My Origin Story: Thomas Boxley
Generation Titans' "My Origin Story" is part of ongoing series to feature talented, innovative, and dope entrepreneurs of color (EOC). We are providing a platform where founders and creatives can tell their stories in their own voice and in their own unique way. These stories are not highlight reels, although they do highlight success. Also, these stories are not focused on only the hardships, obstacles, and racial inequality that entrepreneurs of color face, although they do squarely address these challenges. Today, Generation Titans catches up with Thomas Boxley to hear more about his origin story and his journey as an entrepreneur.
Stories like Thomas' are American stories that push the culture forward, spark conversation and connections in the startup ecosystem, and also inspire a younger generation of entrepreneurs. These stories and the founders are a counter narrative. Through "My Origin Story," Generation Titans is proving that the pipeline of EOCs exists--despite the media's prevailing deficit narrative about entrepreneurs of color.
WHO IS Thomas Boxley?
Thomas Boxley is the restless MOTIVATED MOTIVATOR. Father, Husband, Son and Entrepreneur with a passion for family and equitable community development
WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
WHAT IS ONE THING THAT SOCIAL MEDIA WON'T TELL US ABOUT YOU?
Social Media won't tell you much about me as I am not much of a social media person, but definitely would not be able to explain my energy and drive.
WHAT IS BOXLEY BREWING COMPANY AND HOW HAS YOUR JOURNEY AS A FOUNDER SHAPED WHAT YOU'RE DOING AS AN ENTREPRENEUR?
Boxley Brewing Company is the brainchild of creative guy with an idea to enter a space that not many African Americans inhabit. It is in the preliminary stages from a formal perspective, but I have personally been working on this for about 8 years. It has definitely shaped my thinking and made me more cost conscious and an explorer of the market.
WHAT HAS DRIVEN YOU TO DO WHAT YOU're DOING NOW?
My drive and interest in beer started when I was an undergraduate, and as most good undergraduates I had an idea about saving money. My idea came in the form of "if I knew how to make beer I would save myself a lot of money." Nothing materialized at that time, but I did think seriously about the process. Fast forward to 2009 and I decided to try it. I picked up good literature and began to read about it. Soon after that I decided to try my hand at it and it was fairly decent. Even then it was a simply a hobby and if I could offset any of my personal beer cost, it was gravy. So as I continued to play with ingredients and recipes I would invite friends over for tastings and they began to give me good feedback. I kept working on my recipes and in 2016 I hosted a small tasting with some friends that I could trust to give me honest feedback. They enjoyed it and asked me if I had some they could take home. At that point I decided that there is, "some there, there." If not me, who should it be? There are not many African Americans in this space so I figure it is my duty to enter this space and stake my claim!
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR YOUNGER SELF?
Don't procrastinate - jump out there and go for it.
WHAT BOOK(S) ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?
he Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA and the Rise of America's Secret Government by David Talbot and Manufacturing Powerlessness in the Black Diaspora by Charles Green
WHAT ALBUMS OR SONGS DO YOU CURRENTLY HAVE ON HEAVY ROTATION?
Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Scarface, SOS Band