In our latest One on One, we paired up two people with deep commitments to entrepreneurship and success.
Wheelhouse owner Courtney Grimes is a hair phenom—styling bands for national magazines and traveling the country to hone her craft alongside the best of the best. A successful venture capitalist and founder of multiple companies, Landon Ash brings the unique combination of entrepreneurial, operating and investment expertise to his portfolio.
Grimes’ passion for hair and entrepreneurship began as a kid scheduling hair appointments in the halls at school. She carried that entrepreneurial spirit into adulthood where, after 14 years of experience, she was able to make her dreams a reality by opening a salon of passionately creative stylists dedicated to the folks in their chairs.
At Wheelhouse’s inception, Grimes knew she wanted to create an environment where anyone could feel comfortable, a place for people to be inspired and be heard. “What we do here is important and if you offer a place where people feel like they belong, you’ll have a much easier time getting to know them and their personal style,” says Grimes.
Grimes draws inspiration from those who sit in her chair and whether a client is looking for something new, classic, a burst of color or a texture turnover, she wants them walking out of the salon feeling confident.
By pushing the envelope and breaking the boring hair mold, Courtney’s talent and drive have resulted in exponential growth in the salon’s short three years of existence. The “Wheelhouse Effect” created the necessity for expansion, and in April, a second location in a renovated historic building in the theatre district will open, fostering Wheelhouse’s place as a destination for Alabama residents and out-of-town visitors alike
As the founder and CEO of Xtreme Concepts, Inc., Landon Ash is passionate about investing, social entrepreneurship and venture philanthropy. He focuses on providing capital to startup companies working on both foreign and domestic defense initiatives. He has a successful record of converting ideas and ambitions into reality.
Prior to his founding Xtreme Concepts, Inc., Ash’s grandparents instilled a strong work ethic in him. He worked as a plumber’s assistant in high school before entering the successful family business, Golden Flake Snack Food Inc., a subsidiary of Golden Enterprises. There, he worked his way up through the ranks while attending college at the University of Mississippi.
Ash serves as the executive director of the 1st Foundation, which focuses on military, first responders and K9s. The 1st Foundation’s mission is to provide assistance to the members and family members of those who are first on the scene, foreign or domestic, like our Special Operations Forces and police special operations. He is also a board member of A HERO Foundation, which serves combat veterans by providing fellowship and mentorship opportunities through recreational activities. Ash also served on the advisory board for K9s4Cops.
Ash supports numerous educational and philanthropic programs and initiatives. He was appointed by Governor Robert Bentley to the Homeland Security Task Force and also serves as a reserve police officer.