WHO’S WHO IN LOCAL BUSINESSES
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER, HOLLAND BASHAM ARCHITECTS
ASSOCIATIONS/TITLES: VICE PRESIDENT, URBAN LEAGUE OF NEBRASKA YOUNG PROFESSIONALS; EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER, GLOBAL LEADERSHIP GROUP; EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER, THE GREAT PLAINS BLACK HISTORY MUSEUM; EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER, ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY INC. – BETA XI LAMBDA CHAPTER; BOARD MEMBER, AIA NEBRASKA EMERGING PROFESSIONALS; BOARD MEMBER, AIA NEBRASKA DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION COMMITTEE; AND ARCHITECT LICENSING ADVISOR, NCARB. HOMETOWN: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS EDUCATION: ALBERT G LANE TECHNICAL COLLEGE PREP (CHICAGO); BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN DESIGN – ARCHITECTURAL STUDIES (UNL); MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (UNL); AND MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE (UNL). How I got into the business: Traveling with my mom in Chicago, I would always find myself fascinated by the buildings and communities we passed through. One day I asked my mom “who decides what buildings look like?” She responded and told me to “Google it,” I’ve been hooked on architecture ever since. Accomplishments or milestones: Being a first-generation college student, bringing a multi-million-dollar project into the office one year after graduating with my masters, various academic achievement awards, studying abroad in London and China, awarding scholarships to high school students going to college, and being a mentor to young people around the country. First job: Kids Can! Community Center. Outside of Kids Can!, when I was 12, my first job was selling water, Gatorade, and snacks at basketball tournaments. Biggest career break: I’ve never had a career break; I’ve consis-
tently been working and usually had 2-3 jobs at once. The toughest part of the job: I have a tendency of being too detailed or to overthink; I’m learning the beauty in simplicity. The best advice I have received: “We must hurt in order to grow, fail in order to know, & lose in order to gain. Because some lessons in life, are best learned through pain.” – J. Cole About my family: I am the oldest of three. I have two younger sisters, Aiyana (22) and Emoni (18). I have my beautiful Mother, Grandmother, Nana, and Grandfather to support me, and my Dad is smiling down on me and helping me spiritually. Something else I’d like to accomplish: Getting a doctorate in higher education. How my business will change in the next decade: The advancement of technology will change the way architects design our environments and the field will become more diverse. I also see evolution in health standards in our communities.
Mentor who has helped the most in my career: Outside of family, my mentors have been Curt Witzenburg, Megan Jarosz, Brian Akert, Matt Neaderhiser, Brian Kelly, and Mark Hoistad. Outside interests: I love volunteering in the community, basketball, dodgeball, strength and conditioning training, going on walks outside, and playing videogames. Favorite vacation spot: I love to hang out in southern California. Other careers I would like to try: Teaching, owning businesses, and becoming a land developer. Favorite cause or charity: Go to High School, Go to College – Alpha Phi Alpha National Program. Favorite app: Audible.
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