“In whatever you do, strive to do it so well, that no man living, no man dead, and no man yet to be born can do it any better” -Dr. Benjamin E. Mays
Nicholas “Nick” Bartley
Nicholas “Nick” Bartley is a young, energetic, and bourgeoning business mogul in the making with 10+ years of “qualified” event planning experience. I humbly address you in this message as the Founder and CEO of V2L Events, your event planning & design company. Often times I am noted for my sense of humility with a twist of arrogance and a bold flavor of self-confidence. As I look back on my life, which guides my daily existence, I make no apologies for reaching beyond the confines of this galaxy to aim for the dreams, goals, and ambitions that serves as the essence and manifestation of my destiny.
Many would look at me as a well-dressed, educated, goal-oriented, articulate, African-American man that has beaten the odds of what my beginnings dictated as the path I was to follow. However, I would look at myself, simply as a vessel of God sent to speak life and encouragement to those who know deep down inside that their environment does not determine who they are to become. I am a southern gentleman that is not afraid to let it be known that I was born in public housing and was one of five children raised in a single parent household by a hardworking woman that continues to be my motivation and inspiration for success. The very fact that I was surrounded by men and women who knew I was not the ordinary child, made me realize later in life that I was not meant to do things in an ordinary fashion. These supporters were the very people that pushed me to strive to do extraordinary things and allowed me to be me. Therefore, what was to become part of my destiny allowed me to endure the hardships, trials, and tribulations that one must go through if he is to identify with the very fact that “there is nothing to hard for God”. I was being placed in a position to where my hungry and sleepless nights, days of playing alone since I did not fit in with the others, the taunting and teasing because I would not conform to the stress of life & peer pressure, and the mere fact that at a young age I knew college was in my future despite the lack of a real-life example to follow. So from the midst of academic excellence and achievement arose a first generation college attendee who obtained a Bachelor’s in Mathematics for Morehouse College, Master’s in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University, and is preparing to soon seek a joint program to obtain the Juris Doctorate & Master of Business Administration degrees. Some call it over achievement, I call it creating my own path and showing that anything is possible.
The key to my current success is the fact that I stay grounded and devoted to fulfilling and executing my passion. Some find it easy to chase money, success, and fame, but all I have ever strove to do was help others. This was my work ethic while in school and it continues to be the driving force today. Upon my matriculation into College I was sure that I was destined to be the next great Architect. However, over time this change would be inevitably clear to me as I began to learn from my experiences in other endeavors. After graduation I received my first professional appointment as a Budget Assistant at Morehouse College and within my first year received a promotion to Budget analyst where I worked to manage and maintain a then $65M budget, give or take. After four years in the finance arena and my motivation and self-efficacy in that position began to decline due to my desire to assist with the development and motivation of students, not approving expenditures and maintaining budgets. Therefore, I spent my last nine months there as the Director of On-Campus Recruitment. The interaction with the current students and prospective students led me to my niche and passion and the decrease in my pay didn’t amount to my new found happiness. With the understanding that everything happens for a reason, my separation from my past employer allowed me the opportunity get back on track and to seriously think and reflect on how to utilize my skills and abilities to assist others and continue to seek the means of “affecting change in my environment”, a phrase I often used when speaking to college and high school students. I was fortunate and will be forever grateful for the experience and opportunity to build a solid five year career foundation at my college alma mater. The values I learned actually propelled me in many directions at once and taught me that it is definitely okay to stretch myself and not be comfortable with the status quo.
Therefore, after a bittersweet separation I decided to pursue a long awaited entrepreneurial endeavor…to own my own conference and special events company. It is my belief that my unique background of education, financial management, customer focus principles, innovative event planning experiences & creative design ideas will combine as an infusion of the perfect blend to accomplish my mission of transforming my clients’ visions into legendary and one of a kind events. I pride myself on making sure that each intricate detail receives the attention and recognition it deserves. So with an empty bank account, my final paycheck, and the prayers & faith that I learned at a young age, I took the ultimate leap of faith to create V2L Events. V2L is an avant-garde event design firm that seeks to change the scope of the event world and show clients that calculated risks are worth it as the final event experience will be one full of memories and a brand enhancer. This type of thinking creates a sense of discomfort for many and V2L recognizes that not everyone is ready to allow their event to be a life changing experience for the guests. Our aim is to afford everyone the opportunity to witness the V2L experience.
What is the V2L experience?
The V2L experience appeals to the needs of clients, the desires of attendees, and seeks to resolve the issue of lost event identity. No two events should be created equal so our intent is to ensure each event we produce has its own unique identity and experience of engagement. For a deeper understanding….stay tuned!