Ke­mal Brown

The con­fi­dent over­achiever

Jamaica Gleaner - - FLAIR MAGAZINE - Kim­berly Goodall Life­style Re­porter

PAS­SION, CON­FI­DENCE, and vi­sion – that life phi­los­o­phy drove 26-year-old Ke­mal Brown to shape his destiny of be­ing the founder and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Digita Global Mar­ket­ing and Ac­c­ume In­ter­na­tional.

Upon meet­ing Brown, you could im­me­di­ately sense a re­gal, understated dig­nity and charm. Yet, in his for­mer years, Brown was a shy boy who wanted to be­come a pi­lot. Sur­pris­ingly, he has now be­come a force to be reck­oned with.

Born in St An­drew, Brown mi­grated at the age of 10 to the United States, where he be­came an hon­our stu­dent at Mi­ami Nor­land Se­nior High School. Af­ter com­plet­ing high school, Brown re­turned to Ja­maica to pur­sue a dou­ble ma­jor in po­lit­i­cal science and in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions at the Uni­ver­sity of the West Indies (UWI). In three years, he at­tained his bach­e­lor’s de­gree and re­ceived a schol­ar­ship to do his master’s de­gree while he lec­tured in his depart­ment.

Even though Brown is an over­achiever, he ad­mits that in uni­ver­sity, he was not a fan of classes or books, but af­ter the

tragedy of los­ing his best friend, Brown be­came an ex­ecu­tor with no time to waste.

“It was a turn­ing point in my life. Since his death, I feel like I’m liv­ing for two and I had to go into over­drive,” Brown ex­pressed.

Brown went on to share with Flair that af­ter the tragedy, he fin­ished his master’s de­gree and got a job at the In­sti­tute for Gen­der De­vel­op­ment Stud­ies (IGDS) – UWI, as a re­search as­sis­tant. Brown de­vel­oped a new at­ti­tude to­wards work. Books be­came his best friend and he was set on leav­ing a legacy by hav­ing an im­pact on the world.

“Your per­cep­tion of life de­ter­mines your re­al­ity and your per­cep­tion is your at­ti­tude. I de­vel­oped a ‘can-do’ at­ti­tude that led me to great things in life. Op­por­tu­ni­ties come from your abil­i­ties. You have to own your abil­i­ties so that you can add ad­di­tional value to oth­ers, and this will al­low you to re­alise the dreams and as­pi­ra­tions you want. Life is about im­pact­ing peo­ple, and that is one of my goals,” Brown shared.

While work­ing at IGDS, Brown was also a lec­turer at the Uni­ver­sity Col­lege of the Caribbean and a pro­ducer, ra­dio pre­sen­ter, and mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer at Na­tion­wide 90FM. In 2014, an­other op­por­tu­nity pre­sented it­self and Brown started work­ing at Leahcim Se­maj Com­pany Lim­ited as a so­lu­tions of­fi­cer.

JOUR­NEY TO HIS DREAMS

One could say Brown had it all but he was far from his destiny. Go­ing down mem­ory lane, Brown told Flair how he ar­rived at his dreams – be­ing an en­tre­pre­neur and chang­ing lives through mo­ti­va­tional speak­ing.

At four years old, Brown vis­ited a met­al­work shop with his fa­ther – who is also a busi­ness­man – and saw some en­gine bear­ings that re­sem­bled mar­bles. Be­ing a bit of a mar­ble fan, Brown asked the owner if he could get them at the end of each week so he could sell them at his school. With this, Brown took them to school and made US$70 by the be­gin­ning of that sum­mer. This marked the be­gin­ning of his en­tre­pre­neur­ial jour­ney.

Dur­ing uni­ver­sity, Brown de­vel­oped two busi­nesses he called his ‘hus­tles’ – KLB Gizmos and Elec­tron­ics and Nova Tech – that paid for his stud­ies. Each rep­re­sented his love for tech­nol­ogy and en­trepreneur­ship.

In Jan­uary of this year, Brown launched Digita, a dig­i­tal me­dia mar­ket­ing com­pany that con­tin­ues to live up to its pur­pose of build­ing brands.

“En­trepreneur­ship is me, but in­spir­ing is my pur­pose,” Brown said.

While lec­tur­ing, Brown re­alised that he liked mo­ti­vat­ing and in­spir­ing his stu­dents more than teach­ing them about pol­i­tics and other gov­er­nance-re­lated themes. This led him to cre­ate Ac­c­ume In­ter­na­tional that would help him in­spire na­tions and in­di­vid­u­als to great­ness.

With his love for mo­ti­va­tional speak­ing, Brown be­came a mem­ber of Global Shapers Com­mu­nity that al­lowed him to make a con­tri­bu­tion to his com­mu­nity. He has also trained ex­ec­u­tives in speeches and mo­ti­vated at sem­i­nars, work­shops, and Ja­maica Em­ploy­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion con­fer­ences.

When asked where he gets his de­ter­mi­na­tion and in­flu­ence from, Brown ex­plained: “My mother is a great in­flu­ence in my life. She is a phe­nom­e­nal woman and taught me sound lessons about life. She taught me the im­por­tance of hav­ing pur­pose and grounded me in core val­ues. She was a vi­sion­ary and my dad was the ex­ecu­tor.”

Brown, who plans on tak­ing his Digita to greater heights, is de­ter­mined to be bet­ter than the per­son he was yes­ter­day. He con­tin­ues to pur­sue ex­cel­lence and is happy that he made a change.

“I wanted to change. I wanted to be dif­fer­ent. I think all change comes from de­sire. Who we are to­day is a suc­ces­sion of steps we have taken ev­ery sin­gle day. Peo­ple like to wait un­til New Year’s res­o­lu­tions to make a change, but right now, a minute from now, is a change; you have to ac­ti­vate that de­sire and act on it,” Brown ad­vised.

‘Life is about im­pact­ing peo­ple, and that is one of my goals.’

PA­TRICK PLANTER/ PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

IAN ALLEN/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Brown: En­trepreneur­ship is me, but in­spir­ing is my pur­pose.

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