I am the founder and Chief Relationship Officer of We Are Connect-ED, Founder/Managing Partner of L2P Financial Partners a financial services firm and Co-Founder of Shining Light in Darkness a nonprofit that focuses on sexual assault and domestic violence.
Born and raised in the birthplace of basketball, Springfield, MA, I was a long-time W-2 employee. Before venturing out into the entrepreneurial field I had over 20 years of financial services experience and has worked for some of the largest financial services companies in the country in various positions such as Regional Vice President for Evergreen Investments, Senior Vice President for Wells Fargo Advisors and Senior Vice President for a subsidiary of AIG.
After a very successful career in corporate America and after much prayer, trepidation I ventured out into the entrepreneurial arena. I’ve experienced the highs, the lows, the sleepless nights and seemingly never-ending hours of the entrepreneurial journey.
I can be described as a servant leader, because I strive to live a life of servitude. One of my favorite bible quotes is “give and it shall be given unto you”, because I believe that through servitude we can not only assist others in realizing their dreams, but we will eventually realize our own.
I am very active in the community and serve on several nonprofit boards such as Board Vice President of SwingPals, Interim Board Chair/Executive Committee for United Against Slavery, Co-Founder/Steering Committee Member of 100 Men Who Give A Damn as well as Director of Diversity & Inclusion for the Financial Planners Association of the Triangle.
One of my greatest gifts is my ability to network, connect with people and then in turn connect individuals to other people, resources and opportunities. I spend a considerable amount of my time traveling around connecting with people in order to find ways to serve them. It is my desire to see everyone Connect-ED, because at the end of the day We Are Connect-ED.