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Movers and Shakers Interview with Barion McQueen

Dillon Kivo

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Barion McQueen

Tell us your name and a little about yourself.

My name is Barion McQueen. I am a digital marketer, branding specialist, business consultant and real estate investor. I currently am the owner of several of my own businesses and have successfully launched over 100 local businesses from the beginning stages of logo design, brand identity to website launch. I relocated from Delaware to Florida in 2013 and have been growing my businesses ever since.

 

What exactly does your company do?

We are a full-service digital marketing/branding agency located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We are a collective of creatives, directors, videographers, graphic designers, editors, social media analyst, artists, photographers, and more striving to cross-promote and connect a world full of entrepreneurs and like-minded visionaries. We specialize in logo design, social media management, web development, photography and videography.

 

What were the biggest challenges you have faced and how did you overcome them?

I think one of the biggest challenges any business owner faces is hiring the right people. As a business owner, you are only as strong as the staff you have helping you move the ship. Good people and hard workers are hard to come by. My goal is for the people that work with me feel like its not just my company, but their company as well.

 

What piece of advice do you wish someone had given you at the start of your career?

Read more books. I never wanted to read books and the more successful I have become I find myself reading more than I ever have in my life.

 

Who are your biggest influences and people you admire and why?

When I was first coming up it was Jay-Z because of the music and business mind he had navigating throughout the industry and capitalizing off more than just the music. Today I admire a lot of different guys like Grant Cardone, Gary V., Alex Morton, Dan Lok, Damon John, Max Maxwell and Raphael Vargas.

 

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are?

I wouldn’t say a particular person, but more of my family. My family has motivated me because I was able to see what entrepreneurship was at an early age. My uncle George Leach owned a barbershop, beauty salon, convenience store, used car dealership and did music. My aunt Trina Tinch went from learning cosmetology at a vocational high school to opening up her own hair salon. So I think because of these people in my family I was more inspired to be my own boss.

 

What do you see as your greatest success in life?

My greatest success would have to be that past 6 years of my life. I moved to Florida with a car full of sneakers, a t.v., and a computer. I had no idea what I was going to do when I got here, but I always wanted to live near the beach. So I packed my car up and I and my best friend Edwin Lucus drove 18 hours to West Palm Beach. In the past six years, I’ve launched five (5) of my own companies, paid off all 3 of my cars, bought my first house and got married in Dublin, Ireland. So those are my greatest successes, not really related to a dollar amount.

 

How can people follow your journey? Please list your social media URLs

People can follow my journey at:
Instagram: www.instagram.com/barionmcqueen
Twitter: www.twitter.com/barionmcqueen
Facebook: www.facebook.com/barionmcqueen
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsMxxO3muLWVkEXI1VH5S6Q?view_as=subscriber
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/barion-mcqueen-974708107/

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