Rhett Power co-founded Wild Creations in 2007 and quickly built the startup toy company into the 2010 Fastest Growing Business in South Carolina. Wild Creations was named a Blue Ribbon Top 75 US Company by the US Chamber of Commerce and named as one of Inc. Magazine’s 500 Fastest Growing US Companies two years in a row. He and his team have won over 40 national awards for their innovative toys. He was a finalist for Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2011 and was nominated again in 2012. He was recently named as one of the world’s top 100 business bloggers in 2015.
Prior to founding Wild Creations, Rhett worked as an economic and small business development consultant for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), serving 7 years in the former Soviet Republics of Central Asia. Prior to that he was Director of National Service Programs for Habitat for Humanity, which included being Habitat’s chief liaison with for The White House, Congress, and the Corporation for National Service.
A member of the United States Department of State’s International Speakers Program, Rhett travels the globe speaking about entrepreneurship, leadership, and management alongside the likes of Gates Foundation CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann, AOL Founder Steve Case, and President Barack Obama. He has written for the Huffington Post, Time, and The Wall Street Journal and is a regular columnist for Inc., Success Magazine, and Business Insider.
He served in the US Peace Corps and is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. His second book on entrepreneurship will be published in early 2017 by McGraw Hill. He now has a rapidly growing coaching and consulting practice based in Washington DC and Charleston, South Carolina.
ADVISOR – KICK4LIFE FOOTBALL CLUB
Rhett works with the first football club exclusively dedicated to social change, which is trying to effectively leverage the power and influence of the football industry to better the lives of Lesotho’s youth.
Chief Advisor – Vodacom Innovation Park
Rhett is a chief strategist at the Vodacom Innovation Park where he identifies and works with promising entrepreneurs to help them turn their ideas into sustainable and thriving businesses.
US STATE DEPARTMENT SPEAKERS PROGRAM
Rhett travels the globe speaking about entrepreneurship, leadership, and management. He recently spoke at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit held by President Obama.