Public Speaker / Community Servant / President,
Neckles Global Enterprise Inc. (NGE) & Co-Founder,
TNTech Canada Inc., Vancouver, BC. Born:
St. Andrew’s, Grenada.
As an Entrepreneur, Public Speaker, and Community Servant, the name Ricky Neckles is synonymous with excellence and leadership. His academic performance at the University of Toronto earned him the role of Business Development Analyst during his twelve-month internship at Nortel Networks. When Ricky graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering, his business acumen and leadership qualities landed him atop the recruitment lists of companies across Canada. Among them, was Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Ricky would become one of Accenture’s youngest recruits and the youngest to be appointed to the position of Management Consultant Analyst where his portfolio included consulting Sears, Loblaws, and various other multi-billion dollar corporations.
Despite his success at Accenture, Ricky decided to pursue his entrepreneurial passion after one year with the company. In 2008, Ricky Founded Neckles Global Enterprise Inc. (NGE), a privately held investment company which owns a collection of diversified businesses operating in sectors that include real estate, trade and manufacturing. After training with the Professional Real Estate Investors Group, and the Institute of Commercial Real Estate, Ricky has developed an efficient, effective, and unique system of evaluation that allows NGE to aggressively seize prime investment opportunities efficiently. By employing a method of thorough market research data and analysis, Neckles Global Enterprise now holds investment properties valued at over 3 million dollars under Ricky’s leadership and direction.
Under the NGE umbrella, Ricky co-founded TNTech Canada Inc., which would soon become Canada’s leading supplier and distributor of on-site paging services. Effectively guided by Ricky, TNTech has helped maximize the efficiency and communication for its clientele that includes: Jack Astor’s, The Keg Steakhouse, Baton Rouge and Shoppers Drug Mart.
Aside from his business and entrepreneurial ventures, Ricky remains committed to promoting academic excellence and community service. He has also taken his message of stewardship before government officials and corporate executives.
Ricky was raised in Toronto’s Mount Dennis community, a neighborhood recognized by the local governments as “at risk.” This at risk environment has given Ricky a unique perspective on the challenges facing youth in the at risk communities across Canada. His message of perseverance despite circumstance has resonated with youth who understand the daily challenges they face.
Through partnerships with organizations like the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), where he served two terms as President of the University of Toronto Chapter, Ricky has inspired youth to strive for academic excellence, while providing them with the tools to achieve success. During his tenure as president of the NSBE, membership tripled, and financial support for the organization grew exponentially by over 500%. His most notable accomplishment, however, is the launch of the Youth Legacy Program, an initiative aimed at developing the academic and leadership skills of students in elementary and secondary schools, as well as to stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Ricky’s vision has always been to ambitiously raise the standard of excellence for our future leaders.
Having overcome the adversity of his environment, it is Ricky’s goal to create a lasting legacy of achievement, excellence, and leadership in his community. Ricky believes, “It is not where you start that counts, but where you finish.” Having experienced a measure of success as an entrepreneur and community leader, Ricky continues to serve and lead his community by emphasizing the importance of education and community service.
Favourite book? 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris. As an engineer, I appreciate the analysis the book displays on the fundamentals of what truly drives us to own businesses. As an entrepreneur, I appreciate the truth behind the hard work and continuous testing that goes into building a successful sustainable business. When you combine the fundamentals and the right work ethic with the ability to accept failure as part of the game, you get the right results.
Favourite quotes? 1) I remember shifting the way I thought about business the day my manufacturing professor recited, “The factory of the future will have two employees a man and a dog. The man’s job will be to feed the dog. The dog’s job will be to prevent the man from touching any of the automated equipment.” − Warren Bennis 2) “There is only one success−to be able to spend your life in your own way.” − Christopher Morley
Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? Live in a cabin in the mountains surrounded by nature for a few months.
Who inspires you? No one inspires me more than my mother. The struggles she went through as an immigrant to Canada, and the sacrifices she made to provide greater opportunities for me are priceless. My mother’s love keeps me going every day. Her unwavering positivity and love of life are contagious, and I am blessed to have caught them both.
Why do you do what you do? I truly believe that you can get everything you want in life as long as you help enough people get what they want. When I take a look at where I am today, and the position I started in, I am mindful that there were many people that helped me along the way and still help me to this day. When I look at my community, I don’t see what other people may see. I see young brothers and sisters, like myself, who have circumstances that make us hungry for success. We are willing to go to war for our families to keep food on the table and we have the desire and the ability to accomplish great things. We understand what it means to be the underdog, we just need to learn the fundamentals. As I have received guidance and learned the fundamentals from others, I feel it is my duty to reach out and do the same. If I don’t teach and guide my own brothers and sisters, who will?