Tell us about yourself
I am a native New Yorker, born and raised in Queens. I’m the youngest of three and I have two older brothers. Both of my parents have entrepreneurial backgrounds, so I’ve always been interested in business. In undergrad I studied finance and developed an interest in investment banking. I’ve been in finance ever since. Today I work at a middle market private equity firm. We invest in companies worth $50 to $300 million.
Tell us about your non-business interest
I am married and I spend a lot of time with my family in Long Island and Queens. I am involved in organizations like the Apollo and a nonprofit organization called Housing Plus that provides housing and support services to homeless women and children. I am a Housing Plus board member and also serve as the Treasurer.
It’s important to give back. We all received help and guidance at some point, me included. I was a part of a couple of programs including INROADS and TOIGO (2007 Fellow). These programs changed my life and allowed me to grow as an individual professionally and connected me to like minded professionals who became life-long friends.
What is your favorite Apollo memory?
The ‘Black Panther’ conversation is my favorite Apollo memory. Lupita was a great treat! I enjoyed the dialogue between diverse individuals on the importance of black superheroes. I also enjoy the Apollo Gala. It’s always a great time.
What was your first encounter with the Apollo?
My first encounter with the Apollo was growing up watching Showtime at the Apollo…it was a family event seeing the Sandman rip artists off the stage. Decades later, through Nkrumah Pierre, the Apollo Young Patrons former Co-Chair, I was able to get involved with the Apollo Young Patrons. That’s where it sunk in to support this pillar of the community. We need to do more to grow support for the Apollo.
Why does the Apollo matter to you and why now?
The Apollo matters because of the historical cultural moments. Our favorite artists and legends have graced the stage and it’s important that the legacy lives on for the generations coming up. It’s also important for Apollo Young Patrons to pass on the legacy.
With the changing landscape of Harlem, it’s essential for the Apollo to dig deep into the soil of Harlem and stay vibrant and fresh while continuing to be the pillar of the community.
Why do you give to the Apollo and how do you feel when you give a gift?
It feels good. I feel like I should be doing more with time, energy, spreading the word, and monetary contributions. I am always thinking of ways of how I can do more.