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Follow Your Dreams

By Arnesa A. Howell

The Meet the Future Luncheon provided a fitting audience for Brig Owens, former Washington Redskins Defensive Back and partner in the boutique sports management firm Bennett & Owens. As put by William A. ompson III, this year’s chairman who is vice president and Mid-Atlantic district manager at Hensel Phelps Construction Company: “You are surrounded by the NFL of the building industry.”

Owens praised the D.C. Students Construction Trades Foundation for helping to give students participating in the Academy of Construction & Design “lifetime tools” that can make them productive in society. “College isn’t for everyone,” he told the students, so if you find a skill that you have a passion for, follow your dreams.

Owens also offered up this additional advice for the young people in the audience:

  1. Consistency is the true measure of success.
  2. Learn from your mistakes.
  3. There’s no such thing as unrealistic goals.
  4. Thee skills you’re learning in the Academy, you can’t take for granted.