Kenneth L. Fikes

Kenneth L. Fikes


Kenneth L. Fikes

A native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina Mr. Fikes graduated from The University of Pennsylvania in 1990 with a B.A. in African-American Studies. Directly out of college he became an Options Trader with a major Philadelphia firm and then moved on to become a Portfolio Manager with a nationally respected North Carolina firm. From there he went to work as a fiscal analyst responsible for development, oversight, and appropriations advice for more than 16 government agencies – before being promoted into the role of Director of Operations for another government entity. Next Kenny went back to the private sector as Regional Manager for a large national bank for several years until the combination of market forces and an impending buyout from another national brand led Mr. Fikes to entrepreneurial pursuits and eventually the startup of Sydney Capital LLC as Principal. There has engaged in a variety of ventures ranging from rural real estate development, financial consulting on electric power infrastructure pricing and construction in Mozambique, construction, temporary staffing, transportation, and business development consulting.

Kenny has worked and built a tremendous wealth of knowledge in the construction industry over the last nine years working with several small to large companies on projects with municipalities, two major universities and several federal agencies. In addition to financial analysis, proposal preparation, and business development (nationwide), he has also managed construction projects.

Given a somewhat eclectic body of work across industries, he is also called upon sparingly for customized consulting projects - particularly when there isn’t an accomplished expert for the issue at hand or the solution must be developed along the course of work and research. Ubuntu Living Inc, which Kenny founded, is a great passion for him: a 501c3 that helps men and women transitioning back into productive space from either incarceration or other life challenges. Primarily, Ubuntu provides residential space.

My Writing

In a deficit people adjust - or suffer. In the absence of leadership they have to be innovative and resourceful - or fade. With the intractable noise of judgment and propaganda, reliable information is scarce. To enjoy the benefit of meaningful exchange written from the voice of highly regarded, accomplished, “true-to-the-cause” folks with integrity would be extraordinary. Here, you’ll receive powerful connecting facts, observations, and heartfelt empirical experiences - coupled with undeniable educational pedigree.

Frustrated with a lack of focus on meaningful discourse as well as accurate and true information; I called upon friends and associates of thirty-plus years. They agreed about the need for true and applicable information, shared from a fresh perspective and have joined me in this project. We hope to bring together a comprehensive collaboration of practical, useful, and relevant information in one place.

Information is the perfect armor for facing today’s challenges. Think of as an inspiring education being delivered to you in segments; or as believed in classical antiquity: the essential elements for a free person to know in order to play an active role in civic life. It’s a resource that should be impactful to your thinking and lend itself to your daily aspiration of self-improvement. Address goals, fears, everyday issues, and even anger with a cross section of solid, practical, and reasoned discourse. Absorb years of insight derived from unparalleled intellectual curiosity; coupled with empirical experience hence resulting in wisdom.

Dig in and collect maximum intellectual stock that is both credentialed and culturally competent. This is our version of “keeping it real.” Always be taken seriously. Get armed, empower others, make your case, and tell your story with courage and conviction. Work toward solutions and building.

It is our hope to bring a new level of complexed clarity that will culminate in bringing greater fullness to your lives.

Articles by Kenneth L. Fikes

In Plain Sight

If you don’t see the connection between Vladimir Putin and the White House, you’re in denial.  This isn’t about conspiracy theories or political hyperbole.  The dots connect and they fit nicely. And, it’s happening all over the world. You see, Mr. Putin is savvy, smart, and maniacal all wrapped together.  And, he has an agenda to control the world.  Not to make it a better place, but simply to control it.  Donald Trump is in his hands – already. This means that because the Senate (Mitch McConnell) is complicit, and all House Oversight has been erased, that the United...

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Faith or Foolishness

Many Christians believe that God is just omnipresent and everywhere all the time. That isn’t true. God can be that, but he doesn’t dwell where he isn’t wanted. We get these false notions of God and Jesus based on passed down stories from elders who did the best with what they had and taught us to stay alive and survive until the next day both emotionally and physically if nothing else. This notion of “I’m still 6 feet above” is questionable: for what, just to complain? So this time honored tradition of “that’s how I was raised” has been...

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A QUICK NOTE ON DIVERSITY: not just an eye test

Earlier in the year, I worked on a project that had me a bit frustrated.  This is what I wrote. Emotionally, I feel like railing, but intellectually I know that would fall upon deaf ears and teach no one anything. Yet, I’m too old to still have these types of exchanges and didn’t suspect that I was signing up for it on this project.  In fact, over the last 10 years I’ve been fortunate enough to have removed myself from it entirely.  It’s been good. After having been told yesterday, “No need to waste time in sharing a perspective,”...

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Bottomed Out

Proverbs 3:5 directs us to not lean unto our own understanding but to trust in the Lord.  I believe in this, yet there comes a time when we are unwise to not move in a direction save a direct word from him. I don’t recall the year, but I believe in the same year that George Wallace spewed more hatred than he’d ever done, Medgar Evers, four little girls in a church, and a President were dead by the end of the year.  If we don’t believe Trump is doing the same thing and bears as much responsibility, then...

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Make America Great Again = Make Russia Great Again = Let’s Sit Down and Divvy Up the World. Almost 18 months ago, I wrote an article on what I saw unfolding before our very eyes. Before that, I pondered openly about the prospect of Donald J. Trump taking us into the reality of a society like the Hunger Games. Me, and people like Traci Miller (Penn Alum in Washington, D.C.) openly asked questions with levity like, “Trump can’t do that can he?” “Trump just did that didn’t he?” It’s real, folks. I wrote about what I saw as circumstantial...

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