A second-generation businessman, Trey Carter seized an opportunity to create a company that provides much needed logistics and distribution training. (Photo: Johnathan Martin)

Trey Carter is “The Next Big Thing” and there’s not even a sconch of hyperbole in that assertion.

The Next Big Thing Movement, a global non-profit organization, has designated Trey Carter as one of the Top 35 Millennial Influencers in the country. That means the group, which includes a network of 20,000 young professionals and creatives, considers Carter a change agent and difference maker worthy of being among those chosen for special recognition this year.

“This is an amazing opportunity to represent Tennessee, specifically Memphis, on the national stage,” Trey said. “Shout out to Memphis. …it’s a great place to get a business started.

“I am heavily invested in the collective success of our city, and value any opportunity to shine a positive light on Memphis. I am very excited and humbled to be included alongside some of the country’s most exciting rising stars and thought leaders.”

That too is no hyperbole.

Trey is indeed in great company with folks such as former Teen Vogue editor Elaine Welteroth (stellar job with diversity and inclusion), “The Daily Show’s” Trevor Noah, political advisor and CNN contributor Symone Sanders and R&B Classic Man and fancy pants Jidenna (yassssss).

Sure, you know these guys, but if you don’t know about Trey Carter, allow me to enlighten you. He is a second-generation businessman. His father was well-respected businessman Pat Carter, founder of Olympic Staffing and owner of several other businesses in the city. You could say that Trey followed in his footsteps but that would probably be underselling. I think it’s more apt to say that he broadened the family footprint.

Upon graduating from FAMU (Florida A&M University), he saw an opportunity to complement the existing company and seized the moment.

“I saw that there was such a high demand and great need that I just stepped in.”

From there, Olympic Career Training Institute was created to fill a void in the city by providing logistics and distribution training. He was 27 when he began running that business in 2010. I know what I was doing at 27 and it was not anything like this! I find it remarkable when younger adults go all in to not only launch a legit business, but possess the wherewithal and maturity to make it successful.

Trey credits his father with providing a blueprint and a working model of best practices,

“I had some good examples before me. I looked to my father. I saw him every day at work, Sundays at church and some Saturdays. He has always been a savvy entrepreneur. I followed his lead on how to handle business. Running the business is just second nature to me. He allowed me the leeway to take a leave of absence to leave our company to start my own.”

Outside of his career, Carter is also active in the Memphis community as a civic leader and served as a Commissioner on the Shelby County Emergency Communications District, and on several boards, including the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce and the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Patriots Club.

In the true spirit of giving back to the community that has given so much to him, Trey offers these words to budding entrepreneurs:

“There is no right time to get started. It’s always now. Be patient, take the process seriously, do things the right way and it will pay off in the long run. …(And) it is always important to have a team that can help bring your vision to life.”

Congratulations Trey!