20 Under 40 Teens to Watch: Truman Wilson

Age: 13
Business: The Truman Factory
High School: Highland Park Middle School
Community Involvement: We do a lot of fundraising with the HPMS to help disadvantaged children. I also help Stella Wrubel sell mistletoe every December for her charity that helps the hungry.

Truman Wilson started his children’s lifestyle company, The Truman Factory, in 2017 with the goal to create a place where children could decide what they wanted to do and how they could go about it in the most fun way possible. Working alongside other children in what the company calls the “Epic Team,” the Truman factory gives its customers the chance to win cool prizes via a candy bar with a code inside, not unlike the golden ticket from Willy Wonka. As an added benefit, Truman partnered with Vogel Alcove to donate a portion of each sale towards helping homeless children on the road to recovery.

What is the best advice you received when beginning your career? Spend a lot of time developing your product so when you sell it to people like it.

What is your business philosophy? I wanted to build a business by kids and for kids that were focused on what kids love most – Gaming, tech, clothes, collecting and candy. I also wanted to do something that gives back to my local community. I want to give kids an epic experience.

What inspires you? I really enjoy making my customers happy when they like my Truman Bars and merch. I am inspired by their good feedback. I am also inspired by my father what he does.

What is your proudest career accomplishment? The proudest I have been is when we first launched the Truman Bar last year and kids loved it. It was epic.

What did you learn from your best boss or mentor? I am obviously still learning a lot but so far I am leaning the fundamentals of business.

What was your first summer job? The Truman Factory

What do you love about your community? Everyone is really nice.

Where is the best place for a business power lunch in Park Cities or Preston Hollow? Royal Blue Grocery

What is your fondest Park Cities or Preston Hollow memory? Too many to pick just one.

Where will we find you enjoying your hard-earned time off? My house

What do you want your last meal to be? Cheeseburger

What is your favorite color? Blue

What fictional world or place would you like to visit? Willy Wonka factory

What would your superpower be? Teleportation so I wont be late to meetings

Bianca R. Montes

Bianca Montes is an award-winning journalist and former Managing Editor of Park Cities People. She currently serves as a Senior Editor with D Magazine's D CEO publication. You can reach her by email at Bianca.Montes@Dmagazine or follow her on Instagram @Bianca_TBD. For the latest news, click here to sign up for our newsletter.

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