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This Week We Feature Young Professional Yohance T. Smith

Yohance T. Smith is a 22 year old Part Time Marketing Manager at Greencrete BVI. He hails from the community of Sea Cows Bay, Tortola. Photo: Provided
Yohance T. Smith is the reigning Mr Junior BVI 2017/18. Photo: Provided
Yohance T. Smith is the reigning Mr Junior BVI 2017/18. Photo: Provided
Yohance T. Smith enjoys singing with locals bands like Razor Blades Fungi Band and Songs of Love. Photo: VINO
Yohance T. Smith enjoys singing with locals bands like Razor Blades Fungi Band and Songs of Love. Photo: VINO
Our young professional’s interest in the marketing field inspired him to startup his own business called Touch of Class Marketing that is currently in its planning and startup phase. Photo: Provided
Our young professional’s interest in the marketing field inspired him to startup his own business called Touch of Class Marketing that is currently in its planning and startup phase. Photo: Provided
By Renee C. Williams

Growing up in a single parent household can have a significant impact in a young man’s life but our young professional for this week, Yohance T. Smith, chooses to break the cycle of being a victim and not to walk the path of his father.

Yohance T. Smith is a 22-year-old Part Time Marketing Manager at Greencrete BVI. He hails from the community of Sea Cows Bay, Tortola.

Mr Smith is tasked with conceptualising marketing strategies and schemes, promotional strategies and advertisements. He is also responsible for screening requests and communicates with customers while analysing and obtaining data for future promotions.

While putting his creative juices to work while using the logical information to carry out his task, Yohance admitted that the most challenging part about his job is to “convey the great image” of the business while keeping up with the trends of today’s society.

“I always desired to become a Marketing Manager and the job I have gives me the opportunity to fulfil this,” he said.

Before working at Greencrete, he expressed that he was a marketing intern at the BVI Tourist Board during the Christmas and summer break from 2015 to 2017.

On July 29, 2017, Yohance captured the title of Mr Junior BVI where he made a clean sweep of awards which included Mr Photogenic, Mr Congeniality, Mr Popularity, Mr Poised, Best Talent, Best Black and White Affair, Best Swimwear, Best Intellect and Best Evening Wear.

Educational background

Our young professional was a proud member of the Ebenezer Thomas Primary School where he graduated Valedictorian of the Class of 2007.

He graduated Top 10 with the Class of 2012 of the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) before moving to the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) where he graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration with the Class of 2014.

Our young professional’s thirst for success pushed him to obtain his Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Texas A&M University-Commerce from 2014 to 2017.

Yohance is a proud member of Eta Phi Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

Biggest life lesson

Throughout the years, Yohance has allowed himself to be guided by a single mantra: Success is a journey, not a destination, which assisted him in overcoming one of his biggest life lessons.

He said, “My biggest life lesson is that people may try to discourage you from your original plan but if you are passionate about it like I was, you should always keep pushing and go for your dreams. Keep moving forward.”

Marketing company

Our young professional’s interest in the marketing field inspired him to start up his own business called Touch of Class Marketing that is currently in its planning and startup phase.

“Being a business student at HLSCC I had to take a marketing class. When I took that class, the teacher having a keen interest and enthusiasm about the topic sparked a light in me. I then went and did my own research on the field and realised that proper marketing is needed in the British Virgin Islands,” explained Yohance.

Along with owning his own marketing business, he also desires to become the Marketing Manager of the BVI Tourist Board.

“I ultimately see myself owning my own Marketing Company while being the Director of the BVI Tourist Board,” he said.

“Fear overcame me during Irma”

Our young professional expressed that when Hurricane Irma was about to hit the territory he thought to himself that it was going to be a “fun experience” but little did he know that the hurricane came with a vengeance while admitting that fear came over him when the hurricane made landfall.

“I remember waking up that morning with my heart beating rapidly. When the Hurricane finally started the fear grew more.”

Following the hurricane, Yohance indicated that he volunteered at the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) in the Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Unit and the Fourth District supply distribution centre to keep himself occupied.

Currently, our marketing manager continues to put his creative mind to use by assisting a construction company in the marketing field.

This young VIslander wants to see his territory move forward in the recovery process and so he is doing his part by getting his hands dirty by assisting in the reconstruct of Quito’s Gazebo and Neptune’s Treasure on Anegada.

“As a BVIslander, an improvement that I would like to see in our territory is in our infrastructure. Being that tourism has been a great financial pillar for the British Virgin Islands, the infrastructure needs to be upgraded and updated. Even before the passages of Irmaria, there were major infrastructural issues. For example, roads, access and parking, building maintenance, and waste management. The better the ambience of our islands, the better the experience for not only the incoming guests but for us,” he passionately expressed.

Inspiration

Our young professional stated that his biggest inspiration comes from his mother who he said he watched raise himself and his sister “singlehandedly” and that has always kept him focused on doing better for himself and the family he intends to have in the future.

“She always reminds me of what she went through raising my sister and me. Her strategic reminders often keep me focused so that I can provide for just as good or even better for my family in the future. I said if my mother could do all that she did for me then I should work hard and follow my dreams to give back to her,” said Yohance.

He also mentioned that the thought of the lifestyle he intends to live keeps him focused and motivated to work hard. “I realise that without hard work, that dream is dead.”

Singing & creativity

When Yohance is not working, you can find this energetic youngster singing with Razor Blades Fungi Band, Songs of Love or even solo. In his spare time, he also enjoys dancing, socialising and just being creative.

Advice to youth

Giving some advice to his fellow youth, Yohance encourages them to learn from their mistakes and keep pushing forward in life.

“The advice that I would give to young people is, let your set back be a set up for your come back. This means every time you fail or make mistakes, learn from them get back in the saddle and keep pushing forward. This determination will get you far in life.”

11 Responses to “This Week We Feature Young Professional Yohance T. Smith”

  • Fam (30/03/2018, 11:08) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Kool dude
  • SCB Gurl (30/03/2018, 11:59) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    What a pleasant well groomed young man. I just wished he would smile a little more. Kudos to his Mom for bringing him up like this. It would be nice if you could always publish who the parents of such an inspriring young professional are. After all - they are the reason you are able to feature him/ her
  • SMH (30/03/2018, 12:51) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    KUDOS YOUNG MAN....NIBBS BLOODLINE!
  • hog city (30/03/2018, 13:29) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    he from sea cows bay a good yute congratulations MR
  • AdoniJune (30/03/2018, 15:00) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Good job Val!
    Congratulations to both of you.
  • Bro. EQ, ETA Phi Charter Line (30/03/2018, 15:35) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Outstanding Achievement young Frat! I need your Rookie Card, because you are going places! Good Luck Phi Nupe! EQ
  • Respect fam (30/03/2018, 18:40) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good job yohance god bless u continue putting him first. Val marvelous job continue been the best mother there is love u a family
  • pat (30/03/2018, 20:25) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    another young local who has potential to reach for the stars. Big Ups Mr. Smith on being selected
  • good (31/03/2018, 19:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Very good its in depth article continue to live a life that is inspiring young man.
  • Ked (01/04/2018, 14:17) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    So proud of you Hance! Continue making strides, not steps, to bigger and better goals. Rooting for you always!


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