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The Story of Sincere Headway
In 2012 after returning to his home in Mason, Ohio and while frequenting up and down the famous Western Row—in and out of town, the founding business executive and owner, Curtis Christopher Wragg was able to create and increase his voice to constituents through social media on modern platforms like Instagram and Twitter—the name gained global attention.
The original manifest or name was created and used ironically on Myspace, a networking social media site. The name “Sincere Headway” was created yet replaced Curtis Christopher’s previous name, with origin that dates back into college, “Prince Propaganda” also known as “Propa” for short. Like it has always been on social media, just a group of friends and a select ambitious few, networking and working toward having a good time.
However Propa, the name for short, also had some musical escapades. Featured at the time on a couple young producers’ works—some in humor and others in the nature of its worldly craft—to entertain, inform and or effect change.
From Myspace, Curtis Christopher used the name Sincere Headway on other social media outlets like BlackPlanet, where he managed relationships perpetually until our current and modern phase of social media took over.
Basically just another guy on a networking website, being entertained and or entertaining. However Curtis Christopher was inspired by images of success on the sites, as well as those in which he gained exposure during current events and self education. He visited Chicago and signed on to work as a traveling business analyst in 2013 for an international consulting firm, where he met several business and executive level counterparts. However there was one gentlemen in which Curtis Christopher developed a scrappy relationship with. Post assignments and after retiring to fall back into what Curtis hoped to be another career, he and Greg had a string of conversations that seemed to develop the next business concept.
According to Curtis Christopher, Gregory Coopwood was “a government grand master in Six Sigma” (not aware of Greg’s official title). But after a debate filled yet energizing conversation that stretched into the late evening about several topics including the altering of Greg’s business plan to partner and make a modest $3 million per month, the two ended the phone call that evening and never spoke again.
The ex-college football player, family and business man passed away in the following days and sent Curtis Christopher into a light depression in which he began shopping the corporate world for attractive roles to reignited his career.
When you begin to wonder what or that that is in a name, I was advised by Curtis to dream adjacent to him while referencing names such as Berkshire Hathaway—former Textile company prior to Mr. Warren Buffet’s current design. Morgan Stanley—an American bank and investment advisory firm and numerous others. As you might also, I find similar names very interesting.
In 2016 at a time where Curtis Christopher was experiencing questionable finances, he was reintroduced to merchant services or credit card processing, something he had tried briefly and had some success with early in and adjacent to his corporate career. However in 2016 he took the backing of a reputable payment processor to the streets to better his financial situation. “It was initially torcher, running people down and trying to show the value in a sale with a high law of average.” He referenced a business relationship who once expressed to him in a Miami Florida office building, “I had one foot in a nice home and the other foot in the homeless streets. But I would have killed myself before I would have gone door to door selling credit card processing.”
Curtis said he chose not to debate with him, accordingly Curtis informed me the guy was captivating and said he totally understood whole-heartedly what the guy was saying. “His story was filled with such similarities to mine that I was taken by the irony and energized by his story as well as his operation in which I worked within that was successful.”
When asked how much credit card processing did he sell back during the 2016 time of questionable finances, he to avoid dodging my question and or making excuses, said “not enough.”
However after dodging and parading in and out of the juvenile court system as he described the time of questionable finances as “fighting a women that mothered my child, who later ran off with my child on multiple occasions at opportunistic times and who is actually considered absent from my life (including child) completely to this day.”
Curtis seemed to gather himself, “I was summoned time and time again to address some times the same things and on other occasions new matters that seemed to only benefit the county we were in and the mother of my child or in some instances her lawyer.”
Curtis Christopher had not incorporated, so as he became a larger presence as a business man in the communities he grew up in and or the city he actually cut his teeth in during his days as a management trainee for what is now a Fortune 500 Corporation, he said it seemed his presence was requested and desired downtown in the family or child support courts by those that it behooved to summon him more than he cares to address or remember.
When asked why so much and why so long, Curtis replied, “sometimes it was about money, I actually humbled myself to request a reduction because as outlined in black and white as a level of service or an exception to grant such a reduction, my income was reduced by more than 33 percent—however my request resulted in an increase in my obligation and after several attempts to fight or appeal, the excess grew into a problem that was only addressed as a payment issue after I found time to spend half of my day in the office of a lawyer and in the presences of the administrators and clerks. I wasn’t making what I call ‘for-sure money’ as a start-up or new business I was in a unjustified hole in which my attempts were denied 3 times consecutively and finally honored when filed during another proceeding in which it only became leverage to dismiss the entire docket of semantic ‘bs’ I had been fighting for the previous year because the other party, my child’s mother, did not respond to the certified mailings—however her lawyer was in attendance to court at each and every proceeding.”
Curtis expressed “I lost all respect for the family court system and the governing bodies. I was and had been the guy they’d ask to take a step back and think of others my entire life. I directly informed the courts that I saw it to be a simple matter in which I had faith they could address and send our parties away in a timely yet cognitive and comprehensive manner—nothing of the sort happened, it was my exposure to gluttony and any ‘ism' you wish to make a case for.”
Curtis Christopher has a lawyer who represented him for the first half of the ordeal but became a none factor—dismantled during the proceedings in Curtis Christopher’s presence by the magistrate and what seemed to be the other party. All which lead to inter-party conflict during court and ultimately a verbal altercation about the proceeding and ‘best interest’ outside of court between Curtis and the attorney. He continued to say, “my court appearances were also about my time with my child—there was over a year long proceeding that involved custody, child support and the details surrounding connected topics.”
“At that time I was just a sole proprietor, working on my social security number, or 1099s trying to leverage the platforms of those who had had success before me and actually trying to avoid negative attention that seemed to gravitate to me in the only form in which a person like me would be venerable at the time—my child.
To address lifestyle, I lived in a nationally recognized community and had lived there for an extended period of time, actually right under 10 years in total (he mumbled best ranked schools in Ohio). The purchase of the home was actually during a negotiation time frame surrounding the relationship with my child’s mother and was actually occupied by the 3 of us for the initial 6 months.”
It was after the process that lasted over 1 year in the family courts was over and dismissed including his attempts to reduce his payment obligation on April 5th 2016, that Curtis Christopher made the decision on April 21st 2016 to take $200 of his last $700 available capital at the volatile time, to incorporate what now is Sincere Headway Incorporated (Inc) to begin separating his turbulent life from his focus and his developing business relationships at the time.
Curtis Christopher Wragg do live on+
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My father worked in management onsite for over 30 years for Seagrams which became Pernod Ricard. At home he had a desk down stairs in the basement, however to my mother's dismay, he liked to use the dining room table to write on, as to pay bills scribe letters, etc. Now—not much to complain about right? However if you’ve heard me speak at length of my father in the past, he was a manly man. Accordingly he was very heavy handed; his print and signature was the largest, if not, the only reason mom’s dining room table developed a slight wobble over the years. Lol, my dad had a very heavy hand—honestly as he would press down and make unique markings.
Funny how my hands are light to the touch, I’m a finesse(er). I envied during by athletic years the guys with the heavy arms who could throw effortlessly—as heavy as my arms and hands are they are not so much as it seems to me. Ironically my father was cat like, for instance how he would walk, ninja like, around the house. Nevertheless, I heard many stories about his job and asked countless questions in which I received answers about the spirits and liquor industry and email responses or dialogues. I’d lay on the floor in the dining room and rummage through his stacks of emails and printed documents that he kept in a pile in boxes beside our China Cabinet. Honestly with respect for his career, I was most proud of my dad when he retired and was ask to return to consult in Indiana. Not the New York City stock broker, but "pockets full of fast money, but his clothes said slow bucks" as he wore chinos and casual steel toe shoes, polos and sweater vest.
A choice he made for an extended period of time, however I say this to you and I say to all, do not be so quick to leave work—you might find out that there is not much to you or potentially life without it. Kids—get involved in their lives immediately. S/o to Snoop Dogg, my dad really enjoyed you, "Ole Snoop and the song got sales rolling Curt."
Best of Luck
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