Jesse Iwuji, Naval Officer and NASCAR competitor shares his approach to the everyday grind. From Naval Academy to NASCAR driver and entrepreneur, Jesse will discuss the importance of mindset, his entrepreneurial journey and how to grow and succeed all while staying true to your values. Jesse also offers his advice for what entrepreneurs should Keep, Stop and Start doing today!
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Driver - NASCAR
In 2015 Jesse made history by becoming the first US Naval Officer and Naval Academy graduate to compete in NASCAR. Outside of racing & the Navy, Jesse has also starred in various TV & Online shows distributed nationally, owns his own drag racing events company called The Red List Group, and owns a trucking business called JBJE Transportation.Read More
At a young age, Dallas, TX native and Nigerian-American, Jesse Iwuji was interested and driven in the sporting world. Being a Texan, football naturally took its course in his life and landed him a full ride scholarship to one of the nation's top universities, the US Naval Academy. There he played NCAA Division 1-A College football four years, graduated with a Bachelors of Science, and was commissioned as a Surface Warfare Officer in the US Navy. He is still currently an officer and he has been on two Arabian Gulf deployments totaling out to 15 months of deployment time on two different Naval Warships. Outside of the Navy, Jesse has always had a passion in Motorsports. In 2015 Jesse made history by becoming the first US Naval Officer and Naval Academy graduate to compete in NASCAR. 2015 was Jesse's first official stockcar racing season and he began it in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Irwindale Speedway. From late model stockcars he transitioned toward the end of 2015 into the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and competed in the 2016 season with Patriot Motorsports Group where he finished Top 10 in the overall points standing as a Rookie. Upon season ending he won the 2016 NASCAR Diverse Driver Award given to a driver in NASCAR's top developmental series who has done most for diversity in the sport. With more competition and competitors in the series in 2017, Jesse competed in the full NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season with Patriot Motorsports Group and finished Top 15 in points for his sophomore season in his NASCAR career. In May of 2017 Jesse transitioned from active duty service to the Naval reserves. At the end of the 2017 Jesse became a 2-time winner of the NASCAR Diverse Driver award. 2018 marked the beginning of Jesse’s move to larger tracks where he could get NASCAR Cup Series type track experience when he began racing the 1.5-2.66 mile Speedways & Super Speedways in the ARCA Series. Jesse finished 13th in points in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West for 2018. In Aug 26th 2018 Jesse made history again by being the first current serving member of the US Navy to debut in the NASCAR Truck Series where he had a Top 25 finish and moving into 2019 had multiple Top 20 finishes even on a smaller underfunded team competing against much higher budget teams. In 2020 Jesse is planning on making the leap to the 2nd highest tier of NASCAR in the Xfinity Series. Outside of racing & the Navy, Jesse has also starred in various TV & Online shows distributed nationally, owns his own drag racing events company called The Red List Group, and owns a trucking business called JBJE Transportation.
Blake served as an Officer in the Marine Corps from 2008-2012. Following the Marines, he helped develop markets for Sage Glass, a green tech construction product that was acquired by Saint Gobain.
Blake is passionate about veteran entrepreneurship. His first company, Vet Commander, a video interviewing company connecting employers to veterans, led him to co-found Bunker Labs Austin and Nashville out of a personal need to build a stronger professional network. Bunker Labs, now a national not-for-profit, helps veterans and military spouse entrepreneurs across the nation.
Blake is also the co-founder of a safety product company, BreakAway Safety Solutions, which provides emergency exits for outdoor events making it easy to get fans out of fenced in events. BreakAway was developed after the mass shooting in Las Vegas and has been deployed at the Country Music Association Festival, the Chicago Marathon, and more.
Blake is recent a George W. Bush Institute Scholar in the Stand-To Veterans Leadership Program.