25 Mar 2011
- Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
Aeron Glover and Kaliv Parker drew upon ingenuity, drive and personal experience in formulating a business idea that won a national competition, and led them to Wall Street in New York City. by Andre Mitchell
Special to the Tri-State Defender
Aeron Glover and Kaliv Parker drew upon ingenuity, drive and personal experience in formulating a business idea that won a national competition, and led them to Wall Street in New York City.
The duo co-founded the web-based business, HowsTheLiving.com, where college students can search for up-to-date information on housing options while in school in the United States and abroad. Glover is CEO while Parker is CFO.
| Aeron Glover (left) and Kaliv Parker (Photo by Chris Bonner) |
By doing so, they earned $25,000 to help to launch their enterprise and received advice from established entrepreneurs and experts while in New York City. They visited with powerful CEO’s and opened a day of trading with the tradition of “ringing the bell” at the New York Stock Exchange.
The two friends-turned-business partners first crossed paths during their junior year of high school. They met at The Memphis Challenge, a youth leadership program, then reacquainted with each other in Knoxville.
In 2008, Glover graduated from Memphis’ Whitehaven High, while Parker became a member of City University School of Liberal Art’s first graduate class. Now, both young men are juniors at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. They carry full academic loads, with Glover majoring in industrial engineering and Parker in finance.
While carrying heavy academic loads, Glover and Parker also have jobs. Glover is a resident assistant at UTK, Parker is a restaurant shift manager.
A Haslam Scholars Program inaugural founding member, Glover became interested in attending UT during his senior year in high school. The Haslam Scholars Program is a premier honors program that selects only 15 of the nation’s top freshmen annually.
In the next five years, he intends to become a college graduate with an undergrad degree and MBA degree, and to be an entrepreneur with a profitable business.
“Ultimately, I want to be able to invest in other people,” he said.
Parker began seriously considering UTK during his junior year in high school.
“I did some comparative research and in the end, UTK was my choice. I knew what I wanted to do as far as my major was concerned and I felt it was the best fit for me,” he said.
At first, Parker was fixated on attaining his undergrad in finance, getting an MBA and then pursuing a career as an investment banker.
“I had my master plan all mapped out. Now, with the business, I want to help develop and grow it the next few years and begin other ventures as well,” Parker said.
What led to their first place finish in mtvU’s national competition?
The duo mentions words of praise, the mercy of God, as well as the love, support, and guidance received from others, especially their parents.
“So many people have invested in me, and this support speaks volumes for my successes. They help me to define my definition of success and to realize that the achievement of this success requires an on-fire mindset and on-fire actions,” said Glover.
Parker adds, “I have been fortunate and blessed to be groomed to be who I am. It is essential for me to succeed and achieve the best in life.”
Glover believes that the road to success is found by being disciplined, never procrastinating, being responsible, trustworthy and determined.
“Find your passion,” he says. “And think big. In order to play a bigger game, you must become a bigger player.”
Dr. Steve Perry’s “Just Do It” is Parker’s personal mantra.
“I think it is imperative to find people who are experts in the area you wish to pursue and then ask, listen and learn from them, and then move toward your goal. Also, I think it is important to keep your priorities well-organized and balanced.”