The Kid & The CEO

When Tom Pace, CEO of PaceButler, wrote the book “Mentor: The Kid and The CEO” he based the story on a real-life experience. However, in Pace’s world, mentoring young men to create a better future for themselves isn’t just a one-time occurrence — it’s a way of life, and troubled individuals seem to find their way to Pace.  Take Trey, for example.

At 17, Trey has lived more life than most 40-somethings. His mother signed away her parental rights when he was three. He was in and out of foster care until he was six when he went to live with his paternal grandmother. At eight, he went to live with his father. “He is an alcoholic and he didn’t want me in the house when he wasn’t there,” recalls Trey. “So I’d come home from school and if it was cold, I’d climb into an old truck and crawl under a bunch of blankets or sit out on the front porch until he came home…then he’d get me up at four in the morning the next day and lock me outside of the house until it was time to walk to school.”

Things escalated between Trey and his dad. “My father was physically abusive for pretty much any reason,” said Trey. “He’d accuse me of leaving the bread out, or blame me because there wouldn’t be anything to eat…but I was just a kid.” After a couple of years, Trey’s father started working as a truck driver and left for long periods of time. “When he’d drive, I’d be alone, which was okay because he wasn’t around to hurt me,” he said. “But then on the other hand, I wouldn’t have much to eat. He’d leave some ramen noodles, bread and sugar. If I was lucky, I’d get some milk and cereal.”

With his father on the road, Trey turned to membershi