Kayode Small, born on the twin isle of Trinidad and Tobago, discovered his business mindset at a young age. He calls it completely coincidental, but as his mother would say 'there are no accidents.' It all started at the age of twelve when he begged his mother for a tub of forty assorted Ring Pops he saw while grocery shopping. She simply replied, “that is too much sugar." Fortunately, he came up with the bright and convincing answer, “It’s not for me, it’s to sell.” Ideally, it wasn’t but now he had to stick to what he had told his mother. After much research on the retail price of the product, he set a reasonable cost for his customers that would allow him to comfortably surpass his break even point. It was this preparation and dedication to his lucrative product that revealed his passion for business.
After arriving in the United States and completing his high school tenure, Kayode was offered a full academic scholarship to Stillman College. At Stillman, he became a presidential member of the National Society of Leadership and Success and an integral team member that represented Stillman in the University of Alabama’s Culverhouse Leadership and Diversity Case Competition. He graduated from Stillman College with a B.S. in Business Administration and a concentration in Marketing.
He found his way to Third Way through a temp agency, after which he was hired as the Administrative Coordinator. In this post, he works to provide administrative and operational support to the organization. He partners and collaborates with internal staff and business associates to oversee and support office operations. Furthermore, he works effortlessly to ensure everyone in the company stays in a joyous mood, after all Kayode does mean “he brought joy.”