I spent some time former NFL Defensive End, Dewayne White, talking about his transition from football to licensed builder in new construction and luxury home real estate.

Drafted as a first pick by Tampa Bay in the 2003 NFL draft, he played four seasons with the Buccaneers before signing with the Lions in 2007. Dewayne struggled with injuries in the 2009 season and was released in March of 2010. “You’ve got to know when your time’s up and be able to move on,” White said. “I loved it. I wish I could’ve played another year, but everything happens for a reason, I believe.”

At the Nines Conference in November 2016, Brad talked on finding success out of failure.

Eric Yelsma was a national account manager for a large chemical company for 15 years. After being laid off in 2009, he had a decision to make… find another position in the corporate world or pursue his dream.  “I realized if I didn’t follow my dream… if I don’t do it, I’ll always regret it.” So he started his business, Detroit Denim, in the basement and garage of his home.

As a five year start-up, Detroit Denim Co. is now located in Rivertown with a 4,300 square foot manufacturing and retail space. Using US-sourced materials, Detroit Denim Co. focuses on traditionally styled jeans that are designed and crafted to be worn often and hard. “It’s extraordinarily challenging but extraordinarily rewarding.”