By Kent Larsen
Budding Businessman Plans Mission
CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA -- Nicknamed the professor since the age of 5,
Ammon Gladwell is an 18-year-old entreprenuer with flair. Starting his own
deejay business, Gladwell Music Shows, at the age of 14, Gladwell will leave
behind his success and take his talents into the mission field for The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
"I talk an awful lot during my show and people enjoy that. I am a people
person. You have to be to be in business. When you work with the public, you
have to love people," Gladwell said. "The key to success is to work hard. I
want to put in a 12-hour day. I like working hard."
Since his freshman year in high school, Gladwell has dejayed his own
homecoming and prom. Finally, as a senior he said no to the night of work
and put his company to work. "My company did everything instead. I went this
year as a student," he said.
"I specialize in high school formals. We contract with over 60 percent of
Harrison County high schools," Gladwell added. Recently graduated from
Liberty High School, Gladwell will be attending Fairmont State College in
the fall to major in business administration and will leave in January to
begin his two-year mission.
"I'll be leaving on my Mormon mission and closing my business's doors for
two years. It will be sad. The mission will come from church headquarters,
when I turn 19. It could be anywhere. It's frightening. We take a lot of
things for granted here, I know. I'm not going to sit here and tell you I
want to do it. But, it puts some perspective into life. When I come back,I
will pick up my business again," Gladwell said.
'My nickname is professor'
Clarksburg WV Exponent Telegram 3Jul01 P2