How My Dream Transformed Into A Reality

While a senior at Lenape High School, I applied to a couple of scholarships. One of those applications went to the Medford Business Association. In that scholarship essay, I dreamt that five years in the future I would be employed at a company performing bookkeeping. That was in 2006.

In November 2006, I was on the job hunt for that type of position. On November 4th, I attended an interview at a local accounting firm in Medford called Padden Denn Drewry. When I went into the interview, I was hoping to be hired to assist with some of their office work. But, I received a curveball. Dan Padden, one of the firm’s partners, suggested that I set up a self-employed company to do what I like to do best, data entry and bookkeeping. Later that month, my dream was transformed into reality, with a little tweaking, when I launched Mackey Enterprises.

My first couple of projects were subcontract projects for Padden Denn Drewry. Two involved with profit and loss statement generation from bank statement information, one involved with creating an Excel spreadsheet consisting of a client’s business related credit card expenses, and one involving performing bank reconciliations for two bank accounts. The last project concluded in 2014.

In June 2014 I began to self-advertise my company via word of mouth, emails, and flyers. In 2015, I obtained business cards and launched my company website. Also in 2015, Mackey Enterprises made its debut at the National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey state convention.

In Spring 2015, I acquired my first two personal clients. The first one involved generating an inventory listing in Excel of his extensive model train collection for insurance purposes. The other involved tallying up their sales receipts from a bathroom remodeling project.

When NFBNJ was in need of a new webmaster, I was their first choice. I was up to the challenge. With the assistance of the Website Committee, I completely rebuilt their website and had it back up in late June. After the many compliments that came in, I added website design to my listing of offered services available through Mackey Enterprises, LLC.

In early October 2016, NFB of Illinois sent out a notice stating they were in need of a new webmaster. When I saw it was a WordPress powered site, I jumped on that opportunity to expand my knowledge of designing a website.

During the 2016 NFBNJ State Convention, I was approached by the president of the National Federation of the Blind of Delaware. She informed me that she would like to hire my services to assist with their website. But she didn’t get back to me until about March or April 2017. At that point, they completely lost their site and in the process of reacquiring the domain name. I began rebuilding their site from scratch, using the NFBNJ website as my template, and had it completely rebuilt prior to the 2017 NFB National Convention.

In early 2017, I assisted the Middle Atlantic Blind Golf Association with rebuilding their website. They needed it rebuilt on the WordPress platform since the current platform was no longer being supported by Microsoft. I completed the rebuild in time for their 2017 Spring General Meeting in late March. Shortly after this project, the president of MABGA who is the webmaster for the Blind Center of Jersey Cape, hired me to rebuild the BCJC website on WordPress. I completed that project just as I was getting started with rebuilding the NFB of Delaware site.

In late 2017, I volunteered to assist with maintaining the NFB of Pennsylvania website, which was already on WordPress. The individual already maintaining it needed some assistance with keeping content current. Currently, the website is on its way to having more current content.

In late January 2018, I was approached by the NFB of Nevada to take over as webmaster. I am currently maintaining the current version of the site while converting it into a Drupal powered site. I hope to have the Drupal powered site up in the next couple of weeks.

Finally, last week I was approached by the NFB of California. I will assist them with moving their site to a new host provider, owned by the National Federation of the Blind, and rebuild their site using WordPress. Once the rebuild is completed, a representative within the California affiliate will take over maintaining the site.

I have the experience, I have the skills, and I have the desire. The only thing missing to grow Mackey Enterprises is the opportunity for you to allow me to demonstrate what I am capable of doing for you.

Whatever your dream may be, be willing to take an open opportunity to transform it into a reality.

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Brian Mackey

Brian Mackey has been the proud owner of Mackey Enterprises, LLC since 2011. In addition, he volunteers his time with the National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey. Within NFBNJ, he serves as affiliate treasurer and webmaster, board member of the Braille and Technology Divisions, secretary/treasurer of the At Large Chapter, and secretary of the Garden State Chapter. Brian also serves in a variety of positions within multiple NFBNJ committees.

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