about our founder
Erskin Mitchell Jr is a Life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated where he carries on the traditions of his fraternity by supporting scholarships, and other community service efforts. He has a B.S. in Industrial Management and worked nearly 30 years for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as an Air Traffic Controller, Traffic Management Specialist, Front Line Manager, and Safety and Technical Training Auditor.
Erskin is a U.S. Military veteran who served 15 plus years as a Combat Engineer. As a military officer and former Company Commander, he has managed multiple personnel and held various leadership positions. Erskin is a hard-working visionary who is dedicated, trustworthy, and honest.
Growing up in the Mississippi Delta in a single parent household was challenging at times. My family didn't have very much money, but we had lots of guidance and love. These things were provided by my mother and proved to be paramount to my success in life. In elementary school I joined the band. I was taught to play the trumpet and was introduced to the world of music and all of its possibilities.
The director of the Beginner Band at my school assembled a trumpet using scrap parts and rented the horn to my mother and me. The instrument was playable, but not capable of producing a good sound. When I went to high school, my mother decided to invest in our family's future by purchasing me a new trumpet. She didn't just go out and buy a low to mid level instrument, she bought me a top of the line Bach Stradivarius concert trumpet. In the early 1980's this instrument cost around $1,000.00. Today that same instrument would cost over $3,000.00.
I watched my mother weekly walk downtown to make payments on the loan she secured to purchase my trumpet. That was all the incentive I needed to work towards earning marching band scholarships to several colleges and universities. I like to tell people that "God used my instrument as an instrument to help not only myself, but my family and others in my community." We created Successful Inc, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), in order to provide opportunities to financially challenged families.
Successful Inc embodies my family's American dream come true story.