I am Gresh



We often have phrases that we use to describe who we are. I like to say that I had entrepreneurial tendencies before I even knew what that was (e.g. I AM CEO). I was the kid that sold potato chips on the playground and went to MJ Designs to sell necklaces or even mixtapes as I got older. One of my favorite kid entrepreneurial ventures was my family newspaper.


One of my favorite quotes is hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. It’s not to say that hard work is guaranteeing success but I believe that hard work will take  you really far. This is something that is a core to who I am. I’m willing to roll up my sleeves and do what needs to be done.


Many people especially on social media are using the phrase content creator. I feel at my core nature I’m a creator. That’s content but also solutions and ideas and executing those ideas. I’m at peace when creating whether that’s a piece of content or even just coming up with a more efficient idea to create execute a project. I’m at peace when a new solution needs to be created to solve a problem.


Blogging has been something that I’ve done since 2010. It’s hard to believe that’s been over 10 years but it started out as a way just for me to create content around my journey but also entrepreneurial ideas or content I would find or have. It’s now CEO Blog Nation and many other blogs.  You’ll find some of it here but it also was the creating of written content which I think is experiencing a golden age now and I think should be a very important ingredient to a marketing strategy.


Content, content content. The beauty of content is that it isn’t sloughed to one way. It often integrates, overlaps and spills over. As a podcast host of 2 podcast at CEO Podcasts (I AM CEO Podcast & CEO Chat Podcast). My goal is to create content that can help the business community succeed.


Vlogging was once just for YouTube but now most social media platforms also have video content. At CBNation TV, we are creating video content to help CEO, entrepreneurs and business owners succeed but also content across social media platforms.

About Me


Gresham “Gresh” W. Harkless Jr. is the founder of CBNation and Blue 16 Media. CBNation is a Business to Business (B2B) Brand focusing on increasing the business success rate by providing visibility and resources for CEOs, entrepreneurs and business owners.  CBNation consists of blogs (, podcasts ( and videos ( Blue 16 Media helps change lives through media & technology including a digital marketing agency providing digital marketing services including web design & SEO to small to medium-sized businesses and organizations. Central to his marketing philosophy is that You Are a Media Company: Developing a Marketing Strategy to Connect with Your Target and Reach Your Goals. Gresham is a proud graduate of Howard University & Georgetown University. He also is a graduate of the 2020 Leadership Center for Excellence Young Professionals Program ’16 and recognized by the Alexandria Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s 40 Under 40 in 2020 and a 2022 Northern Virginia 40 Under 40 Honoree.

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