For most teenagers around the country, the primary concern during these uncertain times is navigating school and figuring what to do when they graduate. A Georgia-based teenager has taken a different route than his peers.
Instead of sweating extra-curricular activities, he’s managing new business contracts in the wake of a viral pandemic to create a thriving business.
Wesley Ross is the owner of NorthStar Dynamics, a global wholesale delivery service with a connection to numerous international companies. When his clients starting coming to him in desperate need of face masks at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, he used his network to locate a Chinese factory to accommodate their requests. At the time of the deal, he was just 15 years old.
“I got them for 41 cents per mask,” Ross said in an interview with Shoppe Black. “My goal with the masks was to get them to the public as fast as possible.” He has also donated 250 masks for every 1,000 masks he has sold through his new contracts. Twenty-five percent of his revenue goes toward coronavirus relief.
Ross is now a 16-year-old rising junior who is growing his business while trying to get through high school and keeping his grades up. “I have always tried to do big things,” he said. “I was not meant to be an everyday high schooler.” He also founded a company called SpeedLabs that sells car accessories and electronics to raise money for a car club.
Ross has been able to garner government contracts working with local institutions for basic office needs. His website currently has an inventory of 285 products and counting. “I want to be a one-stop-shop for businesses,” he explained. Last month, he earned over $10,000 in sales.
“I am a creative teenager,” he said. “I don’t see any other high schoolers doing this.”