BHS graduate recognized at White House

Published 8:24 am Thursday, December 1, 2011

Special to The Post-Searchlight

BHS graduate and entrepreneur Derick Pearson

Bainbridge High School graduate and native Derick Pearson was recognized at the White House on Thursday, Nov. 17, along with other top young entrepreneurs under the age of 30 as part of “Global Entrepreneurship Week.”

Pearson was named to the “Empact 100 List,” which recognizes the top 100 entrepreneurs under 30 who impact the economy, give back to their communities and inspire others to join the movement to revitalize the economy by starting businesses of their own. Empact 100 honorees were invited to take part in a recognition event on the afternoon of Thursday, Nov. 17, at the White House with senior administration officials.

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Derick Pearson, a Bainbridge native, started Feverish Ice Cream — a gourmet popsicle company — in 2008 with his wife, after they lost their marketing jobs with Nintendo. They run a fleet of eco-friendly carts and a mini ice-cream truck, mixing social media, unique marketing partnerships and social awareness with gourmet treats. They have attracted a large following, and boast clients like Capitol Records, Adidas, Biltmore Hotel, Whole Foods, Universal Music and Tom Cruise.

The couple also runs a youth entrepreneurship program called PopPreneurs, where they teach kids about entrepreneurship through ice-cream carts. The company, which was recently featured on the Cooking Channel’s Unique Sweets, donates a portion of each popsicle they sell to charity, and volunteer their time speaking to students about college prep and youth entrepreneurship.

“We are super excited to be recognized by the White House, the Kaufman Foundation and Empact 100 during GEW,” Pearson said. “It’s a true testament that if you work hard and follow your dreams that amazing things happen and this is motivation to help others to accomplish something even greater.”