So says young entrepreneur and award finalist Brandon Boynton
Interviewed by Dirk Webb
Photo courtesy of Dale Pickett
MostBeastlyStudios (The BullyBøx)
YEA National Finalist, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, WRTV-6, WISH-TV, CNBC, Winner of U.S. House of Reps STEM Competition, Time Magazine for Kids, The Bully Box, Worldwide “Appreneur” Winner, Madison County Chamber Board of Directors, Chamber Gala Co-Emcee, U.S. Small Business Council, Worldwide Apple Scholarship Winner.
“Brandon…Brandon…it’s time to get up for school.” So it was all just a dream?
No way! Brandon Boynton, Senior at Pendleton Heights High School continues to be a shining star in Madison County all while trying to pass his latest English test.
Brandon, the son of Chad and Tonya Boynton, provides the anti-bullying app, The Bully Box to nearly 75,000 students worldwide. Says mom Tonya, “Chad and I couldn't be happier for Brandon. He works so very hard and it is making a difference.”
So are we!
Would you consider Madison County to be in the midst of sunrise? What does the business sunrise across the horizon look like to you?
”Since the exodus of General Motors, Madison County has suffered from significant economic decline, accompanied by a collective feeling of despair. It is for this reason that I firmly believe economic development must remain the number one priority of Madison County's elected officials. And, in this sense, I absolutely believe that Madison County is in the "midst of a sunrise". Over the course of the last four years, the hard work of many local economic development specialists has led to significant job creation. The mere fact that international companies such as Sirmax, Keihin, NTN and many others have chosen to expand their companies to Anderson should be encouraging to every Madison County resident. For it appears that Anderson is reemerging as a key player in the international manufacturing sector. While most of these new employers have located in Anderson, the resulting ripple effect is certain to benefit the surrounding Madison County communities as well. In addition to significant job growth, Madison County has witnessed a significant decline in unemployment, increased tax revenues, a stabilization in the housing market, and a renewed optimism as it pertains to the future of our communities.”
What does "A New Day" mean to you?
“The term "A New Day" is likely to mean ten different things to ten different people. I like to view myself as an optimist. In this sense, to me "A New Day" simply means having another opportunity to work harder, to correct errors, to achieve goals, and to have a positive influence on those around me. Like anyone else, I have experienced setbacks. However, I have always viewed tomorrow as "A New Day". Rarely, is anything done that cannot be undone. Rarely, can our transgressions not be atoned for. In fact, we can nearly always search ourselves, learn from our mistakes, and persevere. In many instances, we will reemerge stronger, having positioned ourselves to be better off than we were the day before.”
How has your optimism helped you guide your company’s vision?
“For me, I will always surrender to what I believe to be God's plan for me and my business, choosing to have faith that I will succeed. I choose to make things happen through faith and confidence, rather than merely hoping for them to happen. Regarding the way in which I apply this optimism to my business, I have never feared making mistakes. While I certainly do not celebrate them, I fully acknowledge that they will occur. By remaining optimistic and rooted in faith, I have been able to overcome many obstacles that I am confident would have otherwise derailed my achievements.”
Is your optimism ever threatened?
“Sooner or later, every business owner is going to face adversity. On occasion, a challenge may appear insurmountable, causing a person to lose faith in themselves or that of their ideas. However, in my experience, if you respect and even embrace adversity, you will often grow stronger for it. Sometimes, we manage to emerge victorious. Other times, we may realize that we were on the wrong path to begin with. Adversity is good for any business owner, as it helps us to reevaluate our direction, hone our skills, and adapt to changing circumstances”.
If Optimism leads to achievement, what is it you hope your company will achieve in 2016?
“As I prepare to attend college in the spring of 2016, I fully plan to continue growing my business while simultaneously pursuing degrees in computer science and business. As of now, I have a team of five part-time developers that I contract with. My goal is to have at least two full-time developers on my staff before I graduate from college, and a team of 5-8 full-time developers working for me within a year of graduating”
If you were to have five minutes with someone who was considering relocating to Madison County what would you tell them?
“If they were a student such as myself, I would tell them about the overwhelming support that I have received from so many Madison County leaders and residents. I would make them aware of support systems such as the Madison County Chamber, the Flagship, the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, and so many other people and organizations. I would explain to them that our community is filled with adults that sincerely wish to embrace our youth, supporting them in their endeavors and helping them to achieve success. Finally, I would tell them that they do not want to miss out on the next decade in Madison County, as it is certain to be very exciting.”
MostBeastlyStudios is one of three finalists being considered for the 2015 Emerging Business of the Year award. Thanks in part to St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital, the winner will be announced on February 25 at the 2016 Annual Awards Gala.
To view past award winners, or to read more about the awards, visit MCC's Wall of Fame.