Today we’d like to introduce you to Tiki Davis.
From the flats to the mountains and still climbing, Tiki Davis is a testament to the possibilities of faith, commitment and perseverance. The man behind the ever-expanding Tiki Factor, Davis overcame a tumultuous, even life-threatened childhood, including transient life on the streets and eventually jail time and lengthy probation for a crime he did not commit. Taking advantage of opportunities life offered, he left the oppressive “Flats” of Odessa, TX to complete two degrees at Sul Ross State University, located in the mountains of West Texas.
In the midst of his studies, Tiki also gained attention on the big screen. He was hired for a non-speaking role in the movie version of “Friday Night Lights” during filming in Odessa. Later, an impromptu audition gained him a speaking role and appropriate credits. While on set rehearsing his role as a captain of the Dallas Carter football team in the Texas state championship game, he met Julius Tennon, who would become a close friend and mentor.
After dabbling in the acting scene for a few years, Tiki saw possibilities waiting for him in expanding Permian Basin oilfields. When he was terminated by the company he worked as part of downsizing, Tiki turned an obstacle into an opportunity. He used his on-the-job experience to become an independent consultant, forming his own company, TDC Frac Solutions and Equipment Inc.
He worked and formed relationships with wildcatter-businessman Clayton Williams, Jr. and numerous other oil companies throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado and New Mexico, establishing a solid reputation for honesty and efficiency in the industry. In short order, Tiki became an innovator, as the services he was providing never existed before he found his niche saving the oil companies millions of dollars over time. He was the only quality control engineer used by Clayton Williams’ company, CWI, which in itself would be a remarkable accomplishment for anyone, let alone an African American from the Odessa “flats.” For a seven-year period, from 2009-2016, Tiki was responsible for all of the quality control activity in Permian Basin for CWI. To put that into context, CWI would sell in 2017 for a then-record $2.7 billion. Through his success during this massive growth period, Tiki was now able to look into other endeavors.
Seeking to do more in his community and expand his interests beyond oil and gas, Tiki entered the real estate business. Growing up without the proverbial pot or window, he understood the importance of homeownership and sought to build affordable dwellings in his neighborhood in the midst of a housing shortage. At the same time, Tiki purchased Sam’s BBQ, a traditionally black-owned establishment, expanded the restaurant’s catering business and turned it into one of the most successful oilfield catering companies in the area. Accomplishing all of this earned him multiple business/entrepreneur of the year awards and the freedom to live life on his own terms.
Tiki’s desire to share his story and life’s possibilities led to his latest endeavor as a motivational speaker. He met the great Les Brown, who heard Tiki story and quickly became his mentor and teacher. Since then, they have shared stages at major events. Tiki is currently speaking and sharing his story through the TIKI FACTOR, helping others to make a total commitment to their hopes and dreams, providing them with the insight and inspiration to be able to live their lives to the fullest. According to Tiki, “My success doesn’t lie in the money I have earned nor the awards I have received. The greatest triumph of my life is proving to anyone that we are more than the sum of our parts. We are more than our environment, our background, or a test score. We are whatever we aspire to be if we are willing to have faith and fight for the things we want.”
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Pretty much been a constant struggle my whole life to overcome just never gave up. To achieve American dream in several different aspects.
Alright – so let’s talk business. What else should we know about you and your career so far?
I’m a serial entrepreneur own a couple of barbecue restaurants now. Owner of a small oil and gas company, now I’m running for city councilman for the neighborhood I grew up in and now I’m a speaker known as the THE TIKIFACTOR. In talks for motion picture and made your book deal… Also, own a construction company rehab the new construction.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Now that I’ve matured in my life I’m learning not to look back, so I would not do anything differently because I’m not the same man if I don’t have the experiences that had once before. This is what I’ve grown through.
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