BE Modern Man is an integrative program that honors the essence, image, and accomplishments of today’s man of color. With features of today’s leaders, executives, creatives, students, politicians, entrepreneurs, professionals, and agents of change—these men share the common thread of creating a new normal while setting the bar in tech, art, philanthropy, business, and beyond. The BE Modern Man is making a positive impact, his way, and has a story to tell.
BE MODERN MAN MARCUS DAMAS
Profession: Founder/CEO of Fueled by Culture – Media & Marketing Agency
One Word That Describes You: Persistent
What does being one of the BE Modern Man 100 Honorees mean to you?
The BE Modern Man 100 Honoree distinction is a phenomenal honor. I take tremendous pride in being recognized by such an esteemed platform.
What is your “Extraordinary Impact?”
Fueled by Culture is a creative agency that specializes in connecting and empowering brands. It facilitates talent through creative expertise via experiential curation, content creation, brand support, and direction. This is my Extraordinary Impact. It moves me to seek my passion pursuits, as well as the creative spirits we connect with.
What are you doing as a BEMM to help support black male achievement now or in the future?
It’s important for me to show the African American youth there are more ways to succeed than one, specifically the stigmatized avenues of sports and music (basketball & hip-hop). While young, I was motivated to believe these were the only channels for black men and women to find success. It has become a mission of mine to highlight the entrepreneurial methods for our community to build wealth utilizing your talents, network, and tenacity.
What are some examples of how you have turned struggle into success?
As black men, we wake up every day down 20 points. I focus on empowering my staff to go above and beyond. This mentality has driven me to succeed and commit to the fight to win.
What is an important quality you look for in your relationships with others?
Determination is an important quality for me. I’m dedicated to the craft, sharing this energy on the same wavelength yields results.
What are some immediate projects you are working on?
We’re humbled by the opportunity to work on a summit in collaboration with Forbes magazine and Mr. Sean “Diddy” Combs.
What advice you have for other men who want to make a difference?
Focus on being successful rather than looking successful.
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Come celebrate the BE Modern Man 100 Men of Distinction at the 2nd Annual Black Men XCEL, Aug. 29–Sept. 2, 2018, at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.