How it all started…
"Not every man can be famous, but every man can be great!" Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "When I first read those words from a memorial wall at South Carolina State University, I was touched," Gathers said. "In life, sometimes all we can hold on to is words and a belief that they will manifest." "Growing up, all I could do was dream." These words continuously push Troy Gathers towards his dream to strive for excellence. When asked about his childhood, Troy explains how it has played a major role in his future; Troy said, "The pain from my past has prepared me for the future." "In college though, I found that I was very different. I found that welfare and section 8 were foreign to some college students." The entrepreneur said that he began to see his purpose for his upbringing; "I have the voice to help people grow through trials."
"A very special person in my life was my Great-Grandmother Harriet Ladson, who instilled great morals and principles within me at a very young age. Words can not explain how blessed I was to be born her Great-Grandson. Harriet ensured that I was loved properly and I knew how to love others properly regardless of the cold situations we may have faced." - Troy
By the time Troy reached seventeen years old, he had attended seven different schools and lived in six different neighborhoods. To escape the everyday troubles of society, Troy focused on success. In High School, despite the constant moving Gathers still managed to join NJROTC, the newspaper staff, and Future Business Leaders of America to name a few. Gathers stated, "Because of the constant moving, I spent a lot of time wishing for stability and praying for strength. Throughout my life I remained positive and knew that if I continued on this path I would be successful. Given my life experiences, I am able to communicate and relate to the younger generation." Once Gathers got settled at South Carolina State University he finally got a chance to show one body of students what he was capable of achieving. At South Carolina State University, Gathers created his clothing company Sixteen Seventy. In addition, Troy coached Intramural Sporting teams, served as the Vice President of freshman dormitory, joined the Young Democrats, SGA, directed two short films with students and made the grades for The National Deans List. Troy was also the host of the radio show B.E. Y.O.U. which aired on WSSB 90.3FM. (SCSU Radio) The show was based on positive individuals and their accomplishments. Gathers credits his focus at SCSU to his mother and mentors that assured his faith and head was always high. "Even in college people doubt you and try to bring you down, but I have special people that kept me focused on the big picture".
After graduating from South Carolina State University, Gathers sought out to be a voice for the young and an inspiration to all. "As a public speaker, I have the stage to reach people far and near with my message", he says joyfully. I've actually spoken to inmates on a continuous basis across the state of South Carolina in penitentiaries." I have spoken to groups ranging from age eight to forty. Since I am one with the generation it is possible to hold their attention throughout the entire speech," Gathers said. "Knowing that the speaker went through a similar situation less than ten years ago allows the audience to leave with a sense that there is a way to overcome their present adversities."
After successfully completing his MBA program, Troy is currently enrolled in a Public Policy and Administration PhD program. B.E. Y.O.U. is Troy's Educational Lecture Program for the youth that promotes success in their lives. B.E. Y.O.U is Troy's cry to the youth to be themselves and step out of the crowd. Under his B.E. Y.O.U. imprint, Gathers has published 5 book titles. In all of Gathers endeavors he keeps God first and only expects great things for the future.