Kevin McReynolds founded entertainment & travel company McReynolds Enterprises, LLC during his undergraduate years at UCLA. Kevin is currently an MBA student at University of Nevada, Reno, as well as a consultant for several startups in the Southern California region.
How did you get to where you are today?
The story that leads me to where I am today is very interesting, and I feel different than most. Growing up, I was a serial entrepreneur. Whether it was starting a lawn care company or throwing my friends’ birthdays, I was always doing something. I was active and networking even as a child. When I got to college I was a security guard for parties and worked at an event planning company all while I played football at UCLA. One of the most impactful moments, however, came my Redshirt Sophomore season at the school when I got a concussion that caused me to miss a season. That was the year I spent working on myself and starting my business. I haven't looked back since.
What was your toughest obstacle and how did you overcome it?
One of the most challenging obstacles I have had to face on my journey has definitely been my concussion, for obvious reasons. However, as I have built my business, another substantial difficulty I have had to deal with is surrounding myself with people who are driven and want my company to be just as successful as I do. I have realized over the years that even though this business is my baby, I can’t do everything by myself. So, finding people who genuinely understand my vision and who I can entrust to help build my empire is tough, but necessary if I really want my company to keep growing.
What’s the key to staying focused & motivated?
I have always been motivated, thankfully, but I really find inspiration in every concert or event I do, and seeing the smiles on my customer’s faces when a show comes to life. It is a lot of work to put an event together, but that moment when it’s finally happening, when the artist is performing and the crowd is going crazy, that’s my motivation, that motivates me. As for focus… that is something I am working on! It really helps me when I set certain times for each project I’m doing and make sure I get it done in that period. When I’m working on a creative idea, I always give myself the time and space I need to make sure I can fully plan the concept out, and not be interrupted or distracted by my surroundings.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
“Be comfortable with being uncomfortable." That is something I have heard repeatedly throughout my football career at UCLA and is obviously still something I carry with me. To me, it means being prepared if things don’t go as planned, and being quick on my feet to adapt to a situation without panicking and giving up. This is another instance I am really thankful for football, the life lessons I learned during that time are still something I carry with me and apply to my business.
How do we get more women leaders?
I am around strong women all the time, my mom is a very strong woman and is how I picture someone who is hardworking and dedicated. I think women need to be treated equally: if they deserve something, whether they’re qualified, dedicated, or hardworking, they should get it, whether it’s a man or woman, whoever the best person is should get the job. I have actually found that a lot of women in my life work harder than most men. I think businesses need to be diligent in remembering this, especially when hiring. I think that’s how we can get more women leaders.