It is a wonder that Brian Adams ever made it to class at the Culverhouse College of Commerce. But he did show up, perform impressively and earn Dean’s List honors, allthe while
balancing his own businesses around Tuscaloosa like a juggler with
a dozen balls in the air. The fact that he managed to keep those balls
in play is downright remarkable — but, then, so is Adams himself.
When the 2001 graduate returns to campus to work with MBA
students at the Manderson Graduate School of Business during the
annual Entrepreneur Week, he always tells his own story. It starts
with Adams as a 10-year-old selling pencils to classmates in Tyler,
Texas, and continues to today’s goal of spinning his two major
companies into 10.
“I've always been very intuitive and curious, and somewhere
deep down I have something I’ve since defined as grit,” he says.
“I've got a passion for something long term and I’m not afraid to go
for it, fail, get up and keep going again.”
CULVERHOUSE ALUMNUS EPITOME OF
BY CAROLANNE ROBERTS