YPN Spotlight: Jermaine Chambers

Posted:  November 14th, 2011 by:  YPN MIami comments:  0

A graduate of the University of Miami, Jermaine Chambers received a Bachelors of Business Administration degree with dual majors in Finance and Sports Management. He currently works at Williamson Cadillac/Buick/GMC in the sales/lease of high end domestic vehicles with clientele including business executives, athletes, and entertainers.

Jermaine has managed to leverage past working relationships to establish a non-profit organization, Voting Rocks, Inc. He created the non-profit as part of his vision to educate and galvanize newly registered voters and prospective youths not yet eligible to vote through entertainment, social networking, and other mass media outlets to increase awareness about the importance of their voting contributions.

Launching the non-profit naturally fits in with Jermaine’s commitment to his community and developing character in the lives of the next generation. He’s worked as a volunteer coach at his former high school (Homestead Senior High) and on the Pop Warner level and has also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and through reading programs for the blind and dyslexic.

 

1.  How long have you been in your field and what do you attribute your success to?

I have been a Sales/Leasing Consultant at Williamson Cadillac for the past 5 years and have climbed to the top of my game ever since.  There aren’t people that lasts this long in this business, but the work ethic, discipline, and competitiveness as a student-athlete at UM has played a major role in my professional success.  In addition to Williamson Cadillac, I am also President of Voting Rock, Inc a not-for-profit dedicated to increasing awareness, participation, and involvement by inspiring, informing, and empowering tomorrow’s youth voters today.

2.  What role, if any, do you think networking and navigating the South Florida business environment has played in your success?

Over the past few years I’ve carved out my own personal secret to success.  I’ve learned that people in this community buy relationships not products, and there is no better way to cultivate and nurture relationships than by becoming active with various organizations. I work just as much outside of our dealership as I do inside of it, and  I don’t think I would be nearly as successful as I’ve been without the help of organizations that I’ve become involved with to help keep my name relevant in this community.  Organizations like the Black Executive Forum, University of Miami alumni network, Success South Florida(Legacy)/MIA magazine, Miami-Dade County Chamber of Commerce, and now YPN Miami continue to be a strong network for business opportunities, contacts, referrals and great exposure for the growth of my business.

3.  As a young professional, how do you think you could benefit most from an organization such as YPN Miami and the Miami-Dade Chamber?

The people encountered, the relationships built, the business opportunities presented have simplified and enhanced my professional life since becoming a member of the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce.  Williamson Cadillac has addressed the automotive needs of Soloman Stinson, Al Dotson, and Al Dotson, Jr to name a few and will continue to assist the next wave of professionals like Brandon Okpalobi, Tony Crapp, Duane Starks and Roderick Mack both presently and into the future.

4.  Give us some information on Voting Rocks and where you see it going in the future?

The vision of Voting Rocks is to register, educate, and galvanize newly registered voters and prospective youths not yet eligible to vote through entertainment, social networking, and other mass media outlets to increase awareness about the importance of their voting contributions.  The general audience of Voting Rocks is between the ages of 14-25 with the primary focus being youths between the ages of 14-18.

The organization will partner with school boards, churches, and other youth groups to create awareness within the community to inform youth voters about candidates running for local, statewide, and national office. As a non-partisan organization, the sole focus is to increase voter turnout and not to attempt to influence votes.  In the long run, I envision a movement that expands beyond the South Florida region and throughout the entire state and going national.

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