Jim has been clean for 29 years and sober for three. Throughout his life, he faced challenges and individuals who tried to bring him down, but he continued to push forward. Jim has held 15 jobs in seven or eight different industries. He started out in the entertainment business doing sound and production for Rock N' Roll bands. He later became an entrepreneur, but not because it was a great way to get rich. Jim liked the idea of building something without regard for what was in front of him at the time. He described it like putting together a puzzle without knowing if all the pieces were in the box. Now, Jim is the Founder and Managing Director of Income for Outcomes, a company that helps individuals and organizations that want to make a change in the world, figure out how to make money from their endeavors. His company works with these organizations to discover the value they are already creating and how they can to turn that into income.
Anthony is currently the CEO of Island Fashion Art Music. He began doing graphic design work in high school, and helped design the images for individuals in his class who were in the music business. Anthony has always had a passion for music. While in school, he worked at McDonald's and saved his money to buy recording instruments so he could begin mixing and producing. He got better by practicing, and when he decided he wanted to make his passion for art and music into a business, he spent a year researching and seeking advice before getting his articles of incorporation. At the same time, Anthony worked as a security guard part-time and saved his money so he could put everything into his business. He made many sacrifices to ensure that his project was successful. Anthony's business creates graphics, music, ads, and web design. He had to teach himself to work a screen printing machine so he could better serve his customers. He believes in always being in control of his business and having a back-up for when things go wrong. Anthony also helps his parents with maintenance work for the rental properties they own and has restaurant experience from when he helped in his family's business as a child. Anthony described his motivation as being not only the desire to create a better life for himself, but also to help those around him. "There are many people who have potential out there," he said. Anthony believes in helping others now that he has enough to give. Anthony did not have an easy life, he got involved with a bad crowd and negative environment when he was younger, but he believes that that time was a learning experience and with a different mindset now, he is moving forward. He told clients to stay patient and calm, and to always keep faith.
Cory is an electrician by trade. At the age of 20 he began buying rental properties and he is now a property owner and manager. He is also running for Delegate in Baltimore City's 45th District, and is passionate about issues surrounding education, jobs, public safety, sanitation, and small businesses. Cory spoke to clients about his advice for being successful and for navigating life's transitional moments. For Cory, it has always been in his nature to continue to push forward and remain positive. "You can't keep negativity around you, keep going if you think what you are doing is right," he said. He also stressed to clients the importance of networking and building relationships that can not only help you but those around you as well. Cory described how his connection with a director at his trade school helped his brother find a job when he was in need. In addition, he also told clients that patience is key; everything can be fixed.
After graduating from high school, Walter didn't know what he wanted to do for his career. He ended up taking a bookkeeping class by accident and then went on to get his Bachelor's degree in accounting. He worked in accounting for 5 years, and then moved into the real estate profession. For the last 18 years he has worked for himself and is very passionate about making his own opportunities. Walter told clients that while it is important to make plans, you also have to be open to opportunities that will take you off your planned course; nothing Walter planned for himself ended up happening. Walter's relationship with his wife has been very important to him as he has developed new business ideas. Even if she had doubts, Walter's wife loved him enough to let him fail and never said "I told you so", when one of his ideas didn't work out. He always learned something from his failures, and is grateful that those close to him let him be who he is and do what he does. He stressed to clients how important it is to build relationships in life. "Be careful how you treat people," he said.