To the uninitiated, people in business are solely motivated by their desire to achieve personal goals. And while it is true that most entrepreneurs strive hard to scale their success, it is not the only thing that fuels them. In fact, some find fulfillment in being able to help others grow and thrive. One such inspiring personality is LeRoy Watkins.
He is the brilliant mind behind Viking Sports, a sports recreation brand that is committed to community-building. Since its inception in 1993, the outstanding enterprise has risen through the ranks and become a valuable part of countless municipalities and an indispensable partner to the community. He has also spearheaded the venture’s private sector expansion, which offered sports programming to employers and residential neighborhoods.
What helped the company become an industry authority and accomplish such an impressive distinction is its founder’s passion for people. As the visionary said, “I enjoy the challenge of growing a company, developing highly capable teams, and successfully guiding the company through the trials and tribulations called business…there is nothing better.” Throughout his extensive career of more than 15 years, the insightful man used this desire to leave a lasting impact as his compass in all his endeavors.
Aside from building Viking Sports, he imparts his wisdom, shares his experiences, and teaches audiences through several speaking engagements. Not only that, but he also created a blog that talks about various topics, including entrepreneurship and inspiration. In addition, he trains his staff in different areas that help them develop their careers, such as coaching, program management, administrative duties, and business development.
Because of his impeccable commitment to his vision and admirable work ethic, LeRoy has received many accolades that acknowledge his incredible contributions to the community as an entrepreneur and motivator. This long list of awards includes the Business Week Top Entrepreneur, Boston Business Journal 40 Under 40, and the Hulafrog Voted Most Loved Sports Camp and Sports Program for Viking Sports. He was also featured in numerous publications such as Boston Globe, Bicycle Retailer & Industry News, Business Week, Boston Business Journal, and BrooklineHub.com.
Moving forward, the remarkable man remains steadfast in his advocacy of promoting positivity and creating projects that build and improve the community. He particularly wants to develop programs aimed at people of color relating to business and share the importance of diversity. Finally, he intends to continue spreading the importance of having an equitable work-life balance in maintaining one’s mental health.
LeRoy Watkins has undoubtedly cemented his reputation not only as a respected business tycoon but also as an inspiring mentor to many. He has shown the community that his success is not defined by money. More than making a profit, the community leader is driven to do good. Furthermore, he is motivated by his desire to leave a lasting and positive impact in the world through his passion for giving business advice, creating large-scale events, and sharing his experiences, as well as through his business ventures and enterprises like Viking Sports.