May 30, 2023

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Young Guns

20-somethings who are helping to shape business in Florida.

Diane Sears | 7/1/2006
Lakeitha Grey, 28

Job: CEO and founder of N-tersections Communications Group, a marketing firm.

Education: Bachelor's from the University of Georgia with a major in journalism/advertising and a minor in Spanish. Will graduate in December with a master's in integrated marketing communications from FSU.

Grew up in: Macon, Ga.

Community involvement: President (starting this month) of the Greater Tallahassee Advertising Federation; mentors students at Florida A&M University; is working on a storm emergency preparedness analysis research grant with FAMU, examining relationships between emergency management and the media; volunteers at the local Small Business Development Center conducting marketing workshops for startup companies.

10 years from now: "I hope to be doing what I'm doing now but on a much larger scale."

Biggest influence: Her mother. "She's even more proud of me than I am of myself. I always think I should be doing more or should be further along." Also, her advertising professor, Leila Wenthe, from UGA.

Turning point: Deciding to quit her job and focus on her own business after trying to do both at once. "There's never the perfect time to do anything that involves a risk. I just figured why not do this now? What am I waiting on?"

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