Barkley Reserve is home to many inspiring leaders and driven entrepreneurs, and one of those leaders is Connor Blevins. Blevins joined the Barkley Reserve team in October of this year and has worked hard since day one. As we prepare for a new, better year, we are leaning on our incredible team members who have pulled us through this one. We could tell you all the reasons we love Connor Blevins, or we could let you see for yourself.
Give us your elevator pitch.
“I am from a small town in Southeast Arkansas called Gillett. It’s the duck and rice capital of the world and shaped me into who I am today. I’m twenty-four-years-old, and while I don’t yet have a family of my own, I am an uncle! I have eight amazing nieces and nephews. When I was younger, I dreamt of playing in the MLB, but now I’m working in sales and loving it.”
Did you play baseball as a kid?
“Yes, as a young boy, I played on a travel baseball team and was very driven to be the best. I’ve always been competitive. As I grew up, I continued to play baseball but also added in basketball. I think that playing team sports made me into someone who knows how to look out for myself while also looking out for others.”
What are you passionate about, aside from sports?
“I am passionate about creating and strengthening relationships with people. I love getting to know people, learning their stories, and how I can help them.”
What natural disadvantages has life thrown your way?
“Growing up, my parents got divorced when I was very young. My dad left our family and was in and out for the next few years before ultimately leaving for good. Having outside men who my family got to pick and choose to influence me left a mark. Their strong morals and values molded me into someone who cares about others and always sees the best in other people. I find myself going out of my way to see the bigger picture and not focus on what is right in front of me.”
What is your favorite thing about working in the business industry?
“Networking. It’s always great to meet like-minded people from different backgrounds. I also love the opportunity in front of me. I am motivated by that opportunity for growth, and there’s nothing really like this out there.”
What important lesson did someone in your life teach you?
“It’s not about who you know; it’s about who knows you.”
In the next five years, you might see Connor Blevins as a leading entrepreneur at Barkley Reserve, or you might find him running his own duck hunting lodge- either way, he will be a smashing success. His advice for future leaders? “Always have a down-for-whatever attitude, and don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.”
Stepping out of your comfort zone can be one of the more difficult tasks life will hand you, but Connor Blevins proves that the risk yields significant rewards.