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image Everyone has a story to tell. Few, however, prove to be as profound and inspirational as that of Mr. Kenneth Brown. He had every excuse to choose a life of failure. At the ages of 13 and 14, Ken’s parents brought their first child into the world; by 17 and 18, they were the parents of five children. In spite of poverty and a trail of 10 evictions, Ken’s parents still emphasized the importance of education and a strong work ethic.

After starting his journey in less than ideal circumstances, this Chicago native worked his way through Southern Illinois University as a bus boy and waiter. Once he graduated, he maintained his focus as well as his hunger for excellence, which has paid off in monumental personal and professional opportunities. As one of the youngest African-American owner/operators of a McDonald's franchise, Ken's light has shone brightly in the arena of entrepreneurial accomplishment.

Ken’s favorite mantra, "Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it," epitomizes his modern-day rags-to-riches story, which has inspired and motivated others to live out their dreams.

He has authored and sold nearly 20,000 copies of two life-changing books, A Leap of Faith and L.I.F.E. - Living In Freedom Everyday. Through media appearances, seminars, workshops and business conferences, Ken has left a lasting impact in the minds of thousands.

With endorsements from renowned mentors Les Brown, Tavis Smiley, Ronald Hairston and Herbert Harris, Ken has what it takes to encourage others, inspire dreams and instill hope.

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