TEXT BY : JACOB PETERS
PHOTOS BY : CHRIS MAWSON
They say ‘life is not a bed of roses’ and rightly so. It’s a rocky road and full of challenges. Life never spares anyone, it doesn’t matter if you’re born privileged with a silver spoon in your mouth. Everybody has to struggle in one way or another.
This is an inspiring story from Jeremy Presley, who was originally from Roby, Texas, but now lives in Clyde, Texas. He is an example of struggle and faith for us. While we all believe that a college degree is the way to success, Jeremy’s story tells us that this isn’t entirely true. Success can only be achieved through struggle and hard work. The determination to keep fighting for your dreams and never give up, even when you probably should. That is something you just can’t teach.
Jeremy decided to leave highschool when he was in the 9th grade. So he does not have a highschool diploma, still, a successful businessman. He is a self-made businessman, and what makes him a successful person is that he does not want to work for anyone, and it was his passion that he is the sole owner of 6 companies today.
He started his career with an oil company called Presley Production Investments and now has a very diverse portfolio with business investments here in Texas to North America. But in 2019, when the big pandemic hit the whole world, every company was affected and so was his own. His truck business declined by 85%, which is a considerable loss. Although he was worried, he remained strong and did not give up. Besides, he does not want to lay off his employees, so he finds another way out and becomes a car dealer.
What brought him into this automotive industry was his love for cars. From the beginning, he was interested in “fast and sexy cars” as he stated in our recent interview. So in May 2020, he started his automotive business with a car dealership called Presley Sales and prevented the dismissal of his employees. Not only that, he was able to take his company to the next level in its first three months of business. In the early months, he sold over 150 cars and hired three more employees.
Like we all know “behind every successful man, there is a woman”. And he has two women in his life: his mom and his wife; they stood beside him all the time. This is one of the reasons he became successful in a short span of time which is more than impossible to any one, but he did it. Moreover, his 5 innocent children, his employees, and their families who depend on him, keeps him motivated all the time, and that is why he never gave up. He believes in “You can do whatever you want in this world as long as you have the drive.”
He is in love with his business and explains that Presley Sales stand out because “We care and stand behind our vehicles”.
Jeremy is in love with his two sports cars. His 2010 Camaro SS and 1979 Trans Am are fun to drive and eye-catchers. Even though the cars are from entirely different eras, they’re both amazing in their own right. Speaking of his Camaro, it has heaps of aftermarket modifications done to it. An LS3 engine with AMD performance headers, ported throttle body and stage 2 cams; rings and forged pistons from Manley; American Racing headers with a MagnaFlow muffler; a Magnuson TVS 2300 supercharger and an AMD intercooler for some serious power gains. 650 horsepower to be exact, which is a hefty increase from the stock numbers. And it all pays off because he is now a 10 second car at the drag strip. The car also has a set of Axis Zero 20 inch wheels wrapped in some beefy Continentals and a ton of stopping power with 6-piston calipers in the front and 4-piston at the rear, that too by AMD. With all these goodies and more, the car feels like a whole new breed of raw instantaneous power!
All in all, Jeremy’s passion to succeed and his family support made him a successful entrepreneur. He believes that, “There is a way when there is a will. People will pull your legs away by saying you can’t do it. But I have proved them wrong by achieving what I wanted to achieve.” So the moral of the story is to believe in yourself and not listen to anyone until you have reached your goals. He is the perfect example of when you believe in yourself anything is possible.