Hello, my name is Damond Nollan. I am 39 years old and currently live in Smithfield, North Carolina. I was born in Seoul, Korea, but raised in Tacoma, Washington. Upon graduation from Lincoln High, I decided to attend college on the east coast. In 1994, I selected Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) as the school and Music Industry Studies as the degree. During this part of my life, I was very interested in the music industry and dreamed of opening my own entertainment company.
In 1998, I had my first child and we named him Darius. In 1999, I graduated from ECSU and opened a record store. My partner and I ran the company successfully for nearly a year before the place was broken into and set aflame. During the same time, I also began work as the University Webmaster for ECSU. After the closing of our first business, we went our separate ways and I opened a web development firm. The idea was to increase my cash flow so that I could continue to work on my entertainment company.
For the seven years following my first venture, I grew the design firm while also raising a family and working full-time for the university. In 2002, midway through my tenure in Elizabeth City, I decided to obtain my MBA. The decision was based on advancing my business prowess as well as opening opportunities for my financial future. In 2007, I began teaching business courses at the University but cut the semester short when I received and accepted a job offer at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina as an IT Manager for Web Services.
In March 2007, I moved the young family, which now consisted of another child born on June 6, 2006, to Smithfield, North Carolina. Since the relocation, my life has slowed down a bit, but I am still very active with my fraternity (Kappa Alpha Psi) where I serve as a Province Board of Director. Prior to the move, I was also the Cub Master for fraternity's Cub Scouts and Chairman for the Boy Scouts committee. Additionally, we had our third child in May of 2008.
In 2006, I entered the School of Advanced Studies at the University of Phoenix in an effort to obtain the Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA). The DBA, for me, is another stepping-stone toward understanding and mastering the field of business. I recognize that I have so much to learn and still more to achieve, but each day is another opportunity to grow and walk closer to my goal of being CEO of a business empire.