Detroit; William Malcolm; The Hidden Genius Project
Fourteen years ago, William Malcolm could take out his resume and point to an impressive-sounding job title: “insurance and financial services executive.” While the words on the page described a businessman on the rise, Malcolm tells a different story.
“I used to own an insurance agency. I was in banking-financial services. And I did well because I’m a people person, but it wasn’t fulfilling,” said the 53-year-old Southfield native who graduated in 1995 from Western Michigan University with a degree in business administration. “There’s nothing like pulling up to a place and your name is on the outside and you don’t want to go in.”
The fulfillment Malcolm yearned for began to come into his life when he took the bold step of launching a menswear line (William Malcolm Luxe Collection) in 2009.
Scott Talley, Detroit Free Press