Can you describe your cultural, educational, and professional background?
I am from Wilmington, North Carolina…a coastal town along the waterway known for cool beaches and a thriving riverfront. I grew up very humbly in an all-white neighborhood a couple miles from Carolina Beach. My father Glenn Dickey is known as “The Man of Many Hats” with him being: A Longshoreman, A Tenured Insurance Agent, A Licensed Funeral Director, A member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., A Master Mason, A Shriner, A Landlord, A pioneering DJ in the city of Wilmington, A Tennis Player, A Mentor, A Brother, An Uncle, A Father & A Grandpa.
My parents Glenn and Delia Dickey have been together my whole life which is apparently very different these days and my mom is where I get a lot of my personality and gifts too, she’s an artistic woman who expresses herself through food and florals. My mom has always done life her own way, she’s an entrepreneur who owned a popular store in the Seabreeze part of the city & a flower shop on the north side of Wilmington as well. My mom never really cared very much about the opinions of others and I’m sure that’s where I get that from. I have 2 older brothers Loren and Brian and a little sister named Audrey…I am also the coolest uncle ever to 8 nieces and nephews ranging from a funny acting recent high school graduate to a funny acting 1-year-old baby…My family is full of talent, humor, intellect and loving personalities!
Demographically speaking Wilmington is about 75% white, another 20% black, and another 5% of other minority population. Although I experienced racism at a young age in my neighborhood being called “A nigger” etc., quite a few of my best friends are white even now, we went to school together, Christian youth groups together, played sports together and made mischief together. That is where I get my black boy, white boy swag from as some of my “Atlanta Peeps” describe me lol. That experience growing up made me want to attend and HBCU, so I went to Barber–Scotia College on a vocal scholarship, a college whose alumni include the honorable Mary McLeod Bethune (founder of Bethune-Cookman University) & more.
I majored in Mass Communications and minored in Marketing in college because I have always loved communications (aka: running my mouth, since being a big mouthed kid in school lol), public relations, and journalism. I was majoring in Business Administration at first, but a lot of people from my school’s Mass Communications Program were using me for their projects like, “Yo Dickey, I just need you to do this on camera or say this, or that thing you did earlier, etc.,” and I was like, “wait hold on, you guys are getting a grade for this?” So, it made me more interested in our Communications program, but upon graduation, my career began in the financial industry after a brief sabbatical.
I was winning “Employee of the Year”, sales awards and was basically running financial institutions after college before I moved to Atlanta. Oddly enough, I was an entrepreneur very early on, as a 12-year-old kid I had my very first business. My dad always had work for us to do, rental properties for me and my 2 older brothers Loren and Brian to maintain but he wasn’t paying, nor was I eating what was available for lunch and my dad was a “My way or the highway” kinda dad and I wasn’t feeling it. We would be cutting grass, etc. and I would intentionally sabotage the work projects lol, I would see a piece of wood or a metal instrument in the grass and I would run right over it with the lawnmower nearly breaking them.
He then moved me over to working at the radio station at like 5 or 6am, as he was also a popular adult contemporary/gospel DJ growing up. He would make a tape that would play for 90 minutes and once the tape stopped I was supposed to stop the tape, flip it over and press play for the other side and be done. Simple enough right, how about I fell asleep and was only woken up by him slapping me upside the head as the station was playing natural sound for however long I slept when I missed the tape flip. As a result of my efforts or lack thereof, my dad stopped bringing me to work with him. I was a super smart kid though and was paying attention to how my dad moved.
So ironically at 12, I actually started a business cutting lawns around my neighborhood except I wasn’t the one cutting the lawns, I had an old white man, who was probably around forty to fifty years old to cut the lawns that I was booking for him. I also have to mention again that I was only 12 years old at the time and I was actually making the lion’s share of the money. So fast forward to now and here I am running an agency simply built around RESOURCES, people I can call to get this or that done for my clients all across the world!