We had the good fortune of connecting with Uzoma Albert O. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Uzoma, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor behind the success of Uzo Design is having a good understanding of different marketing techniques or practices that enable businesses to achieve their goals by being visible to their audience. Being able to have a system that I can incorporate these marketing practices into further enhances it. My business is a work in progress, therefore I am always looking for ways to improve upon what I already know.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My Business, Uzo Design has been around since 2013 and started in Fort Wayne, Indiana before moving to San Diego, California. Uzo Design primarily provides creative based services such as graphic and web design services to local businesses and individuals. What sets Uzo Design apart from other similar businesses and creatives is being able to educate clients on their projects and offering them additional services that are practical in enhancing their business in order to be more productive. I still consider Uzo Design a work in progress and I would like to attribute so much of my success to the power of the information age, my curiosity about the world, and especially marketing; my ability to connect with people. Some of the challenges I’ve faced along my way to the success I’ve had so far are facing rejection from clients with whom you think you’ve closed the deal, dealing with clients who are difficult to work with, having to learn new skills and systems to be better at what I do. The good news is the challenges serve as an opportunity to learn, grow, and even become better. I’d like the world to know that my brand is an ambitious one that wants to connect with the dreams of others and help make it a reality so that together we can grow even if our paths diverge somewhere down the line.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Some of the places I’ve enjoyed going to over the years are Sunset Cliffs and Ocean Beach. These are two spots I go to experience nature and to clear my mind. Torrey Pines provides a good view to hike while looking at the ocean on one side. There are other hiking trails such as Black Mountain, Iron Mountain, etc. As far as nightlife goes Barley Mash, Blue Oyster, The Office, The Roof Top at the Andaz are nice places to go have a drink, dance, and mingle. I do love to go see the movies at the Fashion Valley mall which is right next to the trolley station for convenience. Sonya Sparks Art Gallery, The Blow horn boat tours, a drive through Coronado Island and Balboa Park are a few other honorable mentions. There’s just too much to do in San Diego and I’d hate to ramble on.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to dedicate my a portion of my success to the following groups of people. Erika Wise of Wiserway media has provided me with infrastructural and networking support that is needed to carry out a substantial amount of my day to day work and connecting with other great brands whom I’ve had the privilege of doing work for. I’ve also worked alongside her on a variety of projects which have expanded my experiences. I’ve never met Chris Do. However, the free video resources his organization, The Futur puts out in the form of advice, strategies, and techniques for Designer professionals have been immensely helpful with how I approach the business of design. While my story is far from complete I’d like to recognize the following people for their support over the years and the roles they’ve played over the years in helping me settle into San Diego. Thanks to college professor John Motz, Tyson Passey, Ese & Boe Esan, John Loum, Dave Rothfuss, Drissant Luzaj, and his family, Jonny Reitzes, Stevie Paschal, Linda Selfo, and my soccer community here in San Diego I’ve been a part of.