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Black History Month Spotlight: Damion Presson Left a Six-Figure Salary for an Entry-Level Job at Reebok — Why He Has No Regrets

In honor of Black History Month 2019, FN is celebrating African-American movers and shakers in footwear and fashion by recognizing their accomplishments and inviting them to share insight into how the industry can make bigger diversity strides.
Sixteen years ago, Damion Presson reached out to his friend, Georges Labossiere, then a product manager at Reebok.
“Can you help me get in the door at Reebok?” he asked. “I’m open to anything.”
A few weeks later, Labossiere — who is now a senior director at Nike, running the Air Force One division — called about an open position as a field marketing representative based in New York City. But there was a catch. “The position only pays $25,000,” he told Presson, who was making six figures at the time.
“That was a hard pill to swallow,” Presson said. “[But] I was confident. I bet on myself and believed that the money would come as I grew with the brand.”
The entry-level position, which involved heavy interaction with buyers, sellers and consumers, exposed Presson to multiple facets of the business, giving him the opportunity to decide what part of the company he wanted to explore.
“To this day, I still let Georges know how much I appreciate him and what he

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