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19 Year-Old College Drop Out Blake Wynn Turned CEO is Changing How Companies Use Influencer Marketing

Blake Wynn is 19-Years-Old and dropped out of Fordham University in NYC to become the youngest CEO of a sports marketing agency that already has over 30 NFL clients. @Bwynnsports helps professional athletes, famous musicians and very notable public figures get brand deals, endorsements, appearances and paid promotions. Blake’s entrepreneurship tendencies began when he was just 11 years old. He’s had multiple business since then and remembers paying taxes for the first time when he was just 13 years old. By the time Blake hit high school he was considered an influencer and had amassed well over 600,000 followers across Instagram and YouTube combined. 

This large network allowed Blake to start working with companies like Stock X, Under Armour, Puma and other sneaker brands. Since athletes are interested in sneakers and street-wear they would always ask Blake if he could get them the latest sneakers. This business got so large it was overwhelming so Blake had the idea of just helping athletes get brand deals themselves instead of going through him directly. Now he’s running @Bwynnsports as the youngest CEO in the sports marketing space. 

Dropping Out To Follow His Dream

According to Blake dropping out wasn’t a hard decision. It was more of a decision based on time. Since he was doing quite well working for himself, he didn’t see the need to get a degree in order to work for someone else  He said “I’m wired in a way where I physically don’t have it in me to work for someone else. I’d rather work to build my dream not somebody else’s dream. You only have one life and Blake takes that literally. You can tell he is different from most people his age and is on a great path. By building a personal brand for himself, Blake been on a world tour and visited 28 cities within 32 days meeting over 10,000 people in 2017

Blake’s Three Biggest Keys to Success 

  1. Doing something that makes you happy. 
  2. Take calculated risks
  3. Managing the rewards of risk 

Doing Things Different 

The success of Bwynnsports can be contributed to the fact that Blake does things very different compared to other sports marketing companies. For example, Bwynnsports is a non exclusive sports marketing agency whereas most others are exclusive. Another thing that makes Bwynnsports different is that they are a lot more honest than other companies and only do brand deals that both the clients and the brand like. 

Some advice Blake had on the interview includes: 

  1. If your chasing the dollar you start practicing business in a way that isn’t sustainable in the long run
  2. You need results
  3. Build a personal brand – if you can make it – start scaling it

In the next ten years Blake says Bwynnsports will be the number one agency specifically for NFL players. To stay in touch on his journey you can follow him on Instagram at @Bwynnsports and @Just_wynn

 

Jourdain Bell is a Columnist at Disrupt Magazine. Based in Santa Barbara, California, he specializes in VC, Tech, Branding, and PR. He's been featured in Influencive, Future Sharks, Thrive Global, Vanity Stardom, and more. Jourdain currently works at one of the most active Venture Capital Firms in the world, Alumni Venture Group. Prior to entering the Venture Capital Industry, he Co-founded Beast Media Agency, a digital marketing and PR company focused on helping founders get their stories featured in online publications. Jourdain currently interviews entrepreneurs, founders, and influencers who are making an impact on the world for publications like The Hustlers Digest, Kivo Daily, Future Sharks, Thrive Global and Disrupt.

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