​Kayode Small

Kayode Small, born on the twin island of Trinidad and Tobago, discovered his business mindset at a young age. It all started when his mother refused his pleas for a tub of forty assorted Ring Pops he saw while grocery shopping.

Fortunately, he came up with the bright and convincing arguement: “It’s not for me, it’s to sell.” Caught in a lie, he researched the retail price of the product, set a reasonable cost for his customers, and comfortably surpassed his breakeven point.

After arriving in the United States, Kayode was offered a full academic scholarship to Stillman College, where he became a presidential member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. Kayode’s eye for business continued throughout his time at Stillman, where he captained a team at the University of Alabama’s Culverhouse Leadership and Diversity Case Competition. Soon after, he graduated from Stillman College with a B.S. in Business Administration and a concentration in Marketing.

Kayode found his way to Third Way through a temp agency, but was promptly hired and soon after promoted to Operations Coordinator for his willingness to take on new projects and his commitment to the position. In this post, he supports the VP of Business Operations and the CFO in addition to providing administrative and operational support to the organization. He collaborates with internal staff and external business associates to oversee and support office operations. Furthermore, he works tirelessly to ensure everyone in the company stays in a joyous mood—after all, Kayode means “he brought joy” in Yoruba. 


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