Michigan is home for me.
I was blessed to grow up near my great-grandparents and a host of cousins in Benton Harbor. I attended Full Gospel Christian Center on Sundays, and am forever grateful for Sister Easterling who helped instill a love of God in my heart from a young age.
I’ve jumped off this roof with a bed sheet hoping to fly
My father, Eric Gresham, is one of the biggest influences in my life, and my inspiration in my journey for entrepreneurship. When I was a child, I watched him launch a software development business, teaching himself multiple program languages.
The summer before my fourth-grade year, I started to make and sell jewelry to girls in the neighborhood. My father caught on to what I was doing and gave me a lesson on pricing products, which I use to this day. I was hooked, and from age nine to now, my journey to becoming a serial entrepreneur had begun.
I learned how to code in middle school, at the encouragement of my father. I found I didn’t like the backend languages he predominantly worked in, but I loved HTML. And I was passionate about art. I had started animating and enjoyed photography.
I still didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up, but I learned that money could make money in the markets. I wanted to become my own bank and finance my dreams myself.
I designed and sewed together each of my homecoming and prom dresses
Class of '04
At the same time, I was thinking a lot about my purpose and God's calling on my life and praying fervently for God to help me figure it out.
I went on to attend Savannah College of Art and Design, where I graduated with dual Bachelor Fine of Arts degrees in Industrial Design, with a minor in User Experience and Visual Effects with a minor in Composition.
The very last course in my very last quarter at SCAD, I took Information Architecture and realized I’d found my calling. But when I graduated in 2009, jobs were still scarce from the financial crisis of 2008, and companies that were hiring wanted someone with three to five years of experience.
I found myself, a college graduate, working at Waffle House in Atlanta. The turning point came when I had to work on Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday.
I was too exhausted to cook my dinner when I got home. Then I had to work Christmas and New Year’s Eve that year. OGiDesigns was born that winter, as I determined to never work another holiday again.
I landed my first two clients by the end of January 2010. My first website went live on February 15, 2010. I landed my first contract with a million-dollar business, Ritz Wolf Camera and Image, which set me up to do contract work for a local bank in Atlanta and Verizon Wireless before May 2010.
I moved to New York City in February 2012 with no projects lined up, but God continued to make a way. In 2019, He called me back to my home state, and OGiDesigns is officially rooted in Detroit. The Lord is still making a way for me to live out all of my dreams.