He likes his beat down low, like T.I., he kick, pushes with Lupe Fiasco and lives in this crazy world like Young Jeezy. Amir Windom has seen and done quite a bit since his days in Tallahassee.
The 2008 public relations graduate has developed a reputation for meeting goals beyond the status quo. He has proved himself to be a driving force within a fast-paced industry and works non-stop to get straight to the top.
Humble, driven and charismatic are just a few ways to describe this young man, but complacent is not one of them.
As an Artists and Repertoire representative for Atlantic Records, he has a hand in developing the careers of the previously mentioned artists as well as singers Estelle and Bobby Valentino.
He keeps himself busy running his firm, Wind Public Relations, who has big name clients like the Atlanta Falcons and General Motors.
But it was his days as a student at the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication where he developed leadership skills that helped further his career.
“Since leaving FAMU, there have been a lot of great things happening to me,” Windom said. “I’m one of the youngest people to hold an A&R position at Atlantic Records.”
Windom has always had a desire to work in the music industry.
He started as an entertainment mogul working for P. Diddy’s, Bad Boy Records and also Def Jam Records.
Windom chartered FAMU’s chapter of Endustry Power Players in 2005.
His sister Ravi Windom, founded the first chapter at Howard University in 2003.
Endustry Power Players gives students the opportunity to network with key players in the entertainment industry as well as help them land jobs and internships post-graduation.
“I learned to be great, you have to look out for yourself,” Windom said.
“You have to work hard to get where you are going. Don’t let anyone outwork you.”
One of Windom’s proudest accomplishments was working alongside the Hip-Hop Caucus in fall 2008.
There, he launched the Respect My Vote tour that featured the likes of Russell Simmons, Mary J. Blige and social activist, Ben Chavis.
“I have never met anyone like Amir before, especially at his age. He knows what he is doing and his character alone possess all the elements that every young man and woman should aspire to be,” said colleague and music producer, Khao Cates.
Windom and Cates are currently working on a book project.
The book teaches students about making wise life choices through hip-hop music, each of the 12 chapters is a rap song about doing the right thing.
He has also worked with respected mentor and friend, Kevin Liles, vice president of Warner Music Group, in coordinating an 18-city book tour for Liles’s book, “Make It Happen.”
The book encourages young people to strive for their goals and stop at nothing to make their dreams a reality—all it takes is hard work and dedication.
Windom finds time to give back just a little of what he’s been given.
He is a mentor-in-training with the 100 Black Men of America; an organization that strives to address the social, cultural and emotional needs of children ages 8-18.
Windom said that he realizes the importance of family and uses the values his parents instilled in him as his drive to continue living out his dreams.
“Strive to be more than successful, be significant,” Windom said.