Derrick Hayes the "enTIEtainer"
Derrick Hayes the "enTIEtainer"

You Can Make It

Before Covid19 Derrick Hayes the "enTIEtainer" was working to help at risk youth and traveling as a sought-after keynote speaker and entertainer at schools, colleges, corporations, meetings, events, concerts, festivals, clubs, casinos, churches, carnivals and other venues.


When Covid19 made an impact on communities and schools Derrick Hayes the "enTIEtainer" was looking for ways to use fabric that nobody wanted to share positive motivation and inspiration that would give others hope in the times we were facing. 


After making ties one day Hayes started to look at the pocket square for inspiration and it opened his mind to not only have choices but to always have possibilities.


Below Derrick shares his journey that takes you from the Pocket Square to the Pocket Bag so that individuals, groups and organizations can import this message into their life that "If I Can Make It, You Can Make It."


One of the goals is to give youth and young adults ideas with inspiration that is also aligned with opportunities so that at the end of the day they can look at themselves in the mirror and say, "You Can Make It."


Now is a great time to bring "You Can Make It" in as a Motivational Session to inspire your audience with different ideas or to bring in Derrick Hayes with a specific program that you would like your group to bring to life as a team. 

Pocket Square

When dealing with the pandemic and having extra fabric the choices were simple and they were to do nothing or create something and one of the first creations to come to life were coasters.


After making coasters and seeing how others liked them Derrick started to research other ideas that could be developed out of the extra fabric. One afternoon Derrick Hayes opened up the pocket square and realized that if you stuff them correctly it would allow you to turn pocket squares into stress balls.

Stress Balls

As more people were wanting stress balls it opened the door for Hayes to realize that if he developed what was already in front of him it would create a character that would also help promote character development. This moment gave the birth of Tie Man, Jr.

Tie man, jr.

Tie Man, Jr. was born in the Fall and when February was coming near thoughts turned to how great it would be if you not only had character but also character with heart and this gave birth to Tie Man with a Heart.

Tie man with a Heart

The Roman Philosopher Seneca once said "Luck is what happens when preparations meets opportunity" and when you have character with heart it will put you in position even if you don't believe in luck to give birth to great ideas like Tie Man Shamrock just in time for St. Patricks Day

Tie man shamrock

As more ideas were being developed women from all walks of likes were wanting products that represented and had them in mind them and these moments like these encouraged Derrick Hayes to learn how to make scrunchies.


One day when Derrick Hayes was looking to make scrunchies out of a pair of old blue jeans he looked at the back pocket and saw the vision for the Pocket Bag. 

Pocket bag

Other products for women that have made include the Tote Bag and Hair Bows 

Tote Bag

Hair bows

Even when you are not looking for ideas or opportunities new inspiration may come your way and if "You Can Make It" is something that you would like for your audience please email or call (706) 615-1662


“A brilliant man and helped out a lot to the questions I had in PR and marketing”


Joel Hinojosa –Reeding High School


“Derrick’s presentation was an absolute inspiration for my life and my business”


Sean Royer – UW-Eau Claire


“Thank you for your beautiful words of encouragement”


Amy Pschierer – Genesee Community College


“Derrick Hayes has really inspired a young entrepreneur like myself to to really connect with everyone”


Orlando Tate, Jr. – Ball State University


“Derrick’s enthusiasm for life is contagious. He sincerely cares about the people around him. Derrick is a great example of someone who finds joy in seeing others succeed”


Bryan C. Bennett – Brigham Young University


“Thank you for sharing PR leads that were great”


Joyce McCauley – Saint Louis University


“Derrick Delivers”


Dr. Jerome A. Kat – Saint Louis University Professor of Entrepreneurship


“Social Media Strategies to Position yourself as an Expert is a bright, motivational program that can inspire any young entrepreneur to explore the endless opportunities to promote their business”


Nora Kipp – Genesee Community College


“Very inspirational and informative”


Abbey Brau - College of St. Benedict


“Derrick Hayes gave us an encouraging word that if you can’t do big things, do small things in a big way” 


Pastor Timothy Beard – Danville Community College VA


“You’re awesome, thanks for teaching us about networking and being service minded”


Hong Zoo Lu – St. john’s University


“Informational and Inspirational”


Sarah Harbottle – The College of Wooster


“Derrick’s presentation changed the way I think about social media and ways to market my business”


John Breitbart – Miami University of Ohio


“Thanks for providing creative advice on how to brand yourself”


Marc Capistrant – Radford University


“Thank you for opening up the world of PR. I now have many valuable strategies to market myself in business”


Emily Reznecheck – College of St. Benedict & St. John’s University


“Derrick Hayes opens our eyes to opportunities and how to see if they are for you or for someone else in your network”


Olga Rozmuszcs - College of St. Benedict & St. John’s University

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