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 Joe Freeman
Name: Joe Freeman
Profession: Educator, Children’s Book Author, COO and Co-.founder of FNF Dynamics L.L.C., Youth Motivator, Co-founder of The Adventures of BG Scholarship
One word that describes you: Dedicated
What does being one of the BEMM 100 Men of Distinction mean to you?
I am overjoyed with excitement and humility to be a part of the BE Modern Man Men of Distinction list. I have been a huge fan of Black Enterprise since my days of undergrad and now being able to return the favor and motivate other men like myself, brings joy to my spirit.
What are some examples of how you have turned struggle into success?
I turned ADD, low esteem, and self-doubt into a tool to reach millions of kids across the world by creating a series of children’s books and curricula that focus on the three illnesses mentioned. Young people can now read about kids that struggled like them but were able overcome their challenges with hard work and dedication. Now young people begin to understand that we all have circumstances but how we respond to those circumstances will define us.
What is an important quality you look for in your relationships with others?
Trust will make or break your relationships, especially when it comes to business. If you have any reservations about your partners’ integrity or they have reservations about yours, it will eventually lead to poor decision making.
What are some immediate projects you are working on?
My most recent projects are the Adventures of BG Scholarship and FNF Dynamics Summer Science/Engineering enrichment camp.
What is the best advice you ever received?
The best advice I have ever received was from my grandmother. She said, “You can always do more.” That resonated with me because we are often quick to give the minimal and pretend it’s the most.
What is some advice you have for other men who want to make a difference?
My advice for other men who want to make a difference is to use your gift to solve a problem and in doing so you will find your purpose.
How do you prep for an important business meeting and/or event?
Research, research, research. Understand the intent of the meeting and align your goals, and questions accordingly.
As a busy Modern Man, how do you unwind on vacation? Share a story about your best vacation.
As a very adventuresome amateur explorer, I often travel to places that allow me to immerse in the culture of the people. Some of my best vacations were to places that allowed me to escape and unplug from the outside world.
If you could travel and stay anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
If I could travel anywhere in the world, it would be to the country of Nigeria. By virtue of its geographic location, I know I will find it extremely easy to escape from everyday life to enjoy the varied landscapes and history of this country.
What is your “Extraordinary Impact”?
I want our young people to know that there are successful people in this world, that look and sound just like them. That is done by growing a successful business focused on empowering youth through the love of science and engineering. Through my speaking, publishing books, and scholarships, I am able to impact students at every level.
Anything else you’d like to say?
Don’t complain, “create!”