HIP’s LOCAL CELEBRITY SUCCESS
Meet Bradford R. Christian
Bradford Christian was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and raised in Dayton, Ohio. Bradford used the game he loved as a tool to take him around the world… basketball. As a talented basketball player, Bradford was able to matriculate at Upper Iowa University where he played NCAA basketball while earning a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. Shortly after graduating from college Bradford spent the next 7 years in Washington, D.C honing his skills in both Marketing and Entrepreneurship.
Bradford is currently employed as a Senior Account Executive for a marketing firm based in Washington D.C, where he services the financial industry. Wanting to stay busy, Bradford saw a need and possessed a desire to enhance the entertainment and professional sports industries founding Tunnel Vision Marketing (TVM) in 2007. He uses TVM as a platform to lend his talents as a Marketing Consultant expertise and skills to a plethora of clients in the New York City, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles areas. He has evolved over the years as an elite event planner/promoter for special events utilizing a strategic marketing approach to garner positive attention.
A man of many talents, Bradford also supports and leads the production team of ‘RnB Spotlight, a music showcase hosted in New York City featuring local and national R&B artists. He also is a partner in a new entertainment company slated to debut in 2013.
During the summer months or when not traveling for work, Bradford volunteers with the Chris Canty Foundation to support and enhance the lives of youth in the New York/New Jersey areas. He also spends time mentoring to young professionals and athletes.
He currently resides in the New York City area with his wife Lyndsay (Levingston) Christian.
HIP: What has been your motivation behind helping others and how do you implement and promote your strategy in doing so through your current works and affiliations?
BRADFORD: God is my motivation. I have learned that in order to make an impact, I must live as a vessel of inspiration and servant to others. As an example, I currently work with athletes to help build their brands, a service I extend to them pro-bono at first to help build a level of trust and commitment, I also use this as an introduction to my skills and service since my primary objective is focused on building relationships and helping my clients grow. I rely solely on networking and ‘word of mouth’ exposure to market my abilities, while focusing on a strong work ethic and maintaining a humble heart.
HIP: How have you allowed your personal goals and aspirations serve as an example of how one accomplishes and sustains true success in life?
BRADFORD:I was raised in an inner-city neighborhood in Dayton, Ohio, surrounded by crime and negativity. I knew that I wanted my life to surpass that of an urban mentality. I used basketball as a conduit to attaining a premiere education and immediately recognized the opportunity to receive a college degree. After graduating college, I live with the attitude and mentality of “success,” while later incorporating “God First” into my daily activities. The mantra, yet so simple, allowed me to successfully transition from a regular job to a meaningful career, where I’m able to help others achieve their goals. The next chapter in my life is to develop my personal brand and continue to inspire people, internationally.
HIP: What challenges can you share with others that you may have experienced while getting to where you currently are professionally?
BRADFORD:I experienced a personal challenge back in 2007 while transitioning between job after I was unsatisfied with my current position and life purpose, because of this revelation I experienced an inner-struggle that eventually surfaced. I stepped out on faith and quit my high paying job and participated in dozens of job interviews and wasn’t receiving any call backs. I couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t receiving any callbacks or interest from employers. After months of this experience, I finally realized I was interviewing for jobs I wanted to do, rather than jobs God wanted for me. As soon as I let Him take over the process, doors opened to opportunities I would’ve never imagined. It’s so simple, get out of your own way and let Him lead your career path.
HIP: How have those challenges benefited your strides towards success and commitment to community?
BRADFORD:I grow every year as an individual and have learned to keep things simple and allow the spirit to move in my life. I encourage my peers and those in the community with whom I work to change their attitudes to avoid such challenges. I also maintain a Positive Mental Attitude and in all things I give thanks which have helped me become a better steward in the community. I am also working on launching my own NPO in 2013 that will directly impact urban areas.
HIP: What encouragement can you offer to our readers who may be aspiring marketing professionals or educators regarding the empowerment of success, endurance and the power of leadership?
BRADFORD:Learn to gracefully accept criticism. Take advantage of internships. Seek mentorship from those who you aspire to become. Use mistakes as opportunities of growth. Success is all about attitude and spirit. Live each day with purpose. Discover what fulfills your soul and follow your heart with faith as your guide. And remember you have not because you ask not. I like to remember “A.S.K.” Ask then Seek and Knock. Asked for a hand up not a handout, Seek positive people and those you can learn from and Knock on doors until someone lets you in! Lastly, “Increase Your Network To Increase Your Networth.”
HIP: Well… Well… well, on that note there you have it folks! The keys and fundamentals to your success lie within you. Access them and open the doors to your many destinies. Bradford, HIP Enterprise can’t thank you enough for taking time out of your schedule to provide us with an insight to your world, great deeds, and your realm of inspiration! You truly are an example of your faith good brother and we appreciate your opportunity to provide reciprocity to our readers through this interview. Know that HIP’s got your back and we support you upcoming endeavors and initiatives so if you ever need our platform… you got it! The power and purpose of networking stretches far beyond its capacity we know or operate in it on the surface. Its benefits possess a greatness we can only begin to imagine exists, but will only ever reap those fruits by activating our legacies daily. Mr. Christian, you’ve reminded us that not just anything, but everything’s possible and we again applaud your personal and macro movement of progression. It has been an honor and a pleasure interviewing you and we hope that you continue to inspire in order to be inspired. We hope that our readers additionally appreciate your story and your cause! Thanks again to all of our readers for visiting our page and we hope that we’re doing all we can to keep you HIP, elated, and motivated!!!! Please know that you’re your comments and feedback are always welcomed. Ladies and Gentlemen an auspicious round of applause for HIP’s Local Celebrity Success for December 2012… Mr. Bradford R. Christian! #getHIP #stayHIP
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