I come from a diverse family. My mother’s side is 100% Puerto Rican. Growing up I lived in a Spanish household with lots of culture from the food through the language.
My father’s legacy carries a rich history of computers with my Grandfather working for IBM in the 1960’s. My Father managed large data center installations for health care institutions. I myself am heavily involved with digital marketing and my son is a computer geek as well. The force is strong with us.
My grandfather and father are both accomplished public speakers. I gave my first public speech at age 10 and needed a stool to reach the podium. I learned from the best and still cherish live training and public speaking engagements.
I started my sales career at age 12 selling magazines door-to-door. At age 14 I had 2 newspaper routes. By age 16 I had purchased my own vehicle, paid my own car insurance, and held down a part-time job delivering pizza all while attending high school.
At age 18 I left the cult religion my family had raised me and started a completely new life. I made new friends, landed a job at a software company, and taught myself marketing and web design.
I started my first digital agency, Pagoda Media, in 1999 with the help of a childhood friend. We were the first shop in town to offer traditional print advertising and web design under the same roof.
In the year 2000 I got married, had my son Aydan, and purchased a house. It was an exciting year to say the least.
For the next 11 years I honed my skills, built business connections, and lived the freelance life. At age 30, I sold my agency to a competing firm and since then I have continued to grow as a professional, attend conferences, and (of course) manage digital marketing both in-house and agency side.
I need to end this story by stating that at age 28 I realized I was in a failing marriage and got a divorce. At age 31 I remarried to my high school sweetheart and life has been awesome ever since.
I love what I do. It’s fun. ❤️️🔪