Posted on: August 10, 2023; Updated on: August 10, 2023
Some Moore School alumni choose to work for themselves. These alumni successfully
run their own businesses using skills they developed at the Moore School.
Hammond (‘11 PMBA) started AmeriCare Midlands Home Care in 2020 after realizing the
need for more in-home caregiving for seniors. Hammond and his wife, Rachael, started
the business so they would have the ability to control their own destiny and be responsible
for their successes and failures. Despite the challenges that COVID-19 presented in
their first years, Hammond said the skills he gained from the Professional MBA program
helped him avoid missteps in his business.
Phillips (‘19 PMBA) first thought of opening Regal Lounge, a barber shop and spa catering
to men in Columbia, South Carolina, during one of his Professional MBA courses at
the Moore School. His MBA skills came in handy during the COVID-19 pandemic, as Regal
Lounge’s grand opening was delayed, and their first full year fell in the shadow of
the world health crisis. He said opening in May 2020 during the pandemic presented
the business with a lot of unforeseen challenges. However, giving up has never been
an option for Phillips, he said, and his MBA skills helped him see his business through
the rough first year.
Aurora Dawn Benton
Benton (‘96 MIBS) applied the skills and knowledge she gained from the Moore School
to start Astrapto LLC. Founded in 2016, Astrapto’s mission is to shed light on opportunities
to solve social and environmental issues. The company offers sustainability consulting,
training and online courses. Benton said starting her own business was not easy, but
the skills she gained from the Moore School assisted her in many ways when first opening
and now operating Astrapto.
Cantey (‘99 MIBS) utilized the skills he gained from the Moore School to start Cantey
Tech Consulting 15 years ago in Charleston, South Carolina. During his time at the
Moore School, Cantey said he learned the fundamentals of business and Spanish while
interning for Xerox in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He also enjoyed working on project
teams with students from around the world and the entrepreneurship course. Most importantly,
he made lifelong friends and had a great time, he said.
Gatewood (‘10 MIB) created his own successful food truck business, Yankee Doodle Dandy’s,
in New York City, after winning $25,000 in 2012 on the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? After persevering through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gatewood continues
to run three food trucks around the Big Apple. His Moore School training and learning
helps him make analytical decisions to guide his company.
Shealy (‘75 management) applied the skills he gained from the Moore School to start
his own restaurant, Bernie’s Chicken, in Columbia, South Carolina. During his time
at the Moore School, Shealy said he was able to gain valuable management and business
skills that he still uses to run his restaurant today. The restaurant celebrated its
43-year anniversary in 2022; it has been a staple in the Gamecock tailgating community
with its location so close to Williams-Brice Stadium.
Toby Skarke and Nicholas Macuch
Skarke (‘19 finance and operations and supply chain) and Macuch (‘19 finance and marketing)
combined their talents to start Red Lab Logistics, a third-party logistics company
dedicated to providing exceptional services and transparency in all aspects of the
transportation timeline. Both Moore School graduates credit the knowledge and support
they gained during their undergraduate years at the Moore School. In 2020 when they
hired two full-time employees, the company increased its 2019 baseline revenue by
1,000 percent. Red Lab has continued this growth by eclipsing a 4,000 percent growth
rate between 2019 and 2022. With 13 full-time employees and two more being hired in
2023, the alums are excited to see what the future has in store.
Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.