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Shepherds of Healing highlights Rickey McCoy for the “Always be a Shepherd” series.

Allow us to introduce Rickey McCoy, a Product Owner for Global Consumer Experience for Sony PlayStation!

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Let us tell you a little about Rickey McCoy.

Rickey McCoy is a husband and father that works in the video game industry. Rickey is the Product Owner for Global Consumer Experience for Sony PlayStation in San Franciso, CA. He started his career as a software engineer then transitioned to Product Ownership. He is a native of Dallas, TX where he attended David W. Carter H.S. for 2 years then transitioned to Cedar Hill H.S.

Explain how COVID-19/ George Floyd's death has impacted you (emotionally, physically, finically, spiritually, and mentally) in a positive and negative way.

COVID-19 has kept me grounded to the idea of always being agile and adaptive. You never know what this world may bring, so you must stay ready at all times.

Tell us about your company/occupation. What’s your biggest professional or personal accomplishment? Explain how you felt working towards it and how you felt when it was achieved.

Working at Sony PlayStation is a dream opportunity. I get a chance to work for one of the world's most beloved brands. As a Product Owner, I have the opportunity to build features and new ideas that will work for our consumers.

My biggest professional accomplishment was launching Pizza Hut's Hut Rewards Loyalty Program as the Product Owner in 2018. I had the opportunity to work with so many amazing people and to see it continue flourishing today is a beautiful thing.

What was your childhood like? Describe your environment from your house to your neighborhood to your school. How did these experiences shape you and your future success?

Growing up in Dallas, TX, kept me very inquisitive. Oak Cliff has a very rich culture and true authenticity. All my learnings in Dallas ISD and Cedar Hill ISD prepared me to take on life's obstacles in my career and personal life.

Tell us about your inner circle (close friends, family, mentors, relationship). How does their support impact your success?

My family is the reason why I'm here today. My uncles watched over me at a young age and helped me become grounded in manhood principles. My aunts were pretty much second moms as I spent many weekends with them since I was the only child for 10 years. My mother, father, and sister are my backbone. I love them very much for raising and supporting me from childhood until today.

List a few habits that a young person should start implementing to set them up for a successful future?

Try to become consistent in all that you do. Whatever you start, finish. Over time, quitting becomes a habit and will have implications in your family life and professional career.

Share a big mistake you made professionally or personally. How did you fix it and what did you learn?

In the past, I had a bad habit of relying on my own technical understanding and knowledge. This would sometime put me in negative situations that could have been resolved quickly. I learned to lower my ego and ask for help more frequently.

What are you afraid of for boys and men in the future?

My fear for boys and men in the future is a lack of dedication. As a husband and father, you must be dedicated to your family as the first priority. I hope our next generation will have a fervor to be dedicated to their families and their goals.

If you could give your 18 -year-old self-advice about the adult you are today, what would it be?

Stay the course! It may take much longer than expected to reach your goals but it will be worth it. Also, enjoy the journey it took to reach your goals.

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