Name: Brandon McEachern
Profession: Founder, Broccoli City
One Word That Describes You: Dependable
What does being one of the BEMM 100 Men of Distinction mean to you?
Means a lot; it is an honor to be recognized by other strong people of color.
What are some examples of how you turned struggle into success?
Not having a mentor or handouts in this industry. I never really felt like the older black men who were colleagues ever reached back or gave me a word of advice. In turn, that made me work harder and stay disciplined because I knew that no one would do it for me unless I did for myself. It also inspired me to be the person I needed to those who are coming behind me.
What is an important quality you look for in your relationships with others?
Trust and respect. You must build this foundation before anything else in any relationship.
What are some immediate projects you are working on?
We’re always working on ways to cause positive change in the community. Right now, the focus is on something special in the tech world. I don’t want to say too much until we get it together, though.
What is the best advice you ever received?
My advice came in the form of my father’s example. My dad always showed everyone respect, from the janitor to the CEO of a company. I always treat folk’s kind because of what I saw him do. I know half of the blessings in my life have come from just being kindhearted.
What is some advice you have for other men who want to make a difference?
Stay in YOUR bubble; protect YOUR universe. Do what works for you. Encourage yourself, and most importantly, keep God first.
How do you prep for an important business meeting and/or event?
Sit still. Before a meeting or an event I like to just sit back, say a couple words to the Most High, and then execute.
As a busy Modern Man, how do you unwind on vacation? Share a story about your best vacation.
Family. I love hanging with my cousins, brothers, and sister. Nothing relaxes me like being around them. A long time ago, we all went on a cruise and it was terrific. One of my goals is to take everyone on a vacation again.
If you could travel and stay anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I would go to Cape Town, South Africa. It has it all from mountains to beaches. I need to be there like tomorrow…LOL
Anything else you’d like to say?
Thank you for this honor, and please continue highlighting black men. It is truly amazing to be a part of this. Truly.
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