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Daily Inspiration: Meet Billy Hockenhull

Today we’d like to introduce you to Billy Hockenhull.

Hi Billy, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I am 31 years of age. I was born in Detroit, Michigan, and moved to Montgomery, Alabama when I was 17. I joined the military after High School. I am currently still serving and Active in the Army. I have been in the armed forces for about 12 years. I also joined the Montgomery Police Department back in 2015. In addition, I also received my Real Estate license from the school of Martin and Fellows in Montgomery, AL and I went on to become a licensed Realtor. I feel I have had an exciting life! When COVID hit, it pushed me to create Luxury Men LLC because there was a demand for men’s grooming products in my area that just was not being fulfilled. When I first started my business, I came out with one of the first male grooming vending machines in the United States. I set it up in Eastdale Mall in Montgomery AL, directly across from a barbershop. It is a self-sufficient machine, so I can make money without having to be there. I check on it periodically and make sure the vending machine is running smoothly. Once I finished the vending project, I felt like I wanted to introduce Luxury Men to the world; not just the Eastdale Mall. I then started my online e-commerce business on Shopify. (www.luxurymenllc.com)

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Growing up from the west side of Detroit was pretty rough. Not knowing what obstacles tomorrow might bring. We grew up in a poverty but never really noticed until I got older because everyone around me was in the same predicament. I got my first job when I was 12 working at a gas station. I was really proud because it was my first experience with making real money. From there a light bulb went off in my head and I promised myself that I will one day break this curse and figure out generational wealth for my family. I haven’t quite made it there yet but I’m definitely headed in the rite path. My family moved us from Detroit to Montgomery AL when I was 17 because the city declining and the school system was In jeopardy because half the public schools shut down. So coming to Alabama felt different, I felt like an outsider. Not knowing I would soon call this place home. I graduated from Lanier High School and got accepted into Le Cordón Blue culinary school in Las Vegas, but my dreams came crashing down when I realized I didn’t have any financial aid or student loans that would pay for me to attend. I was very discouraged working three jobs, no car and barley getting by. So I figured I join the military and help pay for school. So I enlisted in the Army Reserve and shipped off to basic training. I hated it lol, it was rough I didn’t like being away from my family so it took me a long time to adjust. I never gave up and now 12 years later, I am a Sergeant First Class, I got my Real Estate License, I because a police Officer in Montgomery and started my business called Luxury Men.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am Active Duty military (Army), I’ve served the armed forces for 12 years and currently still serving. I’m also a Police Officer with the city of Montgomery. I am also a Licensed Real Estate Agent with the state of Alabama. And lastly, I am the CEO and founder of Luxury Men (male grooming products)

What matters most to you?
What matters is family. Without that support system things can get very discouraging and you need that voice of reason to help you through different trials and tribulations.

Pricing:

  • Deluxe Beard Kit $45
  • Silky Beard Bonnets $10
  • Luxury Razors $45
  • 360 Wave Brush $12
  • Satin Durags $5

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