Tevin Wade is the 26 year old licensed electrician, owner of Core Electrical Contractors, LLC, and founder of Core Enrichment Foundation in Baton Rouge, LA. Though a young contractor, Wade has been making quite the name for himself. His work drive and work ethic is certain to inspire those around him. Learn more about Wade below.
Fancy: How would you describe your swagger? What makes Tevin Wade, Tevin Wade?
Tevin: I think my hustle-me growing up with a single mom of five kids and her hustle, like I have always been a hustler. I was selling candy in high school. I always had the drive to have my own business. I guess that is my swagger, more so as a businessman, because all I do is work.
Fancy: What sparked your
Not a BusinessMan, But a Business, Man interest in electrical work?
Tevin: I took a course in high school, an electrical course, and I liked it. I never thought I would be one to go to college, so by me liking that course, I tried to go to an apprenticeship school, because my neighbor was an electrical engineer, so he would bring me on his side jobs, and I liked those. I just kept doing it, and I went to apprenticeship school but I tested out of it, because I already knew everything and had experience. So, that and me having kids at an early age. I think that also really played a major part in it. Me having kids at 17, made me grow up a lot faster than my friends. I have always been trying to make it for my kids too, because I grew up in a house without a father. You know, it’s always like you want to prove that you can be somebody without you having a man who you grew up under.
Fancy: What are your thoughts on going to a trade school versus a college or university?
Tevin: I think everyone should try college, even if you don’t want to go to college. I didn’t want to go to college, but life steered me back to BRCC for a construction management degree. While I do feel like you don’t have to get a college degree, I do suggest one goes to college and take a course or two you may need for your business or life. That’s not necessarily saying you must attend for four years or two years. As far as a trade school or college, I think that is depending on the person and what they their desires are in life. Maybe you just desire to get a job at a good company and work if you are not really- you know, book savvy. Trades schools are great for you. I made good money just doing electrical work. I support trade schools to the fullest, but I support college too. I believe trade schools have more longevity, because many people go to college, and they don’t use their degree once they graduate. A trade you can always take with you. You can always have your own business when you have a trade.
Fancy: What is the most useful advice you have received?
Tevin: I would say practice what you preach, and actions speak louder than words. I am not a big social media person, but with a lot of the Black Lives Matter stuff going on and the stuff that is happening our city, in our state, and our country, I am not one to sit and talk about it. With the actions I am taking in my community, like the events I am planning you know like working with Big Buddy and Core Enrichment Foundation, that speaks louder than posting on social media. My mama always said you don’t have to tell everything. You can show it by actions.
Fancy: Some may say you just hopped off the porch, being a new business owner, but you are already making a name for yourself in your city. What are your thoughts on the matter?
Tevin: For one, I want to be successful in life, like anyone else. For two, I just have a drive to be the best that I can be. I can pretty much picture myself running a multi-billion-dollar corporation. I don’t have small dreams. I dream the biggest. I don’t want to be the biggest contractor in Baton Rouge; I don’t want to be the biggest contractor in Louisiana. I want to be the biggest contractor in the United States, as far as electrical contractors go, so I guess being raised by my mom and her always having an entrepreneurial spirit – I kind of followed that. She always says that you should not want to work for someone. You should always want to work for yourself. So, I guess I got my drive and my persistence from her, like when you fall, you get up and try again. Failure is not an option in my book.
Watch Tevin’s business growth and work in the Baton Rouge community at http://www.coreelectrical.net.
Photography by Raggedy Smiles