Thamarius Head, 24, had his first business at nine-years-old.
“At the time, I had a full driveway of cars coming in at my mom’s place,” he said about his car wash. “I had a green suitcase, flyers, the whole nine-yards.” As a nine-year-old, he remembers saving up $300 to buy a new TV.
He said he always wanted to be self-employed through his own business, and he realized with business he could get the things he wanted.
He said he’s always been interested in how businesses work and their interaction with consumers. He said he’s always felt that his right place was in business.
After graduating from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2013, he landed a position in Brentwood with MDsave.com, a website company geared toward helping people find better rates for medical procedures all around the country.
Thamarius went through an internship with MDsave.com and eventually became the full-time IT and accounting associate. While working full-time, he is also a full-time student working on a Masters of Business Management (MBA) degree from Western Governors University.
BUSINESS TODAY for a BETTER TOMORROW
Thamarius chose to work on his MBA to better himself and his family. He said he sees value in education, especially in his community.
“I wanted something to show my daughter that she can reach for something. I wanted to show everyone from my community that they can reach for something because it doesn’t happen in my community.”
Thamarius said there are not many college graduates, let alone any MBA graduates from where he’s from.
“I’m from Franklin, mostly Franklin Housing Authority, where its public housing. It’s people in poverty and low-income areas,” he said.
He said his journey to get through undergraduate and toward his MBA was through his community and for his community.
“I want to show my brother and others that they can do it in the same circumstances without a certain amount of income to go college. You can do it if you put your mind to it, that’s what makes me go for my education.”
Thamarius said he loves his community because he’s spent most of his life there and everyone knows everyone.
“Life has brought me back to the community I started with, and I’m fine with that,” he said.
Recently, Thamarius’ 19-year-old cousin committed suicide. “It struck a nerve with me,” he said. “I feel like a lot of our youth don’t have anyone to show them that there are things to do, and there’s a way out.”
He said he’s working with a local Christian-based non-profit organization, Franktown Open Hearts on finding a solution. He feels a mentorship program would help tremendously.
“It affects me every day knowing that my cousin had no one to talk to,” he said. “There’s something I can do. People [need to] know there’s someone to talk to, there’s something to do in our community.”
Thamarius said the youth need an out and something to do to occupy their time.
“They (the city) took away the Boys & Girls Club here,” he said. “There’s nothing for kids from the ages of 10 to 18 to do after school. What do kids do when they’re bored? They get in trouble. They find little things to do to be mischievous. Give them some outlet to do something.”
COMMUNITY in BUSINESS
“Without a community you can’t have a business.”
Thamarius said Nashville/Brentwood is known as the hub for healthcare in America. He said that industry has helped make Nashville a growing community by bringing in people, companies, technology, and innovation.
“The huge health care companies have all put into this community to make it a great community for healthcare. I believe that’s how it all connects. You have to have a strong community to make a business grow,” he said.
Thamarius used retail as an example. He said a strong community base believes in what businesses do by buying and supporting good products. He said community and business come hand in hand.
FUTURE and FUN
“The future of the community is going to be awesome,” he said. “You can tell by the expansion here, and there’s going to be very nice housing coming up and hopefully gainfully employment to get people to work,” he said.
He said Franklin is a wealthy community as a whole and he couldn’t see that diminishing anytime soon.
Thamarius said his calling is in financial advising.The dad and student said he’s working on starting an online retail business called Loose Ends, an idea he’s been working on since college. He said he has two new designs coming this summer, a black and white and a basic logo.
“It’s going to be a cool summer,” he said.
Thamarius and his girlfriend also have a two-year-old daughter named Taylor.
“Having her in college made me tame down a little bit. It made me grow up faster.” He said she puts his life in perspective.
“She runs, talks, laughs, and plays every day, so she helps me get my day going,” he said.
Thamarius said when he’s not working on his MBA or working, he likes to workout and spends quality time with his family
“Right now, it’s a tough time for my family, so I’m trying to get closer to my family and show them that I’m there for everyone,” he said. “It’s a full-time grind, but it’s always been a part of my life. I’ve always multitasked and tried to have a bunch of different things on my menu. It doesn’t affect me. I’m pretty much built for it. I enjoy it.”
Thamarius said he wants to get back into being outdoors and playing basketball, but for right now, he’s focused on work, his family, and his future.
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