We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeremy Harris and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jeremy, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My mother has always been an entrepreneur, doing different things to make ends meet and really being an example of hardwork for my brothers and I. We grew up being athletes so my mother never wanted to miss a beat. I realized young that when I have children I wanted to be present in their life just the same. I’ve been working since the age of 12. My first employer was a local entrepreneur that gave me a chance to get in and see entrepreneurship at it’s core. Coming from the inner city community, there wasn’t much opportunity present. So that was one major reason for me diving into entreprenuership at a young age. While studying Political Science at Prairie View A&M University, I was granted the opportunity to work as an intern with the former city councilman Carroll G. Robinson and the NAACP Houston Branch. This was another opportunity to see the lack of economic resources in our communities at a systematic level. So inherently I’ve always felt as though I am more than capable for being an agent of change, not only for my family but for all. So understanding that real estate is one of the key driving forces in our global economy and a key to building generational wealth it was a no brainer for me. As a kid I was always been fascinated by real estate. I use to stare out of the window of the car just wondering who owned the office buildings and crazy homes we would pass by. So upon graduation, I landed my first job at IBM, while there I learned the corporate side of business. I saved money and started my first company by my 22nd birthday which was a logistics company that I ran for about 4 years with my family then I begin to dive into real estate. It started off as just educating friends, family and peers after learning commercial real estate and finance which transitioned me into residential sales. My overall goal is to help others achieve homeownership and generational wealth by acquiring assets to further help create economic opportunities for others. Coming from my neighborhood, many only rented. I want to change that dynamic and help families inherit assets and wealth.
What should our readers know about your business?
I couldn’t tell you what truly sets me apart from others because I truly just focus on myself and my business. I just try to beat whatever I did the day before and I educated myself on all markets and business everyday when I wake up. I really just lock in on my passion which is helping and educating others. No amount of money can compare to that. It’s a tough business, it’s truly something you have to build and it is not all glits and glam. It’s truly a hustle. It takes sacrifice, long hours and being accessible at all times. I’ve had my ups and downs but I never really focused on them because I’ve always been so locked in and my mindset was never set on the present but always on the future. What I’ve learned over the past few years is that impact is the most valuable thing on this earth. Money goes, time drifts away but impact will last forever. My brand is all about impact and being an agent of change. I want to open doors that are closed. I want to turn no’s into a yes. I want to make the unthinkable possible. I want that to be my legacy.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We’d definitely do Sunday Funday to start the week. Perhaps start with brunch at Jonathan’s the Rub then make our way to Chapman and Kirby and maybe finish the night at Kamp. Throughout the week we’ll find time to go to Double G’z food truck, Bosscat, Cidercade, Loft 18, Golfing, fishing, Sweet Lips Cigars, Mcintyre’s downtown and Moonshine Deck. There’s so many places in Houston, we could almost go anywhere and have a good time.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Firstly, I give credit to God for granting life and a new chance everyday. Secondly, Carroll G. Robinson, my family and E.L. Craine They all played major roles in who I’ve become today.