Bengal Tales – Greg Whitehurst

Greg Whitehurst, '15Class Year: 2015
Degree: B.A. History

Current Occupation: Owner, Good Fortunes restaurant and founder, Gourm-Asian Bistro food truck

What is one of your fondest memories of Buffalo State?
The fact that every professor that I had would stop on a dime for their students. And with a smile.

Were you involved with any on-campus organizations as a student?
No, I was and am a busy, busy man!

How did graduating from Buffalo State shape your future?
It taught me the foundation of running a business; hard work ethic, organization, and discipline.

What accomplishments have you achieved since graduating from Buffalo State?
Well I started my own business, bought an investment property, and got married. No big deal though!

Do you have any advice for current students trying to achieve success after graduation?
Absolutely. Remember all those sleepless nights studying or the beautiful spring days that you had to stay inside and cram, it is all worth it in the end. I learned this through going to school: that nothing worth it is easy, and at the end, if you stick out through all the hard work and times, it’s worth it.

Never doubt yourself, especially when times seem like a wall is coming. There is always a way around a wall, just remember why you are here in the first place. We all have dreams, but for a lot of people, it stops at a dream. It's the hard work, dedication, and perseverance that turn that dream into a reality. I am a walking testimony of it. There were plenty of times where I would second-guess myself, and needed to take a step back and realize why I am here.

If you continue doing what you love, the money will mean nothing, and it will also come. Just remember, failure is trading in what you want at the moment for what you want overall. Do not let the temptation of an easier path out trick you, because that is what it is designed to do. Work hard and you will be successful. It is simple as that.

Buffalo State alumni can recieve a 10 percent discount on food orders at Good Fortunes restaurant, which is located at 11 Minnesota Avenue in the University Heights neighborhood.

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Originally posted: June 2016