573553243_4556209296677596210_nEDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, athlete, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Health-Tech Institute of Memphis becoming a fixture in Bluff City, surrounding areas

AAAAAJust recently, Ronald Kendall Washington was asked to summarize the longstanding mission for his flourishing organization, the Health-Tech Institute of Memphis.

He appropriately fielded the question as if he expected it.

“HTIM’s mission statement is, ‘Learn It! Know It! Apply It!’ Washington told long time journalist Andre Johnson.

To his credit, coupled with the dedicatory service and favorable contributions of his staff, this is, by all accounts, amongst the grandest reasons Washington’s organization has become the educational beacon of light, of sorts, for which it is widely known.

“This motto states exactly how we treat and the expected outcomes we have for our students,” Washington explained. “From the initial interview, to graduation, and any post graduate contact we have with our students, we design a training plan for them to achieve their goals in their chosen field.  It is imperative that they understand that day one.”

WWWWThe longtime owner and chief executive officer of Health-Tech Institute of Memphis along with his wife, Melanie, who’s the institution’s president and brings to HTIM well over two decades of experience in the education sector, HTIM for some time has been a fixture in the Memphis-metropolitan area.

Located at 571 Vance Avenue in the heart of South Memphis, HTIM is a post-secondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and is approved for Veterans Training by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

According to the organization’s website (http://www.htimphs.com/), HTIM routinely offers certifications in Certified Medical Assisting, Health-Information Management (or Medical Billing and Coding), Office Administration,  Patient Care Technician, and National Craft Assessment (NCCER).

“HTIM (also) provides training in the fields of Allied Health and Business Services,” Ronald Washington acknowledged.

That’s because Allied Health and Business Services both are demand occupation sectors in the United States, in large part because they have been identified by the local greater Memphis Labor Analysis Data as well for the area.

CHECK OUT HTIM ONLINE: http://www.htimphs.com/.

That, as a result, figures to benefit the Bluff City and surrounding areas for years to come.

In a nutshell, HTIM is just what Memphis needs and, because its staff is one that is well-experienced and has made education an integral force surrounding his mission, it’s safe to assume this organization’s best and brightest days are well ahead of it.

According to a spokesperson for HTIM, this post-secondary educational institution has been training individuals since November 1999.

MAKING STRIDES --- Located at 571 Vance Avenue in the heart of South Memphis, HTIM is a post-secondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and is approved for Veterans Training by the Department of Veterans Affairs. According to the organization’s website (http://www.htimphs.com/), HTIM routinely offers certifications in Certified Medical Assisting, Health-Information Management (or Medical Billing and Coding), Office Administration, Patient Care Technician, and National Craft Assessment (NCCER).

MAKING STRIDESLocated at 571 Vance Avenue in the heart of South Memphis, HTIM is a post-secondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and is approved for Veterans Training by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
According to the organization’s website (http://www.htimphs.com/), HTIM routinely offers certifications in Certified Medical Assisting, Health-Information Management (or Medical Billing and Coding), Office Administration, Patient Care Technician, and National Craft Assessment (NCCER).

Add to the fact that countless students have earned diplomas and professional/technical certifications in their chosen fields since HTIM’s inception, and it’s no wonder that even the mainstream media is starting to take in account just how vital a credible institution such as HTIM is in greater Memphis.

“As part of our projected growth to serve more potential students with our training services, HTIM applied and completed the initial process for accreditation with the Council on Occupational Education,” Ronald Washington said.

LOOKING AHEAD --- “HTIM’s expectation for growth is to add two additional locations in Memphis and spread to the Nashville area with additional schools before doing the same in the eastern parts of Tennessee,” Washington said. “Our goal is to have 5,000 students by the 2022 in the state of Tennessee.”

LOOKING AHEAD“HTIM’s expectation for growth is to add two additional locations in Memphis and spread to the Nashville area with additional schools before doing the same in the eastern parts of Tennessee,” Washington said. “Our goal is to have 5,000 students by the 2022 in the state of Tennessee.”

According to Washington, Council on Occupational Education — or COE — is a leading accreditor of institutions seeking eligibility for federal Department of Education Title IV participation, or Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, etc.  Moreover, COE has scheduled the “full” Accreditation Visit for April 17, 2017 and, as Washington acknowledged, such a sequence will greatly advance the number of students, particularly as it relates to enrolling and training at his institution.

Not only that, because of its well-experienced staff that includes Jennyfer Washington, HTIM’s Director of Admissions, as well as stellar advisory board, chances are the State of Tennessee in all likelihood will start to become more enlightened about this flourishing institution.

Much sooner than later.

“HTIM’s expectation for growth is to add two additional locations in Memphis and spread to the Nashville area with additional schools before doing the same in the eastern parts of Tennessee,” Washington said.  “Our goal is to have 5,000 students by the 2022 in the state of Tennessee.”

All of whom will be expected to live up to and fortify the longstanding, flagship mission:

“Learn It! Know It! Apply It!”

 

HEALTH-TECH INSTITUTE OF MEMPHIS’ ADMINISTRATION & FACULTY

Melanie K. Washington, President

Melanie Washington is the owner & President of HTIM. She is a retired Memphis City Schools teacher of 20 years who has devoted her life to education.

Melanie has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Lemoyne-Owen College & a Masters of Education from Cumberland University.

Ronald K. Washington, Dean of Business Affairs

Ron serves as the Dean of Business Affairs. Before joining HTIM, he was a Program Specialist with the Private Industry Council specializing in designing employment and training programs for dislocated workers.  Ron holds several certifications in business and allied health services which gives him insight on how to design each training program curriculum offered by HTIM. 

Veronyca Washington, Vice President of Academic Affairs

Veronyca joined HTIM in 2008 as an Executive Administrative Assistant to the President & was promoted to Vice President of Academic Affairs in 2011.

Veronyca has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Fisk University & a Master of Science in Public Health from Meharry Medical College.

Jennyfer Washington, Director of Admissions & Financial Aid

Jennyfer serves as Director of Admissions & Financial Aid & has been with HTIM for 7 years. In her role, she is responsible for student admission & retention.

Jennyfer has a Bachelor of Science in Sociology/Education/Health from Middle Tennessee State University.

Michelle Cotton, Health Information Management Professor

Rachel Lester, Medical Assistant Clinical Professor

Melissa Garrett, Pharmacy Technician Professor

 

OUR ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Institutional Advisory Board Members

Patricia Sonyika, MD, Board Anesthesiologist Chair

Mariah H. Mardis, MD, Associate Director; OccuMed; Vice-Chair

Program Committee Board Members

Betty Rodgers, RN, Chief Operating Officer, Pulse First 1      

Carlotta Hill, BS, Medical Support Administrator, Union Avenue  Dental   

Jacqueline Williams, CCAT, CPAT, Billing & Collections Specialist, Methodist Healthcare Systems

Michelle Cotton, CCA, Lead Inpatient Coder, Parkwood Behavioral Systems  

Doris Brown, CCAT, Reimbursement Specialist, The West Clinic      

Victor Anderson, MBA, Chief Fiscal Officer, Memphis Overton Park Zoo

 

For more information about the Health-Tech Institute of Memphis, call 901-529-9007.  

                                                                                                  



12308302_1264615573553243_4556209296677596210_nEDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, athlete, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Houston area salon owner Aidah Sama following in massive footsteps of her grandmother

DALLAS — Aidah Sama is pretty easy on the eyes.

However, she’d be the first to tell you that she wants to be more than just a pretty face.

qqqq 1996 graduate of Denver, Colorado’s East High School, Sama recalls like yesterday how an expected termination from her job essentially changed the overall landscape of her young life.

“Right after high school, I was fired from my job at a call center simply because I was on track to being promoted,” Sama told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during an exclusive interview on Friday. “Those types of jobs do mass firings or layoffs to prevent themselves from paying more when they can simply hire new people at starting salaries and keep their profit margins higher.”

TERRIFIC TEXAS TURNAROUND --- Aidah Sama, 38, is owner and chief executive officer of Aidah Sama Bridal Stylist And Colorist in the Woodlands, Texas, which is a few miles north of the city of Houston. An up-and-coming business in which her solid is clientele has undergone favorable changes in recent years, Sama attributes much of her career success to the fact that she’s had the luxury of residing in several major cities over the past decades, a trend that greatly allowed her to become knowledgeable of the pros and cons as a salon owner.

TERRIFIC TEXAS TURNAROUNDAidah Sama, 38, is owner and chief executive officer of Aidah Sama Bridal Stylist And Colorist in the Woodlands, Texas, which is a few miles north of the city of Houston. An up-and-coming business in which her solid is clientele has undergone favorable changes in recent years, Sama attributes much of her career success to the fact that she’s had the luxury of residing in several major cities over the past decades, a trend that greatly allowed her to become knowledgeable of the pros and cons as a salon owner.

Fortunately for Sama, a native of Denver who currently resides in the Houston, Texas area, her untimely firing essentially served as a blessing in disguise, thus greatly fueled her desire to mightily embark upon a career for which God has rightly purposed her.

Today, unlike never before, she’s undoubtedly basking in the glory of a notable cosmetologist career that, to her credit, has greatly given her an entirely different disposition on life.

Moreover, as Sama tells it, such a spirited turn of events surfaced courtesy of what turned out to be a memorable bus ride.

“I hated the feeling of someone being able to hold

your lively hood in their hands,” said Sama, alluding to her unannounced firing from a job that offered virtually little opportunities for growth. “So on the way home, I decided I wanted to do something I loved that would provide for me and family and I would have full control and that no one would fire me again. So I hopped on the bus and went to cosmetology school.”

Years removed from a firing that essentially has benefited her mightily, Sama was destined to climb the career ladder in her selected field of interest.

Boy, did she ever.

So much so that today, Sama, 38, is owner and chief executive officer of Aidah Sama Bridal Stylist And Colorist in the Woodlands, Texas, which is a few miles north of the city of Houston.

FOLLOW AIDAH SAMA ON SOCIAL MEDIA: https://www.facebook.com/AidahSamaBridesandColor/.

An up-and-coming business in which her solid is clientele has undergone favorable changes in recent years, Sama attributes much of her career success to the fact that she’s had the luxury of residing in several major cities over the past decades, a trend that greatly allowed her to become knowledgeable of the pros and cons as a salon owner.

Given the immense success she’s enjoyed in recent years, it’s safe to assume that past call center firing isn’t just a distant memory but, most importantly, it proved to be just the setback Sama needed to encounter that jumpstarted her miraculously comeback.

aaaaShe’s baaaaaack.

“I love the fact that this business is constantly changing,” Sama said. “Nothing stays the same. Every five years or so, I have reinvented myself. I have had the opportunity to live in four cities over the last 10 years being able to adapt to my surroundings and build my clientele over and

over helped me truly understand the blessing is with me and in my hands.

A TRUE TALENT --- As owner of a rising business that is starting to become a fixture in the Houston metropolitan area, Sama specializes in an assortment of special occasions, most notably weddings, proms, homecoming courts, even Black Tie Galas as well as a variety of hair colorings.

A TRUE TALENTAs owner of a rising business that is starting to become a fixture in the Houston metropolitan area, Sama specializes in an assortment of special occasions, most notably weddings, proms, homecoming courts, even Black Tie Galas as well as a variety of hair colorings.

“I have learned it’s not about being considered high end simply because you work in one of those expensive salons,” Sama continued. “It’s about how much you value what you offer and building your brand as such. I started out doing hair at $18 for a shampoo and blow dry. After one year, I doubled my prices. I was worth more and my work spoke for itself.”

CONTACT AIDAH: aidahsama@gmail.com.

More than anything, Sama is highly appreciative of her grandmother, a longtime professional salon owner who was arguably her biggest mentor.

Sama’s grandmother opened her first salon months after Sama was born. Upon graduating from cosmetology school, Sama assumed a position at her establishment, where she was afforded a front row seat, or sorts, as it pertains to learning to operate and manage a salon.

Thank God for grandma.

vvvv“Momma, as I love to call her, doesn’t play,” Sama said. “She ran a very tight ship, where professionalism is a non-negotiable. She groomed me into the business person I am today. I get my no-nonsense attitude and business savvyness from her. She will lovingly

tell you, ‘You shouldn’t have named her after me if you didn’t want her to act like me.’ In this business you have to have tough skin and keep the overall goal in perspective at all

times.”

aaaaaaAs owner of a rising business that is starting to become a fixture in the Houston metropolitan area, Sama specializes in an assortment of special occasions, most notably weddings, proms, homecoming courts, even Black Tie Galas as well as a variety of hair colorings.

rrrrBy and large, it is because her family boasts a stellar list of professional cosmetologists that God had divinely purposed Sama to fulfill and live out her dream.

Ahhhhh…just as she had envisioned in the aftermath of that abrupt call center firing.

mmmm“Cosmetology and entrepreneurship have been in my family for generations,” Sama said. “My grandmother open her first salon the year I was born. I have just continued to hold the mantle passed on to me. I have over the course of my career gone into other salons to work since moving around while married was required, but I always ended up right back in an ownership leadership role. I am a natural leader.”

Which, to her credit, isn’t bad after all, especially for someone who’s pretty easy on the eyes.

 

For more information about Aidah Sama Bridal Stylist And Colorist, call (281) 419-7262.

 



12308302_1264615573553243_4556209296677596210_nEDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, athlete, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Professional massage therapist and dance choreographer Keith Clark thriving in Dallas/Fort Worth area

DALLAS — Keith Clark II was asked earlier this week to recall his past history as an athlete.

After pausing momentarily, the usual outspoken, yet modest Clark responded with the proverbial “Laughing Out Loud.”

TEXAS SIZE IMPACT --- Currently a resident of the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Gary, Indiana native Keith Clark II is a professional Dancer/Instructor/Choreographer as well a Licensed Massage Therapist for a business venture he has deemed Revivify Massage Therapy. By and large, the 41-year-old Clark oversees a business called Keith Clark Collection (or KCC), which is an all natural line of skin care and aromatherapy “goodies” to assist in healing one's mind, body and emotions.

TEXAS SIZE IMPACTCurrently a resident of the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Gary, Indiana native Keith Clark II is a professional Dancer/Instructor/Choreographer as well a Licensed Massage Therapist for a business venture he has deemed Revivify Massage Therapy. By and large, the 41-year-old Clark oversees a business called Keith Clark Collection (or KCC), which is an all natural line of skin care and aromatherapy “goodies” to assist in healing one’s mind, body and emotions. (Photo by B. Ellis Photography) 

“I (participated in) track (and field) on and off, then made the decision to dance,” Clark told longtime journalist during an exclusive interview “(LOL)…I didn’t complete one full season in track. (SMH)….”

While Clark’s past athletic tenure was rather short-lived, the Gary, Indiana native’s disposition was such that he steadfastly devised ways to broaden his horizon, embraced new challenges, thus took advantage of golden opportunities to excel.

In a nutshell, he’s widely known amongst his peers as one who customarily goes above and beyond to not just create a carefree lifestyle for himself but, most importantly, for those with whom he frequently crosses paths.

That, after all, practically sums up why Clark has delved off into the world of entrepreneurialship.

Currently a resident of the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Clark is a professional Dancer/Instructor/Choreographer as well a Licensed Massage Therapist for a business venture he has deemed Revivify Massage Therapy.

mmmmBy and large, the 41-year-old Clark oversees a business called Keith Clark Collection (or KCC), which is an all natural line of skin care and aromatherapy “goodies” to assist in healing one’s mind, body and emotions.

“The reason I chose track is because it is a very individualized sport, where even though you are a team, ultimately your race is on your race,” said Clark, explaining the correlation between the competitive drive of sports and starting a business. “That same dedication, focus, individualism, grit, sweat and determination are needed when you decide to become an entrepreneur and/or step out on your own to start a business.”

Follow Keith on Social Media: Revivify on Facebook/renewrestorerecharge
Website: www.revivify.massagetherapy.com.
Follow KCC on Facebook & Instagram: @keithclarkcollection
Website: www.k2c.bigcartel.com.

If nothing else, Clark undoubtedly possesses the skills and durability, particularly as it pertains to running the business ventures about which he oversees.

aaaFor starters, he’s been diligently involved in dancing, teaching, choreographing for more than three decades and has become an efficient masseuse for the past 18 years (but has been officially licensed for six years.

“When I decided to leave the corporate world,” said Clark, a Purdue University graduate, “KCC about five years old…three years of trial and era and research, but actively selling for years.”

Moreover, Clark would be the first to admit that being a longtime massage therapist has its distinct advantages, of sorts.

yyy“Being a massage therapist, I see firsthand a lot of clients that are medicated and, believe it or not, a lot of these synthetic medications actually hinder the body from naturally healing itself,” Clark explained. “This is where KCC comes into play. As I began to research the benefits of aromatherapy via essential oils and natural alternatives to combat skin issues that some of my clients had, such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, and warts. Or emotional issues such as anxiety, depression, grief. And physical issues such as headaches, migraines, digestive, sinus, respiratory and circulation. So I started creating products that had proven results which led to my clients wanting to purchase what assisted in “healing” them. After two years of coaxing, sampling on friends and colleagues, KCC came to be.”

yyyyyyThe rest, as they say, is history.

Not only is it safe to assume that Clark is well-rounded and quite knowledgeable about his products but, to his credit, his business venture is starting to enhance the lives of his clients.

So much for trial and era.

eee“I love the fact that my very active background, from wanting to be a stunt man to running track to dancing has allowed me to get to know the ultimate piece of machinery, (which is) the human body,” Clark said. “This allows me to pin point the mechanical breakdown of a person’s musculature and try to assist clients in maintaining their body to perform daily activities. And for my athletic clients, optimizing their body to compete at higher levels.

zzzzMore than anything, Clark acknowledges, it is because of his unyielding faith that has elevated his business mightily.

“I am a believer in Christ,” Clark said. “When you know whose you are and why you are, your gifts and talents will make room for you. When one realizes their purpose in this life, you can’t help but to be obedient to the calling on your life — loving, sharing, and helping our fellow man/woman are imperative.”

Spoken like a true, progressive businessman.



12308302_1264615573553243_4556209296677596210_nEDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, athlete, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Chisa Anderson’s 901 Strands enjoying continuous success since its inception

Chisa Anderson didn’t waste any time.

Months after graduating from Memphis Trezevant High School in 1998, Anderson consequently took her cosmetology talents straight to nearby New Wave Hair Academy.

CHASING GREATNESS --- After a little more than a decade-and-a-half, Chisa Anderson, 35, has witnessed God enlarge her territory, thus catapult her to a much-anticipated harvest season in the process. A native of Mississippi, Anderson is owner and chief executive officer of 901 Strands Salon & Hair Extensions. Located at 6880 Hillshire Drive, Suite 10 in Memphis, Anderson, to her credit, has appropriately emerged from stewardship in the cosmetology industry to her rightful place as ownership.

CHASING GREATNESSAfter a little more than a decade-and-a-half, Chisa Anderson, 35, has witnessed God enlarge her territory, thus catapult her to a much-anticipated harvest season in the process. A native of Mississippi, Anderson is owner and chief executive officer of 901 Strands Salon & Hair Extensions. Located at 6880 Hillshire Drive, Suite 10 in Memphis, Anderson, to her credit, has appropriately emerged from stewardship in the cosmetology industry to her rightful place as ownership.

Like many of her peers, Anderson had clung to lofty aspirations of not just occupying space in someone else’s salon, helping them live out their dreams, thus relinquishing the customary booth rent time and again.

Rather Anderson’s vision was far greater and bigger than that, regardless of how seemingly insurmountable or challenging it had become.

Make no mistake, Anderson, as far as she was concerned, wasn’t about to settle for just getting by, wasn’t merely about to harbor the play-it-safe mentality in this ever-so-competitive cosmetology industry.

THE FINISHED PRODUCT --- Fortunately for Anderson, who also studied Business and International Business at Southwest Tennessee Community College and Strayer University, respectively, she is finally reaping the benefits of her valiant, resilient efforts as a professional cosmetologist.

THE FINISHED PRODUCTFortunately for Anderson, who also studied Business and International Business at Southwest Tennessee Community College and Strayer University, respectively, she is finally reaping the benefits of her valiant, resilient efforts as a professional cosmetologist.

Because of the life-enhancing vision and divine purpose by which God has blessed her, Anderson has seemingly reached the pinnacle of a career that only keeps gets greater.

All because, well, she didn’t waste any time.

“I went straight to New Wave Hair Academy and completed my hours and received my State Board License in 2000,” Anderson told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during an exclusive interview. “(I’ve had) my license 16 years now.”

Now after a little more than a decade-and-a-half, Anderson, 35, has witnessed God enlarge her territory, thus catapult her to a much-anticipated harvest season in the process.

aaA native of Mississippi, Anderson is owner and chief executive officer of 901 Strands Salon & Hair Extensions.

Located at 6880 Hillshire Drive, Suite 10 in Memphis, Anderson, to her credit, has appropriately emerged from stewardship in the cosmetology industry to her rightful place as ownership.

pppppppTalk about pure perseverance.

Fortunately for Anderson, who also studied Business and International Business at Southwest Tennessee Community College and Strayer University, respectively, she is finally reaping the benefits of her valiant, resilient efforts as a professional cosmetologist.

uuu“I took an international business course and was very intrigued in the foreign market,” Anderson said. Fast forward to years later, and I have a business where I work directly with foreign markets. Go figure.”

She didn’t waste any time.

That’s because along with Anderson’s solid clientele, 901 Strands also offers consumers as assortment of stylish hair extensions.

Pretty clever for a business that recently celebrated its official grand opening in mid-June.

TTTTYYYAs if things aren’t on the up-and-up enough, it’s safe to assume that Anderson’s has lured a solid, experienced staff of professional cosmetologists to help fortify 901 Strands’ mission.

Of her five styling stations, three of them have been taken, bringing her staff of hairstylists to four.

Still, more growth is on the horizon, Anderson said.

“I’m now about to hire a licensed natural nail manicurist,” Anderson said. “Someone offering natural healthy nail services with Shellac manicures and more. I need a specialist.

“The hair business is very competitive, especially the hair market,” Anderson continued. “Although it had been suggested to me on many occasions and I refused, it was finally a client that convinced me to get into selling hair. I avoided it because everyone was selling hair. I fell in love with Peruvian and went straight for that market. I’m so surprised at how well it’s doing.”

pppHer steadfast willingness to embrace change — particularly when it comes to hair extensions — has benefited her mightily.

All because — you guessed it — she didn’t waste any time.

CCCCC“I was determined to introduce more people to Peruvian (hair) since Brazilian was so dominating,” Anderson said. “Everyone was selling Brazilian, so my exact niche was not to sell Brazilian hair to clients. However, over time and after so many requests, I now keep a small stock of Brazilian for clients who just have to have Brazilian hair. But my number one top seller is Peruvian…the Peruvian Body Wave. It did so well I named it my ‘Signature Strands.’”

aasseeeAll things considered, for a new business owner who’s enjoying instant success, Anderson emphasized that the primary objective must remain the same.

That is, keeping customers happy is her No. 1 priority.

“The most I like about my business is making people look and feel pretty,” Anderson. “I think it’s that feeling of making others happy…just being able to create that feeling for my clients. After a long week and trying times, you can come to 901 Strands and escape and get your life.”

After that long, brutally hectic week, don’t even think of wasting any time.



12308302_1264615573553243_4556209296677596210_nEDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, athlete, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Memphis BTW hoops standout Ethan Jones figures to have breakthrough senior season

aaassIt is a foregone conclusion that Leslie Jones wants what’s best for her son, Memphis Booker T. Washington basketball standout Ethan Andrew Jones.

Every so often, in fact, she makes it a point to remind him of such.

In all likelihood, she doesn’t plan to let up anytime soon.

“I need him to get an education because I never got that far,” Leslie Jones told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson on Monday. “And I would be proud to watch him graduate from college.”

As Ethan Jones continues what has been a brutally hectic, but productive summer — particularly on the AAU hoops circuit — his mother yet again is reminding him that she’s undoubtedly his grandest cheerleader.

Fortunately for the 18-year-old rising senior, his mother’s unyielding support couldn’t have come at a better time.

MOM KNOWS BEST --- As Memphis Booker T. Washington basketball standout Ethan Jones continues what has been a brutally hectic, but productive summer --- particularly on the AAU hoops circuit --- his mother, Leslie Jones, yet again is reminding him that she’s undoubtedly his grandest cheerleader.

MOM KNOWS BESTAs Memphis Booker T. Washington basketball standout Ethan Jones continues what has been a brutally hectic, but productive summer — particularly on the AAU hoops circuit — his mother, Leslie Jones, yet again is reminding him that she’s undoubtedly his grandest cheerleader.

For starters, Ethan Jones has yet to generate any official college offers, although while in Orlando, Florida this week for the AAU Nationals, that could all change.

Add to the fact that the 6-foot-6 swingman enjoyed a remarkable junior season in which he helped propel perennial power BTW to the TSSAA Class A state championship game, and it’s no wonder the possibility exists that Ethan Jones could very well garner interests from college scouts and recruiters in the foreseeable future.

“I believe I played the perfect games (all season long) for a big man all around,” said Ethan Jones, assessing his play this past season.

Still, arguably the biggest mystery is whether college scout will at some take notice his overall body of work on the court, most notably his ability to run the floor for a big man, as well as his keen ability to rebound on  both ends of the floor and continue to have an effective presence in the post.

By and large, these are just the key mechanics about which Ethan Jones is determined to upgrade this offseason.

UNDER THE RADAR --- Ethan Jones has yet to generate any official college offers, although while in Orlando, Florida this week for the AAU Nationals, that could all change. Add to the fact that the 6-foot-6 swingman enjoyed a remarkable junior season in which he helped propel perennial power BTW to the TSSAA Class A state championship game, and it’s no wonder the possibility exists that Ethan Jones could very well garner interests from college scouts and recruiters in the foreseeable future.

UNDER THE RADAREthan Jones has yet to generate any official college offers, although while in Orlando, Florida this week for the AAU Nationals, that could all change.
Add to the fact that the 6-foot-6 swingman enjoyed a remarkable junior season in which he helped propel perennial power BTW to the TSSAA Class A state championship game, and it’s no wonder the possibility exists that Ethan Jones could very well garner interests from college scouts and recruiters in the foreseeable future.

After all, he’s months away from the start of his senior prep season, meaning there is no time to let up.

“I am not a regular big man because I can shoot and push the ball down the court,” said Ethan Jones, sounding like the assertive, poised student athlete for which he is widely known. “I work out every day.”

To his credit, it is because of his efficient workouts and conditioning sessions, coupled with his lofty expectations of progressing that he figures to make a solid case that he possess the skills to plat at the collegiate level.

PAW PAW --- Ethan Jones is the grandson of Southern Heritage Classic founder Fred Jones

PAW PAWEthan Jones is the grandson of Southern Heritage Classic founder Fred Jones.

Ethan Jones, who helped BTW to a 25-6 finish this past season, is the grandson of Southern Heritage Classic founder Fred Jones.

“(He’s been playing basketball) since he was about nine years old,” Leslie Jones said. “He played for a summer league. But I wasn’t really surprised because of how tall he was and how he loved to play with his cousins. When I watched him play in the State Championship (last season), it was pure pandemonium. I tend to yell a lot…as much as I love watching them be victorious in close games but, at the same time, it is utterly nerve wrecking.”

As he readies for what figures to be a breakthrough senior campaign for the Antonio Harris-coached Warriors team that is expected to vie for a state crown, Leslie Jones says she’s confident her son will acquire the necessary exposure to lure the attention of college colleges.

“He has always been overlooked and some may have doubted his commitment to the game,” Leslie Jones said. “He is a kid that takes directions well and also takes constructive criticism when he knows it will benefit him in the long run.”

NOT LETTING UP --- To his credit, it is because of his efficient workouts and conditioning sessions, coupled with his lofty expectations of progressing that he figures to make a solid case that he possess the skills to plat at the collegiate level. “(He’s been playing basketball) since he was about nine years old,” Leslie Jones said.

NOT LETTING UPTo his credit, it is because of his efficient workouts and conditioning sessions, coupled with his lofty expectations of progressing that he figures to make a solid case that he possess the skills to plat at the collegiate level.
“(He’s been playing basketball) since he was about nine years old,” Leslie Jones said.

Not to mention, catapult him to his long-awaited dream of dressing out in a college uniform.

“Because basketball is what I like to do,” said Ethan Jones, when asked why is playing college basketball a dream of his. “And I want to play college basketball so I can pursue my dream to make it to the NBA.”

As far as his mother is concerned, amongst the observations about which he instills in her son is to keep his focus on education first and playing professionally a distant second.

“I tell his (team) mates that you can use basketball to advance you to the next level and not necessarily the NBA,” Leslie Jones said. “You have to think long term.”

Every so often, in fact, she makes it a point to remind her beloved son of such.



12308302_1264615573553243_4556209296677596210_nEDITOR’S NOTE: If you have a child or team that is seeking exposure and would like an in-depth sports news story, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him for details under “Andre T. Johnson.”

Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

Rising entrepreneur Karen Hargrow taking The Krafty Group to a whole new level

KarenA little more than a year ago, Karen Hargrow was birthed with a life-enhancing vision.

Today, unlike never before, she’s destined to witness her well sought after prospect come full circle.

A rising entrepreneur whose reputation is such that she aspires mightily to excel, flourish, and maximize her potential, Hargrow is founder and chief executive officer of The Krafty Group, a newly-established venture designed to strategically develop, organize, and assist businesses and other organizations with a variety of administration and daily operations, most notably management and business set ups, among other entities.

“The mission for the business is (geared toward) efficiency in making your business efficient in servicing clients and customers and increasing your business revenue by handling administration activities,” Hargrow explained during a recent interview with longtime journalist Andre Johnson.

Aside from helping propel businesses to achieve their customer service goals and objectives, The Krafty Group is considered an ideal, yet credible avenue in large part because it is  committed to the proverbial personal assisting, negotiations, management, social media, representation, data entry, QuickBooks entry, and, as Hargrow swiftly acknowledged, “any of your business needs with a can-do attitude of success.”

What’s even more intriguing about The Krafty Group is that Hargrow has adopted a stern commitment for ensuring that any company or organization that strives to concentrate on their business at hand can, in turn, “leave the behind-the-scene tasks to us.
In essence, that is amongst the essential reasons The Krafty Group has greatly evolved as — you guessed it — a business venture that has deemed crafty in various aspects.

katebe“We work with you to push your objectives, goals and dreams of the company and/or organization,” Hargrow said. “No job or project is too small or large. We are prompt with deadlines.  We service small and big corporations, businesses, nonprofits, and companies.”

A native of Chicago, Hargrow currently resides in the Dallas-Fort Worth area by way of Memphis, Tennessee.

Long before relocating to the Lone Star State and starting her business venture, she had befittingly adopted the mindset of one who was destined to delve off in the competitive, notable world of entrepreneurship.

She is a 1994 graduate of Memphis’ Overton Performing Arts High School. Consequently, she enrolled at Hawaii Pacific University after attending Fisk University in Nashville, where she earned her undergraduate degree in 1998.

After years of advancing her education, coupled with business-oriented preparation, The Krafty Group was formed which, according to Hargrow, is the much-aniticipated birthing of a life-enhancing vision she sensed would ultimately come full circle.

How inventive.

How ironic.

How crafty.

“The company would be available to travel for projects as needed and we will (provide) services clients in and out of our company’s offices,” said Hargrow, when asked where she sees her business within the next fiscal year.

For more information about The Krafty Group, call Karen Hargrow at 214-677-3666, or email her at: Kldhargrow@gmail.com.



12308302_1264615573553243_4556209296677596210_nEDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, athlete, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.