Davon Emmett Bailey
Company: Eat.Work.Play 24/7
Position: Founder and CEO
WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN CHARLOTTE AREA?
TELL US A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT YOU?
I find that there is beauty in the small moments. I work a lot between my nine-to-five at Bank of America, working in the compliance division, and working on EatWorkPlay during the other hours of the day. For me it’s about putting up our EWP banner at a sponsored event or laughing with the leadership board over a funny Instagram post. Running a predominately online business can make you see things through such a microscopic perspective. It’s the people in life and in Charlotte that make me interested in socializing, giving back and enjoying the city.
The people around me inspire me to do more. I have been so blessed to have great friends and family around the globe who keep me grounded. I love bringing my experiences from traveling and trying new things to the city of Charlotte. EWP is bigger than an Instagram account or the Axcess card; it’s about bringing people together and connecting them in the city. I love that and it’s really continued to set a fire under me to grow the business.
DURING YOUR TIME VOLUNTEERING FOR A COMMUNITY ACTIVITY OR PROJECT, WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORIAL MOMENT?
My most memorable moment was at the annual Roll Bounce Roller Skating Event that I host. This event raises awareness for the Salvation Army’s Center of Hope Shelter for Women and Children. This shelter houses hundreds of women and children in the Charlotte area that are in times of need. Many of them are victims of Domestic Violence. While I was fortunate enough to not have experienced these challenges growing up, I could empathize with the families that need just a little more support. At the Roll Bounce event, guests brought in hundreds of canned goods and toiletries to be donated to the shelter. Delivering these goods to organizers of the shelter felt amazing and I will always remember that.
IN YOUR OPINION, HOW DO YOU CONTRIBUTE TO THE COMMUNITY?
A real mission of mine is to better my community by working with the school systems in Mecklenburg County. I really believe that it is up to us, as millennials, to be the game changers in our community.
Working with educators and the decision makers of the Mecklenburg County school system is a real goal for me this year. Figuring out how to relieve the disconnection between the school system and the opportunities for students, out there; has been a challenge that I am excited to help take on. This year, I had the privilege of speaking to a group of educators through the “Profound Gentlemen” organization about my experience and thoughts on how to motivate students and connect them to a positive culture both inside and outside of the classroom.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OR INTEREST?
I love to work, exploring new areas and eating. I’ve turned all of my hobbies and interests and put them into one platform that has evolved into EatWorkPlay CLT. This helps me stay sane because my work is comprised of what I love.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE THAT YOU STAND BY?
“Little strokes, fell great oaks.” This means that no matter how tall or big the oak tree (Life’s Goals and/or challenges), you can accomplish or overcome them by just taking one stroke (or step) at a time.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS?
5 Years from now, I see myself as a servant to the community and a full-time employee of myself.
CAN YOUR SHARE ONE THING THAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?
To Jump out of an Airplane with my snowboard.
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU USED YOUR PASSPORT?
To go to Toronto, Canada as a Financial Crimes Analyst for Bank of America
WHAT IS A FUN FACT ABOUT YOURSELF THAT NO ONE KNOWS?
I give myself verbal pep talks ALL the time as if I were playing a sport. When you work alone often, sometimes you have to be your own cheerleader.
WHO IS YOUR HERO?
My Father for being, “Mr. Mom” growing up and embracing my sense of creativity.
WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ?
“The Old Money Book” by Byron Tully
WHAT WAS THE LAST MOVIE YOU SAW?
Jungle Book The Movie
WHAT WAS THE LAST CONCERT YOU SAW?
Rihanna and Travis Scott in Charlotte – It was EPIC