Senior Business Manager, Telecommunications
Why is volunteering important?
I grew up in a family that had both a mother and father; both worked hard to provide for me and my four brothers. They taught us to use education to pursue our dreams. I knew when I grew up, I would help others because my parents taught me to always give back and help those in need. The irony is we were barely making it ourselves with my dad being the main breadwinner and my hard-working, stay-at-home mom, who later went back to work. As I got older, I knew there was a bigger picture of how the world works and that giving and helping others is necessary. We will never move forward unless we lift those in need.
How do you envision Service First Initiatives making an impact?
The name embodies our whole way of thinking and helping, not only our younger generation become future leaders, but making our communities better now and forever. We are a body of men making forward-thinking decisions that will not only help people, but encourage them to help others.
What do you see as the greatest threat to young men today?
The biggest threat to young men today is not having a man as a mentor to guide and mold them into productive citizens. We need men from all backgrounds to nurture our next generation and give them the exposure to places and viewpoints that they otherwise would not have access to on a daily basis.