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Cederick Tardy is best described as an adventure seeking entrepreneur with a civic consciousness. He is the author of four books. His first two books, The Big Payback and A Head Start, were released in 2007. After being featured in Black Enterprise Magazine in November 2007, several national and local newspapers, magazines, television and radio programs, The Big Payback reached #5 on Amazon.com’s ranking for single parenting books. His most recent two books, The Seven Secrets of Highly Successful Mothers and A Flying Start: Outta This World Advice for Young Men, were released in 2012.
Cederick W. Tardy II is the founder of the S.T.R.O.N.G. Association, an organization focused on Strengthening, Training, and Redefining Our Next Generation of young leaders. The organization does this through social awareness initiatives, educational materials, and events focused on building strong families. He is also the president of Cederick Tardy Enterprises LLC, a company dedicated to creating information products that teach mothers to raise men and boys to become leaders.
From 2009-2012, Cederick served in the United States Army as a Quartermaster (Logistics) officer in the 36th Engineering Brigade in Fort Hood, Texas. From 2003-2007, Cederick served in the United States Navy as a Military Police Officer on board the USS Peleliu. He has deployed three times in service of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. Cederick holds a bachelor’s degree in finance. In addition, he has earned three certificates in Six Sigma from Villanova University.
Cederick’s hobbies include a wide range of activities from the mundane such as hiking and fishing, to more extreme such as shipwreck diving. He believes having the opportunity to travel with the military and personally has given him a unique outlook on life. , Cederick uses experiences gained from spending 6-8 months at a time sailing the world with the Navy and a year on the ground in Kandahar, to backpacking through counties such as Mexico, Thailand, and Argentina to provide a well-rounded opinion throughout his writings.
Cederick’s goals include traveling the world for one year in 2015 to study global logistical supply chain issues impeding economic expansion and growing the S.T.R.O.N.G. Association into a nationally recognized humanitarian assistance organization.