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Empowering The People: Cardin "Dean" Rackley Making Boss Moves in St. Louis

Businessman Cardin "Dean" Rackley: Executive Leading St. Louis Into The Future

COO Cardin "Dean" Rackley leading change and driving strategies to harness the power of unity among business owners in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, June 8 at 5pm for your chance to mix, connect and be empowered in an inclusive community of business leaders ready to move The Gateway City forward. One St. Louis businessman is on a quest to empower other like-minded business owners to build generational wealth and is creating an environment for such gatherings to take place. "Come think outside the box with us and let's try to develop a way to start or continue generational wealth," said Cardin "Dean" Rackley, President and COO of Landmark Interior. 

Rackley is calling on all business people in the St. Louis area who want to bridge the gap between minority owned companies and non-minority owned companies. Rackley detailed to media personality and veteran journalist Germany Kent more about the importance of the event and why more people should attend. "The only way to bridge the gap is to get more Minority Business Enterprise and Women Business Enterprise involved, which would produce more jobs and training for the community," Rackley pointed out.

Rackley believes events like these are crucial to community engagement. "The purpose of the mixer is for MBE/WBE to showcase their businesses in front of a wide range of non-minority businesses, organizations, financial institutes and bonding agencies," said Rackley.    

The businessman said the event is open to every industry, but especially for women and minorities, who are seldom underrepresented. "Support groups are important for getting your name out there, you have to have the support groups. Rackley, who is in construction, said,"Investing in groups like ASA Midwest Council, SLC3 - St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers, People of Construction and the Association of General Contractors is definitely a must."  

"There ia a fee for most organizations and it's worth it," said Rackley. He believes that being involved in such organizations offers unwavering support and unlimited outreach opportunities to help you grow your business. "They help get minority and women owned businesses in touch with the right people and they also will recommend your firm for the job in most cases," Rackley pointed out. 

When asked about the importance of building generational wealth, Rackley said, "Minority business generational wealth is important because for me I would like to leave behind something for my children to build off, either it be my legacy, my business or in general my repore in the construction community." 

Rackley believes it is all about the company you keep. "As a minority business owner, I will say this, I try to surround myself with others that are doing 10x better than me and I actually listen. Minority business owned companies have to work harder to get where we need to be, especially if we are a new generational start up. In the end PATIENCE is the key."


The next level for Rackley is expansion into more events such as this. "In the future, I would like for the events to happen throughout the city at different locations that perhaps a minority business owner or women business owner can showcase their work." 

Rackley said the speaker for this event on June 8 will be Kelly Jackson of SLC3 and Lambert Airport Business Diversity Development. Rackley said he would like to, "bring in more guest speakers from successful minority business enterprise and women business enterprise for seminars, training courses and mixers. I want people to wind down at my mixers and leave some of the business talk at the office."The event is scheduled to take place at 1011 Washington Avenue in St. Louis. 

Landmark Interior provides general contracting and carpentry services to a diverse array of construction markets throughout Missouri and surrounding states. Our strategic approach included partnering with clients early in the design and construction process to deliver solutions to meet their building and financial needs. We develop the right team, resources and delivery method to make your project a success in terms of quality, cost and schedule. 


Germany Kent is a nationally syndicated journalist. The award-winning former FOX News anchor, media personality, entrepreneur and content creator writes for various digital platforms. Kent’s work has been featured in Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Bloomberg, Fast Company, Parade, Yahoo, HuffPost, MSN, Cosmopolitan, and countless other national media outlets. Kent is also an internationally recognized wise wordsmith, renowned media expert, and critically acclaimed bestselling author.

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