Tiki Davis was born on July 27, 1978 in Andrews and grew up in
Odessa, Texas as Tiki Frank Davis. He is a successful actor,
coach, speaker and entrepreneur.
Tiki grew up in Odessa, a dusty West Texas city between El Paso
and Dallas, best known for oil and high school football. “Friday
Night Lights,” a best-selling book about Odessa Permian High School
football, also became a blockbuster movie and the source of a TV
series, but these facts serve as mere background noise in the midst
of challenging circumstances in Tiki’s life.
Tiki realized a goal of playing collegiate football that would
serve as a stepping stone to greater achievements. He earned both
his Bachelor’s degree in communications (2003) and Master’s degree
(2005) from Sul Ross State University. In the midst of his studies,
Tiki also gained attention on the big screen. He was hired for a
non-speaking role in the movie version of “Friday Night Lights”
during filming in Odessa. Later, an impromptu audition gained him a
speaking role and appropriate credits. While on set rehearsing his
role as a captain of the Dallas Carter football team in the Texas
state championship game, he met Julius Tennon, who would become a
close friend and mentor.
Through his success during this massive growth period, Tiki was
now able to look into other endeavors. Seeking to do more in his
community and expand his interests beyond oil and gas, Tiki entered
the real estate business. Growing up without the proverbial pot or
window, he understood the importance of home ownership and sought to
build affordable dwellings in his neighborhood in the midst of a
housing shortage. At the same time Tiki purchased Sam’s BBQ, a
traditionally black-owned establishment, expanded the restaurant’s
catering business and turned it into one of the most successful
oilfield catering companies in the area. Accomplishing all of this
earned him multiple business/entrepreneur of the year awards and the
freedom to live life on his own terms.
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