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Born in the Bronx, NY in 1955 to a small business owner. I was raised in a middle-class family where my 2 brothers and I were expected to take on the family business. I saw the struggles my father fought while business fluctuated, sometimes having to borrow money to make payroll.
I started out as an auto mechanic and usually surprised my co-workers when they saw me reading Harvard Business Review during lunch. I was a manager by the time I was 24 and ran a 100 man shop at one time. Having become bored with auto repairs, I went into sales, then finance, and finally was the manager of numerous dealerships.
I subsequently moved to Florida after my website translation and management company took off. Subsequently I bought, reconditioned and sold waterfront properties, bought a construction business and then built, from the ground up, an extremely successful landscaping business.
I went to college for the first time when was 53 and completed a BA in Management as well as an MBA in 4 years, graduating Summa Cum Laude for both degrees. I am currently enrolled in a PhD program with concentrations in Management, Finance and Marketing. I do small business consulting for local companies, (mostly for free for the local Chamber of Commerce) and hope to start teaching entrepreneurship at the university level soon.I'm a member of American Mensa.
I have 3 children, two of whom are grown, one of whom is a teenager still living at home. I have a wonderful wife as well as 4 grandchildren.