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Fall 2010

Tyrell Gray, ‘01, Finance

Co-founder, Junk House Riches

Tyrell Gray is the co-founder of Junk House Riches, a real-estate company that sells refurbished homes. To Tyrell, entrepreneurial spirit is “the desire for something better. The desire to get and achieve more than what the world offers you, to see what you can really accomplish.”

Diligence and hard work are the main factors in Tyrell’s success.

“As entrepreneurs we often make the mistake of jumping before we look. The old axiom ‘act now and talk later’ has been the down fall of many entrepreneurs. I take all of my ideas and share them with a close inner circle f pessimists. I let them point out all the reasons my idea will not work, then I solve those problems.”

Tyrell also believes in staying motivated and making family his first priority. “I am motivated by a desire to provide for my family. I am motivated by others I see succeed. I am motivated by my faith. I am motivated by my belief that the world is mine, and I want to see what I can make of it.”

Tyrell’s favorite quote:

“Up to a point a person’s life is shaped by environment, heredity and changes in the world about them. Then there comes a time when it lies within their grasp to shape the clay of their life into the sort of thing they wish it to be. Only the weak blame parents, their race, their times, lack of good fortune or the quirks of fate. Everyone has the power to say, ‘This I am today. That I shall be tomorrow.’”

— Louis L’Amour