Sterling (Sterl the Pearl®) Henton became an entrepreneur at the age of 8 when began to DJ his elementary school parties and local community events in his hometown of Passaic, New Jersey. Sterling is now a driven leader and CEO of Rev It uP, LLC., an entertainment event planning and marketing company that emphasizes motivational, team building, and good old fashion fun activities.
Realizing his natural talent for entertaining and motivating teams, Sterling took his leadership skills to the football field. He earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Tennessee and led the Volunteers down the field as starting quarterback. During Sterling’s collegiate career, he won four bowl games (Liberty, Peach, Cotton, and Sugar). With Sterling at the helm, TN also won back to back SEC Championships. Sterling exhibited leadership off the field as well. He served as various officers including President of Omega Psi Phi, Inc., Iota Beta chapter. He also created Club 90 on WUTK, the area’s only hip hop radio show that is still heard today on the station’s airwaves.
His passion for giving back as a student athlete could be seen throughout the Knoxville community. As one of Knoxville’s adopted favorite son’s, Sterling spent countless hours developing his motivational speaking skills with the children in the local schools. He inspired youthful dreamers how to plan for their passions and coached young minds to cultivate positive behaviors.
Upon graduation, Sterling continued to develop his team building skills during four seasons in the Canadian Football League for the British Columbia Lions and a season in the Arena Football League for the Orlando Predators. Afterwards Sterling was a VP of Marketing for Warner Brothers (Southeast Region) before becoming a Senior Business Analyst for International Profit Associates. Sterling further refined his coaching, communication, and cultivating skills while obtaining his MBA, Human Resource Management from Columbus University.
His appetite for radio and television has birth a new career. Sterl the Pearl® co-hosted Pearl and the Girl sports radio show and is a television featured host for The Sports Source and 6 Sports Sunday. Sterling has ventured into acting with appearances on several national television shows including Survivor’s Remorse, Empire, Nashville, and Homicide Hunter just to name a few. The big screen has become just as appealing with role in the upcoming film All Eyez on Me.
Sterl the Pearl® continuous love for music, the Vols, and entertaining the masses is heard in Neyland Stadium. He is the official DJ for the University of TN Football team. He is also the official DJ for Minority Business Entrepreneur Magazine as well as spinning for several large events, festivals, weddings, and celebrity galas. He is also an executive partner with Urban Hangover, a destination vacation company with team building and leadership exercises for the attendees. Sterl the Pearl® has been heard all over the US and in Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, and Indonesia.
Sterling still gives back to the community via his many board appointments, motivational speaking engagements, team building activities, entertainment hosting, as well as coaching our youth and young at heart.