1. Please, can our readers get to know you? Briefly introduce yourself to our audience.
I am DJavon Alston, son of Raymond and Tonita Alston, husband of Daisy Mae Alston, born and raised in Durham, NC, currently residing in Newport News, VA.
2. What exactly are you into? What is your business all about?
I am into building mutually beneficial partnerships. This business is bout utilizing the networks that we have to help progress our careers, achieve personal goals, and take next-level action to propel and expedite progress for our people.
3. What inspired you to get started?
First, to address the lack of a social atmosphere for black young professionals in the Hampton Roads area. The vision grew to create a platform for the people we know to take action to address the issues and concerns of our people. With all that is going on in society that’s impacting our people, more action from us all is required.
4. What is your educational background?
Bachelors in Industrial Engineering and Masters in Industrial & Systems Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University.
5. What are your motivations?
My wife, my parents. my little brothers (mentees) and my circle of friends. I have some amazing people around me.
6. What advice do you have for other people who want to do this same thing?
Utilize the network you have! Surround yourself with like-minded people. Limit/Eliminate your association with negative people. Discuss issues with your friends, then discuss solutions, then develop a plan to implement.
7. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Heavy in real estate and building businesses. Building my family.
8. Any present or future projects?
Real estate investment
9. What is the biggest challenge you’ve experienced in your business as a person of color?
Not necessarily as a person of color in this business, because my businesses have been centered around building with people of color. But, getting people to grasp the full concept of the Network vision, and getting people to follow up with ACTION and not just talk.
10. Are you married or single?
11. How can we connect with you on social media?
12. What is your greatest accomplishment?
This is definitely marrying the love of my life, Daisy Mae Alston.
13. As a person of color, what advice will you give someone starting their own business or career?
Start small. Do your own research. Develop a plan, step by step. And Execute.