When asked to describe an eight-month deployment to Afghanistan most people would not use the word, “fun.” However, this Sherrills Ford native is not “most people!” Meet United States Marine Corps Veteran, SGT Willie Ammons. As a Heavy Equipment Engineer/Operator, SGT Ammons helped build a base near “Salaam Bazaar in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan recalling, “it was just myself and one other operator for a few weeks working 18-20 hour shifts—it was FUN!” That’s the level of dedication, entrepreneurial spirit and sense of humor you’ll enjoy in getting to know Willie Ammons.
And, speaking of dedication, this Marine is no stranger to sacrifice and service to his country. Willie recalls his most memorable moment during his four years of service when he returned from a deployment and met his 8-month old son for the first time. “It was pretty special and is something that I will never forget.”
Upon transitioning from the service, Willie’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to start his own company, Local Reach Consulting. As a Digital Marketing Expert and SEO Specialist, he helps small businesses grow through lead generation. “I love being able to make a living helping other small business owners like myself. These are good people with great ideas and services. They just need a little help, and I love being able to do that.”
In addition to starting his own business, he can also add ‘published author’ to his growing list of accomplishments! Willie just released his first book “Entrepreneurial Madness” which is available on Amazon. As for his proudest moment in business so far, “I received a ‘thank you’ card in the mail from one of my clients and it made my week!”
This entrepreneur balances his enthusiasm for marketing and writing by spending time with his wife and two children. “Lake Norman is a wonderful place to raise a family! My family is here, I grew up here and the people are the best kind of people. I also love to go out on the lake, and I love to fish when I can.” Aside from exploring the lake, Willie is also a “foodie!” “It sounds cheesy, but I LOVE FOOD! The LKN Area is flush with fantastic restaurants, and I like to take my family out to enjoy them.” As for his favorite rest LKN restaurant? “I don’t know if I can narrow it down to one, but I love Lancaster’s BBQ, and I also love Burrito Loco as well. Joes Fish is my go-to fish place. It’s hard to pick one!”
Founder/Owner, Local Reach Consulting