6th Annual Tulsey Awards

Nominee - aaron deaton

Aaron Deaton

Young Entrepreneur

Level Load IND


Tulsa entrepreneurs are unique in the world. How have your endeavor(s) added value to our community and the future of Tulsa?
Our endeavor has and will add value to the community by helping ensure the safety of forklift operators in Tulsa.

If you aren’t failing, you aren’t succeeding. Share with us some of your failures to better understand how you have taken the lessons learned and applied them to support getting to where you are today.
One of our biggest failures was putting full trust into a manufacture that we had partnered with. Immediately before beginning production, they backed out and left us stranded. The lesson we learned was to NOT put all of your eggs into one basket. Instead, have several manufactures in contact. Following this rule, we are now with a manufacture that WILL follow through, and if not, we'll be ready.

Being creative is vital to an entrepreneurial endeavors success. Share an out-of-the-box experience that has made you stronger as an entrepreneur.
As a young entrepreneur, I've experienced multiple out-of-the-box experiences. Although, my favorite of these experiences would be the decision to have dropped out of college. My family and friends had all resented the idea, and still do. I was raised with idea that without college, I will not have a future, I will not survive. Dropping out of college to develop my company, with NO guarantee for success, was and is still scary. So far, it's been the best decision I've made.

.Tell us a story that involved you that either at the time or looking back makes you laugh
I can look back just today, and laugh at something my company and I did. My business partner and I had entered into the TCC StartUp Cup, in our first initial presentation we were completely unprepared. We thought we had done good, until we received the video of our presentation. Overall, it was a train-wreck, but the funniest part of it all, was that in the video, my partners face was completely covered by a ceiling lamp. This happened just a few short months ago, but we regularly watch this and kill ourselves laughing!


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  • Sept. 12th: Tulsey Awards Kickoff - Nominations Open
  • Oct. 6th: Tulseys Nominations Close
  • Oct. 16th: Tulseys Voting Opens
  • Nov. 8th: Tulseys Voting Closes
  • Nov. 21st: Tulsey Awards Ceremony
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