My name is Will Hedrick. I am the Founder & CEO of Speek and a Junior studying Entrepreneurship and Social Media Marketing at High Point University. I graduated from Woodlawn in 2018 after having spent 11 years there. While 11 years might sound like a lengthy amount of time, it sure did fly by quickly. I am grateful for various things, but Woodlawn’s ability to shape me into who I am today is what I am most thankful for. Woodlawn grew right alongside me for all of those years. In second grade, I was taking my math class in Stinson. When I graduated, I was finishing the 100m dash across our brand new track facility. The growth from both of us seemed so small at the time. When looking back, the evolution is outstanding.
Having been separated from the school for almost three years, it may be difficult to see how it has affected the creation of Speek; however, the impression is larger than I expected. Many months ago, when I knew that I wanted to start my real estate brokerage, there was never a second thought as to whether I could or could not. My view was primarily due to my entrepreneurial past - which started as a senior project at Woodlawn. Capstone is a year-long investigative project based around a question the senior develops. Mine was "What Creates a Successful Entrepreneur?". After a few weeks of research, there was one common theme that stuck out to me, the ability to start. Realizing that starting is what set the successful apart from the rest, I decided to give it a shot. A few months later, I started my first company with my brother, Drew Hedrick (’16). Hedrick Custom Designs was a custom furniture business surrounding the themes of rustic and live edge furniture. We even created a few installments around campus you use today. I used all of the experience from Hedrick Custom Designs to weed out 2.5 years of mistakes. This irreplaceable experience helped me profoundly with the launch and creation of Speek.
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