CCH Pounder Inspires Today's Launch Of Kenya Water Company MboyaSpear International LTD By Former Marine

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Hollywood star inspires US serviceman to invest in Kenya with today's launch of water company.

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While touring the African countries of South Africa, Senegal, Tanzania, Zanzibar and Kenya, former Marine, Tieron Spear met actress CCH Pounder, of the hit TV series The Shield and box office hit Avatar. CCH Pounder was visiting the Masai Mara area of Kenya, when she was invited to speak at the Kenya Film Commission, to a young group of Kenyan actors. While in the city of Nairobi, CCH Pounder met Tieron Spear, in passing, at the Hilton Hotel. There at the hotel, Tieron Spear approached CCH Pounder as a fan of her films. The two spoke and once CCH Pounder knew of the former Marine's past, she inspired him to build a water plant in Kenya and seek a mentor. The former Marine asked CCH Pounder if she could suggest someone, due to the Marine’s failed efforts in the past with recognized organizations. CCH Pounder informed Spear that, indeed, she had a family member who could provide, “sage advice” in the water industry. Due to the actor’s busy schedule, the two would not meet again.

Inspired by the words of CCH Pounder, Spear worked closely with local business partner, Harrison Onyango to build a water company in southern Nairobi. Spear stated, “This project would not be possible without the inspiration from CCH Pounder and the local support from Harrison Onyango.” Tieron Spear is a New Jersey native who spent 8 years in the Marine Corps, 4 years as a Petroleum Specialist and the remaining 4 years as an Embassy Security Guard around the world. After an honorable discharge, he left the Marines to find employment with Kellege Brown & Root. This new employment would serve as the learning ground for managing foreign direct investments and construction projects. “I was able to use the contacts I had created over the years to procure an 8,000 gallons per day for water treatment system from a company in Dubai called Water Works. The devil is in the details so I asked many questions to anyone and everyone in my circle to eliminate waste and failure,” says Spear.

After three years of privately funding the project on his own, and living paycheck to paycheck, the former Marine was able to start a Kenyan LTD, purchase the land, import the equipment, hire local construction contractors and receive approvals from Kenya’s World & Health Organization (WHO) and Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS). Spear affirms, “The last 3 years have been difficult, but if there’s one thing that the Marines taught me, it’s that Marines don’t quit!” The former Marine’s company plans to launch their bottled Water called Uzima Water in July 2013. When we asked Tieron Spear if he was still looking for a mentor he stated, “Yes, I am in at the finally stages of this project, but I would be happy to accept advice from a successful mentor. Why make mistakes when you don’t have to? According to Robert Greene’s book Mastery, apprenticeship is the first step of Mastery and I want to master being successful.”

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