Not all of us have started our lives out saying, “I am gonna be an entrepreneur”, Kumar certainly didn’t. He never once thought about the path he is on now until the recession of 2008 hit him so hard that he had no other choice than to make himself a job so he could avoid bankruptcy. In that struggle, Kumar found his true calling. Kumar now is the founder of Rogue Eyewear, a luxury sunglass/eyewear company that got it’s start from Kumar’s mind for scientific advancement and design. Though eyewear ins’t the only thing he does.. Kumar has his hands in many different pots as a serial investor: fashion, food and beverage, sciences, chemical development, are just a few of the spaces you would find him working in on a day to day basis. Though he may have not started out with this lifestyle in mind, Kumar now can’t see spending his life any other way.
Gunnar grew up in poverty status with a single mother. Growing up in this environment he saw a lot of his mothers struggles, but he also saw how hard she worked to ensure he had healthy choices growing up as a kid. This day in age when organic eating and non-GMO food is all the rage, Gunnar knows some of these chain stores don’t mind jacking up the prices to meet the demand. Gunnar wanted to make healthy options easy and affordable for all American’s so he found Thrive Market, an online market place that allows people to buy their favorite organic brands online and have them delivered to their door anywhere nationwide for up to 25-50% off. By creating Thrive Market Gunnar has effectively helped bring healthy eating options into American homes that once could not afford it, helping to make America a happier and healthier place.
Dustin never wanted to work for someone else, he was fired three times before the age of 19 after not enjoying dealing with authority figures. He didn’t know what exactly he wanted to do, but he knew he didn’t want to work 40+ hours a week to make someone else’s dream come true. Dustin found the Academy and has been a student for some time now. In that time he has built his company Key Smart into a thriving business place that employs over 100 people, across 49 states, and last year made over $3 million in revenue. Dustin has been an exceptional student in the Academy, taking it upon himself to help out other students with their ideas and struggles, all while being a devoted husband and father of 3 beautiful girls. Dustin’s constant hard work and determination earned him a top 3 spot in our 2017 Secret Entourage Academy Challenges, and he hasn’t let up since. Dustin is proof that with the right guidance, a strong drive, and a no-excuses attitude you can really be whoever you want to be.
Austin Young was a student of the Academy for some time. He had a passion for all things exotic cars and knew he had to be working in that sphere. Thanks to some guidance through the Academy he has found a niche market, creating a way to find/sell super cars and their allocations that many people may never find through conventional channels. Knowing the super car market well enough, Austin is able to help his clients navigate through the process that is not necessarily talked about in any other setting. Austin’s company Veltracon is now servicing customers in all things luxury automotive from concierge services, allocation prospects, to storage, ensuring the longevity of his endeavor for years to come.
Robert Quarantello worked his whole life towards one goal, being a cop. He worked towards this goal for most of his life, before having to drop out of the Police Academy. He saw the nastier side of the world, filled with crime, violence, and hatred and didn’t want to continue making money that way. So he did what we all have done, decided to start a business so we could be our own bosses and make money OUR way. Robert’s first company was inspired by the students in the academy, he founded a aerial drone business and took it from $0-$135,000 in 11 months before being bought out and moving on to his next venture, phone flipping. Robert practices his phone flipping today, making a hefty side income while still working a conventional 9-5 job as a teacher, proving that no matter who you are or what you do, anyone can achieve their goals if they work hard enough.
Brett joined the Secret Entourage Academy a little over 5 years ago. He was stuck in that in between phase of having odd jobs here and there like Uber, and not wanting to go back and interview for some 9-5. Brett knew he wanted to own his own company and he did just that. But not everyone hits a home run on their first time to bat. It took Brett watching 3 other previous businesses fail before he finally found success with Flip Zipp. And the long awaited success was all worth it with his phone flipping company making $200,000 in revenue in just the first year.
Nick Maddox has been a student in the Academy now for just a little under two years. He bought his access with the money he got as a graduation present after high school and dove in head first. With that graduation money Nick also bought a stockpile of some high-end detailing merchandise and with the help of his childhood friend Tyler was able to start putting them to use. Nick and Tyler began detailing local cars around the neighborhood until soon their market expanded thanks to their tremendous work and word of mouth from previous customers. Now they have DEFCON Detailing and it houses a team of well trained and motivated individuals who work specifically on high end luxury cars doing detailing as well as paint protection and ceramic coating. Had it not been for the Secret Academy, Nick and Tyler’s dream may have always stayed that way, but they took the steps to make it a reality and now they are both proud business owners before the age of 21.