Velma Trayham - Award Winning Marketing Expert, author, motivational speaker and the Founder/CEO of Thinkzilla. Her message of resiliency and faith, realized by her personal experiences of “failing forward, fast,” resonates with an audience of emerging entrepreneurs and industry giants alike.
Leveraging this connection has been a key driver of her entrepreneurial and consulting victories, highlighted by her achievements working with powerhouse clients such as NASCAR, the University of Phoenix, amongst several other high profile brands.
Velma’s journey to success began with traditional education combined with real-world experience. While pursuing her bachelor’s degree in business management from Texas Southern University, Velma self-started a premium scented candle business. The sense of freedom, self-reliance, and empowerment she gained from watching her business grow set the foundation for the triumphs she would see later in life.
While Velma would successfully graduate in 2003, and later earn a master’s degree in Business/Corporate Communication from the University of Houston, she credits the real-life experience of starting her own business as her most valuable education.
After entering the workforce, Velma’s initial attraction to the entrepreneurial lifestyle grew stronger, and led her to reenter the world of start-up business. Early failures proved invaluable learning experiences; after several false-starts Velma found forward progress building businesses and selling them for profit. She chronicles this journey in her memoir and self-help book “When God Says Go,” published in 2017.
Once established as an industry leader, Velma devoted herself to helping others achieve the same prosperity and freedom. To that end she founded Thinkzilla, a high growth marketing and public relations consultancy specializing in providing nationwide reach to small-to-medium sized businesses and nonprofits through a comprehensive marketing strategy.
Velma dreams big, and through Thinkzilla as well as personalspeaking engagements hopes to empower underserved communities through entrepreneurship. Never one to rest on her laurels, Velma has simultaneously shepherded ThinkZILLA through six years of development while establishing herself as a sought-after speaker on the topics of entrepreneurial businesses and personal growth.
Thinkzilla now operates as a cohesive team of marketing professionals. Their recent achievements show Velma’s values in action and include:
• bridging the gap between police and the communities they serve through the Bridge Summit,
• exceeding media-exposure expectations for the domestic-violence documentary Blink, and
• promoting the Destiny Empowerment Seminar
Velma’s personal and professional achievements have not gone unnoticed, and through the years she has been awarded:
• Top Entrepreneur Award by Houston Power Professionals,
• 2017 EMI Awards by Texas Black Women’s Expo,
• Faces of Black Houston by Defender Honoree,
• Stellar Leadership Award by Lighthouse Church,
• Top Business Leader for Secret Society Media Awards, and
• Fabric of a Women Humanitarian Award.
Velma looks forwarded to even more future success, and in coming years continuing to establish Thinkzilla as a national leader amongst marketing consultancies. In her spare time she donates her expertise planning charity events and has served on the committee for The American Heart Association. In addition Velma serves as a mentor to hundreds of women monthly through her Millionaire Mastermind Gathering held in Atlanta,Ga