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Where Are They Now: J. Richard Byrd, Ignite Charlotte 4

J. Richard Byrd
Photo Credit: Josh Putnam, Silent Images

Richard touched our hearts with his talk Lessons from my Grandfather during Ignite Charlotte 4. He shared the stories he had growing up with his grandfather and reflected on the life lessons they had taught him:

  • Work hard
  • Look around
  • Keep singing
  • ‘Watermelon, Watermelon’ (even if you don’t know something, jump in!)
  • Always smile

His talk never ceases to put smiles on our faces every time we watch it!

What’s Richard up to now? “I am creating several new endeavors in the Charlotte region,” he said. He has had a lot of successful meetings with those he met through Ignite Charlotte. “The confidence I learned by speaking at Ignite Charlotte has helped [me to] stop sitting on the sidelines and ‘get into the game’.”

He hopes to see a few of these initiatives ready to go by the next Ignite Charlotte – which, if you don’t know already, is just around the corner! September 25th to be exact.

Follow Richard on Twitter @realsource or check out his webpage at

Written by: Biray (@befitt), Ignite Charlotte 5 Volunteer