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Tiki Davis
Tiki Davis from Andrews Texas
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.

Tiki Davis Actor, Speaker, EntrepreneurAfter dabbling in the acting scene for a few years, Tiki saw possibilities waiting for him the in expanding Permian Basin oilfields. When he was terminated by the company he worked as part of downsizing, Tiki turned an obstacle into an opportunity. He used his on-the-job experience to become an independent consultant, forming his own company, TDC Frac Solutions and Equipment Inc. He worked and formed relationships with wildcatter-businessman Clayton Williams, Jr  and numerous other oil companies throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado and New Mexico, establishing a solid reputation for honesty and efficiency in the industry. In short order, Tiki became an innovator, as the services he was providing never existed before he found his niche saving the oil companies millions of dollars over time. 

Mr. Davis was the only quality control engineer used by Clayton Williams’ company, CWI, which in itself would be a remarkable accomplishment for anyone, let alone an African American from the Odessa “flats.” For a seven-year period, from 2009-2016, Tiki was responsible for all of quality control activity in Permian Basin for CWI. To put that into context, CWI would sell in 2017 for a then-record $2.7 billion. Through his success during this massive growth period, Tiki was now able to look into other endeavors. 

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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