We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeremy Davenport and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jeremy, how do you think about risk?
Risk is everything. Now of course not reckless risk, but rather calculated risk (to the best of ones ability). Risking everything to choose my business over other steady income and high paying jobs actually forced me to make something happen with it. I spent too long “playing it safe” and at that rate, I wasn’t going to accomplish my dreams and goals for at least a decade. It’s scary. Especially for myself being married and needing to provide and pay the bills, it seems almost reckless from the outside. But ultimately I am seeing the fruit of the risk and have been reminded once again that God is in control and that it’s all about the leap of faith. You can play it safe, and have an okay life, but who wants an okay life?
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I run a Christian apparel company called Ask Us Why. It started as a concept three years ago as a way to help teams fundraise for mission trips. Over the next three years it has been reshaped, rethought, legally established, and on the rise to some pretty big goals. Today it stands beyond just fundraising for mission trips but for reaching the next generation for Jesus. We do everything from a podcast to pouring into a resource base on our website for tackling hot topics, essentials to our faith, and sharing it with others. The process has been long, primarily because I never made it a top priority. It was always in 4th place over my other work. In doing so, it has taken years for the vision to develop, the team to be solidified, and the influence to reach people. Like any start up it has its challenges but more importantly it has always been in God’s hands.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Being in the Valley, we actually have more than meets the eye. Arizona actually has 5/6 biomes from what I understand, so hands down, it’s a road trip. The first couple of days would be spent sending it to Antelope canyon as well as horseshoe bend. Both are some of my favorite places I’ve ever been to. Back tracking towards the valley we would of course make our way to one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon. It blows my mind that so many people that have grown up in Arizona have never seen it. It’s a canvas like no other. Both ways up and down Flagstaff would of course be a stopping point to experience the trees and culture that Phoenix doesn’t really have. Beyond that, there’s some exploring to do in Downtown as well as Old Town Scottsdale and Tempe Town Lake that make for great times and amazing food.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
So many people have played a role in where I am today. Without Jesus at the center of it, I wouldn’t be a fraction close to the man I am and where I am today. Jesus gets all the credit for what He is doing in my life and transforming me into His image. As for my small circle, I wouldn’t have taken the risks without the support of my wife, Alyssa. She pushes me to be a better version of myself everyday and go big. My parents have always been a huge support as well as one of my good friends and mentors Tim Ham. Of my closest friends, the company and myself wouldn’t be where we are without Christian Beatty, Connor Madeya. and Ali Champion. They are my team and the backbone of the company’s success. I alone could not do any of what we have accomplished.