We had the good fortune of connecting with Olajuwon Davis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Olajuwon, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My thought process was to first figure out what would be my product that to sale to public. Once I figured out that the knowledge and skills that I’ve learn over my 15 years of law enforcement would be the product, I formulated a business plan and put it to action.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Olajuwon Davis has spent the last 15 years in the law enforcement field. He began his law enforcement career as a Reserved Deputy for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office while attending Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA. As a reserved deputy, he developed his skills by preparing preliminary investigative reports, collected enough evidence to support court cases against criminals, and exchanged information/coordinated activities with other departments. After graduating college with a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, he gained employment with U.S. Department of Energy as a Security Police Officer. He served on a tactical team as a Squad Automatic Weapon (S.A.W.) Gunner. The tactical team duties were to protect the nation’s federal oil reserve and nuclear plant sites from terrorist attacks. He gained a Top-Secret clearance, became a certified Humvee operator, and a proficient marksman. He served as security protection for foreign officials from China and Iraq; trained with the Louisiana State Police, FBI, U.S. Marshals, ATF, and assisted in providing aerial support with local police for terrorist attacks training. In 2009 he joined the United States Border Patrol and moved to Laredo Texas. While serving as a Border Patrol Agent, Agent Davis also served as the Congressional Liaison. He helped establish positive working relationships with a variety of public and private audiences, constituents and stakeholders. Coordinated special events such as news conferences, ceremonies, receptions, photo opportunities, and public meetings. In 2015, Agent Davis joined Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) as a Deportation Officer in Houston, Texas. Agent Davis served in the Criminal Alien Program Unit, where he identified, located, and arrested criminal aliens who pose a threat to national security and public safety, as well as those who enter the United States illegally. 2018 Agent Davis created his own firearms training company. Creed firearms is an experienced and professional firearms training agency that provides the Texas DPS License To Carry Course, 1-on-1 basic firearms training, firearms consulting, and personal protection. Creed Firearms Training is a professional and experienced firearms training agency that provides Texas DPS license to carry course, Louisiana Conceal Handgun course, private 1-on-1 training, firearms consulting, and personal protection. Experienced leadership, dedicated protection, and exceptional customer service are guaranteed when you work with us. Professionalism and Experience is what set Creed Firearms Trainings apart from others. How did you get to where you are today business-wise: I took my skills, experience, and knowledge and offered it to public. Coming from and educational family, teaching is just in my bloodline. Teaching is the easy part, learning to market and run all aspects of a business has it’s challenges. To help over coming some of the challenges, I’ve surrounded myself with other business professionals to gain knowledge from other great business minds. One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned on this journey, Is always remain true to who you are but never be afraid to grow.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’ve been lucky to visit many places throughout my career. I have visited Gabon, Morocco, Sierra Leone, Libera, India, and many other countries. I think my favorite would be St. Lucia, Panama and Paris France. I really enjoyed the history and architecture of Paris, the water and beauty of St. Lucia, and the culture of Panama.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My wife Tye Davis, she has help guide, and encourage me along this business journey. Also Trisha Lacoste, Nichole Handy of Braden Real Estate Group, and Billyssia Pierce of Bee Fit Solutions have all inspired me.