Saint Jermaine Endeley is likely the most humble entrepreneur you will ever meet. An entrepreneur and business leader, Saint currently serves as the CEO of West Africa Securities, INC. an international private equity firm. He founded his first company in 2014 and since then has been responsible for overseeing over 10,000 deals with financial institutions. Amongst all the success, Saint owes his humble attitude to his African-American heritage.
Saint cites his family and heritage for much of his success. Notably, he calls upon his grandfather, a British trained civil engineer, and his father, a U.K. trained international solicitor, as two of his biggest motivations to get into business. Together, they gave Saint the early foundations of business savvy, and introduced him to his first big interests in banking, government, and the performing arts. Despite these early introductions and supports, Saint says he really didn’t start following his dreams until he was 30, just this past summer, when he finally made the big decision to make a career about the interests he was truly passionate about.
This belief is carried into the work of West Africa Securities. As CEO, Saint makes it his mission to identify talent and centre new opportunities around it.
Focusing on personable talent and potential is something that Saint has been fortunate enough to do often in his field of work. In fact, it was the ability to create jobs and economic growth that brought him to private equity in the first place.
Although private equity is full of opportunities and great possibilities, Saint admits that negative elements, such as fear, are still a part of everyday life, even in his industry. He sees something like fear as natural – it is, after all, due to one’s brain chemistry. Saint sees this as an individual challenge – something that places limits on your ambitions, and places doubt and anxiety on your mental well-being. His method of counteracting fear, however, is simple.
From now until the end of 2020, Saint will be focusing his energies on finalizing a plan for the development of Stapleton Waterfront site A in Staten Island, a project being developed by the Department of Housing & Preservation and the City of New York. The mission of the firm closely aligns with the philosophy of West Africa Securities, so the partnership was a perfect arrangement.
To follow this project and many more, make sure to check out West Africa Securities at their website.