I was born in Jordan in 1983. My parents and I immigrated to New Jersey before I turned one. To support his family, my father drove a taxi until he opened his own limousine company. When I was around five, our five-member family moved to Yonkers, New York, where I grew up.
As a child, I was an altar boy in our church. There, I recall a Jesus icon holding the scriptures; it always stood out to me. It recited, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”
I attended Gorton High School in Yonkers. Three months before I was to graduate, my seven-member family moved to Poughkeepsie, NY. I spent my last three months at Franklin D. Roosevelt High School in Hyde Park, graduating in 2001. By that time, I had opened my own successful valet service. From a young age, I had an entrepreneurial spirit.
I attended Marist College in Poughkeepsie, but my desire to move ahead in business interfered. I received a sponsorship under JPMorgan Chase after which, for five years, I was a licensed securities and exchange banker.
Following JPMorgan, I established a series of businesses over seven years, then I applied my business and investing experience into my real estate ventures. Currently, my portfolio consists of rehabilitating real property to current market value while also retaining some apartment units.
I met my wife through my sisters. We married in 2009 and have four beautiful children. My faith and my family are my life.